Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of July 25, 1980 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
The deposed Shah of Iran - Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, dies in a military hospital near Cairo. An Iranian official says the death of the Shah will have no immediate effect on the fate of the 52 American hostages being held there.
Former President Richard Nixon arrives in Cairo for the funeral of the deposed Shah of Iran. The former president didn’t have kind words for the current administration’s treatment of the deposed shah: “I come to Egypt this time to pay my last respects to a friend for 30 years, a loyal friend and an ally of the U.S.” I think President Sadat’s guts in providing a home for the shah in his last days when the U.S. turned its back to one of its friends is an inspiration to all of us.” “... The treatment of the shah by the (Carter) Administration after he left was shameful. It is one of the black pages of American foreign policy.” Sadat was the only world leader who openly befriended the 60-year-old shah and offered him sanctuary.
The Pan-Am building - a unique part of the Manhattan skyline, is sold in what is described as the biggest sale of a building in history (so far). Pan American World Airways says it is selling its 59-story headquarters to Metropolitan Life Insurance Co for about $400 million. Located at 200 Park Ave, it was constructed in 1963. At that time, Pan Am owned 10% of the property.
A fire spreads heavy smoke through busy Union Station in Chicago, killing one and injuring at least twenty persons. Firefighters were called to the location earlier when smoke was noticed in the basement, but the blaze rekindled. Several hundred persons waiting for trains were in the huge waiting area beneath street level in another section of the complex. That area was unaffected.
In San Diego - Independent president candidate John B Anderson calls for federal civil rights laws to be extended to protect non-citizens. The Illinois congressman said he would create a joint U.S.-Mexico commission to help border towns solve their problems and seek more information on the social and economic effects that illegal aliens have on communities.
Billy Carter, brother of President Carter is in the hot seat. The Justice Department says Carter lied when he said he didn’t receive any payments from Libya. Later, Carter changed his story. President Carter said the American people deserve complete answers to questions that have been raised about his actions relating to his brother Billy’s relationship with the radical government of Libya.
Ford Motor Co reports its worst financial results ever - a $468 million loss in the second quarter. It’s Ford’s third consecutive quarterly deficit. Remarked an analyst - “it is clearly the blackest period in history for Ford.”
U.S aircraft carrier Midway and a Panamanian-registered merchant ship collide in Far Eastern waters. Two U.S sailors are killed and three injured. The accident occurred about 450 nautical miles southwest of the U.S. naval base at Subic Bay in the Philippines.
Technology news – July 25, 1980
New at stores - the Sony Walkman ... “Our smallest stereo cassette player.” “If you are like most people when you put on the incredibly efficient headphones, you will shake your head in amazement and the ask, ‘How can I get one?’
At the Summer Consumer Electronics show in Chicago - look out for these trends in stereo equipment:
Metal (Cassette) Tape - could become a standard
Microcassettes as a music medium. Now used for dictating and voice.
Low mass, straight tone arms - they’ll replace S or J-shaped designs. They support higher compliance cartridges.
High quality - low priced speakers.
Stereo you can carry - expect stereo tape players, radios and records you can carry in your pocket
Digital - manufacturers are showing prototypes of players for digital audio discs. So far, no real impact.
Car stereo - amplifiers, equalizers, electronic crossovers and other hidden
components are becoming standard.
Stereo Image Enhancement - electronics designed to give wider, deeper and more solid stereo.
Amplifiers - new circuits combine the efficiency of a class B amp with the low distortion of a class A amp.
Entertainment/Celebrity/Hollywood news – July 25, 1980
At their closed-door divorce hearing, actor Eric Estrada’s wife Joyce suddenly announces, “I can’t see.” Her lawyer said that the stress of seeing her estranged husband triggered a recurring eye pressure problem for which she has previously undergone surgery. She claims that the actor threw her out of their home and threatened her with physical harm if she returned.
She came out of nowhere - Appearing in television commercials for Alberto VO5 is unknown actress Rula Lenska. The commercials have made her a household name. Lenska is acutally a Polish countess, daughter of exiled Count Ludwig Lubienska, a leading diplomat in prewar Poland. She was spotted when she played a pop singer in a British TV series “Rock Follies” that was seen briefly in the U.S. In the famous commercial - she portrays a glamorous red-haired British stage “star” as needing a hair spray that really works because of her busy “Hollywood” life.
Passing - actor Strother Martin (61) of a heart attack. Best known as the prison warden in the movie “Cool Hand Luke”
Actor Peter Sellers is cremated in a simple 20-minute ceremony in a gathering of 30 relatives and family. His favorite recording of “In The Mood” by Glenn Miller was played. Sellers died last Thursday at (54) following a heart attack.
Passing - actor Allen Hoskins - portrayed the wide-eyed, pig-tailed “Farina” in the Our Gang” and “Little Rascals” series. He was 59.
