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


In The News

Three Italian navy ships on a refugee rescue operation will steam into the South China Sea in search of up to 10,000 Vietnamese boat people who will then be taken to Italy.

The House publicly censured Rep. Charles C. Diggs Jr., making the Michigan Democrat the first member of the House to be so chastised in more than 50 years.

The Carter Administration asks Congress for $207 million primarily to pick up the costs of doubling the number of Southeast Asian boat people permitted to enter the United States.

Created furor - President Carter, in a closed session with White House staff members, concedes that he may have made a mistake in asking for the mass resignation of his Cabinet last week.

Doctors say Prime Minister Menachem Begin has lost 25% of his vision in the right eye and 10% in the left eye as a result of an obstructed artery in the brain.

The House rejects a constitutional amendment that would prohibit the use of busing as a tool for achieving racial desegregation in public schools – a big win for civil rights groups. 

President Carter names monetary expert Paul A. Volcker to be chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, after yearlong prodding from his wife, Jihan, has amended the country’s divorce laws and sent Islamic tempers soaring. The amendments to the 50-year-old civil status Law now make it impossible for a Muslim to shout at his wife, “Go! You are divorced.’ Breaking the bonds of marriage on the spot, as Islam permits.

Consumer prices jumped another 1% in June and the rate of inflation for the first half of 1979 showed its biggest 6-month gain in 28 years.

The House hands President Carter a critical energy victor – voting to give him a free hand in devising a standby gasoline rationing plan.

Defense Secretary Harold Brown tells the Senate armed services Committee he would not hesitate to recommend terminating the SALT II treaty if the Soviet Union were detected in a major violation of its provisions.

President Carter completes his Cabinet rebuilding and names Neil Goldschmidt to be secretary of transportation, succeeding the ousted Brock Adams. Goldschmidt is the mayor of Portland Or.

Business productivity which more and more experts see as a key to solving the nation’s economic problems, fell at the sharpest annual rate in five years in the second quarter of 1979.

Aides say the new, blunt-spoken Jimmy Carter is here to stay.

New penal code - The East German government serves notice on its 17 million citizens – that anything they do or say may get them into serious trouble.

The Pentagon’s civil rights chief says she is concerned about “a dramatic increase in manifestations of KKK activity among off-duty service personnel.

M. Kathleen Carpenter says she has received more and more reports of white soldiers baiting black service personnel by flaunting “KKK-type symbols” while in civilian clothes and away from their bases.

American adventurer Gerry Spiess steers his 10-foot sloop Yankee Girl into a permanent berth in the record books – sailing into Falmouth harbor at the end of a 54-day solo journey across the Atlantic in the smallest boat ever to make the 3,500-mile trip.

Another adventurer – Ted Coombs, who left Los Angeles in May – is on his way to Washington via skateboard. This week – he rolls into Pittsburgh!

The Ayatollah Khomaini, spiritual leader of Iran, demands that music be banned from Iranian television and radio, comparing its effects to those of addictive drugs. “A youth who spends his time listening to music can no longer appreciate realities, just as a drug addict cannot.” It is our duty to reform this corrupted nation.”


Sports news – July 23, 1979

Carl Yastrzemsk, in his 19th season with the Boston red Sox – hits his 400th career homer and his 2,961st hit.


Entertainment news – July 23, 1979

Passing – Italian film star Ettore Manni. He was 52.


Music news – July 23, 1979

 Just in case you asked, “My Sharona” from the Knack is a real person. She’s Sharona Alperin, an 18-year-old who just graduated from LA’s Fairfax High School. She’s a close friend to Knack guitarist Doug Fieger. She was one of the first groupies (girls) to see the band when they performed at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go. The Knack now is the hottest pop-rock band. But, there’s already a small backlash as Capitol Records has given the group a tremendous promo rush. 

Touring – ABBA In Concert.

Seen more and more – Mobile discos. Goes anywhere with a DJ, turntables, amplifiers and speakers.


Television news – July 23, 1979

Passing – William Todman, half of the Goodson-Todman television team that produced such hit game shows as “Match Game,” “What’s My Line and “The Price Is Right.” He died after heart surgery at 63.


Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – July 23, 1979

CBS – CBS Reports, Movie

NBC – Real People, Echoes of the ‘60’s, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Eight Is Enough, Charlie’s Angels, Vegas, (late night) Police Woman rerun

PBS – Great Performances, Captioned ABC News, Dick Cavett


CBS Reports: “Blacks In America: With All Deliberate Speed?”

Real People – With Sarah Purcell, John Barbour, Skip Stephenson, Byron Allen.

On the Tonight Show – Farrah Fawcett-Majors and Ethel Merman join Johnny Carson.


Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – July 23, 1979

CBS – The Incredible Hulk, Dukes of Hazzard, Dallas

NBC – Diff’rent Strokes, Hello Larry, Rockford Files, Edie Capra Mysteries, Tonight, Midnight Special

ABC – Operation Petticoat, Welcome Back Kotter, Made for TV movie, (Late night) rerun – Soap

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week


ABC Made for TV movie – “Black Market Baby” – Linda Purl, Desi Arnaz Jr., Bill Bixby. A pregnant college girl and her boyfriend get caught in the middle of an illegal adoption ring.

Midnight Special – Mac Davis hosts with Abba, Gerry Rafferty, Bonnie Pointer, McFadden & Whitehead, Lisa Hartman.

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