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



In The News

Republican Thomas Kean defeats Democrat James Florida in a hard-fought race for New Jersey governor.

About 120,000 workers in southern Poland agree to end their tow-week strike after Solidarity leader Lech Walesa personally intervened.

The nation’s unemployment rate rises from 7.5% to 8%.

Not getting along – Seems that Secretary of State Alexander Haig Jr. and national security adviser Richard Allen haven’t been getting along. Many believe Allen is soon to be removed from his position. 

President Reagan announces that he will sign a 10-year extension of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act. The act banned literacy tests, poll taxes and other discouragements to minority voting. It also required nine states – Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia and parts of others, to obtain “pre-clearance” from the Justice department before changing their election laws. 

The Horne & Hardart Automat on 42nd Street in Manhattan begins a new, once for the elite dining tradition, as it begins serving brunch on Sunday. The buffet-style meal was served in an elegant style amid the art deco surroundings. The coin-operated cafeteria is the last of the old Automats.

Buckingham Palace announces that Princess Diana is expecting a baby this June.


Fascinating Business news – November 1, 1981

E Chemical Bank of New York, the nation’s sixth-largest bank, lowers its prime lending rate to 17% from 17.5%.

Domestic car sales fell 26% from a year ago – the worst October since 1958.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – November 1, 1981

Teen model and movie star Brooke Shields sobs on the witness stand while telling a Manhattan court that the man who photographed her nude in a bathtub at the age of 10 “wanted to use me.” Shields and her other, Terri, contend that the pictures were to be used for only one purpose – in a collection of photographs titled “Sugar and Spice” published by Playboy Press. They are asking the court to halt future distribution of the pictures.


Music news – November 1, 1981

The original members of the Kingston Trio – Bob Shane, Dave Guard and Nick Reynolds are getting together for a PBS special to be broadcast in March.


Sports news – November 1, 1981

At a bout in Pittsburgh, Renaldo Snipes decks Larry Holmes, but Holmes comes back to win the fight in the 11th round by TKO.

Rollie Fingers, relief pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers, is named winner of the American League Cy Young Award for 1981, Fingers won 6 games and saved 28 others with a 1.04 era in 47 appearances.

The New York Yankees acquire veteran outfielder Ken Griffey from the Cincinnati Reds for minor League pitcher Brian Ryder and a player to be named later.


Television news – November 1, 1981

Production of “Diff’rent Strokes” has been shut down for several weeks. Four shows have been taped, but the problem is, they don’t feature star Gary Coleman, who hasn’t reported for work. He wants more money. NBC pays him $30,000 per episode and says it won’t hand out profit shares in midstream to actors who didn’t share the financial liability if the show bombed.

Those famous Mean Joe Greene Coca-Cola commercials (with the little boy) are  the basis for a TV movie. It’s called “The Steeler and the Pittsburgh Kid.” In the commercial, Greene (of the Pittsburgh Steelers) is injured and taken out of the game. A young boy, apparently upset Greene is out of the game, goes down to the locker room and offers Greene a Coke. Greene than tosses the boy his jersey.

Wayne Rogers announces he is quitting CBS’ “House Calls” – another highly-rated sitcom. It’s the result of a breakdown in contract negotiations. 

On ABC-TV’s, “20/20” – Are they Luke and Laura or Tony Geary and Genie Francis? They’re soap opera superstars! How much of their TV lives do they live in real life? Tom Hoving reports!


Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – November 1, 1981

CBS – 60 Minutes, Movie, The Jeffersons

NBC – Casper’s Halloween, ChiPs, Movie

ABC – Code Red, Today’s FBI, Movie

PBS – Nova, Masterpiece Theater


Debut – Code Red – Firefighting series starring Lorne Greene.

Debut – Today’s FBI – Stars Mike Connors as FBI agent Ben Slater.

ABC Movie – “The Goodbye Girl” (1977). Marsha Mason, Richard Dreyfuss.

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