Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of January 1, 1979 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
180-degree Shift - The U.S. now Urges Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi to leave Iran – at least temporarily in an effort to pull the country back from the brink of disaster.
Beverly Hills – Iranian students storm the residence of the sister of the shah of Iran, starting several brush fires that came close to the home.
China transfers troops from the coastal province that faces Taiwan to counter threats from the Soviet Union in the north and from Vietnam along its southern flank.
Iran – Premier-designate Shahpour Bakhtiar begins the process of restring order to the area. He wins parliamentary support, reaching tentative agreements with striking oil workers and lifted restrictions on newspapers.
Three top generals who led the crackdown on the rebellion against Shah Mohammed Pahlavi resign on the eve of Iran’s return to civilian rule, the shah left the capital for what a palace spokesman said was a two-day rest at a resort in the country.
More Iran – The new civilian government is presented to Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi and the Iranian monarch now gives a strong indication he’s ready to leave.
The Carter Administration pledges to deport all Iranians found guilty of violence in this country as fast as the law allows.
The state of Ohio settles out of court for $675,000 – a civil suit filed by victims of the shooting of antiwar demonstrators at Kent State University in 1970.
Billy Carter is quoted in Penthouse Magazine as saying - “But I think I’m probably more popular than Jimmy is in the United States right today.” And that’s “because I get along with folks.”
Weird story – Three women – all named Banks – died within 24 hours of each other. But relatives learned of a common bond only after their death notices appeared in print. All three were ex-wives and widow of Samuel Banks of Cincinnati.
Passing – Conrad Hilton – hotel baron. He was 91.
Ethel Kennedy is being sued by the owners of an Aspen catering service who allege that she refused to pay $500 for a Christmas dinner for 20 people.
Sports news – January 1, 1979
More mouthing off - Dallas Cowboys’ Hollywood Henderson says this week that The Los Angeles Rams “don’t have enough class to play in the Super Bowl.”
John Madden – noted for his ruggedness as coach of the Oakland Raiders – resigns his job this week. “I’m never going to coach again. Things like this are easy to talk about and hard to do”’
Nancy Lopez – the LPGA’s record-winning rookie from Roswell, N.M. gets the AP’s “Female Athlete of the Year award.
Speaking of Nancy Lopez, she gets married this week – to Tim Melton, a Harrisburg, Pa sportscaster.
Rose – USC 17 Michigan 10
Sugar – Alabama 14 Penn St. 7
Cotton – Notre Dame 35 Houston 34
Orange – Oklahoma 31 Nebraska 24
Music news – January 1, 1979
The Bee Gees get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week.
Tony Orlando has an NBC-TV special this week.
Television news –January 1, 1979
Kathie Lee Johnson of the syndicated TV series “Hee Haw Honeys” has a book out – in its fourth printing called “The Quiet Riot,” and her new album, “Finders Keepers” is getting sales. (Yes, this is the future Kathie Lee Gifford of Regis Philbin fame).
Creator Charles Schulz Is Featured On “Happy Birthday Charlie Brown” on CBS-TV This Week In 1979
Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – January 1, 1979
CBS – 60 Minutes, All in the Family, Alice, Dallas
NBC – Wonderful World of Disney, Movie
ABC – Hardy Boys, The Two-Five, Movie
PBS – National Geographic Special, Masterpiece Theater
Disney – “Donovan’s Kid” with Darren McGavin, Mickey Rooney Shelley Fabares.
Music news – January 1, 1979
Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie does guest vocals with Bob Welch on “Come Softly to Me.”
Fans who flocked to Elvis Presley’s grave this week will find the gates to his Memphis mansion closed. Dwindling crowds, poor weather and a lack of privacy, led Elvis’ dad, Vernon, to restrict access.
For the first time – all four Carradine’s will appear on stage – Father John and sons David, Keith and Robert. In Hollywood at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre.
Most popular music albums for 1978 –
Saturday Nigh Fever soundtrack
Rumors – Fleetwood Mac
The Stranger – Billy Joel
Aja – Steely Dan
Feels So Good – Chuck Mangione
The Grand Illusion - Styx
Simple Dreams – Linda Ronstadt
Point of Know Return – Kansas
Slowhand – Eric Clapton
Most popular hit music singles for 1978 –
Shadow Dancing – Andy Gibb
Night Fever – Bee Gees
You Light Up My Life – Debby Boone
Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
Baby Come Back – Player
Love is Thicker Than Water – Andy Gibb
Boogie Oogie Oogie – Taste Of Honey
Three Times A Lady – Commodores
1978s top male record/music sellers according to Record World Magazine –
Andy Gibb, Barry Manilow, Billy Joel, Gerry Rafferty, Frankie Valli, Dan Hill, Nick Gilder, Rod Stewart, Randy Newman and Bob Welch.
Top female record/music sellers for 1978 –
Donna Summer, Debby Boone, Samantha Sang, Carly Simon, Crystal Gayle, Rita Coolidge, Yvonne Elliman, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Tyler, Olivia Newton-John.
Cash Box top music album artists for 1978 –
Billy Joel, Jackson Browne, Eric Clapton, Bob Seger, Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart, Gerry Rafferty, Andy Gibb, Shaun Cassidy and George Benson..
Female ranking – Linda Ronstadt, Donna Summer, Roberta Flack, Carly Simon, Barbra Streisand, Chaka Khan, Dolly Parton Bonnie Tyler and Anne Murray.
Top selling album groups/bands –
Bee Gees, Rolling Stones, Foreigner, Commodores, Styx, Kansas, Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, Queen and Boston.