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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of September 14, 1978 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Camp David Accords - In the wake of last week’s announcement of the Egyptian-Israeli agreement, accolades to President Carter rolled in from all points – conservative – liberals – Jews and Gentile.

The Senate Finance Committee approves a $1.8 billion tax cut for 7 million low-income families with children, including an unprecedented negative withholding plan which actually would add federal money to some paychecks.

President Carter, following up a secret session with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, gathers his op security advisers for an early morning conference on the latest moves by Egypt and Israel at the Camp David summit.

South African Prime Minister John Vorster announces his resignation after 12 years of Iran-fisted rule and opened a frantic race for the succession among for contenders.

Betty Ford says she will undergo facial surgery at a Palm Springs hospital because “I’m 60 years old and I wanted a nice new face to go with my beautiful new life."

Betty Ford believes that her husband’s pardon of Richard Nixon for his role in Watergate, cost Gerald R. Ford the presidential election in 1976 to Jimmy Carter.

Jordan and Saudi Arabia disavow the Camp David Mideast agreements and repeat demands for total Israeli withdrawal from occupied Arab lands. 

Pontiac – Michigan - The ACLU gets into the act for a 14-year-old girl, who was suspended from school for “disrupting the educational process” by failing to wear a bra.

In Indiana – A county grand jury indicted Ford Motor Co. on three counts of reckless homicide and one count of criminal recklessness in the deaths of three young women in a fiery crash of a Pinto automobile last month.

In Italy – Police arrest Corrado Alunni, reputed leader of the Red Brigades, the gang the kidnapped and killed former Premier Ado Moro earlier this year.

Politics ’78 - New York – Gov. Hugh Carey wins a bitterly fought Democratic primary against Lt Gov. Mary Anne Krupsak – the woman who had planned to share the ticket with him until she decided at the last minute to become his challenger. 

House Assassinations Committee hearing – The Russian-born widow of Lee Harvey Oswald – marina, says the accused assassin expressed admiration both for John F. Kennedy and Cuba’s Fidel Castro while the couple lived in the Soviet Union. She later said she believed Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed President Kennedy and that he acted alone.

A special arbitrator awards more than half a million postal workers a lifetime guarantee against layoffs and more money in salary under a binding settlement intended to end the five-month old postal contract dispute.

Richard M. Nixon signs a contract for a new book on America’s role in the world and said that “due to the deadline” he will not undertake a world tour until next year.


Sports news – September 14, 1978

Leon Spinks has a bodyguard – and it’s someone you don’t want to mess with. He calls himself “Mr. T.” His head is shaved and he wars reflecting sunglasses so “people won’t know when I’m looking at them.” Asked why he never smiles, he said, “They don’t pay me to smile.” His real name is Lawrence Tero. “I’m a very polite guy. I’m not the bully type. Walking down the street, I’ll step around guys I’ve even been called a sissy.”

In New Orleans - Muhammad Ali turns back the clock and makes Leon Spinks look like an amateur to take a 15-round unanimous decision and becoming the only three-time world heavyweight champion in boxing history.

On ABC-TV – Live From The Superdome! WBA World Heavyweight Championship Muhammad Ali Vs. Leon Spinks. Saturday afternoon at 5pm.


Technology news – September 14, 1978

Rockwell International announces the first commercial production of bubble memory devices for electronic chips. The solid state units can store 256,000 bits of information in a device about the size of a button.


Music news – September 14, 1978

Singer Fabian Forte is released from a high desert hospital in S. California after being treated for minor cuts and bruises sustained when he rolled his car while driving on a Mojave desert stock car racetrack. 

Besides the Sex Pistols – England’s “The Clash” is another well-known punk band, which consists of Mick Jones, Joe Strummer, Paul Simonon and Nicky Headon. But Mick Jones says there are big differences in the bands – “I think we’re more optimistic. The Pistols said there was no future and we say there is a future. But I’ve got great respect of the Pistols. They’re my favorite group. People tried to make out there was a feud between us, but that’s rubbish. The Clever thing for me to do now would be to attack the pistols. That would make us popular with some people over here, but the Pistols are great.”

Music On Television – Dick Clark’s Live Wednesday. Live – the greatest supergroup ever assembled – Frankie Avalon, Chuck Berry, Pete Best, Charlie Daniels, Bo Diddley, Nigel Olsson, Billy Preston, Johnny Rivers, Seals & Crofts, Doc Severinson, Paul Williams and more. Plus – Diana Ross, Kristy and Jimmy McNichol. And, a salute to Teen Idols past and present. On NBC-TV.


Television news – September 14, 1978

Dean Martin guest stars this week on a special two-hour Charlie’s Angels – “Showgirl.” Don’t miss it.

Jeopardy – the game show which ended an 11-year run on NBC in January 1975, will return to the network’s daytime line-up Oct. 2.

NBC says it is bringing back its chime – after 2 ½ years of retirement. It will be heard in the openings of major network presentations.

On NBC-TV – Star-filled 25th Anniversary Spectacular! The Wonderful World Of Disney. Suzanne Somers and Ron Howard with Ed Asner, Valerie Bertinelli, Melissa Gilbert, Dan Haggerty, Fred MacMurray, Ricard Montalban and many more.


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – September 14, 1978

CBS (debut) Paper Chase, Movie

NBC – Grandpa Goes to Washington, Movie, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Three’s Company, Taxi, Starsky and Hutch

PBS – James Michener’s World, Dick Cavett


Debut – Paper Chase.

Taxi – The gang helps a fellow cabbie who his trying to get into the World Champ boxing ring. 

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