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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of February 1, 1979 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Sara Jane Moore, who was convicted of trying to assassinate President Ford four years ago, is recaptured after a brief escape from the federal reformatory in Alderson, West Virginia. Moore climbed a 12 ft chain-link fence to make her escape. She was captured after 4 hours.

Arriving from Paris, Ayatollah Khomaini returns from exile to an enthusiastic welcome in Tehran and declares his anti-shah revolution will not be complete until U.S. influence is expelled from Iran.

Patty Hearst walks out of prison in California a free woman. She showed her greeters her Executive Grant Of Clemency and was wearing a red shirt with the words “pardon me.” “”I’ve learned a lot about people... and been in lots of unusual situations for a person my age. I’ve been through an awful lot.”  

Concerned for Iran’s cutoff of oil, President Carter orders federal agencies to reduce thermostat settings, lighting, vehicle use and energy-hungry research. The last oil tanker from Iran already has arrived.

Ethel Kennedy, widow of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, is ordered to stand trial next month on charges that she defaulted on payment of a $535 catering bill in Aspen.

Nelson A. Rockefeller is eulogized at Riverside Church in New York. The invitation-only gathering of 2,500 persons included President and Mrs. Carter, Ambassadors from 44 nations, delegations from the Senate, House plus a group of governors. Martin Luther King Sr. said a prayer with Henry Kissinger and David Rockefeller sharing their remembrances in separate eulogies. Rockefeller died last Friday of a heart attack at 70. His ashes were interred at the family estate at Pocantico Hills (North Tarrytown), New York, just north of New York City.

A new 1979 Pontiac Phoenix - just $5695.

Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy, loses his bid for forgiveness of his $40 thousand fine. Liddy is currently writing a spy novel to raise money. “I was convicted. I’m not a whiner and a complainer, I just don’t do it. But I had hoped that they would make my fine equal to that of those above me, which was $10 thousand at most.”


Fascinating Business news – February 1, 1979

In Oklahoma City, an Indian Medicine Man sues Coors and a Tavern owner, saying they were negligent in their “failure to warn the plaintiff that consumption of Coors beer should do irreparable damage to his brain, practically pickling the mind so that he would be unable to think clearly, especially when writing his novels.” 

If you fly on TWA in February and March - two kids less than 12 fly free (for each adult). So a family of six can fly for the price of two!



Recently, Disney licensed MCA to distribute several if its films on its videodisc format. Disney recently turned down offers to show several of its films on cable. One company (Qube), operating a tv system in Columbus offered $10 to $15 thousand per film. Disney turned them down after hearing that several Qube subs had videotape recorders.

Disney and MCA sue Sony, claiming that Sony’s Betamax videotape machine encourages individuals to make unauthorized taped copies at home, violating the studio’s copyright.


Best-selling books – February 1, 1979

Bestsellers include - “War and Remembrance - Herman Wouk, “Chesapeake” - James A. Michener, “Lauren Bacall By Myself” - Lauren Bacall, “Mommie Dearest” - Christina Crawford.


Thursday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – February 1, 1979

CBS - Special - Mr. Horn, Barnaby Jones ... NBC - Special - Circus Super Heroes, Quincy ... ABC - Mork & Mindy, Debut-Makin’ It, Barney Miller, Soap, Family.

PBS – Nova, Palestine Documentary


Mr. Horn (special) stars David Carradine, Richard Widmark and Karen Black.

Circus Super Heroes – hosted by Bruce Jenner.

(Debut) Makin’ It - New series starring David Naughton.  

Barney Miller – Miller releases he’s “middle-aged” after he acquires reading glasses.

On Quincy – Quincy befriends a college student with an odd and illegal way of weaning drug abusers from their habits.


Radio news – February 1, 1979

Frankie Crocker’s WBLS-FM is back on top of the ratings after taking a big hit from disco WKTU-FM. Crocker is playing a mix of disco and R & B. He says New York has gone disco crazy and is a big believer in it. “Department stores have disco departments. The clothing industry has gotten into it. Night clubs are opening up.” Crocker says disco represents a new culture that transcends color and age groups.

WXKS-FM becomes the second Boston station to flip to disco – the other is WBOS-FM.

Los Angeles has two disco stations – KIIS-FM (102.7) and KUTE (101.9).

97K - KCBS-FM (97.3) San Francisco drops mellow rock for high-energy rock, using the moniker “Monster FM.”

