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


In The News

Chase Manhattan raises its prime rate to 12%, matching the record high during the 1974 recession. Other banks quickly followed suit, interestingly, the stock market closes higher, jumping 9.13 points to close at 885. Some analysts believe the Dow was spurred by hopes that higher interest rates would help curb inflation and thus, attract more buyers to the stock market.

Alexander Godunov, star of Russia’s Boishio Ballet, asks for asylum in the United States. It was not immediately known how the dancer left the entourage, or were his whereabouts known.

New York City declares “open season on banks” as ten New York City banks and a Brink’s armored truck are held-up in a single day this week. The bandits got away with an estimated $2 million police said.

President Carter travels to Iowa and is heard on a local talk show on WXLP-FM and KSST-AM in Davenport. The president talked about what’s on everyone’s minds these days - energy and told his radio audience “we’re all in it together” and he needs their help on energy. He took callers from the area and concluded the show by saying “The government can’t do it alone. There must be a dedication and a determination on the part of every single American do one’s part.” Just before leaving, he told the audience “I see Amy peeking through the door.” President Carter earlier in the day announced a $29.7 million federal program designed to encourage conservation and use of renewable energy resources.  

The Fastnet Yacht Race, along England’s south channel coast ends in tragedy - the worst for a yacht race, as 17 are known dead when a storm hits the racers. A low-pressure area had been forecast for the area in the Irish Sea, but no one expected the kind of weather it produced.

Pasqualina Chiasnese (29) of Naples, Italy - gives premature birth to five Girls and three boys. One girl died hours later and a doctor said the seven others were seriously underweight. The mother reportedly gave birth to six children three years ago, all of who died a few hours after birth. If the seven children live, it would be a world record.

An aching but grinning Diana Nyad wades ashore after becoming the first person to swim from the Bahamas to Florida. With her left eye swollen shut, Miss Nyad finished the 89-mile swim in 27 hours and 41 minutes, emerging from the breakers at Juno Beach.


Sports news – August 15, 1979

Ray Kroc - owner of the San Diego Padres (and McDonald’s founder) receives “a very substantial” fine from Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn for saying he would try to sign Graig Nettles and Joe Morgan. The amount of the fine was not disclosed.

23-month-old girl Aaren Simpson, the daughter of football player O.J. Simpson is listed in critical condition after a near drowning in the backyard pool of her Brentwood, CA home. Fire officials say the child was not breathing when they arrived. It was not known who found her. Simpson, who plays with the San Francisco 49ers is separated from his wife, Marquerite. 


Technology news – August 15, 1979

Intel Corp of Santa Clara, CA decides to enter the race to develop technology based on very large scale integrated semiconductors and will establish a microprocessor design center in Japan by March. Intel says that at present, the microprocessor has been used as one of the components in a computer. “We may be able to put the computer itself into one or two chips within the next 10 years.” Intel had sales of almost $400 million last year. Japan would be Intel’s second overseas design center. The other is in Israel.


Sports news – August 15, 1979

Bobby Knight - the temperamental coach of the U.S. basketball team in the Pan Am games, is found guilty of assaulting a Puerto Rican policeman and given the maximum sentence - six months in jail and a $500 fine.  The judge said he would suspend the jail sentence if Knight shows up personally in Puerto Rico before Monday. Knight stayed in the United States and let his lawyers answer the aggravated assault charges.

Best-selling books – August 15, 1979

Sophie’s Choice - William Styron

Matarese Circle - Robert Ludlum

The Last Enchantment - Mary Stewart

The Third World War - Gen John Hackett

Cruel Shoes - Steve Martin

The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet - Herman Tarnower, MD

The White Album - Joan Didion

The Pritkin Program for Diet and Exercise - Nathan Pritkin

How to Prosper During the Coming Bad Years - Howard J. Ruff

Broca’s Brain - Carl Sagen


Entertainment/Celebrity news – August 15, 1979

Actor Clayton Moore (64) - who played “The Lone Ranger” in 195 episodes between 1949 and 1956 tells reporters he would fight efforts by Lone Ranger Television Inc, to prohibit him from appearing around the country dressed as the masked man. The company is seeking to stop Moore because they feel his is too ole and the public might confuse him with a younger masked man currently touring the country to promote a new movie based on the character. Moore’s attorney says the actor never promotes himself as the Lone Ranger. “He always says he is Clayton Moore who portrayed  the Lone Ranger.”

