Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of May 24, 1978 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
A record increase in beef prices forced consumer prices up .9%in April, the largest rise in more than a year.
Protesting the prison sentence given Soviet dissident Yuri Orlov, Joseph Califano Jr. Secretary of the Health, Education and Welfare Department postpones a six-day visit to the Soviet Union scheduled for June.
President Carter say the NATO alliance must bolster its military power to meet a buildup by the Communists that ‘far exceeds their legitimate security needs.”
The Soviet Union accuses the United States of “harping on the myths” of a Soviet military threat and demanded a “clear and unambiguous” American answer o a Soviet-bloc proposal to ban production of the neutron bomb.
Air traffic controllers are threatening a nationwide slowdown of takeoffs and landings unless three air carriers stop bumping the controllers from free overseas flights.
Casino gambling comes to Atlantic City as Gov. Brendan Byrne officially launches the gambling age by cutting a ribbon at the $50 million Resorts International Casino hotel on the Boardwalk.
15,000 – Including activist/singer Pete Seeger, assemble near the United Nations to stage a rally for disarmament timed to coincide with the U.N debate on the arms race.
Another generation of Hatfield, notorious for their bloody six-year feud with the McCoys vanishes with the death of Willis Hatfield (90).
Fascinating Facts – May 24, 1978
The FDA announces the recall of 14 million Carnation Breakfast Bars and Slender Diet Meal Bars that may contain varying lengths of wire.
For three hours, workers tried to free Ralph Winner’s shattered leg from collapsed bridge girders. Then as a light rain fell, a surgeon perched on a 2-foot-wide beam high above the Monongahela River and cut of the screaming ironworker’s right leg.
Singer Anita Bryant said of her fight against gay rights legislation: “If I had to go through the whole hell of the past year again, I would do it because of the thousands of ex-homosexuals we’ve heard from who have been delivered. They’ve been liberated.”
Sports news – May 24, 1978
Al Unser wins the Indy 500.
The Boston Red Sox are sold for $20.5 billion to a group that is headed by Haywood Sullivan and Buddy Le Roux.
Entertainment/Celebrity news – May 24, 1978
Washington - Congress salutes Bob Hope - A rule-breaking session of the House salutes Bob Hope’s 75th birthday.
Music news – May 24, 1978
She’s 77 and hangs out at Studio 54. She’s “Disco Sally” and says she’s gonna dance until the day she dies.
On the “Midnight Special” Friday night –
Donna Summer, Paul Jabara, Village People, Love & Kisses, Brooklyn Dreams, Hot.
In Buffalo – Bruce Springsteen does his first concert in over a year – as he previewed nine songs from the upcoming “Darkness on the Edge of Town” collection.
Television news – May 24, 1978
David Cassidy is coming back. He returns to TV as the star of a two-hour “Police Story” in which he plays a rookie cop who goes undercover at a high school to crack a narcotics ring. He’s been out of the spotlight for three years.
On NBC-TV – “Headliners With David Frost” special – David interviews the Bee Gees and John Travolta.
Barbara Walters Interviews Muhammad Ali, Burt Reynolds and Michael Landon This Week In 1978.
Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 24, 1978
CBS – The Waltons, Movie
NBC – ChiPS, What Really Happened to The Class of ’65?, Tonight, Tomorrow
ABC – Welcome Back, Kotter, Operation Petticoat, Bing Crosby – His Life and His Legend
PBS – The Advocates, Dick Cavett
Bing Crosby – Narrated by William Holden.
On the Tomorrow Show – Comics Billy Crystal, David Letterman Merill Markoe.