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



In The News

The House extends President Carter’s strong of major foreign policy victories in Congress, adopting a conditional repeal of the arms embargo against Turkey. 

Israeli warplanes attack a Palestinian guerrilla training base in southern Lebanon in retaliation for a terrorist bombing in a Tel Aviv market that wounded 50 people a few hours earlier.

A woman whose husband committed suicide two days ago, plunges with her seven children from an 11-story hotel balcony in downtown Salt Lake City in what police say may have been a bizarre religious act. All seven died.

In New Jersey - New York Times reporter Myron Farber goes to jail for refusing to give up his notes and a murder case, in what is seen as the biggest challenge in years to press freedom in the United States.

The roof of a burning Brooklyn supermarket collapses plunging a dozen firemen to an inferno and killing six of them.

Pope Paul VI the Roman Catholic Pontiff for 15 years, dies at his summer residence outside Rome, just hours after suffering a heart attack. He would have been 81 next month.

The worst bus accident in Canadian history (so far) as divers groping along the murky bottom of a Quebec province lake found a bus holding the bodies of 41 passengers, most of them handicapped, who were trapped and drowned when the bus apparently lost its brakes on a hill and plunged into the water.

The nation’s unemployment rate jumped from 5.7% to 6.2% in July.


Fascinating Facts – First Gay Doll – August 1, 1978

Forget Barbie and Ken, Gay Bob has come out of the closet. What’s billed as the world’s first gay doll stands 13 inches tall, wears one earring, a custom-made flannel cowboy shirt, denim jeans and cowboy boots and costs $15. He has blond hair and according to his inventor, Harvey Rosenberg, “looks like a cross between Paul Newman and Robert Redford.”


Entertainment news – August 1, 1978

Passing - Totie Fields (48) of a heart attack.

Gets Married – Millionairess Christina Onassis marries Sergei Kauzov, an unemployed Russian shipping executive in a 10-minute civil ceremony attended by 11 invited guests.


Sports news – August 1, 1978

Bill Walton – the Portland Trail Blazers’ center, asks to be traded because he is appalled by the club’s liberal use of pain-killing injections.


Music news – August 1, 1978

The Eagles are wrapping up their new album. The working title: “What Would Robert Mitchum Do?”


Television news – August 1, 1978

Passing – Comedian Frank Fontaine (58) – “Crazy Guggenheim. He leaves a wife and 11 children. He died of an apparent heart attack moments after leaving a Spokane stage where he had just accepted a $25,000 check for heart research.

CBS announces that Jayne Kennedy, actress and a former Miss Ohio, will replace Phyllis George on NFL Today.


Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide – August 1, 1978

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

NBC – Special-Tut: The Boy King, Rockford Files, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Welcome Back, Kotter, What’s Happening, Barney Miller, Harvey Korman Show, ABC News Closeup


Tut: The Boy King - Orson Welles narrates.


Top movies – August 1, 1978


Eyes of Laura Mars

Buddy Holly Story

Harper Valley PT.A.

The Swarm

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band

Foul Play

Heaven Can Wait

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