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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of January 8, 1980 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev blamed American military imperialism and President Carter’s “contempt” of bilateral agreements for plunging East-West relations to a grim, new stage. He defended the Afghan invasion and says Moscow was responding to repeated pleas from the Afghan government for help in repelling foreign subversion of the Marxist regime.

President Carter launches a concerted campaign to marshal public support for boycotting the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics, in retaliation for the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.  

Iran says that all American reporters will be expelled from Iran because of “biased" reporting.

Saudi Arabian executioners behead 63 men convicted of murder in the seizure of Mecca’s Grand Mosque by Muslim fanatics in November.

The United States announces that it is expelling 17 soviet diplomats and their families in New York and withdrawing seven U.S. diplomats from Kiev in retaliation for the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan.

Thai pirates kill 70 Vietnamese boat people and took the rest to a deserted jungle island “to rape and hunt at will.” The men were beaten and thrown overboard, and the vessels were towed to an island called Kra, described as a perfect place to create a private hell. There, the survivors, mainly women and children, were raped and hunted at will. Most were eventually rescued.

Prices paid by producers of basic gods shot up 12.5% in 1979, the largest increase in five years.

Passing – George Meany (85) former AFL-CIO chief.


Sports news – January 8, 1980

Earvin (Magic) Johnson plays with the Lakers for the first time in his hometown – Detroit in a game against the Pistons. Johnson seems to be the talk of the NBA these days.

Game against Pittsburgh - Touchdown that wasn’t a touchdown – Bad call as officials rule a “no touchdown” as Houston Oiler Mike Renfor did, indeed (as TV replay showed) touched both feet in bounds before landing beyond the boundary line. It deprived Houston of a chance to tie the game at 17-17. The Oilers settled for a field goal but finally lost – 27-13. “No question about it, it was a touchdown,” said NBC-TV’s Dick Enberg.

Houston has been eliminated from the playoffs. 

The Pittsburgh Steelers vote wide receiver John Stallworth their most valuable player.

On NBC SportSunday – “Sportsworld” with Meadowlark Lemon.


Entertainment news – January 8, 1980

Butterfly McQueen (68) – the actress who portrayed the slave Prissy in “Gone With The Wind” - files a $300,000 suit against Greyhound bus Lines, alleging that she was falsely accused of being a pick-pocket.


Radio news – January 8, 1980

Dr. Laura Schlessinger will take-over the 10a-2p shift over music station KMPC (710) Los Angeles, but her show will be anything but music. She’s an assistant professor in the biological sciences at USC and a certified sex educator, counselor and therapist. She was heard most recently on KWIZ (in nearby Orange County) and once hosted a weekend show on rival KABC radio. KMPC features Robert W. Morgan mornings and Gary Owens in the afternoon. Overnighter Dave Hull was just let go. 

John Williams who composed the score for “Star Wars” and has won three Academy Awards, is named conductor of the Boston Pops. He succeeds Arthur Fiedler, Pops conductor for 50 years who died last July.


Music news – January 8, 1980

Tom Johnston – the nucleus behind the “Doobie Brothers” is releasing his first solo album – his first effort since leaving the band in 1977. “Everything You’ve Heard Is True” is out on Warner Brothers records.

Producer Dick Clark wants a federal judge to stop the “American Movie Awards” because it is “confusingly similar” to his own “American Music Awards.” Clark has produced the show for seven years for ABC-TV. The latter is supposed to air on Feb 11 on rival NBC-TV.

Passing - Conductor Andre Kostelanetz (78) – led a number of symphony orchestras.


Television news – January 8, 1980

Check out actress Laraine Stephens (wife of producer David Gerber) in NBC-TV’s mini-series “Power.” 

After 28 years, CBS is pulling the soap “Love of Life” off the air.

“It’s Your First Kiss Charlie Brown” – special on CBS-TV.


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – January 8, 1980

CBS – The White Shadow, Hawaii Five-O, Paris

NBC – Tribute to the Juke Box Awards, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Happy days, One in a Million, Three’s Company, Taxi

PBS – National Geographic, World


One in a Million – (debut) – Stars Shirley Hemphill as a cabbie who inherits controlling interest in a multi-million dollar corporation. 


Top movies – January 8, 1980


Roller Boogie

Animal House

The Jerk

Apocalypse Now

The Rose

Going in style


Electric Horseman

Star Trek

Beyond the Poseidon Adventure Part II

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