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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of June 15, 1979 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

 

In The News

Presidents Carter and Leonid I. Brezhnev sign the SALT II treaty. The new agreement - six years in the making - establishes an equal ceiling of 2 - 400 on numbers of strategic missile launchers, bombers, subs and land based missile launchers - which both nations may deploy. It now goes to the U.S. Senate for ratification.

Drivers find themselves in long lines, especially on the east coast where there is a noticeable shortage of gasoline. Officials declared a state of emergency in Levittown, PA after two days of clashes over gasoline shortages led to what the sheriff called “ a complete breakdown of law and order. Levittown is near Trenton, NJ.

Odd-even gas rationing goes into effect in Connecticut, parts of New Jersey and the metropolitan New York City area. The days you can pump gas depend on the last number of your license plate. 

The United States calls for the replacement of Nicaraguan President Anastasia Somoza with a broad-based interim government of national reconciliation. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance declares the civil war in Nicaragua “a war of national destruction” in which a ‘breakdown of trust between government and people” had become a core obstacle of peace. Vance said it is now necessary for a “clear break with the past.”

 

Sports news – June 15, 1979

Defense End Ed (Too Tall) Jones quits the Dallas Cowboys to begin a career in heavyweight boxing. “I never liked football, even though I had the taken to play the game. It was a sport I was forced into. I was a basketball player. I was the biggest guy on the court and the officials allowed the other guys to push me around. When I pushed back, I got called for fouls. I got frustrated sitting on the bench, watching our team lose and not being able to do anything about it.” Standing next to Jones at the press conference was heavy weight champion Larry Holmes.

The Los Angeles Lakers make it official - they formally pick Michigan State’s Earvin (Magic) Johnson as the #1 selection in the National Basketball Assn draft. The 6’ 8” guard led Michigan State to the NCAA championship last season. He’ll forgo his final two years of college, already signing a lucrative contract with the Lakers. Despite being an underclassman - Johnson qualified for the draft under the NBA’s hardship rules. The New York Knicks select center Bill Cartwright of San Francisco and the Bulls receive forward David Greenwood of UCLA.

It’s announced that Billy Martin will return to the New York Yankees as manager. Bob Lemon, who replaced Martin 11 months ago, is elevated to general manager. “I’m really quite happy and grateful as you know. I did not come here to lose. I’m here to give it my best shot.”

 

Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie/Media news – June 15, 1979

In an article in the Ladies Home Journal - actress Shirley MacLaine says she believes that open infidelity could save a lot of marriages: “You think your partner loves someone else because something passes between them in private so you feel jealous and rejected.” The actress is married to Steve parker - a businessman in Tokyo and sees him twice a year. She was recently involved with Pet Hamill - a New York daily News columnist, but ended it because he wanted to get married.

Coca-Cola changes its advertising slogan this week. After three years of “Coke Adds Life,” the new slogan will be “Have A Coke And A Smile.”

For your info, here are the Coca-Cola slogans from 1886 to the present:

1886 - Drink Coca-Cola

1904 - Delicious and refreshing

1906 - The great national temperance beverage

1922 - Thirst knows no season

1929 - The pause that refreshes

1938 - The best friend thirst ever had

1942 - The only thing like Coca-Cola is Coca-Cola itself. It’s the real thing.

1948 - Where there’s Coke there’s hospitality

1956 - Coca-Cola ... makes good things taste better

1957 - Sign of good taste

1963 - Things go better with Coke

1970 - It’s the real thing

1971 - I’d like to buy the world a Coke

1976 - Coke adds life

1979 - Have a Coke and a smile.

 

Radio news – June 15, 1979

ABC (Entertainment) radio features an hour-long radio program - “The Barbra Streisand Special.” It’s set to air on 400 stations this week and includes an interview with the singer, friends and co-workers including Ryan O’Neal, songwriter Alan Bergman and director Peter Bogdanovich.

 

Best-selling books – June 15, 1979

Good as Gold - Joseph Heller

Matarese Circle - Robert Ludlum

War and Remembrance - Herman Wouk

Shibumi - Trevanian

The Third World War - Gen. John Hackett

The Powers That Be - David Halberstam

The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet - Herman Tarnower, MD

Cruel Shoes - Steve Martin

The Pritikin Program for Diet and Exercise - Nathan Pritikin

The Bronx Zoo - Sparky Lyle

How to Prosper During the Coming Bad Years - Howard Ruff

 

Television news – June 15, 1979

Bill Stewart - a correspondent for ABC, is shot in the head and killed as he and his television crew approached a roadblock on the east side of Managua, Nicaragua.  The reporter was asked to lie down then was shot cold blood in the back by a member of the National Guard. The killing of Stewart was recorded by cameramen and later shown to American viewers by three major networks... It’s later reported that the guard who killed Stewart was himself killed, battling guerrillas.

