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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of November 8, 1979 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Iran – The ruling Revolutionary Council offers to begin negotiations with the United States over the fate of about 60 Americans held hostage, but posed three tough terms before any talks could begin. Iran would insist that the U.S. admit that the shah-committed criminal acts during his reign, return the deposed monarch’s money to Iran and allow Iranian investigators to question him. 

Meanwhile – a devastating earthquake rocks northeastern Iran, killing hundreds.  

With NATO moving toward accord on new nuclear arms to offset Soviet advances, the United States warned that it is not possible to put off beyond this year a decision on deployment of missiles that can strike the Soviet Union.

President Carter orders an end to U.S. oil imports from Iran, declaring that neither terrorism nor economic pressure will weaken the resolve of the United States to gain release of the 60 hostages held at the American Embassy in Tehran.

President Carter welcoming Irish Prime Minister Jack Lynch to the White House, says that terrorists “violate the laws of God, the laws of man.”

Chase Manhattan raises its prime lending rate to 15 ½%.

Declaring a “national emergency,” President Carter freezes all the Iranian government’s assets in the United States, including about $5 billion that could have been withdrawn quickly.

All Iranian students in the U.S. will be ordered shortly to report to the Immigration and Naturalization Service and will be deported if they are found to have violated the terms of their visas. 

The International Federation for the Rights of Man claim that 215 persons between the ages of 17 and 21 were massacred and their bodies thrown into a giver by government soldiers in Zaire’s Eastern Kasai province last summer. The troops had mistaken them for illegal diamond miners it said.

It’s confirmed that women cadets at the U.S Military Academy in West Point, were forced to kill chickens with their teeth in cadet hazing last summer.

Ronald Reagan formally announces he was running for President.

Rosalynn Carter, emotionally overwhelmed by her tour of a refugee camp housing 31,000 people under plastic tens in Thailand, says she will urge more to be done for the Cambodians.


Sports news – November 8, 1979

Cy Young -  A “shocked and surprised” Bruce Sutter, credited his Chicago Cubs teammates, especially fellow relief pitcher Dick Tidrow for his victory in the 1979 National League Cy Young Award balloting. 

Gordie Howe says this is his final year in hockey. Howe (51) scored two goals the second one giving the Hartford Whalers a 5-5 tie with the Chicago Black Hawks.

Amazing – Alabama wins 2-0 over Lousiana State on Alan McElroy’s 27-year field goal in the third period. The victory makes Bear Bryant the worst coach in modern times to record 100 victories in a decade.

Keith Hernandez of the St. Louis Cardinals and Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates finish for a tie in the National League Most Valuable Player Award – the first time in its 49-year history.


Music news – November 8, 1979

Don’t miss Devo’s “‘80’s… We’re For It!” Concert.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – November 8, 1979

At the MGM Grand In Las Vegas – November/December:

Mac Davis/Rodney Dangerfield

Rich Little/Susan Anton

Dean Martin


Donna Summer 


Television news – November 8, 1979

“Knot’s Landing” a “Dallas” spinoff – will join the CBS lineup December 27.

New Weekly Daytime Series “Hot Hero Sandwich” – Full Of Celebrity Interviews -  Starts This Week In 1979. NBC-TV. It’s the only TV show for young people that entertains, while it encourages them to think. For example, Olivia Newton John describes the trauma of her parent’s divorce… Erik Estrada tells us – he didn’t like school… Why Mclean Stevenson giggles when folks call him, “Pickle.”


Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – November 8, 1979  

CBS – The Lost Treasure of the Concepcion, Movie

NBC – ChiPs, BJ and the Bear, Saturday Night Live

ABC -  Love Boat, Fantasy Island


ChiPs – Jon and Ponch encounter pro stock car racers.


Top movies – November 8, 1979

The Rose

Promises in the Dark


Starting Over


And Justice For All


When a Stranger Calls

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh



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