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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of October 6, 1981 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Anwar Sadat is assassinated by a band of men in Egyptian army uniforms - opening fire from a jeep during a military parade. The men then jumped out, charging the reviewing stand  - firing shots and hurling at least one grenade. Two others were killed in the attack and thousands fled the scene in panic. At least three groups claim a roll in the killing. Vice President Hosni Mubarak will step into his shoes.

President Reagan says, “America has lost a close friend, the world has lost a great statesman and mankind has lost a champion of peace.” 

For the first time, former Presidents, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter get together - albeit for the grime occasion of attending President Sadat’s funeral. They chatted together frequently during the long flight.

The Senate votes to deregulate the $100 billion-a-year telecommunications industry. One Senator commented, “We’ve begun the dismantling of the overall monopoly position that AT&T has enjoyed since 1934.”

Pathologists identify the body buried in Lee Oswald’s grave as the assassin’s - ending 18 years of speculation and court battles - disproving a theory that President Kennedy was killed by a Soviet agent who assumed Oswald’s identity.   

In North Carolina - an angry man shoots and kills his wife and daughter. He said he got mad because his wife had cooked pork chops, which he can’t eat because he doesn’t have any teeth. He told the police she didn’t cook anything he could eat.


Fascinating Business news – October 6, 1981

Banks across the U.S. lower their prime lending rate to 19%. An analyst said “There’s no question that it has got to come down further... the prime rate should fall at least to 18%.”

British authorities revoke the license of two of Playboy’s biggest casinos their. Authorities say that the casinos illegally extended credit to high rolling gamblers. Costs of $166,200 were also levied.

Sears, Roebuck & Co. agrees to buy the brokerage firm of Dean Witter Reynolds for $607 million. Earlier this week, Sears agreed to buy a nationwide real-estate sales network.

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


Sports news – October 6, 1981

Terry Bradshaw throws for 276 yards as the Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the New Orleans Saints 20-6. He completed 19 of 28 passes.


Technology news – October 6, 1981

“Why Not Watch What You Want When You Want On RCA Videodiscs? RCA VideoDisc Prices start at $14.98 - much less than the cost of prerecorded video tapes. So, for a modest cost, you can build your own library of RCA VideoDiscs and have a whole world of entertainment at your command. Any time. All the time.”


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie/Hollywood news – October 6, 1981

Passing - Gloria Grahame (51) - Academy Award winning actress. Best known for her appearance in “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Of breast cancer. She left the film industry in 1955 for 15 years to have a child.

“The Johnny Carson Show’ is broadcast in Britain for the first time. Most reviews were either negative or lukewarm. From the Times of London - “Johnny go home’ ... From London Weekend Television - “I don’t know what the rest of you were watching, but you should be grateful.” The first show was an hour-long selection of past programs and aired by commercial ITN.  

Good Housekeeping Magazine chooses President Reagan on top  - on their list of the 10 most admired men. Others on the list - Anwar Sadat, Alan Alda, Poe John Paul II, Billy Graham, Bob Hope, Phil Donahue, Walter Cronkite, Prince Charles and the Rev. Jerry Falwell.


Best-selling books – October 6, 1981 

Bestsellers - “The Hotel New Hampshire” - John Irving, “Cujo” - Stephen King, “The Legacy” - Howard Fast, “The Beverly Hills Diet” - Judy Mazel, “How To Make Love To A Man” - Alexandra Penney, “The Cinderella Complex’ - Colette Dowling.


Television news – October 6, 1981

This Wednesday on CBS - Kenny Rogers in “Coward Of the County.”

UNIVISION - the first worldwide Spanish-language television is formed. Programs will be produced from Spain, Mexico, Latin America and the U.S.


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – October 6, 1981

TV Ratings - Hart To Hart (23.5), Three’s Company (23.1), The Jeffersons 922.4), The Dukes of Hazzard (22.2), MASH (22.1), Monday Night Football (22.0), Alice (21.9), 60 Minutes (20.5), Trapper John MD (20.3), House Calls (20.1), Laverne & Shirley (20.0), Dallas (19.9), Real People (18.7), Different Strokes (18.7), Manions of America (18.5), Archie Bunker’s Place (18.4), The Facts of Life (18.3), Happy days (18.2), Magnum PI (17.9), That’s Incredible (17.8)


Sunday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – October 6, 1981

CBS - 60 Minutes, Alice, The Jeffersons, Trapper John MD ...

NBC - CHiPS, Movie ... ABC - David Frost Presents, Movie


On CHiPS - A top foreign stuntman falls for Ponch’s girlfriend and performs dangerous and illegal stunts to win her over.

On The Jeffersons - Lionel’s marriage is falling apart.

On Trapper John, MD - Gonzo lets everyone know he’s getting married, then his fiancé’s long-vanished husband reappears.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – October 6, 1981

Pop charts - “Endless Love” - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie, “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” - Christopher Cross, “Queen Of Hearts’ - Juice Newton, “Slow Hand” - The Pointer Sisters, “When She Was My Girl” - The Four Tops, “Lady (You Bring Me Up” - “We’re In This Love Together” - Al Jarreau, “Step By Step” - Eddie Rabbit,  “Start Me Up” - The Rolling Stones, “Who’s Crying Now” - Journey, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” - Stevie Nicks, “Hold On Tight” - ELO, “The Beach Boys Medley” - The Beach Boys, “The Voice” - The Moody Blues, “Urgent” - Foreigner, “(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me” - Ronnie Milsap, “She’s A Bad Mamajama” - Carl Carlton, “When She Was My Girl” - The Four Tops.

Top movies – October 6, 1981

True Confessions - Robert DeNiro, Robert Duvall, Burgess Meredeth,

Tattoo - Bruce Dern, Maude Adams

Body Heat - William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna,

Paternity - Beverly D’Angelo, Norman Fell

Mommie Dearest - Faye Dunaway, Steve Forrest

Carbon Copy - George Segal, Susan Saint James, Jack Warden

Arthur - Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli

Prince Of The City - Treat Williams 

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