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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of September 1, 1979 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Hurricane David batters south Florida as thousands flee.

Sen. Edward Kennedy says that his wife and mother have told him that they will no longer object if he runs for President, removing what had been perceived as a major barrier to the 1980 Kennedy campaign.

Back in the 1950’s - President Carter grants clemency to three Puerto Rican nationalists who wounded five congressmen in an assault on the House of Representatives and a fourth who was involved in an assassination attempt against President Harry Truman. Rep. Robert Garcia of NY had been campaigning for their release.

The Federal Reserve Board will continue restraining the growth of the nation’s money supply, even if that means pushing interest rates even higher. Chairman Paul Volcker said controlling inflation has to be the main objective of the government’s economic policies. And restraining growth of the money supply is a key tool for slowing rising prices in the economy.

Six monkeys tried to abduct two little brothers from a Durban, South Africa yard and the boys had to be rescued by their mother. She said she saw each son being dragged by a monkey on each arm.

 President Carter accuses the men who charged that Hamilton Jordan had used cocaine of dreaming up the story and “telling all kinds of lies.” Studio 54 owners Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager contend that a drug dealer named “Johnny C” have Jordan the illegal drug at their New York discothèque last year.

Narcotics detectives are ordered to investigate the mugging of David Kennedy, the 24-year-old son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, in a seedy Harlem hotel where police confiscated 25 bags of heroin.

Former Olympic and UCLA basketball star Ann Meyers signs a contract with the National Basketball Assn’s Indiana Pacers, becoming the first woman player in the history of the NBA.

An autopsy discloses Lan Lan, the giant panda whose illness saddened a nation, was pregnant with her first cub when she died of uremic poisoning. She fell ill several days ago with a kidney infection.


Sports news – September 1, 1979

Tommy Reamon a veteran running back cut in training camp by the San Francisco 49ers claims there is a conspiracy and that he is now blackballed. Why? Because he had a speaking role in the movie “North Dallas Forty” and NFL owners and managers are known to be upset with the sex and drug themes portrayed in the movie. 


Music news – September 1, 1979

Anti disco - WLUP Chicago DJ Steve Dahl’s “Do Ya Think I’m Disco” has sold more than 200,000 copies nationwide in two weeks and many radio stations are playing the anti-disco record. In Detroit  - WWWW morning DJ’s have organized a Death to Disco Ducks society, In Los Angeles, KROQ’s own insane Daryll Wayne is burying disco albums at the beach.  In Kansas City – KYYS DJ Max Floyd is recruiting listeners for an antidisco “Rock ‘n’ Roll Army. Some pop stations are featuring “no disco” music sweeps. Oh boy!

Get Married – Debby Boone to Gabriel Ferrer.

Friday night on NBC-TV’s “Midnight Special” – The Who, Kiss Maxine Nightingale, Moon Martin, the Ravens and the Beckmeir Brothers, The Little River Band are the hosts. 


Entertainment/Celebrity news  - September 1, 1979

Linda Blair, who plead guilty to charge of conspiracy to posses cocaine, is sentenced to three years’ probation and fined $5,000.

Farrah Fawcett is seen on crutches at her Tel Aviv hotel as a result of being mobbed by fans there.


Television news – September 1, 1979

ABC-TV debuts “240-Robert” on Monday night. It stars Mark Harmon and it’s about Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Emergency Service Detail. 

On ABC late Friday night – John Ritter hosts a troupe of comedians for “Completely Off The Wall.’

ESPN – the cable-TV sports channel – goes 24 hours beginning this week. 


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – September 1, 1979

CBS – Wonder Woman, Movie

NBC – The Runaways, NBC White Paper, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Happy Days, Taxi, Three’s Company, The Lazarus Syndrome (late night) – David Frost Presents

PBS – Joffrey Ballet From Artpark


On the Tonight Show – Mel Brooks, Carol Lawrence.

David Frost Presents – the 7th Guinness Book of World Records.


Top movies – September 1, 1979

Soldier of Orange


Muppet Movie

North Dallas Forty

Seduction of Joe Tyman

Monty Python’s Life of Brian

City on Fire

More American Graffiti

The Amityville Horror

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