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



In The News

President Carter invokes the Taft-Hartley Act in an attempt to end a 91-day coal strike. “The health and safety of our country is now in danger.”

After 102 years - The Chicago Daily News ceases publication.  “So Long Chicago” was the last headline.  The afternoon daily was losing more than $1 million a month. The closing leaves the city two papers - the “Tribune” and the “Sun-Times.”

A Palestinian terror attack leaves 32 Israelis dead and 72 wounded. Prime Minister Menachem Begin says he’ll put off a scheduled trip to Washington for at least a week. “Those who kill Jews in our time cannot enjoy impunity. We shall eliminate this constant threat.” All but two of the eleven PLO attackers die in the raid.

Bargainers for the United Mine Workers and the coal industry agreed on a new contract with terms finely tuned to win the support of striking miners and thus settle the longstanding coal strike without further government intervention.

President Carter tells a nationally televised news conference that Somalia is withdrawing its troops from Ethiopia’s Ogaden region and he called on the Soviet Union and Cuba to withdraw their forces and advisers from the area as well.

Sen. Henry Jackson says that Soviet leaders have called off his visit to the Soviet Union after he expressed an interest I meeting privately with dissident physicist Andrei Sakharov and others during his trip. 

Palestinian commandos land by boat, commandeered a bus and storm 25 miles through Israel’s coastal tideland in a trial of bloodshed that left 36 dead.  

Netherlands – South Moluccan gunmen seize a government building and at least 72 hostages in a shooting attack that left five injured. The vowed to kill the hostages if their demands were not met.

Flooding in Arizona - Some 18,000 Navajos are stranded and cut of from the outside world by seas of mud covering thousand of square miles of Indian reservation.

The nation’s unemployment rate dips to 6.1% in February down from 6.3% a month earlier.

The famed Old Globe Theater in the Balboa Park section of San Diego burns. Arson is suspected.

Prime Minister Menachem Begin vows “to cut off the arm” of the Palestinian guerrilla movement that claimed responsibility for killing 36 Israelis in the nation’s worst terror attack ever (so far).

Hustler magazine owner Larry Flynt is paralyzed from the hips down as a result of being shot. Flynt and his attorney were shot Monday as they walked on a street in Lawrenceville, Georgia. After 3 operations, doctors say he has less than a 50% chance of regaining movement. Suspect Teddy Morris is arrested for the attempted murders. Later in the week, police release him, saying his arrest was a hoax from a planted story. 

Waiting for a train at a crowded Times Square subway station, a 25 year-old secretary accidentally stepped on the foot of Carolyn Spector (29). Spector told the lady “I’m going to throw you in when the next train comes.” Not believing her, the secretary stayed put, until she was pushed on the tracks. Running down the tracks screaming for help as a train approached, a helping hand reached out and she was pulled out, with just seconds to spare. Spector was arrested and charged with attempted murder.

San Diego’s famed Old Globe Theater in Balboa Park goes up in flames and police suspect arson. It was the second historic building to burn in the area within a month.

A man who said he was trying to get cancer treatment hijacks a United Airlines jet over San Francisco Bay, let all the passengers out in Oakland, then surrendered when the crewmen escaped by leaping from the cockpit in Denver.

Egyptian authorities have ordered Japanese researchers to tear down a model pyramid with which they had hoped to show how the ancient Egyptians built the gigantic monuments.


Sports news – March 8, 1978

Tracy Austin pulls off the tennis upset of the year, ending Martina Navratilova’s 37-match winning streak on the last pint of a third-set tiebreaker in the quarterfinals of the Maureen Connoly Brinker tournament in Dallas.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – March 8, 1978

Playing in Las Vegas –

Rick Nelson – Aladdin

Sammy Davis Jr. -  Caesars Palace

Roy Clark – Frontier

Liberace – Hilton

Glen Campbell – Riviera

Don Rickles – Sahara

Doc Severinsen – Sands


Music news – March 8, 1978

Music On Television - Stephen Bishop appears on “Saturday Night Live” and on “Rock Concert” this week.

Singer Keely Smith is charged with misdemeanor violation in paying five employees of a nightclub with $1,393 in bad checks. She’s the former wife of singer/bandleader Louis Prima. Smith says she let her name be used as the second signer on a checking account used by a friend opening a Palm Springs nightclub. The club closed after three months. 


Top TV shows – March 8, 1978

In Ranking -  Laverne & Shirley, Happy Days, Three’s Company, MASH, Little House on the Prairie, One Day at a Time, Charlie’s Angles, 60 Minutes, Movie-Magnum Force, Barney Miller, How the West Was Won, Alice, All in the Family, Barnaby Jones, The Love Boat, Special- TV: The Fabulous Fifties, Starsky & Hutch, Eight Is Enough, Hawaii Five-O, Fish


Television news – March 8, 1978

The Incredible Hulk Debuts This Week On CBS-TV


Wednesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – March 8, 1978

CBS - Debut-The Return of Captain Nemo, Movie ... NBC - Special-Highlights of Ringling Bros. and Barnum $ Bailey, Black Sheep Squadron, Police Woman ... ABC - Special-That Second Thing, Charlie’s Angels, Starsky and Hutch... PBS - Nova, Great Performances, Debut-The Two Ronnies


The Return of Captain Nemo - an Irwin Allen production dramatizing the adventures of Jules Verne’s nautical hero with Jose Ferrer in the title role. Three week series only.

Nova - “The Case of the Ancient Astronauts” - examines the evidence, pro and con, of the possibility that beings from other planets landed on earth thousands of years ago.

Charlie’s Angels - The girls go undercover as stewardesses.

The Two Ronnies - stars British comedians Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett.

On The Tonight Show - Guest host Bill Cosby with Freddy Fender, Quinn Cummings.  


Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – March 8, 1978

CBS – Bob Newhart, Tony Randall Show, The Jeffersons, Maude, Kojak

NBC -  Bionic Woman, Movie, Saturday Night Live

ABC – What’s Happening, Operation Petticoat, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island

 Saturday Night Live – Art Garfunkle hosts with Stephen Bishop performing as well.


On Operation Petticoat – The Sea Tiger runs aground on a sand bar.

On  Fantasy Island – Maureen McCormack wants to be judged the most beautiful woman in the world. Oh boy!


Top movies – March 8, 1978

High Anxiety - Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Korman, Dick Van Patten, Ron Carey

Coming Home - Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind - Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, Francois Truffaut

Annie Hall - Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane

The Goodbye Girl - Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason

Julia - Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards, Hal Holbrook, Rosemary Murphy

Walt Disney’s “Candleshoe” - David Niven, Helen Hayes, Jodie Foster, Leo McKern

The One and Only - Henry Winkler, Kim Darby, William Daniels, Harold Gould, Herve Villechaize.

Semi-Tough - Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, Jill Clayburgh, Robert Preston

The Betsy - Laurence Olivier, Robert Duvall, Katharine Ross, Tommy Lee

Jones, Jane Alexander, Harold Robbins

 Star Wars - Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alex Guinness

Saturday Night Fever - John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney

World’s Greatest Lover - Gene Wilder, Dom DeLuise

Sextette - Mae West, Timothy Dalton, Ringo Starr, George Hamilton, Tony Curtis, Alice Cooper, Dom DeLuise. Cameo appearances by Rona Barrett, Van McCoy, Keith Moon, Regis Philbin

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