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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of January 22, 1980 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

By a 386-12 vote, the House joined President Carter in urging the transfer cancellation or boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games scheduled for Moscow.

 Finance Minister Abol-Hassan Bani-Sadr claims victory in Iran’s first presidential election as results streamed in suggesting he had won by a landslide.

President Carter says the United States is committed to using military force against the Soviet Union if necessary to protect the security of Pakistan. The president called the recent Soviet invasion of Afghanistan a “radical departure” from previous Kremlin policy.

Nobel Peace prizewinner Andrei D. Sakharov is seized by police in Russia and, along with his wife, is flown into internal exile to the city of Gorki. Tass also reports that he was informed of the decision to strip him of all his state and government awards and titles. Sakharov called several months ago for a boycott of the Moscow Olympics - before the Soviet intervention of Afghanistan prompted President Carter to propose the Moscow games be cancelled, postponed or moved to another city. Tass accused the nuclear physicist of “conducting subversive activities against the Soviet state.”  The Soviet government newspaper Izvesta called him a traitor and accused him of passing state secrets to diplomats in meetings at the U.S. Embassy.

The Soviet Union protests that its embassy in Washington is bugged. “Eavesdropping devices secretly installed by the American espionage services have been discovered in the living quarters of the U.S.S.R’s Embassy in Washington.” The State Department so far has refused to comment on the charges - only confirming the protest.

In the Iowa precinct caucuses - George Bush is the republican front-runner - with 34% of the vote with 26% for Ronald Reagan. Bush is a former CIA Director. Also at the Iowa caucuses - President Carter scores a victory over Senator Edward Kennedy on the democratic side. Carter has 59.1% with Kennedy at 31.2%. 


Business/Economy news – January 22, 1980

Consumer prices for 1979 soar to 13.3% - the largest gain in 33 years. The gain in the previous year (1978) was a mere 9%. Inflation jumped to its highest in 1946 - when the government lifted WWII price controls and prices soared 18.2% for the year.

On inflation fears - gold continues to rise - reaching $845 an ounce this week - rising $100 in a single day. Profit takers drove the price down to $808. The price of gold has soared more than $640 an ounce from a year ago.


Media/Business news – January 22, 1980

 The FCC - which recently denied the license RKO’s WNAC-TV (channel 7) in Boston, says the company isn’t fit to keep its other TV stations either. RKO has stations in the top-2 markets as well - New York WOR-TV (Channel 9) and KHJ-TV (Channel 9) in Los Angeles. In denying the Boston license - the FCC case was based on an investigation of RKO’s parent company - General Tire, by the Securities and Exchange Commission. In a report to the SEC, General Tire said that it made a wide array of questionable contributions and payments between 1971 and 1976.. The company either denied or admitted to any wrongdoing. The FCC says in addition - that General Tire “tried to pressure companies into placing advertising with RKO stations as a condition of doing business with General Tire.” A spokesman for General Tire in Akron, OH says they would appeal “as quickly as we practically can.”

Passing - William Orville Douglas (81) - sat on the U.S. Supreme Court longer than any other justice in history. The restless and outspoken nonconformist wrote more than 1,500 opinions.


Medical news – Celebrity Drugs – January 22, 1980

In Memphis, Elvis Presley’s physician - Dr. George Nichopoulos is found guilty of over prescribing addictive drugs to the singer. The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners also found that the doctor guilty of the same charges for another entertainer - Jerry Lee Lewis. The board accused Nicholpoulos of prescribing nearly 12,000 pills for The King over a 20-month period including the stimulant Dexedrine, the depressant Quaalude and the painkiller Valium.


Sports news – January 22, 1980

Terry Bradshaw throws touchdown bombs to Lynn Swann and John Stallworth as the Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Los Angeles Rams 31-19 in Super Bowl XIV.

Jerry Buss, owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, tears-up Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s contract and agrees to a new one that will pay him more than a million dollars a year for the next four years. 


Best-selling books – January 22, 1980

 “Smiley’s People” - John LeCarre, “The Devil’s Alternative” - Frederick Forsyth, “Jailbird” - Kurt Vonnegut, “Memories Of Another Day” - Harold Robbins, “White House Years” - Henry Kissinger, “The Brethren” - Bob Woodward/Scott Armstrong, “Serpentine” - Thomas Thompson, “The Falcon and the Snowman” - Robert Lindsey, “Aunt Erma’s Cope Book” - Erma Bombeck.


