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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of February 15, 1976 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Ford urges Congress to restructure the Federal Election Commission with six members appointed by the President and approved by the senate. He urged Congress to approve it quickly to avoid erosion of public confidence in the political process and prevent abuses in the coming election.

Two executives of the giant Japanese trading corporation Marubeni, resign only hours after they testified at parliamentary hearings on alleged Lockheed aircraft Corp. payoffs in Japan.

The Soviet Union admits that radiation exists at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, but said it was not enough to harm anybody. It called reports that the Russians beamed microwaves at the embassy “a trumped-up story from beginning to end.”

President Ford announces plans to tighten control of the U.S. intelligence establishment and places CIA Director George Bush in charge of overall U.S. intelligence policy. Later - In a message to Congress, President Ford detailed steps to tighten control over government secrets at home and to provide more scrutiny of undercover CIA operations abroad.

Former President Richard Nixon takes off for a private trip to China, his first venture away from the U.S. since he left office. He was accompanied by his wife, Pat and and a number of aides and Secret Service agents. He’ll be there for eight days.

Trial – Patty Hearst invokes the fifth Amendment 19 times when the prosecutor sought to question her about a time period he said she spent casing banks in the Sacramento area for the Symbionese Liberation Army.

Alan Greenspan, the top White House economic adviser, tells President Ford and his Cabinet, the nation’s economic recovery is on track with unemployment and inflation on the downswing.The Supreme Court lets stand a lower court ruling that televised Polish jokes are not the kind of public controversy of personal attack, warranting free broadcast time for a response by Polish-Americans.  The high court turned down an appeal by the Polish-American Congress and Thaddeus L. Kowalski, Chicago who claimed the American Broadcasting Co. should provide them free network time to counter Polish jokes told by comic Steve Allen on the Dick Cavett show back in August of 1972.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis endorses R. Sergeant Shriver for the Democratic nomination for President. “He is a man of action, deep commitment and warm concern. I know how much he cares. I hope you will vote for Sergeant Shriver,” said Jackie in a statement. 

Record volume - Some 44.5 million shares are traded as the Dow Jones average closes up 12.04 at 987.80.

Declining prices for food, gasoline, fuel oil and new cars held the cost of living to a .4% increase in January.

Low-cost passes allowing travelers to take an unlimited number of trips on Amtrak trains will be sold in the United States for the first time during a 2 ½-month experiment beginning March 1. Travelers will be able to buy tickets allowing unlimited train travel anywhere on Amtrak’s system for two weeks for $150. The cost will rise to $200 for 21-day passes and to $250 for passes allowing unlimited travel for 30 days.


Sports news – February 15, 1976

David Pearson wins the Daytona 500.

Bout in San Juan as Muhammad Ali by knockout in the fifth round against Jean-Pierre Coopman of Belgium.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – February 15, 1976

Mamaroneck NY - Hundreds of mourners, many of them weeping, jam the Roman Catholic Church of the Most Holy Trinity for the funeral of actor Sal Mineo, murdered in Hollywood last week. Seen – Elliott Mintz, director Nicholas Ray, Jill Haworth and Desi Arnaz Jr. Mineo’s mother and brother Michael, live in a house he bought for them in this community near New York City. 

People’s Choice Awards - The movie Jaws, plus All in the Family, The Waltons, Carol Burnet, Telly Savalas, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Blake, John Wayne and John Denver all were People’s Choice Awards winners. Starsky and Hutch and Welcome Back Kotter tied for new TV show. Bob Hope and Tony Orland – for favorite male entertainer and Carol Burnett and Mary Tyler More for favorite female entertainer.


Music News – February 15, 1976

Passing – Florence Ballard (32) who sang her way out of the ghetto to international fame with the Supremes then wound up back on the welfare rolls, dies without full filling her dreams of a comeback. The Wayne County medical examiner’s office said Miss Ballard had been drinking and taking medication before she was admitted to the emergency room at Mr. Carmel Mercy Hospital. She had just reconciled with her husband, and had just purchased a house on Detroit’s northwest side. She was living there with her husband and daughters and had just bought a new car.

So very hard to go - Sheriff’s deputies say rock singer Rick Stevens – ex lead of “Tower of Power” has been booked for investigation of three murders, three kidnappings, one-armed robbery and one auto theft. Stevens was captured following a chase by scores of officers, dozens of cars and a helicopter after allegedly abandoning a car stolen from someone who was shot to death a short time earlier.


Television news – February 15, 1976

Daniel Schorr, the CBS newsman who leaded a document on the CIA to a newspaper in defiance of a congressional order, has been “relieved of all reporting duties for an indefinite period,” says CBS.

NBC and the Nebraska Educational Television Network, which have shared the same “N” as a nametag (in different colors) since Jan. 1, will meet in court. NETV charges NBC with servicemark infringement, unfair competition and violation of the Lanham Trademark Act. NETV wants an injunction against NBC’s use of the logo. Though NETV registered its symbol as a trademark, it was using the logo almost eight months prior to NBC. “Rights are determined by the first use in commerce,” says a trademark lawyer. 


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – February 15, 1976

CBS – Good Times, Popi, MASH, One Day at a Time, Switch

NBC – Movin’ On, Police Woman, City of Angels, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Marcus Welby, MD

PBS – The Adams Chronicles


 Police Woman – Royster falls in love with a female crime suspect.

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