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



In The News

Shells fired in the spreading Syrian-Christian fighting hit the U.s. Embassy in Beirut, blowing out Embassy windows and injuring 13 persons.

The State Department announces it is issuing visas to Rhodesian Prime Minster Ian Smith and his three black allies in Rhodesia’s ruling Executive Council. The department’s decision follows a two-week tug-of-war within the Administration over whether to grant visas to the leaders of a regime that the United Nations regards as illegal. 

President Carter prepares to veto a $10.2 billion public works bill, rejecting calls for compromise and ensuring an uphill, potentially bitter clash with fellow Democrats in Congress.

President Carter says the United States has been using space satellites for photo reconnaissance of military activities in the Soviet Union.

Funeral mass at the Vatican – Red-robed cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church bade farewell to Pope John Paul I, the smiling Pontiff who reigned only 34 days.

The 1978 Nobel Prize for Literature is awarded to Isaac Bashevis Singer, the prolific Jewish writer whose portraits of a bygone life in prewar Poland gave him a wide audience.

The FBI arrest Ed Mendenhall of Rochester, NY and Kurtis John Schmidt of Kansas City – in a plot to steal a nuclear submarine and turn it over to an unidentified purchaser in the mid-Atlantic. They had planned to steal the USS Trepang from its base at New London, CT.

The unemployment rate edges up from 5.9% to 6% in September.

Billy Carter’s much-publicized beer drinking almost broke up his marriage before he sought help briefly from AA, his sister writes in a just-published book titled “Brother Billy."


Sports news – October 1, 1978

The Texas Rangers and Cleveland Indians go through with their anticipated trade, heavy-hitting Bobby Bonds and right-handed pitcher Len Barker going to the Indians and reliever Jim Kern and utility infielder Larvell Blanks going to the Rangers. 

Terry Bradshaw completes 17 of 25 passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to Lynn Swann to keep the Stealers unbeaten with a 28-17 victory over the New York Jets.

Get American League East title - The Yankees come back from a 2-0 deficit and beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4. Reggie Jackson, “Mr. October,” slugged a solo homer in the 8th inning.

Padres’ Gaylord Perry gets his 3,000th strike out – to end the 10th inning, in a game against the Dodgers. 

Heavy – Rod Carew vows never again to play for the Minnesota Twins and owner Calvin Griffith, saying he refused to be a “nigger on his plantation and play for a bigot.” Griffith said at a Lions Club meeting that me moved the franchise from Washington to the twin Cities, “When I found out you only had 15,000 blacks here. We came here because you’ve got good, hard-working white people here.”


Entertainment news – October 1, 1978

Found dead – Edgar Bergen of an apparent heart attack in his Caesar’s Palace hotel suite. He was 75. 


Music news – October 1, 1978

A masked man abducts country singer Tammy Wynette (36) from a shopping  center in Nashville, tries to strangle her with pantyhose and then pushed her out of her Cadillac at a highway interchange 80 miles away. “He tried to kill me. I don’t know why but he tried to kill me,” said the singer.

Marries – Merle Haggard (41) and Leona Williams – former singer with his band.

On “Midnight Special” this week – (repeat) Host Wolfman Jack with Neil Sedaka, Paul Anka, Mac Davis Barry Manilow, Captain and Tennille, Janis Ian, Richard Pryor, Neil Young.

Supertramp is at work on their next album – “Breakfast In America.” It should be out in January and the group will then kick-off a 15-month world tour.

“The Rolling Stones” are Saturday Night Live musical guests this week.

Dick Clark Solutes Studio 54 And Other Discos This Week In 1978 on “Dick Clark’s Live Wednesday.” The Village People and Helen Ready perform.


Television news – October 1, 1978

On CBS-TV - Ford’s 75th Anniversary And A Solute To American Imagination. Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Madeline Kahn and Telly Savalas host.


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – October 1, 1978

CBS – Paper Chase, Movie

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

ABC – Baseball, Late movie

PBS – Opium, PBS Cinema Showcase


NBC TV movie – part II – “Little Women.”


Top movies – October 1, 1978



Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Almost Summer


Somebody Killed Her Husband

National Lampoon’s Animal House

Goin’ Coconuts

Foul Play

Corvette Summer

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