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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of May 23, 1979 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

A federal judge rules that President Carter has acted unconstitutionally in trying to enforce his ‘voluntary” anti-inflation guidelines by threatening to withhold federal contracts.

After 11 years – Pierre Elliott Trudeau is out as Premier and Joe Clark is in. Clark becomes the youngest prime minister in Canadian history.

President Carter’s plan to remove price controls from domestic oil was overwhelmingly repudiated by the House Democratic Caucus, while Republicans demanded a better accounting of current fuel shortages.

President Carter summons oil industry executives to a White House “oil summit” meeting to ask why gasoline prices are rising faster than crude oil prices.

Tehran’s Islamic revolutionary court charges that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency set up the group that said it carried out the recent assassinations of tow Iranian revolutionary leaders.

 A Los Angeles bound American Airlines DC-10 with 259 on board crashes and burns just after takeoff from O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. Apparently, its left engine fell off during takeoff. All are dead.

The FAA grounds all 134 U.S.-registered DC-10 aircraft effective immediately because of grave and potentially dangerous deficiencies.

Former Federal Budget Director Bert Lance and three business associates plead innocent to a 33-count federal indictment charging them with conspiracy and bank fraud involving loans of $20 million.

Economy – A government index designed to forecast economic trends declined by 3.3% in April – the biggest monthly drop ever – providing new evidence that a sharp slowdown in the economy is under way.

Led by the biggest increase in gasoline prices in more than five years, consumer prices rose 1.1% in April.

Medical – Siamese twins Lisa and Elisa Hansen whose skulls were separated in 16 hours of surgery, were reported in critical but stable condition in Salt Lake City.

Convicted murderer John Spenkelink is put to death in Florida’s electric chair, clenching his left fist as 2,250 volts of electricity shot through his body.

President Carter does not agree with U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young’s comments that there is no difference between the Florida execution of John Spenkelink and executions in Iran.

About one out of every six motorists shows-up at a gas station with a can for extra gas.

On orders from the new Iranian government - The Iranian embassy dumps $22,000 worth of brand-name liquor found in the embassy’s basement into a fountain. The Koran, the Muslim holy book, prohibits drinking or selling of liquor.

Five House democrats including Rep Richard Ottinger of New York – say they oppose a second term for President Carter and say they will back Sen. Edward Kennedy for the 1980 democratic presidential nomination despite his insistence that he supports the President.

Richard Nixon is selling his seaside San Clemente estate for $650,000 and moving to a home nearby it’s reported.

Margaret Trudeau says she’ll fly home to be with her estranged husband, Pierre, who lost his job as Canadian prime minister. “He’s the most wonderful man I know. We’re always together even though we’re apart.”

A jury has awarded $100,000 in damages to a Birmingham, Alabama woman who said a waitress caused her husband’s death by pilling hot coffee in his lap.

Major home mortgage lenders rates their rates another quarter percentage to 11 ¼%


Sports news – May 23, 1979

Rick Mears wins the Indianapolis 500.

Doug Moe, coach of the San Antonio Spurs, is fined $3,000 – the largest cash fin ever levied against an NBA coach for conduct detrimental to the league.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – May 23, 1979

Passing – Mary Pickford (86) – America’s sweetheart of the silent film era.

Passing – Actor George Brent (75).

Michael McLure’s “Josephine” has been named best new American play of the year by the Obie committee – which honors off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway productions.

Gets engaged – Marie Osmond announces her engagement to Jeff Crayton – a Los Angeles actor attending Brigham Young University.


Playing in Las Vegas –

Lola Falana/Hudson Brothers – Aladdin

Burt Bacharach/Raquel Welch – Caesar’s Palace

Sergio Franchi and Nipsy Russell – Frontier

Helen Reddy – Sahara

Kenny Rogers and Dottie West - Riviera

Robert Goulet - Sands


Television news – May 23, 1979

At the National Cable Television Assn. convention in Las Vegas – plans are unveiled for an all-news television channel by R.E. (Ted) Turner, chairman of Turner Communications of Atlanta. Former CBS news reporter Daniel Schoor will be the senior correspondent in the Washington bureau and Reese Schonfeld, now with Independent Television News Assn, will be president of the Cable News Network.

“Rocky’s People” – A Look At Highlights From “Rocky II” – On CBS-TV This Week In 1979.

A new  Barbara Walters Special – Barbara talks to Richard Pryor, Mary Tyler Moore,George Burns and Rob Reiner and Penny Marshall. On ABC-TV.

Music on Television – ABC-TV presents, “The 3rd Barry Manilow Special.” With John Denver.


Saturday morning television listings/programs/TV guide – May 23, 1979

CBS – Popeye Hour; In the news, Bugs Bunny-Road Runner Hour; In the news, Tarzan and the Super Seven; In the news, Space Academy: In the news, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids; In the news, Ark II; In the news, Saturday Film Festival

NBC – Alvin and the Chipmunks, Fantastic Four, Godzilla Super 90, Daffy Duck, Fred and Barney, The Jetsons

ABC – Scooby’s All Stars; Schoolhouse Rock, fangface; Schoohouse Rock, Challenge of the Superfiends; Schoohouse Rock, All New Pink Panther Show;  Schoolhouse Rock, Weekend Special, American Bandstand

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