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



In The News

Hands bloodied from handshakes in San Antonio, President Carter warns Democrats on the campaign trail that “Wednesday morning you may wake up and face the prospect of a Republican in the Oval Office for the next four years.” National polls show President Carter running several points behind Reagan.

Ronald Reagan is elected the nation’s 40th President by a landslide. Reagan carried 40 states with 462 electoral votes with President Carter carrying 5 states and 45 electoral votes.

The GOP takes control of the senate - the first time in 26 years.

The Ayatollah Khomeini tells the militant solders holding the 52 American hostages to turn them over to the Iranian government. As events unfold - the Iranian government says it will announce terms for their release, but then announces that Algeria will take care of the hostages.

A Westchester County, NY judge rules that admissions by Jean Harris that she shot Dr Herman Tarnower can be admitted into court. Jury selection in the case begins this week. Dr Tarnower is the author of “The Scarsdale Diet.” Harris told officers that she had shot him because she had “had it” with his womanizing. The murder took place March 10.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – November 1, 1980

Actor Steve McQueen - crippled by terminal cancer, dies of a heart attack in a Juarez, Mexico hospital. With him was his third wife - Barbara, son Chad and daughter Teri. The actor revealed last month that he was undergoing controversial treatments in Mexico for a rare form of lung cancer.

People Magazine says that at least 91 of the 220 cast and crewmembers of the movie “The Conquerer”-1956 have contacted cancer. So far, 46 have died from cancer. The movie was filmed almost 140 miles from the atomic testing range at Yucca Flat, Nevada. The dead include all the starring cast - John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Agnes Moorhead and producer-director - Dick Powell - all died from cancer. According to the article, several members of the cast and crew or family members are considering lawsuits against the government.

In bankruptcy court in Las Vegas, Jerry Lewis will pay over half his $50 thousand a month take-home pay to creditors, plus his ex-wife Patti will receive $108,000 a year under terms filed with the court. She is seeking a separate payout action in California. The Lewis’ separated in August - ending their 35-year marriage.


Best-selling books – November 1, 1980

 “The Key To Rebecca” - Ken Follett, “Loon Lake” - E.L. Doctorow, “The Convenant” - James A. Michener, “Side Effects” - Woody Allen, “The Sky’s The Limit” - Wayne Dyer, “Ingrid Bergman: My Story” - Ingrid Bergman/Alan Burgess


Television news – November 1, 1980

Network election coverage this week - For CBS - Dan Rather, Bob Schieffer, Walter Cronkite, Lesley Stahl and Harry Reasoner... For ABC - Frank Reynolds, Ted Kopel. Barbara Walters, Max Robinson, plus expert insight and analysis from Tom Wicker and George Will ... For NBC - Anchors John Chancellor and David Brinkley. Tom Brokaw covers the Senate races ... Jessica Savitch reports on House and Governors contests ... Judy Woodruff, John Palmer, Chris Wallace, Tom Pettit and Bob Jamieson with live reports around the country and Garrick Utley with special reports.


Top TV Shows/Most Popular – November 1, 1980

60 Minutes, Movie-The Gauntlet, The Love Boat, Alice, The Jeffersons, The Jayne Mansfield Story, Archie Bunker’s Place, Little House On The Prairie, Dallas, Three’s Company, Movie-Rape and Marriage, Eight Is Enough, Fantasy Island, MASH, Real People, Special - The World’s Most Spectacular Stuntman


Wednesday Night Television/programs/TV guide – November 1, 1980

CBS - The Dukes Of Hazzard, Movie ... NBC - Real People, Movie ... ABC - Eight Is Enough, Vegas


On  Eight Is Enough - Abby’s nephew comes to live with the family.

CBS Movie - “Love At First Bite” - (1978) - George Hamilton, Susan Saint James, Richard Benjamin.

NBC Movie - “Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story” - (1980) - Michael Beck, Telly Savalas, James MacArthur.

On Vegas - (2hours) - Dan Tanna gets brainwashed to kill his client.


Music news – November 1, 1980

Mike Jagger and ex-wife Bianca reach an out-of-court settlement. The terms weren’t disclosed, but Bianca looked happy. The couple divorced last year, after Mick admitted adultery with model Jerry Hall.  Earlier, Bianca was awarded $1.4 million - but she claimed it didn’t give her a sufficient chunk of Mick’s fortune.  


Top Music Albums – November 1, 1980

“The River” - Bruce Springsteen, “One Step Closer” - Doobie Brothers, “The Game” - Queen, “Guilty” - Barbra Streisand, “Greatest Hits” - Kenny Rogers, “Crimes Of Passion” - Pat Benatar, “Diana” - Diana Ross, “Paris” – Supertramp


Top Pop Hit Music Singles(top-40) USA – November 1, 1980

“Another One Bites The Dust” - Queen, “The Wanderer” - Donna Summer, “Lady” - Kenny Rogers, “Never Knew Love Like This Before” - Stephanie Mills, “Upside Down” - Diana Ross, “He’s So Shy” - The Pointer Sisters, “Real Love” - The Doobie Brothers, “Dreaming” - Cliff Richard, “It’s My Turn” - Diana Ross, “Whip It”- Devo,  “She’s So Cold” - The Rolling Stones, “Jesse” - Carly Simon, “Dreamer” - Supertramp, “Master Blaster” - Stevie Wonder, “I’m Coming Out” - Diana Ross


Top Country Hit Music Singles – November 1, 1980

“I Believe In You” - Don Williams, “Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard (Good Ol Boys)”  - Waylon Jennings, “On The Road Again” - Willie Nelson.


Top movies – November 1, 1980

The First Deadly Sin - Frank Sinatra, Faye Dunaway, James Whitmore, David Dukes,

Fade To Black - Dennis Christopher, Tim Thomerson

Private Benjamin - Goldie Hawn, Eileen Brennan

The Elephant Man - Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft

The Awakening - Charlton Heston, Susannah York, Jill Townsend

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

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