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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

Dallas  28.8

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

Time Bandits

Raiders of the Lost Ark

French Lieutenant’s Woman


Only When I Laugh

Body and Soul

Galaxy of Terror

True Confessions

Prince of the City

Body Heat

Chariots of fire


The Prowler


Superman II

Halloween II

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