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



In The News

Armed federal sky marshals are ordered onto selected commercial aircraft after a record three hijackings to Cuba in one day.

Strikes in Poland - The total of factories, shipyards and other workshops shut down in the Gdansk regions climbs to 88.

Israeli commandos strike into southern Lebanon in their biggest attack against Palestinian bases in 2 ½ years. 63 are confirmed dead.

Representatives of nine European Common Market nations and Japan have asked the Speaker of the Iranian parliament to push for the release of the 52 American hostages and allow an international mission to meet the captives, according to news reports from Tehran.

In Chicago – Ronald Reagan, defending America’s role in the Vietnam War as a “noble cause,” called for a massive rebuilding of U.S. military forces and denounced President Carter for “betrayal” of the nation’s veterans.

In July - For the first time in 13 years, the cost of living form Americans did not go up. But the nation’s economy plunged at an annual rate of 9% from April through June, nearly the worst quarterly drop in history, reports the government.

First Lady Rosalynn Carter says that there is “no doubt” Billy Carter has suffered because of the mistrust surrounding the presidency but that she believes the President’s brother will be vindicated.

Census Bureau Reports that the number of families maintained by one parent jumped nearly 80% in the last decade.

Corporate profits plummeted to $19 billion from April to June as the nation’s economy was hit by the full force of the recession, reports the Commerce Department.

A Soviet nuclear submarine catches fire in international waters off Kinawa and at least nine crewmen were killed and three injured.

The Navy drops charges against the remaining four sailors accused of lesbian acts aboard the USS Norton Sound.

With the nomination of the Democratic convention and the endorsement of Sen. Edward Kennedy, President Carter dramatically cuts into Ronald Reagan’s lead. From a margin of 25%, the margin is down to 7% among likely voters.

Rivals – In Boston – Sen. Edward Kennedy, who behaved cooley when he appeared with President Carter at the Democratic convention last week, greets the President with handshakes, smiles and warm words, saying he was certain Carter will be reelected. Carter is there to address the American Legion.

Independent presidential candidate John B. Anderson says his campaign has been obscured by “millions of dollars in free air time” the Republican and Democratic conventions got, but that he will soon climb in the polls again.

Billy Carter defends his controversial dealings with Libya and says he would never do anything to hurt America because “I love my country.” At a Senate hearing, he told of getting one-year’s use of a Japanese-made Subaru truck in exchange for posing in the truck for a company advertisement.

The stormy North Atlantic scuttles an expedition aimed at finding the Titanic’s wreck. The mission was called off, but its members hope to renew the effort next year, using a manned submarine.

Passing – Otto Frank, whose daughter Anne wrote a teen-age diary of nazi persecution that shocked the world. He was 91.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Hollywood news – August 15, 1981

Singer Anita Bryant – an anti-gay born-again Christian, is granted a divorce from her husband of 20 years, Robert Green.

Dorothy Stratten – Playboy Magazine’s 1980 “Playmate of the Year” is shot to death in an apparent murder-suicide by her estranged husband in West Los Angeles.


Technology news – August 15, 1980

American Telephone and Telegraph Co. says it plans a major restructuring of its giant empire to comply with the FCC’s order to separate customer equipment business from regulated telephone services. The company must form a different subsidiary by March 1982.

Pirate decoder makers - The FCC warns manufacturers and sellers of TV signal decoders that they are violating federal law unless their devices are authorized by the FCC. They’re used on cable-TV and subscription TV services.


Sports news – August 15, 1980

Philly first baseman Mike Schmidt is on a roll. Over the past 10 games, Schmidt has had 22 hits in 51 at bats for a .431 average.

The Detroit Tigers retire Al Kaline’s No. 6 during ceremonies.

Following their sixth loss, Yankee owner George Steinbrenner rips into the Yankee team on the road. He was upset by Dick Howser’s decision to let Eric Soderholm hit away after Bob Watson opened the ninth inning with a single. The Yanks trailed the Orioles 6-5. “Here’s Soderholm hitting .147 and the lets him hit away with a runner at first base. Bunt him over and then tie the game,” said Steinbrenner.


Music news – August 15, 1980

Sources say John Lennon is recording again. He has been behind closed doors at the “Hit Factory” recording studios in New York. Lennon hasn’t made an album of original material in six years.

Great new tune from the New Zealand band called Split Enz– “I Got You”

8-Track tapes are in a huge downturn, with many new tapes being returned to record companies. Arista Records is only releasing the format with an album that’s selling briskly.

Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra will re-team for a three-day engagement at the resorts International Hotel-Casino in Atlantic City. Dates are Aug. 24 through 26.


Radio news – August 15, 1980

Ruth Meyer – director of program development for the NBC Radio Networks is promoted to vice president of network radio programs.

