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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of June 15, 1980 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Johannesburg - More than 15 are killed and at least 50 wounded in clashes with police during riots and looting in Cape Town’s nixed-race districts.

Sanjay Gandhi (33) – son of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is killed in a glider crash.

Former Dallas Police Chief Jesse Curry, who headed the department when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, is dead of a heart attack. 

The Carter Administration announces that nearly 130,000 Cubans and Haitians who entered this country illegally this year will be permitted to remain at least six months and receive limited federal benefits.

The Agriculture Department eases its grain embargo policy against the Soviet Union, allowing American trading companies to sell foreign grain to the Russians.

Jordan’s King Hussein calls for a shift in U.S. policy away from Israel and toward support of “the emergence of a free and peaceful Palestinian homeland.”

President Carter agrees to sell Jordan 200 advanced tanks equipped with night vision sights, reversing an earlier decision.

In Rome, President Carter begins an eight-day European tour and warns the Western allies they are being tested and must meet the Soviet challenge without “reckless confrontation” or another Cold War.

President Carter caps a two-day visit to Rome. He emerged from a meeting with Pope John Paul II and declared that they shared “unfinished tasks” in dealing with hunger, poverty and refugees. 

President Carter says he has information that the Soviet Union has ordered the withdrawal of “less than 10%” of the 85,000 troops it has in Afghanistan, which he says is not enough to mean a significant easing of the crisis.

Ramsey Clark, returning from his private mission to Iran, said government officials “should do their duty” if they believe they can legally prosecute him for violating President Carter’s ban on travel to Iran. Clark, a former U.S. attorney general and nine other Americans traveled to Tehran two weeks ago and attended an international conference on Iranian grievances against the United States. 

The Census Bureau reports that the U.S. median age has topped 30 for the first time in history.

More than 6,000 Churches of Christ have launched a nationwide campaign to remove sex and violence form television. Shows the group finds objectionable are “Soap,” “Charlie’s Angels,” ”Dallas,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Newlywed Game,” Dating Game” and “Three’s a Crowd.”

Boston - Leonard Smith walks out of a state mental hospital a free man seven months after he convinced jurors he was insane when he killed baseball star Lyman Bostock.

Jobs for this year’s college grads are up 8% to 10% over 1979, with engineers in greatest demand.


Sports news – June 15, 1980

(Montreal) Roberto Duran takes the WBC welterweight title from Sugar Ray Leonard on a close decision.

John McEnroe makes fast work of Australia’s Kim Warwick in the final of London Queen’s Club grass court tennis championships.

Tracy Austin reaches the semifinals of the women’s grass courts tennis tournament at Eastbourne, England.

At Springfield, NJ - Jack Nickleous becomes the first golfer to win the U.S. Open twice on the same course at the Baltusrol Golf Club. 

Olympia, Greece - The Olympic torch is lit in ancient Olympia and handed to the first of the runners who will carry it on the 3,040-mile journey to Moscow.

Now under investigation - Chicago Cub Manager Preston Gomez admits he told a pitcher to throw at a Houston batter.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – June 15, 1980

Marry – Lucie Arnaz to actor Larry Luckinbill at Kingston NY. Attending -  Desi Arnaz with his second wife, Edie Mack and Lucille Ball with hubby Gary Morton.  Desi Arnaz Jr. flew in from Hollywood with his wife, actress Linda Purl. 


Radio news – June 15, 1980

Detroit rock ‘n roll station WABX-FM will air WLUP-FM Chicago talent Steve Dahl’s show. Dahl is he’ll go national and this is a great first step.  WABX-FM will get the show over lines, but eventually and hopefully, will switch to satellite. Dahl made a little noise last year with his “Do ya think I’m Disco” single and plans more comedy record releases. 

WABC New York is dialing for dollars. If the station calls you, guess the amount in the jackpot (or listen to WABC) and win. DJ Johnny Donovan randomly dialed comedian Henny Youngman. He’s not a WABC listener and couldn’t give the correct amount, but he sure joked on the air. 

WPLJ-FM New York will be broadcasting concerts from Central Park – its second year of doing so.

The FCC has broken the exclusivity of the so-called 50,000 watt clear channel AM stations and will add as many as 125 new one kilowatt AM stations to their channels.  They’ll still have 750 miles of protection. 

So far, 70 stations have signed to air Murray the K’s “Soundtrack of the ‘60’s” weekly radio show. Kaufman contends the show “will give people enough space to zero in on their own deja-vu. Kaufman’s getting busy. He is preparing a Time/Life cable television show, based on the artists he helped launch during the 1960’s. He’s also in the midst of preparing a feature film in which he projects the next big era of music. He also wants to do a state fair tour featuring acts of the 1960’s Murray says he shied away from nostalgia shows until now because he felt that the 1950’s belong to Alan Freed. “Mine was the ‘60’s Beatle era,” said Kaufman.


Television news – June 15, 1980

Tells Ladies Home Journal:

Dan Rather, who will succeed Walter Cronkite as CBS News top anchorman, says curiosity has led him to try illicit drugs, including heroin. “As a reporter – and I don’t want to say that that’s the only context – I’ve tried everything.” Rather said he told his son and daughter, both in college, that if they had to try marijuana, they should do so at home around people who care about them. 

