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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of August 15, 1978 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

The House approves a record $71 billion foreign aid bill with no aide to Cuba or Vietnam.

A federal grand jury indicts 11 members of the Church of Scientology, including wife of founder L. Ron Hubbard on charges of stealing government documents from the Justice department, the IRS and a U.S. courthouse.

Iran – A fire set by Islamic extremists sweeps through a theater in the western Iranian port city of Abadan, killing at least 377 – mostly youngsters.

Historic journey - Three Americans – Larry Newman, Ben Abruzzo and Maxie Anderson become the first balloonists to conquer the Atlantic as they set their balloon down in Miserey, France.

Passing – President Jomo Kenyatta who 10 years after conviction as a Mau Mau terrorist, led Kenya to independence in 1963 and presided over one of black Africa’s most stable governments.

Two Croatian terrorists armed with guns and an explosive device burst into the West German consulate in Chicago and take nine people hostage and demanded the release of a terrorist convicted of attempted murder in Germany.

James Earl Ray says he would “take responsibility” for murdering Dr. Martin Luther King if investigators could prove he returned to Atlanta after he bought the rifle used to kill the civil rights leader. 

The dollar tumbles to record lows in Japan, Germany and Switzerland and gold is up.


Fascinating Business news – Auto – August 15, 1978

General Motors says it would raise prices on its 1979 cars by an average of $302 (4.1%).

Nissan Motor Co says it will place emphasis on higher priced cars like its Datsun 280z over cheaper models such as the B-210 due to rise in the value of the yen.


Sports news – August 15, 1978

Tom Seaver is 11-12. He isn’t getting the scoring from his Cincinnati Reds teammates.


Entertainment /Celebrity news – August 15, 1978

375 acres - Jacqueline Onassis purchases a large tract of land on the island of Martha’s Vineyard.

Singer Charo marred Hollywood producer Kjell Rasten. She was divorced from bandleader Xavier Cugat in April.


Television news – August 15, 1978

Look for “Hee Haw Honeys” a spinoff of Hee Haw this fall.

Dabney Coleman will be part of ABC’s Depression Era half-hour sitcom “Apple Pie,’ opposite Rue McClanahan. He plays Fast Eddie, the feather designate of a family recruited from persons answering a classified ad. 

Joe Namath is working for NBC and Lorimar Productions in a new sitcom “The Waverly Wonders,” It’s about an ex-pro basketball player on faculty at a Midwestern high school.

ABC News with Frank Reynolds, Max Robinson, Peter Jennings & Barbara Walters


Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – August 15, 1978

CBS – Good Times, MASH, One Day At A Time, Lou Grant

NBC – Little House on the Prairie, Made for TV Movie, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Baseball

PBS – Anna Karenina


NBC Made For TV Movie – “Sergeant Motiovich vs. the U.S. Air Force” with Brad Dourif, Marc Singer, Frank Converse, William Daniels, Stephen Elliott, Rue McClanahan.  Air Force sergeant fights to stay in the service after declaring his homosexuality. 

On the Tonight Show – Bob Newhart guest hosts with Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. and Judith Blegen.


Top movies – August 15, 1978

Heaven Can Wait



Foul Play

Star Wars

Not Lead, Cold Feet

The Driver


Saturday Night Fever

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