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



In The News

Iraq announces that its ground forces have invaded Iran. President Carter pledges U.S. neutrality in the border conflict. A U.S. spokesman says there is no connection between the fate of the 52 American hostages in Tehran and the attack.

On the campaign trail, Independent John Anderson (58) makes an issue of Ronald Reagan’s age (69). “The Reagan platform has the effrontery to call itself pro-family. But family styles change in every generation. Those in the older generations fear change are the ones who always very darkly predict the end, the demise of the family. And, they’re always wrong.”   

Attempting to ride his motorcycle over the fountain’s at “Caesar’s Palace’ in Las Vegas for ABC’s “That’s Incredible” - daredevil Gary Wells is injured. He did the 155-leap fine, but his motorcycle clipped the landing ramp, skidded on its side and crashed into a retaining wall. Six spectators were also injured after the wall they were leaning on - collapsed. 

Walter Cronkite Voted Mosted Trusted Man – September 15, 1980

In a poll by Ladies Home Journal, Woman vote Walter Cronkite as the most trusted of newscasters at 40%. Second place was “none” at 31%. Third place - John Chancellor at 5%. Dan Rather, Cronkite’s successor on the CBS evening news received 4%.


Best-selling books - September 15, 1980

“Rage Of Angels” - Sidney Sheldon, “The Origin” - Irving Stone, “Shelly” - Shelly Winters, “Music For Chameleons” - Truman Capote.


Radio news - September 15, 1980

KHJ/Los Angeles says it will drop top-40 for country music sometime in October. The station’s format and sound - called the “Drake” format, became so popular, so fast, beginning in April of 1965; it spread to major markets across the nation. KHJ quickly beat three other competitors and stayed on top of the LA ratings for 10 years. Bill Drake and then program director Ron Jacobs were the brainchild of “Boss Radio” – 93/KHJ. Country music has seen a surge of popularity, thanks in part to “Urban Cowboy.” The switch is jokingly being referred to as “From Boss to Hoss.”  Because of KHJ - the “Drake” sound was a large part of top-40 in the mid-late 60’s and through the 70’s across the USA.  


Entertainment/Hollywood/Movie/Celebrity news – September 15, 1980

George Lucas tells Fortune Magazine that he figures he has kept $100 million of the $430 million that “Star Wars” has made at the gate so far. 

The legendary “Brown Derby” restaurant in Hollywood suddenly dismisses and pays-off its employees, telling them the restaurant will be razed by the weekend - with no warning. Trucks arrived, hauling away furniture and the food was given to a downtown mission. Reservations were still being accepted for Saturday lunches as the scaffolding was going up around the building. The building got a temporary reprieve from being demolished on Sunday. Just as a chunk was taken out of the building from a bulldozer, police ordered the operator to stop because a demolition permit had not been issued.

Cathy Lee Crosby – co-host of “That’s Incredible” tells a congressional committee that she dabbled in drugs - saying celebrities can help youngsters steer away from them. “I was a dabbler in social occasions.” The host says she hasn’t taken any kind of drug for two years.


Sports news – September 15, 1980

Jim Tyrer (41), former all-pro tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs, shoots his wife dead then turns his 38-calibor pistol on himself. The couple’s teenage son found the bodies. Two other children were asleep in the home. Tyrer played for the Chiefs from 1961 to 1973.


Supermarket Prices – September 15, 1980

At the mart - Gillette - “Good News” disposable razors - pkg of 6 - .99 ... 16oz pkg of Fig Newtons - $1.19 ... Anacin tablets - bottle of 100 - $1.99 ... Jergen’s lotion - 15oz bottle - $2.49.


Top TV Shows/Most Popular – September 15, 1980

Special-The Woman’s Room, Three’s Company, Monday Night Football, That’s Incredible, Dallas, Laverne & Shirley, MASH, Pearl, 60 Minutes, The Jeffersons, Fantasy Island, Special-50 Years Of Country Music, The Love Boat, Happy Days, The Dukes Of Hazzard, Pearl-part II.

On General Hospital This Week - Luke, Laura and Hutch arrive in Fair Oaks and investigate the building deeded to Luke by Frank.

In syndication on TV - “In Search Of” w/ Leonard Nimoy. First show of the new season: UFO Coverups: Cosmic Watergate? ... Also, Carol Burnette guests on “The Muppet Show” - beginning another new season this week... John Candy debuts this week in a new show - “Big City Comedy.” Each week features a celebrity guest host.  


Saturday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – September 15, 1980

 CBS - Tim Conway Show, Movie ... NBC - Centennial ... ABC - The Love Boat, Fantasy Island.


Tim Conway Show - begins its second season

Centennial - Repeat of the multi-part drama recounting the events that reshaped the frontier in the 1980’s.

On The Love Boat - A special two-hour show - The Captain and crew are held captive on an island by a hermit. 


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

 “Another One Bites The Dust” - Queen, “Fame” - Irene Cara, “One In A Million You” - Larry Graham, “Upside Down” - Diana Ross, “Lookin’ For Love” - Johnny Lee, “Give Me The Night” - George Benson, “All Out Of Love” - Air Supply, “Xanadu” - Olivia Newton John, “Woman In Love” - Barbra Streisand, “Sailing” - Christopher Cross, Magic” - Olivia Newton John, “Drivin’ My Life Away” - Eddie Rabbit, “You’ll Accomp’ny Me” - Bob Segar, “Real Love” - The Doobie Brothers


Top music albums – September 15, 1980

 “The Game” - Queen, “Emotional Rescue” - The Rolling Stones, “Glass Houses” - Billy Joel, “Hold Out” - Jackson Browne, “Xanadu” - soundtrack, “Fame” - soundtrack, “Christopher Cross” - Christopher Cross, “Panorama” - The Cars, “Urban Cowboy” - soundtrack, “Diana” - Diana Ross


Top movies – September 15, 1980


Smoky And The Bandit II - Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Sally Field

The Stuntman - Peter O’Toole, Steve Railsback, Barbara Hershey

The Octagon - Chuck Norris, Lee Van Cleef

Without Warning - Jack Palance, Martin Landau

The Blue Lagoon

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

The Mountain Men - Charlton Heston, Brian Keith

Carney - Gary Busy, Jodie Foster, Robbie Robertson

Airplane - Robert Hays, Julie Haggerty

Urban Cowboy – John Travolta

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