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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of January 8, 1976 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Sara Jane Moore is sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge for the attempted assassination of President Ford. Before the sentencing, Mrs. Moore read a statement detailing her political beliefs and what she said led her to fire a shot at the President last September.

A crowded Chicago Transit Authority commuter train plows into the rear of a parked, fully loaded train during morning rush hour. No deaths were reported, but 300 are sent to area hospitals.

Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger warns the Soviet Union against continued intervention in Angola - but says he will go to Moscow on January 20 to seek a breakthrough in deadlocked strategic arms talks.

In San Francisco, Patty Hearst takes the witness stand to claim questioning by a government-employed psychiatrist had been accusatory and had caused her to become hysterical. “He asked me if I felt proud about robbing a bank and I said no. He said that afterwards there must have been lots of congratulating going on. I told him I didn’t feel proud at all... Everything was like an accusation. He didn’t really care what I said or didn’t say.”

Elvis Presley - grateful to the Denver Police Department for medical and security help at his Colorado concerts, purchases three specially designed Lincoln autos for three department members to show his appreciation. 

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand dissolves the Thai parliament on grounds that it contained too man political parties and could not govern effectively. He orders general elections for the National Assembly to be held April 4.

Passing - Agatha Christie (85) - queen of British mystery writers. She had been in poor health for several months. Her 85 novels have sold more than 350 million copies and include the classics “The Mousetrap,” “Murder on the Orient Express” and “Witness for the Prosecution.”

Passing - British actress Margaret Leighton (53) stage actress in London and New York.

Sen. Strom Thurmond (73) of South Carolina fathers another baby - his fourth child as his wife, Nancy (29) gives birth to an 8-pound boy. 


Best-selling books – January 8, 1976

The Choirboys - Joseph Wambaugh

 Ragtime E.L. Doctorow

Curtain - Agatha Christie

Shogun - James Clavell

The Eagles has Landed - Jack Higgins

The Greek Treasure - Irving Stone

Nightwork - Irwin Shaw

Bring on the empty Horses - David Niven

Sylvia Porter’s Money Book - Sylvia Porter

Powers of the Mind - Adam Smith

The Relaxation Response - Herbert Benson

Life Goes to the Movies - David Scherman

The People’s Almanac - David Wallechinsky/Irving Wallace


Hollywood news – January 8, 1976

Get Married - Actor James Caan (36) to model Sheila Ryan (23).


Top TV shows – January 8, 1976

All In The Family




Mary Tyler Moore


One Day At A Time


Welcome Back Kotter

CBS Reports

Sanford and Son

The Waltons

Bob Newhart

The Jeffersons

Little House on the Prairie

Six Million Dollar Man

Happy Days

Rockford Files

Chico and the Man

Tony Orland and Dawn


Monday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – January 8, 1976

CBS - Rhoda, Phyllis, All In The Family, Maude, Medical Center

NBC - Sanburg’s Lincoln, NBC Monday Night At The Movies

ABC - On The Rocks, Happy Days, ABC Theater


Happy Days - Second Anniversary episode where Fonzie and Ritchie get together in remembering highlights from the past two years.

Movie - Guns of the Magnificent Seven - George Kennedy, James Whitmore, Monte Markham

ABC Theater - Eleanor and Franklin. 


Music news - January 8, 1976

 Music trends - “The Philadelphia Sound” is hot on the charts these days with groups like the O’Jays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, the Three Degrees, Billy Paul and the People’s Choice. The success of these groups is largely due in part to Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff on their Philadelphia International Records (label). Says Huff: “Our sound is a black music sound. A lot of our songs have messages for black people because we feel they need a message. Black people don’t read a lot. Black people don’t like to listen to a lot of people making speeches or talking on and on about society and the black situation and all that. But black people will listen to a message in a song because they strongly relate to music, which is their main method of communication. That’s one of the best things about black people and our music speaks to that side of them.” Gamble and Huff have expanded where they have hired a staff of writers and producers. “Kenny and I still oversee all the music, but we can’t do everything. We don’t write as often as we used to or as much as we’d like to. This is such a big operation now that we have to spend a lot of time with administrative duties. But we have a mass production operation that is working smoothly now.”

Both Gamble and Huff have been indicted by a Philadelphia federal grand jury investigating payola in the record industry. Says Huff: “We’re innocent. The whole thing is very unfair. A lot of people think the indictments are racial to an extent. I agree. When all those indictments were handed down last year, there were a lot of black people involved. Too many. I won’t name any names but there are a lot of whites who could have been indicted. I won’t say any more than that.”