 CBS News diplomatic correspondent Marvin Kalb will join NBC News in a similar position beginning next month.

“Saturday Night Live” is searching for new talent. Visits to improv clubs in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles as well as mid-summer auditions should net some great new faces for the show. The show will continue, despite the fact that none of the regular Not Ready for Prime Time Players will not be returning, nor will the show’s producer – Lorne Michaels be creatively involved. Gilda Radner and some of the other Prime Time Players will sign agreements with NBC to develop projects for the network. 


CBS captures 8 of the top-10 shows in the ratings.

Top TV shows – June 15, 1980




Trapper John, MD


60 Minutes

Dukes of Hazzard

Movie – Bridge at Remagen

Phil & Mikhy

Three’s Company


More Television news – June 15, 1980

“The Muppet Show,” filming its fifth season ATV’s Elstree studios will take a break from television after the completion of the present 24 segments to make one or two more feature movies. Is it the end of the TV series?

The time has come – after subbing for Johnny Carson on his “Tonight” show for 30 times – David Letterman finally gets his own show – beginning this week. “The David Letterman Show” will be seen Mon-Fri from 9-10:30am. Letterman is calling it a talk show with comedy. Three comedians will be regulars – Edie McClurg, Valri Bromfield, Bob Scarlatta and Marc Goldstein.

Barbara Walters Special this week – Kenny Rogers, James Garner, John Ritter and Sir Laurence Olivier. ABC-TV.

“The Paper Chase” which aired on CBS during the 1978-79 season is coming to PBS. The series stars John Houseman as a tough and testy law school professor.


Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – June 15, 1980

CBS – 60 Minutes, Archie Bunker’s Place, One Day AT A Time, Alice, The Jefferson, Trapper John MD

NBC – Disney’s Wonderful World, ChiPs, Movie

ABC – Movie, Movie

PBS  Odyssey, Masterpiece Theater


On Alice – Flo and her date plan a romantic weekend, until he has an accident. he Jeffersons – Florence and Louise aren’t getting along, but George pleads with Florence to stay.


Music news – June 15, 1980

Just signed to RSO Records – Irene Cara and her first single is from the movie she stars – “Fame.”

 Donna Summer is the first artists signed by David Geffen’s newly formed and as yet, unnamed label. Her future has been the subject of talk ever since she filed a $10-million suit in January for her release form Casablanca Records. She’ll begin work on a new album with her longtime producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte. Look for it in the fall. 

Seven years after her husband, Jim Croce was killed in a plane crash, his estate is the subject of lengthy lawsuits. His widow Ingrid is suing his former Lawyers, managers accountants, publishing company and record company charging fraud and breach of duties.

Country more popular – An industry survey says County has now become the second favorite form of recorded music in America. Rock still leads.  


Top County Hit Music Singles – June 15, 1980

Trying to Get Two Women – Oak Ridge Boys

One Day At A Time – Cristy Lane

Your Body Is An Outlaw – Mel Tillis

He Sopped Loving Her Today – George Jones

My Heart – Ronnie Milsap

You Win Again –Charley Pride

Smooth Sailin’ – T.G. Shepard 

You Win Again – Charley Pride

True Love Ways – Mickey Gilley


Top Disco Music – June 15, 1980

Take Your Time (Do It Right) – S.O.S. Band

Lover’s Holiday – Change

Behind the Groove – Teena Marie

Let’s Get Serious -  Jermaine Jackson


Top Pop Hit Music Singles In Britain – June 15, 1980

Crying – Don McLean

Theme From Mash

Over You –Roxy Music

No Doubt About You – Hot Chocolate

Back Together Again – Robert Flack and Donny Hathaway

Let’s Get Serious – Jermaine Jackson

We Are Glass – Gary Numan

You Gave Me Love – Brown Heights Affair

Rat Race – Specials

Funkytown – Lipps Inc.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – June 15, 1980

Coming Up – Paul McCartney

Biggest Part of Me – Ambrosia

Funky Town –Lipps Inc.

The Rose – Bette Midler

Steal Away – Robert Dupree

Against The Wind – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

Cars – Gary Numan

Cupid/I’ve Loved You For A Long Tie – Spinners

Little Jeannie – Elton John

She’s Out Of My Life – Michael Jackson

Let Me Love You Tonight – Pure Prairie League

Let’s Get Serious – Jermaine Jackson

Call Me – Blonde

Shining Star – Manhattans

It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me – Billy Joel

Stomp – Brothers Johnson

Don’t Fall In Love With A Dreamer – Kenny Rogers and Kim Carnes

One Fine Day – Carole King

Brass In Pocket – Pretenders

Hurt So Bad – Linda Ronsdadt

Tire of Toein’ The Line – Rocky Burnette

Sexy Eyes – Dr. Hook

Magic – Olivia Newton John

Should’ve Never Let You Go – Neil Sedaka and Dara Sedaka


Top movies –June 15, 1980

All That Jazz

The Island

Urban Cowboy

Up the Academy

Can’t Stop The Music

Bronco Billy

The Island

Blues Brothers

The Shining

Wholly Moses

Rough Cut

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