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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of May 8, 1978 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

A National Airlines jet with 61 passenger and crew crashes into foggy Escambia Bay on its approach into Pensacola, Florida.  All were saved because a tugboat captain (who was off- course) happened to be near the accident and steered his construction barge to pick up passengers.

"Son Of San," David Berkowitz pleads guilty to the six random killings committed during a yearlong reign of terror. He faces 25 years to life in prison.

The Postal Rate Commission recommends a two-cent postal increase for first class letters to 15 cents from 13.

Transportation Secretary Brock Adams proposes the elimination of 8,100 miles of track and several routs from the Amtrak rail passenger system. Under the plan, there would be no Amtrak service in Maine, Arkansas, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah and Nevada.

Princess Margaret and her husband Lord Snowdon agree to divorce.


Sports news – May 8, 1978

Pete Rose hits his 3000th base hit.


Music news – May 8, 1978

On CBS Sunday following 60 minutes - Elvis Presley in Concert. Taped on Elvis’ last concert tour last year. “With a special message by Mr. Vernon Presley, Elvis’ father.”


Entertainment/Celebrity/Television news – May 8, 1978

Donny Osmond (20) and college student Debra Glenn (19) marry. The wedding was supposed to be next month, but Donny wanted his wife to be with him next week for a three-week singing engagement in Las Vegas.

Sales of Billy Beer are flat. West End Brewing spokesman Robert Haberer admitted that Billy Beer sales “aren’t breaking any records” but said that the company still was  producing it and did not plan to discontinue production.

Harry Reasoner, slated to lose his co-anchor role on the ABC evening news, announces that he will be going back to CBS.

Sears announces it will no longer sponsor Charlie’s Angels and Three’s Company. Sears has been the target of several groups for its sponsorship of television shows featuring sex and violence. A Sears spokesman said the company’s decision was made because the two top-rated shows “don’t conform with our guidelines.”


Saturday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – May 8, 1978

CBS –The Jeffersons, Ted Knight Show, CBS Saturday Night Movie

NBC – Mel & Susan Together, NBC Saturday Night Movie

ABC – Bionic Woman, Operation Petticoat, Love Boat, Fantasy Island

PBS – Old Friends… New Friends, Prince At Dawn


Mel & Susan Together – With gusts Donny Most and Jimmie walker.

CBS Movie – “Cheyenne Social Club” (1970).

NBC Movie – “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” (1974) starring Ellen Burstyn.

Ted Knight – Roger is on his best behavior when escorts a client to her sweet-16 birthday party.

Operation Petticoat – After 26 days undersea, the men of the Sea Tiger are running the cold showers dry.

Fantasy Island – A plumber wants to be a king for a day (David Doyle).


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – May 8, 1978

Yvonne Elliman - “If I Can’t Have You,” Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway - “The Closer I Get To You,” Jefferson Starship - “Count On Me,”  Warren Zevon “Werewolves Of London” and Wings “With A Little Luck,” Barry Manilow - “Can’t Smile Without You,” The Tramps - “Disco Inferno,”  Electric Light Orchestra -  “Sweet Talkin’ Woman.”


Top Country Hit Music Singles – May 8, 1978

“Everytime Two Fools Collide” - Kenny Rogers & Dottie West. “It’s All Wrong, but It’s All right” - Dolly Parton, “She Can Put Her Shoes Up Under My Bed Anytime - Johnny Duncan, “I’m Always On A Mountain When I Fall” - Merle Haggard, “The Power Of Positive Drinkin’” - Mickey Gilley, “Ready For The Times To Get Better” - Crystal Gayle, “Gotta Quit Lookin’ At You Baby” - Dave & Sugar.  


Debuting at the movies – May 8, 1978

Anthony Quinn and Jacqueline Bisset in “The Greek Tycoon.”

Burt Reynolds and Dom Deluise in “The End.”

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