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



In The News

President Carter proposes that women as well as men be registered for the military draft for the first time in U.S. history. 

President Carter angrily accuses Sen. Edward Kennedy of making false statement about the Iranian crisis that were "very damaging” to the country and to efforts to secure release of the American hostages.

President Carter said he would agree to creation of “an appropriate U.N. commission with a carefully defined purpose” to investigate the reign of the ousted Shah Mohammad Rezay Pahlavi as a step toward securing the release of American hostages in Iran.

In an interview, President Abol-Hassan Bani-Sadr of Iran says the American hostages might be released “in the shortest possible time perhaps even in the coming days.” If both the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and President Carter accept a compromise offer worked out by Iran’s revolutionary Council.

A family on an outing along the Columbia River stumbled across 12 stacks of moldering money – part of the $200,000 that airline hijacker D.B. Cooper made off with more than eight years ago. Whether Cooper got away with the rest of the loot is an open question. He’s till being sought.

President Carter wins the Maine Democratic caucuses, beating Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and Gov. Jerry Brown of California.

The cost of energy, food, housing and health care jumped 17.6% last year, a group of private economists say in a critique of President Carter’s anti-inflation policy.


Sports news – February 8, 1980

Martin Navratilova crushes Tracy Austin in the final of a $125,000 women’s tennis tournament in Los Angeles.

The Winter Olympic Games open in Lake Placid, NY.

The International Olympic Committee rejects the U.S. request that this summer’s Moscow Olympic games be moved, postponed or canceled. “The Games Must Be Held In Moscow As Planned,” came the final word.

White House Press Secretary Jody Powell says there has been no change in U.S.. policy calling for U.S. withdrawal from the Moscow Olympic Games unless all Soviet troops are withdrawn from Afghanistan.


Entertainment news – February 8, 1980

Passing – Television actor David Janssen (48) – massive heart attack. 


Music news – February 8, 1980

Casablanca Records president Neil Bogart resigns. Sources say it has to do with the decline of disco music, which the 5-year-old company built its foundation. Also at issue is a $20 million lawsuit by Donna Summer against Casablanca, Neil Bogart and his wife Joyce, who managed the disco queen. Bogart says he wants to begin a new entertainment company.

Up and coming – even though they’ve charted overseas, particularly in the U.K. – the American group “Blondie” finally has a hit here – “Call Me.” It was produced by Giorgio Moroder, who co-produces Donna Summer. It’s also featured on the “American Gigolo” soundtrack.

They’re back – ZZ Top after splitting in 1976.

Music Television Special –“ Elvis Remembered: Nashville To Hollywood.” With Larry Gatlin and Barbara Mandrell. With Jack Albertson, Bill Bixby, Merle Haggard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich, Nancy Sinatra and others. On NBC-TV.


Television news – February 8, 1980

The XIII Winter Olympic Games begin – see it all on ABC-TV.

 Diane Ladd, who created the character of the waitress Flo in “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”, is set to replace Polly Holliday in that role on TV’s “Alice.” Ms Holliday gets her own series “Flo.”

Due to the high ratings of “A Christmas For Boomer” back in December, NBC-TV has ordered six episodes of “Boomer” – a series about a vagabond dog. 

On NBC-TV – Lucy’s Back and NBC’s Got Here! A 90-minute All-Star Welcome for lovable Lucille Ball with Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Jack Klugman, Gary Coleman, Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Gale Gordon and others.

ABC Friday night movie – “Swan Song” starring David Soul.


Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – February 8, 1980

CBS – Incredible Hulk, Dukes of Hazzard, Dallas

NBC – A Special Valentine With the Family Circus, Salute to Lucy,  Elvis Remembered, Tonight Show, Midnight Special

ABC – The B.A.D. Cats, Movie


Top Movies - February 8, 1980

Being There – Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine

Kramer Vs. Kramer – Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep

The Fog – Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis

Chapter Two – Marsha Mason, James Caan

The Rose – Bette Midler

The Black Hole – Tony Perkins

Star Trek The Motion Picture.

Electric Horseman

Midnight madness

Just Tell Me What You Want – Alan King

Last Married Couple in America


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