Cheryl Ladd - one of “Charlie’s Angels” sues Superfilm LTD over an X-rated film called “Taxi Girls.” The film advertises that it has a Cheryl Ladd look-alike as its star and has utilized a drawing taken from a copyrighted photograph of her. The court action claims the unwelcome association with a pornographic movie has exposed her to hatred and ridicule. She seeks more than $1 million in damages.  

“Prime Time Sunday” debuts this Sunday on NBC. Tom Snyder hosts with Jack Perkins and Chris Wallace as reporters. Each show will present several topics. The premiere telecast features a report on automobile repossessors.

This Thursday evening on ABC’s “20/20” - The Boys from Watergate: what are they up to now? - Tom Jarriel brings you up to date ... The World’s fastest sport! Is it also the most corrupt? A special investigation of jai alai by Geraldo Rivera ... and more.

 

Tuesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – June 15, 1979

CBS - The Paper Chase, Movie ... NBC - The Runaways, Movie ... ABC - Happy Days (1 hour), Three’s Company, Taxi, Julie Farr, MD ... PBS - Previs & The Pittsburgh Philharmonic, Ormandy & His Orchestra: A Japanese Odyssey

 

Happy Days - “Westwood Ho” - (parts 1 & 2) ... While vacationing on a Dude ranch, Ritchie and the Fonz get mixed up in a love triangle over a girl named Thunder.

Taxi - Tony returns from an out-of-town fight and discovers that Bobby has allowed his prize pet fish to die of starvation.

The Tonight Show w/Johnny Carson - Shecky Greene, William Devane and Paul Williams guest. 

 

Music news – June 15, 1979

Appearing at the Cow Palace in San Francisco this week - singer Rod Stewart sings his recent pop-disco hit “Do You Think I’m Sexy/” with throngs of female fans shouting “YES.” Stewart wore a pink satin jacket and trousers.

 

Top Pop Hit Music Singles(top-40) USA – June 15, 1979

Ring My Bell - Anita Ward

Bad Girls - Donna Summer

The Logical Song - Supertramp

We Are Family - Sister Sledge

Reunited - Peaches & Herb

Hot Stuff - Donna Summer

You Take My Breath Away - Rex Smith

Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) - The Jacksons

She Believes In Me - Kenny Rogers

 Just When I Needed You Most - Randy Vanwarmer

What a Fool Believes - The Doobie Brothers

He's the Greatest Dancer - Sister Sledge

Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now -  McFadden & Whitehead                                 

Chuck E.'s In Love - Rickie Lee Jones

I Want You to Want Me - Cheap Trick

Dance The Night Away - Van Halen

Shine A Little Light - Electric Light Orchestra

Makin’ It - David Naughton

Gold - John Stewart

Love You Inside Out - The Bee Gees

In the Navy - The Village People

Boogie Wonderland - Earth, Wind & Fire with the Emotions                                         

Disco Nights (Rock-Freak) - GQ

Mamma Can’t Buy You Love - Elton John

When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman - Dr Hook

Getting Closer - Paul McCartney & Wings

Does Your Mother Know - Abba

Goodnight Tonight - Wings

 

Top music albums – June 15, 1979

 Breakfast In America - Supertramp

Rickie Lee Jones - Rickie Lee Jones

Bad Girls - Donna Summer

Cheap Trick at Budokan - Cheap Trick

Desolation Angels - Bad Company

Candy-O - The Cars

Back to the Egg - Wings

The Kids are Alright - The Who

Minute By Minute - The Doobie Brothers

Look Sharp! - Joe Jackson

We Are Family - Sister Sledge

Flag - James Taylor

Spirits Having Flown - Bee Gees

Van Halen II - Van Halen

2 Hot! - Van Halen

 

Other Pop Music Albums – June 15, 1979

Songs Of Love - Anita Ward

Sooner Or Later - Rex Smith

Destiny - The Jacksons

Discovery - Electric Light Orchestra

The Gambler - Kenny Rogers

Minute By Minute - The Doobie Brothers

Warmer - Randy Vanwarmer

McFadden & Whitehead - McFadden & Whitehead

Bombs Away Dream Babies - John Stewart

Pleasure & Pain - Dr Hook

I Am - Earth, Wind & Fire

Disco Nights - G.Q.

