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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of March 6, 1979 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Voyager 1 is making new discoveries around Jupiter this week. It’s discovered that the giant planet has a flat, thin ring of particles around its equator.

President Carter arrives in Cairo to a tumultuous welcome, beginning what he Calls, “crucial” talks with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. Up to a million Egyptians line the streets as President Carter rides in an open car with President Anwar Sadat.

No more Billy Beer for Billy - Billy Carter is admitted to the Navy Regional Medical Center in Long Beach (California) for treatment of alcohol abuse. Authorities say no further statements will be made until the President’s brother is discharged. He is the brother of President Jimmy Carter.

Richard M. Nixon files suit to block government plans for setting up centers around the country where anyone can put on earphones and listen to tapes of White House Watergate conversations. He called the plans an unwarranted invasion of his privacy. Nixon also asked the court to bar government archivists from listening to the electronically recorded memoranda he often dictated at the end of a day. Calling them a diary - the suit states: “The diary consists of a series of dictabelts, each commencing with the phrase ‘memorandum to file – not to be transcribed.’ The dictabelts are clearly and easily identifiable as plaintiff’s personal diary.”


Bestselling books – March 6, 1979

Overload - Arthur Hailey

War and Remembrance - Herman Wouk

Hanta Yo - Ruth Beebe Hill

Proteus - Morris West

Chesapeake - James A. Michener

Evergreen - Belva Plain

Second Generation - Howard Fast

The Sixth Commandment - Lawrence Sanders

Lauren Bacall By Myself - Lauren Bacall

Linda Goodman’s Love Signs - Linda Goodman

The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet – Herman Tarnower, M.D.

Mommie Dearest - Christina Crawford

A Distant Mirror - Barbara W. Tuchman

Sophia - A.E. Hotchner

In Search of History - Theodore H. White

How To Prosper During The Coming Bad Years - Howard Ruff


Entertainment/Celebrity news – March 6, 1979

Actor Michael Brandon (33) files for divorce from Lindsay Wagner (29). She’s starring in “The Bionic Women” on ABC-TV. He seeks a share of the couple’s community property, including residuals from the TV series, several cars and property.

George Harrison holds a press conference for his new Album at Warner Brothers Records in Burbank. Harrison limped into the room with a cane, telling reporters that he had run over his foot with a garden tractor and hoped it might be good for some sympathy. He said, “My life is better al the time and it’s reflected in my music. In the 1960’s and 70’s, the Beatles and me had a lot to say; all I’m tryingto say now is just be happier, to manifest love in your life.” Harrison discussed his new role as producer of the upcoming Monty Python film “Life of Brian.”

O.J. Simpson sues for divorce from his wife, Marguerite It’s revealed that tennis star Jimmy Connors has been secretly married to Patti McGuire. The couple is expecting their first child. She appeared in the centerfold of Playboy magazine as the Playmate of the Month in November 1976, the same issue that carried a controversial interview with Jimmy Carter. She was chosen Playmate of Year in 1977.

It’s announced that “Mr. Ed,” the famed palomino that appeared in the popular 1960’s television series, has died. The horse had been retired to a Tahlequah (Okla) farm by his owner, Clarence Tharp. Tharp said he buried Mr. Ed without a funeral or memorial service in the backyard of his trailer home. The horse began losing his health about a year ago. All his teeth were gone and he was restricted to eating baby beef formula for the last few months. Mr. Ed was 33 years old.

In the Georgia House Chamber – Ray Charles appears before a joint session of the Legislature to sing the state’s new official song - “Georgia on My Mind.” The song, written in 1930 by Hoagy Carmichael, replaces “Georgia” as the official state song.


Sports news – March 6, 1979

Quarterback Ken Stabler asks to be traded from the Oakland Raiders. “I honestly cannot go back out there to a group of people who don’t appreciate me upstairs. I don’t appreciate being blasted by Mr. Davis. I don’t have to work under those conditions and I won’t. I had a tough year, but I don’t have to be knocked by people at the top.”

After the Raiders missed the playoffs with a 9-7 record - Owner Al Davis was quoted as saying - “It’s not just Stabler. The whole team didn’t play well. But you’ve got to point to someone. Blame Stabler. He makes the money. He gets paid to take the pressure.”


Drug Store Prices – March 6, 1979

Oral-B Toothbrush (#35, 40 or 60) - .99 ... Gillette Trac II Cartridge, pkg of 9 - $1.89 ... Bayer Aspirin - btl of 200 - $2.19.


