Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of July 8, 1979 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Skylab flames out over the Indian Ocean and hurls a 4,000-mile-shower of sparking space junks as far as the southwest Australian deserts. There were no reports of injuries in the outback.
The FAA clears the DC-10 jet for immediate flights after a five-week grounding. The FAA calls for tough, new inspection of the controversial aircraft. The planes were grounded after an American Airlines DC-10 crashed in Chicago on May 25 killing 273 persons in this country’s worst air disaster.
President Carter slipped away from Camp David for a 2-½ hour visit to Martinsburg, W. Va., to chat with residents about energy and inflation. They reportedly agreed, “the people have got to face up” to their problems.
Former President Richard Nixon spends the day with the deposed Shah of Iran in Mexico. Nixon said he shared “what I had been through” with exiled Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi.
In Attica State Prison – “Son of Sam” David Berkowitz is slashed on the throat by a fellow inmate. 50 to 60 stitches were needed to close him up.
Energy Secretary James R. Schlesinger is going to resign because he has become a “political liability” to President Carter. That, according to a White House aide.
A fire started by a kitchen accident at the Hotel Corona de Aragon in Spain, kills at least 70.
Labor Secretary F. Ray Marshall’s 16-year-old son, Christopher, dies – ending a 1 ½-year struggle against cancer.
Medical news – July 8, 1979
Dr. Allan Charles of Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago says the female body is not constructed for jogging, so women joggers should switch to other sports. He says the result could be that the uterus is driven downward into a gap and does not always spring back. He advises women who jog to watch for the first signs of danger: pressure on the vagina or uterus, or leakage of urine.
Sports news – July 8, 1979
The U.S. basketball team bests Puerto Rico, 113-94 to win the gold medal at the Pan American Games in San Juan. Both teams were undefeated.
More Pan Am – James Robinson of the U.S. upsets Cuba’s Alberto Juantorena in the 800 meters of the Pan American Games. Robinson did it in 2 hrs and 30 minutes.
Bjorn Borg wins his fourth straight Wimbledon singles title to make modern tennis history. Meanwhile, Billie Jean King teamed with Martina Navratilova to win the women’s doubles and reached a record total of 20 Wimbledon titles.
Entertainment /Celebrity/Media Business news – July 8, 1979
Passing – Michael Wilding – Second husband of Elizabeth Taylor. He was 66.
Sasha Stallone, who gave birth to Sylvester Stallone’s son seven weeks ago, wants a divorce. She first filed for divorce back in March 1978.
Paramount Pictures Corp and EMI Ltd. Announce that they have agreed in principle for paramount to acquire a 50% interest in EMI’s music operations for $150 million.
Music news – July 8, 1979
It was billed as “Anti-Disco Night” at Chicago’s Comiskey Park, but it deteriorated into a disco inferno. Between games of a double-header. Chicago DJ Steve Dahl detonated a huge wooden box packed with disco records. Shattered pieces of records went flying in all directions, At that point, fans began pouring out of the center-field bleachers and onto the field, Within moments, numerous bonfires and fistfights erupted while thousands milled around, throwing broken pieces of records and firecrackers. Needless to say – the second game between the White Sox and Detroit Tigers never happened because the field was damaged.
Talking Heads’ third album, the Brian Eno-produced “Fear of Music,” is due from Sire/Warner Brothers in early August.
The RIAA changes the rules. It’ll now take longer to certify a record album gold (500,000 copies) because of abuse. You see, record companies sometimes had a nasty habit of “shipping” a record gold, even though it didn’t sell that amount. The result – sometimes the album would get airplay because it went “gold” – so the RIAA says it’ll take a few more months to certify it gold.
Passing – Arthur Fiedler, the showman who brought classical music to millions as conductor of the Boston Pops. He was 84.
Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – July 8, 1979
CBS – Paper Chase, Movie
NBC – The Runaways
Comedy Theater, NBC Reports, Tonight, Tomorrow
ABC – Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Three’s Company, Taxi, ABC News Closeup
PBS – Previn & The Pittsburgh
The Runaways – Maureen McCormick guests as someone who becomes a baseball groupie, craving attention.
NBC Reports – SALT II debate. John Chancellor moderates.
On the Tonight Show – Don Rickles guest hosts.