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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of December 23, 1980 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Hashemi Rafsanjant, Speaker of the Iranian Parliament says that his country will not moderate terms for freeing the 52 hostages and said they could be put on trial as spies, as a last resort. Iran has demanded a $24-bilion deposit as the latest price for release of the hostages. Carter negotiators invite the Algerian intermediaries to Washington for another try at negotiating an end to the yearlong ordeal.

More than a dozen of the 52 American hostages speak by way of television to families and friends. One said – “I am all right. I do expect to come home. When, I don’t know.” The clips were shown on all three networks plus CNN.

Christmas – President Carter says that as America celebrates Christmas this year, it is “a nation at peace, where brotherly love prevails.”

President Carter says that while he is reassured by eyewitness accounts that all 52 Americans held hostage in Iran are alive and well, he still believes it “insulting” that they continue to be held prisoner.

President Carter breaks his collarbone while skiing at Camp David. The President was skiing down a trail when his ski hit a rock and he fell on his left elbow and shoulder.

President-elect Ronald Reagan sharply criticizes Iran again and repeats his description of Iran’s proposal for the release of America’s 52 hostages as a ransom demand by kidnapers. 

A rush-hour train jammed with 800 passengers crashes into a steel bumper guard at the ferry terminal at Staten Island, injuring 76 – 8 of which were hospitalized.

Consumer prices last month push the annual inflation rate to 12.5% as prices climbed another 1%.

Nancy Reagan denies that she has laid down an edict that President-elect Ronald Reagan’s press secretary has to be “reasonably god looking.” But the Washington Post reported otherwise.

President-elect Ronald Reagan and Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev have exchanged New Year’s greetings.

The Census Bureau makes it official – the population of the United States is 226,504,825.

President Carter plans to ask Congress for a controversial 10-cent-a-gallon tax on gasoline in his final budget, which calls for $740 billion in spending and a $40 billion deficit.


Sports news – December 23, 1980

Larry Bird scores 28 and grabs 28 rebounds as the Boston Celtics beat the New York Knicks 117-108.

CBS Sports does a halftime feature on the legal dispute over the attempted move of the Oakland Raiders to Los Angeles, where they would play at the LA Coliseum. 


Entertainment news – December 23, 1980

 Passing – Sam Levene (75) – character actor who created the role of Nathan Detroit in “Guys and Dolls.”


Music news – December 23, 1980

Passing – Tim Hardin – singer/songwriter best known for “If I Were A Carpenter.” He was 39.

For the year 1980 – The music buzz went from disco to country. The real trend though, seems to be the aging of the rock audience. Also, compared to 1979 when the Bee Gees and Donna Summer dominated the charts – no one act really hit the wall. The top pop music artists for 1980 – Kenny Rogers, Pink Floyd and Diana Ross. 

John Lennon update – Already, two new John Lennon books are out. Now in stores – “Strawberry Fields Forever: John Lennon Remembered” as co-authored by Barbara Graustark. Manor books has “John Lennon: Death of a Dream” by George Carpozi Jr. The book most in demand in Lennon’s 1965 “In His Own Write.” Another popular book is “A Twist of Lennon” by Cynthia Lennon. Some 24 books are already in print on either the Beatles or Lennon and eight more are in the works.


Television news – December 23, 1980

Sunday nights will never be the same - After 27 years, “Disney’s Wonderful World” is leaving the air. Disney says they will have another show on the air soon, but not necessarily NBC.

CBS-TV This Week – The Kennedy Center Honors. Honorees: - Leonard Bernstein, James Cagney, Agnes De Mile, Lynn Fontanne, Leontyne Price. Includes Art Buchwald, James Galway, Jason Robards, Beverly Sills, John Travolta, Pat O’Brien and others.


Television New Year’s Eve (Wednesday) listings/TV Guide - December 31, 1990

CBS – Special-the Orphan Train, CBS’ Happy New Year America

NBC – Real People, Diff’rent Strokes, Facts of Life, King Orange Jamboree Parade, Tonight Show, Tomorrow

ABC – Eight is Enough, Taxi, Vegas, Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve

PBS – The 1980 Skating Spectacular


Soap – Jessica and Valdez are on a Caribbean island.

CBS’ Happy New Year America -  Paul Anka hosts from Las Vegas; Bobby Vinton from New York, Catherine Bach from Times Square. Also features Mickey Gilley at his Pasadena, TX nightspot – Gilley’s.

King Orange Jamboree – Joe Garagiola and Erin Gray co-host.

On the Tonight Show – The dancing Sahara Girls and Charles Nelson Reilly join Johnny Carson.

Music on Television -  Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve – Greg Evigan and Charlene Tilton host with musical guests Ambrosia, Barry Manila, Charlie Daniels, Billy and Syreeta.


Top movies – December 23, 1980

Popeye – Robin Williams

Stir Crazy

First Family

Any Which Way You Can

Change of Seasons

Private Benjamin

Flash Gordon

Seems Like Old Times

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