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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of September 6, 1978 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

 

In The News

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat arrives in the U.S. for peace meetings involving President Carter and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin. The meetings are scheduled to get underway at Camp David. Upon arrival, he declared, “we shall overcome.”  

At St Peter’s Square in Vatican City - Pope John Paul 1 (65) is installed in a 2 1/2 hour ceremony. Vice President Mondale was the U.S. representative.

In Derry, Pennsylvania - a helicopter dropping prize numbers in Ping-Pong balls for a church Labor Day picnic crashes, killing seven. The plane passed over the area twice, but on the third time, the engine stalled. Said a witness: “When it hit the tent, it tipped and the blades started cutting people up. I ran over to help, but I couldn’t take it. There were bodies and blood everywhere.”

Also in Indiana at a circus - a four-year-old boy gets his left arm ripped off when he gets to close to a lion’s cage near Crawfordsville. A circus employee did retrieve the arm, placing it in an icy bucket - but surgeons couldn’t sew it back on. 

 

Medical/Health news – September 6, 1978

New York City workers water down an area in the city’s garment district - West 35th street as medical authorities try to determine why the area has fostered five confirmed cases of Legionnaires disease. In the latest outbreak of the disease, two have died and forty-three are sick. It’s the largest outbreak since the one in Philadelphia - two years ago.

 

Entertainment news – September 6, 1978

Kylene Barker of Virginia wins the Miss American Beauty Pageant. Lori Ann Bergen (of Kansas) who was a finalist - expressed disappointment in not winning. “I lost it in the bathing suit contest. At that point, I realized it was a beauty contest. I do not have a skinny little body. I’m just one of your basic people.”

 

Fascinating Business news – September 6, 1978

A grand jury in Indiana issues a summons for Henry Ford II and former Ford executive Lee Iacocca in a case investigating the crash of a Ford Pinto last month. The crash killed three teenagers in Goshen, IN - after their Pinto was hit from the rear and the gas tank exploded.

Pan American World Airways and National Airlines reach a merger agreement. A final agreement will be submitted to the Pan Am board for approval.

In California - twelve small to medium size banks band together to form a statewide chain of automatic teller machines. The network will be called “The Instant Teller Network.”  It’s the first time a group of smaller banks have gotten together to compete with larger banks in this arena

 

Music news – September 6, 1978

Passing - Keith Moon (31) - drummer for “The Who.” An ambulance was summoned to his West End flat in London after finance Annette Walter failed to awake him. Keith Altham, the group’s British publicist, says the Moon was in “good spirits” and just recently attended the premiere of “The Buddy Holly Story.” Moon also released a solo album in 1975 and had small roles in “Tommy” and “That’ll Be The Day.” 

 

Television news – September 6, 1978

ABC - the nation’s #1 network, is also attracting stronger TV station affiliates around the country at the other networks’ expense. Longtime NBC affiliate KSTP - Minneapolis-St Paul (channel 5) just switched and other facilities are taking a look. ABC has the biggest roster of UHF affiliates out of the three networks. UHF stations are less desirable because reception is more difficult due to higher frequencies. That could change for ABC with its recent string of victories over CBS and NBC.

 

Top TV shows – September 6, 1978

In Ranking Order - Special-Flying High, Three’s Company, Laverne & Shirley, Charley’s Angles, MASH, Carter Country, Happy Days, The New Maverick, Starsky & Hutch, The Jeffersons, Soap, Eight Is Enough, The Rockford Files, Barney Miller, Little House On The Prairie, Memories Of Elvis, Movie-Dirty Harry, The Love Boat.

This Week On “Little House On The Prairie” - Mary Goes Blind! (NBC See Us!)

 

Saturday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – September 6, 1978

CBS - Special-The Paper Chase, Movie ... NBC - Special-Us Against The World, Miss America Pageant ... ABC - The Love Boat, Movie

Special-The Paper Chase - preview of the new series starring John Houseman in the role of a fearsome professor.

Special - Us Against The World - celebrity athletic show hosted by Gabe Kaplan. Celebrities participating - Dick Clark, Dan Haggerty, Scott Baio, Dick Van Patton, Jimmie Walker, Gavin MacLeod, Melissa Gilbert, Cloris Leachman, Kristy McNichol, Connie Stevens, William Shatner, Rich Little, Bo Svenson, LeVar Burton, Britt Ekland, Barbara Perkins, Victoria Principal, Fionnula Flannigan.

CBS Movie - “Magnum Force” - (1973) - Clint Eastwood, Hal Holbrook, Mitchell Ryan.

Miss America Pageant - From Atlantic City - hosted by Bert Parks, Phyllis George, Lee Meriwether.

 

Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – September 6, 1978

“Three Times A Lady” - The Commodores, “Grease’ - Frankie Valli, “Boogie Oogie Ooogie” - A Taste Of Honey, “Kiss You All Over’ - Exile, “Hopelessly Devoted To You” - Olivia Newton John, “Miss You” - The Rolling Stones, “Summer Nights” - John Travolta/Olivia Newton John, “Shame” - Evelyn “Champagne” King, “An Everlasting Love” - Andy Gibb, “Hot Blooded” - Foreigner, “My Angel Baby” - Toby Beau, “Fool (If You Think It’s Over)” - Chris Rea

 

Top music albums – September 6, 1978

“Don’t Look Back’ - Boston, “Grease’ - soundtrack, “Some Girls’ - The Rolling Stones, “Double Vision” - Foreigner, “Natural High” - The Commodores, Darkness On The Edge Of Town” - Bruce Springsteen, “Blam” - The Brothers Johnson, “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ - soundtrack, “Who Are You” - The Who, “The Stranger” - Billy Joel, “Stranger In Town” - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, “A Taste Of Honey” - A Taste Of Honey, “Bat Out Of Hell” - Meatloaf.

 

Top movies – September 6, 1978

Paradise Alley - Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Conway, Ann Archer

The Buddy Holly Story - Gary Busey

Hooper - Burt Reynolds, Jan-Michael Vincent

Grease - John Travolta, Olivia Newtown John

Heaven Can Wait  - Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, James Mason

Foul Play - Goldie Hawn, Chevy Chase

Go Tell Spartans - Burt Lancaster, Craig Wasson

Animal House - John Belushi, Tim Matheson

Saturday Night Fever - John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney

 
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