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



In The News

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin accused the U.S. of backing away from an Israeli proposal for a limited return of captured Arab lands.

Israel declares a cease-fire in southern Lebanon but the Palestinian military command said it was not enough.

Washington - President Carter and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin end two days of talks with fundamental issues of Middle East peace unresolved.

Striking coal miners end their 109-day strike.

Rep. Charles Diggs Jr., a democratic congressman from Michigan for more than 23 years, is indicted on charges of padding his office payroll, taking kickbacks and having the government pay employees of his Detroit funeral home.

U.S. Steel, the nation’s largest steel producer, announces a $10.50-per-ton price increase on its basic product lines to recover the cost of the new soft coal contract. The Carter Administration called the increase unjustified.

President Carter unveils his urban plan of $8.3 billion in new programs designed to assist cities in coping with problems ranging from physical decay to sprawling growth.

Trouble in Cleveland as Mayor Dennis Kucinich suspends Cleveland Police Chief Richard Hongisto pending documentation of the chief’s charges that the Kucinich administration has pressured the police department to commit “unethical’ acts.

Radicals armed with steel pipes and firebombs, break into Tokyo’s new airport and destroy all the equipment in the ground and flight control centers.

Nationalist guerrillas have kidnapped 432 pupils and teachers at a British Methodist mission in Rhodesia.

Soaring food casts boost the cost of living by .6% nationally in February. 

The EPA issues its final listing of fuel mileage figures for 1978 model year autos and the Volkswagen Rabbit gets the best fuel mileage at 40 miles per gallon city and 53 highway.

San Juan -  Karl Wallenda, who had cheated death for more than half century on the high wire, is killed when he fell during a promotional appearance for a circus in which he was performing with his granddaughter.

President Carter asks Congress for a one-year 15% tariff increase on foreign-made CB radios sold in the United States.

The Postal Service announces an $895,000 test of an international electronic message service using Comsat satellites to transmit messages between the U.S. and overseas.

Pope Paul VI has recovered from a two-week bout with the flu and the 80-year-old Pontiff will celebrate Easter mass in St. Peter’s Square.


Media news – March 22, 1978

“I Love New York” commercial is a hit According to the New York State Commerce department, which hired the ad agency last year to create an advertising campaign that would attract tourists and increase state revenues, the $4.3-million investment so far has brought in $4 for every $1 spent.


Sports news – March 22, 1978

Hockey great Gordie Howe turns 50 this week and is still playing. He plays for the World Hockey Assn’s New England Whalers with two sons – Marty and Mark. But dad is the team’s leading point scorer.

NCAA Championship Victory– Kentucky beats Duke – 94-88.

The San Francisco 49ers agree to take over the final year of O.J. Simpson’s three-year contract with the Buffalo Bills.

Charles Finley withdraws his offer to sell the Oakland A’s to Denver oilman Marvin Davis. The sale cancellation apparently was caused by a quarrel over paying off the remaining 10 years of Finley’s lease at Oakland Coliseum.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – March 22, 1978

Marcheline Voight, files for divorce against Jon Voight. They were married in 1971. 


Music news – March 22, 1978

Don’t miss The Rutles “All You Need Is Cash” this week on NBC. It’s described as a well-constructed rendition of Beatlemania.  Included – a soundtrack that reminds you of Beatles music – sort of Beatles music turned inside-out.  Appearing – Eric Idol, Rikki Fataar, John Halsey and Neil Innes. Both Innes and Idol conceived the project.

Andre Previn leads the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra this week.

Peter Frampton takes a roll on NBC’s “Baa Baa Black Sheep” starring Robert Conrad. His new movie – “Sergeant Pepper” will be released in July.  In that film, he has no dialogue and this guest starring role gives him that opportunity.

Music On Television – Perry Como’s “Easter By The Sea” with special guests Debby Boone and Kenny Rogers.


Television news – March 22, 1978

James Garner and Jack Kelly reprise their 1950’s roles in “The New Maverick” – a two-hour TV movie for ABC-TV.

Richie Brockleman Appeared On “The Rockford Files” is Now A Series.

Lorimar is launching a series about a family brimming with hate. Called “Dallas” – CBS is giving it a five week run beginning Sunday of this week. The first episode sees son Bobby, played by Patrick Duffy), bring home a bride played by Victoria Principal. 


Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – March 22, 1978

CBS – Wonder Woman, Incredible Hulk, CBS: On the Air

NBC – Quark, CPO Sharkey, Richie Brockelman (see ad), Private Eye, Quincy, Tonight, Midnight Special

ABC – Donny & Marie, Movie

PBS – Washington Week w/Paul Duke, Wall St. Week w/Louis Rukeyser


On Donny and Marie – Cindy Williams Jay Osmond, Bruce Kimmel and Paul Lynde.

On the Midnight Special – Olivia Newton-John hosts with Phoebe Snow, Kansas, Player, Murry Langston and Bill Kirchenbauer.   


Top movies – March 22, 1978

Saturday Night Fever

Goodbye Girl

American Hot Wax

Casey’s Shadow

Annie Hall


The Fury


An Unmarried Woman

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