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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of March 23, 1976 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



March 23, 1976

Reagan wins and President Ford loses the North Carolina primary but expects to win in Wisconsin. Jimmy Carter defeated George Wallace.

The United States warns Syria and Israel against intervention in Lebanon’s deepening crisis.

The New Jersey Supreme Court appoints Karen Ann Quinlan’s father her legal guardian and said the comatose young woman may be allowed to die if competent medical authorities agree with him that there is no reasonable possibility of her recovery.

Secretary of State Henry Kissinger says no U.S. military move against Cuba is imminent and current strategic planning is a “precautionary review, not a crisis situation.” He seemed to be softening the warnings he has been sending Moscow and Havana on how Washington might retaliate against further Cuban military action in Africa.

The United states and Turkey reach agreement on a four-year military aid package that will lead to the reopening of U.S. military bases in Turkey. 

The Ford Administration says the Soviet Union is harassing the U.S. embassy staff in Moscow with violence in what it is calling an “organized campaign."

Tel Aviv - Security forces kill six Israeli Arab rioters in clashes during an Arab general strike called by the Communists.

A gang of thieves used an antiaircraft gun to hijack a Brink’s armored car from the heart of Montreal’s financial district and made ff with at least $1.6 million in cash.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and her daughter, Caroline Kennedy are barely on speaking terms in a feud over the girl’s plans to quit school and take up photography. Mrs. Onassis flew to London earlier this month to confer with Caroline (18), who is taking a 10-month art course at Sotheby’s the course ends in July. Friends say Jackie “appears to have won,” but Caroline is furious at parental interference. 

Swine flu back? - President Ford announces a government program to protect every American against the “very real possibility” of an epidemic next fall of swine flu, which killed millions earlier this century. Appearing with President Ford – Drs. Jonas Salk and Albert B. Sabin, who developed the vaccines that conquered polio. Rarely do these two appear together in public. They’ve been feuding for years over who should get credit for ending the threat of polio (answer – Salk was first – Sabin was second and they both ended polio).

Howard (Bo) Callaway quits as President Ford’s campaign manager. Ford appointed chief White House political counselor Roger C.B. Morton as his replacement.

Supreme Court rules that blacks who prove they were turned down for employment because of discriminatory hiring policies can be granted seniority by court order when they reapply and are hired. 

Dallas Toy Show – The hottest toys in America these days – the Jaws game, Evel Knievel’s stunt cycle, the Six-Million Dollar Man or any of the super jocks series.

Postmaster Gen Benjamin F. Bailar says the Postal Service could go bankrupt within a year if the Treasury refused to continue lending it money.

The four convicted defendants in the Zebra murder trial (four Black Muslims) are sentenced to life imprisonment. They were found guilty of randomly killing whites on the streets of San Francisco in the winter of 1973-74 as members of an apparently maverick offshoot of the Black Muslims called the Death Angels.

Petroleum industry trade associations estimate that U.S. reserves of oil and natural gas dropped again last year by some 4% to 5%.

It’s three years behind schedule and $2 billion over budget, but this week, thousands of Washingtonians showed up for free inaugural rides on DC’s new subway system.

Passing – Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery – the most famous British soldier of modern times. He was 88. He was a top British WWII general.

In Vail – two gondolas loaded with skiers snapped loose from their cables and plunged 100 feet into Vial Mountain. Three are dead and nine injured.


Sports news – March 23, 1976

The New York Yankees say they have signed free agent pitcher Andy Messersmith, but he’s trying to get out of it.


Music news – March 23, 1976

Motown says The Jackson 5, now with Epic Records, still owes them several albums. Their Motown contact expired March 10. 

Chicago -  had hoped that its next album – “Chicago X” would be released during their current tour, which ends this week. But it won’t. Look for it in May.

Rolling Stone writer Jon Landau – who helped produce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” is at it again. He’s now producing an album for Jackson Browne.

Actress/singer Claudine Longet attends memorial service in Aspen for slain skier Vladimir Sabich. Ms. Longet is free on personal recognizance during an investigation. She may be charged with criminally negligent homicide.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – March 23, 1976

48th Annual Oscar Awards (hosted by John Denver and Frank Sinatra)

Best Picture – “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

Best Actor – Jack Nicholson – “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

Best Actress – Louise Fletcher – “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

Best Supporting Actor – George Burns – “The Sunshine Boys”

Best Supporting Actress – Lee Grant – “Shampoo”

Best Director – Milos Forman – “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”


Passing – Actor Richard Arlen. He was 75.


Television news – March 23, 1976

A spinoff from Laverne & Shirley? Garry Marshall is coming up with Lenny and Squiggy in the Army.

NBC will air a half-hour Ronald Reagan speech in prime time. The cost is $86,000. Earlier, Reagan complained that no network would sell him time for a major speech in his campaign against President Ford.  


Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – March 23, 1976

CBS – 60 Minutes, Sonny and Cher, Kojak, Bronk

NBC – Disney, Ellery Queen, McCoy

ABC – Swiss Family Robinson, Six Million Dollar Man, Movie 

PBS – Masterpiece Theater


Sonny and Cher – Debbie Reynolds and the Smothers Brothers guest.

ABC Sunday Night Movie – “The Valachi Papers” – Charles Bronson, Lino Ventura, Jill Ireland, Joseph Wiseman. 


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