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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of March 1, 1980 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

The Muslim militants who have held 50 Americans hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran for some 125 days ask the ruling Revolutionary Council to take over responsibility for the captives. 

Wholesale prices soar 1.5% in February, but unemployment declined .2% slightly to 6%.

 Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance takes the blame for a breakdown in communications that led the United States to cast a vote condemning Israel in the U.N. Security Council.

Sen. Howard Baker Jr. withdraws from the 1980 Republican presidential race saying, “It’s pretty clear the campaign isn’t going anywhere.”

Officials including Press Secretary Jody Powell fail to delay airing of segments of a CBS television program they thought might hinder efforts to free U.S. hostages in Iran. The “60 Minutes” segment dealt with U.S. support for the deposed Shah of Iran.

A jury in Columbus, Ohio finds Larry Flynt and his Hustler magazine guilty of libel and invasion of privacy and awards Penthouse publisher Robert Guccione $39.3 million in damages.

The fourth policeman in five weeks is shot to death in New York City, far more than last year.

Meet Col. Rudolph Albert Herrmann. The FBI introduces a turncoat Russian spy to the news media and says he had tried to disrupt an American space shot before coming a double agent several years ago. The ruse was designed to embarrass the Russians, particularly for their invasion of Afghanistan.

Federal officials say for the first time, Radio Moscow’s English-language broadcasts are being beamed into the United States on a standard radio channel (AM-600 in this case). The broadcasts, monitored in Florida, were relayed by Cuban station CMCA.

Precedent setting case – In West Germany – A 20-year-old U.S. soldier is sentenced to 30 days of hard labor for verbal sexual harassment of a female soldier. Pfc. Omester Collins of Mobile, AL was convicted of “communicating a threat” of blackmail in an attempt to obtain a sexual favor.


Music news – March 1, 1980

Interviewed by Playboy Magazine, Linda Ronstadt, who’s dating California Gov. Jerry Brown, says she has “never seriously considered marrying anybody so far.”


Radio news – March 1, 1980

New on public radio – “Morning Edition” heard two-hours weekday mornings.  Bob Edwards and Barbara Hoctor co-host. Many are comparing it to the afternoon show, “All Things Considered.”


Entertainment/Celebrity news – March 1, 1980

Passing – Jay Silverheels – best known as sidekick “Tonto” to the Lone Ranger. He was 62.

Passing – Wilhelmina Cooper – top fashion model and head of her own super-modeling agency is dead of cancer at the age of 40. Her last cover photo was for Fortune magazine on Dec. 3, 1979.

Fred Astaire (80) announces that he plans to marry female jockey Robyn S. Smith (35) but a date has not been set.


Television news – March 1, 1980

 After three years, Sandy Hill is leaving as co-host of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and will become a special correspondent for the show and a regular contributor to 20/20. Hill joined the show three years ago, replacing Nancy Dussault. It is now beating the “Today” show in the ratings. Regulars Joan Lunden, Pat Collins and Candace Hasey will rotate as co-host with David Hartman until a permanent decision is made.

This week, David Brenner sub-hosts for Johnny Carson on the “Tonight” show.

Cher, Loni Anderson, Chevy Chase and Jack Lemmon will be in “Tom Snyder’s Celebrity Spotlight” special airing March 17 on NBC. 

A TV channel specializing in 24-hour news is fast becoming a reality. It was first talked about in 1978 but now, the channel – Cable News Network will launch on June 1. It’s the brainchild of Ted Turner (41). First year budget  is $25 million. Already, Turner has been signing up cable systems and has nearly 3 million subscribers. And it has signed a major advertiser – Bristol-Myers to a $25-million, 10-year contract. 

Some are wondering if the channel has a chance. CNN says their operation will be cost-effective because cable television transmits by satellite, as opposed to the costlier underground telephone lines used by the major networks. Not all of CNN’s newsgathering plans have been completed, but options being considered are arrangements with local stations and an overseas news service.   

Turner’s WTBS superstation now reaches 7.3 million homes in 48 states. He’s the owner of the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Hawks. Turner estimates that Cable News Network will cost him $100 million before it turns a profit.

On NBC-TV – The Big Show. Bigtime Comedy/Variety is Back! New series special premiere. Hosts – Gary Coleman and Steve Allen. With Steve Martin, Loni Anderson, Dionne Warwick, Gallagher, Peggy Fleming and more.


Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – March 1, 1980

CBS – 60 Minutes, Archie Bunker’s Place, One Day at a Time, Alice, The Jeffersons, Trapper John M.D.

NBC -  Disney’s Wonderful World, Movie

ABC – Movie, Tenspeed and Brown Shoe, Movie


On One Day At A Time – Barbara’s old friend Bob is getting married. Trouble is, Barbara knows who she is – by reputation.

On The Jeffersons – George has a party for his 50th birthday.

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