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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of November 15, 1978 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Soviet President Leonid I. Brezhnev tells a visiting delegation of 12 U.S. senators that the Kremlin had tested a neutron bomb several years ago but decided not to put it into production.

Rep. Charles C. Diggs Jr. (D-Mich.) is sentenced to a maximum of three years in prison for payroll kickbacks, a punishment that could force Congress’ senior black member to relinquish his seat.

President Carter, acknowledging that is anti-inflation program is encountering resistance from special-interest groups, raises for the first time the specter of a depression. He told reporters at a breakfast – “I mean and do mean business” in his drive to curb inflation and defend the embattled dollar. But he conceded that failure of those efforts would raise the threat of “a recession or even a depression.”

President Carter is convinced that federal employees are overpaid and has ordered plans for an overhaul of the pay system.

President Carter says if he seeks reelection, Vice President Mondale will be his running mate.

The combined personal income of all Americans increased by a strong 1.2% in October.

Former President Richard Nixon should be barred from Britain as “an undesirable alien” – so demanded John Lee – a barrister member of the governing Labor Party. Nixon has accepted an invitation to lecture at Oxford University on November 30.

Passing – Dr. Margaret Mead, famed American anthropologist. She was 76.

Mass suicide – November 15, 1978

Peoples Temple - The Bodies of the Rev. Jim Jones and at least 409 of his followers are found by Guyana officials after a weekend of horror at an American religious commune in the jungles of this South American nation. Members apparently took cyanide-laced Kool Aid. Also dead are three newsmen – including Don Harris of NBC – who died after being shot by their small airplane. 


Entertainment/Celebrity news – November 15, 1978

Allan Scott Newman (28) – son of actor Paul Newman dies of what police term an accidental overdose of alcohol and Valium. 

Passing – French actor Claude Dauphin. He was 75.


Sports news – November 15, 1978

San Diego Padres owner Ray Kroc says he has sent letters to all the other major league teams calling for the dissolution of the National and American leagues and replacing them with four geographic divisions. “Why don’t we do like the football teams do? It would be more sensible and more economical and more practical.”


Music news – November 15, 1978

Music On Television – Frankie and Annette – The Second Time Around. Produced by Dick Clark Productions. Avalon & Funicello reunited.


Television news – November 15, 1978

ABC’s “Soap” tops the list of the 1 most offensive shows on television in the second annual television survey of the million-member Church of God. After “Soap,” those programs ranked most offensive, in order were: “Three’s Company,” “All in the Family,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “MASH,” “The Jeffersons,” One Day at a Time,” “Love Boat,” Vegas,” and “Good Times.” Ranked best in order: “Little House on the Prairie,” “The Waltons,” “World of Disney,” “Happy Days,” “ChiPs,” “Eight Is Enough,” “Family,” Quincy,” Barnaby Jones,” and “Donny and Marie.”

On CBS-TV – “Star Wars Holiday Special.” Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher. With Anthony daniels, Peter Mayhew and James Earl Jones. Special guests – Beatrice Arthur, Art Carney, Diahann Carroll, Jefferson Starship and Harvey Korman.

Dean Martin Roasts Suzanne Somers – Sunday Night On NBC.

TV Movie - Harold Robbins’ “The Pirate” Over CBS-TV Sunday Night


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – November 15, 1978

CBS – Paper Chase, The Pirate

NBC – Greatest Heroes of the Bible, Suzanne Somers Roast, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Three’s Company, Taxi, Starsky & Hutch (latenight) 57th Annual Photoplay Gold Medal Awards.

PBS – Live from the Met, Dick Cavett


Greatest Heroes of the Bible – Part three of Four.

On Taxi – A pretty girl cabby sets her sights on Tony.

Photoplay Awards (latenight) – Adrienne Barbeau and Dan Haggerty co-host. Appearing – Burt Reynolds, Johnny Carson, Steve Martin, Barry Manilow, Cheryl Ladd, Jaclyn Smith and John Wayne.  

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