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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of October 1, 1981 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Protect oil - President Reagan declares he will not allow a revolutionary takeover in Saudi Arabia like that in Iran two years ago.

President Reagan announces plans for a $180 billion modernization of the United States’ strategic nuclear forces, calling for deployment of a new generation of intercontinental ballistic missiles and production of the supersonic B-1 bomber. 

The Irish Republican Army calls off its hunger strike at the Mass prison after a seven-month fast that left 10 nationalists dead, relatives of the living unwilling to tolerate more deaths and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s government still firmly in control.

Pathologists identify the body buried in Lee Harvey Oswald’s grave as that of the assassin of President John F. Kennedy, ending some 18 years of speculation and court battles. British author Michael Eddowes had theorized in his book, “The Oswald Files,” that Oswald was replaced by a Soviet agent named Alek James Hiddell when Oswald defected to the Soviet Union. Eddowes contended that evidence “indicated” it was the agent who killed Kennedy in Dallas and then was shot by Jack Ruby.

Banks nationwide match a half-percentage point cut on the prime rate to 19%.

Unemployment jumped to 7.5% in September, the highest level in five months.

Sears, Roebuck and Co. is taking over Coldwell Banker & Co. the nation’s largest independent commercial and residential real estate broker. 

Let Reaganomics Begin - This week (Oct 1) begins a new fiscal year for the government – and the first for what are many are calling “Reaganomics” – the start of the nation’s biggest tax cut. Workers should see more in their paychecks, but it also means cuts in welfare and food stamps. Also, financial institutions are now offering a unique new government-approved tax-exempt savings certificate. It also means that many college students will be paying back higher interest for the government-backed loans.   

Wichita Kansas - After telling police for four years that she lived in terror of threatening notes from a mysterious verse-writer dubbed “The Poet,” Ruth Finley (51) was found to be mailing the letters to herself. Her husband was unaware of her hoax.  During the four years of police investigation, Finley claimed “The Poet” abducted her once and stabbed her while attempting to adduct her a second time. Sometimes, as many as 10 letters were “mailed” to her per week. Police got a break when a source saw Finley mailing a letter. Police staked out a mailbox and watched as Finley mailed ore letters over two weeks. 

The U.S. Postal Service says that it will raise the price of a first-class stamp from 18 to 20 cents beginning November 1.


Fascinating Facts – October 1, 1981

A survey conducted by McCall’s Magazine reveals that although most teens have sex and smoke marijuana before they are 18, what many youngsters actually want is parental advice. Despite the lack of communication on many subjects, 83% believe they can tell their parents how they ‘think and feel about most things,” about 60% think that their parents actually do listen to and care and about their ideas.



Sports news – October 1, 1981

Terry Bradshaw throws for 276 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 20-6 victory over the New Orleans Saints.


Entertainment/Broadway news – October 1, 1981

On Broadway - It’s 8 ½ hours - “Nicholas Nickleby” – Broadway’s most expensive show to date – at $100 a ticket, left much of the opening night audience feeling it got its money’s worth.  The Schubert Theater was filled to capacity – with 985 spectators attending the $4.4 million extravaganza. The show is a Royal Shakespeare Co.’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ tale of a young innocent in an ever-changing world of good and evil in early Victorian England.


Music news – October 1, 1981

Breaking into the mainstream with the single “We’re In This Love Together” is an artist, primarily known in the jazz field – Al Jarreau. It’s from his first hit album, “Breaking Away” – his sixth album for Warner Brothers.

Geffen Records says that Donna Summer is recording an album with Quincy Jones, one of the hottest producers in music. Geffen says he rejected Summer’s last album – produced with Georgie Moroder, saying it failed to spotlight her vocal charms and lacked strong songs. So, back to the drawing board.  Geffen also sent Elton John back into the studio to record a few stronger songs for his next album.  

In North Carolina - A toothless man, angry because his wife served him pork cops, shot and killed the woman and her daughter and wounded another daughter while two small children looked on.

On “Saturday Night Live” this week – Rod Stewart and Tina Turner. One newcomer is getting high praise – Eddie Murphy.


Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – October 1, 1981

CBS – The Incredible Hulk, Dukes of Hazzard, Dallas

NBC – NBC Magazine, Movie, Tonight,

ABC – Benson, It’s A Living, The Manions of America (see ad), Nightline, Fridays

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week

Movie - On NBC-TV – Brooke Shields is “Tilt.” – Before “Blue Lagoon,” Before “Endless Love,” – Brooke Shields played the pinball wizard called Tilt, See America’s hottest star in her 1st starring role. Also stars Charles During and Ken Marshall.

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