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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of July 1, 1978 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

The nation’s unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in nearly four years – 5.7% while inflation remained high .7% for June.

Defendants Ronald Humphrey and David Truong are sentenced to serve 15 years in prison on charges they spied for Communist Vietnam. Humphrey is a former federal employee and Truong a Vietnamese expatriate.

Gettysburg - A sightseeing President Carter visited the Maryland shrine of the first American-born saint, toured the Gettysburg battlefield and paid a call on former First Lady Mamie Eisenhower.

The Supreme Court upholds a government ban on broadcast of “dirty words” and also struck down Ohio’s death penalty law. The court also let stand rulings that President Anwar Sadat announces after meeting with Vice President Mondale that Egypt had agreed to resume face-to-face peace negotiations with Israel to try to ‘break the ice” after a six-month deadlock.

Flooding in Minnesota drowns 11 after heavy rains there.

First speech since his resignation – as Richard Nixon is back. He gave a spoke to a crowd in Hyden, Kentucky – mainly about his foreign policy success stories. He declared – “I’m just thankful today that after the longest, most difficult war in America’s history that we were able to end it, bring our POW’s home and end the draft, so that you young men will not have to fight abroad.”

New York - A note threatening more murders by “the Ax Man” is found with the bodies of two middle aged derelicts who had been hacked to death in their makeshift home among junk cars in a cluttered Brooklyn lot.

Former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten is convicted of first-degree murder in her third trial for the Aug 10, 1969 slayings of Leno and Rosemary La Bianca.

J. Wallace LaPrade, former head of the FBI’s New York office, who was accused of failing to cooperate during the agency’s investigation of a radical group the Weatherman in the early 1970’s, is fired by Atty. Gen. Griffin Bell.

An ice cream truck parked in lower Manhattan explodes, injuring 114 persons. Witnesses reported seeing a fire in the truck minutes before.


Fascinating Facts – July 1, 1978 – Truck Stops 

Trend - The days of the “dirty, old honky-tonk truck stop” may soon be thing of the past, as Transport City – a trucking services center opened recently. It sits on a 17-acre tract just south of Atlanta and it’s there a trucker can eat, sleep, shop, swim, shower, get a haircut, shoot pool, cash checks, pick up new loads and have his truck serviced. And it’s clean. It’s the first of its kind. 


Sports news- July 1, 1978

Big upset as Martina Navratilova, the woman without a homeland, conquered Chris Evert to win the Wimbledon women’s singles crown.

Boston outfielder Carl Yastrezemski declined his invitation to play in the upcoming All-Star game at San Diego, citing a need to best a bad back.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – July 1, 1978

Wonder Woman Lynda Carter makes her debut at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas


Playing in Las Vegas –

Loretta Lynn – Aladdin

Lynda Carter – Caesars Palace

Wayne Newton – Desert Inn

Robert Goulet/Joan Rivers – Frontier

Carpenters - MGM Grand

Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme – Hilton

Glen Campbell – Riviera

Don Rickles – Sahara

Doc Severinson and Lola Falana - Sands


Music news – July 1, 1978

Top teen idols these days – Shaun Cassidy (who’s just beginning to concert tour), John Travolta and Andy Gibb. 

Bruce Springsteen is back and in full form – in concert to promote his newest album in years – “Darkness on the Edge of Town.” He was out of the recording studio until May because of a bitter lawsuit with his old manager – Mike Appel.

Did you attend the vent billed as the “greatest country music show on earth?” The three-day festival in Columbia, Teen, attracted only 20,000 instead of the 60,000 expected and featured Kenny Rogers, Merle Haggard, Tammy Wynette and Earl Scruggs. 

Washington - Arthur Fiedler of the Boston Pops Orchestra conducts his 50th Fourth of July Concert. Free concerts are common now, but Fielder did it first.

Peter Frampton is reported in good spirits after being seriously injured in an actor accident near his home in the Bahamas. He suffered three broken ribs, three cracked ribs and a broken arm and was flown to New York City and Lennox Hill hospital. He also required 12 stitches to close-up a head injury.  He was caught in a torrential rainstorm and his car slid on the road and crashed into a tree.


Top rock music albums – July 1, 1978

Darkness At The Edge of Town – Bruce Springsteen

Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols” – Sex Pistols

This Year’s Model – Elvis Costello

You’re Gonna Get It – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Stranger In Town – Bob Segar & The Silver Bullet Band

In The City – The Jam

Easter – Patti Smith

Rocket To Russia – The Ramones

Pure Pop For Now People – Nick Lowe

Howlin’ Wind – Graham Parker


Television news – July 1, 1978

Passing – Actor James Daly… of a heart attack in Nyack NY. He was 59. Portrayed Dr Paul Lochner on “Medical Center.”

Passing – Barbara Cushing (Babe) Paley, wife of CBS chairman William S. Paley. She was 63.She was named the “superdresser of all time” in 1975 by Fashion Hall of Fame.


Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – July 1, 1978

CBS – 60 Minutes, Rhoda, On Our own, All in the Family, One Day At a Time, Switch

NBC – Wonderful World of Disney, Once an Eagle

 ABC – Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew, Lucan, Movie

PBS – Previn and the Pittsburgh, Masterpiece Theater


Once An Eagle (repeat) – Three part miniseries. An adaptation of Anton Myrer’s novel about a career army officer’s rise to the top between world wars. Stars Sam Elliott, Darleen Carr and Glenn Ford.


Top movies – July 1, 1978

Heaven Can Wait

Bad News Bears


The End

Capricorn One

Saturday Night Fever

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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