Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of September 8, 1979 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Hurricane Frederic hurls its fury at the Gulf Coast from Florida to Louisiana, ripping apart homes, knocking out power, shattering hospital windows and flattening businesses with winds of up to 130mph.
President Carter inspects the damaged cities of the Gulf Coast while the remnants of Hurricane Frederick dumped heavy rains west of the Appalachians, causing some flooding.
President Carter says that “firm diplomacy, not panic and not-exaggeration” is the way to deal with the presence of a Soviet combat unit in Cuba.
Lillian Carter says she would vote for Edward Kennedy for President if he should win the Democratic nomination over her son.
Concerned with a possible presidential bid by Sen. Edward Kennedy, high White House officials confer and Rosalyn Carter urges Democrats to unite behind her husband.
Richard Nixon – on his way to China, warned President Carter to “act decisively” on the presence of Soviet troops in Cuba or “he is going to have great difficulties in other areas, SALT and others as well.”
President Carter denies a published report that Edward Kennedy had urged Carter to drop out of the race for the democratic presidential nomination to avoid splitting the party. “No, that’s silly,” carter replied. I’m not a candidate – yet.”
David Kennedy (24), son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy is admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital with an ailment which can be caused by self-administered narcotics.
The nation’s unemployment rate rose to 6^ during August, the highest level in more than a year.
John F. Kennedy Jr., (18), son of the late President, arrives at Brown University in Providence to register for freshman class.
Fascinating Facts – September 8, 1979
A retired navy man has admitted killing his wife with a karate chop because she nagged him for watching a New Year’s Eve Football game on television. “She started nagging and nagging,” “then she started scratching. I went to slap her and I must have given her a karate chop across the throat… and then there was no pulse.
Sports news – September 8, 1979
Carl Yastrzemski reaches his long-sought milestone with his 3,000the hit and said he was just one goal left in baseball – a World Series championship.
Tracy Austin wins the U.S. Open women’s singles championship at Flushing NY. At 16 – she’s the youngest player ever to win the tennis world’s prestigious event.
Entertainment/Celebrity news – September 8, 1979
The FBI admits that it tried to “cheapen” actress Jean Seberg’s image by planting a false news story in 1970 saying she was pregnant by a member of the Black Panther party. The actress committed suicide in Paris last week and her second husband, Romain Gary, a French diplomat and author, charged that the FBI was to blame for her death.
Maria Prutzel, the mother of the late Freddie Prinze, charges that a CBS movie about her son was “90% lies and the rest exaggeration. The movie “Can You Hear the Laughter? The Story of Freddie Prinze” just aired.
Music news – September 8, 1979
Elton John is coming out with a disco album. It’s produced by Giorgia Moroder and features a half-dozen disco cuts.
Television news – September 8, 1979
Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi will not be returning to Saturday Night Live when its fifth season debuts October 13. They are busy making movies.
Cheryl Ladd and Henry Winkler host the 31st Annual Emmy Awards. On ABC-TV.
At the Emmy Awards –
Best comedy – “Taxi”
Best drama series – “Lou Grant”
Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – September 8, 1979
CBS – Movie, Bender
NBC – Real People, Special-Holocaust, Tonight, Tomorrow
ABC – Eight Is Enough, Charlie’s Angels
PBS – Face of Communism, Great Performances
Charlie’s Angels – Kelly and Kris welcome new member Tiffany Welles (Shelley Hack).
Top Movies - September 8, 1979