Voulez-Vous - Abba

Mama Can’t Buy You Love - Elton John

 

More Pop Music Albums – June 15, 1979

Go West - The Village People

Where I Should Be - Peter Frampton

Back To The Egg - Paul McCartney & Wings

Night Owl - Gerry Rafferty

Bob Dylan At Budokan - Bob Dylan

Lodger - David Bowie

Look Sharp - Joe Jackson   

Monolith - Kansas

Wave - The Patti Smith Group

Paradise - Grover Washington Jr.

Winner Takes All - The Isley Brothers

Dr Heckle and Mr. Jive - England Dan & John Ford Coley

Black Rose - Thin Lizzy

Nursery Cryme and Foxtrot - Genesis

Keeper Of The Flame - Delbert McClinton

Do You Wanna Go Party - KC and the Sunshine Band

Real To Reel - Climax Blues Band

 

Top Disco Music/Tracks – In Clubs – June 15, 1979

Donna Summer - Bad Girls/Hot Stuff/Sunset People

John Ferrara - Love Attack

Bonnie Pointer - Heaven Must Have Sent You

Anita Ward - Ring My Bell

Earth, Wind & Fire - Boogie Wonderland

Patrick Hernandez - Born to be Alive

McFadden & Whitehead - Ain’t No Stopping Us Now

 Theo Vaness - Bad, Bad Boy

Edwin Starr - H.A.P.P.Y

Diana Ross - The Boss

Jones Girls - You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody

Claudja Barry - Boogie Woogie Dancin Shoes

David Naughton - Makin’ It

Rosebud - Have A Cigar

Denice Williams - I’ve Got The Next Dance

Chic - Good Times

Carrie Lucas - Dance With You

Antonio Rodriguez - La Bamba

Candi Staton - When You Wake Up Tomorrow

Liquid Gold - My Baby’s Baby

 Tata Vega - Just Keep Thinkng ‘Bout You Baby

Martin Circus - Disco Circus

Bette Midler - Married Men

Debi Jacobs - Undercover Lover

Poussez - Come On And Do It/Boogie With Me

Cheryl Lynn - Star Love

Gino Soccio - Dance/Dance To Dance

Blondie - Heart Of Glass

Peter Brown - Crank It Up

Laura Taylor - All Through Me

Venus Dodson - Night Rider

John Davis & Monster Orchestra - Love Magic

Taka Boom - Red Hot/Night Dancing

Erotic Drum Band - Love Disco Style

Linda Clifford - Don’t Give It Up

St Tropez - One More Minute

Machine - There But The Grace Of God Go I

 

Top movies – June 15, 1979

Escape From Alcataz - Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan

The Main Event “A Glove Story” - Barbra Streisand, Ryan O’Neal, Paul Sand

The Muppet Movie - Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Charles Durning, Dave Goelz and an all-star cast including James Coburn, Bob Hope, Mel Brooks, Milton Berle, Orson Welles, Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, Elliott Gould, Telly Savalas and Paul Williams

Alien - Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kottl

Rocky II - Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith  

Hair - John Savage, Treat Williams, Beverly D’Angelo, Annie Golden, Dorsey Wright, Don Dacus, Cheryl Barnes

Manhattan - Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy, Mariel Hemingway, Meryl Streep, Ann Byrne

Game of Death - Bruce Lee, Gig Young, Dean Jagger, Chuck Norris, Colleen Camp, Hugh O’Brien.

Dracula - George Hamilton, Susan St James, Richard Benjamin, Dick Shawn, Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford, Arte Johnson 

The In-Laws - Peter Falk, Alan Arkin

A Little Romance - Arthur Hill, Sally Kellerman, Diane Lane

The Champ - Jon Voight, Fay Dunawy, Ricky Schroder, Jack Warden, Arthur Hill 

Lost and Found - George Segal, Glenda Jackson, Maureen Stapleton, Hollis McLaren, Paul Sorvino, John Cunningham

Prophecy - The monster movie - Talia Shire, Robert Foxworth 

George A. Romero’s  - Dawn of the Dead

 
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