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



In The News

At a televised national debate, President Carter repeatedly calls Ronald Reagan “dangerous” and for the majority of the 90-minute event, kept the focus off his own record instead calling attention to Reagan’s past positions and statements. Reagan focused on the President’s economic record defense issues.

The Labor Department reports that the cost of living is climbing at the annual rate of 12.7% - bad political news for President Carter.

In Phoenix, a package bomb with a “trick or treat” message blows up in a shower of nails and tacks, injuring nine. Employees of Brookshire’s Pacific Assn picked up the package at a post office and called the addressee, Jason Himmelstein  to open it. “Go ahead” he said. Office workers gathered around as one of them, Starlene Grimes, opened the package revealing a jewel box with the trick or treat sticker. The box blewup after Grimes opened it.

The government warns that more and more Americans will be killed in Moped accidents if the current boom is not balanced by stricter safety rules. Some states have no age or driver’s license requirements governing their use. More than one million Mopeds have been sold in the U.S.

Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin Jr. sues the publisher and authors of “The Roswell Incident for libel. The book says he sighted extraterrestrial spacecraft and reported it to mission control shortly before the mood landing of July 20, 1969. Aldrin says the information could lead people to think he was “ bizarre, perverse, unreliable, unfit, eccentric, ludicrous, unscientific and wayward.”

In Cockeysville, Maryland - a wayward buck smashes into a store advertising hunting licenses and wrecked the sporting goods store. The deer demolished the front window then rampaged through the place, breaking several expensive fishing rods and a glass counter. It left through the same shattered window, suffering a few small cuts.


Fascinating Business news – October 15, 1980

General Mills unveils a new “Betty Crocker” for 1980. The latest Better Crocker has shorter hair worn in casual waves just below the ear, appears to be a bit younger and wears somewhat less formal clothes than her most recent predecessor who debuted in 1972. The first Betty Crocker debuted in 1936.

Kentucky Governor John Brown Jr. gives the state’s highest honor, the Governor’s Distinguished Service Medallion to Col Harland Sanders (90). Sanders actually opposed Brown’s election. Sander’s Kentucky Fried Chicken has made him a multi-millionaire.


Sports news – October 15, 1980

The Philadelphia Phillies win the World Series for the first time ever, beating Kansas City Royals in game six. Series MVP Mike Schmidt singled in two runs during a controversial third inning and the Phillies scored solo runs in the fifth and sixth inning. Tug McGraw pitched the 4-1 win.


Technology news – October 15, 1980

The FCC makes final its regulation on a fundamental change of authorizing other companies to share or resell WATS (wide area telecommunications service) and other long distance lines. A hotel could resell time on a WATS line to guests placing long-distance phone calls or a number of small companies in the same city could band together to share a line.


Entertainment news – October 15, 1980

At a fundraising gala for the opera in New York’s Lincoln center, Beverly Sills (51) retires from the stage and makes her last performance. She will continue as managing director of the New York opera.


Best-selling books – October 15, 1980

“The Key To Rebecca - Ken Folliet, “Rage Of Angels” - Sidney Shelden, “The Sky’s The Limit - Wayne Dyer, “Igrid Berman: My Story” - Ingrid Bergan.


Supermarket Prices – October 15,1980

At the mart - Halloween Pumpkins - 5 cents per lb... Kraft Caramels - 14oz pkg - .89...Jollytime Popcorn - 32oz bag - .69... Hershey’s Kisses - 14oz bag - $2.27


Television news – October 15,1980

“Saturday Night Live” announces their new line-up for the new season: Denny Dillon, Charles Rocket, Ann Risley, Joe Piscopo, Gail Matthius and Gilbert Gottfried.


Wednesday night Television listings/programs/TV guide – October 15, 1980

(CBS) Fat Albert Halloween Special, Puff the Magic Dragon in the Land of the Living Lies Special, Movie...(NBC) Real People, Disney’s Wonderful World, The 1970’s - An Explosion of Country Music”...(ABC) Eight Is Enough (2 hours), Vegas.

Because of the actors strike, NBC delays the debut of two new shows, Flamingo Road and Hill Street Blues.


Music news – October 15, 1980

Paul Kanter, (39), leader of the Jefferson Starship suffers a serious stroke. Tests are being taken to determine the extent of the damage and whether surgery will be required. Kanter helped to found the Jefferson Airplane in 1965. In 1974, he and Grace Slick, the mother of his daughter assembled the Jefferson Starship.


Top Pop Hit Music Singles(top-40) USA – October 15, 1980

“Woman In Love” - Barbra Streisand, “Another One Bites The Dust” - Queen, “Upside Down” - Diana Ross, “Lady” - Kenny Rogers, “He’s So Shy” - The Pointer Sisters, “Dreamer” - Supertramp, “The Wanderer” - Donna Summer - “Never Knew Love Like This Before” - Stephanie Mills, “Master Blaster” - Stevie Wonder, “Whip It” - Devo, “All Out Of Love” - Air Supply, “Real Love” - The Doobie Brothers


Top Music Albums – October 15, 1980

Guilty” - Barbra Streisand, “The Game” - Queen, “The River” - Bruce Springsteen, “Crimes Of Passion’ - Pat Benatar, “Panorama” - The Cars, “Zenyatta Mondatta” - The Police, “Diana” - Diana Ross, “Paris” - Supertramp.


Top Country Hit Music Singles – October 15, 1980

“On The Road Again” - Willie Nelson, “Lookin’ For Love” - Johnny Lee, “Drivin’ My Life Away” - Eddie Rabbit, “Loving Up A Strom” - Razzy Bailey, “Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard (The good ol’ boys)” - Waylon Jennings, “I Believe In You” - Don Williams, “Do You Want To Go To Heaven” - T.G. Shepard.


Top movies – October 15, 1980

Gloria - Gena Rowlands

It’s My Turn - Jill Clayburgh, Michael Douglas, Charles Grodin

Halloween - Donald Pleasence

Hopscotch - Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson

Private Benjamin - Goldie Hawn

Loving Couples - Shirley Maclaine, James Coburn, Susan Sarandon

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