Radio news – January 22, 1980

Bruce Morrow, the famous New York DJ, buys station WRAN-AM (1510) in Dover, NJ. Morrow also owns WALL AM/FM in Middletown, NY. Purchase price is $1 million. Morrow says he’ll run something he calls FOR (Family Oriented Radio) – a mix of contemporary music, entertainment, news and information. 

Don Imus, who returned to WNBC’s morning drive slot September 3, is the hottest morning DJ in New York, according to the last ratings book. He gets a 4.7 overall rating, up from a 2.7. Also to note, WABC’s Harry Harrison (who was fired in November) scored with 5.1 as did Dan Ingram in the afternoon. The book is from October/November.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – January 22, 1980

If you saw “Star Trek” - the movie this week - you’ll flip for this! ... “Yes, you can get a pair of terrific STAR TREK Pajamas when you send $4.50 plus the Guarantee of Satisfaction statement from the back of two (2) outer bags of 8-ounce or larger MILKY WAY, SNICKERS or 3 MUSKETTERS bars...These 2-piece STAR TREK Pajamas make a perfect gift for any boy or girl. And every boy and girl will love them because they are styled after uniforms worn by the crew of the Starship Enterprise.”

Passing - Art Director Sir Cecil Beaton (76). He won two Oscars for his designs for the Hollywood movies “Gigi” and “My Fair Lady.” 


 Television news – January 22, 1980

Actor James Garner is choked, beaten and kicked in the head by a driver whose automobile collided with the “Rockford Files’ star in the Hollywood hills. The collision was minor, but says Garner, when he stopped to exchange addresses; the other driver dragged him from his car and began attacking him. After being sought for several days - two persons are booked for the attack as brother and sister surrender to authorities.

NBC-TV is negotiating with comedian David Lettermen to take over as host of a new talk-variety series based in New York that would run daily. It would be a bold experiment by the network, now locked into game shows and soap operas during the daytime.  

The Japanese singing duo “Pink Lady,” will star with comedian Jeff Altman in a limited variety series beginning in March on NBC. It is being created by Sid and Marty Kroft.                                                                                        

CBS-TV’s “Young & Restless” will expand to an hour February 4. The move will cancel the long-running “Love of Life” serial. 

After more than 18 years - Group W Productions drops Mike Douglas from his talk show - to be replaced by John Davidson.

Jane Pauley begins to anchor the Saturday edition of the “NBC Nightly News” this week. She replaces Jessica Savitch who will concentrate on her reporting duties for “Prime Time Saturday. Pauley continues her duties on “The Today Show” and Savitch will continue to anchor “The NBC Nightly News’ on Sunday


Top TV shows – January 22, 1980

It’s estimated that 105 million viewed Super Bowl XIV which was #1 ... here’s the rest of the rankings - Super Bowl post-game show, 60 Minutes, Three’s Company, MASH, Taxi, Fantasy Island, Dallas, The Love Boat, The Dukes Of Hazzard, Hart to Hart, Little House on the Prairie, House Calls, Soap, Eight Is Enough, Barney Miller, TV Movie-If Things We Different, Real People, Mork & Mindy, Benson.


Thursday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – January 22, 1980

CBS - The Waltons, Barnaby Jones, Knots Landing

NBC - Buck Rogers, Quincy, Skag

ABC - Mork & Mindy, Benson, Barney Miller, Soap, 20/20


Music news – January 22, 1980

After six hours of questioning, Paul McCartney is led back to jail for his second night. McCartney was arrested at the Tokyo Airport when police said 7.7 ounces of pot was found in his luggage. His 11-concert tour with Wings has been cancelled. The Beatle sleeps on a mattress on the floor of the tiny cell. He is handcuffed and led by rope when taken away for questioning by the prosecutor or detectives.

Jailed for nine days - Paul McCartney (37) is freed and deported from Japan, “I’m fine, I’m fine. I’m very sorry that the tour was cancelled. Goodbye Japan!” A police spokesman said they would not seek an indictment because he had “been punished socially.”  

