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



In The News

Muslim students storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran and seize about 60 Americans and vowed to stay there until the deposed Shah of Iran is sent back from New York to face trial.

The Carter Administration, saying economic stability must be preserved, asks Congress to approve up to $1.5 billion in federal loan guarantees to help the struggling Chrysler Corp. avoid bankruptcy. 

 The Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini announces he will refuse to see President Carter’s special emissary Ramsey Clark and forbade all Iranian government and revolutionary leaders to meet with him.

Iranian demonstrators threaten to execute about 60 Americans held hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran if the U.S. government tried to rescue them.

Passing – Former First Lady Mamie Eisenhower. She was 82.

Sen. Edward Kennedy , decrying the “lack of a clear summons from the center of power,” announces that he is challenging President Carter for the 1980 Democratic presidential nomination. His wife, Joan says she looks “forward to campaigning for him.”

Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr. declares his candidacy for President, coupling a warning that “American has lost its margin for error” with a new appeal for defeat of the strategic arms limitation treaty.

Greensboro, NC - Two carloads of white fired automatic weapons at a “death to the Klan” rally and the four-minute spate of violence left four dead and ten injured.

A tanker carrying 400,000 barrels of crude oil collides with a freighter in the Gulf of Mexico and burst into flames. Four are dead with 39 missing.

A man and woman jump onto a stage and pelt Mayor Ed Koch with eggs as he was welcoming 3,000 people to the American Public Health Assn. meeting. Koch wrestled the man to the ground. Koch then went to the microphone to speak with egg dripping from his head. He asked for a vote of the audience on whether to let the demonstrators stay. About three quarters stood and the pair was taken away by cops.

Higher prices for energy products and 1980 model cars push wholesale prices up 1% in October.

Rosalynn Carter’s personal staff now is the largest ever organized by a President’s wife, costing $650,000 a year.

Chrysler Corp is considering another rebate program and may issue $500 million in new shares of preferred stock in efforts to meet government requirements for obtaining $1.5 billion in loan guarantees.

Leaving behind two dummies in their cell, James Earl Ray, convicted assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and his cellmate made an unsuccessful attempt to escape from Brushy Mountain State Prison in east Tennessee, the same facility ray escaped from in June, 1977.

Coretta Scott King announces she is endorsing President Carter for reelection. She said he has accomplished a great deal in this three years in office.

Passing – Al Capp (70) – Creator of Li’l Abner.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – November 1, 1979

Robin Williams’ first movie opens this week “Can I Do It ‘til I Need Glasses?” Actually, it was shot in 1977 before Williams became famous for his TV role in “Mork and Mindy” and the producers are now banking on it. So much so, they say he “stars” in the movie, but really he doesn’t – and Williams is irked. In it, Williams performs G-rated material and was paid $150. 


Music news – November 1, 1979

The Police – a British new-wave trio has their second album out – “Reggatta.”

In a brief 18-minute hearing after months of trans-Atlantic legal argument, rock star Mick Jagger and his jet-setter wife, Bianca, were granted a divorce.

Studio 54 co-owners Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager plead guilty to tax evasion charges.

David Clayton Thomas is released on 410,000 bond six hours after he was arrested in Jupiter, Fla and charged with the sexual battery of a 20-year-old woman. He’s the lead singer for Blood, Sweat & Tears.

Seems that their latest album – a double album – Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk” has some FM programmers perplexed. Sam Bellamy of KMET Los Angeles said – “To be honest, I’m less than enthusiastic. But I don’t always love what we play on the air. We’re still looking for more listener reaction and local sales feedback.” Another programmer said the album simply didn’t have rock to it. But Record World already has the album charted at #3.


Television news – November 1, 1979

Eight Is Enough Goes To Hawaii In A Two-Hour Movie This Week In 1979.

The Best Of Saturday Night Live Wednesday Nights On NBC-TV.

The Beatles, The Volkswagon Beetle And Ted Kennedy On “20/20” This Week In 1979. Paul McCartney sets the record straight in an exclusive, sensitive and revealing conversation with Geraldo Rivera.  Also, the small car with the big problem – a hazardous defect! And – tough questions for Ted! On ABC-TV.

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