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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of August 8, 1979 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Carter, angered that retail food prices have continued to rise even though farm costs are down, summons middlemen to the White House for an explanation.

The roof of a stadium under construction near O’Hare International Airport collapses moments after a jetliner thundered overhead, killing five.

Chrysler Corp says there will be a new round of employee layoffs as its executives work on a program go get government financial backing for the troubled car manufacturer.

The Carter Administration rejects the Chrysler Corp’s request for $1 billion in cash advances on future tax benefits but offered to consider government guarantees of bank loans for less that that amount.

Wholesale prices soared 1.1% in July, more than double the June increase as rampaging energy costs continued to plague the United States.

Near Selma - About 80 Ku Klux Klansmen hiking down a sun-baked Alabama highway on the second day of a “white power” march to Montgomery, shout insults and racial slurs at black workers. The Klansmen hollered “Work, nigger, work” and “you want a watermelon/” as they passed about 10 farm workers in a hay field, the blacks smiled and waved at the white hecklers. 

A judge upholds New York City’s year-old “pooper-scooper” law saying that dogs are not exempt from regulations that “afflict mankind as fleas afflict beetles.” The law, which went into effect Aug. 1, 1978, requires dog owners to clean up after their pets on public streets and in city parks. 


Sports news – August 8, 1979

Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals gets his 3,000 hit becoming the 14th player to achieve that milestone.

Indianapolis - Jimmy Connors defeats Guillermo Vilas to win the U.S. Open Clay Court tennis title for the fourth time in six years.

Sugar Ray Leonard gets a KO win over Pete Ranzany.

Joe Namath, late of the LA Rams and N.Y. Jets, opens this week in his first appearance on stage in “Picnic” in Akron. Donna Mills co-stars.

Passing – Walter O’Malley – owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was 75.


Music news – August 8, 1979

 On Don Kirschner’s Rock Concert – Village People, Herbie Mann, Leo Sayer, Dan Hill, Barry Man, Joan Armatrading, Jan & Dean, Gentle Giant.


Television news – August 8, 1979

Passing – Actor Kurt Kasznar – best known for his portrayal of Comdr. Fitzhugh in the Land of the Giants television series. He was 65.


Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide – August 8, 1979

CBS – The Waltons, Hawaii Five-O, Barnaby Jones

NBC – Project UFO, Mrs. Columbo, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Laverne & Shirley, Angie, Barney Miller, Carter Country, 20/20

PBS – National Geographic.


Carter Country – A hurricane threatens Clinton Corners and the tow is put under martial law.

On the Tonight Show – Joan Rivers guests with Johnny Carson.


Top movies – August 8, 1979

The Muppet Movie

North Dallas Forty


More American Graffiti

Amityville Horror

Coming Home

Comes a Horseman

Airport ‘79

The Frisco Kid

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