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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of January 1, 1976 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Ford, in a New Year’s message, calls on all Americans to join him in a resolution “to cherish and protect what we have in American and, with God’s help. To build upon it in years ahead.”

President Ford tells a cabinet meeting that the federal budget he will propose for the 1977 fiscal year will drop below the $395 billion figure that was previously predicted.

A three-judge federal appeals court says former President Richard Nixon might ‘distort or destroy’ the records of his years in office and refused to give him control over presidential tapes and documents from his administration.

British leaders order 600 more soldiers in Northern Ireland but rejected Protestant calls to “declare outright war” against the underground Irish Republican Army, a mainly Roman Catholic movement.

President Ford urges all sides involved in the Angolan dispute, including the Soviet Union, to proclaim an “immediate cease-fire” and permit the Angolans to solve their own problems.

Two Filipino hijackers armed with pistol and explosives surrender 10 hours after seizing a Japan Air Lines jetliner and threatened to kill the 200 passengers aboard unless they were granted free passage to Japan.

The British and French governments warn that a U.S. decision to stop the Concorde supersonic transport jetliner from serving American cities might tough off economic retaliation against the United States. 

 Lawyers for the four convicted Watergate conspirators told a six-judge federal panel they should be granted a new trial so that former President Richard M. Nixon can testify on their behalf. The four are John N. Mitchell, once the attorney general, his former deputy Robert Mardian; H.R. Haldeman, Nixon’s White House chief of staff, and John Ehrlichman, No 2 under Haldeman.

A tearful Mrs. Rose Kennedy says “pressures” may force her only surviving son, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, to disregard her wishes and run for President this year. “He promised me, he promised me faithfully that he would not run. I told him I did not want to see him die too…”


Sports news – January 1, 1976

Bowl games –

Orange – Oklahoma -14  Michigan - 6

Cotton – Arkansas - 31  Georgia –10

Rose – UCAL – 23  Ohio State - 10


Music news – January 1, 1976

Looks like 1975 was a good year for the record industry. One of the reasons – new artists broke through – artists such as Barry Manilow,  Bay City Rollers, Melissa Manchester. New artists are the lifeblood of the industry and more broke through last year then in 1974.

New Year’s eve concert – Elvis Presley performs in front of his largest live audience, ever at a stadium in Pontiac Michigan. Elvis once again, split his pants! The crowd was estimated to be 60,000.  


Entertainment/Celebrity news – January 1, 1976

 In her new book “Doris Day Her Own Story,” she says she believes a couple should live together before marrying. 

Richard Attenborough, one of Britain’s best-loved actors, is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in her New Year’s Honors List.


Television news – January 1, 1976

CBS News is calling for an independent inquiry to determine whether the murder of dr. Martin Luther King was the result of a conspiracy. In a television documentary on the 1968 assassination of the civil rights leader, CBS concludes there were enough unanswered questions to justify an inquiry by either an independent commission or Congress.


Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – January 1, 1976

CBS – The Jeffersons, Doc, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart Show, Carol Burnett Show

NBC – Emergency, Saturday Night at the Movies, Weekend

ABC – Saturday Night Live W/Howard Cosell, SWAT, Mat Helm


Howard Cosell – Bob Hope, Rita Moreno, Billy Eckstine, Doug Kershaw.


Top movies – January 1, 1976

The Hindenburt

Friday Foster

Man who Would Be King

Story of O


Hearts of the West


3 Days of the Condor

Lies My Father Told Me 

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