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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of March 23, 1980 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

President Carter shuts off the export of all American goods to the Summer Olympics in Moscow, a move that could also bloc NBC’s coverage of the games.

Iranian President Abol-hassan Bani-Sadr meets with three leaders of the militant students occupying the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. There’s an expectation the hostages will be transferred to the Iranian government.

Washington State’s Mt. St. Helens is beginning to come alive with belches of gas and explosions. It shot volcanic ash 4 miles high. Is it ready to go?

Refuge is permanent - The deposed Shah of Iran returns to the Middle East. Egyptian President Anwar Sadat declared the 60-year-old exile had found a “permanent “ home in his country. 

Iranian officials warn that the Shah of Iran’s move from Panama to Egypt will obstruct progress toward resolving the crisis over the U.S. Embassy hostages in Tehran and that some may be tried as spies as soon as the new parliament convenes. Those convicted will go to prison.

 School headmistress Jean Harris pleads innocent to second-degree murder in the slaying of “Scarsdale Diet” author Dr. Herman Tarnower. Court papers reveal she was fed up with the physician because “he slept with every woman he could.” As it turned out – Tarnower bequeathed Ms. Harris $220,000 and willed another $200,000 to a nurse he had been dating.

Elderly OK - President carter says he will not call for cuts in Social Security benefits, supplemental security income, Medicare, Meals on Wheels or assisted housing in his budget-cutting proposals.

Primary upset - Sen. Edward Kennedy defeats President Carter in New York and Connecticut. George Bush beat Reagan in Connecticut, but Reagan won in New York.

GOP Presidential candidate John B. Anderson says President Carter had a mind like a seat cushion, “It bears the imprint of the last person who sat in it.”

A mine elevator cable snaps, plunging all 23 miners aboard more than a mile to their deaths at the bottom of the world’s deepest and largest gold mine, not far from Johannesburg, South Africa.

Most of Afghanistan’s national soccer team has defected to West Germany, citing hatred of the soviet occupation army in their homeland.

In England, some call her “Big Spender Annie.” Princess Anne, daughter of the Queen, shown by recent polls to be the most unpopular member of the royal family, is getting rapped for spending too much money. She recently had a new stable built complete with more animals. This, at a time when inflation in Britain is 19%.  


Entertainment news – March 23, 1980

Another run at Las Vegas - Owners of Caesars Palace file an application with the Nevada gaming agencies asking that Frank Sinatra be approved as a “key employee” of the hotel-casino.


ports news – March 23, 1980

Passing – Jesse Owens, the black track star that won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics but was snubbed by Adolf Hitler. He was 66.

Lee Trevino holds off Ben Crenshaw to win the Tournament Players Championship in Florida.

Tracy Austin beats Martina Navratilova in the final of the $300,000 women’s tennis championship.


Music news – March 23, 1980

Passing – Mantovani – Orchestra conductor known as the master of lush strings. He was 74.

Passing – Crooner Dick Haymes (64). He was married some 6 times and appeared in 35 movies.


Television news – March 23, 1980

Debuting this week –  “ABC News Nightline” on ABC-TV. The show is an outgrowth of the hostage updates called “America Held Hostage,” seen late nights on ABC for the past six months. “Nightline” will air 20-minutes Mon-Thurs nights at 11:30p. Anchor Ted Koppel says the show will focus chiefly on domestic matters. 

Suzanne Somers who plays ditsy Chrissy Snow on “Three’s Company” makes her Las Vegas debut. Check her out at the MGM Grand. She sings. She dances.


Wednesday night television – March 23, 1980

CBS – The Day That Christ Died (3 hours)

NBC – Real People, Diff’rent Strokes, Hello Larry, From Here To Eternity, Johnny Carson, Tomorrow

ABC – Eight Is Enough, Charlie’s Angels, (late night) – The Iran Crisis: America Held Hostage  (Nightline debuts on Monday in this timeslot).


On The Day That Christ Died – Stars Chris Caradon, Colin Blakely, Keith Michell, Jonathan Pryce, Hope Lange, Eleanor Bron.

On Tomorrow w/Tom Snyder – Tom interviews Grace Slick of the Jefferson Starship.

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