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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of November 23, 1978 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

San Francisco mayor George Mosone and Supervisor Harvey Milk are shot to death in their private offices. Police arrest former city Supervisor Dan White after he surrendered 35 minutes later. White had resigned from his seat on the Board of Supervisors two weeks ago because of financial difficulties. A week ago, he announced that he had worked out his financial difficulties and asked Mosone to reappoint him to his seat. White was meeting with the mayor when the shooting began. City Hall officials told police that Mosone had decided to appoint another unnamed political figure to the post.

Peoples Temple News Update

The death toll at the mass suicide-murder at the Peoples Temple Sect reaches more than 900, with the last of the bodies removed. Earlier, it was believed that many of the cultists who had been ordered to kill themselves - fled into the jungle surrounding the retreat in Georgetown, Guyana. Only 32 survivors - most of them from California, have come out of the jungle. At the same time, Larry Layton, a member of the Rev Jim Jones’ Peoples Temple is charged in a Georgetown court with the murder of congressmen Leo J. Ryan and four others.

Odell Rhodes, a witness to the scene - said the first adult to die was a young woman with a baby in her arms. The poison shot down her throat and she walked into the field, sat down and died. Some took the poison reluctantly as the Reverend Jim Jones to them to “die with dignity.” Rhodes said many of the deaths were agonizing, with victims going into foaming convulsions. When asked why, Rhodes said the Jim Jones called a general meeting at the camp assembly hall and ordered the mass suicide after he learned of the violence at the airport after Cult members ambushed the fact-finding mission led by congressmen Leo Ryan. Rhodes himself a cult member, slipped away from the armed guards into the jungle. 

Ten persons perish in fire at the Holiday Inn in Greece, N.Y. - outside of Rochester. Most of the hotel was destroyed by flames.

An .8% increase in the cost of goods last month, pushed prices double of those in 1976. If you paid $10 for groceries in 1967, you’re paying $20 now. Prices rose at an annual rate of 10% for September and October.  


Health/Medical News – November 23, 1978

Ernest Barnes, a judge with the Federal Trade Commission, orders the American Medical Association to abolish ethical standards that restrict advertising or solicitation of patients by doctors. The judge concluded that the AMA had engaged in a “conspiracy to restrain competition” - thus depriving the public of information need to make decisions about health care. The judge also ordered the AMA and its affiliates to end interference with the growth or operation of prepaid health care systems such as health maintenance organizations (HMO).


Prices at the Supermarket – November 23, 1978

At the mart - Nestle Crunch Bar - 5oz size - .69 ... M & M’s - 8oz bag - .89 ... Poinsettia Plants - 4inch pot $2.29each ... Tomatoes - .33lb ... London Broil $2.09lb


Sports news – November 23, 1978

Sparky Anderson - manager of the Cincinnati Reds is canned. Anderson lead to team to World Championships in 1975 and 1976. He’s replaced by John McNamara, former manager of the Oakland A’s and San Diego Padres... Pitcher Tommy John signs a three-year $1.4 million contract with the New York Yankees  


Entertainment/Celebrity news – November 23, 1978

Comedian Jerry Lewis (52) tells Miami television talk show host Joe Abrell on his weekend show that he had taken as many as nine or ten percodan pills a day to deaden pain from a chipped spinal column and says he recently broke the habit with the help of a friend.

Gets Married - Mary Frances Crosby (19) to music publisher Eb Lottimer (27). She’s the daughter of the late Bing Crosby.

Comedian George Kirby (52) is sentenced to two concurrent 20-year terms in state prison in Nevada. He pleads guilty to charges of trafficking cocaine and heroin.


Best-selling books – November 23, 1978

 “War and Remembrance” - Herman Wouk, “Second Generation” - Howard Fast, “Fools Die” - Mario Puzo, “Chesapeake” - James A. Michener, “Mommie Dearest” - Christina Crawford, “Spend All You Kisses, Mr. Smith” - Jack Smith, “American Caesar: MacArthur” - William Manchester, “Faeries” - Brian Stroud/Alan Lee, “The Complete Book Of Running”; - James F. Fixx.


Television news – November 23, 1978

“60 Minutes” tops the Nielsen ratings for the first time.

NBC cancels “Grandpa Goes To Washington” starring Jack Albertson.

CBS renews “The Paper Chase” despite low ratings. The series stars John Houseman and James Stephens.


Top TV shows – November 23, 1978

TV rankings - 60 minutes, All In the Family, Alice, Three’s Company, Laverne & Shirley, Charlie’s Angles, Happy Days, MASH, Eight Is Enough, Taxi, the Love Boat, Starsky & Hutch, Special-Steve Martin: A Wild and Crazy Guy, Movie-Fire in the Sky, One Day At A Time, special-Greatest Heroes Of The Bilble#2, Orca, Mork & Mindy, Greatest Heroes Of The Bible#3.


Friday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide  – November 23, 1978

CBS - Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, Flying High ... NBC - Diff’rent Strokes, Who’s Watching The Kids?, The Rockford Files ... ABC - Donny & Marie, Movie

Donny & Marie - “A Delicious Thanksgiving” w/ Lorne Green, Bruce Immel, Seals & Crofts, Cindy Williams.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – November 23, 1978

“You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” - Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond, “Le Freak” - Chic, “You Need Me” Ann Murray, “How Much I Feel” - Ambrosia, “I Just Wanna Stop” - Gino Vannelli, “MacArthur Park” Donna Summer, “Sharing The Night Together” - Dr Hook, “I Love The Night Life” - Alicia Bridges, “Time Passages” - Al Stewart, “My Life” - Billy Joel, “Instant Replay” - Dan Hartman


Top Music Albums – November 23, 1978

“52nd Street” - Billy Joel, “A Wild and Crazy Guy” - Steve Martin, “Live and More” - Donna Summer, “Grease” - soundtrack, “Comes A Time’ - Neil Diamond, “Greatest Hits, Vol. II” - Barbra Streisand, “Double Vision” - Foreigner, “Some Girls” - The Rolling Stones, “Pieces Of Eight” - Styx, “Jazz” - Queen, “Shakedown Street” - The Grateful Dead.


Top Country Hit Music Singles – November 23, 1978

“Sleeping Single In A Double Bed’ - Barbara Mandrell, “I Just Want To Love You” - Eddie Rabbit, “Sweet Desire’ - The Kendalls.  


Top movies – November 23, 1978

Slow Dancing In The Big City - Paul Sorvino, Anne Ditchburn

Animal House - John Belushi, Tim Matheson, John Vernon, Verna Bloom

Grease - John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John

The Wild Geese - Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris, Hardy Kruger

Paradise Alley - Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Conway, Anne Archer

Goin’ South - Jack Nicholson

Same Time, Next Year - Ellen Burstyn, Alan Alda

A Wedding - Desi Arnaz Jr. Carol Burnett, Geraldine Chaplin, Howard Duff, Mia Farrow.

The Force Ten From Navarone - Robert Shaw, Harrison Ford, Barbara Back, Edward Fox

The Big Fix - Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Anspach, Bonnie Bedelia, John Lithgow

Comes A Horseman - James Caan, Jane Fonda, Jason Robards.


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