Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Win For The Ages...OK, Maybe For A Couple Of Decades

It had been 29 years and 14 games but UNC ended an inglorious streak in spectacular fashion on Saturday night with a 44-10 romp at Scott Stadium. It was long overdue as the Heels hadn’t won in C’ville since 1981…

Back in 1981, Ronald Reagan was the President. John W. Hinckley, Jr shot Regan outside the Washington Hilton on March 30th.

Pope:  John Paul II. He too is shot and seriously wounded as he rides in an open car through St. Peter's Square in Vatican City by a 23-year-old Turkish terrorist.

World Series: Los Angeles Dodgers (4-2 v. Yankees)

Super Bowl: Oakland Raiders 27, Philadelphia Eagles 10

NBA Champion: Boston Celtics

NHL Champion: New York Islanders

Indy 500 winner: Bobby Unser

Daytona 500 winner: Richard Petty

Kentucky Derby: Virginia-bred Pleasant Colony. He also won the Preakness.

NCAA National Champion Football: Clemson Tigers

NCAA National Champion Basketball: Indiana 63, North Carolina 50

Masters: Tom Watson

Wimbeldon Singles: Chris Everet Lloyd and John McEnroe

Academy Award Best Film: Ordinary People

Nobel Peace Prize: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Grammy for Album of the Year: "Christopher Cross," Christopher Cross

First Class Postage: 18 cents

Deaths of note: Bob Marley, king of reggae music, dies of lung cancer in Miami at age 36. Bob Hite of the blues band Canned Heat dies at age 36 of a drug-related heart seizure behind the Palamino Club in North Hollywood, California. Singer-composer Harry Chapin dies at age 38 in an automobile accident. Actress Natalie Wood drowns after falling off a boat.

Events of Note: Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer are married at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. In August, Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield becomes the No. 1 U.S. single. Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard defeats Thomas Hearns in the richest sports event in history grossing about $35 million. An unknown rock performer named Prince opens for the Rolling Stones at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

(UNC Photo by Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)

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