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



In The News

Republican Convention in Detroit -

Ronald Reagan selects former U.N. Ambassador George Bush to be his running mate after a daylong effort failed to persuade former President Gerald Ford to join him on the Republican ticket.

Gerald Ford says that negotiations on the Republican vice presidential nomination broke down because Ronald Reagan could not assure him he would have “a meaningful job” if elected. “I didn’t want a traditional job. I wanted a meaningful job. I think the vice president with my background and my experience, could have more than traditional responsibilities as vice president.”

Ronald Reagan, accepting the Republican presidential nomination says his No. 1 priority as President would be to assure that the safety of Americans “cannot successfully be threatened by a hostile foreign power.” Regan accused President Carter of weak, indecisive and incompetent leadership and criticized his conduct of foreign policy and held Carter directly responsible for the American hostages in Iran.

Free Enterprise - Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government announces that it will end the Post Office monopoly on carrying the mail, first established by King Charles II in 1660.

An all-white criminal court jury acquits two Ku Klux Klansmen and convicts a third on a reduced charge in the shotgun woundings of four black women outside a downtown Chattanooga tavern.

A three-judge federal panel rules the U.S. military draft registration law unconstitutional because it excludes women. The action halts registration of 4 million men scheduled to begin Monday.

Mid-west heat wave and Kansas City (MO) seems to be taking the brunt with 111 heat-related deaths so far.

Firing squads execute seven people in Iran, bringing to 12 the total shot in the last two days. Included were five military officers convicted of planning to bomb the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s home and overthrow his regime.

Supreme Court Justice William Brennan Jr. decides to let the federal government to forward with its plans to register more than 4 million men for the draft. 

The Carter Administration, rejecting any tax cut plan, officially concedes that there will be no balanced budget in fiscal 1981, but instead, a $30 billion deficit.

First ever held in a Communist country - The Moscow Olympic Games open in Lenin Stadium.  Soviet President Leonid I. Brezhnev opened the games with a brief statement – “I declare open the Olympic games of 1980 celebrating the 22nd Olympiad of the modern era.”

Commerce Department reports that the nation’s GNP – the measure of output of goods and services plunged at an annual rate of 9.1% from April through June, matching the deepest quarterly decline during the 1974-1975 recession.

Iranian hostage Richard Queen arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, saying – “I really can’t express with words, what it’s like to be back in America.”

President Carter’s brother, Billy says the President personally called him this month and advised him to make “a full disclosure” of his controversial ties with the Libyan government. He said the $220,000 he has received from the radical government of Col. Moammar Kadafi is a “loan.”

More Billy Carter – Billy Carter says he now must find a job to repay the $220,000 he borrowed from the Libyan government. He said it was the first installment of a $500,000 loan which was used to pay living expenses, legal fees and the cost of his treatment for alcoholism. “I spent all my time the past year in the drunk tank or the grand jury” said Carter. He recently registered “under protest” as a foreign agent in disclosing some details of his Libyan activities in a settlement of a civil suit by the U.S. Justice Department.  

At Coraopolis (PA) Vic Belmonte, the son of a city councilman, firing a high-powered rifle from his father’s hillside home, kills four neighbors and wounds a fifth, then drove the 10 miles to state police headquarters and surrendered.

Lord Killanin, president of the International Olympic Committee, criticizes President Carter and the White House on the eve of the opening of the American-boycotted Moscow games, for lacking knowledge about international sport.


Fascinating Business news – July 15, 1980

RCA Corp. reports a 9.9% drip in second quarter net income in part, because of NBC-TV’s layout for the Moscow Olympic coverage – at $16 million.

The price of gold falls to just above $600 an ounce.


Sports news - July 15, 1980

 (American boycotted) - Summer Olympics in Moscow – Romania’s Nadia Comaneci, sporting a new hairdo but the same form that made her the athletic world’s cover girl our years ago, scores a perfect 10 on the balance beam and was in a dead heat with the Soviet Union’s new star, Natalia Shaposhnikova in the gymnastics competition at the Moscow Olympics. Comaneci, star of the 1976 Games, has abandoned her pigtails and has taken on a hairstyle much like Dorothy Hamill.

