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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of November 25, 1981 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Dies - Actress Natalie Wood (43) drowns in an apparent accident off Catalina Island where she was spending the holiday weekend with husband Robert Wagner. The Wagners had taken friend/actor Christopher Walken along in their yacht. The actress took the boat’s dingy out, and police speculate she slipped into the water. An investigation said there “was much recreational drinking going on.” Bruises on her left cheek were consistent with her having fallen and striking the yacht before she hit the water.  

Prices moderate, slowing the pace of inflation at a 4.4% annual rate - the lowest since July 1980.

Senator Harry F. Byrd Jr. of Virginia (67) says he will not seek re-election to the Senate seat his family has held for almost 50 years.

A royal aircraft carrying Prince Philip has a near miss with a British Airways Boeing 747 - carrying 200 passengers. Prince Philip (60) is a pilot and often takes control of the airplane. The jet was taking off from Heathrow Airport when it spotted the royal plane in its path.

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin (68) undergoes two hours of emergency surgery for a broken bone in his left thigh, after he slipped and fell in his bathroom. Doctors say he’s doing well.


Technology news – November 25, 1981

A judge orders AT&T to pay MCI damages of almost a million dollars for refusing to lease them long distance circuits at bulk rates.


Best-selling books – November 25, 1981

 “An Indecent Obsession” - Colleen McCullough, “No Time For Tears” - Cynthia Freeman, “Cujo” - Stephen King, “The Hotel New Hampshire” - John Irving, “How To Make Love To A Man” - Alexandra Penney, “Elizabeth Taylor; The Last Star” - Kitty Kelley, “The Lord God made Them All” - James Herriot, “From Bauhous to Our House’ - Tom Wolfe.



 Sports news – November 25, 1981

 Rollie Fingers of the Milwaukee Brewers is named American League MVP - the first relief pitcher to win the honor.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – November 25, 1981

Marries - Actress Cicely Tyson (37) to musician Miles Davis (55) at Bill Cosby’s Massachusetts home. It’s her second and his third. You can catch her this Tuesday night on “The Hallmark Hall Of Fame” on CBS. 

This holiday season - Michael Landon says “Kodak has a gift for just about everyone on your list.” Choose from 8 different instant cameras - from Kodak’s “Tele-Ektralite 600” camera - just $77 to Kodak’s great starter camera - the Instamatic - at just $14.

Passing - actor Jack Albertson (74) - winner of an Oscar, two Emmy’s and a Tony. Best known as the garage owner in “Chico and the Man.” He won a Tony for “The Subject Was Roses” and in 1968, won an Oscar for the same role. He won the Emmy award twice for his role in “Chico” in 1974 and 1976.  

Passing - actress Lotte Lenya - famed for her performance in “Three Penny Opera.”


Television news – November 25, 1981

On Thanksgiving evening on ABC - join Barbara Walters for “Ronald Reagan: At Home On The Ranch.” It’s a first-time ever tour of his spectacular ranch - Rancho Del Cielo in California. “The Reagan children and long-time friends of the President, including Pat O’Brien, Ginger Rogers, Patricia Neal and George Murphy, reveal to Barbara aspects of the man that only they know. Join Barbara Walters for this rare, personal look at the President and is wife... at home on the ranch.”

“60 Minutes” this Sunday takes a look at Jim Henson and his Muppet creations.

In daytime television - NBC debuts “The Regis Philbin Show” - seen mornings in most markets after “The Today Show.” Philbin just left the simarly-formated “A.M Los Angeles’ on Channel 7 there. In radio ads in that market, Philbin is heard telling listeners it was the same show, only a different channel! The half-hour show will have Sarah Purcell as co-host the first week and Mary Hart after that.  


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – November 25, 1981

 60 Minutes - (29.8), Dallas (28.8), Dukes Of Hazzard (24.3), Three’s Company (23.6), NFL Football (23.4), The Jeffersons (23.2), One Day At A Time (23.1), Alice (22.8), Archie Bunker’s Place (22.6), Too Close For Comfort (22.5), Movie-Sizzle (21.7), The Love Boat (21.1), MASH (21.4), Monday Night Football (21.3), Hart to Hart (20.7), Frosty The Snowman (20.0), Trapper John, MD (29.9), Laverne & Shirley (19.7), Little House On The Prairie (19.3), The Muppet Movie (19.2), That’s Incredible (19.2), Move-Dream House (18.8), House Calls (18.8), Bugs Bunny Looney Christmas (18.7), Happy Days (18.7).


Tuesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – November 25, 1981

CBS - Simon & Simon, Hallmark Hall Of Fame ... NBC - Father Murphy, Debut-Bret Maverick ... ABC - Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Three’s Company, Too Close For Comfort, Hart to Hart

Debut-Bret Maverick. James Garner reprises his role as the wisecracking western hero. Co-stars Marilyn Hassett and Stuart Margolin.

Hallmark Hall of Fame - “The Marva Collins Story” - stars Cicely Tyson as the inspiring Chicago schoolteacher. Co-stars Morgan Freeman.

On The Tonight Show - guest host David Lettermen with guests Rona Barret, Dave Thomas and Conrad Janis. 


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – November 25, 1981

“Physical” - Olivia Newton John,  “Waiting For A Girl Like You” - Foreigner, “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” - Hall & Oates, “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” - The Police, Private Eyes” - Hall & Oates, “Theme From Hill St Blues” - Mike Post, “We’re In This Love Together” - Al Jarreau, “Oh No” - The Commodores, “Why Do Fools Fall In Love’ - Diana Ross, “Just Once” - Quincy Jones w/James Ingram, “Here I Am (Just When I Thought I Was Over You)” - Air Supply, “The Old Songs” - Barry Manilow, “Sausalito Summernight” - Diesel, “No Reply At All” – Genisis


Top Country Hit Music Singles (top-40) – November 25, 1981

“All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)” - Hank Williams Jr., “My Favorite Memory” - Merle Haggard


Top movies – November 25, 1981

Raiders Of The Lost Ark - Harrison Ford

Time Bandits - John Cleese, Sean Connery, Shelly Duvall, Michael Palin.

Arthur - Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gieigud

Disney’s “The Watcher In The Woods” - Bette Davis, Carol Baker, David McCallum

Rich and Famous - Jacqueline Bisset, Candice Bergen

True Confessions - Robert DeNiro, Robert Duvall

SuperFuzz - Terence Hill, Ernest Borgnine

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - Marilyn Burns, Gunnar Hanson

Absence Of Malice” - Paul Newman, Salley Field

The Bugs Bunny Movie

Ragtime - James Cagney,

Agency - Robert Mitchum, Lee Majors, Valerie Perrine

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