(Another bonus edition, which has been sitting in the can for a year. I meant to run it last year on June 20, but didn’t, so here it is, finally.)
June 20, 1980, was a Friday. The prime interest rate is lowered from 12.25 percent to 12 percent, down from its peak of 20 percent in May. National elections are held in Iraq. The annual Gay Freedom Parade is held in San Francisco. A Delta Airlines 727 bound for Tampa mistakenly lands at MacDill Air Force Base instead of Tampa International Airport. NASA announces that photos taken by the Viking Orbiter I spacecraft show “meteorological anomalies” on the surface of Mars. New garbage collection rates go into effect in Junction City, Oregon. The new children’s library, attached to the city’s 1904 Carnegie Library, opens in Macomb, Illinois. In one of the biggest fights in years, Roberto Duran upsets Sugar Ray Leonard for the WBC welterweight boxing championship. Infielder Fred Patek, who is 5’4″, hits three home runs as the California Angels defeat the Boston Red Sox 20-2, and set several team records that will remain unbroken in 2008. NASCAR driver Martin Truex, Jr., is born, and Swedish composer Gustav Allan Pettersson dies at age 69. The UA Cinema 6 theater opens in Amarillo, Texas. The Empire Strikes Back goes into wide release across the country, playing in 823 theaters. Other movies opening include Brubaker starring Robert Redford, Can’t Stop the Music starring the Village People, The Blue Lagoon starring Brooke Shields, and The Blues Brothers. After 14 seasons, the original Hollywood Squares goes off the air with its final broadcast on NBC. Two other game shows, Chain Reaction and High Rollers, are also seen for the last time. Wheel of Fortune, originally scheduled for cancellation, survives.
The Knebworth Festival in England features the Beach Boys, Santana, Mike Oldfield, and Lindisfarne. Fleetwood Mac plays at Wembley Arena in London. Led Zeppelin plays Brussels, Belgium. Back in the States, the Beach Boys appear in a taped performance on the late-night TV show Fridays. The Grateful Dead plays the West High Auditorium in Anchorage, Alaska, and Harry Chapin plays Cohasset, Massachusetts. Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band play Detroit. The Little River Band plays Chicago.
On the new Cash Box chart, which will come out officially tomorrow, “Funkytown” by Lipps Inc. is Number One for the fourth week in a row; “Coming Up” by Paul McCartney & Wings is Number Two. Billy Joel’s “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” makes a strong move into the Top 10, to 8 from 12. “All NIght Long” by Joe Walsh moves from 36 to 30; “Gimme Some Lovin'” by the Blues Brothers moves from 40 to 33. New songs in the Top 40 include “Misunderstanding” by Genesis at Number 37 and “In America” by the Charlie Daniels Band at Number 40. Album-rock station WXXQ in Freeport, Illinois, is playing all of them (except for Lipps Inc). The station’s music director is also its night jock; he plays a lot of music on his show because it has barely enough commercials in it to cover his $135-a-week salary.