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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of September 1, 1980 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Polish Communist Party Chief Edward Gierek, whose regime was jolted by the worst labor unrest in a decade, is removed from his post. 

Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev sends warm congratulations to Poland’s new Communist Party leader, Stanislaw Kanta, calling the former Polish secret police chief a “staunch champion of the people’s true interests.”

Zbegniew Brzezinski, President Carter’s national security adviser is being investigated by the Justice Department to determine whether he violated espionage laws in discussing secret Soviet intelligence with the President’s brother – Billy Carter.

Student Busing Begins In St. Louis – classes begin under a court-ordered desegregation plan that calls for busing about 7,600 of the district’s 63,000 students.

Selective Service Director Bernard Rostker announces that 93% of all eligible military-age young men have registered for any future draft.

Inflation at the wholesale level hits better than a 20% annual rate in August while unemployment edged to 7.6%.

Ronald Reagan, lunching with Chrysler assembly line workers in a Detroit auto plant says that the federal program to aid the financially troubled company “is working, and I am happy about it.”

Abbie Hoffman (43) the fugitive former “Yippie” leader who got “tired of looking over his shoulder,” ends six years of life underground and turns himself in to authorities. He’s facing drug charges.

Campaigning – President Carter, in Independence Missouri say he and Ronald Reagan differ “in almost every basic element,” most sharply on the issue of negotiating a reduction in nuclear arms. Reagan, he said, would “initiate a massive nuclear arms race with the soviet Union” that would pose “one of the most serious threats to the safety of our nation and the world.” 

In New Jersey – Ronald Reagan accused President Carter of betraying American workers with his economic policies.


Technology news – September 1, 1980

The FCC will refund Citizen Band license fees to those who paid for one between 1970 and 1975; a court decision said it found the FCC was charging fees that generated more money that it actually cost to process license requests. The commission has already refunded more than $50 million to eligible radio and TV stations.


Sports news – September 1, 1980

George Brett of the Kansas City Royals is hot. He’s baseball’s leading hitter at .397 and he’s attempting to become the first major leaguer to bat .400 since Ted Williams (.406) in 1941.

U.S Tennis Open - Hana Mandlikova – the 18-year-old Czech whose idol is Martina Navratilova, beats her for the second time in 10 days.

Racing – California 500 at Ontario – Bobby Unser wins his fourth, but Johnny Rutherford wins his first national championship by finishing second – his eighth 1-2 finish in nine races. 


Entertainment news – September 1, 1980

Passing – Duncan Renaldo – Best known as TV’s “Cisco Kid.” He was 76.


Music news – September 1, 1980

Ex-Black Sabbath member Ozzy Osbourne has a new band – “The Blizzard of Oz.” They’ll be touring England in a few weeks. 

Friday of this week – David Bowie sings on the “Tonight” show on NBC-TV. Don’t miss it!

London’s famed Abbey Road recording studio is conducting a sale of used recording equipment, with profits going to its studio expansion. Don’t miss this one – only two days beginning Oct. 15.


Television news – September 1, 1980

Dinah Shore is leaving her daily talk show after 10 years. “Dinah & Friends” will not return after it reaches its run in October.

Public TV, NBC and ABC will again offer closed-captioned programs for the new TV season, but CBS is still adamant about not joining the others in having the National Captioning Institute put subtitles on its programs. CBS says that another technology called teletext will make the current captioning process obsolete. Said a spokesperson -  “We don’t want to be part and parcel of encouraging people to buy something that we know is already outdated.” 

Cable-TV – Showtime – the premium cable-TV channel says it is lining up a fall schedule that relies more on original programming than feature films. Added to the schedule – “Bizarre,” – cable-TV’s first biweekly comedy series. It’s hosted by John Byner. Also look for “Ralph Nader For The People” – a consumer forum launched last year and “Carousel” – 15 half-hour family family films. Showtime currently has 1.2 million paying subscribers.   

The FCC is about to consider sweeping rules that will create another class of television service – a low power service. 

Brent Musberger – who many know for co-hosting “The NFL Today” weekends on CBS-TV, has also been a co-anchor for KNXT-TV news in Los Angeles. This week, he’s leaving that post. He wants to return full time to CBS Sports. Musberger, who co-anchored the KNXT-TV 11pm news with Connie Chung says of anchoring newscasts – “You are more or less a headline reader. You can read the words. They roll out in front of you. But come with me to a football game, where you have to memorize the names of 80 players and then go live with someone talking into your ear about something else and go into a commercial…”


Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – September 1, 1980

CBS – 60 Minutes, Archie Bunker’s Place, One Day At A Time, Alice, The Jeffersons, Trapper John, M.D.

NBC – Disney’s Wonderful World, ChiPs, 32nd Annual Emmy Awards

ABC – Those Amazing Animals, Movie

PBS – Masterpiece Theater


On Those Amazing Animals – With Burgess Meredith, Priscilla Presley and Jim Stafford. Kathy Lee rides a killer Whale.

On Archie Bunker’s Place – Archie’s partner Harry sells his part of the bar/restaurant to Murray Klein.

On The Jeffersons – George and Louise meet Florence’s fiancé. 


Top movies – September 1, 1980

Dressed To Kill

Battle Beyond The Stars


My Bodyguard

He Knows You’re Alone

Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie

Middle Age Crazy

Smokey and the Bandit

The Fog

The Blues Brothers

The Empire Strikes Back


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