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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of February 22, 1976 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

In Italy - raiders steel an urn containing part of Mussolini’s brain from the chapel tomb where the dictator is buried. They also smashed window cases and stole Mussolini’s military hats.

Patty Hearst trial - Patty Hearst defies a federal judge by refusing to answer  questions about a “missing year” in her underground life on grounds that her testimony might incriminate her in another crime. The judge threatened to cite the newspaper heiress for contempt of court if she did not answer, but declined and instead, took the fifth Amendment 42 times. Defense attorney F. Lee Bailey objected to her taking the stand again with the jury still in the courtroom, but that was overruled.

New Hampshire primary - President Ford edges out Ronald Reagan for the Republican presidential primary ... Jimmy Carter, a little-known former Georgia governor, wins the Democratic primary. Behind him, Rep. Morris K. Udall (D-Ariz).

In Sweden - a special government committee proposes that sexual intercourse be permitted as early as age 14 and that the old prohibition against incest is abolished. It also suggested that the word “homosexual” be banned from legislation dealing with sex and that homosexuals be treated in the same manner as heterosexuals. 

Spy ship “Glomar Explorer - a ship built with government funds under a secret agreement between the CIA and a corporation controlled by Howard Hughs - is bid for lease to private industry this week. The government can’t find a use for the 618 ft ship. A spokesman described the ship’s “sophisticated” automatic station-keeping system” which keeps it on one spot on the moving sea. It also has a super heavy-duty hoisting system, capable of raising and lowering equipment more than 17,000. The government is asking for $30,000 a day in rent.  


Fascinating Business news – Chrysler – February 22, 1976

Chrysler Corp reports a $259.5 million in 1975 - the greatest loss in U.S. automotive history (to date). It is the sixth straight quarterly loss for the automaker.


Best-selling books – February 22, 1976

Curtain - Agatha Christie

Ragtime - E.S. Doctorow

The Choirboys - Joseph Wambaugh

The Greek Treasure - Irving Stone

Saving the Queen - William F. Buckley

The Eagle Has Landed - Jack Higgins

Shogun - James Clavell

The Greek Treasure - Irving Stone

Doris Day: Her Own Story - A.E. Hatchner

The People’s Almanac - David Wallechinsky/Irving Wallace

Bring on the Empty Horses - David Niven

World of Our Fathers - Irving Howe

The Relaxation Response - Herbert Benson

The Russians - Hedrick Smith

Winning Through Intimidation - Robert Ringer

My Life - Golda Meir


Entertainment/Celebrity news – February 22, 1976

CBS newsman Daniel Schorr, who leaked a document on the CIA to a newspaper in defiance of a congressional order is “relieved of all reporting duties for an indefinite period” says CBS. Schoor admitted giving the Village Voice, a New York weekly, a copy of a House subcommittee’s report on its investigation of CIA activities. The House had ordered the report kept secret until after it was censored by the White House.

In a McCall’s magazine interview this week, Princess Grace of Monaco says she is very much a feminist at heart: “I think women can do whatever they set their minds to do. But I also think that, in a man-woman relationship, the man should be head of the family and unchallenged by woman.”


Top TV shows – February 22, 1976

The Six Million Dollar Man

All in the Family

Rich Man, Poor Man

Bionic Woman

Walt Disney

Welcome Back Kotter

Starsky & Hutch

Streets of San Francisco

Happy Days


Movie-Dirty Harry

Ali-Coopman title fight

The Waltons

Sanford and Son

People’s Choice Awards



ABC Sunday Movie - “The Last Detail”

The Jeffersons

Barney Miller


Tuesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – February 22, 1976

CBS - Good Times, Papi, MASH, One Day At A Time, Switch

NBC - Movin’ On, Police Women, City of Angels

ABC - Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, The Rookies, Marcus Welby, MD

PBS - Dr Who, The Claws of Aces, Upstairs, Downstairs, John Adams: President (1797-1801)


Good Times - Trouble brews when Larry asks Thelma to go to California with him.

Happy Days - Fonzie is in a panic when he learns he may have to wear glasses.

One Day At A Time - Ann Catches David in a lie about another woman.  


Music news – February 22, 1976

Newcomer singer Donna Summer (27) has a hit with “Love to Love You Baby.” The full version of the song is over 16 minutes and Donna says it wasn’t easy: “Those groans and moans were the hardest things I ever had to record. I didn’t know whether I really wanted people to hear me sounding like that. So I tried doing the song indifferent ways - screaming it and talking it. But that didn’t work. Then I told the producer to get somebody else to sing it, but he wouldn’t. He just threw everyone out of the studio and made me relax. He turned off all the lights in the studio and turned on a little red light in the control booth so he could see the controls. Then he told me to listen to the mood of the song and sing it the way I felt. The music made me feel soft so I took my voice down and down until it became a whisper. Then I started to fantasize while sitting on that stool in a dark studio. I made up a story in my mind and then sang the song. The producer was so pleased with it that he was jumping up and down ... but I was very embarrassed.

