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



In The News

Son of Sam David Berkowitz is sentenced to 315 years in prison for the six murders and seven woundings he committed in a spree, which began July of ‘76 and ended in August of 1977.

The Ford Motor Company recalls more than 1.5 million Ford Pinto and Mercury Bobcat passenger cars because of defective gas tanks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that in the event of a rear-end collision at low to moderate speeds, the tanks could tear or the filler pipes could become dislodged, causing gas to spill and possibly ignite. If you’re an owner, you should be contacted soon by Ford.

Speaker Tip O’Neal says that for the first time in history, the House will allow complete radio coverage of its proceedings. Radio and TV coverage until now has been limited to ceremonial occasions. O’Neil expects full TV coverage to begin “no later than next year.”

In California - Governor Jerry Brown is re-elected and Proposition 13 passes. Prop 13 gives property tax relief for most homeowners, but city and county services could get cut back.

New Bedford, “Country” Bill White, a Westville, FL stuntman sets a world record, by spending 134 days in a buried coffin. He’ll be interviewed on “Good Morning America” while still in the coffin.

After meeting on a computer date, Bobbie Ryan (29) is charged with the murder of her date - Peter Hoban, after she set fire to his townhouse after he made a pass at her. She said they had gone to a tavern and went back to his townhouse where “he made advances.” After he fell asleep, she set four small fires in the basement. Ryan died from smoke inhalation. Both are from Chicago.

A tug of war game turns out to be a nightmare in Harrisburg as at least 4 children have one or more fingers amputated as a tug-of-war rope snaps. 50 students and faculty were hospitalized from the Harrisburg Middle School. 2,200 were participating in the contest when the rope snapped.

In Atlanta, singer Anita Bryant is defeated by a 2-to-1 margin in the office of Vice President at the Southern Baptist Convention.


Medical news- June 8, 1978

After a seven-hour operation - 7 year-old Katherine Evans of Shreveport will be OK after her scalp got caught in a lawn mower. The accident ripped her hair and flesh from her scalp. 

Marries - King Hussein of Jordan to Lisa Halaby (26) - an American.


Best-selling books – June 8, 1978

“Scorpio” - Judith Krantz, “The Human Factor” - Graham Greene, “The Complete Book Of Running’ - Jim Fixx, Pulling Your Own Strings” - Dr Wayne W. Dyer, “If Life Is A Bowl Of Cherries-What Am I Doing In The Pits?” - Erma Bombeck.


Top TV shows – June 8, 1978

TV Rankings - One Day At A Time, Lou Grant, MASH, Charlie’s Angles, Three’s Company, Laverne & Shirley, Happy Says, Starsky & Hutch, Carter Country, Norton-Holmes Championship fight,  Barnaby Jones, Circus Of The Stars, Eight Is Enough, Hawaii Five-O, All In The Family, Quincy, Little House On The Prairie, Are You A Missing Heir, 60 Minutes, Barney Miller

The Premiere of 20/20 finished 39th in the ratings. Total networks - ABC - 16.1, CBS - 15.1 rating, NBC - 12.5 rating.


Television news – June 8, 1978

Hugh Downs will be joining 20/20 from its second week. Other than poor ratings, the first show suffered from bad reviews.


Sunday Night Television listing/programs/TV guide – June 8, 1978

CBS – 60 Minutes, Circus Of The Stars, All In The Family, Alice ... NBC - World Of Disney, TV Movie ... ABC - Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew, Special-1968-A Crack In Time, Movie


World Of Disney features an hour of “Disney’s Greatest Villains” - from Captain Hook to the stepmother in Cinderella.

On All In The Family - Edith’s aunt comes for a visit.


Music news – June 8, 1978

The Rolling Stones begin their US tour in Atlanta.

 Singer Nancy Wilson suffers injuries in a car crash near Los Angeles. She was coming home from the airport after her van collided with a city road grader She just returned from New York and a performance at Lincoln Center - celebrating her 25th in show business.

At the Music City Awards in Nashville - Loretta Lynn gets top female artist of the year as does Larry Gatlin for top male artist. The Statler Brothers get best vocal group, the Osborne Brothers get best Bluegrass band, Roy Clark for musician of the year and Mel Tillis gets an award for best comedy.


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

 Shadow Dancing” - Andy Gibb, “You’re The One That I Want” - John Travolta/Olivia Newton John, “Baker Street” - Gerry Raferty, “It’s A Heartache” - Bonnie Tyler, “Use To Be My Girl” - The O’ Jays, “With A Little Luck” - Wings, “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late, - Johnny Mathis/Deniece Williams, “You Belong To Me” - Carly Simon, “Feels So Good” - Chuck Mangione, “Because The Night’ - The Patti Smith Group, “The Groove Line’ - Heatwave, “Miss You” - The Rolling Stones.


Top music albums – June 8, 1978

 Top Albums - “Feels So Good” - Chuck Mangione, “Saturday Night Fever” - soundtrack, “London Town’ - Wings, “Earth” - Jefferson Starship, “Showdown” - Isley Brothers, “FM” - Soundtrack, “City To City” - Gerry Rafferty, “Natural High” - The Commodores, “You Light Up My Life” - Johnny Mathis, “Darkness On The Edge Of Town” - Bruce Springsteen.


Top movies – June 8, 1978

Grease - John Travolta/Olivia Newton John

The Billion Dollar Hobo - Will Geer, Eric Weston

Close Encounters Of The hird Kind - Richard Dryfuss

Capricorn One - Elliot Gould, James Brolin, Brenda Vaccaro

The Goodbye Girl - Richard Dryfuss, Marsha Mason

Coming Home - Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern

F-I-S-T - Sylvester Stallone, Rod Steiger, Peter Boyle

The Buddy Holly Story - Gary Busey, Conrad Janis, Don Stroud

FM - Martin Mull

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