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



In The News

The State Department’s handling of the Peoples Temple case was a bureaucratic tragedy, an official study says. It indicted almost every official and bureau involved for inefficiency, timidity and unconcern.

UCLA Medical Center - President Carter, after observing a blocks-long line of motorists in line for gasoline, said the shortage will probably worsen and it’ll cost more. 

Some 70,000 demonstrators march to the Capitol steps calling on President Carter to impose a moratorium on the development of nuclear power development. Among those – Ralph Nader.

The government doubles its estimate of radiation exposure to the public from the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, prompting HEW Secretary Joseph Califano to predict at least one additional cancer death in the area.

Margaret Thatcher, the strong-willed grocer’s daughter who led her Conservative Party to triumph in Britain’s general election, accepts a royal mandate from Queen Elizabeth II to form a new government and become Europe’s first woman prime minister.

Sen. Edward Kennedy, going out of his way to talk to reporters at the White House, resumes his argument with President Carter over the lifting of oil price controls.

Former CIA Director George Bush formally announces his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination promising Americans a “new candor” for touch problems. “As a candidate and as President, I will speak not in terms of simple solutions, but of hard choices.”

Actress Vanessa Redgrave polled only 225 votes for her Workers Revolutionary Party in the Manchester Moss Side constuency as voters returned Labor party incumbent G.M. Morton.

Unemployment edged up .1% to 5.8% in April.

President Carter pays a surprise visit to John Wayne in the hospital and later said the cancer-stricken actor was in good spirits.


Sports news – May 1, 1979

Bobby Bonds who plays for the Cleveland Indians hits his 300th home run, making him the second major leaguer to hit 300 homers and steal 300 bases in a career. 

George Gervin and Mike Green Score the critical points in the final 90 seconds – giving San Antonio a 111-108 victory over Philadelphia, sending the Spurs into the NBA Eastern Conference championship series against the Washington Bullets.


Television news – May 1, 1979

This week on ABC-TV – Playboy’s 25th Anniversary Celebration. With James Caan, Chevy Chase, Tony Curtis, George Plimpton. And introducing, Candy Loving – Playboy’s 25th Anniversary Playmate. On ABC-TV.


Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 1, 1979

CBS – The White Shadow, MASH, WKRP in Cincinnati, Lou Grant

NBC – Movie-Rollercoaster, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Battle of the Network Stars, Playboy’s 25th Anniversary Celebration (see ad)


Battle of the network stars –

For CBS – Jamie Farr, Valerie Bertinelli, Lou Ferigno, Leif Garrett

NBC – Robert Conrad, Jane Curtin, William Devane and Larry Wilcox

ABC – Dick Van Patten, Billy Crystal, Toni Tennille, Robert Urich. Howard Cosell hosts.

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