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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of April 1, 1976 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

A tentative settlement was reached to end the teamsters’ three-day-old strike against the trucking industry. Good thing because American Motors had announces it would suspend all its car production in North America because of the strike.

Muslims and Christians agree to a 10-day truce in Lebanon.

Foreign secretary James Callaghan is named to succeed Harold Wilson as prime minister and leader of Britain’s ruling labor party.

Ronald Reagan’s upset victory over President Ford in last week’s North Carolina primary has had little impact on the presidential preferences of Republican voters across the country – as Ford is at 56% and Reagan 32% in a Gallop Poll.

President Ford greets King Carl XVI Gustaf in the White House Oval office and says he was delighted the Swedish Monarch will visit Vail during the bicentennial visit to America.

Howard Hughes – the reclusive billionaire – dies of a stroke. He was on an emergency medical flight carrying him from Acapulco to a hospital in Houston. He was 70.

Despite plans by the Treasury Department to keep the new $2 bills under wraps until next week. Some of them have seeped in circulation in New York. They were issued accidentally by a branch of one of its member banks.

President Ford accuses Ronald Reagan of basing his most recent attacks against Administration policies on “misleading statements” and said this kind of campaigning could hurt the unity of the Republican Party. Reagan said he stood by everything he said.

Overall wholesale prices ors slightly in march for their first monthly increase this year – up .2%. 

U.S. Treasury Secretary William Simon orders a special set of fingerprints taken from the body of Howard Hughes as part of their own independent investigation to ascertain the identity.

Meanwhile – Greg Bautzer - the attorney for the late Howard Hughs says he does not know whether he left a will, but predicts most of the bulk of Hughes’ fortune probably will go to medical research.

President Ford says his foreign aid budget request includes adequate funds to help Israel maintain its security and that he will be ‘forced to exercise my veto” if Congress adds more money to the $5.6 billion measure.

The New Jersey attorney general said he will not appeal the State Supreme Court ruling clearing the way for doctors to remove comatose Karen Ann Quinlan from her life-sustaining respirator.

Passing – German surrealist artist and sculptor Max Ernst. He was almost 85.


Sports news -  April 1, 1976

New York Mets pitching ace Tom Seaver ends his bitter holdout by agreeing to a three-year contract which the Mets say will make him the highest paid pitcher in baseball history (so far).

Miami Dolphins owner Joe Robbie goes public with his gripes about a five-year contract being sought by Larry Csonka, claiming the erstwhile Dolphin fullback wants a financial package totaling more than $2 million.


Entertainment news – April 1, 1976

Passing – Mary Margaret McBride – the first lady of radio. She was 76.


Music news – April 1, 1976

John Sebastian is back as a hit maker with “Welcome Back Kotter” – a song that wasn’t going to be released as a single. Sebastian is about to release a new album – and hopefully – he’s back. He’s had six solo albums since the Lovin’ Spoonful disbanded in 1967, and only one sold well. Sebastian, who never wrote for TV before, got his break because his agent knew the producer of “Welcome Back Kotter.” The producer tried several people, didn’t like their songs – so Sebastian got a shot at it.


Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – April 1, 1976

CBS – Rhoda, Phyllis, All in the Family, Maude, Dick Cavett’s Backlot USA

NBC – Rich Little, Joe Forrester, Jigsaw John, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Noah’s Animals, Movie, Monday Special

PBS – USA: People and Politics, Mark Russell special, Koscinszke: An American Portrait


Rich Little – Bing Crosby and Bill Cosby guest.

 On the Tonight Show – Helen Reddy guest hosts. Dinah Shore and Carol Burnett are guests.


Top movies – April 1, 1976

Man in the Glass Booth

Dirtwater Fox


Gable and Lombardi

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Next

Sunshine Boys

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