Reports that Billy Martin’s pone was tapped while he was manager of the New York Yankees are called “a lot of bull’ by Yankee manager Pat Kelly. That’s according to a new book by Martin, accusing Yankee owner George Steinbrenner of monitoring Martin’s phone calls and keeping a file on his private life.


Radio news – July 15, 1980

Jimmy Fink, 10 years at WPLJ New York is fired for low ratings. Tony Pigg moves into Fink’s midday slot from evenings. Late nighter Carol Miller will move into Pigg’s 6p-10p slot. “95.5 WPLJ New York’s Best Rock.”

Ratings – New York – Urban WBLS-FM moves from a 7.4 to 8.1 for first place. WKTU-FM, which now identifies itself with a “progressive urban” format (no more disco 92) finishes second place with a 6.7. WOR-AM (talk) declines to a 5.2 share. WABC has leveled off to a 4.5 share. WNBC is up to a 4.1. WPLJ-FM gets a 3.9 and rival WNEW-FM is at a 2.3. WNEW-AM (MOR) gets a 3.1 and WHN-AM (country) gets a 2.5.

Ratings – Los Angeles – Rock KMET-FM goes down to a 4.9 share from a 5.8. Rival KLOS-FM moves up from a 2.2 to a 2.4. KABC-AM (talk) is #1 with a 7.0. Beautiful KBIG-FM gets a 5.7. Country KLAC-AM is up to a 4.2 form a 3.8. KRLA-AM and KFI-AM, both contemporary music stations tie with a 3.8 share each. KHJ slips from a 3.0 to a 2.2. KIIS-FM, which broadened its music playlist from just disco is up down from a 3.6 to a 3.3.

This week - WABC-AM  will carry four New York Yankees baseball games as WINS-AM goes full coverage of the Republican convention. Is this the next phrase for WABC? The Yankees/WINS contract is up after this season.

Bob Coburn, former program director at rock WMET-FM Chicago, joins KLOS for 5p-9p. KLOS also features Frazier Smith mornings, Anita at 9a, followed by B. Mitchel Reed at 1p and Joe Reilling at 9p.

Friendly Frost has sold New York’s WTFM (103.5) a beautiful music station to Heftel and many believe the new owners are going rock. Lets see. Price was $8.7 million.


Entertainment /Celebrity news – July 15, 1980

Richard Burton, star in the revival of “Camelot” on Broadway, answered the curtain call but left the Lincoln Center stage within five minutes, complaining of pain, dizziness and nausea.

Actor Peter Sellers (54) suffers a cardiac arrest and doctors treating him say he is "gravely ill.”

All TV and movie productions in Hollywood are halted after some 60,000 actors call a strike.

Los Angeles Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is now an actor. You can see him in the comedy “Airplane.”


Television news – July 15, 1980

NBC says “The David Letterman Show” now three weeks old, will be trimmed by one third  - to 60 minutes. The show finished at the bottom of the daytime ratings its first week. “Wheel of Fortune,” a game show that had been scheduled to go off the air, instead, will air in that extra half-hour.

Ann Murray guests on the syndicated “Muppet Show” this week.

George Bush need not apply - All three networks called it wrong. They all said former President Gerald R. Ford would be the running mate of GOP presidential nominee Ronald Reagan.

 After seven years on “Happy Days” – Ronnie Howard is leaving. He’s signed an agreement with NBC where he’ll develop series and movies for the network through his production company, Major H Productions. “Happy Days” scripts will have to be written, as many for next year include Howard’s character Richie Cunningham. 

Saturday night – in place of SNL is a repeat of “Bob & Ray, Jane, Laraine and Gilda.” The radio comedy team of Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding recreate their memorable characters with the help of Jane Curtin, Gilda Radner and Laraine Newman. 

Debuting this week – “Good Time Harry” staring Ted Bessell.


Monday night television – July 15, 1980

CBS – Flo, WKRP in Cincinnati, MASH, House Calls, Lou Grant

NBC – Little House on the Prairie, Movie, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – That’s Incredible, Movie

PBS -  The Lathe of Heaven


On That’s Incredible – A dentist cures pain with a clothespin.

