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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of February 22, 1978 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

The nation’s major coal companies reject as a model for a strike settlement the contract announced between the United Mine Workers and the Pittsburgh and Midway Coal Company. Binding Arbitration is being sought. 

Panama Canal Zone - The Senate defeats a proposal that could have extended the presence of U.S. troops until the year 2020.

Eight are dead and 67 hospitalized after a freight train derailed near Youngstown, Florida. This after a cloud of chlorine gas from a ruptured tank car spread across a nearby highway.

Eight are dead after a derailed railroad tank car containing 2,000 gallons of liquid propane gas exploded and burst into flames in Waverly Tennessee.

The United States and West Germany privately agree to end their lingering public argument about whether the Germans are pulling their weight in stimulating the world economy.

Incensed by the murder of a newspaper editor – Egypt says that Palestinians living there would be stripped of special rights they have had for more than 20 years.

A raging fire causes more than $2 million damage on historic Cannery Row, gutting the Steinbeck Theater and at least seen seven other businesses a few hours before a sprinkler system was to have been connected. Arson is suspected.

Violence against abortion clinics, including firebombing and the firing of bullets into buildings is on the rise across the nation, the National Abortion Rights Action League says.

Passing – Daniel (Chappie) James Jr. who risked court martial to fight segregation and eventually became the first black four-star general. He was 58.

Inflation – consumer prices rose .8% in January – the largest monthly increase since last April.

Sweden expresses concern to the Soviet Union about six Soviet submarines that patrol the Baltic Sea carrying nuclear missiles, the Swedish foreign Ministry says.


Sports news – February 22, 1978

Sarasota - Rookie Nancy Lopez birdies the 17th hole to win the $100,000 Ben Tree women’s golf tournament by a single stroke over Joe Ann Washam. 

Also in Florida - Jack Nicklaus wins the Inverrary golf tournament by one stroke.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – February 22, 1978

Princess Grace of Monaco returns to the American stage for the first time in 26 years with a poetry reading in Pittsburgh. 

Liza Minnelli and her second husband, Jack Haley are now living separately.


Music news – February 22, 1978

Australian Samantha Sang has finally cracked the U.S. market with Barry Gibb’s “Emotion.” But it’s not the first song Gibb wrote and produced for her. “Love of a Woman” which became a hit in Europe was the first. 

Music On Television - Barry Manilow conducts his second TV special this week. Guest is Ray Charles . Also – Johnny Cash stars in the CBS TV movie “Thaddeus Rose and Eddie” 

 On CBS-TV – The 20th Annual Grammy Awards. Hosted by John Denver. Performers/Presenters include: Count Basie, Shaun Cassidy, Chicago, Andy Gibb, Mills Brothers, Lou Rawls, Joe Tex, Andy Williams, Roberta Flack and many more.

WNEW (AM) New York Salutes The Grammy Awards By Playing Winners Since The Beginning – 1958. WNEW New York – 1130 On Your Dial.


Grammy Awards – some winners:

Record of the year – “Hotel California” – Eagles

Album of the year – “Rumours” – Fleetwood Mac

Song of the year (tie) – “Love Theme From A Star Is Born” and “You Light Up My Life.” First written by Paul Williams and Barbra Streisand. Second by Joe Brooks.

Best new artist – Debby Boone

Best Producer – Peter Asher

Best male pop vocal – James Taylor for “Handy Man”

Best female pop vocal – Barbara Streisand for “Star is Born” love theme

Best pop instrumental – “Star Wars” - John Williams

R&B Female – Thelma Houston for “Don’t Leave Me This Way”

R&B Group Vocal – Emotions for “Best of My Love.”

R&B Male – Lou Rawls for “Unmistakably Lou”

Best country song – “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” written by Richard Leigh

Male jazz vocal – Al Jarreau


Television news – February 22, 1978

Mike Douglas’ 4000th show is broadcast this week. A of shows are being produced from Hollywood.  His cohost is Suzanne Somers.


Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – February 22, 1979

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

NBC – Wonderful World of Disney, Project UFO, Loose Change

ABC – Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, How The West Was Won, Movie

PBS – Evening at Symphony, Masterpiece Theater


Loose Change – A miniseries of Sara Davidson’s best-selling book about young women whose lives are intertwined and changed during the 1960’s, Stars Cristina Raines, Laurie Helneman, Season Hubley, June Lockhart, Theodore Bikle, David Wayne. 


Top movies – February 22, 1978

The Goodbye Girl

Saturday Night Fever

The Turning Point

More Anxiety



Beyond & Back

Smokey & The Bandit

The One & Only

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