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


In The News

In Tehran - Tens of thousands of left-wingers battle Muslim militants who tried to break up their rally near the occupied U.S. Embassy and revolutionary guards open fire to disperse the crowds.

Mt St. Helens - A million people in the Northwest are warned to stay indoors or wear masks if they ventured out.

The Carter Administration sends Congress a standby gas rationing plan what would provide 42 gallons a month for the typical driver during a severe shortage. The average driver now consumers 60 gallons.

Rep. John Jenrette Jr. (D-SC) is indicted by a federal grand jury on a charge of taking a bribe from FBI agents posing as representatives of an Arab businessman who needed a legislative favor. He’s the third congressman to be indicted in the Abscam bribery probe.

Temperence wins the 112th Belmont stakes.


Technology news – June 8, 1980

A federal court judge in Chicago orders AT&T to pay $1.8 billion in damages to MCI Communications. A jury decided that MCA suffered damages when AT&T denied intracity phone connections needed to complete long-distance telephone calls on MCI’s microwave network.


Music news – June 8, 1980

Born again? - Bob Dylan’s new album is called “Saved.” It should be out by the end of this month.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Broadway news – June 8, 1980

Comedian Richard Pryor is found unconscious about a block from his home, suffering first – second and third-degree burns over his body. Firefighters were called to scene by neighbors in Northridge, near, Los Angeles, who said there was “a man on fire” running down the street.  

Update – Pryor was burned over 50% of his upper body and he’s in critical condition. Pryor said he was lighting a cigarette and holding a glass of rum when it happened. A doctor said when he saw the injuries; his chances of survival are one-in-three.

“Evita,” the hit musical about Argentina’s Eva Peron, wins top Tony honors receiving seven awards, including best musical and a record 14th Tony for the show’s director – Tony Prince. 

Johnny Carson will return to the “Tonight” show after recuperating after doctors cleared a blocked artery in his left leg.

Elizabeth Taylor and poet Rod McKuen trade slaps backstage during a celebrity-studded Gala for the Performing Arts in Virginia. The show was running late after Johnny Cash took 30-minutes instead of his allotted time. McKuen was supposed to go on, but Ms. Taylor announced: “I’m going to read my poem next – or not at all. Burt Reynolds then was heard to say – “Good, she’s not going to do it.” Instead of slapping him, she slapped McKuen, and he slapped her back. 


Television news – June 8, 1980

Don’t miss the special “John Denver: The Higher We Fly.” Denver, an aviation buff, takes a journey through aviation history. This Sunday night on ABC-TV.

“The Gay Dating Game” debuts on cable television in San Francisco.

Passing –Milburn Stone, best known as “Doc Adams” in the long-running “Gunsmoke” western series. He was 75.


Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide – June 8, 1980

CBS – The Waltons, Baraby Jones, Knots Landing

NBC – Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Movie, Tonight Show, Tomorrow Show

ABC – Mork & Mindy, Benson, Barney Miller, Semi-Tough, ABC News Closeup, Nightline


On The Waltons – The War Department reports that John-Boy is missing.

On Knots Landing – J.R. Ewing comes to Knots Landing to protect Ewing family interests in off-shore drilling about to take place.

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