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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of February 1, 1978 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

The United States ordered the Vietnamese ambassador to the United Nations – Dinh Ba Thi out of the country for alleged involvement in a spy case – but he refuses to leave.

Prime Minister Menachem Begin denies that Israel had promised President Carter it would not build new settlements in occupied Arab land and said he was not worried about Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s U.S. visit.

President Carter’s weekend summit with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat ends on a subdued note. Nothing much happened but a commitment of Middleast peace..

The Italian Communist Party drops its insistence on cabinet posts in an emergency government and said it was ready to join a parliamentary majority supporting a new government.

The Postal Service says it ran only $688 million in the red last fiscal year – compared with almost $1.2 billion he year before and delivered 95% of first class mail overnight.

Emphasizing that Arab and Jew believe in the same God, President Carter tells the national prayer breakfast that religion can help bring permanent peace to the Middle East.

Heavy snow and high winds sweeps through the Northeast – with NYC recording record snowfall.

Rolls Royce which never admits its cars can break down – they “fail to proceed” – recalls 2,000 of its expensive models. The recall includes the Silver Shadow, the Corniche Convertible and the Camargue. Apparently – one driver in the States reported that when he applied the brakes the cruise control did not disengage and the engine did not reduce speed.

Former Nixon aide H.R. Haldeman says in a forthcoming book that he believes Fred Fielding, former deputy counsel to Richard M. Nixon was the Watergate scandal’s mysterious “Deep Throat.”

The nation’s unemployment rate drops slightly to 6.3% in January.


Health/Medical news update – February 1, 1978

Researchers conclude that many heart attack patients could safely be sent home from the hospital after one week instead of the current average of more than two weeks, adding their psychological recovery and saving the nation $360 million in medical costs annually. Some 394,000 Americans have heart attacks each year.


Fascinating Business news - February 1, 1978

Business – IBM says it has received a letter from the Federal Trade Commission stating that the agency has terminated its two-year monopoly investigation. The inquiry was to determine whether IBM monopolized the office typewriter industry. No further action will be necessary.


Sports news- February 1, 1978

NBA All-Star game – as the East defeats the West 133-125 with Randy Smith getting MVP.

Undefeated Olympic gold medallist Sugar Ray Leonard defeats Rocky Ramon in a unanimous victory in a welterweight match in Baltimore.

Arthur Ashe says he thinks the U.S. should play South Africa in the Davis Cup next month, despite pressures from a coalition of anti-apartheid groups.

Conrad Dobler, self-proclaimed meanest and dirtiest player in pro football, jumps from the St. Louis Cardinals to the New Orleans Saints.

Chris Evert signs with the Los Angeles Strings for $1.2 million.

Muhammad Ali is not amused with the nude likeness of him, which appeared in the February issue of Playboy. He’s suing for $4 million.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – February 1, 1978

Bolted -  A judge says it’s doubtful that Roman Polanski will return to LA to do jail time. Apparently despairing about spending more time behind bars, Polanski hopped a jet flight from LA about 16 hours before he was to be sentence for having unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.


Music news – February 1, 1978

Abba – known primarily for their singles in the States – and not much of an album seller – has a new album out called “The Album.”

Richard Pryor took out ads in the trades to say thanks but no thanks for his latest Grammy nomination. The nominated album is a re-package of old material titled “Are You Serious?”

The late Terry Kath sings lead on the new Chicago single – “Little One.” It was already set for release before his recent fatal shooting, according to Columbia Records.

TK Records released “Boogie Shoes” by KC and the Sunshine Band. It’s part of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack and was originally the “B” side to “Shake Your Booty.”

New album coming out by Jimmy Buffet – “Son of a Sailor.”

Donna Summer At The Las Vegas Hilton This Week 1978!

David Soul is paying $16,000 to keep some of his old recordings off the market. That’ll go to Sound City Recordings of Shreveport. Apparently, Soul made some recordings there back in 1969 that he considers awful. 

New movie – “Disco 9000” – a low budget movie about the owner of a disco who tries to defend his turf against racketeers. Stars John Poole.


Television news  - February 1, 1978

ABC cancels Red Foxx’s variety show.

Catch Burt Reynolds on Dinah Shore’s syndicated talk show this week. It’s said they have “a thing” for each other.

Mackenzie Phillips – star in “One Day At A Time” is placed in a drug diversion program. She had been charged with disorderly conduct under the influence of drugs or alcohol after sheriff’s deputies fund her last November lying in the middle of a West Hollywood Street.

ABC names Anthony D. Thomopoulos – assistant to the president of ABC-TV for the last 20 months – to replace Fed Silverman as head of the network’s entertainment programming division. 

New Show – Mimes Shields & Yarnell On CBS-TV


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – February 1, 1978 

CBS – Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes, Movie

NBC – Just For Laughs, Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts Frank Sinatra, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Three’s Company, Soap, Family

PBS – Performances of Wolf Trap, Dick Cavett


Top movies – February 1, 1978


Across the Great Divide

Oh God!

Turning Point

Walt Disney’s Pete’s Dragon

Beyond & Back


Looking for Mr. Goodbar

Which Way Is Up?

Bobby Deerfield

You Light Up My Life

That Obscure Object of Desire

High Anxiety

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