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


In The News

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat ends his talks in Washington without an immediate decision by President Carter to sell him jet fighters, But he said the United States would step up its drive for an Arab-Israeli peace settlement.

President Carter, displaying dry humor, said House Speaker Thomas (Tip) O’Neill is his closest friend, but that he gives bad political advice and listed a series of controversial decisions by the Administration and then joked that he often had acted on them on O’Neill’s advice. 

Canada expels 13 soviet diplomats – nearly half the embassy staff – following a year-long investigation by Mounties that uncovered the largest Communist spy ring in 33 years.

President Carter has decided to sell jet fighters to Egypt for the first time in history while denying Israel about half the warplanes it wanted.

Boston runs short of cash and groceries and thousands of persons wandered through snowy streets in search of banks that were open and stores that had supplies.

A Hollywood man – Ned Yorke is booked on suspicion of murder after he allegedly told police he killed the 12 young women and girls who were victims of the so-called “Hollywood Strangler.”

Meanwhile rainstorms wreak havoc on Southern California causing flooding.


Sports news – February 8, 1978

Bill Rogers wins the Bob Hope Desert Classic near Palm Springs.

ulius Erving of the Philadelphia 76ers will be hospitalized up to five days with superficial phlebitis of the left leg.

Muhammad Ali breaks his self-imposed silence to say that he wants to become the first black man to retire permanently as the heavyweight champion.  

The Montreal Canadiens stretch their undefeated streak to 23 games with a victory over the New York Rangers. 


Music news – February 8, 1978

California Jam Is Coming March 18 with Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Foreigner, Rubicon, Heart, Santana, Dave Mason and Bob Welch. Get Your Tickets Now. In Ontario, California.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – February 8, 1978

“Sock-it-to-me” girl Judy Carne is arrested and booked on suspicion of possession of dangerous drugs for sale.

Fugitive film director Roman Polanski said through his French Lawyer he will not return to the United States to face sentencing for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.


Television news – February 8, 1978

On ABC-TV – “The Honeymooners” Valentine Special with Jackie Gleason and Art Carney and Audrey Meadows. 


Wednesday night television – February 8, 1978

CBS – Made for TV movie

NBC – Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, Laugh-In, Police Woman, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Eight is Enough, Charlie’s Angeles, Starsky and Hutch

PBS – Nova, Great Performances, Captioned ABC News


CBS Made for TV Movie – “Ruby and Oswald” – Michael Lerner, Frederick Forrest, Doris Roberts, Lou Frizzell. The lives of Jack Ruby and Lee Harvey Oswald are retraced.

Special – Laugh-In – with Martin Mull, Gore Vidal and Joan Rivers.

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