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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of December 8, 1977 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

The Defense Department says that top secret NATO and West German military plans are among more than 1,000 confidential documents leaked to the Soviet Union by an East German spy ring.

President Anwar Sadat of Egypt calls his Arab critics, “stupid and ignorant dwarfs” and declares he would pursue peace with Israel despite their bitter opposition.

A federal judge rules that the government, not Henry Kissinger, owns the transcripts of his telephone conversations while he was national security adviser and secretary of state.

Russians at arms negotiation sessions in Geneva make a “substantial concession” that would permit greater testing of al types of cruise missiles defense officials say.

Flames sweep through the upper floor of a four story Providence College dormitory full of sleeping girls and aglow with ornaments for a Christmas decorating contest – killing seven and injuring 15 others.

The FBI releases a half-ton of documents on former President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Included are 40,001 pages of reports, memos and investigative files made available under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Carter Administration may have tried to accomplish too much soon in its first year, but 1978 will be different, Vice President Mondale says.

Secretary of State Cyrus Vance arrives in Cairo to continue peace talks between Egypt and Israel.

The New Jersey Supreme Court rules that the state’s fornification law forbidding sexual intercourse between any man and an unmarried woman is an unconstitutional violation of personal privacy.

President Carter’s son Jeff will receive $10,000 from Life magazine for 10 pages of family photographs he and his wife shot. 

Passing – Lady Spencer Churchill – widow of Britain’s wartime leader sir Winston Churchill. She was 92.

Wholesale prices were up .7% in November – the second consecutive large monthly increase. 

Fourteen members of the University of Evansville basketball team, their coach and 14other people are killed when a chartered DC-3 crashed in rain and heavy fog and burst into flames shortly after takeoff at Evansville, Indiana.

Near Boston - At least 15 men – including a mechanic, a psychiatrist and a former assistant headmaster of an exclusive boys’ school – are arrested in what authorities called a ring where homosexuals from around the nation staged sordid parties with boys as young as 9.


Fascinating Facts – December 8, 1977

Mark Goodman (20) of Los Angeles announces he will wed his stepgrandmother – who is 77. 

Citizen Band rip-offs – some companies will register your “handle” – implying no one else will take it. Others – like a membership to something called the National CB Radio Posse – for $12 you get a membership card which the organization says “may be used to get admitted to special police and fire department association functions” – which is bull. 


Fascinating Business news – December 8, 1977

Chrysler Corp – unveils its first America-built subcompact – the Plymouth Horizon.


Sports news – December 8, 1977

Gordie Howe who played his first professional hockey game 31 years ago, scores the 1,000the goal of his career at 1:36 of the first period of a World Hockey Assn. game between the New England Whalers and the Birmingham Bulls.

Roger Staubach passes for three touchdowns, scored once himself and set up 14 other points in leading playoff-bound Dallas to a 42-35 victor over the san Francisco 49ers.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – December 8, 1977

A 46th annual nationwide poll of exhibitors says Sylvester Stallone as replaced Robert Redford as the top box office draw. Close behind was Barbara Streisand, then Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, Robert Redford, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Al Pacino, Diane Keaton and Robert DeNiro.

Daredevil Evel Knievel’s assault on a writer who wrote a book about him apparently did not go over well with his youthful admirers or their parents. The Ideal Toy Co. which markets a line of toys based on the motorcyclist with a proclivity to umpire over rivers, buses and the like says it lost money in the three-month period ending Nov. 3 and blamed the downturn on a drop in sales of its Evel Knievel toys. Last year – the line generated about $2.5 million in sales.


Music news – December 8, 1977

Music on Television - Don’t miss the Paul Simon Special – this week on NBC.

Also on NBC – The Billboard Music Awards.  Winners were Fleetwood Mac (group), Linda Ronstadt (female), Steve Wonder (Male singer), Waylon Jennings (country), George Benson (jazz), Donna Summer (disco), Barbara Streisand (easy listening) and Foreigner (new). “Rumours” was named most popular album and “Tonight’s The Night” – the year’s biggest single.

Perry Como’s Olde English Christmas Special – this week on CBS-TV. With Petula Clark and Leo Sayer.

More Music on Television – Disco Fever! TV Special with John Travolta, The Bee Gees, Peter Frampton, Lily Tomlin, Ron Howard, Yvonne Elliman, Andy Gibb, Suzann Somers, Susan Clark, Penny Marshall and many more! Check your listings.


Television news – December 8, 1977

New on NBC – “What Really Happened to the Class of ‘65” – debuts this week. It was originally supposed to be a mini-series. Based on the Medved-Wallechinsky book.


Some Top movies – December 8, 1977

Bobby Deerfield

Looking For Mr. Goodbar

The Goodbye Girl

Serpent’s Egg

Widow’s Next

A Special Day

First Love

Star Wars

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