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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of October 23, 1979 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

The House approves President Carter’s request for power to ration gasoline during a fuel supply emergency.

The House, frustrated at soaring oil industry profits, reversed itself and votes to retain price and allocation controls on gasoline through mid-1981.

Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan resigns from the Israeli government citing disagreements with hard-line cabinet colleagues over the course of talks on autonomy for Palestinian Arabs. 

President Leonid I. Brezhnev pops back into view in his first public appearance since Oct. 8 and the rise of rumors that the Soviet leader had died.

The presidential commission on Three Mile Island calls for fundamental changes in the way nuclear plants are build, operated and regulated, but said adoption of its recommendations would still not “assure the safety of nuclear power.”

Sha Mohammed Reza Pahlavi - It’s reported that the exiled Shah of Iran has cancer. He’s in New York for tests. Later, he has his goal bladder taken out. It’s reported he has had lymphatic cancer for six years.

It’s reported that South Korea President Park Chung Hee was shot three times in a premeditated assassination.

Iran’s revolutionary leader, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomani says he hoped reports that the former Shah has cancer are true. He says that if he dies, “what will happen to his money?”

Police arrested more than 600 antinuclear protesters as they tried unsuccessfully to shut down the New York Stock Exchange on the 50th anniversary of the stock market crash of 1929.

Witnesses tell Congress that at least 40% of working women – and perhaps as much as 70% are sexually harassed on the job, usually by a male boss. The witnesses testified before a House Post Office and Civil service subcommittee.

Nearly 2,000 were ordered evacuated after an earthen-dike ruptured spilling torrents of water from a reservoir over a rural area, flooding homes and roads and derailing a train in Indiantown, Florida.

President Carter gives Jackie Onasis a peck on the cheek during the JFK library dedication, but according to those close to Jackie, she was annoyed because “in the North, gentlemen do not kiss ladies on such brie acquaintance. From the picture, Jackie looks a little annoyed.

President Carter’s pastor, Dr. Charles Trentham (60) has been fired by the congregation of the First Baptist Church for dating the daughter of the Bible class teacher who is 28.

Inflation – Food, fuel and housing prices drove up the cost of living by 1.1% in September. That makes the yearly rate at 13.2%!

Passing – Rachele Mussolini, reclusive widow of Italy’s Fascist dictator. She was 89.

Los Angeles - Kenneth Bianchi – “The Hillside Strangler “– accused of committing 10 tandem killings with his cousin, pleads guilty to five of the slayings and is sentenced to life in prison six times.


Sports news – October 23, 1979

He’s back! Julius Erving (Dr J.) just shedding his knee braces is averaging 27 points per game for the Philadelphia 76ers who are undefeated in eight games. The braces were to protect his fragile knees.

Billy Martin, who nearly lost his chance to return as manager of the New York Yankees last season for slugging a sportswriter, split the lip of an Illinois man Joseph Cooper during a fracas in a hotel lobby in Minnesota. Martin denies it.

Well, he lost it - Billy Martin is fired as manager of the New York Yankees. Dick Howser, a former Yankees’ player and coach and presently coach of the Florida State University baseball team, will be Martin’s replacement.


Music news – October 23, 1979

They come from different labels … The question is – who is the bigger star? As reported in Cash Box magazine – “No More Tears (Enough is Enough)” a new  single by Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand – all aspects of promoting the  record has to do with that very subject. Summer gets top billing on Casablanca’s 12-inch version, but Streisand gets top billing on Columbia’s edited seven-inch record.  


Television news – October 23, 1979

Gary Coleman (11) of “Diff’rent Strokes” – sues ABC to prevent airing of a “20/20” interview shot in his dressing room. You see, they’re also supposed to do an interview with costar Todd Bridges – according to an agreement with NBC.

NBC Today show host Tom Brokaw went to the aid of news anchorman John Chancellor when Chancellor began choking during a lunch date with Republican presidential hopeful John Connally. He used the bear-hug method. Chancellor was choking on a piece of Gouda cheese during lunch.

New - On NBC-TV at Noon – “Women Like Us.” An important new women’s show. For women. About women. Starring women. Hosted by NBC Newswoman Betty Rollin.


Monday night television – October 23, 1979

CBS – It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Fat Albert’s Halloween, MASH, WKRP in Cincinnati, Lou Grant

NBC – Little House on the Prairie, Movie, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – 240 Robert, Monday Night Football

PBS – Running Fence, Masterpiece Theater


On Little House – Rev. Alden falls in love with a widow and proposes marriage.

NBC Made for TV Movie – “And Baby Makes Six” – Colleen Dewhust, Warren Oates, Maggie Cooper, Mildred Dunnock Timothy Hutton. Movie made in 1978.

On the Tonight Show – David Letterman guest hosts.


Top movies – October 23, 1979


Enter the Dragon

Monty Python’s Life of Brian



Young Frankenstein

Starting Over

Breaking Away


French Postcards

Time After Time

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