Singer/songwriter John Phillips (44) is arrested on drug charges. The DEA said Philips and a loose group of friends used stolen prescription forms to buy a variety of drugs, including methaqualone, amphetamines and barbiturates. A Manhattan, NY pharmacist and his wife were arrested at their home as part of the same investigation.
Get Married - Dancer Fred Astaire (85) to jockey Robyn Smith (35).
Best-selling books – July 25, 1980
Rage of Angels - Sidney Sheldon
The Bourne Identity - Robert Ludlum
The Spike - Arnaud de Borchgrave/Robert Moss
Sins of the Fathers - Susan Howatch
Random Winds - Belva Plain
Solo - Jack Higgins
Shelley - Shelley Winters
Thy Neighbor’s Wife - Gay Talese
Free to Choose - Milton/Rose Friedman
Men in Love - Nancy Friday
Will - G. Gordon Liddy
The Real War - Richard M. Nixon
Little Gliria ... Happy at Last - Barbara Goldsmith
Television news – July 25, 1980
WSB-TV (NBC-Channel 2) in Atlanta shows a nude woman in between cartoons on Saturday morning. “There is a strict policy at the station that no lewd or suggestive material is to even be brought into the master control area” according to WSB-TV vice president and general manager Fred Barber. “That policy was obviously violated and when we find out exactly how it happened, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.”
Johnny Bench - all-star catcher for the Cincinnati Reds, is signed to co-host “Games People Play,” a new prime-time sports-variety program on NBC. He’ll join host Bryant Gumbel and Cyndy Garvey. The show premieres Aug 21.
Friday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – July 25, 1980
CBS - The Incredible Hulk, Dukes of Hazzard, Dallas
NBC - Diff’rent Strokes, Facts of Life, Speak Up America, Special-Friday Night Fights
ABC - Benson, Goodtime Girls, Movie
PBS - Washington Week In Review, Wall Street Week, The Independent Eye, A Prophet For All Seasons.
On The Incredible Hulk - David Banner joins a carnival act to help dispel its reputation as a jinx.
The Dukes of Hazzard - A Texas Ranger enlists the Duke’s help to track down a dangerous outlaw hiding in the swamp.
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA - July 25, 1980
Magic - Olivia Newton-John
It’s Still Rock n Roll to Me - Billy Joel
Shining Star - Manhattans
Cupid/I’ve Love You For A Long Time - Spinners
The Rose - Better Midler
Misunderstanding - Genesis
Coming Up - Paul McCartney
Funkytown - Lipps Inc
Take Your Time - S.O.S. Band
Little Jeannie - Elton John
Tired Of Toein’ The Line - Rocky Burnette
Let Me Love You Tonight - Pure Prairie League
Steal Away - Robert Dupree
In America - The Charlie Daniels Band
One Fine Day - Carole King
Love The World Away - Kenny Rogers
Empire Strikes Back - (Medley) - Meco
Stand By Me - Mickey Gilley
Sailing - Christopher Cross
Top Music Albums – July 25, 1980
Glass Houses - Billy Joel
Emotional Rescue - The Rolling Stones
The Empire Strikes Back - soundtrack
The Game - Queen
Urban Cowboy - soundtrack
Empty Glass - Pete Townshend
Heroes - Commodores
Diana - Diana Ross
Hold Out - Jackson Brown
Just One Night - Eric Clapton
Let’s Get Serious - Jermaine Jackson
Soundtrack - The Blues Brothers
Cultosaurus Erectus - Blue Oyster Cult
Romance Dance - Kim Carnes
Saved - Bob Dylan
Two-Bit Monsters - John Hiatt
Roses in the Snow - Emmylou Harris
McCartney II - Paul McCartney
21 at 33 - Elton John
The Up Escalator - Graham Parker
The Empire Strikes Back - Meco
Fame – soundtrack
Top movies – July 25, 1980
The Empire Strikes Back
Airplane - Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Peter Graves
Caddyshack - Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Michael O’Keefe, Bill Murray
Honeysuckle Rose - Willie Nelson, Dyan Cannon, Amy Irving, Slim Pickens
Dressed To Kill - Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen
Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie - Cheech Marin, Thomas Chong
The Blues Brothers - John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd
My Bodyguard - Chris Makepeace, Ruth Gordon, Matt Dillon, John Houseman, Craig Richard Nelson, Kathryn Grody, Adam Baldwon
Hangar 18 - Darren McGavin, Robert Vaughn, Gary Collins, Joseph Campanella, James Hampton, Tom Hallick, Pamela Bellwood
The Big Red One - Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine, Bobby DiCicco
Bronco Billy - Clint Eastwood
The Blue Lagoon - Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins, Leo McKern, William Daniels
Raise The Titanic - Jason Robards, Richard Jordan, David Selby, Anne Archer, Alex Guinness
The Hunter - Steve McQueen, Eli Wallch, Kathryn Harrold, LeVar Burton, Ben Johnson
The Final Countdown - Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross, James Farentino, Ron O’Neal, Charles Durning