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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of November 8, 1981 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Reagan declared the economy must be rescued from years of government mismanagement and that the nation needs to “stiffen its spine and not throw in the towel” on the government spending cuts.

Beset by problem after problem, the space shuttle Columbia is commanded to make an early landing at Edwards Air Force Base. The latest problem: one of its three electric fuel cells doesn’t work.

Princess Diana, expecting a baby in June, tells another young wife that she had never heard about morning sickness before her marriage and that she is “fed up” with it.

New anti drug crusade - Nancy Reagan all but blames drug addiction on the nation’s parents and advises them to get tough, even if it means, losing your child for a while.  She told members of the national federation of parents – “I think for a long time parents weren’t involved. They shifted it to the schools or the police or the government – anybody but themselves – because it took time, it took effort, it’s not pleasant.”   

Presidential Press Secretary James Brady, giving a “thumbs up” sign, formally opens the newly refurbish White House press quarters in his first official appearance since he was shot in the head march 20. 

Adm. Hyman Rickover, now 81-years-old, will be forced to retire from the Navy next year. He is known as the father of the nuclear submarine. He has served 63 years, probably the longest active-duty tour in the Navy. 

Fascinating Facts – Man Scales The Hancock Building In Chicago – November 1, 1981

A costumed gadfly “Spider Dan” Goodwin scales the world’s fifth-tallest building, The Hancock in Chicago dodging firefighters’ hoses and grappling hooks to the cheers of hundreds of supporters. Firefighters broke out windows on the 38th floor, blocked Goodwin’s path with grappling hooks and sprayed water on the side of the steel-and-glass skyscraper during their attempt to stop him.


Fascinating Business news – November 8, 1981

J. Paul Getty III – blind and totally helpless at age 25 after suffering a stroke, is suing his millionaire father because he won’t help with the youth’s huge medical bills.  The younger Getty was kidnapped in Italy for five months in 1973 and he and his mother have filed to compel J. Getty Jr. to pay $25,000-per-month medial expenses.


Sports news – November 8, 1981

Dodger pitching sensation Fernando Valenzuela is named winner of the 1981 National League Cy Young Award.


Music news – November 8, 1981

Kenny Rogers is making a label jump to CBS Records From Liberty/EMI. This came just after Rogers filed a $44-million suit against his old label in a dispute over royalties from previous albums. 


Television News -  November 8, 1981

Actors Louis Gossett Jr. and Peter Barton are recovering from burns suffered while doing a scene from their new NBC series “The Powers of Matthew Star.” Barton, who plays Star, a teen with supernatural powers, lost his balance and fell backward on one of several magnesium flares being used for lighting. The exploding flare also burned Gossett. 

“Bosom Buddies” which aired last season and was not placed on the ABC-TV fall season, will at least be in “reserve” as ABC orders six episodes to hedge the writer’s strike. 


Television news – November 8, 1981

It’s reality – Dave Letterman will get his own late-night show at 12:30am following Johnny Carson. Tom Snyder’s “Tomorrow Coast-to-Coast,” which trims to 30 minutes will be seen at 1:30am. The Letterman show begins February 1. 

HBO is now on weekends – 24 hours!


Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – November 8, 1981

CBS – Private Benjamin, The Two of Us. MASH, Housecalls, Lou Grant

NBC – Little House on the Prairie, Movie, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Monday Night Football, that’s Incredible! Nightline

PBS – Great Performances, Close Harmony

ARTS – Creation of a Ballet

ESPN – College Football – Texas at Houston.

USA College Football – USC at Berkeley.


Little House on the Prairie – Children of Walnut Grove are fascinated by a circus dare devil and try to duplicate his stunts.

Frustrated by red tape, Dr. Weatherby decides to grow a pot plant at the hospital for certain patients, but the plant turns up on Mrs. Phipps plant wagon.


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