Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of February 1, 1976 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Daniel P. Moynihan resigns as U.N. Ambassador, telling President Ford he must return to Harvard or lose his professorship. His six months on the job has been among the most turbulent in the world organization’s 30-year history.
Secretary of Transportation William T. Coleman Jr. approves flights of the Concorde supersonic jet into New York and Washington for a 16-month trial. The flights were requested by Air France and British Airways. He rejected protests by environmentalists that the Concorde was excessively noisy. Under the decision, each of the two airlines can operate two Concorde flights daily into Kennedy Airport and one flight daily into Washington’s Dulles Airport.
The nation’s jobless rate takes its biggest dip in 16 years and the lowest in 13 months, dropping from 8.3% to 7.8%.
U.S. Dist Judge John Sirica (71), who presided over the two most important criminal trials of the Watergate scandals, suffers a heart attack while giving a speech. He’s listed in critical condition.
Biggest art theft of all time (so far) as thieves steal 127 paintings of Pablo Picasso from the Palace of the Popes in Avignon, France. Masked thieves had overpowered guards at an exhibition, carrying the 127 paintings to a car parked in the courtyard.
Minister of Public Security Hua Kuo-feng is chosen acting premier of China.
Nancy Kissinger wife of Secretary-of-state Henry Kissinger undergoes surgery for a gastric ulcer in which 40% of her stomach is removed.
Black Jack, the gallant horse that walked rider less behind the coffin bearing John F. Kennedy is put to death by an Army veterinarian. He was 29 and suffered from kidney failure and other ravages of old age. The horse graced the funerals of thousands including those of President's Lyndon Johnson, Herbert Hoover as well as Kennedy. Black Jack’s job was to symbolize with his empty saddle, the final departure of the nation’s leaders.
Sports news – February 1, 1976
Washington’s Dave Bing and Buffalo’s Bob McAdoo lead a final period rally that carried the East to a 123-109 victory over the West in the 26th annual NBA All-Star game.
Entertainment/Celebrity news – February 1, 1976
Singers Carol Lawrence (43) and Robert Goulet (42) petition a Los Angeles court for a legal separation. They’ve been married since August, 1963. She seeks custody of their two sons Christopher (11) and Michael (9).
Playing in Las Vegas –
Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme – Caesars
Bobby Gentry – Frontier
5th Dimension – Hilton
Don Rickles – Riviera
Totie Fields – Sahara
Wayne Newton – Sands
Music news – February 1, 1976
Music news – passing – Vince Guaraldi (47) – of a heart attack. Known for his scoring of several Peanuts television specials and for the hit instrumental “Cast Your Fate To The Wind.”
Billy Joe Royal – best known for the hits “Down In The Boondocks” and “Cherry Hill Park” is arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs after his car struck a gasoline pump in Hogansville, Georgia. Royal told police he had been taking antibiotics for a virus and drank a couple of bears “and it threw me.”
Radio news – February 1, 1976
Soft “beautiful music” stations are doing better than ever. Recently, top-40 WCFL announced it was going to the format next month.
NBC radio’s “News and Information Service” is still losing money. The network feeds news 24-hours-a-day to stations, but the network says ratings are improving. Ratings have improved at stations such as WRC - Washington, KFBK – Sacramento, WINZ – Miami and WRNL – Richmond.
Celebrity/Hollywood news – February 1, 1976
Roy Rogers cancels his appearance at the premiere of his first motion picture in 20 years because of respiratory infection. His wife, Dale, took his place for the showing of “Mackintosh and T.J.” in Lubbock, Texas.
Television news – February 1, 1976
The Muppet Show – a new series slated for a September start has been sold in 54 markets – including the five CBS owned and operated television stations.
TV Mail – Could you give me more information on the actor who portrays “Epstein” on “Welcome Back Kotter?” … He’s Robert Hegyes – an Italian-Hungarian from New Jersey. His first professional work was in the off-Broadway show, “Naomi Court.” He and his wife live in Burbank.
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast will expand to two hours for the first time to honor guest – Dean Martin. Don Rickles will host the February 27 broadcast will feature Orson Welles, Bob Hope, John Wayne, Muhammad Ali, Angie Dickinson, James Stewart and Gene Kelly.
John Davidson will be headlining a new musical-variety show in the spring.
The ratings are in and LaVerne & Shirley finishes #1 – even beating “All In The Family.” Also, the new “Sonny and Cher” finished in the top 10.
Top syndicated television shows – February 1, 1976
Price is Right (nighttime version with Dennis James)
Truth or Consequences
Hollywood Squares (night time)
To Tell The Truth
Let’s Make A Deal (night time)
Name That Tune
World At War
Hollywood Screen Test
Bobby Vinton Show
Last of the Wild
Sunday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – February 1, 1976
CBS – 60 Minutes, Debut Sonny and Cher, Kojak, Bronk
NBC – Wonderful World of Disney, Ellery Queen, Columbo, Flannery and Quilt
ABC – Swiss Family Robinson, Six Million Dollar Man, Debut-Rich Man Poor Man From Yesterday
PBS - Nova, Masterpiece Theater
Swiss Family Robinson – French privateer Jean Lafitte visits the Robinsons on their uncharted island, for the purpose of finding hidden treasure. Stars Martin Milner.
Debut Sonny and Cher – They’re back together! Tonight’s guests - Nancy Walker, Rona Barrett, Kate Smith, Don Meredith, Jim Nabors, Raymond Burr, Richard Thomas and Paul Michael Glaser.
Debut – Rich Man Poor Man – first of a nine-part series based on Irwin Shaw’s novel of two strong-willed brothers who battle for the affection of their parents and as WWII ends, embark on an odyssey that will take one to great wealth and power and the other to the brink. Stars Peter Strauss, Nick Nolte, Susan Blakely, Ed Asner, Dorothy McGuire, Robert Reed, Gloria Grahame, Michael Evans, Dick Butkus.
Flannery and Quilt – Comedy pilot starring Red Buttons and Harold Gould – two seniors’s who share living quarters.
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – February 1, 1976
50 WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR LOVER - Paul Simon
CONVOY - C.W. McCall
I WRITE THE SONGS - Barry Manilow
YOU SEXY THING - Hot Chocolate
LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY - Donna Summer
LOVE ROLLERCOASTER - Ohio Players
SING A SONG - Earth, Wind & Fire
BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO - Neil Sedaka
LOVE MACHINE (pt. 1) - Miracles
EVIL WOMAN - Electric Light Orchestra
WALK AWAY FROM LOVE - David Ruffin
TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT - Eagles
THEME FROM S.W.A.T. - Rhythm Heritage
ALL BY MYSELF - Eric Carmen
FLY AWAY - John Denver
SQUEEZE BOX - The Who
TIMES OF YOUR LIFE - Paul Anka
LOVE HURTS – Nazareth
GROW SOME FUNK OF YOUR OWN - Elton John
FANNY (Be Tender With My Love) - Bee Gees
WAKE UP EVERYBODY (pt. 1) - Harold Melvin & Blue Notes
PALOMA BLANCA - George Baker Selection
SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT - Helen Reddy
DREAM WEAVER - Gary Wright
LONELY NIGHT (Angel Face) - Captain & Tennille
GOLDEN YEARS - David Bowie
THE WHITE KNIGHT - Cledus Maggard & Citizen’s Band
Top movies – February 1, 1976
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
Dog Day Afternoon – Al Pacino
Story of O
Challenge To Be Free
Adventures of the Wildness Family
Man Who Would Be King
Man Johnny Barrows
Three Days of the Condor