Patricia Valentine sues Bob Dylan for the song “Hurricane.” The song protests the murder conviction of boxer Rubin Carter. She’s a key witness against Carter and figures her privacy was invaded from the song. The murder trial begins in Spring. 

Jerry Reed is signed as spokesman for “Truckstops of America” – which owns and operated 26 truckstops in 16 states.  

The Commodores will appear on Dinah Shore’s TV Show on February 1.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – January 22, 1980

Rock With You - Michael Jackson

Escape (The Pina Colada Song) - Rupert Holmes

Do That to Me One More Time -  The Captain & Tennille                                                      

Coward of the County - Kenny Rogers

No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) -  Barbra Streisand/Donna Summer

Cruisin - Smokey Robinson

I Wanna Be Your Lover - Prince                       

Deja Vu - Dionne Warwick  

The Long Run - The Eagles

Cool Change - Little River Band

Ladies Night - Kool & the Gang

On the Radio - Donna Summer

Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen

Don’t Do Me Like That - Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers   

Please Don’t Go - KC and the Sunshine Band

Sara - Fleetwood Mac

We Don’t Talk Anymore - Cliff Richard

Jane - The Jefferson Starship

This Is It - Kenny Loggins


Top Country Hit Music Singles – January 22, 1980

I’ll Be Coming Back For More – T.G. Shepard

Leaving Louisiana In Broad Daylight – The Oak Ridge Boys

Coward of the County – Kenny Rogers

Love Me Over Again – Don Williams

You’d Make An Angel Wanna Cheat – The Kendals

Your Old Cold Shoulder – Crystal Gayle

Years – Barbara Mandrell


Top music albums – January 22, 1980

The Wall - Pink Floyd            

The Long Run - The Eagles

Damn the Torpedoes -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Off The Wall - Michael Jackson

The Bee Gees Greatest - The Bee Gees

In Through the Out Door - Led Zeppelin

Wet - Barbra Streisand

On the Radio/Greatest Hits - Donna Summer

Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants - Stevie Wonder

 Kenny - Kenny Rogers

One Voice - Barry Manilow

Jackrabbit Slim - Steve Forbert

We Don’t Talk Anymore - Cliff Richard

Tusk - Fleetwood Mac

Dionne - Dionne Warwick

Discovery - Electric Light Orchestra

Partners In Crime - Rupert Holmes

Ladies Night - Kool & The Gang

Make Your Move - Captain & Tennille

Boogie Motel - Foghat

Head Games - Foreigner

After Dark - Andy Gibb


Top hit music singles in Britain – January 22, 1980

Brass In Pocket – Pretenders

With You I’m Born Again – Bill Preston & Syreeta

 Please Don’t Go – KC & The Sunshine Band

I’m In The Mood For Dancing – Nolan Sisters

Another Brick In The Wall – Pink Floyd

Tears of A Clown/Running Full Stop- English Beat

Day Trip To Bangor – Fiddler’s Dram

I Have A Dream – Abba

My Girl – Madness

I Only Want To Be With You – Tourists


Top Jazz albums – January 22, 1980

American Garage – Pat Metheny Group

Angel of the Night – Angela Bofill

One on One – Bob James & Earl Klugh

Pizzazz – Patrice Rushen

Rise – Herb Alpert

A Taste For Passion- Jean-Luc Ponty

Best of Friend – Twennynine featuring Lenny White

Street Beat – Tom Scott


Top Soul Music – January 22, 1980

Rock With You – Michael Jackson

Peanut Butter – Twennynine featuring Lenny White

Do You Love What You Feel – Rufus and Chaka

Forever Mine – O’Jays

The Second Time Around – Shalamar

I Wanna Be your Lover – Prince

Haven’t You Heard – Patrice rushen

Gimme Sometime – Natalie Cole and Peabo Bryson

Just A Touch Of Love - Slave


Top movies – January 22, 1980

Electric Horseman - Jane Fonda, Robert Redford

Kramer vs Kramer - Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep

Star Trek - William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

Going In Style - George Burns, Art Carney

Walt Disney’s “Black Hole”

Cuba - Sean Connery, Brooke Adams

Apocalypse Now - Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

The Rose - Bette Midler

The Jerk

Silent Scream

Bermuda Triangle


Apocalypse Now


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