The Staple Singers are back - having a recent #1 hit with “Do it Again” - a song whose title reflects the group’s resurgence on the charts. They hadn’t had a new record out for quite some time because of a legal battle between their record company, Stax Records and its distributor CBS. The group wanted to be free of Stax. For a period of about 2 years, no new records were coming out. Finally after a contract loophole, they signed with Warner Brothers Records and were paired with Curtis Mayfield, who was composing the score for the film “Let’s do it Again.” Says Cleo Staples - “Any group can go for a length of time without a record, but we were really reaching the point where we needed a record. Once you’re not recording, people forge you. I’m sure some people thought we just dropped out of the business.” Says her sister Mavis - “We weren’t totally dead .. we were still doing shows. Fortunately, some concert promoters were still calling us. Our past records and our name carried us through that period.” 

At Caesars Palace in Las Vegas - this week - Paul Anka. Next week - Frank Sinatra.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – January 8, 1976

Convoy - C.W. McCoy

I Write The Songs - Barry Manilow

Love Rollercoaster - Ohio Players

Sing a Song - Earth, Wind & Fire

Fox on the Run - Sweet

Love Machine - Miracles

Fanny - Bee Gees

Take It To The Limit - The Eagles

50 Ways To Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do - Neil Sedaka

Evil Woman - Electric Light Orchestra

Theme From Mahogany - Diana Ross

Lets Do It Again - The Staple Singers

Saturday Night - The Bay City Rollers

Love To Love You Baby - Donna Summer

You Sexy Thing - Hot Chocolate

I Love Music - The O’Jays

Times Of Your Life - Paul Anka

Country Boy (You Got Your Feet In L.A.) - Glen Campbell

Rock and Roll All Nite - Kiss

Fly Away - John Denver

Over My Head - Fleetwood Mac

Winners and Losers - Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds

Paloma Blanca - George Baker Selection

Hurricane (part I) - Bob Dylan

Break Away - Art Garfunkel

Play On Love - Jefferson Starship



Top Country Single - January 8, 1976

Convoy - C. W. McCoy


Top Music Albums – January 8, 1976

Gratitude - Earth, Wind and Fire

History: America’s Greatest Hits - America

Chicago IX: Chicago’s Greatest Hits - Chicago

Family Reunion - The O’Jays

The Hissing of Summer Lawns - Joni Mitchell

Breakaway - Art Garfunkel

Still Crazy After All These Years - Paul Simon

Tryin’ To Get The Feelin’ Again - Barry Manilow

Alive! - Kiss

Family Reunion - The O’Jays

Windsong - John Denver

KC and the Sunshine Band - KC & The Sunshine Band

Helen Reddy’s Greatest Hits - Helen Reddy


Other top music albums – January 8, 1976

Desire - Bob Dylan

Station to Station - David Bowie

Coney Island Baby - Lou Reed

Sandman - Harry Nilsson

Born to Die - Grank Funk Railroad

Smile - Laura Nyro

Northern Lights/Southern Cross - The Band

One of These Nights - The Eagles

Country Life - Roxy Music

Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy - Elton John

Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen

Songs for the New Depression - Bette Midler

From Every Stage - Joan Baez

Second Childhood - Phoebe Snow

Aftertones - Janis Ian

Elite Hotel - Emmylou Harris

Cut The Cake - The Average White Band

Original Soundtrack - 10cc

Natty Dread - Bob Marley & The Wailers

Sedaka’s Back - Neil Sedaka


Top movies – January 8, 1976

Mahogany - Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Jean Pierre Aumont, Anthony Perkins 

Gone in 60 Seconds - H.B. Halicki, Marion Busia, George Cole, Parnell Jones

Lucky Lady - Gene Hackman, Liza Minnelli, Burt Reynolds

Rooster Cogburn - John Wayne, Katharine Hepburn

Jaws - Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss

The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams - Dan Haggerty

Mr. Invisible - Dean Jones

Diamonds - Robert Shaw, Richard Roundtree, Barbara Seagull, Shelley Winters

Call Him Mr. Shatter - Stuart Whitman, Peter Cushing

Barry Lyndon - Ryan O’Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee

Dog Day Afternoon - Al Pacino Charles Durning

Man Friday - Peter O’Toole, Richard Roundtree

The Man Who Would Be King - Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer

The Hindenburg - George C. Scott, Ann Bancroft, William Atherton, Roy Thinnes, Gig Young, Burgess Meredith, Charles During, Richard A. Dysart

The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother - Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Dom Deluise, Leo McKen

3 days of the Condor - Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, Max Von Sydow, John Houseman

The Black Bird - George Segal

Let’s Do it Again - Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Calvin Lockhart, John Amos, Julious Harris, Denise Nicholas, Jimmie Walker, Ossie Davis

The Killer Elite - James Caan, Robert Duvall

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest - Jack Nicholson

The Sunshine Boys - Walter Matthau, George Burns, Richard Benjanin

Hustle - Burt Reynolds, Catherine Deneuve, Ben Johnson, Paul Winfield, Eileen Brennan, Eddie Albert, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Carter

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