Top TV Shows – March 6, 1979

Three’s Company

Laverne & Shirley

Happy Days

Mork & Mindy

60 Minutes

Eight is Enough



All in the Family

Little House on the Prairie


Barney Miller

Charlie’s Angles

Stockard Channing In Just Friends


The Ordeal of Patty Hearst

WKRP in Cincinnati

Mrs. Columbo

Fantasy Island



Monday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – March 6, 1979

CBS - Billy, Flatbush, MASH, WKRP In Cincinnati, Lou Grant

NBC - Little House on Prairie, TV Movie

ABC - Salvage , How The West Was Won

PBS - Academy Leaders, Nana


Salvage - The salvage crew comes close to death after discovering an old treasure map. Trouble comes when they try to unlock its ancient secrets. Andy Griffith stars.

On WKRP - Herb separates from his wife and he anticipates the life of a swinging bachelor.

Merv Griffin Show (syndicated) - guests Florence Henderson, Charles Grodin, Steve Landesbert, Rick Moses, Paul L. Smith


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – March 6, 1979

I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor

Tragedy - Bee Gees

Heaven Knows - Donna Summer

Shake Your Groove Thing - Peaches and Herb

What A Fool Believes - Doobie Brothers

Lady - Little River Band

YMCA - Village People

Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits

Music Box Dancer - Frank Mills

Lotta Love - Nicolette Larson

Do Ya Think I’m Sexy - Rod Stewart

Fire - Pointer Sisters

I Just Fall In Love Again - Anne Murray

Got To Be Real - Cheryl Lynn

A Little More Love - Olivia Newton John

Just One Look - Linda Ronstadt

Dancin’ Shoes - Nigel Olsson

Blue Morning, Blue Day - Foreigner

What You Won’t Do For Love - Bobby Caldwell

In The Navy - Village People

No Tell Lover - Chicago

Knock On Wood - Amii Stewart

Every 1’s A Wonner - Hot Chocolate

Don’t Cry Out Loud - Melissa Manchester

I Was Made For Dancin’ - Leif Garrett

Stumblin In - Suzi Quatro & Chris


Heart of Glass - Blondie

Big Shot - Billy Joel

The Gambler - Kenny Rogers

Forever In Blue Jeans - Neil Diamond

Everytime I Think Of You - Baby’s

Crazy Love – Poco


Top Music Albums – March 6, 1979

Spirits Having Flown - The Bee Gees

Dire Straits - Dire Straits

Cruisin’ - Village People

Blondes Have More Fun - Rod


Totally Hot - Olivia Newton John

52nd Street - Billy Joel

Briefcase Full of Blues - Blues Brothers

C’est Chic - Chic

Love Tracks - Gloria Gaynor

Minute by Minute - Doobie Brothers

Live & More - Donna Summer

First Glance - April Wine

Melba - Melba Moore

Keep On Dancin’ - Gary’s Gang

Instant Replay - Dan Hartman

Disco Dynamite - From K-Tel!

Marilyn & Billy - Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.

2 Hot - Peaches & Herb

Sleeper Catcher - Little River Band

Briefcase Full of Blues - Blues Brothers

Energy - Pointer Sisters

Music Dancer - Frank Mills

Totally Hot - Olivia Newton-John

Cheryl Lynn - Cheryl Lynn

Stealin’ Home - Ian Matthews

Nigel Olsson - Nigel Olsson

You Don’t Bring Me Flowers - Neil Diamond

New Kind Of Feeling - Anne Murray

Every 1’s A Winner - Hot Chocolate

Living in the U.S.A. - Linda Ronstadt

Head First - The Babys

Smooth Talk - Evelyn “Champagne” King

If You Knew Suzi - Suzi Quatro

Best of Earth, Wind & Fire

Double Vision - Foreigner

Bobby Caldwell - Bobby Caldwell


Top movies – March 6, 1979

Richard Pryor filmed Live in Concert

Every Which Way But Loose - Clint Eastwood

Star Crash - Marjoe Gornter, David Hasselhoff, Christopher Plummer

Take Down - Edward Herbmann, Kathleen Lloyd, Lorenzo Lamas, Maureen


Invasion of the Body Snatchers - Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard

Nimoy, Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright

Disney’s North Avenue Irregulars

Norma Rae - Sally Field, Ron Leibman, Beau Bridges, Pat ingle, Barbara Baxley

Heaven Can Wait - Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, James Mason

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