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


In The News

The government reports inflation was up 1.5% last month thanks to soaring energy costs.

 Scarsdale Diet author Dr. Herman Tarnower is shot to death in the bedroom of his ultramodern suburban home in Westchester, NY. Jean Harris, the headmistress of a Virginia girls’ school confesses to the killing, saying she was a frequent weekend visitor to the Tarnower home.

Three terrorists firing from a car attacked a U.S. Army vehicle carrying three military science instructors on San Juan’s busiest freeway.

A polish airliner carrying 22 members of the U.S. amateur boxing team on a flight from New York crashes into a military fort near Warsaw’s international airport, killing all 87 on board.

President Carter and Ronald Reagan win three southern primaries Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

The U.S. Court of Appeals rules that the three commercial television networks acted unreasonably in refusing to sell 30 minutes of prime time for a political speech by President Carter last December.

John B. Connally, the former Texas governor withdraws from the Republican presidential race.

In Chicago – Firefighters and paramedics return to work 24 days after they went on strike.

The Army would be able to fill only about half its infantry jobs and about 75% of its artillery positions within 90 days after the outbreak of an emergency, according to Sen. Sam Nunn. 

The Ayatollah Khomeini backs the uncompromising stand of the militant students holding the American hostages in Iran.

In a Gallup Poll – President Carter continues to hold a wide lead over Ronald Reagan and George Bush. He leads Reagan 57% to 34%.

Ronald Reagan, his presidential campaign sharply geared down to save dwindling resources, campaigns for last-minute support in the south’s first primary state. He stumps the state by bus, dropping the plane. 

President Carter unveils his anti-inflation program, including massive cuts in federal spending, driving up the price of gasoline and making credit harder to obtain for high-living Americans.

The House approves President Carter’s proposed windfall profits tax after defeating a final attempt by republicans to make the levy more acceptable to the oil industry.

An unknown number of employees in a “small unit” at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas are suspended after allegations that they made bets on how long critically ill patients would live and may have acted to hasten the deaths of some of the patients. The Las Vegas Review-Journal said the bets were made among members of the night shift in an intensive care unit.

Gerald R. Ford, who says his “sole, single purpose… is to get President Carter out of the White House,” meets with Carter in the Oval Office for a 40-minute friendly chat. “We had a very full discussion of domestic and international matters,” said Ford.

For the first time since 1922, the Boy Scouts of America have overhauled their uniform style. 


Fascinating Business news – March 8, 1980

A jury in Indiana acquits Ford Motor Co. on three counts of reckless homicide in the fiery deaths of three teen-agers when their Pinto sedan explodes in flames when hit from behind.


Sports news – March 8, 1980

Five Michigan football players including first-string quarterback B.J. Dickey, are dismissed from the squad by coach Bo Schembechler because of drug use.


Music news – Marc 8, 1980

Singer Al Martino is fined $300 and his shoplifting case was continued without a finding after he admitted he took $81 worth of shirts and socks from a suburban department store last December.

Cash Box does a special section titled “The Second British Invasion.” In it, an interview with Johnny Rotten and his new band Public Image Ltd.


Television news – March 8, 1980

 Robert Wussler, who was ousted as CBS president in 1978 is now vice president of the Turner Broadcasting System, which includes WTBS-TV, Atlanta and the Cable News Network, scheduled to begin operation June 1.


Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – March 8, 1980

CBS – Beyond Westworld, Movie

NBC – Real People, Diff’rent  Strokes, The Facts of Life, From Here to Eternity (see ad), Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Eight is Enough, Charlie’s Angels, Vegas, The Iran Crisis: America Held Hostage

PBS – Great Performances


Top movies – March 8, 1980

 A Force of One

Kramer Vs. Kramer

Coal Miner’s Daughter

9th Configuration


All that Jazz

Coal Miner’s daughter

Star Trek The Motion Picture


American Gigolo


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