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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of February 15, 1980 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

The nation’s major banks forced to pay more on borrowed money from the Federal Reserve, raise the prime lending rate a half-point to 15%, matching the all-time high for the key interest charge.

Fear of more inflation - Chairman Paul A Volcker of the Federal Reserve Board pledges to reduce the growth of the nation’s money supply to help curb inflation.

Ronald Reagan apologizes to anyone he may have offended by telling an ethnic joke aboard his campaign bus, but called the reporting of the story a “cheap shot.” “I don’t go around telling ethnic jokes to be funny or to be slurring. As a matter of fact, I’m very much opposed to that. No smear was intended.” The joke was: “How do you tell who the Polish fellow is at a cockfight? He’s the one with the duck…. How do you tell who the Italian is at the cockfight? He’s the one who bets on the duck…How do you know the Mafia was there? The duck wins.”  

In Chicago – Frank Muscare, the leader of the city’s striking firemen is sentenced to five months in jail after he was found in criminal contempt and the judge allowed the city to withdraw from a strike-ending agreement, saying the fireman’s union had broken its word.

Gov. Jerry Brown declares part of Los Angeles County a disaster area as a series of Pacific storms floods the area.


Fascinating Facts – Susan B Anthony Dollar – February 15, 1980

The Bureau of the Mint is temporarily halting production of the little-used Susan B. Anthony dollar coins, less than eight months after they went into circulation About 270 million of the coins have been distributed and there are 500 million still in government inventory more than enough to meet demand.


Sports news – February 15, 1980

Speed skater Peter Mueller of Wisconsin is arrested on a charge of attempted petty larceny after he tried to take an Olympic flag from its pole. Mueller is a 1976 gold medallist. 

Winter Olympics / Lake Placid  – Speed Skater Eric Heiden of Wisconsin becomes the first man ever to win four gold medals in a single winter Olympics after he won a 1,500- meter race. His time of 1 minute 55.44 seconds was an Olympic record.


Radio news – February 15, 1980

Norm N. Nite returns to WCBS-FM New York and will be heard on weekends.

J.J. Jackson joins rival KWST Los Angeles, as does China Smith. Both were with KLOS. B. Mitchel Reed, weekends at KLOS, takes Jackson’s full-time afternoon gig.

KLAV-AM, formerly Disco 1-2-3 is now dance and top-40. The station made the decision because disco is waning.

With disco formats on the decline, stations are substituting in some cases, more r&b, but don’t label these stations “black” formatted. Most are adding top-40 pop r&b.


Music news – February 15, 1980

 In London - Ben Scott, lead singer of the Australian rock band AC/DC is found dead in a parked car where a friend had left him to sober up after a day’s drinking. Scott, who would disrobe during performances revealing his tattooed arms, reveled in his reputation as a heavy drinker.

Studio 54 co-owners Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager begin serving their 3 ½ year sentences for tax evasion as the state Liquor Authority continued proceedings to revoke the discotheque’s liquor license.

“The World’s Largest Disco Party” is held at the convention center in Buffalo, NY.


Television news – February 15, 1980

Seems that “Dallas” has inspired a new NBC hour drama. In development is “Flamingo Road” and like Dallas, is set in the South, is steamy and features “stories that sizzle” according to NBC.

The 11:30pm news programs ABC began at the onset of the Iranian hostage crisis and has run nightly since then, will become a regular program beginning late March. The program, which so far has not been given a name or a host, will not run on Friday nights because ABC has a new comedy variety hour ready to run then. ABC said the news analysis programs have averaged about a 30% audience share, far exceeding the rating performance of same-time entertainment programs. (This will become “Nightline” and hosted by Ted Koppel). 

Shelley Hack, Charlie’s newest angel, is leaving. Hack, previously the “Charlie” perfume girl in Revlon’s TV commercials, was signed last May to replace Kate Jackson. The show has been dropping in the ratings since two of the original three stars, Ms. Jackson and Farah Fawcett majors left.


Saturday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – February 8, 1980

CBS – The Chisolms, Movie

NBC – ChiP’s, BJ and the Bear, Prime Tim Saturday, Saturday Night Live

ABC – One in a Million, The Ropers, XIII Winter Olympic Games

PBS – Live From the Met


On The Ropers – Stanley and his neighbor feud through hand puppets at a joint birth party for Helen and David.

On  Prime Time Saturday – With Tom Snyder, Jessica Savitch and Jack Perkins.

On Saturday Night Live  - Elliott Gould hosts. 


Top pop music albums – February 15, 1980

Damn The Torpedoes – Tom Petty & The Hearbreakers

The Wall – Pink Floyd

The Long Run – Eagles

Off the Wall – Michael Jackson

On the Radio – Greatest Hits Volumes One & Two – Donna Summer

Phoenix – Dan Fogelberg

Tusk – Fleetwood Mac

Corner stone – Styx

 Freedom At Point Zero – Jefferson Starship

September Morn – Neil Diamond

Gold & Platinum – Lynyrd Skynyrd Band

Greatest – Bee Gees

In Through The Out Door – Led Zeppelin

The Whispers – The Whispers

Permanent Waves – Rush

Deguello – ZZ Top

Where There’s Smoke – Smokey Robinson

Keep The Fire – Kenny Loggins

Jackrabbit Slim – Steve Forbert

Make Your Move – Captain & Tennille

Night in the Rust – Aerosmith

Masterjam – Rufus & Chaka

Big Fun – Shalamar

In The Heat of the Night – Pat Benatar


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – February 15, 1980

Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen

Do That To Me One More Time – Captain & Tennille

Coward of the County – Kenny Rogers

Rock With You – Michael Jackson

Cruisin’ – Smokey Robinson

Longer – Dan Fogelberg

Sara – Fleetwood Mac

Yes, I’m Ready -  Teri de Sario With KC

This Is IT – Kenny Loggins

On The Radio – Donna Summer

Romeo’s Tune – Steve Forbert

Daydream Believer – Anne Murray

Don’t Do Me Like That – Tom Petty

The Long Run – Eagles

An American Dream – The Dirt Band

Working My Way Back To You – Spinners

Another Brick In The Wall – Pink Floyd

Too Hot – Kool & The Gang

September Morn – Neil Diamond

Escape – Rupert Holmes

How Do I Make You – Linda Ronstadt

Fool In The Rain- Led Zeppelin

The Second Time Around – Shalamar


Top disco hit music – February 15, 1980

Vertigo/Relight My Fire/Free Ride – Dan Hartman

Evita – Festival

And The Beat Goes On/Can You Do The Boogie/Out The Box – The Whispers

I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey) – Bonnie Pointer

High ON Your Love/Hot Hot (Give It All You Got) – Debbie Jacobs

Funkytown/All Night Dancing – Lipps Inc.

Haven’t You Heard – Patrice Rushen

I Wanna Be Your Love/Sexy Dancer - Prince  

Smack Dab In the Middle – Janice McClain


Top movies – February 15, 1980

The Jerk


Last Married Couple In America

Jaws II

American Gigolo


Electric Horseman

All That Jazz


Going In Style

The Fog

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