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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of October 8, 1980 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi says he supports Iran in the Persian Gulf War, saying it is his “Islamic Duty” and he urges other Arab nations to do so.

Surprises State Department - Cuba announces that it would release all 38 American citizens held in its prisons including those charged with hijacking aircraft to the island.

Rep. John B Anderson says that the social Security retirement age should be gradually raised from 65 to 68 to safeguard the systems financial stability.

 The 1980 Peace Prize is awarded to Adolfo Perez Esquivel, an Argentine human rights activist who challenged his country’s military government and paid for it with more than a year in prison.

Ronald Reagan admits he is having trouble winning over women in his campaign and pledges that he will appoint a women to the Supreme Court if he is elected.  

A massive earthquake – the second in 26 years flattens most of the buildings in el Asnam, Algeria. The death toll could exceed 5,000. Source say about 80% of the city was destroyed.

President Carter tells interviewer Barbara Walters that he made a mistake in sharply attacking Ronald Regan. “I don’t think I’m mean. I’ll have to reserve the right when I feel deeply about a subject to express it as forcefully as I can.”

President Carter is heckled during a speech at Forest Hills Jewish Community Center in New York, by shouts of “Liar! Liar” from Orthodox Jews.


Sports news – October 8, 1980

Kansas City defeats the New York Yankees to win the American League pennant. George Brett hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning with the final score 4-2.

Cover of Sports Illustrated – A battered Muhammad Ali – Requiem for a Heavy Weight.


 Music news – October 8, 1980

The Bee Gees fire longtime manager Robert Stigwood and are suing him for $75 million in damages. The suit charges Stigwood with fraud, conflict of interest and unfair enrichment at the group’s expense. The suit says that a record sales audit completed recently found more than $16 million in unpaid album royalties. The suit also alleges that Stigwood pocketed large amounts of money which had been advanced for Bee Gees performing rights and that by creating multiple periodic accountings among his various companies. Stigwood delayed paying millions of dollars in record royalties to the Bee Gees for two years or more. Stigwood has termed the suit “an ill-advised stunt. I want no part of it. The legal process has enough to do without being bogged down in this kind of self-serving nonsense.” 

After nearly 18 months in the recording studio, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band begin touring. The tour is to support their two-record package – “The River.” 

Sabbath bloody Sabbath - A rowdy band of 7,000 at a Milwaukee Black Sabbath rock concert turns into a mob that ransacked the Milwaukee Arena, injuring several performers, policemen and fans leading to 160 arrests. The crowd, angry that the performance was abruptly halted when the bass player was hit in the face with a bottle, ripped arena doors from their hinges, battered telephone booths and smashed windows. Police say the crowd of mostly adolescent males first became rowdy during a performance by the Blue Oyster Cult and grew even more restless while waiting an hour for the start of the performance by Black Sabbath.

Music Television – The 14th Annual Country Music Association Awards. Hosts are Mac Davis and Barbara Mandrell. Look for Charlie Daniels Band, Lacy J. Dalton, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Band, Merle Haggard, Mickey Gilley, Loretta Lynn, Ronnie Milsap, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Jerry Reed, Kenny Rogers, Ray Stevens Don  Williams and more. On CBS-TV.


Television news – October 8, 1980

Because of the long actors strike – some new TV shows will be delayed. CBS says “Magnum PI” will be unveiled on December 11 and ABC will delay introducing “Bosom Buddie”s and “Breaking Away” until the end of November.

Don’t miss “The Revenge of the Stepford Wives” on NBC this Sunday. It stars Sharon Gless and Julie Kavner. Also appearing – newcomer Don Johnson. 

Producers of the “Phil Donahue Show” have asked the FCC to issue a ruling that would make it easier for presidential candidates to appear on the program. 

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