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



In The News

The Senate completes approval of the Panama Canal treaties, - the end of an era that began with President Theodore Roosevelt some 75 years ago.

Soviet jet fighters fire at an Alaska-bound South Korean jetliner and forced it to land, after the passenger plane flew over Soviet territory.

President Carter foresees a “serious pause in recover” or an economic recession if Congress fails to approve a tax cut. Press Secretary Jody Powell told reporters Carter sees no reason to alter his tax-cut proposal despite some opposition in the tax-writing House ways and Means Committee.

President Carter is concerned over growing public perception that he is a weak President. 

Former First Lady Betty Ford says she is addicted not only to her arthritis pain medication but is also addicted to alcohol.

In Florence Italy – (overnight) Thieves climb down through a skylight on a rope ladder and steal the Rubens masterpiece – “the Three Graces” and nine of the Flemish works from the famed Pitti Palace.

Business – Another Dow trading record is obtained – as 63.5 million shares are traded.


Entertainment /Celebrity news – April 15, 1978

Frank Tallman – the best-known movie stunt pilot is killed after his twin-engine plane crashes after a routine flight in Orange County, CA


Music news – April 15, 1978

“The Singing Nun” – Jeanine Deckers says she owes back taxes of $121,000. She’s best known for the 1963 hit “Dominque.” 

Lead Deborah Harry of “Blonde” says her band is not a punk band, “It has never been a punk band. It’s a pop band, a rock ’n’ roll band,” said Harry.  The band began two years ago at CBGB’s, the New York City punk-rock palace. 

Andy Gibb’s “Shadow Dancing” should be out in a few weeks. The song was co-written by him and his Bee Gee Brothers.


Television news – April 15, 1978

Major shakeup as ABC News Chief Roone Arledge says he was removing Harry Reasoner as an anchor of the ABC Evening News and would give Barbara Walters a “special role” doing away with a regular New York anchor person.

The FCC is trying to shut down the first documented TV pirate who operates on Channel 7 in the Syracuse area. He’s been showing blue movies and other programming. He calls the station Lucky Seven.


Tuesday night television listings/program/TV guide – April 15, 1978

CBS – Sam, Bugs Bunny in Space, Movie

NBC – Man from Atlantis, Holcaust: The Final Solution, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Three’s Company, the Harvey Korman Show, Julie Farr, M.D. (later) – TV Movie

PBS – I Sought My Brother


 The Man From Atlantis – Mark is offered as a sacrifice to a sea monster.

Harvey Korman – Harvey is a hero after he foils a bank robber. 


Top movies – April 15, 1978

Rabbit Test


Straight Time


The One & Only

Semi Tough

The Goodbye Girl

Silver Bears


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