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



In The News

The deposed Shah of Iran leaves his hospital bed in New York and flies to Texas aboard a U.S. military jet for an indefinite stay at a secure Air Force base, where he will receive additional hospital treatment. 

In a unanimous move, The U.N. Security Council solemnly calls on Iran to immediately release all US. hostages held in Tehran, give them protection and allow them to leave the country.

Over 20,000 Iranian demonstrators seize the northwestern city of Tabriz posing a challenge to the Ayatollah Ruhellah Khomanini. They are dissident supporters of a moderate religious leader, the Ayatollah Kazem Shariatmadri.

 The U.S. Threw Him Out    Now! – a weekly British news magazine has obtained exclusive rights in Britain to the memoirs of Mohammed Reza Pahlavi – who said a U.S Air force general went to Tehran unannounced earlier this year and persuaded the Iranian military to stand idly by while their commander – the Shah of Iran – was overthrown.

The United States charges that the Soviet Union is not doing enough to help secure the release of American hostages in Iran and accuses the Kremlin of deplorable press statements on the situation.

President Carter announces that he is running for President again in 1980. CBS says it has sold President Carter’s reelection committee five minutes of prime time next week.  Meantime - The White House announces that President Carter was canceling all campaign travel because of the tense situation in Iran.

Fearing an American rescue operation, the Iranian militants holding at least 50 U.S. hostages have moved 22 of them out of the seized embassy in Tehran and dispersed them round the city.

The United States is closing its embassy in Libya until Col. Moammar Kadafi’s government accepts responsibility for a mob that ransacked it last week.

Ronald Reagan says he doubts the Shah of Iran’s continued presence in the United States would have any effect on American hostages and suggested the shah be allowed to stay in the U.S. permanently.

Iran warned the U.S. that letting the shah leave would not bring freedom to the American hostages.

British and Patriotic Front guerrilla leaders agree on a compromise plan for a cease-fire in Zimbabwe Rhodesia, opening the way for a settlement in the seven-year-old guerilla war.

Shahriar Mustafa Chafik – a nephew of the deposed Shah of Iran is shot and killed as he returned to his home in Paris’ fashionable 16th district. Chafik was a top naval commander before the revolution that ousted his uncle. 

The nation’s unemployment rate dropped from 6% to 5.8% in November.

Another trend? – Five women have responded to an advertisement placed by a Louisville couple seeking a woman to bear them a child in a “pregnancy-for-pay” offer. The Courier-Journal said in that the couple began advertising in the newspaper Nov. 24 in an effort to find a suitable mother.

Joan Kennedy says she and her husband, Edward are getting along “better than ever” and that she admires him for seeking the presidency even though it means reliving Chappaquiddick.


Fascinating Facts/Trends – December 1, 1979 Pinball Machines

Trend – Pinball machines are sweeping the country. Trade experts estimate there are between 2.5 million and 3 million pinball machines in the U.S. – 1 million of them in amusement arcades. A new machine sells for around $2,000  and used machines go for $350 to $1,000. Some of them include the faces of celebrities. The Dolly Parton pinball machine features the opening lines of “Here You Come Again” after you drop a coin.


Sports news – December 1, 1979

USC tailback Charles White – the second-leading rusher in college football history, wins the 1979 Heisman Trophy.

Sugar Ray Leonard scores a KO in 15 rounds – knocking out Wilfredo Benitez at Caesars Palace.


Music news – December 1, 1979

Who concert tragedy in Cincinnati - Eleven people are killed in a stampede after a crowd of several thousand had waited for hours outside Riverfront Coliseum for the gates to open. At least eight suffered serious injuries. All band members of “The Who” gave their entire performance unaware of the tragedy outside the coliseum and were absolutely devastated when they were told. The concert was The Who’s third stop on a 13-city U.S. tour. The next stop – Buffalo – will continue.  Their manager said they wanted to do all kinds of things; “they wanted to tell the parents of the kids...”


Entertainment/Celebrity news – December 1, 1979

Marry – Teen idol Shaun Cassidy (21) to Ann Pennington – who is seen on TV commercials. 

Comedian Phil Silvers files a $10 million libel suit against the National Enquirer because the described him as a “lonely has been.” It’s the third recent celebrity lawsuit against the tabloid paper. Paul Lynde did the same, saying the Enquirer libeled him by implying he was ousted form the “Hollywood Squares” for drunkenness and nastiness. Marty Ingles and Shirley Jones weren’t happy about a remarks made about their marriage. 


Television news – December 1, 1979

In syndication – “The Prisoner: Cell Block H.” Check your local listings.

ABC’s “20/20” This Week In 1979 Features An Interview With Movie Maker Francis Ford Coppola.

Get Married – Liza Minnelli (33) and Mark Gero (27).


Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – December 1, 1979

CBS – Young Maverick, Hallmark Hall of Fame

NBC – Real People, Diff’rent Strokes, Hello Larry, Best of Saturday Night Live, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – John Denver/Muppets Christmas Special, Charlie Angels, Barbara Walters special (see ad).

PBS – Great Performances


Real People – Featured – Susie Skates – who delivers messages on skates.

Hallmark Hall of Fame – “Aunt Mary” starring Jean Stapleton about a woman who ignored several physical handicaps to become a sandlot baseball coach. Also stars Martin Balsam.

Barbara Walters Special – Suzanne Somers, Stevie Wonder and Sylvester Stallone are interviewed.


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