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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of November 19, 1980 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

The Senate approves a $633 billion budget for fiscal 1981 that would allow a $39 billion tax cut to be enacted next year.

Making a tour of Capitol Hill, President –elect Reagan gests a nice surprise from Democratic leaders – they will give him a six-month honeymoon by tempering any criticism of his presidency. “I will not criticize him for six months and I’ll work with him to turn America around,” said House Speaker Thomas Tip O’Neill Jr. 

A major fire sweeps through the MGM Grand in Las Vegas – killing 81 and injuring 534 people. 

Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter sit down together in the Oval Office for their first private meeting since the presidential campaign. After the 90-minute meeting, Reagan praised the President for cooperating in the transition to the Republican administration. “He has made it much easier than it might have been” said Reagan.

 A massive earthquake strikes southern Italy, killing more than 350 people and injuring hundreds.

A huge brush fire races through the hills above San Bernardino, CA destroying some 250 homes.

Get Married – Ronald P. Reagan and Doria Palmieri his live-in girlfriend. Reagan (22) is the son of president-elect Ronald Reagan and dances with the Joffrey II Dancers, a training troupe for the Joffrey Ballet. Palmieri is a researcher. 


Radio news – November 19, 1980

WNEW-FM has been asking listeners who play in bands to send in tapes (along with a release  as the station is mixing these with its regular AOR programming.

Denny Somach who does middays at WYSP-FM Philadelphia is getting busy. He does features for NBC Source Radio Network and now, does four monthly rock segments for KYW-TV.

Donny and Marie Osmond were heard guest-Djing on WHN New York.

Country mania - More country converts as album rocker KSAN-FM San Francisco becomes KMMS-FM. Also, adult-contemporary KCBQ-AM San Diego goes country

WFBL-AM (1390) drops top-40 for the nostalgic “Music of Your Life” format. 


Music news -  November 19, 1980

Barry Manilow teams with Lily Tomlin for the song “The Last Duet” featured on Manila’s upcoming “Barry” album.

Epic plans the release of “Urban Cowboy II,” a follow-up album to its successful predecessor and containing more music of the same name. 

Don’t miss Dionne Warwick hosting “Solid Gold” twice each week. It’s now seen on 158 stations.  “Solid Gold” is a mass entertainment show showcasing primarily music that’s contemporary, golden classics and country; comedy and dancing. The show premiered in September and was originally slated for 12 shows.

Even though his music has said so lately, Bob Dylan finally says he’s a born-again Christian. He said he accepted Jesus Christ in his heart in 1978 after a “vision and feeling” during which “the room moved.” He was reluctant to tell friends or put feelings into songs, but by 1979, he feared playing his old songs in concerts because he feared they may be anti-God.

Heart performs on this week’s “Fridays” – on ABC-TV.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – November 19, 1980

Passing – Mae West (87).

Passing – Actor George Raft (85).


Television news – November 19, 1980

Who Shot J.R. Ewing? The answer came 53 minutes into “Dallas” this week when J.R. Ewing’s wife, Sue Ellen, named her sister (Kristin) as the trigger person of the year. Kristin (played by Mary Crosby) had a bombshell of her own – that she is pregnant by J.R. 

The “Who Shot J.R.” episode of Dallas wins the highest rating of any program in television history (so far), drawing viewers in 53.3% of the nation’s TV homes and 76% of the audience that was watching television in that time period.


Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – November 19, 1980

CBS – WKRP In Cincinnati, Movie

ABC – Fantasy Island part I, Fantasy Island Part II

NBC – Movie, The Bermuda Triangle, Saturday Night Live


WKRP – Arthur and his wife attend natural childbirth classes.

NBC Movie – “The Car” (1977) – A driverless car goes on a rampage in a small town. Stars James Brolin.


Top  Disco Music – November 19, 1980

If You Could Read My Mind – Viola Wills

Shoot Your Best Shot – Linda Clifford

Lovely One – The Jacksons

Can’t Fake the Feeling – Geraldine Hunt


Top Pop Music Hit Singles In Britain – November 19, 1980

What You’re Proposing – Status Quo

Special Brew – Bad Manners

Woman In Love – Barbra Streisand

The Tide Is High – Blondie

When You Ask About Love – Matchbox

Dog Eat Dog – Adam & The Ants

If You’re Lookin’ for A Way Out – Odyssey

Fashion – David Bowie

Enola Gay – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Gotta Pull Myself Together - Nolans


Top Music Albums – November 19, 1980

Greatest Hits – Kenny Rogers

Guilty – Barbra Streisand

The River – Bruce Springsteen

Hotter Than July – Stevie Wonder

Crimes of Passion – Pat Benatar

Diana – Diana Ross

One Step Closer – Doobie Brothers

Triumph – The Jacksons

Back in Black – AC/DC

Paris – Supertramp

The Wanderer – Donna Summer

Emotional Rescue – Rolling Stones

The Game – Queen

Give Me The Night – George Benson

Zenyatta Mondatta – Police

Hold Out – Jackson Browne

Xanadu – Soundtrack

Voices – Hall & Oates

Freedom of Choice – Devo

One Trick Pony – Paul Simon

Remain In Light – Talking Heads

Love Approach – Tom Browne


Top movies – November 19, 1980

The Apple

Private Benjamin

Ordinary People

Elephant Man



It’s My Turn

Somewhere In Time

Fade to Black

Shogun Assassin

Stunt Man

Boogey Man

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