Jimmy Fink, who was dropped by WPLJ, is back on the station, but not full time.

Bobby Rich is out as program director of KHTZ-FM Los Angeles.

Don Imus of WNBC, Dan Ingram of WABC and Robert W. Morgan of KMPC will speak at the National Association Broadcasters Convention about “Making Money With Your Mouth.”

Top-40 KIMN Denver (AM950) did great in the recent ratings – a 7.7 share, up from a 6.8 in the fall.


Television news – August 15, 1980

A spokesman for General Foods, a major sponsor “Three’s Company” and “Dallas,” says it will continue to choose its programming independently of a threatened church-sponsored boycott of its products. Efforts to organize consumer boycotts of advertisers who sponsor programming they find morally objectionable have become an increasingly popular tactic among some conservative religious groups. 

Close captioning – Six months after its beginning, some 24,000 have purchased $250 decoders and only PBS has expanded such programming for those who cannot hear. CBS still has no closed captioned programming. ABC, PBS and NBC broadcast their first such programming, although limited, in March.

Joe Namath hosts “All American Pie,” an hour-long variety special this Sunday on ABC-TV.


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – August 15, 1980

CBS – The White Shadow, Movie

 NBC – Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, Movie, Tonight Show, Tomorrow Show

ABC – Happy days, Laverne & Shirley, Three’s Company, Taxi, Hart to Hart, Nightline

PBS - Nova


On  Happy Days – Fonzie finds the women of his dreams, a computer programmer. 

On Taxi – Latka meets the women of his dreams – a woman from the old country.


Top/Pop Disco Music – August 15, 1980

Fame – Fame soundtrack


Upside Down – Diana Ross

Give Me The Night – George Benson

Love Sensation – Loleatta Holloway


Top Soul Music – August 15, 1980

Give Me The Night – George Benson

Upside Down – Diana Ross

Backstrokin’ – Fatback

One in a Million You – Larry Graham

The Breaks – Kurtis Blow

Top Country Hit Music Singles – August 15, 1980

Lookin For Love – Johnny Lee

Drivin’ My Life Away – Eddie Rabbitt

Cowboys and Clowns/Misery Loves Company – Ronnie Milsap

Love The World Away – Kenny Rogers

Crackers – Barbara Mandrell

I’ve Never Seen The Likes of You – Conway Twitty

You Lift Me Up To Heaven – Reba McEntire

That Loving You Feeling Again – Roy Orbison and Emmylou Harris

Making Plans – Porter Wagner and Dolly Parton


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

Take Your Time – S.O.S. Band

Magic – Olivia Newton John

Sailing – Christopher Cross

Emotional Rescue – Rolling Stones

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

Fame – Irene Cara

All Out Of Love – Air Supply

Let My Love Open the Door – The Who

More Love – Kim Carnes

Late in the Evening – Paul Simon

Misunderstanding – Genesis

Give Me The Night – George Benson

Take a Little Rhythm – Ali Thomson

Jo Jo – Boz Scaggs

Lookin’ For Love – Johnny Lee

Shining Star – Manhattans

Boulevard – Jackson Brown

Old Fashion Love – Commodores

Why Not Me – Fred Knoblach


Top pop hit music singles In Britain – August 15, 1980

Ashes to Ashes – David Bowie

The Winner Takes It All – Abba

Upside down – Diana Ross

Give Me The Night – George Benson

More Than I Can Say – Leo Sayer

9 to 5 – Dolly Parton

Funkin’ For Jamaica – Tom Browne

Use It Up Or Wear It Out – Odyssey

Oops Upside Your Head – Gap Band

Mariana – Gibson Brothers


Top Music Albums – August 15, 1980

Emotional rescue – Rolling Stones

Urban Cowboy soundtrack

Glass Houses – Billy Joel

Hold Out – Jackson Brown

Christopher Cross – Christopher Cross

Against The Wind – Bob Seger &The Silver Bullet Band

The Game - Queen

Give Me The Night – George Benson

Empty Glass – Pete Townshend

Fame – soundtrack

Duke – Genesis

Full Moon – Charlie Daniels Band

The S.O.S. Band

Heroes – Commodores

Anytime Anyplace Anywhere – Rossington Collins Band

Blues Brothers soundtrack

Just One Night – Eric Clapton

Peter Gabriel – Peter Gabriel

Xanadu soundtrack

Middle Man –Boz Scaggs

The Empire Strikes Back soundtrack 

Cameosis – Cameo

Back in Black- AC/DC


Top movies – August 15, 1980

The Blue Lagoon


The Hunter

My Bodyguard

Middle Age Crazy

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

The Empire Strikes Back

Caddy Shack

Willie and Phil

Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie

Prom Night

Dressed to Kill

The Blues Brothers

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