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



In The News

President Carter breaks diplomatic relations with Iran and vows to make the country pay “increasingly heavy costs” for holding American hostages.

FBI agents are keeping watch over Iranian diplomats in the United States to make sure they obey President Carter’s order to leave the country by midnight.

Warning from Iranian militants holding the U.S. hostages – They say if the U.S. takes any military action against Iran, all the U.S. hostages will be killed.

The Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini tells his people that the break in relations is actually a “good omen’ for Iran. But Iranian leaders concede that they may have to declare an economic emergency, including rationing to deal with the new U.S. sanctions. 

President Carter says he is prepared to take legal action if necessary to prevent American athletes from participating in the Moscow Olympics this summer.

Two American hostages are introduced as “confessed spies” on Iranian national television and disclosed what were described as technical secrets concerning photographic and electronic spying by the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

President Carter asks the nation’s chemical industry to follow the lead of food and drug companies in holding down prices even if it means losing some profits this year.

Two International Red Cross officials are allowed to visit American hostages. They report that two older men appeared to be under stress.

Millionaire liberal activist Stewart Mott says he is financing a drive to put rep. John B. Anderson’s name on the general election ballot as an independent presidential candidate. Anderson is a life-long republican whose liberal views on social issues have forces his GOP primary campaign to rely heavily on democrats and independents. 

Iranian President Abolhassan Bani Sadr threatens war on Iraq and battles against Israel and warns America’s oil-thirsty allies they won’t get “so much as snake’s poison” from Iran if they back President carter’s sanctions designed to free the American hostages. 

 India’s Prime Minister Indira Gandhi escapes assassination when a spring-actuated stiletto knife hurled by a man standing six feet away in a crowd outside Parliament House, narrowly missed her.

About 500 Iranian military students and their dependents are ordered to leave the country. Many had to say goodbye to their American girlfriends.

The Navy relaxes its ban on beer aboard ship as an act of mercy for about 5,000 sailors who haven’t touched land for more than 100 days. The onetime dispensation was granted for the crew of the aircraft carrier Nimitz now patrolling the Arabian Sea.

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader charges that White House influence is one reason why the government has not ordered a massive recall of ford Motor Co. vehicles that can slip into reverse after transmissions are left in park. A Ford official termed Nader’s accusation “not responsible.”

President Reagan and Nancy and others force Secretary of the Interior James G. Watt to rescind his ban on the Beach Boys’ performing at Washington’s Fourth of July celebration. 

President Carter “hedged his political bets” and “abandoned” the Shah of Iran as that Mideast nation neared revolution, the deposed ruler’s sister (Princess Ashraf Pahlavi) says in her memoirs.

New York’s bus and subway strike turned violent as vandals sabotage more than 20 private buses while rain helped stall commuters in the worst traffic jams yet.


Fascinating Business news – April 8, 1980

Chrysler Corp agrees to provide consumers with an estimated $45 million worth of free replacements for rusted front fenders on 1976 and 1977 Dodge Aspens and Plymouth Volares.


Medical news update – April 8, 1980

UCLA scientists say for the first time, new genetic material has been implanted into living animals.


Sports news – April 8, 1980

Howard (Biddy) Jacobson, once the leading horse trainer in the nation, is found guilty of murdering the lover of his former girlfriend, covergirl Melanie Cain. The jury found that Jacobson (49) had murdered John Tupper, a restaurateur with whom Cain (24) had been living.

Outfielder Lou Piniella returns to the New York Yankees training camp and apologizes to Manager Dick Howser for walking out of the intra-squad game the day before.

Did you know? - Pete Rose of the Philadelphia Phillies is chairman of the private sector of the U.S. savings bond drive.

The U.S Olympic Committee’s House of Delegates vote by a 2-1 margin not to send an American team to this summer’s Moscow Olympic Games, unless President Carter says by May 20 that the international situation has changed enough that a U.S. team may go


Music news – April 8, 1980

David Geffen is back and is forming his own label. “When I started reading the music business disaster stories over the last year, I knew it was time to get back to work. But I’m in no hurry to sign anybody. There are lots of performers out there looking for a record executive with talent and vision.” He said Jackson Browne “probably will sign.” Geffen left Asylum Records in 1976 then spent several years as vice chairman of the board of Warner Bros. Pictures. Recently, he’s served as a consultant to Warner Communications and taught music industry classes at UCLA and Yale.

Merrill Osmond (26) collapses at London’s Drury Lane Theatre. He’s the third oldest of the Osmond pop group and has heart trouble.

Even though they’ve been around a few years, “The Pretenders” finally have a hit with “Brass in Pocket.” The group consists of Chrissie Hynde, guitarist James Honeyman Scott, Dave Hill and bassist Pete Farndon.

Music Television – Kenny Rogers as The Gambler. The Grammy-Winning Song Is Now An Action-Packed Movie! On CBS-TV.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – April 8, 1980

Paul Newman meets with the press to defend “Ft. Apache.” “This picture’s been attacked as racist and the picture’s not racist,” said the actor.


Television news – April 8, 1980

“Fridays” debuts on ABC-TV this week. It’s described by some critics as a weaker “Saturday Night Live.”

Community Television Network Inc. (CTN) - a new company is established by three black former officials of the Federal Communications Commission is unveiled They have filed applications to launch a 14-city “community television network with a potential audience of 9.5 million viewers.

TV trend – information programs such as “Real People,” and “That’s Incredible” are doing well in the ratings. And expanding is the syndicated “PM Magazine” which first began 4 years ago at KPIX-TV San Francisco. It’s now on 80 stations and uses a dose of national and local inserts as stations must produce at least one 6 ½ -minute story of their own per week. “PM” is about to debut on WNEW-TV New York and KTTV Los Angeles.

Johnny Carson hosts the 52nd Annual Academy Awards Presentatio, followed by Olivia Newton-John’s “Hollywood Nights” with Andy Gibb and Elton John. On ABC-TV this Sunday!


Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – April 8, 1980

CBS – The Incredible Hulk, Dukes of Hazzard, Dallas

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

ABC – When the Whistle Blows, Movie, Fridays

PBS – Wall Street Week, Washington Week


Pink Lady – Bobby Vinton, Sid Caesar, Byron Allen, Peaches & Herb.

Debut – Fridays -  Weekly repertory comedy show with guest hosts and musical guests. This week – Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley guest hosts with musical talent Kenny Loggins.  

On Tonight – Angie Dickinson and McLean Stevenson join Johnny.


Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – April 8, 1980

CBS – Tim Conway, Movie

NBC – BJ and the Bear, Sanford, Me and Maxx, NBC Sneak Preview: the Oscar Race (see ad), Saturday Night Live

ABC – Angie Goodtime Girls, Love Boat, fantasy Island


BJ and the Bear – A female truck driver save BJ’s life after running him off the road. He then saves her from loan sharks. 


Top movies - April 8, 1980

Coal Miner’s Daughter

The Black Stallion


Kramer Vs. Kramer

Little darling

The Changeling

Don’t Answer The Phone

Apocalypse Now

Chapter Two

The Black Marble


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