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



In The News

The Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini rejects any compromise over the 50 hostages held at the U.S. Embassy as “diabolic trickery” and said only Iran’s new parliament can decide the issue, dooming a proposal to move the Americans into government custody.

The Amtrak Silver Star train collides head-on with a freight train near Lakeview, NC. 70 aboard are injured.

Iran’s ruling Revolutionary Council delays a decision on taking custody of the American hostages until President Carter clarifies his response to Iranian demands.

President Carter and Ronald Reagan pad their leads – as both win in the Louisiana primary election.

The Senate Budget Committee votes to slash government operating expenses by $2.5 billion across the board, including a $600-millin cut in the Defense Separtment budget.

Las Vegas - Tearful nurse Jani Adams is arrested on charges of killing a patient by tampering with life support equipment, the result of a grand jury’s investigation into reports a “death’s angel’ was on the loose in Nevada’s largest private hospital.

The nation’s largest bus and subway system comes to a dead stop in its first strike in 14 years, forcing millions of New York commuters to scramble to work the best way they could. “The unthinkable has happened and now we have to figure out how to live with the unthinkable and we will,” said Mayor Edward Koch. “Life will go on and we will do whatever has to be done.”

Pope John Paul II celebrates Easter Sunday Mass before 350,000 people in St. Peter’s Square and calls on the world to reject war and terrorism and accept Jesus.

President Carter breaks diplomatic relations with the government of Iran because of the “illegal and outrageous holding of 50 U.S. hostages in Tehran.”

President Leonid I. Brezhnev accepts a Lenin Prize for literature. The prize was awarded for three volumes of Brezhnev’s memoirs, titled “Little land,” Rebirth” and “Virgin Land,” all published in 1978.


Sports news – April 1, 1980

Dr. J. leads the Philadelphia 76ers to a 112-104 victory over the Washington Bullets – and the Bullets are out of post-season play. Dr J. scored 31 points.

Passing – Jesse Owens – the greatest Olympic athlete of all. He was 66.

Larry Holmes TKO’s Leroy Jones at 2:56 of the eighth round to make it six defenses, six knockouts.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – April 1, 1980

The U.S. forest Service says actor-environmentalist Robert Redford and some of his friends were caught by rangers illegally using a helicopter to ski in a restricted scenic area.

In Las Vegas – Don’t miss Cher at Caesar’s Palace.


Television news – April 1, 1980

Chuck Barris Productions has halted new production if its six series and has laid off most of its staff. Chuck Barris says he decided to pull out until the market improved for syndicated shows. He’s not out of the picture entirely – in fact – he’s in the picture – “The Gong Show Movie” – a $3 million gamble is about to come out. 

After 12 seasons - Hawaii Five-O ends. In the conclusion broadcast this week over CBS-TV, McGarrett disguises himself as an eminent scientist hoping to lure longtime foe Wo Fat out into the open so that he can catch his antagonist.

In February - Television viewing in the average household hits a record 7-hours and 22-minutes per day. According to the Television bureau of Advertising reports, among the factors that may have contributed to February’s high viewing levels were the Winter Olympics, the ongoing crises in Iran and Afghanistan and spiraling inflation and gas.


Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – April 1, 1980

CBS – The Incredible Hulk, Dukes of Hazzard, Dallas

NBC – Here’s Boomer, Facts of Life, Pink Lady, Best of Saturday Night Live, Tonight Show

ABC – When the Whistle Blows, Movie 

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