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|CED Digest Vol. 6 No. 16 • 4/21/2001|
20 Years Ago In CED History: April 22, 1981: * The Soviet Union conducts an underground nuclear test at their Semipalitinsk (Kazakhstan) test site. April 23, 1981: * Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital report that artificial skin has been successfully grafted on burn patients. April 24, 1981: * President Reagan ends a 15-month old partial embargo on grain sales to the Soviet Union. The ban had been invoked by President Carter on January 4, 1980 in response to the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. * Bill "Willie" Shoemaker wins his 8000th race, 2000 more than any other jockey to date. Willie Shoemaker is the host of the interactive CED title "A Week at the Races." * Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: Nighthawks. April 25, 1981: * Seattle Mariners manager Maury Wills is suspended for 2 games after ordering the grounds crew to enlarge the batter's boxes by one foot. April 26, 1981: * Character actor Jim Davis, best known as the patriarch of the oil-rich Ewing family in the television series Dallas, dies at age 65. He appears in the CED westerns El Dorado, Rio Lobo, Big Jake, and Comes A Horseman. April 27, 1981: * A Maryland judge rules that Spiro Agnew had taken bribes from contractors when he was governor of Maryland and Vice President of the U.S. He is ordered to pay the state $147,500 plus $101,235 in interest. * Ex-Beatle Ringo Starr, 41, marries actress Barbara Bach, 30, in London. They had recently performed together in the CED title Caveman. April 28, 1981: * In his first major appearance since being wounded March 30, President Reagan makes a televised address before Congress in which he appeals for passage of his budget program. * In an escalating conflict, Israeli jets shoot down two Syrian helicopters said to have been attacking Lebanese Christian militia in Lebanon.
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