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


In The News

The deposed Shah of Iran - Mohammed Reza Pahlavi is secretly flown to Panama from his recent refuge at Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio.

The State Department - orders the departure of 183 Iranian diplomats from the United States in retaliation against the holding of American hostages. Only 35 will be allowed to remain.

Iran’s most powerful revolutionary judge - Ayatollah Sadegh Khaikhali says that none of the 50 American hostages will be sentenced to death “even if they go on trial as spies as threatened.” So far, the hostages have been held for over 5 weeks in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.  

The Senate adopts a compromise - amending its federal loan guarantees to Chrysler Corp. In a vote of 69 to 28, the package is upped to $1.5 billion in federal loan guarantees and $525 million in wage concessions by unionized workers. The compromise calls for Chrysler workers for forgo $150 million in pay increases. The total federal layout to Chrysler is now $3.2 billion from the loan guarantees, wage concessions and other sources. The agreement calls on Chrysler to come up with $1.43 billion from its sources. The company says it needs action by the end of the week, or will run out of money by next month. 


Prices at the Supermarket – December 8, 1979

At the mart - Baby Muenster cheese - 8oz pkg - $1.85 ... Italian Sausage - $1.89lb ... Kraft Cheez Whiz - 15oz jar - $1.89 ... Instant Sanka - 8oz jar $4.99  


Best-selling books – December 8, 1979

“The Establishment” - Howard Fast, “Jailbird’ - Kurt Vonnegut, “Memories of Another Day” - Harold Robbins, “White House Years’ - Henry Kissinger, “The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet’ - Herman Tarnower, “Aunt Erma’s Cope Book” - Erma Bombeck, “Serpentine” - Thomas Thompson 


Sports news – December 8, 1979

According to the United States Tennis Association’s women’s singles computer rankings - for the first time - Martina Navratilova is the #1 leading woman’s tennis player, unseating Chris Evert Lloyd who held the spot since 1973. She’s now #2 and Tracy Austin is #3.

O.J. Simpson plays his last pro-football game, ending an 11-year career. He carried only twice for 12 yards, closing out his career with a total of 11,236 yards - second to Jim Brown with 12,312 yards. San Francisco lost to Atlanta - 31-21... The FBI investigates allegations of mail fraud and bribery at the University of Oregon and Oregon State University with the possibility of student athletes receiving credit for a mail-order course for nothing.


Technology news – December 8, 1979

RCA’s Satcom III cable television satellite is launched from Cape Canaveral, but the craft suddenly disappeared 15 seconds after the kick motor was switched on. Technicians believe the satellite exploded and is totally lost. Total cost for the mission, including the satellite is $50 million. NASA had handed the operation to RCA after the successful launching, but as soon as RCA hit the switch, the bird disappeared. The kick motor was supposed to place the bird into a permanent orbit, 22,300 miles above the Pacific - halfway between California and Hawaii.

The FCC adopts a plan to create more space for AM radio stations, by cramming them closer together. Instead of 10khz spacing (1010, 1020, 1030) - the FCC proposes that stations be spaced at 9khz. The move will open the door for 1,400 new stations. Another proposal is to extend the AM band from its present 1605 khz to1705 khz. So, instead of the AM dial ending at 1600, it would create ten new channels and end at 1700.

Sony Betamax now introduces BetaScan - “Lets you fly past the boring parts of any show and stop when you come to the real exciting stuff. It’s like fast-forward and fast-reverse. But you can see what you’re looking for and stop when you find it... Lets you see what you’ve been missing and miss what you don’t want to see.”

Need a computer - get the Apple II Plus - has a new twist! ... “Extended BASIC as standard language. Also, the Apple II Plus has 9-digit arithmetic precision and exclusive Auto-start that can run programs automatically when you turn the computer on. As with Apple II, you get the same exciting-color graphics, sound, hand controls and computational features.” ... 16 K memory - $999.95 (use your TV as a monitor).

CBer Charles Faulkner (22), who suffers from cerebral palsy, gets his motorized wheelchair stuck in railroad tracks in his hometown of Redding, CA. Fauklner cried for help to his CB buddies. Friends were on their way and could hear the blasts from the engine of the train. By the time they got there, Faulkner had been run over.  His CB handle was “Blue Lightening.”


Entertainment/Celebrity news – December 8, 1979

Suicide - actor John Hall (64) - self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Star of South Sea epics of the ‘30’s and ‘40’s. Recently the star of television’s “Ramar of the Jungle” during the 1950’s.

Passing - Entertainer “Hilo Hattie” (78) - known for her trademark muumuu and funny hat in Hawaii.

Seen in ads - Actor Michael Landon for Kodak Cameras.

Christina Onassis begins divorce proceedings from her Soviet husband Sergei Kauzov. Both have agreed to separate. For their first anniversary, four months ago - she gave him an 18,000-ton bulk carrier named Danila and she’s also in negations to purchase a 60,000-ton vessel for him. Sources say she wants Segei to be well taken care of.