On WKRP – Dr. Johnny Fever’s grown-up daughter pays a surprise visit.

On Lou Grant – A source asks for money. Will Lou cut the check?


Music news – July 15, 1980

Fights break out during Whiskey appearances on the Sunset Strip by the Dead Kennedy’s – a punk group.

Casablanca Records and Rick’s music Inc, the Casablanca publishing company sue singer Donna Summer for $42 million and seek to enjoin Summer from making a deal with David Geffen and his new record label. The suit contends that both Neil Bogart and his wife Joyce – who also served as Summer’s manager, assert they were forces in building Summer’s career. In her January pleading against Bogart and her husband Neil, Donna Summer charged she was mishandled. 

Billy Squier says he doesn’t want to be labeled heavy metal and prefers to call himself heavy rock. 

Did you miss the Fourth of July Beach Boys concert at the Washington Monument Mall? It was attended by nearly 500,000 and carried by several radio stations.

New album – “Chipmunk Punk” with Simon, Theodore & Alvin. Punk music never sounded this way.


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

Jump To The Beat – Stacy Lattisaw

Xanadu – Olivia Newton John

Use It Up Or Wear It Out – Odyssey

Crying – Don McLean

Funkytown – Lipps Inc.

My Way Of Thinking – UB40

Cupid – Spinners

Everybody‘s Got To Learn Sometime – Korgis

Could You Be Loved – Bob Marley & The Wailers

Simon Templer/Two Pints of Lager – Spiodgenssabounds

Little Jeannie – Elton John

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

Shining Star – Manhattans

Coming Up – Paul McCartney

Steal Away – Robbie Dupree

Magic – Olivia Newton John

The Rose – Bette Midler

Cupid – The Spinners

Let Me Love You Tonight – Pure Prairie  League

Let’s Get Serious – Jermaine Jackson

Take Your Time – S.O.S. Band

One Fine Day – Carole King

In America – Charlie Daniels Band

I’m Alive – Electric Light Orchestra

Tired of Toein’ The Line – Rocky Burnette

More Love – Kim Carnes

Emotional Rescue – Rolling Stones

Love The World Away – Kenny Rogers

All Night Long – Joe Walsh

Empire Strikes Back – Meco

Funky Town – Lipps Inc.

Misunderstanding – Genesis

Let My Love Open The Door – Pete Townshend


Top Country Hit Music Singles – July 15, 1980

Friday Night Blues – John Conlee

Bar Room Buddies – Merle Haggard and Clint Eastwood

It’s True Love – Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn

Dancin’ Cowboys – Bellamy Brothers

True Love Ways – Mickey Gilley

You Win Again – Charley Pride

Clyde – Waylon Jennings

Tennessee River – Alabama

Stand By Me – Mickey Gilley

The Blue Side – Crystal Gayle


Top music albums - July 15 1980

 McCartney – Paul McCartney

Just One Night – Eric Clapton

Let’s Get Serious – Jermaine Jackson

Glass Houses – Billy Joel

Heroes – Commodores

Empty Glass – Pete Townshend

Urban Cowboy soundtrack

Emotional Rescue – Rolling Stones

The Rose soundtrack

The Empire Strikes Back soundtrack

21 at 33 – Elton John

Duke – Genesis

The Wall – Pink Floyd

Diana – Diana Ross

Against The Wind – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

Off the Wall – Michael Jackson

One for the Road – The Kinks

Scream Dream – Ted Nugent

Mouth to Mouth – Lipps Inc.

The Game – Queen

Hold Out – Jackson Browne

Middle Man – Boz Scaggs

S.O.S. – The S.O.S. Band

After Midnight – Manhattans

Blues Brothers soundtrack

The Glow of Love – Change

Roses In the Snow – Emmylou Harris


Top movies – July 15, 1980

Bronco Billy

The Big Red One

Empire Strikes Back


Honeysuckle Rose

The Shining

Urban Cowboy

Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie

The Blue Lagoon


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