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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of April 8, 1979 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Alfred E. Kahn, chairman of the president’s Council on Wage and Price Stability gives the warning that if the government’s voluntary wage and price guidelines fail to slow inflation, President Carter may be forced to institute mandatory controls or severe monetary measures that could result in a recession. He said Carter “is absolutely determined” to avoid mandatory controls as a way of slowing inflation from its double-digit levels of this year.

Israeli warplanes pound two Palestinian guerrilla bases just hours after a terrorist bomb blast killed one person and wounded 33 others in an open-air market in Tel Aviv. Dozens of casualties are reported in the retaliatory air strike. 

Tornados sweep over an area of North Texas and Oklahoma, killing at least 57 and injuring more than 850. Hardest hit was Wichita Falls with at least 33 deaths and an estimated 2,000 homes were destroyed or severely damaged.

The United States orders South Africa’s two top-ranking military attaches expelled in retaliation for that country’s spy charges against three members of the U.S. Embassy. A State Department spokesman said “I can assure you there won’t be an apology to South Africa for the alleged spying operation.”

Toys R Us – Prices – April 8, 1979

At Toys R Us (The Children’s Bargain Town) - Johnny Jump Up Exerciser - $7.96 ... Playskool Play Mirror - $2.97 ... Pampers Extra absorbent 24’s - $2.39


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – April 8, 1979

Academy Award/ Oscar week again and here are some winners:

Best Picture - “The Deer Hunter”

Best Actor - Jon Voight - “Coming Home”

Best Actress - Jane Fonda - “Coming Home”

Best Supporting Actor - Christopher Walken - “The Deer Hunter”

Best Supporting Actress - Maggie Smith - “California Suite”

Best Directing - Michael Cimino - “The Deer Hunter”

Best Original Song - “Last Dance” from “Thank God It’s Friday


Television news – April 8, 1979

CBS cancels Mary-Tyler Moore’s comedy-variety show. The network says she will be back in the fall of 1980 to star in a half-hour situation comedy.

Kate Jackson, who plays Sabrina on ABC’s “Charlie’s Angels” won’t be back for the shows fourth season. An executive at Spelling-Goldberg Productions said the actress’ contract had not been renewed because she wanted out of the show and had been generating friction on the set. A new Angel will be added.

Getting attention in the U.S. - “The Benny Hill Show” is now being syndicated. Hill is a veteran and popular British comic. The show is fast-paced, full of camera tricks and visual gags. And yes, there are all those women and Hill tends to grow on you.  


Tuesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – April 8, 1979

CBS - Special-Here Comes Peter Cottontail, TV Movie

NBC - Cliffhangers, TV Movie

ABC - Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Three’s Company, Taxi, The Ropers, 13 Queens Boulevard

PBS - Previn and the Pittsburgh, Library of Congress, Hamper McBee: Raw Mash


Previn and the Pittsburgh - Movie score producer John Williams and film score composer Miklos Rozsa guest.

 CBS TV Movie - “Deadman’s Curve” - Story of the popular music duo Jan and Dean. Stars Richard Hatch, Bruce Davison, Pam Bellwood, Floy Dean, Denise Du Barry, Susan Sullivan, Wolfman Jack.

The Ropers  - Stanley’s irritating mother-in-law - in for a visit, suddenly announces she is there to stay.

Merv Griffin show (syndication) - Hal Linden, Dody Goodman, Mickey Gilley, Jonny Yune, Joey Travolta.

On The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson – Tony Randall, Marsha Mason.

On The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder - Elizabeth Freeman, editor of wet magazine.


Bestselling books – April 8, 1979

Matarese Circle - Robert Ludlum

Good as Gold - Joseph Heller

Hanta Yo - Ruth Beebe Hill

War and Remembrance - Herman Wouk

Chesapeake - James A. Michener

SS-GB - Len Deighton

Overload - Arthur Hailey

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

Mommie Dearest - Christina Crawford

How to Prosper During the Coming Bad Years - Howard Ruff

A Distant Mirror - Barbara W. Tuchman

Lauren Bacall By Myself - Lauren Bacall


Music news – April 8, 1979

Elvis Costello gets into an altercation with Bonnie Bramlett and other members of Steven Still’s entourage in Columbus, Ohio. It seems that Costello began insulting American music and Americans in general, resorting to racial slurs in reference to Ray Charles and James Brown. Bramlett knocked Costello backwards with a slap. Costello later said his remarks, which he said he didn’t mean, were nearly intended to infuriate his drinking companions and that he heaped an equal amount of vile on white Americans.

Out on their African safari this week – singer Linda Ronstadt firmly denies she will marry California Gov Jerry Brown. “Seriously, I only came here for a vacation and the rumors about us getting married are ridiculous.”

Robert Fripp, formerly of King Crimson is set to release his first solo album in April.

