Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of June 5, 1979 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Vienna - President Carter and Soviet President Leonid I. Brezhnev meet for the first time in a superpower summit aimed at curbing the spiraling nuclear arms race.
Iran - The revolutionary government nationalizes all banks – seizing control o 27 major commercial banks.
The Supreme Court rules that handicapped people have no legal right to attend a school if they cannot meet the school’s physical qualifications.
Continued flap - “I’m sure the President must have been misquoted,” Sen. Edward Kennedy says. “I think what he meant to say was that he was going to whip inflation.’ That’s not what others heard the President say – and he said it twice: “If Kennedy runs, I’ll whip his ass.” Carter made the comment to a group of congressmen at a White House dinner.
Rep. John B. Anderson of Illinois enters the race for the 1980 Republican presidential nomination with a “Middle Western strategy” and a call for restoration of “that vital center that can blind our nation and society together.”
Malaysia announces it will adopt a “shoot on sight” policy to stop the influx of Vietnamese refugees and said it would evict 76,000 boat people already in it settlement camps.
Files with the Supreme Court - Madalyn Murray O’Hair, who won the 1963 Supreme Court case banning mandatory prayers and Bible reading in public schools, now wants the words “In God We Trust” removed from all U.S. coins and currency.
White House consumer adviser Esther Peterson apologizes to President Carter for the behavior of consumer advocates when they met with him on the energy crisis last week.
John Mulligan, Thomas Murray and Ed Colombani – all of New York City – are charged today with plotting to settle a $2 million payroll shipment from a Brink’s armored car at LaGuardia Airport. What’s interesting is that Mulligan and Colombani taught actor Peter Falk to pick locks and burn through safes for his role in “The Brinks Job.”
The FAA orders part of the nation’s DC-10 fleet grounded once again for further inspections.
Wholesale price rose only .4% in May less than half the .9% in April.
John F. Kennedy Jr. (18) graduates from Andover Academy and will enter Brown University in the fall.
Queens - The right hand of a 17-year-old girl on her way to school was severed by a subway wheel when she was pushed in front of the train. The girl – Renee Katz is described by High School of Music and Art officials as “brilliant” and a “fine musician.” Transit police packed the hand in ice and rushed it and the girl to Bellevue.
13-year-old Katie Kerwin of Denver correctly spelled “virescence” and “maculature” to win the 52nd annual National Spelling Bee.
Monroe, La – “Mr. Wonder” who conducts a kid’s show over KNOE-TV is sought by Louisiana authorities on two warrants for his arrest in the molesting of at least six young boys.
Sports news – June 5, 1979
Sparky Anderson who was fired from the Cincinnati Reds last winter, agrees to a five-year contract with the Detroit Tigers for a reported $125,000 a year.
Joe Niekro, the hottest pitcher in baseball, throws a four-hitter as the Houston Astros defeat the New York Mets – 5-0 in New York.
Chris Evert-Lloyd crushes Wendy Turnbull of Australia to win the women’s singles title at the French Open tennis championships in Paris. She was worried that she had done anything spectacular this year – but not do worry now.
The NBA approves the transfer of the new Orleans Jazz to Salt Lake City. NBA commissioner Lawrence O’Brien said the franchise would be realigned within the leagues’ Midwest Division with the Indiana pacers shifting to the Central Division.
The Boston Celtics announce the signing of Larry Bird to a five-year contract worth more than $3.2 million. That makes him the highest paid rookie in pro-sports history (so far).
Music news – June 5, 1979
The Rev. Clarence L. Franklin (63) – father of Aretha Franklin is in critical condition after being shot twice during an apparent robbery break-in at his home. He is the pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit.
Kenny Rogers is named male vocalist of the year and shared duet of the year honors with Dottie West at the Music City News Cover Awards show in Nashville. Barbara Mandrell received female artist of the year. The Statler Brothers won their sixth straight group of the year award and received top album honors for “Entertainers On and Off the Road.”
EntertainmentCelebrity/Movie news – June 5, 1979
Goodbye Duke - John Wayne, the biggest movie star of all time – dies of cancer at the age of 72.
Goodbye Tin Woodman – Passing – Jack Haley (80) – best known as the Tin Woodman in “The Wizard of Oz.” His last public appearance was with scarecrow Ray Bolger last April 9 when they presented an Academy Award at the Oscar’s ceremony.
Actress Linda Blair pleads guilty in Jacksonville to a federal misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to possess cocaine.
Passing – Darla Hood (48) – one of the stars of “Our Gang/Little Rascals.”
Television news – June 5, 1979
Motion picture and television producers have charged that the cable industry unfairly plucks their offerings out of the air for sale to cable subscribers. “It’s a legalized rip-of,” said Jack Valenti, president of the Motion Picture Assn. of America. Testifying in front of a Senate Commerce Committee, Valenti said cable TV takes in nearly $1.5 billion a year but pays less than 1% of its revenue for programs it “plucks out of the air” without the permission of the owners without a negotiating price.
Also testifying – baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn says that cable’s freedom to pick-up distant games for rebroadcast cuts deeply into ticket sales for major league home games.
Syndication - Follow-up To “The Bastard” – Mini-series “The Rebels” Starring Andrew Stevens and Doug McClure.”
Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – June 5, 1979
CBS – Incredible Hulk, Dukes of Hazzard, Dallas
NBC – Diff’rent Strokes, Comedy Time, Rockford Files, Eddie Capra Mysteries, Tonight, Midnight Special
ABC – Operation Petticoat, Welcome Back Kotter, Made for TV Movie, (latenight) – U.S. Golf Open highlights.
PBS – Wall St Week, Washington Week.
On the Tonight Show – Steve Martin (He has a new book – “Cruel Shoes”) and Doug Henning join Johnny Carson.
Midnight Special – Bob Welch hosts with Paul McCartney & Wings, Olivia Newton John, Foxy, Thelma Houston, Fast Fontaine
Top movies - June 5, 1979
Game of Death
Escape to Athena