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



In The News

Getting tough in Chicago – HEW Secretary Patricia Roberts Harris, after months of bargaining with Chicago officials, told the city school board that it has 10 days to voluntarily produce an acceptable desegregation plan or face prosecution.

Former President Gerald R. Ford takes himself out of the race for the 1980 Republican presidential nomination.

Mother Teresa of India “Saint of the Gutters," wins the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize and says she would spend the $190,000 award on lepers and the destitute to whom she has dedicated her life.

Nobel prizes for chemistry are shared by Herbert Brown and Georg Wittig and for physics, Sheldon Gashaw, Abdus Aslam and Steven Weinberg.

Police say three gunmen took $3 million worth of jewelry and $2,000 in cash from the luxurious three-story East side home of cosmetics tycoon Estee Lauder. Mrs. Lauder opened a safe containing the valuables and gave it to the gun-toting thieves. 

President Carter and Sen. Edward Kennedy call a truce in their political rivalry to help dedicate the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library in Boston.

Philadelphia - A chain-reaction crash of commuter trains during the morning rush hour sent riders tumbling down the aisles injuring more than 400.

Mayor Jane Byrne of Chicago tells a Democratic fund-raising dinner that if she were at her party’s convention, she “would vote… without hesitation” to renominate” President Carter or another four years.

Libya raises its crude oil price 12% to more than $26 a barrel, breaking the $23,50 ceiling set by OPEC.

A 6.4 earthquake hits the El Centro area of California. There were reports of injuries, road buckles and other damage.


Celebrity news – October 15, 1979

Jack LaLanne celebrates his 65th birthday by towing 65 boats with his hands and legs bound, for one mile in a lake in Japan.

Former Soviet ballet star Mikhail Baryshnikov, citing several injuries including tendonitis, unexpectedly resigns from the New York Ballet.


Sports news- October 15, 1979

(7 games) The Pittsburgh Pirates come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the World Series over The Baltimore Orioles. Score was 4-1.

Phil Esposito scores his 32nd career hat trick as the Rangers defeated visiting Vancouver 6-3.

He’s On A Hot Streak – San Diego Chargers QB Dan Fouts. He has completed 81 of 114 passes (71%) in his last three games for nearly 900 yards and five touchdowns. He’s had back-to-back 300-yard games.


Music news – October 15, 1979

On NBC-TV Tuesday – “Country Superstars of the ‘70’s” with Lynn Anderson, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Roy Clark, Freddy Fender, Loretta Lynn, Ronnie Milsap, Dolly Parton, Charlie Rich, Mel Tillis and Tammy Wynette.

Rock video boom? – That’s what many industry types are saying. For the first time in rock history – an entire album – Blondie’s new “Eat to the Beat” has been videotaped for both promotional and sales purposes.  Shot for $125,000 – Chrysalis Records expects to make money from the deal. They are negotiating for pay-TV and video-cassette rights. Expect to see a similar deal geared to promote Fleetwood Mac’s new album. Billboard plans to introduce a new video cassette chart next month. It says it will sponsor its first International Video Music Conference next month. Billboard staffers anticipate a rock-video boom.

On ABC’s “20/20” This Week – The Village People. “How six ordinary people became, “The Village People.” They didn’t just happen. They were invented. Meet them on the set of their first movie and in the recording studio.


Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – October 15, 1979

CBS – Incredible Hulk, Flesh and Blood

 NBC – Diff’rent Strokes, Hello Larry, Rockford Files (see ad), Eishied (see ad), Tonight Show

ABC – Family Fued Special (see ad), movie

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week.


ABC Made For TV Movie – “The Death of Ocean View Park” – Mike Connors, Martin Landau, Diana Canova.

On the Tonight show – Charlie Callas, William Devane, Tom Wolfe and Placido Domingo join Johnny Carson.

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