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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of July 22, 1978 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

The State Department slaps a general ban on future visits to the Soviet Union by high-ranking U.S. officials until relations improve between Washington and the Kremlin.

Rhodesia – the military command says that nationalist guerrillas killed 39 black civilians in eastern Rhodesia and government troops killed 106 guerrillas in operations following the massacre.

John D. Ehrlichman sues the federal government for the return of personal property seized in 1975 when he was fired as a top aide to Richard Nixon.

President Anwar Sadat complained that Middle East peace would be possible “in a few hours” if it were not for what he termed “the greediness for land of Mr. Begin.”

Medical – The world’s first test tube baby, a girl is born in Oldham, England, the baby, believed to be the first ever conceived in a laboratory and then implanted in its mother’s womb, was born by cesarean section. She was born to Mrs. Lesley Brown of Bristol, England and is in excellent condition.

Possible mail strike as leaders of the largest of four postal workers unions vote to reject a proposed mail handlers contract, raising anew the prospect of a postal strike if the rank and file votes against the pact.

Inflation – The cost of food, housing and cars pushes up consumer prices by .9% in June.

A Soviet court convicts Jewish activist Maria Slepak of “malicious hooliganism” and gave her a suspended three-year labor camp sentence. The court said she could join her husband in internal exile.

The FCC says it can’t do anything about – J.B. Stoner’s ad as he runs for governor of Georgia. Stoner says in an advertisement – If Gov. George Busbee is reelected he will pass more civil rights that take from the whites and give to the niggers.”

The U.S. dollar plunges to a new lost against the Japanese yen below the important 200-yen mark for the first time in history.

In the Philippines – World chess titlist Anatoly Karpov and challenger Viktor Korchnoi played to a draw in their fourth consecutive game so quickly that Karpov didn’t have a chance to eat his blueberry yogurt.


Sports news – July 22, 1978

Nolan Ryan now has a career strikeout total of 2,582 – one more than Bob Feller and one behind Warren Spahn.

At Indianapolis - Hollis Stacy wins her second straight U.s. Women’s Open golf championship, edging two-time winner JoAnne Carner and record-setting Sally Little by one stroke.

After his tirade against owner George Steinbrenner -  Billy Martin, resigned under pressure as manager of the New York Yankees and is immediately replaced by Bob Lemon.

Pete Rose extends his National League hitting record to 39.

Walter Payton says he will play out his option with the Chicago Bears this season for $66,000 instead of signing a contract for about $350,000. His decision will leave him a free agent next year. 

Weeb Ewbank the only man ever to coach championships in both the National and American football leagues will be inducted into the football hall of fame as will Lance Alworth. He’s the first AFL player to reach the hall of fame.


Music news – July 22, 1978

The Bee Gees are off on a promotional tour to promote the debut of “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” with back-to-back parties in LA and New York – including Studio 54. In 1975, Producer Robert Stigwood bought the rights to 29 Beatle songs for $500,000 plus a percentage of the gross of any eventual movie to be fashioned out of them. The Bee Gees –  Barry, Maurice and Robin star in the movie along with Peter Frampton, who is recovering from a bad auto accident.   

Don Kirschner’s Rock Concert this week – Paul McCartney and Wings, Brothers Johnson, Cheap Trick and mentalist Glen Falkenstein.

Shaun Cassidy’s new album – “Under Wraps” is released this week.  

President and Mrs. Carter attend a Willie Nelson concert in nearby Columbia Maryland. Both stepped out on the stage after Willie sang “Georgia On My Mind.” They slipped in after the concert began and sat in the 20th row.

Peter Frampton suffered six broken ribs, a compound fracture of the right arm and a broken foot and is still in the hospital in New York. But the singer said he has dashed off six songs since his accident several weeks ago. He says he’s glad to be alive.  


Television news – July 22, 1978

Mike Douglas is leaving Philadelphia after 13 years as he and his staff will move to Hollywood permanently. He cited that it’s just plain difficult to get guests to Philadelphia – even when they are in New York. 

TV Special – “A Weekend Of Foul Play” – celebrating the gala world premiere of the new movie, “Foul Play” with Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase. Along with Johnny Mathis, Kristy * Jimmy McNichol, Martin Mull, Joey Travolta, Henry Winkler and much more.  Check TV listings.


Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – July 22, 1978

CBS – Funny Business, CBS News Hour

NBC – Life and Times of Grizzley Adams, Black Sheep Squadron, Police Woman, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Eight is Enough, Charlie’s Angels, Starsky & Hutch

PBS – Great Performances


Eight Is Enough – Tom suspects a romance between his daughter and the black son of an old army pal.

Tonight Show – Johnny’s guests – Nancy Lopez and Charles Nelson Reilly.


Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide – July 22, 1978

CBS – The Waltons, Hawaii Five-O, Barnaby Jones

NBC – ChiPS, James at 16, What Really Happened to the Class of ’65, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Welcome Back, Kotter, What’s Happening, Barney Miller, Movie

PBS – In Search of the Real America


On Barney Miller - Capt Miller is in the doghouse because he refuses to enforce an eviction order.

On the Tonight Show - Marilyn Horne, Bobby Kelton and David Horowitz join Johnny. 


Top movies – July 22, 1978

Star wars

International Velvet


The Buddy Holly Story

The Horseman

The Swarm

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band


Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Capricorn 1

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