 Passing - Florence Ballard (32) - one of the original Supremes from Motown.  She, along with Diana Ross and Mary Wilson, were with the group when they began their incredible chart and hit run, beginning in 1964. A medical examiner said she had been drinking and taking medication before being admitted to the emergency room. She died from what hospital records say was a cardiac arrest. On the welfare rolls a year ago, she and her husband had reconciled and she recently had purchased a house on Detroit’s northwest side and a new car. She said she quit the Supremes in 1967 because there was friction in the group. She said she was told she would get more than $1 million if she would agree to leave the popular group. She never received the money and filed an $8.7 million suit against Motown Records, but it was dismissed in 1971.

Chicago is finishing “Chicago X” in its studios in Caribou, Colorado. Columbia Records says it should be released in early April.

New album by new supergroup? The name of the group - KGB. Look at this talent - Mike Bloomfield (remember him in the Electric Flag?) ... Barry Goldberg (also with the Flag and the Barry Goldberg Reunion) ... Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge), Rick Grech (Blind Faith and Traffic). The only unknown is lead singer - Ray Kennedy. 

Terry Bradshaw Sings - At the world-famous Palomino club in North Hollywood, Calif - guess who’s performing this week ... Terry Bradshaw (26) sings country. He has a single out - a version of Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” In Pittsburgh, where Bradshaw hails as the quarterback of the Steelers, the record is in the top-10 and Billboard Magazine has it listed #41 on their country charts. (The record actually peaked at #17 on the country charts).  


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – February 22, 1976

Love Machine - Miracles

Theme From SWAT - Rhythm Heritage

December 1963, Oh What A Night - Four Seasons

Dream Weaver - Gary Wright

All By Myself - Eric Carman

You Sexy Thing - Hot Chocolate

Right Back Where We Started From - Maxine Nightingale

Love Hurts - Nazareth

50 Ways To Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon

Lonely Night (Angel Face) - Captain & Tennile

There’s A Kind of Hush - The Carpenters

 Love To Love You Baby - Donna Summer

Take It To The Limit - The Eagles

Sing a Song - Earth, Wind & Fire

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do - Neil Sedaka

Evil Woman - Electric Light Orchestra

Wake Up Everybody - part 1 - Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes

Baby Face - The Wing & A Prayer Fife and Drum Corps

Squeeze Box - The Who

Somewhere In The Night - Helen Reddy

Slow Ride - Foghat

Tracks of My Tears - Linda Ronstadt

Without Your Love - Charlie Ross

Action - The Sweet

Deep Purple - Donny and Marie


Top Music Albums – February 22, 1976

Desire - Bob Dylan

Frampton Comes Alive - Peter Frampton

Eagles, Their Greatest Hits - 1971-1975

Still Crazy After All These Years - Paul Simon

Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

 Fleetwood Mac

Gratitude - Earth, Wind & Fire

Station to Station - David Bowie

Face The Music - Electric Light Orchestra

Wake Up Everybody - Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes

Family Reunion - The O’Jays

Tryin’ To Get The Feeling - Barry Manilow 


Top Country Single - February 22, 1976

Good Hearted Women - Waylon & Willie


Some Top movies – February 22, 1976

Taxi Driver - Robert DeNiro, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel, Leonard Harris, Peter Boyle and Cybill Shepherd.

 The Return of the Pink Panther - Peter Sellers, Christopher Plummer, Catherine Schell, Herbert Lom

Love and Death - Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

Tommy - Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Roger Daltrey, Elton John, Eric Clapton, John Entwistle, Keith Moon, Paul Nicholas, Jack Nicholson, Robert Powell, Peter Townsend, Tina Turner

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest - Jack Nicholson

Shampoo - Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn

Jaws - Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss

Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore - Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson

Walt Disney’s No Deposit No Return - Don Knotts

Give ‘Em Hell Harry - James Whitmore

Nashville -

Gable and Lombard - James Brolin, Jill Clayburgh

Dog Day Afternoon - Al Pacino

Barry Lyndon - Ryan O’Neal, Marisa Berenson

Blazing Saddles - Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, David Huddleston, Mel Brooks, Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn

Dog Day Afternoon - Al Pacino

The Hindenburg - George C. Scott, Anne Bancroft


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