Top TV Shows – December 8, 1979

Alice, 60 Minutes, Three’s Company, One Day At A Time, The Jeffersons, Taxi, Aunt Mary, Mork & Mindy, Archie Bunker’s Place, MASH, Trapper John, MD, Happy Days, John Denver and the Muppets Christmas Special, WKRP in Cincinnati, Soap, The Little Rascals Christmas special, My Old Man, Angie, ChiPs, Barney Miller.


Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – December 8, 1979

CBS - WKRP in Cincinnati, The Last Resort, MASH, House Calls, Lou Grant ... NBC - Little House On The Prairie, Special-The Gathering II ... ABC - Monday Night Football.


WKRP - everybody is anxious for the annual WKRP Christmas party to end - everyone except Jennifer.

MASH - Friction develops between BJ and Winchester when they are asked to write a report on how they saved a soldier’s life during a daring operation. The report is for a prestigious medical journal. 

Debut - House Calls - stars Wayne Rogers as a bachelor doctor and Lynn Redgrave as a divorcee and the new administrative assistant at the hospital.

James Garner’s manager says the star has been ill for nearly a month - and production for “The Rockford Files’ has been halted. Doctors are waiting to pinpoint just what’s wrong with him. Garner is 52.

Joe Garagiola - Chrysler spokesman for 22 years - will sever ties with the automaker in April because of a possible conflict with NBC. Garagiola just signed a four-year contract with the network. “It’s better if an announcer or talent not do a commercial during an event that he’s working” - according to NBC.


Music news – December 8, 1979

Sonoma County, California residents Elmo and Patsy Shropshire may have a new Christmas hit. Recently, they pressed 600 copies of “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” and the record is selling like hotcakes around the Bay area. A fan gave the record to a San Francisco DJ and the record took off. Maybe next year, it’ll go national. The song was written by a Texas friend of theirs - Randy Brooks. The name of Elmo and Patsy’s band is “The Homestead Act.”                                                  


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – December 8, 1979

Babe - Styx 

Rock With You - Michael Jackson 

Escape (The Pina Colada Song) - Rupert Holmes

Please Don't Go - KC & the Sunshine Band

Still - The Commodores 

We Don't Talk Anymore - Cliff Richard

No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) -  Barbra Streisand/Donna Summer  

I Wanna Be Your Lover - Prince

Take the Long Way Home - Supertramp

“Do That to Me One More Time - The Captain & Tennille   

Ships - Barry Manilow

Ladies Night - Kool & the Gang 

Send One Your Love - Stevie Wonder

You're Only Lonely - J.D. Souther

Cool Change - Little River Band

Heartache Tonight - The Eagles

Pop Muzik - M

Cruisin’ - Smokey Robinson


Top pop hit music albums – December 8, 1979                      

“The Long Run” - The Eagles, “On The Radio - Greatest Hits Vols. 1 & 2” - Donna Summer, “Cornerstone” - Styx, “Journey Through the Secret Life Of Plants” - Stevie Wonder, “In Through The Out Door” - Led Zeppelin, “Wet” - Barbra Streisand, “Greatest” - The Bee Gees, “Damn The Torpedoes” - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, “Tusk” - Fleetwood Mac, “Rise” - Herb Alpert, “Ladies Night” - Kool & The Gang, “Midnight Magic”- The Commodores, “Masterjam” - Rufus and Chaka Khan, “Head Games’ - Foreigner, “Keep the Fire” - Kenny Loggins, “Freedom at Point Zero” - Jefferson Starship, “One Voice” - Barry Manilow, “Breakfast In America” - Supertramp “Phoenix’ - Dan Fogelberg, “Night In The Ruts” - Aerosmith, “One on One” - Bob James & Earl Klugh, “I’m The Man” - Joe Jackson, “Live Rust” - Neil Young with Crazy  Horse, “Eat To The Beat’ - Blondie, “Greatest Hits Vol. 1” - Rod Stewart, “Reggatta de Blanc” - The Police, “Prince’ - Prince, “I’ll Always Love You” - Anne Murray, “Kenny” - Kenny Rogers, “Live and Sleazy” - The Village People, X-Static” - Daryl Hall & John Oates, “Twice The Fire” - Peaches & Herb, “Fire It Up” - Rick James, “Down On The Farm” - Little Feat, “Hydra” - Toto, “Part of the Game” - Pablo Cruise, “Miss the Mississippi” - Crystal Gayle, “Injoy” - The Bar-Kays, “ELO’s Greatest Hits” - The Electric Light Orchestra. 


Top Country Hit Music Singles – December 8, 1979

Top Country - “Happy Birthday Darlin’” - Conway Twitty, “I Cheated Me Right Out Of You” - Moe Bandy.  


Top movies – December 8, 1979

1941 - Dan Aykroyd, Ned Beatty, John Belushi, Lorranie Gary

The Jerk - Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Catlin Adams, Jackie Mason

Star Trek - The Motion Picture” - William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

Apocalypse Now- Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen

When A Stranger Calls - Charles Durning, Carol Kane

Starting Over - Burt Reynolds, Jill Clayburgh, Candis Bergen

Time After Time - Malcolm MacDowell, Mary Steenburgh

Quadrophenia - The Who

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