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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of January 8, 1978 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Carter accuses the Soviet Union of sending “some men” as well as large shipments of arms to Ethiopia in its clash with Somalia.

Passing – Hubert H. Humphrey dies of cancer. He was 68 – probably one of the most beloved politicians of all time.

The shah of Iran – a major bankroller of Egypt and oil supplier of Israel endorses Cairo’s terms for a Middle East agreement. But the peace moves were clouded by a new Egyptian-Israeli quarrel over the future of Israeli settlements in occupied Arab lands. 

The nation’s unemployment rate dropped sharply in December to its lowest level in more than three years – 6.4% compared to November’s 6.9%. 

The United States and Japan agree to work for equalization of trade between them by the 1979 fiscal year and for equal access of reach country’s products to the other country’s markets.

The Soviet Soyuz 27 cosmonauts successfully carried out a historic double linkup with the manned Salyut 6 space station. The double docking put a total of four Russian cosmonauts aboard Salyut and apparently opened a major Soviet effort to continuous man the station for as long as a year as it orbits more than 200 miles above the earth.

Victor Korchnoi, a self-exiled former champion of the Soviet Union, defeats Boris Spassky to become the official challenger to world chess champion Anatoly Karpov of the Soviet Union.

Inflation – Wholesale prices rose .7% in December and 6.6% throughout 1977, doubling the inflation rate of the previous year, so says the Labor Department.


Sports news – January 8, 1978

NCAA - Freeman Williams scored 66 points – 38 in the second half as Portland State beat George Fox 124-81.

Tennis anyone? - Jimmy Connors won a record $922,657 in 1977. Guillermo Vilas was second with $800,642 and Bjorn Borg third with $480,661.

Tom Watson wins the first tournament of the 1978 PGA tour – the Tucson Open.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – January 8, 1978

Celebrated opera singer Beverly Sills says she will retire from stage in 1980 to become codirector of the New York City opera.

Daredevil Evel Knievel is booked on a felony escape charge after he failed to return for lock up at the LA Hall of Justice under provisions of his work-furlough program.

Annual list of best-dressed woman by international fashion critics – in order. It’s high society at its best:

Diane Keaton

Mrs. Smith Baley 

Mrs. Olive Behrendt

Countess Hurbert d’Ornano

Senora Antonio Mayrink-Veiga

Senora Manuel Machado-Macedo

Mrs. Gordon Getty

Senora Reinaldo Herrera Jr.

Mrs. Irving Lazar

Lacy Neuhaus

Mrs. To Suffern Tailer

Baroness Thiery van Zuylen          


Music news – January 8, 1978

New group – “Player” – actually a duo consisting of J.C.Crowley and Peter Beckett. They began performing in November as the opening act for Gino Vannelli, then switched to the Boz Scaggs Tour. They just completed two concerts with Heart and next month, begin a three-month tour with Eric Clapton. But, will they have hit records themselves?

Robert Stigwood – the producer of “Saturday Night Fever” is ticked off that the movie’s music wasn’t even considered for any Academy Award song nominations. “We’re shocked that ‘Saturday Night Fever’ has not been represented in the preliminary selections by the music branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences,” said Stigwood in a telegram.

The controversial Sex Pistols on tour as they perform in Texas. While in Dallas, Sex Pistol Sid Vicious accepted a female fan’s punch as a tribute of the highest kind of punk rock. She jumped on stage of the Longhorn Ballroom and landed a punch to his nose. Vicious bled profusely for the remainder of the 45-minute concert but he used the blood to add to the show of about 1,800 fans.  Later, Vicious, blood still spattered on his bare chest, leaned against the bar and swigged a beer. “Some bitch banged me in the face. Any bitch who bangs me in the face is someone I like,” said Vicious.  

Frank Sinatra At Caesars Palace In Las Vegas.


Television news – January 8, 1978

On CBS-TV – Variety ’77 – The Year In Entertainment. With Alan King, Valerie Perrine, Telly savalas, sada Thompson, Dionne Warwick. Guest stars include Peter Frampton, Barry Manilow, Steve Martin, Kenny Rogers, Rose Royce and many more. 

On NBC-TV – “Nashville Remembers Elvis on his Birthday.” With Chuck Berry, Chubby Checker, Larry Gatlin, The Jordaniaires, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich, Conway Twitty and Dottie West. 

CBS-TV – “Super Night at the Super Bowl.” With Joe Namath, Andy Williams, Natalie Cole and Paul Williams. Guest stars include – Foster Brooks, Billy Carter, Peter Falk, Brent Musburger, Stiller and Meara, Mel Tillis and more!


Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – January 8, 1978

CBS – 60 Minutes, Rhoda, On Our Own, All in the Family, Alice, Carol Burnett

NBC – Wonderful World of Disney, Bob Hope Special, Elvis Birthday Special

ABC – Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, Six Million Dollar Man, Sunday Night Movie

PBS – Masterpiece Theater


On Rhoda – Rhoda loves her new job and is at it seven days a week.

On Bob Hope Special – A tribute to vaudeville with George Burns, Sammy Davis Jr., Donny and Marie Osmond.

Elvis Birthday Special. 


Top movies – January 8, 1978

Saturday Night Fever


The Choirboys

Gumball Rally

Oh God!

The Gauntlet

Cracking Up

Return of the Man Called Horse


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