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



In The News

A federal court jury in Atlanta clears former federal Budget Director Bert Lance of nine charges of bank fraud, but deadlocked on three other charges.

 President Tito of Yugoslavia (67), the last of the major WWII national leaders has died. His death brings fears that the Soviet Union will move to control the nation Tito had ruled with a single and firm hand since the closing days of World War II.

Ending a 6-day siege - British commandos storm the Iranian Embassy and rescue 19 hostages held by Iranian terrorists for six days. 2 captives died.

The bodies of American servicemen who died in an Iranian desert on an aborted mission to rescue the U.S. hostages are returned – a total of eight + one caskets.

The Federal Reserve Board removes the special 3% surcharge that had forced big banks to pay 16% under certain circumstances when they borrowed funds at the Federal Reserve discount window.

Pope John Paul II issues a directive barring all Roman Catholic priests from serving in public office. Most immediate affected is Rep. Robert F. Drinan (D-Mass.) the only Roman Catholic cleric in Congress.

Former Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel, calling his period of trial and appeal an ordeal worse than any prison, wins a one-year reduction in his four-year sentence for political corruption.

Zaire - Nine are trampled to death in an early morning rush to get a glimpse of the Pope.

Doctors report deterioration in the general health of the latest wave of Cuban refugees – now arriving at a rate of about 75 an hour.

Unemployment rises from 6.25% in March to 7% last month – the highest level since August.

Passing – Luis Munoz Marin, founder of Puerto Rico’s commonwealth status and its greatest defender. He was 82. He was the governor from 1948 to 1964.


Sports news – May 1, 1980

Pittsburgh Pirate third baseman Bill Madlock receives the longest suspension ever in major league baseball (so far) growing out of a dispute with an umpire. He’s suspended for 15 days.

Genuine Risk becomes the fist filly in 65 years and the second to ever win the Kentucky Derby.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – May 1, 1980

Six hundred mourners gather in Beverly Hills for Alfred Hitchcock’s memorial Mass. Seen – Tippi Hedren and Janet Leigh with many Hitchcock stars were out of town, but sent messages of condolence. Those included Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, Gregory Peck, James Stewart and Ingrid Bergman.

Music Television - Music Television – The 15th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards. Hosted by Claude Akins, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride. Appearing – Oak Ridge Boys, Barbara mandrell, Larry Gatlin, Barbi Benton, Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, Moe Bandy, Eddie Rabbitt and many more. It’s the music that’s sweeping America On CBS-TV. 


Television news – May 1, 1980

After holding out, Johnny Carson signs a three-year contract to continue “The Tonight Show.” Under the new agreement, the show will be trimmed from 90 to 60 minutes, four nights a week starting in September.

Despite winning five Academy Awards – “The Deer Hunter” is rejected by all three networks for showing because of its violence.

Daytime shows canceled - NBC dumps “The Hollywood Squares,” “Chain Reaction,” and “The New High Rollers” to make for a new show – “The David Letterman Show” beginning June 23. 

 San Francisco mayor Dianne Feinstein is not happy with a “CBS Reports” special last week – “CBS Reports; Gay Power, Gay Politics.” The mayor said after the broadcast – “San Francisco has been much maligned” and attacked the program as “false, malicious and inflammatory.” She sent a telegram to CBS asking for 3-minutes of rebuttal time, but was turned-down. 

One out of five families watch Cable-TV.


Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 1, 1980

CBS – Palmerstown U.S.A., Barnaby Jones, The Contender

NBC – Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, 15th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Tonight Show, Tomorrow

ABC – Mork & Mindy, Benson, Barney Miller, The Ropers, 20/20

PBS – Bill Moyers Journal


The Contender - Johnny Captor goes for the gold medal at the Olympic games.

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