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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of February 22, 1979 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Plea for peace - Ugandan leader Idi Amin, his eight-year rule threatened by Tanzanian victories over his armed forces, sues for peace in a broadcast message to five neighboring African countries. 

Iran says it will resume oil exports, halted since December 26.

President Carter says he disagrees with remarks his brother Billy has made about Jews and dissociates himself from them, but added that he knows his brother “is not anti-Semitic” and believes his brother is seriously ill.

President Carter calls on China to undertake “a speedy withdrawal” from Vietnam. It was the bluntest statement to date of U.S. opposition to the invasion.

A least four out of the six Vietnamese provincial capitals near the nation’s northern border have fallen to invading Chinese troops as the war goes into its seventh day. Also, Chinese warplanes strike deep into Vietnam and pound targets near the port of Haiphong, where Soviet ships were unloading missiles and radar equipment for their Vietnamese allies.

Iran – Fifty thousand Marxist guerrillas demand quick, radical reforms in Iran in a strong challenge to the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomaini’s revolutionary government.

Iran - An American and three Britons working in an Iranian desert gas plant vanish after a revolutionary radio announcement that “four Americans” had been arrested “while trying to escape.”

Crown Prince Fahd of Saudi Arabia has canceled mid-March talks in Washington with President Carter, possibly signaling a cooling of relations with the U.S.

Chicago - Jane Byrne, once part of the Democratic machine, flashes a smile to thank the thousands of “fed-up voters” who have her an upset victory over Mayor Michael Bilandie in the Democratic primary.

The nation’s trade deficit jumped in January to $31 billion – the largest in 11 months as the U.S. bought more foreign oil and Japanese products.

Police tell protesting farmers that tractor-driving demonstrations in Washington will be forbidden under any circumstances in the future. From now on, the farmers will be allowed to demonstrate only with foot marches after they obtain police permits. The warning followed incidents (this week) in which protesters threw trash at a police mobile command post and five farmers broke through a police barricade penning their tractors on the mall.

Richard Nixon’s 1972 campaign committee (CREEP) turns a $100,000 profit in 1978 while ignoring bills for more than 41 million for a number of Watergate figures. The income came mainly through an $185,000 refund form the IRS, plus bank interest and it even received $540 from the President Ford Committee for use of its mailing lists.

A wide area of the Pacific Northwest is plunged briefly into darkness as the last total eclipse of the sun in North America this century. It was pretty dark in places such as Portland, Oregon.

A $150,000 ad display featuring a bikini-clad model extolling the glories of vacations in the frozen North raises caine with legislators. One said –“Silly and unforgivable.” “There are ways to make Alaska appear attractive to the tourist market without taking such a degrading attitude toward women.” 

In Georgia - President Carter’s sister, Gloria (Go-Go) Spann, faces a court hearing next month on disorderly conduct charges for playing a harmonica in a restaurant.


Fascinating Business news/Media – February 22, 1979

 People Magazine is doing quite well. When the magazine was launched in 1974, it had an initial circulation of a million at 35 cents a copy. Today it’s up to 2.3 million and sells for 75 cents a copy. It was originally intended as a news-stand-only publication because of rocketing postal rates. It is now 85% street sales and 15% home delivery. Since, it’s had competition from Us – a People-like magazine launched by the New York Times co. People was first published March 4, 1974 .


Sports news – February 22, 1979

He’s the boss – Mike Bossy of the New York Islander’s has scored 103 career goals – reaching 100 quicker than any other NHL player. Just this week – he tied a National Hockey League record by scoring goals in 10 consecutive games in a game against the Red Wings.


Music news – February 22, 1979

Singer Connie Francis, saying her marriage has been destroyed and her career damaged by her rape four years ago, pleads with Congress to help victims of crime. “The rights of victims of violent crime should be at least equal in importance to the rights of the criminals who commit those acts,” said the pop singer. 

There’s talk of Teddy Pendergrass playing Otis Redding in a movie about the later singer’s story. Capricorn records president Phil Walden, who managed Redding and owns the rights to his life story, saw Pendergrass at a concert in Macon and wants him to do the part.

The Supreme Court decides to leave into effect, a lower court ruling that had permitted Elvis Presley to transfer all “rights of publicity” for use of the singer’s name and picture to a company that produces poster and other novelty items. In other words – Presley’s heirs own the rights to his image. 

Rick James on a black trying to make it in rock – “Rock still isn’t ready for black stars. That was proven with Jimi Hendrix. He was the first one and he had to go through all sorts of mind-boggling changes…” “I’ve been trying to crack rock with funk fusions for the longest time but there’s too much racial crap going on in rock. I just couldn’t deal with it anymore. I decided I was going back to fun where my roots are.” James said he tried rock for one reason – the money is better.

“Mad House Rock” - Alice Cooper In Concert With The Babys And Featuring Pentti Glan, Steve Hunter, Prakash John, Davey Johnstone and Fred Mandel.


Television news – February 22, 1979

The six episodes of “Roots: The Next Generation” were in the top 11 TV ratings last week. The other top shows in order – “Mork & Mindy,” “Eight Is Enough,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Happy Days,” and “Angie.” ABC-TV had all the shows. 

NBC, unhappy with the style and the early ratings of “Supertrain,” has fired executive producer Dan Curtis. The show, a midseason replacement – did OK in the ratings when it debuted Feb. 7 – 32% of the viewing audience, but it’s now down to 20%. Curtis believes NBC is in a panic.

Spin off - Helen and Stanley Roper of “Three’s Company” are going to sell the apartment building and move into a series of their own on ABC. 

Sylvester Stallone appears on the syndicated “Muppet Show.”

“Mrs. Columbo” debuts on NBC-TV this week.


Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – February 22, 1979

CBS – (debut) Married: The First Year (see ad), One Day At A Time, The Jeffersons, Kaz

NBC – SuperTrain, From Here To Eternity, Tonight, Tomorrow

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

PBS – The Shakespeare Plays


On the Tonight Show – Robert Blake joins Johnny Carson.

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