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



In The News

Former student radical Bernadine Dohrn, a fugitive for more than a decade, surrenders in Chicago, She plead innocent to rioting charges and won a bail reduction that should allow her freedom.

Major banks increase their prime lending rates by half a percentage point to 19%. This after the Federal Reserve again raised the discount rate.

A flash fire caused by an explosion in a computer demonstration at the Stouffer’s Inn in Harrison NY (just outside of White Plains) leaves 26 businessmen dead with at least 23 others injured. Fire officials say a malfunction in new computers being demonstrated by Arrow Electronics Corp. of Greenwich, Conn for its board of directors caused the equipment to explode.

Three American Roman Catholic nuns and another American woman are found shot to death outside San Salvador.

The seven Warsaw pact nations hold a summit in Moscow and according to a communiqué, participants expressed confidence that Poland “will be able to overcome the present difficulties and assure the country’s further development along the socialist path.”

The United States has told Iran not to expect a better deal from President-elect Ronald Reagan in resolving the hostage crisis after he takes office Jan. 20 than from President Carter now.

President Carter signs a bill to protect more than 100 million acres of pristine Alaskan wilderness, calling the measure “one of the most important pieces of conservation legislation in the history of our country."

In Arie, Washington – The fifth annual D.B. Cooper party is held and 300 attend – all but Cooper - who parachuted from a Northwest airlines 727 on Nov. 24, 1971 with a $200,000 ransom. The gathering has taken place the Saturday after Thanksgiving for the fifth annual time.

President-elect Ronald Reagan’s car is struck by the Secret Service protective station wagon in California. Reagan was not hurt.

Actress Patti Davis, daughter of President-elect Ronald Reagan says she would not have a fancy White House wedding if she were to get married while her dad is in office. Her brother Ronald, a ballet dancer, just married a literary researcher in a private civil ceremony in New York.


Media news – December 1, 1980

Gannett Co says it plans to begin publishing the first general interest national daily newspaper. The company will unveil its plan at a news conference within two weeks. Currently, Gannett publishes 81 daily papers.


Sports news – December 1, 1980

Pitching star Don Sutton of the Dodgers, signs with the Houston Astros. He’s the winningest pitcher in Dodgers history (so far).

More Dodgers as relief pitcher Steve Howe is named National League Rookie of the year.


Music news – December 1, 1980

Harry Chapin as a sequel out to “Taxi.” It’s cleverly called “Sequel” and you can find it on Boardwalk Records.

Due to the death of drummer John Bonham, Led Zeppelin says they are calling it quits. “We wish it to be known that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family together with the sense of undivided harmony felt by ourselves and our manager, have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were,” said a press statement. 

Music on Television – “Crystal” starring Crystal Gayle. Guest stars – The Charlie Daniels Band, Eddie Rabbitt and Dionne Warwick. On CBS-TV.


Television news – December 1, 1980

A fire that consumed part of the famous curtain you see on the “Tonight” show forces cancellation of Monday’s show. David Letterman is sub-hosting all week. A rehearsal was under way with actor Ben Vereen when the fire broke out. It was apparently started in some lights. 

On NBC this week, a remake of “The Miracle Worker” with Melissa Gilbert, Patty Duke Astin, Diana Muldaur, Charles Siebert and Anne Seymour.


Top movies – December 1, 1980

Flash Gordon


Urban Cowboy

The Idolmaker

The Empire Strikes Back

Hog Wild

Private Benjamin


The Elephant Man

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