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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of November 12, 1980 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

 L. Bruce Laingen - the highest-ranking U.S. hostage held in Iran, tells a Seattle radio station via phone from the Iranian Foreign Ministry in Tehran, that he is “totally out of touch” with the latest negotiations for the release of the hostages. He said he knew Ronald Reagan had been elected President and then wished both Reagan and Carter well.   

The Voyager 1 spacecraft comes within 77,000 miles of Saturn and takes photographs and a variety of measurements of the planet and its rings. Although the Pioneer Probe was much closer to the planet last year, Voyager I scanned the planet with much more sophisticated cameras and scientific instruments.

The House passes and sends to President Carter, a historic Alaska lands protection bill that will triple the size of the national parks system. Waiting to be signed by the president, he said he was “pleased and gratified” by the passage of the bill, which he called “the greatest land conservation legislation of the century.”

The Federal Reserve Board raises the interest rate charged to member banks from 11% to 12% in a tough anti-inflation move.

President-elect Ronald Reagan names Ed Meese of San Diego to be a Cabinet-rank counselor to the President and selects James A. Baker of Houston to be his White House chief of staff.     


Best-selling books – November 12, 1980

Loon Lake - E.L. Doctorow

The Covenant - James A. Michener

The Key To Rebecca - Ken Follett

Come Pour The Wine - Cynthia Freeman

Rage of Angels - Sidney Sheldon

The Fifth Horseman - Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre

Side Effects - Woody Allen

Cosmos - Carl Sagen

The Sky’s The Limit - Wayne Dyer

Crisis Investing - Douglas R. Casey

Nothing Down - Robert Allen

Ingrid Bergman: My Story - Ingrid Bergman/Alan Burgess

Swanson on Swanson - Gloria Swanson


Passing - Joe Karbo (55) - the author of “The Lazy Man’s Way To Riches”


Radio news – November 12, 1980

KSAN-FM (94.9) in San Francisco changes its format from album rock to country this week. The station was one of the pioneers of progressive rock in the mid-60’s. Last week, former top-40 powerhouse KHJ, Los Angeles, also went country. Formally known as “Boss Radio” in its heyday, KHJ is now described as going from “Boss to Hoss.”


Entertainment/Celebrity news – November 12, 1980

Actor Cary Grant files a $10 million slander suit against entertainer Chevy Chase over remarks he made during an appearance on the “Tomorrow” show. The suit says that Chase said (about Grant) - “I understand he is a homo, what a goal and what a nice guy.” Grant says the strong innuendo would damage his masculine image in films and his business enterprises.   


Television news – November 12, 1980

Actress Melissa Gilbert “Halfpint” on “Little House on the Prairie” turns 16 this week. She has been with the show since she was just 9. “I feel I have not missed anything. I have a normal home life, get a $10 allowance every week and have learned a great deal.”

“Saturday Night Live” begins its sixth season this week with an all new cast - Denny Dillon, Gilbert Gottfried, Gail Matthius, Joe Piscopo, Ann Risley and Charles Rocket. Elliot Gould guest hosts with musical guests Kid Creole and the Coconuts.

Roger Mudd - after nearly 20 years with CBS, begins as the chief Washington correspondent for NBC Nightly news this week. 


Top TV shows/Most popular – November 12, 1980


The Jeffersons

Dallas (rerun)


60 Minutes

One Day at a Time

Archie Bunker’s Place

Another Dallas Rerun

The Love Boat

Movie - Ladies Man

Movie - Love at First Bite 

Flo (kiss my grits)

That’s Incredible

Fantasy Island

Real People


Little House on the Prairie

Monday Night Football

Movie-The Spy Who Love Me


Monday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide -  November 1, 1980

CBS - Flo, Ladies’ Man, MASH, House Calls, Lou Grant

NBC - Little House on the Prairie, Movie

ABC - That’s Incredible, Monday Night Football

PBS  - Dance In America, Isame Noguchi


NBC Movie - “The Diary Of Anne Frank” - Melissa Gilbert, Maximillan Schell, Joan Plowright.

On The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson - Suzann Pleshette, Dr Carl Sagan, Doug Henning.   


Music news – November 12, 1980

Due in stores this week - John Lennon’s “Double Fantasy.” Lennon and Yoko Ono each wrote and sings on seven of the LP’s 14 songs. Lennon and Ono numbers are alternated on both sides so they form a dialogue.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – November 12, 1980

Lady - Kenny Rogers

Whip It - Devo

Lovely One - Jacksons

Dreamin’ - Cliff Richard

Woman In Love - Barbra Streisand

Another One Bites The Dust - Queen

You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ - Hall & Oates

Never Knew Love Like This Before - Stephanie Mills

Never Be The Same - Christopher Cross

More Than I Can Say - Leo Sayer

I’m Coming Out - Diana Ross

Dreamer - Supertramp

Together - Tierra

Hungry Heart - Bruce Springsteen

I’m Alright - Kenny Loggins

Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benatar

He’s So Shy - Pointer Sisters

Xanadu - Olivia Newton John

De Dododo De Dadada - Police

The Wanderer - Donna Summer

Celebration - Kool and the Gang

Turning Japanese - Vapors


Top pop music albums – November 12, 1980

The River - Bruce Springsteen

One Step Closer - The Doobie Brothers

The Game - Queen

Guilty - Barbra Streisand

Diana - Diana Ross

Kenny Rogers Greatest Hits

Paris - Supertramp

Back in Black - AC/DC

Triumph - The Jacksons

Crimes of Passion - Pat Benatar

Xanadu - Electric Light Orchestra/Olivia Newton John/Soundtrack


More top pop music albums – November 12, 1980

Freedom of Choice - Devo

Celebrate - Kool and the Gang

Worth The Wait - Peaches & Herb

Little Stevie Orbit - Steve Forbert

Billy Burnette - Billy Burnette

I’m No Hero - Cliff Richard

Sweet Sensation - Stephanie Mills

 Voices - Hall & Oates

Living In A Fantasy - Leo Sayer

City Nights - Tierra

Kenny Loggins - Kenny Loggins

Special Thing - The Pointer Sisters

I Believe In You - Don Williams

Come Upstairs - Carly Simon

Urban Cowboy Soundtrack

Zenyatta Mondatta - The Police

Auto American - Blonde

The Jazz Singer - Neil Diamond


Top movies – November 12, 1980

The Elephant Man - Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt

The Idolmaker - Ray Sharkey, Tovah Fedlshuh, Peter Gallagher

Ordinary People - Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland

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

Alligator - Robert Forster, Robin Riker, Michael Gazzo, Jack Carter

Raging Bull - Robert DeNiro

 The First Deadly Sin - Frank Sinatra, Faye Dunaway

Priviate Benjamin - Goldie Hawn, Eileen Brennan, Armand Assante, Robert Webber

The Boogyeman - Suzanna Love, John Carradine

Somewhere In Time - Jane Seymour, Christopher Reeve

Hopscotch - Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson

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