Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of October 15, 1978 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
The federal government and the Firestone tire & Rubber Co. announce that firestone will voluntarily recall an estimated 10 million Firestone 500 steel-belted radial tires – the largest such recall in history.
Rhodesia carries out a deep air raid into neighboring Zambia to bomb a black nationalist guerrilla camp.
The Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church elect 58-year-old Polish Cardinal Korol Wojtyla as Pope. He took the name John Paul, the same as his predecessor and will be known as John Paul II. He’s the first non-Italian since 1522 to be elected Pontiff.
The Senate passes it energy bill and a once-in-a-lifetime federal tax exemption for the first $100,000 profit from the sale of a home by persons over 55 years old.
Chess champ Bobby Fischer, now in Yugoslavia after six years in retirement, wants to discuss a comeback.
Swindler Billie Sol Estes pleads guilty to conspiracy to evade income taxes and to mail and wire fraud as part of a federal plea bargain agreement.
Susan Ford (21) is engaged to Charles Frederick Vance – a Secret Service agent assigned to the detail of guarding the family and they will be married in June. He’s 37.
Sports news – October 15, 1978
World Series –
Lou Piniella’s 10th-inning hit scores Roy White giving the Yankees a 4-3 victory over the Dodgers to tie the Series at two each.
It’s official – Tracy Austin (15) from Los Angeles is turning professional. “Up to now when I got an envelope at the end of a tournament, there was nothing in it. Now there will be money in it.”
Entertainment /Celebrity news – October 15, 1978
Passing Actor Dan Dailey. He was 64.
Murder-suicide - Actor Gig Young (60) apparently shot his wife, Kim Schmidt (31) of three weeks to death and then killed himself at the couple’s NY apartment.
Music news – October 15, 1978
Get Married – Jim Stafford to Bobbie Gentry.
A three-hour TV movie dramatizing the life and career of Elvis Presley will star Kurt Russell, Catch it later this season.
Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – October 15, 1978
CBS – WKRP in Cincinnati, People, MASH, One Day At A Time, Lou Grant
NBC – Little House on the Prairie, Made for TV Movie, Tonight, Tomorrow
ABC – Monday Night Football
PBS – Evening at Symphony, Visions
On People – Leif Garret, Reggie Jackson and Steve Lawrence are profiled.
Made for TV Movie – “Human Feelings” starring Billy Crystal .
On the Tonight Show – John Denver is guest host to John Ritter, Jean-Michel Cousteau.
Top movies – October 15, 1978
Who’s Killing The Great Chefs of Europe?
Up in Smoke
Heaven Can Wait
Hot Lead, Cold Feet
National Lampoon’s Animal House
Death on the Nile