Passing - Vivian Vance -  Ethel Mertz on “I Love Lucy” (66) after a long fight with cancer. She was spotted by Dezi Arnaz and Lucille Ball at a production of “The Voice of the Turtle” at the La Jolla, CA playhouse. Miss Ball said, “I have lost the best friend I ever had. And the world has lost one of the best performers it ever had. I shall miss her terribly. In addition to her husband (publisher John Dodds), she leaves four sisters.   


Television news - August 15, 1979


Top TV shows – August 15, 1979

Three’s Company, WKRP in Cincinnati, Taxi, MASH, Detective School, Charlie’s Angles, Happy Days, Lou Grant, Vegas, The Jefferson, Joe Kidd, 60 Minutes, Alice, Carter Country, Barney Miller, Angie, Eight is Enough, 20/20, Starsky and Hutch, Mork and Mindy. ABC was on top followed by CBS then NBC.


Sunday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – August 15, 1979

CBS - 60 Minutes, All In The Family, One Day At A Time, Alice, The Jeffersons, Kaz

NBC - World Of Disney, Movie, Prime Time Sunday

 ABC - Special-ABC News Closeup, Mork and Mindy, The Ropers, Movie

PBS - Pledge break week - various programming including Evening at Pops, Masterpiece Theater. 


ABC News Closeup looks at lobbying.

Mork and Mindy - Mork feels like such a misfit that he wants to leave earth until Orson lets him observe what the lives of Mindy and her family would have been like without him. Robin Williams and Pam Dawber star.


Music news – August 15, 1979

The Newport Folk Festival is cancelled by planner Frank Russo because of poor ticket sales. “I think the folk era is nearly dead. They don’t have the war to sing about anymore.”  The festival use to draw thousands of music lovers. Scheduled to run Aug 31 to Sept 2nd the line-up included Buffy Sainte Marie, Muddy Waters, Mary Travers, Peter Yarrow, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Leon Redbone and John Hammond.  

Hottest group on the charts this week - The Knack. whose debut album is at the top of every chart. “My Sharona” is the group’s first single and on top of the singles charts this week. The group consists of Doug Fieger, Bruce Gary and Prescott Niles. Capitol Records is rush-releasing a second Knack single “Good Girls Don’t” next week, to be followed by a 35-city U.S. tour beginning next month. Bumper sticker seen - “Honk If You Slept With My Sharona”

Dick Clark says he’s putting together a TV-movie about the Beatles from their Liverpool schooldays through their early appearances at clubs in Hamburg up to their first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964. Asked how much he paid for the right to use their compositions in the film - said Clark: “I have no more idea than a Billy goat.” Most of the early Beatles material came from American Rhythm and Blues, like “Twist & Shout” and “Roll Over Beethoven.” None of the Beatles has anything to do with the script, but Clark says there’s enough material in the public record to reconstruct the events leading to the Ed Sullivan appearance. “You don’t need to buy the rights to the life story of a famous person, as long as you don’t take any license.” Ousted drummer Pete Best will act as technical advisor. Of the four actors, Dick Clark is quoted “We could have hired exact look-alikes, but instead we chose good actors who can create the essence of the Beatles’ personalities. If they can pull that off, how they look is secondary.”


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – August 15, 1979 

My Sharona - The Knack

Good Times - Chic

Lean Me On - Maxine Nightengale

Let’s Go - The Cars

After The Love Has Gone - Earth, Wind & Fire

Main Event - Barbra Streisand

Born To Be Alive - Patrick Hernandez

I Was Made For Lovin’ - Kiss

Mama Can’t Buy You Love - Elton John

I Do Love You - GQ

Don’t Bring Me Down - Electric Light Orchestra

Bad Girls - Donna Summer

Lonesome Loser - Little River Band

Goodbye Stranger - Supertramp

Driver Seat - Sniff N The Tears

Pop Muzik - “M”

