Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of December 1, 1981 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Atty. Gen. William French Smith decides that there are no grounds for prosecuting national security adviser Richard Allen for accepting $1,000 in cash in connection with a Japanese journalist’s interview with Nancy Regan.
President Reagan issues an executive order expanding the power of U.S. intelligence (The CIA) to mount some kinds of covert operations inside the United States, to step up surveillance of American citizens abroad and to infiltrate organizations in this country.
President Reagan and his top advisers brace for a deeper and longer recession than they anticipated but will stick by their plans without any relief programs.
President Reagan rejects the denial by Col Moammar Kadafi that Libyan terrorists have been sent to the United States to kill government leaders. “I wouldn’t believe a word he says.” “We have the evidence and he knows it.”
The Federal Reserve Board lowers its lending rate to banks to 12% from 13%. The action wasn’t taken to bring the discount rate into better alignment with sort-term rates that have been prevailing recently in the market.
President Reagan tells Teamsters Union leaders that he is considering a change in policy to allow fired air traffic controllers to get other federal jobs. He is not considering putting the air controllers back in the towers.
The U.S. Jobless rate rises to a 6-year high of 8.4 %.
Passing – Walter Knott – who turned a berry patch into a multi-million dollar tourist attraction of Knott’s Berry Farm. He was 91.
Sports news – December 1, 1981
Tailback Marcus Allen of USC wins the Heisman Trophy
Entertainment /Celebrity news – December 1, 1981
It’s ruled that actress Natalie Wood slipped and drowned accidentally while trying to enter an inflatable boat to leave the yacht where her husband, actor Robert Wagner and her film co-star, Christopher Walken, were arguing. Ms. Wood had a blood alcohol level of .14 and it was assumed she was slightly intoxicated. It’s the second major Hollywood death due to alcohol in recent weeks.
Playing in Las Vegas –
Liberace – Hilton
Dean Martin – MGM Grand
Sahara – Waylon and Madam
Liza Minneli – Riviera
Broadway – Raquel Welch debuts as a substitute for Lauren Bacall in “Woman of the Year” on Broadway. She’ll be doing the role for two weeks, and audiences seem to love it.
Television news – December 1, 1981
Some Christmas specials this week:
Ann Murray Christmas – CBS Wednesday
Johnny Cash: Christmas in Scotland with June Carter Cash - CBS Thursday
Dean Martin’s Christmas At Sea World - NBC Thursday
Syndicated – Jim Nabors’ Christmas in Hawaii.
Perry Como’s French-Canadian Christmas – ABC Saturday. Perry is joined by Dorothy Hamill, Debby Boone and the former stars of the Montreal Canadians.
Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – December 1, 1981
60 Minutes – 29.8
Dukes of Hazzard – 24.3
NFL Football (CBS) – 23.4
Jeffersons – 23.2
One Day At A Time – 231.
Alice – 22.8
Archie Bunker’s Place – 22.6
Too Close for Comfort – 22.5
Movie-Sizzle – 21.7
Love Boat – 21.4
MASH – 21.4
Monday Night Football – 21.3
Hart to Hart – 20.7
Frosty the Snowman – 20.0
Trapper John, M.D. – 19.9
Laverne & Shirley – 19.7
Little House on the Prairie – 19.3
Muppet Movie – 19.2
That’s Incredible – 19.2
Tuesday Night Television listings/programs/TV Guide – December 1, 1981
CBS – Simon & Simon, Special-Hallmark Hall of Fame
NBC – Father Murphy, Debut-Bret Maverick, Tonight Show
ABC – Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Three’s Company, Too Close For Comfort, Hart to Hart
PBS – Cosmos, Einstein’s Universe
Hallmark Hall of Fame – “The Marva Collins Story – Stars Cicely Tyson as the inspiring Chicago schoolteacher.
On Too Close For Comfort – Henry is coerced into making out his will with Jackie and Sara already spending the spoils.
Debut - James Garner reprises his role as “Bret Maverick.”
Radio news – December 1, 1981
ABC Radio releases programming details for its new Rock radio Network – set to hit the air January 4 with 50 radio stations. In its first year, Rock Radio Network plans to offer 16 two-hour rock concerts with the first to be broadcast in March. WLS-FM’s Steve Dahl, well known for his anti-disco antics a few years ago, will host a weekly rock radio comedy show and there’ll be a daily comedy show. Also, “The King Biscuit Flower Hour” which has been a part of the ABC FM Radio Network for the past year, will now be part of the new network. Other programs include “Rocknotes” hosted by WPLJ-FM personality Pat St. John, “Rock and Roll Legends” hosted by WPLJ jock Jimmy Fink and a Hollywood feature hosted by Gayle Murphy.
Top Disco Hit Music On Radio/Clubs – December 1, 1981
Genius of Love – Tom Tom Club
Controversy/Let’s Work – Prince
Let’s Groove – Earth, Wind & Fire
You Can/Fire In My Heart – Madleen Kane
Can You Movie – Modern Romance
Love Fever – Gayle Adams
R.R. Express – Rose Royce
Rock Your World – Weeks & Co.
Top Country Hit Music Singles – December 1, 1981
Love In The First Degree – Alabama
All Roads Lead To You – Steve Wariner
What Are We Doin’ Lonesome – Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Band
Fourteen Karat Mind – Gene Watson
You’re My Favorite Star – Bellamy Brothers
I Wouldn’t Have Missed It For the World – Ronnie Milsap
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – December 1, 1981
Waiting For A Girl Like You – Foreigner
Physical – Olivia Newton-John
Oh No – Commodores
Let’s Groove – Earth, Wind & Fire
I Can’t Go For That – Hall & Oates
Young Turks – Rod Stewart
Harden My Heart – Quarterflash
Leather and Lace – Stevie Nicks
Yesterday’s Songs – Neil Diamond
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic – The Police
Comin’ In And out Of Your Life - Barbra Streisand
Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
Why Do Fools Fall In Love? – Diana Ross
Top movies – December 1, 1981
Raiders of the Lost Ark
French Lieutenant’s Woman
Only When I Laugh
Body and Soul
Galaxy of Terror
Prince of the City
Chariots of fire