Week of June 1, 1981
Vatican City - A smiling, waving Pope John Paul II leaves the hospital and
returns to his Vatican apartments, three weeks after he was shot in an
assassination attempt in St. Peter’s Square.
Sadat and Begin meet
- Egyptian President Anwar
Sadat bluntly blamed Syria for the Lebanese crisis
and appealed to Prime Minister Menachem Begin to
give U.S. efforts “more time” to resolved the Syrian
The nation’s jobless rate shot up in 7.6% in May, its
highest level in five months.
More than 250,000 mourners gather in Victory
Square on for the funeral of Cardinal Stefan
Wyszynski, longtime leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Poland. Many
gathered included Communists.
President Reagan launches a drive to pass a revised tax education program that
would cut income tax rates cross the board by 25% over three years.
The Navy says Fliers and aircraft crewmen on the carrier Nimitz had worked
nearly 14 hours a day for almost two weeks when a radar-jamming plane
slammed into the deck and killed 14.
The White House suspends its search for a yacht for President Reagan.
James Earl Ray
, the convicted slayer of civil rights leader
Martin Luther King Jr., was stabbed 22 times in the chest, arm
and neck in the law library at Brushy Mountain penitentiary. He
was listed in stable condition.
A couple who went to see Milton Berle at a nightclub in Denver
allege that they were dragged from their seats, hustled out and
left bruised and bleeding by nightclub employees after the
woman interjected a few one-liners into Berle’s act.
- The sales of “Reggie! The candy bar, are way
down. So is Reggie Jackson’s batting average - at a
.204. Reggie! a caramel, nut and chocolate confection
Week of June 1, 1981
that hit the market 40 months ago, had sales of $10 million in 1978. Curtiss
Candy makes the bar, but sales have been down for the past few years. Jackson
has been in a seven-week batting slump.
Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn says free agency in baseball has led to
higher operating costs and there must be a limit to the rapidly escalating salary
Lee MacPhail, handing down his stiffest penalty against a manager since
becoming American League president in 1974, imposes a one-week suspension
and a $1,000 fine against Oakland A’ manager Billy Martin for bumping umpire
Television news -
CNN celebrates its first year on the air. Today, it reaches some 6.3 million cable
homes. But look out CNN - Group W says it is looking at launching a competitor
to CNN - another all-news cable channel.
Premiere, the controversial pay-cable television network formed by Getty Oil and
four Hollywood studios, has shut down. Premier was supposed to be a
competitor to HBO, Showtime, the Movie Channel and other premium channels.