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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of January 23, 1979 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

China says it will return money, jobs, property and rights taken from former capitalists during the Cultural Revolution, so reports Hsinhua news.

Former Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller dies at his office in Rockefeller Center. He apparently suffered from a heart attack. He was 70. Rockefeller was elected four times as governor of New York.

President Carter welcomes Vice Premier Teng-Hsiao-Ping to the White House with the promise of “a common journey” as they begin talks on bolstering the new relationship between the U.S. and China. 

President Carter, using some of the strongest language of his Presidency, tells Congress that soaring inflation must be tamed to guarantee continued economic strength for the United States.

President Carter commutes the prison sentence of Patty Hearst and she’ll be free in a few days.

A woman who hijacked a United Airlines jumbo jet for LA with 131 aboard, surrenders to FBI agents in New York.

The ashes of Nelson A. Rockefeller were buried on his estate on North Tarrytown, NY – in a family cemetery there. President and Mrs. Carter will attend nondenominational memorial services for Rockefeller this week at New York’s Riverside church. 

The U.S. Embassy orders the immediate evacuation of all American government wives, and children from Iran. Hours later, the government said it would allow its sworn enemy, the Ayatollah Khomaini to return from 15 years exile.

The Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomaini says that his supporters “shall fight” if the army tries to stop him from ousting Iran’s current civilian government when he returns from exile.

Iran - The government of Premier Shahpour Bakhtiar orders all airports in Iran shut down through Saturday in a move aimed at blocking the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomaini’s return from exile. Khomaini branded the closure of Iran’s airports as “treason’ and vowed to return to Iran and “destroy” the government of Premier Shahpour Bakhtiar.

Renewed violence in Iran as 40 are killed in heavy Tehran street fighting.

More Iran trouble – Elite troops with new get-tough orders to crush all street demonstrations have shot to death scores of protesters in Iran’s worst day of violence – since Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi left the country and Premier Shahpour Bakhitiar took office. 28 are dead with scores wounded.

Patricia Hearst’s fiancé says she would be wearing a bulletproof vest when she walks out of prison February 1.

More than 30 Vietnamese boat people and Loation land people – refugees from Communist regimes in war-torn Southeast Asia – arrive in Southern California.

General Motors agrees to inform customers when it sells them an Oldsmobile with a Chevrolet engine or when it makes a similar engine substitute.

Forget 55 - The Wyoming Senate votes to raise the speed limit to 65 mph, despite warnings that the federal government could cut off millions in highway aid. Said a spokesman – “we’re right on track to tell Washington we should control our destiny.”

 The FBI is speeding up its investigation of Billy Carter, brother of the President. They’ve obtained records on his running of the Carter Peanut farm from 1963, until September 1977, when he resigned to devote his time to personal appearance, business endorsements and other matters.

Women in college low esteem – Woman at six of the country’s most prestigious colleges have lower self-esteem and lower aspirations than men, even though their grades are about the same, according to a study released recently.

Auto ad – “For the fourth straight year, Oldsmobile Cutlass is America’s top selling mid-size- car."


Sports news – January 23, 1979

Not a cover up - Acknowledging that ABC was guilty of “bad reporting” when its announces failed to mention that coach Woody Hayes of Ohio State had hit a player on the opposing team during last month’s Gator Bowl telecast, the president of ABC sports, Roone Arledge, says he has taken steps to make sure there are no similar slipups in the future.

Willie Mays is named to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.


 Entertainment news – January 23, 1979

A Rome court finds film producer Carlo Ponti guilty of charges that he illegally transferred money abroad and sentenced him to four years in prison and a fine of about $24 million. At the same time, the court acquitted Ponti’s wife, actress Sophia Loren and her private secretary.


Music news – January 23, 1979

 Lou Rawls and the Sylvers perform on this week’s “Disco Magic” in syndication!

Will there be Bee Gees burnout? The group has been ubiquitous for several years now. The have a new album out “Spirits Having Flown” which contains the same high-falsetto sounds the group has come to know. Says Barry Gibb – “We’re fairly young people, but we’re very old in this business. We started signing before we were even in our teens. We’ve been up and down before three times and we’ve learned from it. We’re not going to stick with a certain sound too long. There are changes to be made and we will sense when it is time for that change before other people do.”  

John Denver is performing at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.

Dan Hartman – a rocker has a new hit – and it’s pure disco – called “Instant Replay.” “Looking at my face and my skin color and hearing me talk, you’d never think I’d sing that way. My influences are mainly Aretha Franklin and Valerie Simpson, but when I recorded ‘Instant Replay’ I had it in my mind to sound like Gloria Gaynor and Eartha Kitt.” Hartman is rooted in hard rock as bassist, lead guitarist, writer, singer, and producer for the Edgar Winter Group!


Television news – January 23, 1979

ABC announces that on its weekend children’s programming, programs will be separated from commercials by a 5- to 10-second animated message saying in effect, “We’ll be right back.”

It’s announced that actor Ted Cassidy (Lurch) in the Addams Family – passed away last week (January 16). He was only 46. He died from complications after open heart surgery for a nonmalignant tumor. Cassidy was also the voice of the Hulk in the hit TV series “The Incredible Hulk.”

Barbera Walters will cut her appearances on ABC’s evening news to five minute spots once a week. She left the anchor post six months ago after faltering ratings.

More than 35 million households tuned into the SuperBowl on NBC last week.

New on ABC-TV, “Delta House.” Based on National Lampoon’s, “Animal House.”

Andy Griffith’s New Show – “Salvage-1” Debuts On ABC-TV.


Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – January 23, 1979

CBS – The Incredible Hulk, One Day At A Time, The Jeffersons, Kaz

NBC – Made for TV Movie, Sgt T.K. Yu, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Eight Is Enough, Charlie’s Angeles, Vegas

PBS – Great Performances. Rizzo


The Incredible Hulk – Bannister – in a remote area – meets a girl on the run. 


Top movies – January 23, 1979  

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Paradise Ally


National Lampoon’s Animal House

The Buddy Holly Story

Circle of Iron

Movie Movie


Every Which Way But Loose

Cinderella 2000

Bermuda Triangle

Ice Castles

Cheap Detective

The Wiz

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