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



In The News

President Carter arrives in Lagos, Nigeria as the first American chief of state to visit black Africa.

House Democrats vote in favor of rolling back Social Security payroll taxes and financing part of the program from general revenue – a move President Carter calls “a serious mistake.”

Administration officials say that President Carter has decided against producing the controversial neutron bomb.

President Carter and his Nigerian host Lt. Gen Olusegun Obasanjo, pledge in a joint-communiqué, that they will join efforts to end the “evil and oppressive system of apartheid” in South Africa.

Israel submits a plan to the United Nations for beginning withdrawal of its forces from southern Lebanon.

President Carter signs legislation that prohibits mandatory retirement for most Americans until they are 70 years old and eliminates mandatory retirement at any age for almost all federal workers. 

Wholesale prices rose .6% in March, less than the 1.1% increase recorded in February.  


Sports news – April 1, 1978  

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores nine of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Lakers to a 103-102 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Martina Navratilova defeats Evonne Goolagong in the final of the Virginia Slims Championship.


Entertainment /Celebrity/Movie news – April 1, 1978  

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Terry Bradshaw has a role in Burt Reynolds movie “Hollywood Stuntmen.” 

John Wayne is in Massachusetts General Hospital where he has been undergoing extensive tests. He is resting comfortably.

Bob Hope hosts the 50th Annual Academy Awards.


50th Annual Academy Awards – some winners –

Best picture – “Annie Hall.”

Best actor – Richard Dreyfuss – “Goodbye Girl,”

 Best actress – Diane Keaton – “Annie Hall”

Best supporting actor - - Jason Robards – “Julia”

Best supporting actress – Vanessa Redgrave – “Julia”

Original song – “You Light Up My Life” – Joseph Brooks


Music news – April 1, 1978

Gene Cotton performs on NBC’s “Midnight Special” This Week.


Top TV shows – April 1, 1978


Three’s Company

Laverne & Shirley

One Day At A Time

Happy Days

CBS: On the Air

The Waltons



60 Minutes CBS: On the Air (Monday)                     


Television news - April 1, 1978

On ABC-TV - A Special Evening With Carol Burnett .

“Dallas” a soap opera-type saga of two Texas families, gets big ratings in its premiere last week – 37% of the viewers.

Nicholas Hammond, who portrays Spider-Man in the CBS series, wears a special skin-tight rig with head mask, plastic two-way mirror lenses, high plastic boots and elasticized sleeves. Hammond made his Broadway debut at age 11 and appeared in “lord of the Flies” and ”The Sound Of Music.’ He’s also appeared on many TV series in guest starring rolls. He says he enjoys his current role – “It’s fun, as acting always is. Where else can one indulge one’s wildest fantasies as part of the job?”

Barbara Walters Special on ABC-TV - Barbara Walters interviews Donnie & Marie, the Mondales, Walter Matthau and Reggie Jackson – This Week In 1978.

The Amazing Spiderman – Starring Nicholas Hammond debuts this week on CBS-TV. 


Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – April 1, 1978

CBS – Debut-The Amazing Spiderman (see ad), Movie

NBC – Life and Times of Grizzly Adams, NBC Special, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Eight is Enough, Charlie’s Angels, Starksy and Hutch

PBS – MacNeil-Lehrer report, Live From the Met


Grizzly Adams – Adams takes steps to stop threats to the area’s wildlife by the government.

NBC Special – The World’s Largest Indoor Country Music Show – Kenny Rogers and Dottie West co-host with Minnie Pearl. Roy Acuff, the Kendalls, Don Williams, Porter Wagone, Oak Ridge Boys, Grandpa Jones and Ramona, Osborne Brothers, Larry Gatlin, Little Jimmy Dickins, Jeannie Pruett.

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