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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of October 24, 1981 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

A federal labor panel votes to strip the Professional Air traffic Controllers Organization of its right to represent air controllers because of the union’s call for an illegal strike against the government. It’s the first time the government has put a union out of business by stripping it of its bargaining authority.

 The Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, hoping to strengthen the court appeal of its desertification, declares an end to its three-month strike. Administration officials say the surrender would change nothing - the 11,500 strikers will not be allowed to go back to work.

President Reagan scores a victory as the Senate approves his record $8.5 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia.

OPEC fixes a new unified base oil price of $34 a barrel and freezes it through the end of next year. It will add about 2 1/2 cents a gallon to the price Americans pay for gas and home heating fuel.

In Murfreesboro, NC - Ten Chowman College students are arrested and charged with inciting a riot in a food fight that erupted at a Halloween banquet in the college’s cafeteria. Walls were splattered with roast turkey, mashed potatoes, candied yams and smashed pumpkins, resulting in $2000 in damages. Eight of the students are being held at $2000 bond.

In Fairfield, California, 19 year-old Melinda Middleton agrees to undergo sterilization after her baby is born rather than to prison on child abuse charges. Middleton was convicted in connection with the death of her 5 month-old daughter who had suffered from malnutrition and a whiplash-type injury.


Supermarket Prices – October 1981

 Ruffles potato chips - 8oz bag - .95... drumsticks - .99lb... AA large eggs - .79dozen... xtra-strength Tylenol - $2.39(60 tablets


Best-selling books – October 24, 1981

Bestsellers include - “An Indecent Obsession” - Colleen McCullough, “The Hotel New Hampshire” - John Irving, “The Cinderella Complex” - Colette Dowling, “The Beverly Hills Diet” - Judy Mazel.


Sports news – October 24,1981

The Dodgers win the World Series beating the Yankees. Pedro Guerrero drove in five runs with a home run, triple and single and beat the Yanks in game six - 9-2...Yankee Owner George Steinbrenner gets into a hotel elevator fight with a couple of Dodger Fans, leaving him with a possible broken left hand, a cut lip and other cuts and bruises...The Philadelphia Phillies are sold to a group headed by club executive VP Bill Giles for $30 million - the highest ever paid for a major league baseball franchise.

Gerry Spiess of the U.S. reaches Australia - the first to cross the Pacific Ocean in a 10-foot sailboat he built in his Minnesota garage. Spiess left California June 1 arriving in Hawaii on July 31. He left Hawaii July 31 and arrived in Pago Pago September 8.


Fascinating Business news – October 24, 1981

Developers in Chicago are drawing up plans to build a 169 story, almost half-mile high skyscraper. The structure is proposed for a site north of the Loop according to the Chicago Tribune. Towering over 2,300 feet - the building is set to cost $1.25 billion. Chicago is home to three of the world’s five tallest buildings.


Technology news – October 24, 1981

At its Bloomington, Indiana plant - RCA lays off 400 at its Videodisc plant due to weak demand of the players. RCA has spent $200 million to develop its videodisc. The company expected about 50% of all television-viewing homes would have videodisc players and an $8 billion annual market for players and discs would develop by 1990.


Entertainment/Movie/Celebrity/TV news – October 24, 1981

Actress Barbara Stanwyck is it over the head by a burglar at her Beverly Hills home and steals $5 thousand worth of jewelry. After awakened at about 1am, the demanded to know where her jewelry was. After hitting her, the burglar put her in a closet. Stanwyck, who did not lose consciousness, told police it was too dark to get a good identification.

Bryant Gumbel and reporter Chris Wallace replace Tom Brokaw on the “Today Show.” Gumbel will co-anchor with Jane Pauley. Wallace will remain in Washington as a correspondent. Brokaw leaves to join Roger Mudd as co-anchor of the NBC Nightly News.


Thursday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – October 24, 1981

(CBS) Magnum, PI, Movie...(NBC) Bob Hope Special - Opening the President Ford Museum...Candid Camera Special...(ABC) Mork & Mindy, Best Of The West, Bosom Buddies, Taxi, 20/20.


Bob Hope- guests include Debby Boone, Pearl Bailey, Danny Thomas, Glen Campbell.

Candid Camera - Allen Funt hosts with Loni Anderson, Wilt Chamberlin and Valerie Harper.

CBS Movie - “Killjoy” - Kim Basinger, Robert Culp (1981).


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – October 24, 1981

“Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)” - Christopher Cross, “Endless Love” - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie, “For Your Eyes Only” - Sheena Easton” Lady (You Bring Me Up) - The Commodores, “Never Too Much” - Luther Vandross, “We’re In This Love Together - Al Jarreau, “She’s A Bad Mama Jama” - Carl Carlton, “Private Eyes” - Hall & Oates, “Here I Am” - Air Supply, “When She Was My Girl” - The Four Tops


Top Country Hit Music Singles – October 24, 1981

“Queen Of Hearts - Juice Newton, “There’s No Gettin’ Over Me” - Ronnie Milsap, “Step By Step” - Eddie Rabbit, “Fancy Free” - Oak Ridge Boys, “My Baby Thinks He’s A Train” - Roseanne Cash, “Never Been So Loved (In All My Life) - Charlie Pride  


Top movies – October 24, 1981

Halloween II - Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence

Time Bandits - John Cleese, Shelly Duvall, Michael Palin

Authur - Dudley Moore

Paternity - Burt Reynolds

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