Police has a new album out - “Outlandos d’Amour” and it’s doing well. The band began two years ago, the brainchild of American-born drummer Stuart Copeland. The threesome includes Sting on bass and vocals and Andy Summers on guitar. The group has a cult following in England and A&M Records is betting they’ll do well here. One of the cuts on the album “Roxanne” - was picked-up and played by top-40 stations despite the disco craze. In fact, new rock records are harder to come by since disco is so hot. 

At the California World Music Festival concert held this week - Cheap Trick is featured as one of the acts. The group is one of the fastest-rising rock groups these days. Guitarist Rick Nielson threw his whole guitar into the audience. Also appearing – Toto, Ted Nugent, REO Speedwagon, the Outlaws and Loosely Tight. The festival was held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – April 8, 1979

What A Fool Believes - Doobie Brothers

Music Box Dancer - Frank Mills

Knock on Wood - Amii Stewart

Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits

Tragedy - Bee Gees

Lady - Little River Band

Shake Your Groove Thing - Peaches & Herb

Stumblin’ In - Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman -

Heaven Knows - Donna Summer

In The Navy - Village People

Reunited - Peaches & Herb

I Want Your Love - Chic

Heart of Glass - Blondie

Take Me Home - Cher

Goodnight Tonight - Paul McCartney & Wings

Do Ya Think I’m Sexy - Rod Setwart

Big Shot - Billy Joel

Everytime I Think of You - Babys

Precious Love - Bob Welch

Blow Away - George Harrison


Top Country Hit Single – April 8, 1979

Ready For The Times To Get Better - Crystal Gayle


Top Music Albums – April 8, 1979

Minute by Minute - The Doobie Brothers

Dire Straits

Spirits Having Flown - Bee Gees

Blondes Have More Fun - Rod Stewart

2 Hot! - Peaches & Herb

Livin’ Inside Your Love - George Benson

Enlightened Rouges - The Allman Brothers Band

52nd Street - Billy Joel

Desolation Angels - Bad Company

Love Tracks - Gloria Gaynor

Cruisin’ - The Village People

Briefcase Full Of Blues - The Blues Brothers


Other Top Music Albums – April 8, 1979

Music Box Dancer - Frank Mills

Sleeper Catcher - Little River Band

Go West - Village People

Amii Stewart

Smooth Talk - Evelyn Champagne King

New Kind Of Feeling - Anne Murray

Parallell Lines - Blondie

George Harrison

We Are Family - Sister Sledge

C’est Chic - Chic

Three Hearts - Bob Welch

If You Knew Suzi - Suzi Quatro

Live at Budokan – Cheap Trick

Evolution – Journey



Top movies – April 8, 1979

Hurricane - Jason Robards, Mia Farrow, Max Von Sydow, Trevor Howard, Timothy Bottoms

The Champ - Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, Ricky Schroder, Jack Warden, Arthur Hill

Firepower - Sophia Loren, James Coburn, O.J. Simpson, Eli Wallach, Anthony Franciosa, George Gizzard, Vincent Gardenia

Buck Rogers in the 20th Century - Gil Gerard, Pamela Hensley, Erwin Gray, Tim O’Connor, Henry Silva

Walt Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Hair - John Savage, Treat Williams, Beverly d’Angelo, Annie Golden, Dorsey Wright, Don Dacus, Cheryl Barnes, Melba Moore, Ronnie Dyson

Coming Home - Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern

Saturday Night Fever - John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney

Superman - Christopher Reeve, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Glenn Ford, Trevor Howard, Margot Kidder, Valerie Perrine, Maria Schell, Terence Stamp, Phyllis Thaxter, Susannah York 

Real Life - Charles Grodin, Frances Lee McCain, Albert Brooks

Boulevard Nights - Richard Yniguez, Marta Dubois, Danne De La Paz

The China Syndrome - Jack Lemmon, Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas

The Bell Jar - Marilyn Hassett, Julie Harris, Ann Jackson, Barbara Barrie, Robert Klein

 Old Boyfriends - Talia Shire, Richard Jordan, John Belushi, Keith Carradine, Buck Henry, John Houseman

Murder by Decree - Christopher Plummer, James Mason, David Hemmings Susan Clark 

Richard Pryor Live In Concert

The Deer Hunter - Robert DeNiro, John Cazale, John Savage, Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken

Heaven Can Wait - Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, James Mason, Charles Grodin, Dyan Cannon, Buck Henry, Vincent Gardenia, Jack Warden

The Buddy Holly Story - Gary Busey

Phantasm - Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister, Kathy Lester, Angus Scrimm

Voices - Michael Ontkean, Amy Irving, Alex Rocco

The Promise - Kathleen Quinlan, Stephen Collins, Beatrice Straight, Laurence Luckinbill, William Prince

Norma Rae - Sally Field, Ron Liebman, Beau Bridges, Pat Hingle, Barbara Baxley

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