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



In The News

Patricia Hearst loses out on an appeal to the Supreme Court and will have to serve out her prison term for helping her terrorist captors rob a California bank in 1974.

Two passengers are killed when a Korean Air Lines jetliner was forced down in the Soviet Union. They were victims of shots from a Russian fighter pilot who also set the left wing on fire.

The SEC and the Comptroller of the Currency charge Bert Lance with civil fraud and ask that his banking activities be restricted.

Former Rep. Richard Hanna, the first congressional figure charged in the Korean influence-buying scandal, is sentenced to serve six months to 30 months in federal prison.

Maj. Gen John Singlaub, who called President Carter’s decision to postpone production of the neutron warhead ‘ridiculous,’ agrees to retire after meeting with top Army officials.

A standby gasoline rationing plan expected to be announced next week by the Carter Administration would distribute fuel in a national emergency based on the number of cars a business or family owns.

The Carter Administration drops its insistence that the proposed warplane sale to three Middle Eastern countries be considered as a package, thus clearing a major hurdle in winning congressional approval for at least portions of the plan.

In West Virginia – A metal construction scaffold inside a power company cooling tower collapses – killing 51 men as they plunged 170 feet to their deaths.

After 18-months – John D. Ehrlichman walks out of a federal prison a freeman. He was sentenced in July 1974 to terms of up to 42 months for crimes related to the Watergate cover-up and pentagon papers cases. After exhausting his appeals, he entered prison October of 1976.

“Son of Sam” suspect David Berkowitz is ruled competent to stand trial for the murder of Stacy Moskowitz, the last of six victims shot to death in a year-long series of slayings.

Declaring he believes that the renaissance of New York City has begun, Mayor Ed Koch announces a detailed $13.5 billion budget in the next fiscal year.

Inflation –  Consumer prices rose .8% in March.

Books – The media is releasing snippets of the forthcoming “RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon.”

After shutting down just about five years ago, Life Magazine will resume publication. It’ll be a monthly publication and look for it October. 


Hot  Gossip – April 22, 1978

 Former ski championship Suzy Chaffee denies rumors that she is dating Sen. Edward Kennedy and says she has skied with him only because of his influence in Congress. “I have a steady boyfriend and his initials are not T.K.,” she said. 

The New York Post reports that Joan Kennedy, wife of Sen. Ted Kennedy, “has decided to go it alone” in an apartment in Boston. Kennedy denies the allegation.

Get Married – Former Yippi leader Jerry Rubin (39) to Mimi Leonard (29).

Princess Caroline of Monaco and French businessman Phillippe Junot will exchange marriage vows June 28 and 29 in two ceremonies.


Sports news – April 22, 1978

Eight officials of the U.S. Auto Club, which conducts major races including the Indy 500, perish after their twin-engine plane crashes near Indianapolis.

Houston Oilers owner K.S. Adams Jr. announces that the Oilers had come to an agreement with Tampa Bay to obtain Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell.

Trailblazer’s Bill Walton fractures his left foot and will miss the remainder of the NBA playoffs.


Music news – April 22, 1978

On CBS-TV this week – “The Natalie Cole Special.” “Music’s hottest new talent, the three-time Grammy Award winner sings & swings in her spectacular first television special.” Guest stars Earth, Wind & Fire, Johnny Mathis and Stephen Bishop.

Passing – British vocalist Sandy Denny (31) after suffering head injuries in a fall. She was once a singer for Fairport Convention.


Television news  - April 22, 1978

On “Saturday Night Live” – a repeat with host Mary Kay Place, Willie Nelson and Andy Kaufman.

Geer passing - Waltons creator Earl Hamner says no one will be brought in to replace Will Geer as Grandpa Walton. The family will deal with his death in the first episode next season. 

CBS sports guy Brent Musburger joins CBS-owned KNXT (channel 2) in Los Angeles as a sports anchor. Musburger anchors “NFL Today,” is an NBA Basketball reporter and contributes to the weekend “CBS Sports Spectacular.” He’ll still continue to do network sports. Musberger was interested in the job because he missed the competition of local stations in sports. (He’ll begin in June, and quickly move to news anchoring.)

Cheryl Ladd Hosts The National Collegiate Cheerleading Championships on CBS TV This Week In 1978.

Don’t miss Skater Dorothy Hamill’s special on ABC-TV this week in 1978.  “Dorothy Hamill Presents Winners! With Hal Linden and Bruce Jenner.


Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide – April 22, 1978

CBS – The Waltons, Hawaii Five-O, Natalie Cole Special

NBC – Hanna-Barbera Happy Hour, Special-Operation:Runaway, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Welcome Back Kotter, What’s Happening, Barney Miller, Made For TV Movie.

PBS – The Advocates


ABC Made for TV movie – “Go West Young Girl” starring Karen Valentine, Sandra Will, Stuart Whitman.

Debut – Operation: Runaway. Robert Reed tars as a psychologist specializing in runway teens.

Tonight Show – Roy Clark guest hosts with Norman Fell. 


Top movies – April 22, 1978

The Boys in the Company

Gray Eagle

The Goodbye Girl

Close Encounters of the Third Kind


Blue Collar

House Calls

Saturday Night Fever

High Anxiety

One & Only

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