Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of May 1, 1978 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
President Carter says that “innate racism that exits toward black people within the Soviet Union” is the reason for Soviet support for military adventures in Africa.
In Washington - Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin says his talks with President Carter in Washington raised hopes for another negotiating effort. President Carter pledges the United States to a “total absolute commitment to Israel’s security.
President Carter accuses the nation’s legal profession of being too intent on protecting the wealthy and privileged in America and not doing enough for poor people and minorities.
President Carter turns down a request from energy secretary James Schlesinger to add about $368 million in new money to the fiscal 1979 budget for the development of new energy sources including solar power.
Saying he would do it all again, convicted spy Robert Thompson left the Lewisburg Federal penitentiary on his way to asylum in Communist East Germany in a complicated swap involving four governments.
Rome – Four identical messages purportedly from the red Brigades say they were “carrying out” the death sentence against kidnapped former Premier Aldo Moro because the government had refused to bargain with the guerrillas.
Affirmed with Steve Cauthen wins the Kentucky Derby.
Soviet President Leonid I. Brezhnev, apparently weak and walking slowly, arrives for four days of talks and détente and trade in Bonn.
In Chicago – Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin vows again that Israel never would withdraw to its pre-1967 boundaries or allow establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the West Bank.
F. Lee Bailey and his partner, Albert Johnson withdraw as attorneys for Patricia Hearst saying that since the U.s. Supreme Court has rejected her appeal there is little more they can do for her and they have other pressing business.
The unemployment rate dropped to 6% in April – the first time in 3 ½ years.
Wholesale prices jumped 1.3% in August – the largest increase in 3 ½ years.
An iceberg 36 times the size of Bermuda and inhabited by penguins is reported to be drifting slowly in the south Atlantic from the Antarctic toward the coast of Africa.
Former Pentagon analyst Daniel Ellsberg is among 28 protesters arrested near the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant in Colorado.
Celebrity news – May 1, 1978
Susan Ford is working in Omaha as a temporary photographer for Sun Newspapers. Ms. Ford (21) is using the name Susan Bloomer – her mom’s maiden name. She’s the daughter of former President Ford.
Billy Carter says if Hustler magazine founder Larry Flynt is a born-again Christian, “he’s reborn a lot worse than he started out with.” “I’ve met him and I don’t like him. I can’t stand him,” said Carter. Flynt credits Ruth Carter Stapleton, the President’s evangelist sister, with leading him to Christianity.
Sports news – May 1, 1978
Pete Rose collects his 3000th hit, but the Reds lose to the Expos anyway 4-3. Rose got a 5-minute ovation.
Television news – May 1, 1978
Benji comes to TV in his very own special. “The Phenonemenon of Benji” on ABC-TV. With Charlie Rich, Meredith MacRae, Edgar Buchanan and Jesse Davis join America’s favorite canine!
ABC will debut its version of a news magazine “20/20” in June. Two print journalists will co-host – Harold Hayes a former editor of Esquire Magazine and Robert Hughes – art editor of Time Magazine. Each program will contain four stories.
Esther Rolle, who quit her role as the mother on “Good Times” last year, will return to the CBS comedy series next season.
Another Disaster Movie – “Maneaters Are Lose” – This One – a TV movie - on CBS-TV this week.
Get Married – Henry Winkler to Stacey Weitzman – the women he’s been living with.
Music news – May 1, 1978
On “Midnight Special” this week on NBC-TV – Yvonne Elliman hosts with Tavares, Rubican, Bonnie Tyler, Robin Tower, Be-Bop Deluxe, Walter Egan and Chriss Bliss.
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – May 1, 1978
Night Fever – Bee Gees
The Closer I Get To You – Roberta Flack
If I Can’t Have You – Yvonne Elliman
With A Little Luck – Wings
You’re the One That I Want – Olivia Newton John, John Travolta
On Broadway – George Benson
Shadow Dancing – Andy Gibb
Count On Me – Jefferson Starship
Too Much, Too Little, Too Late – John Mathis/Deniece Williams
Can’t Smile Without You – Barry Manilow
Top Music Albums – May 1, 1978
London Town – Wings
Saturday Night Fever
Point of No Return – Kansas
Running on Empty - Jackson Browne
Feels So Good – Chuck Mangione
The Stranger – Billy Joel
Champagne Jam – Atlanta Rhythm Section
Slowhand – Eric Clapton
Excitable Boy – Warren Zevon