Week of March 1-5, 1981
The Soviet Communist party ends its 26
Leonid I. Brezhnev
its leader and
filled the Kremlin Palace with shouts of “Glory to
Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger asks for a $32.6-
billion increase in the Pentagon’s budget as the down
payment for a larger Navy, a faster bomber and other new
weaponry because “the United states cannot allow the
military balance to swing further” in favor of Russia.
Iraqi President Sadam Hussein offers to call a prompt cease-fire with Iran and
gains negotiations under the auspices of an Islamic good-will commission to end
the Persian Gulf War.
Three British missionaries jailed in Iran for six months on spying charges arrive
home and one reported that she had been choked unconscious and then shot by
her captors. The three are Dr. John Coleman, his wife Audrey and Jean Waddell.
Nancy Reagan says the First Couple is making economic sacrifices. She told
NBC news, “We’re doing the things that all people are doing now with inflation.
“You’re just pulling in. You have to.”
In Atlanta - Strange and bizarre murders of black children have the town on
edge. Some 21 black children have either been murdered or disappeared in the
last 19 months - with none solved.
U.S. automakers register their best sales period in nearly two years, stimulated
by rebate programs. Sales of autos were up 21% from the same period last year.
Lady Diana Spencer, Prince Charles’ fiancée, will meet
America’s own link with royalty, Princess Grace of
Monaco next week as the 19-year-old future British
queen performs her first royal assignment.
Reggie Jackson fails to show up as scheduled for the
beginning of Yankee spring training. “Frankly, I’m upset,
disappointed, hut more than angry,” said owner George
Steinbrenner. “Reggie must reassess his priorities.