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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

Goin’ South

Foul Play

Greek Tycoon

Hot Lead, Cold Feet

National Lampoon’s Animal House

Goin’ Coconuts

Death on the Nile 

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