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


In The News

Zaire - French paratroopers drop into Kolwezi in an attempt to rescue thousands of trapped foreigners. They found 44 white foreigners (Europeans) shot to death. Most of the Americans trapped by the war in Zaire are evacuated, but the Carter Administration will keep 1,500 U.S. paratroopers on alert. 

President Carter tries to reassure scientists concerned about his nuclear energy policies, declaring that atomic energy research will be increasingly import to the nation.

Former underworld chieftain Joseph Colombo Sr., left almost totally paralyzed by a would-be assassin’s bullets seven years ago, dies. He was 55.

Soviet Dissident Yuri Orlov is sentenced to a 12-year term of hard labor and exile and Nobel peace prizewinner Andrei D. Sakharov is arrested with his wife and held for five hours after they struck police officers outside the courthouse in Moscow.

King Hussein of Jordan announces that he and American Lisa Halaby would wed June 15 “as  Muslims… and Arabs.”

Korean-born businessman Hancho Kim – a naturalized American citizen becomes the second person to be sentenced in the South Korean influence scandal and given a 6-month prison term. He was convicted last month of plotting to spend $600,000 to influence congressmen and lying to a federal grand jury.

Screaming that his last victim was a “whore,” David Berkowtiz, the “Son of Sam murderer, goes berserk in state Supreme Court, biting and scratching three court officers and refusing to appear for sentencing for the six killings he has confessed to.

Cincinnati - Fire races through three old wooden barns at River Downs Race Track, killing 24 horses.


Fascinating Business news – May 15, 1978

Trend – Longer lasting ligtbulbs. Westinghouse has something called “Turtle-Lite that lasts 2,500 hours – or 3x as long. But long-lasting lights have been used in such places as traffic signals, exit signs in theaters and hotels and industrial.

Passing – William Lear – who pioneered automobile radio, eight-track stereo and the aircraft radio compass and the Lear Jet. He was 75 – of leukemia. He was hard at work on his latest invention a nine-passenger airplane made of plastic.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – May 15, 1978

Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. get together again – on stage for a SHARE fundraising event.

Switzerland - The body of Charlie Chaplin, stolen from his village grave in March, has been recovered and police have arrested two suspects.


Music news – May 15, 1978

Hall and Oates are working on a new album and will probably tour this fall.

ABC-TV Special – “The Carpenters… Space Encounters. With Suzanne Somers, John Davidson, Charlie Callas.

ABC-TV Special – “Olivia.” – Olivia Newton John with Andy Gibb, Abba and actor Gary Grank. 

Mick Jagger is being sued for divorce in London. He and Bianca Perez Morena de Macias were married in 1971.

Thin Lizzy’s two-record set, “Live and Dangerous,” will be released during the next few weeks – their first Warner Records album.

Tom Johnson, former lead of the Doobie Brothers, will release a solo album on Warner Brothers next month.


Television news – May 15, 1978

Producer Bruce Geller and ABC network executive Stephen Gentry are killed in the crash of their twin-engine light airplane in mountainous country near Santa Barbara.

First of a two-part, four-hour adaptation of John Jakes novel “The Bastard” debuts this week in 1978 in syndication.


Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 15, 1978

CBS – Wonder Woman, Incredible Hulk, Escapade

NBC –Legs, Rockford Files, Quincy, Tonight, Midnight Special

ABC – Donny & Marie, Made for TV movie, Highlights of California Jam II

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week


Donnie & Marie – Rita Coolidge and Mel Tillis guest.

Rockford Files – Jim does a favor for a hippie girl, but gets in over his head.

Midnight Special – Helen Reddy hosts with Player, Elton John, Andy Kaufman, Samantha Sang and a salute to Billy Preston. 



Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 15, 1978

CBS – The Jeffersons, Movie

NBC – Project UFO, Made for TV movie, Saturday Night Live, Don Kirschner’s Rock Concert

ABC – Paul Lynde Special, Love Boat, Fantasy Island


Paul Lynde Special – Harry Morgan, Juliet Prowse and Brenda Vaccaro guest.

NBC Made for TV Movie – “Hunters of the Reef” (see ad).

Saturday Night Live – Buck Henry hosts.

Don Kirschner’s Rock Concert – Donna Summer, The Staples, Group With No Name, Samuels & Cohen, Tim Thomerson, Gary Mule Deer.


Top movies – May 15, 1978

The Greek Tycoon

Coming Home

Annie Hall


W.W. & The Dixie Dance

The Gauntlet

Pretty Baby

The Manitou


Saturday Night Fever

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