Low ratings cause a new programming shift at 93/KHJ as John Sebastian exits and Chuck Martin becomes the new program director. KHJ’s ratings are now at a 2.7 (12+). KHJ sat at a 5.4 before sliding to its last level. Martin says he’s taking the station back to “true top-40.” The disc jockey will once again become a personality and will be spotlighted. The four-record music sweeps are gone and the dj’s will announce every record played.

WBEN replaces WKBW as Buffalo’s most listened-to station. WBEN gets a 13.9 rating – up from 12.9 and WKBW dropped to a 12.5 from a 16.5.


Music news – February 1, 1979

Bianca Jagger (31) files for divorce from Mick in Los Angeles. She seeks $13,400 a month temporary support, half of $25 million he made while they were together plus an extra $9000 to pay clothing bills to two clothing designers. They have one daughter (7), Jade. The couple was wed in 1971 in St. Tropez, France.

Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols is found dead in his New York apartment by his mother and girlfriend. A day before, Vicious was released from city jail on $50 thousand bail, accused of killing his longtime girlfriend (Nancy Spungeon) on October 12. Spungeon was stabbed in the stomach. According to police, Vicious was celebrating his release from jail with friends. A syringe and spoon were found near the body. Vicious’ real name was John Simon Ritchie.  

For the first time in their 15 years of playing together, The Grateful Dead schedule a tour to coincide with a new album release. They’ve been touring for a few months, ever since “Shakedown Street” was released in November.


Top Pop Hit Music Singles(top-40) USA – February 1, 1979

Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? - Rod Stewart

 YMCA - The Village People

I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor

My Life - Billy Joel

Too Much Heaven - The Bee Gees

Fire - The Pointer Sisters

Heaven Knows - Donna Summer

Le Freak – Chic

A Little More Love - Olivia Newton John

Soul Man - The Blues Brothers

Lotta Love - Nicolette Larson

Somewhere In The Night - Barry Manilow

Every 1’s A Winner - Hot Chocolate.


Top Music Albums – February 1, 1979

52nd Street - Billy Joel

Blondes Have More Fun - Rod Stewart

Cruisin - The Village People

The Best Of Earth, Wind and Fire, Vol. 1

Briefcase Full Of Blues - The Blues Brothers

Totally Hot - Olivia Newton John

Spirits Having Flown - The Bee Gees

Backless - Eric Clapton

Barry Manilow’s Greatest Hits

C ‘Est Chic – Chic

Totally Hot – Olivia Newton John

Toto – Toto

Backless – Eric Clapton

Minute By Minute – Doobie Brothers

Dire Straights – Dire Straights

Love Tracks – Gloria Gaynor

Armed Forces – Elvis Costello

Greatest Hits Vol II – Barbara Streisand

Energy – Pointer Sisters

Dog and Butterfly – Heart

Motor Booty Affair – Parliament

Here, My Dear – Marvin Gaye

Nicolette – Nicolette Larson

Got To Be Real – Cheryl Lynn


Top Country Hit Music Singles – February 1, 1979

The Gambler - Kenny Rogers

Why Have You Left The One You Left For Me - Crystal Gayle

Every Which Way But Loose - Eddie Rabbit

I Really Got The Feeling - Dolly Parton

Back On My Mind Again – Ronnie Milsap

I’ll Wake You Up When I Get Home – Charlie Rich

Come On In – Oak Ridge Boys


Top Soul Hit Music – February 1, 1979

Bustin Loose – Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers

Aqua Boogie – Parliament

I’m So Into You – Peabro Bryson

It’s All In The Live – Lakeside

September – Earth, Wind & Fire

Shake Your Groove Thing – Peaches & Herb


Top pop music hit singles in Britain – February 1, 1979

Heart of Glass – Blondie

Woman In Love – Three Degrees

Chiquita – Abba

Don’t Cry For Me Argentina – Shadows

September – Earth, Wind & Fire

Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick – Ian Dury

Car 67, Driver 76 – Logo

A Little More Love – Olivia Newton John

My Life – Billy Joel

I Was Made For Dancin’ – Leif Carret

YMCA – Village People  


Top movies – February 1, 1979

Every Which Way But Loose - Clint Eastwood, Sandra Locke.

The Late Great Planet Earth - Orson Welles

Up In Smoke - Cheech N Chong

The Great Train Robbery - Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland

California Suite - Alan Alda, Michael Caine, Bill Cosby

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