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


In The News

President Ford wins a solid victory over Ronald Reagan in the Florida Republican primary, dealing a blow to Reagan’s prospects for the GOP presidential nomination. With all the votes counted, Ford had 53% and Reagan, 47%.  Ford won in New Hampshire several weeks ago by a slim margin. The gain gives Ford momentum for Illinois next week and North Carolina, March 23.

Two thousand musicians strike 11 Las Vegas strip hotels forcing the cancellation of shows starring Sammy Davis Jr., Liberace and Tony Orlando. In addition, 22,000 culinary workers are ready to walk out which could shut down hotel operations. Stricken hotels include the Flamingo, MGM Grand, Tropicana, Sands, Sahara, Thunderbird, Circus Circus, Caesars Palace, Hilton and Dunes.

In the wake of the strike actions, one of the radio towers of station KORK-AM(920) is cut down at 4:15 in the morning. A police watch commander said there was problems with some of the paid advertisements put on the air. One of the hotel groups, Argent Corp, bought time to talk about several of its hotels (and casino), which were still in business and not affected by the strikes. Apparently, union people objected to the spot announcements, contacting the station and the FCC.    

A killer whale sinks the Italian yacht Guia III in the middle of a transatlantic race. The six-man crew was picked-up by a Greek freighter after floating in a life raft for 18 hours.

A rare miniature fruit tree given to Richard Nixon as a gift from China is confiscated when he returned to Southern California. The tree could be a potential carrier of a deadly horticultural virus says the Department of Agriculture. Two other plants presented to Nixon as gifts were let through.

The U.S. Postal Service says it will cut back business mail delivery in 10 big eastern cities. Effective March 29, delivery of business mail will be cut from two to once a day in Pittsburgh, Washington, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Richmond, Syracuse, Utica, Buffalo and Rochester. Effective May 17, business mail will be cut to twice daily from three in Manhattan, from 59th street to the Battery. 


Sports news – March 8, 1976

In sports - The NHL Board Of Governors agrees to help the financially troubled Kansas City Scouts by providing them with a loan for the remainder of the season. The move gives the team some breathing room to secure more financing, sell the team to another group in KC, or move the franchise to another city.   

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Lakers says that in his opinion, referee Bob Rakel is a racist. Jabbar made the remark in the locker room after the Lakers lost to the Celtics 92-89 in Boston.


Prices at the Supermarket/Drugstore – March 8, 1976

At the mart - Banquet Frozen Dinners - 2 for $1 ... Fresh Corn - 8 for $1 ... Corned Beef - $1.19lb ... Del Monte Tomato Juice - 46oz can - .49 ... Ocean Spray Cranapple Juice - 48oz - .83

At the drugstore - Pack of 9 Gillette track II cartridges - $1.59 ... A gallon of Prestone anti-freeze - $3.39 ...

Bestselling books include - “The Choirboys” - Joseph Wambaugh, “1876” - Gore Vidal, “Doris Day: Her Story” - A.E. Hatchner, “A Book” - Desi Arnaz


Television news – March 8, 1976

HBO a national television network devoted to first-run movies, live telecasts of sports events and nightclub acts of show business headliners makes its debut in California. The channel is now available in the San Francisco Bay Area communities of San Leandro and Hayward - with a total of 16,000 subscribers. It’s expected the service will be available to 87,000 subs in Northern California within six weeks. Launched in 1972, HBO is available to 300,000 subscribers in 23 states, mostly in the east.

The WPIX-TV husband/wife news anchor team of Pat and Joe Harper is gone.  Recently we all found out they were in fact, divorced. The newscast had a 2 share and it was decided Joe’s contract would not be renewed. Pat is considered a prime asset and will stay.

 HBO is spending some $600 thousand to produce 12 separate comedy shows – and the first will be David Steinberg, who was taped at the re-opening Playboy Club in New York. Others include; Rodney Dangerfield, Mort Sahl, Myron Cohen, John Byner, Phyllis Diller, Henny Youngman, David Brenner, Freddie Prinze and Joey Bishop.

Another HBO update – An “understanding” is signed by HBO and Columbia Pictures about future films on the channel. Columbia has been adamant about protecting its interests in the pay-cable field. First films assigned to HBO under the new agreement are “Shampoo,” “Breakout,” Aloha, Bobby & Rose,” “The Fortune” and “Lies My Father Told Me.”  

TV stations carrying “Emergency” in syndication this fall will use “Emergency One” as the episodes’ title to avoid confusion with the ongoing NBC-TV series.     


Friday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – March 8, 1976

CBS - Sara, Special- GE Theater ... NBC - Sanford & Son, The Practice, The Rockford Files, Police Story ... ABC - Donny And Marie, Movie


Donny And Marie w/guests Pearl Bailey, Ruth Buzzi, Sherman Hemsley and the Osmond Brothers.

The Practice - stars Danny Thomas.

GE Theater - “20 Shades Of Pink” stars Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson, Keenan Wynn and Edward Binns.


Music news – March 8, 1976

Porn singer-actress Andrea True has a record that could become a hit – “More More More.” She’s starred in such films as “Once Over Nightly: and “Illusions Of A Lady.” Early on – she was a multischolarship winner and attended George Peabody College in Nashville.

Philadelphia record producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff are slated to go before a judge April 1 for payola charges. They are accused of payola totaling more than $31,000 in cash, free clothing and airline tickets to DJ’s  and program directors in New York, Baltimore, Washington, Atlanta, Houston, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit ad Cleveland. They’ve been partners since 1966 and their artists include the O’Jays, Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes, Three Degrees, Billy Paul and the People’s Choice. Said Huff, “We’re innocent. When all those indictments were handed down, a lot of black people were involved. Too many, I wont’ Name any names, but there are a lot of whites who could have been indicted.” 


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – March 8, 1976

Pop music this week in 1976 - “December 1963 (Oh What A Night)” - Four Seasons, “All By Myself” - Eric Carmen, “Dream Weaver” - Gary Wright, “Disco Lady” - Johnnie Taylor, “Lonely Night (Angel Face) - The Captain & Tennille, “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” - Paul Simon, “Love Machine, Part 1” - The Miracles, “Take It To The Limit” - The Eagles, “Love Hurts” - Nazareth, “Theme From S.W.A.T.” - Rhythm Heritage, “Golden Years” - David Bowie, “Money Honey” - The Bay City Rollers


Top Music Albums – March 8, 1976

“Their Greatest Hits, 1971-1975” - The Eagles, “Frampton Comes Alive” - Peter Frampton, “Thoroughbred” - Carole King. “Fleetwood Mac” Fleetwood Mac, “Station To Station” - David Bowie, “Desire” - Bob Dylan, “A Night At The Opera” - Queen, “Dream Weaver” - Gary Wright, “Run With The Pack” - Bad Company, “Still Crazy After All These Years’ - Paul Simon.


Top Country Hit Music Singles – March 8, 1976

Top Country - “You’ll Lose A Good Thing” - Freddy Fender, “Til The Rivers All Run Dry’ - Don Williams, “Drinkin’ My Baby (Off My Mind)” - Eddie Rabbit, “Til I Can Make It On My Own” - Tammy Wynette.


Top movies – March 8, 1976

Lucky Lady - Gene Hackman, Liza Minnelli, Burt Reynolds

Breakheart Pass - Charles Bronson, Ben Johnson

Blazing Saddles - Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickins

Taxi Driver - Robert DeNiro

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest - Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher

Man Who Would Be King

Killer Force

From Beyond The Grave

Robin and Marian

The Devil Within Her


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