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
Welcome Back Kotter
Starsky & Hutch
Streets of San Francisco
Ali-Coopman title fight
Sanford and Son
People’s Choice Awards
ABC Sunday Movie - “The Last Detail”
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
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
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