Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of April 8, 1978 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Conspiracy indictments - former acting FBI Director L. Patrick Gray and two retired FBI officials are indicted on charges of civil rights violations for ordering surreptitious break-ins in a hunt for fugitive radicals.
Defects United Nations - Arkady Shevchenko, the highest Soviet official to the U.N. Secretariat, leaves his office due to “differences with his government.”
Soviet President Leonid I. Brezhnev says that the Carter Administration’s “indecision” and “on consistency” has stalled negotiations on a new strategic arms limitation treaty between the two superpowers.
President Carter unveils his anti-inflation program, which calls to impose a one-year freeze on salaries of their top executives and promised to veto any bills that would increase the federal deficit.
Bert Lance, appearing before several hundred newspaper editors, charges he had been the victim of sloppy and biased reporting of a type which could bring censorship to the American press.
Asst. FBI Director J. Wallace LaPrade declares that the FBI currently is conducting searches without warrants with President Carter’s authorization.
Business – The Dow Jones closes at 795.13, hitting a record 52 million shares traded.
In what could be one of the biggest toy recalls in history, the government moves against Wham-O’s “Water Wiggle” - a device linked to the drowning of two children. More than 2 ½ million of the toys have been sold during the past 17 years.
Fascinating Business news – April 8, 1978
Radio City Music Hall is saved – for another year. In eleventh-hour bargaining between Rockefeller Center Inc, owners of the showplace and the state’s urban Development Corp, New York State agreed to foot the bill for one year of operation.
Unemployment increases slightly during March to 6.2%.
Sports news – April 8, 1978
The comeback of Joe Frazier is delayed when doctors in a Philadelphia hospital diagnosed his illness as viral hepatitis.
John Havlicek retires after his 1,270th game in a 16-year NBA career.
Gary Player wins the Masters at Augusta – his third time.
Music news – April 8, 1978
Passing – George C. Corey who write the music for “I Left My Heart In San Francisco.”
Music On TV - Saturday Night Fever Premiere Party starring John Travolta, The Bee Gees, Andy Gibb, Yvonne Elliman. Check your TV listings.
Priscilla Presley wins her $750,000 divorce claim against the estate of Elvis Presley. Details are being kept secret.
President Carter’s 10-year-old daughter Amy and her little friend Kathleen, go together to a Shaun Cassidy concert at Capital Center.
Entertainment/Celebrity news – April 8, 1978
Sonny Bono – Recording artist. Songwriter and music producer – is getting into acting. He’s shooting “Escape to Athena” which will star David Niven and Telly Salvalas.
More Shaun Cassidy – he’s featured on Art Laboe’s show (in studio) all this week on KRLA radio Los Angeles.
Television news – April 8, 1978
Farrah Fawcet-Majors will be one of Charlie’s Angels, but only as a guest star in six episodes. She had quit the hit series last season.
Debuting this week on CBS – “The Ted Knight Show,” followed by “Another Day” starring David Groh and Joan Hackett.
Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide – April 8, 1978
CBS – The Waltons, Hawaii Five-O, Barnaby Jones
NBC – The Hanna-Barbera Happy Hour Hour (see ad), Black Sheep, Police Woman, Tonight, Tomorrow
ABC – Welcome Back Kotter, What’s Happening, Barney Miller, A.E.S. Hudson Street, Baretta
On theTonight Show – Bob Hope, Lola Falana, Joseph Wambaugh.
Top movies – April 8, 1978
The Turning Point
An Unmarred Woman
The Goodbye Girl
American Hot Wax
The One & Only
Which Way Is Up
Return From Witch Mountain