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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of March 15, 1978 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Israeli forces attack into Lebanon in an invasion that stretched from the sea more than 40 miles east to the Golan Heights ... Later, the Carter Administration called on Israel to withdraw those forces no occupying a strip of southern Lebanon and proposed in their place, the creation of a U.N. force to ensure “stability and security” in the area.

Former Rep Richard Hanna (D-California) - the only congressman indicted in connection with Korean influence buying on Capitol Hill, pleads guilty to one count of conspiracy. He was indicted Oct 14 by a federal grand jury on 39 other felony counts, but only one stuck. 

The senate approves the first of two Panama Canal treaties, clearing the way for action on a second accord that will gradually turn over the waterway to the tiny country. “The neutrality treaty” commits the U.S. and Panama to guarantee that the canal will remain open to all shipping after Jan 1, 2000, when the Panamanian government would assume control over the waterway.

The Soviet government strips cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and his wife of their citizenship - barring them from ever returning to the country. Rostropovich now lives in the United States where he is principal conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington. Russian newspaper Izvestia accused him and his wife, opera singer Galina Vishnevskaya, of giving material help to anti-Soviet organizations and performing at benefit concerts for White Russian emigrant groups.  


Fascinating Business news – March 15, 1978

Col Harland Sanders (87) tells a reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal said that the gravy at the Kentucky Fried Chicken “is horrible ... pure wallpaper paste. And another thing, that new ‘crispy’ recipe is nothing in the world but a damn fried dough ball stuck on some chicken.” He actually made the remarks about the KFC outlet in Bowling Green KY. Sanders sold out his interest in the business several years ago, but remains a paid ambassador of goodwill.

Is Burma Shave coming back? Many remember the signs that decked the mostly two-lane main routes of the U.S, from the 1920’s until 1968. They were unique because they came in sets of six, so as you drove, you got to read a doggerel line on each. The last sign always said “Burma-Shave.” A set of six might say this - Roy/Met-Sally/Made a hit/Neglected Beard/Roy-Sally split/Burma Shave.

 Well, it turns out that Philip-Morris Co gave up rights to the name last month and the American Safety Razor Co - which use to market Burma-Shave, is now applying for the trademark. American Safety use to be a subsidiary of Phillip-Morris. The company says any new ads are more likely to be featured on television or store displays. A set of signs sits in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington: With this vale/Of toil/And sin/Your head grows bald/But not your chin/Use Burma-Shave. As major highways (with their major sign restrictions) began to take-over as major routes, the signs began to disappear in the early 60’s and completely by 1968.

New at the mart - New Mini-bites from Chef Boy-ar-dee. They’re mini cheese ravioli with little meatballs. Just the right size for kids (And grown-ups like ‘em too.) 


Best- selling books – March 15, 1978

Bloodline - Sidney Sheldon

The Black Marble - Joseph Wambaugh

The Thorn Birds - Colleen McCullough

The Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien

The Women’s Room - Marilyn French

Scruples - Judith Krantz

Illusions - Richard Bach

The Ends of Power - H.R. Haldeman

My Mother, My Self - Nancy Friday

The Complete Book Of running - James F. Fixx

The Amityville Horror - Jay Anson

The Second Ring Of Power - Carlos Castaneda

Tutankhamun  - I.E.S. Edwards

All Things Wise and Wonderful - James Herriot

Looking Out For #1 - Robert Ringer


Top television shows in order - March 15, 1978

Happy Days

Little House On The Prairie


One Day At A Time

60 Minutes

Highlights of the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus

All In The Family


Love Boat

Fantasy Island

How The West Was Won

Lou Grant


Movie - Killer Force


The Incredible Hulk

Hawaii Five-O


Barney Miller


Television news – March 15, 1978

Bill Moyers, chief reporter for the CBS Reports documentary series, announces that he is quitting the network when his contract expires in August. “I am moving on; however, because I don’t get either the satisfaction or the impact I want from television through irregularly scheduled broadcasts, no matter how good each one may be.”

Passing - actress Peggy Wood, best known as TV’s “Mama” in the 1950’s. 


Wednesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – Mach 15, 1978

CBS - Return of Captain Nero, AFI Salute To Henry Fonda, Police Women

NBC - Grizzly Adams, Black Sheep Squadron, Police Women

ABC - Eight Is Enough, Charlie’s Angles, Starsky and Hutch

PBS - Special - The White Bear, 15 Great Performances, Superspy


Return of Captain Nemo - After Prof Cunningham taps the casks of radioactive wastes stored in the deep Mindanao Trench to refuel his submarine Raven, Captain Nemo is called upon to seal the dangerous leaks caused by Cunningham’s carelessness.  With Joe Ferrer Lynda Day George guests.

Police Women - Pepper and Bill are puzzled by the contradictory evidence of a secretary and her boss who witnessed the theft of a large quantity of securities.


Music news – March 15, 1978

Singer/guitarist Peter Frampton is set to make his acting debut on an upcoming episode of NBC’s Black Sheep Squadron. He’ll play a downed English airman who lives on a Pacific Island reporting on enemy air movement.   

