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


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Primary - President Ford completes a two-day swing through New Hampshire, counting on undecided voters.

On trial – Patricia Hearst described how she was brutally abducted, beaten, threatened and locked away in a closet, in what her captor’s called the “people’s prison.”

President Ford will lay out a plan to prevent future abuses by the U.S. intelligence community. A White House unit will monitor agencies.

So far some 17,000 have died in Guatemala’s earthquake as doctors plead for serum to fight an outbreak of typhoid and other diseases spread by contaminated food and water. 

Prime Minister Harold Wilson says up to 14 British mercenaries apparently have been executed by a firing squad of their comrades in Angola and “a very considerable Number” of others killed in the fighting there.

House spy reports - Secretary of State Henry Kissinger denounces a House Intelligence Committee report as a “new version of McCarthyism,” and that the data is distorted and may peril policy.

To top executives of Lockheed step down in the midst of a scandal involving big payoffs to foreign officials.

President Ford says he condemns “in the strongest terms” bribery of foreign officials by U.S. firms doing business abroad and calls on his aides to submit proposals to stop abuses.

Mayor Abraham Beame places the city’s budget deficit at $1.021 billion – more than 40% higher than the official figure adopted last October. The Mayor says now the city must trim its spending by $821 million. 

Alan Greenspan, chairman of the Council of economic Advisers says it would be premature to revise predictions for unemployment at the end of this year on the basis of January’s dramatic drop. He says business recovery appears to be “fairly solid.” “When you look at the numbers there is no question that January did come in better than we would have projected,” said Greenspan. 

A bomb explodes in a guesthouse of the famed Hearst Castle in central California. The damage is placed at $1 million and a female suspect is being sought.

Passing – Opera singer Lily Pons – one of the world’s great divas. She was 71.

President Ford releases a personal financial statement showing that he and his wife have a new worth of $323,489.


Fascinating Business news – February 8, 1976

The Food and Drug Administration band Red Dye No. 2 effective this week after getting permission from a federal appeals court. The artificial dye used in hundreds of foods, drugs and cosmetics cannot be used in any product unless processing has already started. The FDA based its ban on an agency scientist’s report at the end of last year that rats fed the dye had statistically significant more cancerous tumors than those that did not eat it.  


Sports news – February 8, 1976

Winter games – Dorothy Hamill – with four minutes and two seconds of brilliant free skating – wins the women’s gold medal in figure skating at the XII Winter Olympics in Innsbruck. Also, skier Cindy Nelson upsets several favorites to finish third for a bronze medal in the women’s downhill race. Russia’s skater Tatiana Averina becomes the first double gold medallist of the Winter Olympics.

Pete Maravich scores 29 points as the New Orleans Jazz defeats the Golden State Warriors 130-124.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – February 8, 1976

Actor Sal Mineo is knifed to death in the basement garage area of an apartment house. The location was 8563 Holloway Drive – just below the Sunset Strip. Mineo had been living in the building while rehearsing the stage play, “P.S. Your Cat is Dead,” which was supposed to open next week at nearby Westwood Playhouse. A witness heard noises around 10pm  – with someone shouting – “My God, My God – Help Me!” That was followed by a final scream and silence.

Passing – Actor Lee J. Cobb (64) of a heart attack.


Some best-selling books – February 8, 1976

The Choirboys – Joseph Wambaugh

Curtain – Agatha Christie                                                                                                 

Nightwork – Irwin Shaw

Saving The Queen – William. F. Buckley

The Greek Treasure – Irving Stone

Doris Day: Her Own Story – A.E. Hotchner

The People’s Almanac – David Wallechinsky and Irving Wallace

Bring On The Empty Horses – David Niven

The Relaxation Response – Herbert Benson

My Life  - Golda Meir

Winning Through Intimidation – Robert Ringer


Entertainment/Celebrity news – February 8, 1976

Playing in Las Vegas –

Paul Anka – Caesars Palace

Robert Goulet – Frontier                    

Dean Martin – MGM Grand

Liberace – Hilton

Don Rickles – Riviera

Buddy Hackett/Sammy Cahn – Sahara

Wayne Newton – Sands

Soupy Sales – Thunderbird


Television news – February 8, 1976

Kevin Tighe and Randolph Mantooth of NBC-TV's "Emergency" are set to appear on the Rich Little show.

Ratings – Looks like ABC’s gamble of airing Olympic coverage in prime time (first time ever) is paying off as all 10 ½ hours got a 22.6 rating and 35.3 audience share.  Also doing well in last week’s ratings – Jackie Gleason’s “The Honeymooners. The Second Honeymoon” was #11 overall in the ratings. The “Six Million Dollar Man” was #1 followed by “All in the Family,” “City of Angles,” “Laverne and Shirley.”


Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – February 8, 1976

CBS – Rhoda, Phyllis, All in the Family, Maude, Medical Center

NBC – Rich Little Show, Joe Forrester, Jigsaw John, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – On the Rocks, Winter Olympics, Rich Man, Poor Man, Monday Special (late night)

PBS – PBS – Six Hundred Millennia: China’s History Unearthed


Top movies – February 8, 1976


The Fortune

Sunshine Boys

Dog Day Afternoon


Waldo Pepper


The Hindenburg

Story of O

Gable &Lombard

King of Hearts

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