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


In The News

Prime Minister Ian Smith and three black leaders sign a historic agreement setting the stage for a transition from white-rule Rhodesia to black-ruled Zimbabwe by the end of 1978.

President Carter tells a news conference he is disappointed by lagging public confidence in his Administration, but feels his personal standing remains high with Americans.

A Continental Airlines DC-10 jet headed for Honolulu, crashes on takeoff from LAX. Two are reported dead.

President Carter assures Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito the United States considers the Independence and territorial integrity of his nation one of the foundations for world peace.

Hustler magazine owner Larry Flynt is shot in the stomach and one of his attorneys also was wounded by a gunman who fired at them outside a courtroom where Flynt is on trial for allegedly distributing obscene materials. The two men had eaten lunch at a restaurant near the courthouse in Lawrenceville, Georgia and were standing on a corner when a car pulled up and several shots were fired.

Doctors say one of two bullets that struck Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt remains lodged in his abdomen and will have to be removed later.

Cosmonauts Yuri Romanenko and Georgy Grechko erase a 4-ear-old American record for the longest space mission – going past 84 days, one hour and 16 minutes in space.

In Knoxville – the first baby elephant born in captivity in the Western Hemisphere – a 200-pound male – is doing fine at the Knoxville Zoo. His name is Little Diamond.

Thieves took a $500,000 necklace from the widow of industrialist Henry J. Kaiser in the lobby of her apartment building as she returned from a birthday party for actress Elizabeth Taylor.

Switzerland - Grave robbers have stolen the body of Charlie Chaplin in what police say may have been an attempt to force the family of the multimillionaire comedian to pay ransom.


Sports news – March 1, 1978

Martina Navratilova wins her seventh consecutive tournament on the women’s tennis tour, beating Billie Jean King in Kansas City.

Jim “Catfish” Hunter the New York Yankees $3,5 million right-hander says he has diabetes and intends to follow a rigid regimen of daily shots and diet to combat it for the next two years, then retire.

The St. Louis Cardinals name Bud Wilkinson, a legendary college coach (who is 61), to replace Don Coryell.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – March 1, 1978

One of the hottest now is model Cheryl Tiegs – as she moves into the mainstream. She’s featured on the cover of Time. People and Newsweek want to do something too. This after 14 years of modeling and 100 fashion magazine covers behind her. Newsweek told her – “We can’t cover you as a personality. We have to cover you as an event. You’re happening right now.” How did it suddenly jump-start? She got smart. She began marketing a poster of herself and then began giving interviews – reversing 14 years of publicity shyness.     


Music news – March 1, 1978

“You’re The One That I want” – should be out this month on RSO Records. It’s by John Travolta and Olivia Newton John. Song was written and produced by her producer – John Farrar.

Ringo Starr will star in a musical-comedy special on NBC in April called “Ringo” – based loosely on the Prince and the Pauper.

On “Midnight Special” this week – Rick Nelson hosts with George Benson, Paul Davis, Sweet Inspirations, 10CC.


Television news – March 1, 1978

 Passing – Veteran actress Zara Cully Brown, who played the irascible mother-in-law on the Jeffersons. She was 86.

“Quark… TV’s Answer To Star Wars” New On NBC-TV. Stars Richard Benjamin.


Top movies – March 1, 1978

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

The One & Only

Saturday Night Fever

The Spy Who Loved Me

The Goodbye Girl


High Anxiety

World’s Greatest Lover

Oh God!

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