Monty Python meets Saturday Night Live? Here comes a delightful takeoff of The Beatles .... The Rutles are coming! - Now at record stores - “The Rutles.” “Their lives, their loves, their music, their trousers ... Now it can be told. The story of Rutlemania. The four mop tops that made the sixties what they are today. DIRK, NASTY, STIG and BARRY. The pre-fab four themselves, On your TV On your turntable. On your knees. In the home. Incredible... Don’t miss their story: A TV movie ... “All You Need Is Cash” on NBC Wednesday, March 22. Stars Eric Idle, Neil Innews, John Halsey, Rikki Fataar. With Dan Aykroyd, Terence Baylor, John Belushi, Jeanette Charles, George Harrison, Bianca Jagger, Mick Jagger, Bill Murray The K, Michael Palin, Gilda Radner, Paul Simon, Gwen Taylor, Ron Wood, Henry Wolf. Don’t miss it.  

More Rutles - the songs on the album are written and produced by Neil Innews, formerly of the “Bonzo Dog Band.” Innews original work has tied familiar hooks to original Beatle songs - it almost sounds like you’re listening to certain Beatles songs.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – March 15, 1978 

Night Fever - The Bee Gees

Emotion - Samantha Sang

Can't Smile Without You - Barry Manilow

(Love Is) Thicker Than Water - Andy Gibb

Stayin' Alive - The Bee Gees

Lay Down Sally - Eric Clapton

If I Can't Have You - Yvonne Elliman

Sometimes When We Touch - Dan Hill

Jack and Jill - Raydio

Just the Way You Are - Billy Joel

Our Love - Natalie Cole

Baby Come Back - Player

Thunder Island - Jay Ferguson

Dust In the Wind - Kansas

Theme from Close Encounters - Meco

Ebony Eyes - Bob Welch

Running On Empty - Jackson Browne

I Go Crazy - Paul Davis

How Deep Is Your Love - The Bee Gees

What A Wonderful World - Art Garfunkel with James Taylor/Paul Simon

The Way You Do The Thngs You Do - Rita Coolidge

Goodbye Girl - David Gates

Falling - Leblanc & Carr

Always and Forever - Heatwave

Here You Come Again - Dolly Parton

You're In My Heart - Rod Stewart

We Are the Champions - Queen

Sweet Talkin Woman - Electric Light Orchestra

Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) - Chic

Disco Inferno - The Trammps 

Movin' Out - Billy Joel

We’ll Never Have To Say Goodbye Again - England Dan & John Ford Coley

You Really Got Me - Van Halen


Top Music Albums – March 15, 1978

Even Now - Barry Manilow                             

 Slowhand - Eric Clapton                               

Saturday Night Fever - Original Movie Soundtrack       

The Stranger - Billy Joel                       

Running On Empty - Jackson Browne  

The Grand Illusion - Styx                                              

Aja - Steely Dan                                       

Foot Loose and Fancy Free - Rod Stewart   

Weekend In L.A. - George Benson            

News of the World - Queen       -

Slowhand - Eric Clapton

Emotion - Samantha Sang

Flowing Rivers - Andy Gibb

French Kiss - Bob Welch

Chic - Chic

Longer Fuse - Dan Hill

All This & Heaven Too - Andrew Gold

Singer Of Songs - Paul Davis

Point of Know Return - Kansas

Thankful - Natalie Cole

Watermark - Art Garfunkle

Some Things Don’t Come Easy - England Dan and John Ford Coley

The Album - ABBA

Anytime, Anywhere - Rita Coolidge

Player - Player

Double Live Gonzo - Ted Nugent

Waylon & Willie (Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson)


Top Country Hit Single - March 15, 1978

Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys - Waylon & Willie                                                            


Top movies – March 15, 1978

Saturday Night Fever -  (... Catch It) - John Travolta, Karen Lynn-Gorney

The Goodbye Girl - Richard Drefuss, Marsha Mason

American Hot Wax - Tim Mcintire, Laraine Newman, Jay Leno, John Lehne, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis

Walt Disney’s Return From Witch Mountain - Bette Davis, Christopher Lee

Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, Francois Truffaut

Coming Home - Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern

Blue Collar - Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel

Coma - Genevieve Bujold, Michael Douglas, Elizabeth Ashley, Rip Torn, Richard Widmark

Sextette - Timothy Dalton, Ringo Starr, George Hamilton, Tony Curtis, Alice Cooper, Dom Deluise, Rona Barrett, Van McCoy, Keith Moon, Regis Philbin, Walter Pidgeon, George Raft, Gil Straton, Harry Weiss.

Straight Time - Dustin Hoffman, Harry Dean Stanton, Gary Busey, Theresa Russell

Crossed Swords - Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Mark Lester, Ernest Borgnine, George C. Scott, Rex Harrison, Charlton Heston

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

Julia - Jane Fonda, Jason Robards

Skateboard - Allen Garfield, Kathleen Lloyd, Leif Garrett

Casey’s Shadow - Walter Matthau, Alexis Smith, Robert Webber, Murray Hamilton, Patrick Williams

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

House Calls - Walter Matthau, Glenda Jackson, Art Carney, Richard Benjamin

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