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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of November 22, 1979 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Replying to continued threats from The Khomaini regime, President Carter warns that the consequences will be “extremely grave” if any of the 49 hostages is harmed

Iran’s revolutionary leader the Ayatollah Khomaini urges Muslim oil-producing countries to use oil as a weapon against the United States.

President Carter urges Americans to pray on Thanksgiving for the safety of American hostages in Iran.

The deposed Shah of Iran says he still intends to leave the United States and asks President Carter to help him. He was planning to go to Mexico, but it got thwarted.

The Ayatollah Khomaini urges his Islamic followers to mobilize everything against the United States and said all Iranians must learn to handle a weapon. Also, Khomaini accused President Carter of following “medieval logic and jungle law” in warning of possible military action against Iran. 

The Islamic republic of Iran files a civil lawsuit in New York against the deposed shah and his wife, seeking $20 million that it claimed he diverted through a New York based foundation.

President Carter decried the ‘mob violence” and “international Terrorism” of the holding of American hostages in Iran, and said the nations must honor the “integrity of diplomatic immunity.”

The Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomaini replaces acting Foreign Minister Abol-Hassan Bani-Sadr with broadcasting Chief Sedech Ghotbezadeh, the pars news agency reports.

An Air New Zealand DC-10 tourist airliner crashes on the cloud-shrouded slopes of Mt. Erebus in the frozen Antarctic killing all 257 on board. It was the third fatal crash of a DC-10 this year.

Rep. George Hansen suggests that Henry Kissinger and David Rockefeller should take the place of 49 American hostages being held in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

The median family income rose by 10% in 1978 to $17,640, but people saw little benefit because a 7.6% inflation rate wiped out most of the gain.

A team of doctors headed by a Canadian radiologist has removed the reaming gallstone from the deposed Shah of Iran but wants to keep him under observation in New York for the next few days.

A woman, shouting incoherently and carrying a knife, is arrested after she burst into the reception area of Sen. Edward Kennedy’s senate office

The national cost of living rose 1% in October and experts warned the pace of inflation is accelerating.


Sports news – November 22, 1979

On his 18th birthday last Jan. 26, talented Wayne Gretzky signed a 21-year contract, believed to be the longest ever signed by an athlete. But it was not to be as Gretzky joined the now-defunct WHA Indianapolis Racers – the Edmonton Oilers picked him up. Yes – the NHL. Gretzky was a little worried about how he would do as a teen in the tougher NHL, but not to worry. In 19 games in the NHL, Gretzky has nine goals and 19-assists.

WBC World Welterweight Championship – From Cesar’s Palace. Sugar Ray Leonard Vs. Wilfred Benitez. Ray won the fight.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – November 22, 1979

Passing - Merle Oberon. She was 68.

In Los Angeles – Andy Warhol makes an appearances at Wally Amos’ “Famous Amos” cookie bakery on Sunset Blvd. “Amos & Andy.”

On Television this week - Don’t miss Playboy’s Roller-Disco & Pajama Party. With Richard Dawson, Chuck Mangione and the Village People.


Music news – November 22, 1979

Ringo Starr’s leased Hollywood home burns. The fire started by chimney sparks. Starr lost several hundred souvenirs from his Beatle days. 

Don’t miss, “Birth Of The Beatles” – on ABC-TV Friday night movie. Dick Clark produced. The first movie to show the way they really were.

Tammy Wynette Is Profiled On This Week’s “20/20” on ABC-TV.


Melody Maker puts “Ziggy Stardust” on top of its list as the most significant and influential album of the decade. Others –

“The Clash” – The Clash

“Saturday Night Fever” – Bee Gees

“Never Mind the Bollocks” – The Sex Pistols

“Born to Run” – Bruce Springsteen


Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – November 22, 1979

CBS – The Incredible Hulk, Dukes of Hazzard, Dallas

NBC – Shirley, Rockford Files, Elscheld, Tonight, Midnight Special

ABC – Football/Movie – The Beatles+

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week


On the Rockford Files – Jim invites his old friend to move into his trailer after she is beaten.

Midnight Special – Wolfman Jack hosts with Rod Stewart, Crystal Gayle, ELO, Olivia Newton-John, Elton John, Kiki Dee, Andy Gibb, Debbie Boone.


Top movies – November 22, 1979

Fish That Saved Pittsburgh

Arabian Adventure

Apocalypse Now

Fiddler on the Roof



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