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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of July 5, 1980 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Carter says he stands by his decision not to ship grain to the Soviet Union and refuses to send athletes to the Summer Olympics. “I think we ought to punish the Soviet Union for their invasion and teach them that aggression does no pay.”

President Carter issues an order requiring 4 million to sign up for draft registration between July 21 and August 2 at local post offices. Carter said the order is “not to threaten war, but to preserve peace.”

 John Anderson says he’ll stay in the race for President as an independent. “I now believe that an independent can win... What I have to offer is common sense in economics, common decency in human rights and plain dealing in government.”

The Soviets refuse to broadcast an Independence Day message by Ambassador Thomas Watson Jr. Although submitted weeks ago, authorities believe it has something to do with the mention of Afghanistan - which Russia invaded earlier this year. The annual July 4 messages to the Soviets from U.S ambassadors began in the early 70’s.

A fireworks show injures 46 at Windsor’s Freedom Festival in Ontario. Canisters, which were supposed to explode on the ground, went into the air, sending shrapnel into the crowd. Most were treated for minor cuts and bruises. 

Iran revives an old Islamic punishment and executes two men and two women by stoning them. The four had been found guilty of various sex crimes.


Prices At Sears – July 5, 1980

At Sears - 45 RPM records - regularly $1.19 - .97 ...  Men’s golf shirts - 2 for $9 ... Misses short sleeve T- shirts - $3.49 each ... 10 inch Electric Chain Saw - $44.99


Entertainment/Television/Celebrity news – July 5, 1980

Comedian Richard Pryor receives “(final) skin graft surgery from burns he received three weeks ago from freebasing. Pryor almost died from the injuries.

Col. Harland Sanders (89), founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken is in a Louisville hospital, suffering from pneumonia. Earlier this month, he was diagnosed with Leukemia.

Divorces - Harry Reasoner - from his wife of 34 years - Kathleen. They have seven children.

Newsman Roger Mudd switches from CBS to NBC news. Mudd lost out to Dan Rather as the successor to CBS evening news.

Ringo Starr (33) says he will marry actress Barbara Bach (33) early next year. It’s the second marriage for both.

Marries - Raquel Welch (39) to French writer Andre Weinfeld (33).


Best-selling books – July 5, 1980

“Rage Of Angels” - Sidney Sheldon, “The Spike” - Arnaud de Borchgrave/Robert Moss, “The Real War’ - Richard Nixon, “Thy Neighbor’s Wife” - Gay Talese.


Sports news – July 5, 1980

Muhammad Ali tells a crowd in Philadelphia that he would fight Larry Holmes in September for $20 million. “I want to be their first four-time champion ... If you’re looking for Miss America or Miss Pennsylvania, you want the prettiest.  Why can’t you have a heavyweight champion who’s pretty?

The all-star lineup is announced... Pete Rose makes the team for the 14th time - also for the National League: Jose Cruz - Houston, Dale Murphy - Atlanta, Ken Reitz - St Louis, Gary Carter - Montreal, John Stearns - New York, Dave Concepcion - Cincinnati, Phil Garner - Pittsburgh, Keith Hernandez - St Louis, Dave Winfield - San Diego and George Hendrick - St Louis ... For the American League - Ben Oglivie - Milwaukee, Al Bumbry - Baltimore, Rickey Henderson - Oakland, Ken Landreaux - Minnesota, Al Oliver - Texas, Jorge Orta - Cleveland, Reggie Jackson - New York, Fred Lynn - Boston. 


Monday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – July 5, 1980

 CBS - WKRP in Cincinnati, MASH, 1980 Miss Universe Pageant ... NBC - Little House On The Prairie, Movie ... ABC - Ghost Of A Chance, Between The Lines, Football ... ABC


On  WKRP - Arthur Carlson decides to impress his mother and run for city council.

Miss Universe Pageant - Bob Barker and Helen O’Conner host from South Korea.

On The Muppet Show (syndication) - Mark Hamill guests.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – July 5,1980

 “It’s Still Rock And Roll  To Me” - Billy Joel, “Funkytown” - Lipps Inc, “Coming Up” - Paul McCartney, Cupid/I’ve Loved You For A Long Time” - The Spinners, “The Rose” - Bette Midler, “Shining Star” - The Manhattans, “Tired Of Toein’ The Line” - Rocky Burnette, “Let Me Love You Tonight” - Pure Prairie League, “Against The Wind” - Bob Segar, “Little Jeannie” - Elton John


Top music albums – July 5, 1980

“Glass Houses” - Billy Joel, “Just One Night” - Eric Clapton, “The Empire Strikes Back” - soundtrack, “McCartney II” - Paul McCartney, “Let’s Get Serious” - Jermaine Jackson, “Empty Glass” - Pete Townshend, “Urban Cowboy’ - soundtrack, “Mouth To Mouth” - Lipps Inc, Heroes” - Commodores, “The Wall” - Pink Floyd, “Go To Heaven” - The Grateful Dead, “Pretenders” - The Pretenders, “Woman And Children First’ - Van Halen


Top movies – July 5, 1980

Airplane - Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty

The Empire Strikes Back - Mark Hamil, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

Urban Cowboy - John Travolta, Debra Winger


 Brubaker - Robert Redford, Yaphet Kotto

The Shining - Jack Nicholson, Shelly Duvall

Bronco Billy - Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke

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