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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of December 22, 1981 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Poland – Steel workers barricade themselves inside two mills in southern Poland in defiance of the country’s military rule and say they will blow-up the plants if troops move in.

A federal judge delivers two severe blows to the equal rights amendment, ruling that Congress lacked authority to extend the deadline for ratification and that five states acted within their rights when they rescinded approval. 

President Reagan declares that “freemen cannot and will not stand idly by in the face of brutal repression” and imposes economic sanctions on Poland’s military rulers.

Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig Jr. predicts that “the heel of the military boot” will not crush resistance in Poland and said it is up to Polish and Soviet authorities to stem a rise in East-West tensions.

The government’s index of leading indicators drops in November, but at a slower rate. Officials say it may mean the recession is slowing.

President Reagan, moving to punish the Soviet Union for the martial-law crackdown in Poland, blocks the sale of equipment for a pipeline that would carry natural gas from Siberia to Western Europe. 

A member of the Guardian Angeles volunteer anti-crime group is shot to death in Newark by a police officer outside a housing project – by mistake. The officer said he mistook him for a burglary suspect.

Pope John Paul II sends his Christmas greetings with a special prayer for peace with Justice in his homeland and an improvised salute to Solidarity, the free trade union movement of Poland.

Robert Poli who led the Professional Air traffic Controllers Organization on an ill-fated strike that led to the firing of 11,400 federal controllers, resigns. He said as a result of his decision, which becomes effective Jan. 6, “I only hope the Reagan Administration sees fit to return the air traffic controllers to their former occupations.”


Medical/Health news – December 22, 1981

The nation’s first test-tube baby is born to a 28-year-old New England schoolteacher. She gave birth through a c-section to a 5lb-12oz girl. The mother is Judith Carr and her daughter is Elizabeth Jordan. 


Sports news – December 22, 1981

The Edmonton Oilers slash the Los Angeles Kings 10-3. Wayne Gretzky scored four goals.

Bart Starr is retained as coach of the Green Bay Packers, despite a record that needs improvement. 

The New York Yankees sign free agent Dave Collins of the Reds for an estimated $750,000.

Sports-TV - CBS will only televise five NBA games next season, down from 18 games this season. Ratings of NBA telecasts on CBS dropped steadily for three seasons before rising slightly the past two seasons.


Music news – December 22, 1981

E Street Band members going solo next years – Look for solo records by Clarence Clemmons and Miami Steve Van Zandt. Another new artist for David Geffen – George Thorogood. 

Passing – Songwriter Hoagy Carmichael (82).


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – December 22, 1981

Andy Kaufman has a great gimmick. He offers $1,000 to any woman who can pin him in a wrestling match.

William Shatner says the next Star Trek movie should come cheaper than the first. While the first one came in at about $40 million to produce, it looks like the second could be less than half that amount.

After five years of marriage – Elizabeth Taylor and Sen. John Warner of Virginia, have decided to separate.  

Dardevil Evel Knievel is ordered to pay $12.75 million in damages to Sheldon Saltman, the former television executive he injured in a 1977 assault with a baseball bat.


Playing in Las Vegas –

Wayne Newton – Aladdin

Ann-Margret – Caesars Palace

Captain & Tennille/David Copperfield – Hilton

Rich Little, Lynda Carter – MGM Grand

Jerry Lewis, Carol Lawrence, Flip Wilson, Vic Damone – Sahara


Television news – December 22, 1981

CBS is moving “Captain Kangaroo” to 6:30am to make room for its morning news program.

Rona Barrett’s four-week-old series on NBC is cancelled and as a result, she will leave the network.

The Roman Catholic Church forms The Catholic Telecommunications Network of America (CTNA). It’ll feed 171 Catholic dioceses through the country via satellite.


New Years Eve Television Music – December 31, 1981

CBS Happy New Year America - Host Donny Osmond with Les Brown, Mickey Gilley, the Urban Cowboy Band with Johnny Lee and the Pointer Sisters.


Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – December 22, 1981

CBS – Mr. Merlin, WKRP in Cincinnati, Movie

NBC – Real People, Facts of Life, Love Sidney, Quincy, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Frosty’s Winter Wonderland, The Leprechauns Christmas Gold, The Fall Guy, Dynasty, Nightline

PBS – A Christmas Special With Luciano Pavarotti.


WKRP – Boss Carlson’s Scrooge ways when it comes to Christmas bonuses.

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