Gold - John Stewart

Sad Eyes - Robert John

Bade Case Of Loving You - Robert Palmer

I Want You To Want Me - Cheap Trick


Top Disco Music Hit Singles – August 15, 1979

Born To Be Alive - Patrick Hernandez

Good Times - Chick

I’ve Got The Next Dance - Denice Williams

You Can Do It - Al Hudson

Put Your Body In It - Stephanie Mills

Here Comes That Sound Again - Love De-Luxe

Found A Cure - Ashford & Simpson

Get Up And Boogie - Freddie James

Rise - Herb Alpert

Crank It Up - Peter Brown

Let Me Take You Dancing - Bryon Adams

Gad Girls/Sunset People - Donna Summer

Heave Must Have Sent You - Bonnie Pointer

Don’t You Want My Love/Hot Hot - Debi Jacobs

Locomotion - The Ritz

Come To Me - France Joli

Over and Over - Disco Circus

Groove Me - Fern Kinney

Whatcha Gonna Do About It - Rozalin Woods

Ring My Bell/Juana - Anita Ward

The Boss - Diana Ross

On Your Knees - Grace Jones

Stand Up, Sit Down - AKB

Rock/When You Wake Up Tomorrow - Candi Staton

You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else - Jones Girls

Do It Good - Taste Of Honey

Happy - Edwin Star

Don’t You Feel My Love - George MacCrae

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

Can’t Live Without Your Love - Tamiko Jones

Disco Choo Choo - Nitelife Unlimited

Red Hot - Taka Boom

Marisa/You’ve Come A Long Way - Machine

We All Need Love - Troiano

Night Rider - Venus Dodson

Love Is On The Way - Sweet Inspiration


Top Music Albums Albums – August 15, 1979

Get The Knack - The Knack

Breakfast In America - Supertramp

Bad Girls - Donna Summer

Teddy - Teddy Pendergrass

I Am - Earth, Wind & Fire

Cheap Trick At Budokan - Cheap Trick

The Kids Are Alright - The Who

Back To The Egg - Wings

Discovery - Electric Light Orchestra

Candy-O - The Cars


Other Top Music Albums – August 15, 1979

The Main Event - Barbra Streisand/soundtrack

Lead Me On - Maxine Nightengale

Dynasty - Kiss

Pleasure and Pain - Dr Hook

Bombs Away Dream Babies - John Stewart

 Born To Be Alive - Patrick Hernandez

Disco Nights - GQ

Million Mile Reflections - Charlie Danials Band

Secrets - Robert John

First Under The Wire - Little River Band

Songs of Love - Anita Ward

Rock On - Raydio

Secrets - Robert Palmer

Dionne - Dionne Warwick


More Top Music Albums – August 15, 1979

Low Budget - The Kinks

Real to Reel - Climax Blues Band

Running Like The Wind - The Marshall Tucker Band

Highway To Hell - AC/DC

The Muppet Movie - soundtrack

Rust Never Sleeps - Neil Young and Crazy Horse

Communique - Dire Straits

Fickle Heart - Sniff ‘n’ The Tears

Risque - Chic

Rickie Lee Jones - Rickie Lee Jones

Last Days and Time - Earth, Wind & Fire

Who’s To Bless and Who’s To Blame - Kris Kristofferson

Uneasy Rider - Charlie Danials

Rock My Soul - The Elvin Bishop Band

Deliverin’ - Poco

Boz Scaggs & Band - Boz Scaggs & Band


Top movies – August 15, 1979

North Dallas Forty - Nick Nolte, Mac Davis, Charles Durning, Bo Svenson,

More American Graffiti - Paul Le Mat, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Charles Martin Smith, Mackenzie Phillips, Bo Hopkins, Ron Howard

Americathon 1998 - Harvey Korman, Fred Willard, Peter Riegert, Zane Buzby, Nancy Morgan, John Ritter, Elvis Costello, Jay Leno, Peter Marshall, Meat Loaf, George Carlin (The Future is Here, Blow It Out Your Ear).

The Muppet Movie - starring the Muppet Performers - Jim Henson, Frank Oz,

Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz.

Beyond The Poseidon Adventure - Michael Caine, Sally Field, Telly Savalas, Peter Boyle, Jack Warden, Shirley Knight, Slim Pickens, Shirley Jones, Karl Malden

Meatballs - Bill Murray

Sunburn - Farah Fawcett

The Main Event - Barbra Streisand, Ryan O’Neal

Escape From Alcatraz - Clint Eastwood

The Concorde - Airport ‘79 -

Dracula - Frank Langetta

The Seduction of Joe Tynan - Alan Alda, Barbara Harris, Meryl Streep, Rip Torn, Melvyn Douglas

The Amityville Horror - James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger, Murray Hamilton (For God’s Sake - Get Out!)

Rust Never Sleeps - Neil Young & Crazy Horse

The Kids Are Alright - Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Keith Moon, Peter Townshend, Ringo Starr

Star Wars - Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford

The Villian - Kirk Douglas, Ann-Margret

The Frisco Kid - Gene Wilder, Harrison Ford

The Last Wave - Richard Chamberlain

Apocalypse Now - Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Frederic Forrest, Albert Hall, Sam Bottoms, Dennis Hopper

Monty Python’s Life Of Brian - Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin

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

Rich Kids - Trini Alvarado, Jeremy Levy, Kathryn Walker, John Lithgow, Terry Kiser, David Selby

Moonraker - Roger Moore as James Bond - Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale, Richard Kiel, Corinne Clery

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