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


In The News

A mountain climber in the French Alps finds the wreckage of a U.S. WWII combat plane and the remains of its two pilots. A U.S Embassy spokesman in Paris said French police were unable to find any kind of personal identification on the skeletons. The wreckage was buried inside the “Glacier des Glaciers” in the nearby Alpine range and has been slowly exposed through the expansion and contraction of the ice.

In a balloon stitched together from nylon and bed sheets, two East German couples and their four children, escape to the West, soaring over East German mine fields and landing 100 yards from a high tension wire. The families who have relatives in West Germany said, “We are very, very happy to be in the West... we were fed up with conditions on the other side.”

In Orlando, a retired navy man admits to killing his wife with a karate chop because she nagged him for watching a New Year’s Eve football game on TV. Originally, Donald Senecal (56) told police his wife Elizabeth walked out of the house on December 31 and never returned. “She started nagging and nagging me. Then she started scratching me. I went to slap her and I must have given her a karate chop across the throat... and then there was no pulse.”

David Kennedy (24), son of the late Robert F. Kennedy, flees the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port after being taken there by an uncle to get help for a drug problem. Kennedy was reported being lured to a Harlem hotel and robbed of $30 last week. Police said he was known on the block as a frequent drug buyer.


Fascinating Business news – September 15, 1979

John Riccardo, chairman of debt-ridden Chrysler, resigns. Citing poor health and his association “with the past management of a troubled company” as reasons, Ricardo (55), passes the baton to President Lee Iacocca.


Best-selling books – September 15, 1979

“The Dead Zone” - Stephen King, “The Last Enchantment” - Mary Stewart, “Cruel Shoes” - Steve Martin, “The Bronx Zoo” - Sparky Lyle and Peter Golenbock.  


Supermarket prices –  September 15, 1979

At the mart - Carnation Instant Breakfast - 10 pak - $1.89...Aunt Jamima pancake mix - 32oz box - .74...Swift sliced pepperoni - 4oz pkg - $1.19...Right Guard - 5oz can - $1.39.


Technology news – September 15, 1979

New at the store - Sony’s Betamax SL-5400. Record up to 4 1/2 hours on a single reusable videocassette...Betascan - lets you find the exact spot you’re looking for on your videocassette as you watch TV, without worrying about watching numbers on a tape counter. Also comes with a built-in 3-day timer! Record any show within a three-day period.


Sports news – September 15, 1979

The Portland Trail Blazers are awarded forward Kermit Washington, center Kevin Kunner, guard Randy Smith and a 1980 first-round draft choice as compensation for the signing of free agent center Bill Walton by the San Diego Clippers. The award is the largest compensation in NBA history.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – September 15, 1979

The late Elvis Presley’s personal physician, Dr. George Nichopoulos, is accused of “indiscriminately” prescribing uppers, downers and painkillers for Presley before his death two years ago. Nicholpoulos, a Memphis physician, will answer the charges before the state board of Medical Examiners in a date to be determined.

A television strike in London threatens production of “The Muppet Show.” So far, 12 episodes have been completed but 24 need to be finished by the end of January. The show is seen in every country except those behind the Iron Curtain.

After being banned from Egypt for 17 years for her Israeli causes, Elizabeth Taylor is welcomed, with an invitation to float down the Nile in a barge (a la her film, Cleopatra). Her latest film “Night Watch” is being shown at Cairo’s International Film Festival.

Separated - Cheryl Ladd of “Charlie’s Angels” from David Ladd, television producer after 7 years of marriage. They have one daughter.

In London, a hypnotist is fined $220 for reckless driving after he crashed into the back of a police van while driving blindfolded. Television hypnotist Ron Markham, known as Romark, tried to prove he had extrasensory powers by driving blindfolded down a busy London street several years ago. Marham said after the hearing that he had decided to end his blindfold act.

On 60 minutes this week - Johnny Carson says he decided, “to not really tangle” with alcohol. Telling Mike Wallace - “When I did drink, rather than a lot of people who become fun-loving and gregarious and love everybody - I would go the opposite...and it would happen, just like that.”


Tuesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – September 15, 1979

(CBS) Movie...(NBC) Debut of Sheriff Lobo, Movie...(ABC) Happy Days, Angie, Three’s Company, Taxi, The Lazaras Syndrome


CBS Movie - “The Other Side Of Midnight” (1977) - Marie France Pisier, John Beck Susan Sarandon.

NBC Movie -” Semi-Tough” (1977) - Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson.


Top TV Shows – September 15, 1979

Charlie’s Angels, The Love Boat, Three’s Company, 20/20, Mork & Mindy, Benson, Angie, Barney Miller, 60 Minutes and Soap.

ABC - 20.9 rating, CBS with 16.4, NBC with 15.4. A rating equals 763,000 households.


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

 “Sad Eyes” - Robert John, “My Sharona” - The Knack, “Lonesome Loser” - Little River Band, “Lead Me On” - Maxine Nightingale, “Don’t Bring Me Down” - Electric Light Orchestra, “Sail On” - Commodores, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” - Charlie Daniels, “Bad Case Of Loving You” - Robert Palmer, “I’ll Never Love This Way Again” - Dionne Warwick, “Good Times” - Chic.


Top Music Albums – September 15, 1979

“In Through The Out Door” - Led Zeppelin, “Slow Train Coming” - Bob Dylan, “Off The Wall” - Michael Jackson, “”Get The Knack” - The Knack, “Midnight Magic” - The Commodores, “Breakfast In America” –  Supertramp, “I Am” - Earth, Wind & Fire” - “Reality, What A Concept” - Robin Williams, “Candy-O” - The Cars.


Top Country Hit Music Singles – September 15, 1979

“It Must Be Love” - Don Williams, “Heartbreak Hotel” - Willie Nelson/Leon Russell, “I May Never Get To Heaven” - Conway Twitty, “Just Good Ol’ Boys” - Moe Bandy/Joe Stampley, “You’re My Jamaica” - Charlie Pride.


Top Movies – September 15, 1979

“Yanks” - Richard Gere, Vanessa Redgrave

Monty Python’s “Life Of Brian”

Apocalypse Now - Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen

Dawn Of The Dead - David Emge, Ken Foree

North Dallas Forty - Nick Nolte, Mac Davis

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