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



In The News

Patty Hearst is temporarily sentenced to the maximum 35-year penalty prescribed for the bank robbery and weapons charges on which she was convicted three weeks ago. The judge said that sentence was merely a formality and that he’s committing her for psychiatric examination that he said was necessary to guide him in imposing final sentence... Later in jail, Patty Hearst suffers a collapsed lung and undergoes minor surgery... Also this week, her two former companions - William & Emily Harris, are charged with kidnapping the newspaper heiress more than two years ago. 

Trouble at Baltimore City Hall - a city councilman is shot and killed and at least three others are wounded by a gunman who began firing in City Hall offices. Police shot the intruder, who was wounded and hospitalized.

A hectic nine-day search fails to turn-up the will of Howard Hughs. The development came near the end of a 10-day deadline for probate action following the April 5 death of Hughes on an emergency medical flight to a Houston hospital from Acapulco where he had been living.

Thirteen men, who scrambled into a survival capsule before an oil-drilling platform sank in gulf, die when the capsule itself capsizes. The men were from the 35-man crew of the offshore drilling barge Ocean Express which tipped over and sank as it was moving through 15-foot seas about 40 miles from Corpus Christie.  The capsules are supposed to float head up. The doomed capsule was pulled aboard the aircraft carrier Lexington. Four bodies fell out an open hatch as the capsule was swung aboard. Nine others - all dead - were still inside. 

What’s in for guys - flared jeans and matched jean sets.  Long-shirt style jacket with snapped chest pockets. Matching 4-pocket western jeans with a 24” flare at the bottom. Jacket and jean set - just $22.98. 

Hugh Hefner (50) steps down as head of Playboy Enterprises, the parent company of the magazine he founded. He’ll retain the title of board chairman and living on the West Coast.


Technology news – April 8, 1976

Ford Motor Company demonstrates the world’s first experimental Stirling hot air engine for passenger cars. The engine was first conceived by Scottish clergyman in 1816 and is now considered one of the most promising alternatives to the internal combustion engine. It produces fewer exhaust emissions and less noise while providing greater fuel exonomyon a wide variety of fuels. Ford says it would be at least 10 years before it could be put into mass production.

Good News Good Buddy - The FCC will now make it easier to obtain a CB (Citizen Band) radio license. According to the commission, applications are coming in at the rate of 500,000 a month and citizens were waiting about seven weeks before they could use their newly purchased CB radios. The new action, which takes place this week, grants an automatic 60-day temporary license while the FCC processes applications for permanent licenses. The CB radio craze is on.

First Lady Betty Ford just got her CB license, but hasn’t chosen a handle. She has received a number of suggestions - “Ms America,” “Wonder Women,” “D.C. Dancer,” “Ready Betty,” and “Not a Lincoln,” but word has it that she’s leaning towards “First Mamma.”


Best-selling books – April 8, 1976

Trinity - Leon Uris

1876 - Gore Vidal

The “R” Document - Irving Wallace

The Choirboys - Joseph Wambugh

The Boys From Brazil - Ira Levin

Curtain - Agatha Christie

Saving the Queen - William F. Buckley Jr.

The Gemini Contenders - Robert Ludlum

The People’s Almanac - David Wallechinksy/Irving Wallace

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

The Final Days - Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

The Russians - Hedrick Smith

World of Our Fathers - Irving Howe

Spandau: The Secret Diares - Albert Speer

A Book - Desi Arnaz 


Top TV shows – April 8, 1976

ABC Sunday Night Movie - “Five Easy Pieces”

Happy Days

Laverne & Shirley


Welcome Back Kotter

Barney Miller

Six Million Dollar Man



Bionic Woman

One Day at a Time

Streets of San Francisco

All in the Family

Good Heavens

Starsky and Hutch

Hawaii Five-O

Sonny & Cher

The Story of David - part two

The Jeffersons

The Story of David - part one


Television news – April 8, 1976

Passing - character actor Paul Ford (74) - best remembered as “Col Hall” to Phil Silvers’ “Sgt Bilko.” in the 50’s. 


Tuesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – April 8, 1976

CBS - Special-Here Comes Peter Cottontail, MASH, One Day At A Time, Switch

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

ABC - Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, The Rookies, Family

PBS - Cakes And Ale, The Adams Chronicles


Peter Cottontail -  Danny Kaye narrates this Easter special.

Movin’ On - Sonny and Will lose their truck to Moose and Benjy and concoct a scheme to get it back. Claude Atkins and Frank Converse star.

MASH - a band of Korean orphans bed down at the 4077th.

Switch - Roger C. Carmel stars as a thief and murderer who thinks he’s on easy street. Eddie Albert and Robert Wagner star.

The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson - Dr Michael Fox.

The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder - topic - “The Moon People,” focuses on the religious movement of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon.


Music news – April 8, 1976

Boz Scaggs (31) - a San Francisco resident begins a 27-date, six-week tour - his first tour in almost two years. Up until now, Scaggs has had a huge following in Northern California. “We’re going to play the Midwest and the Northeast this time. I’ve never played the Southeast, but I’m not going to do that this time. I think I can crack these markets where I’m unknown. There’s a lot of energy going into promotion this time. It’s the first really concentrated effort to make me big on a national level.”  

Folksinger-songwriter Phil Ochs is cremated in New York. He was found dead after he hanged himself in his sister’s New York home on Friday. He was 35. Ochs began is career in Greenwich Village in 1961 after studying journalism at Ohio University. In the early 60’s, he was often referred to as the next Bob Dylan. Two of his best-selling albums of the period - “All the News that’s Fit To Print,” “I Ain’t Marching Any More.” He also wrote one of Joan Baez’s bigger singles - “There But For Fortune.”   


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

DISCO LADY - Johnnie Taylor

LONELY NIGHT (Angel Face) - Captain & Tennille

DREAM WEAVER -Gary Wright          


LET YOUR LOVE FLOW - Bellamy Brothers       

SWEET THING - Rufus                            

ONLY SIXTEEN - Dr. Hook                      

 BOOGIE FEVER - Sylvers   

SWEET LOVE - Commodores                                        


ACTION - Sweet                        

SHOW ME THE WAY - Peter Frampton                   

THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH (All Over The World) - Carpenters                             

DECEMBER, 1963 (Oh, What A Night) - Four Seasons            

DREAM ON - Aerosmith                  

MONEY HONEY - Bay City Rollers           

GOLDEN YEARS - David Bowie

DEEP PURPLE - Donny & Marie Osmond               


FOOLED AROUND AND FELL IN LOVE - Elvin Bishop               

ALL BY MYSELF - Eric Carmen                    

 WELCOME BACK - John Sebastian                

LOVE MACHINE (pt. 1) - Miracles                       

LOVE HURTS - Nazareth                           

CUPID - Tony Orlando & Dawn          

I DO, I DO, I DO, I DO, I DO -Abba                         

LIVIN’ FOR THE WEEKEND - O’Jays             

TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN - Barry Manilow                  

THEME FROM S.W.A.T. - Rhythm Heritage                 

LORELEI - Styx                              

ONLY LOVE IS REAL - Carole King                      

STRANGE MAGIC - Electric Light Orchestra                                     

SHANNON - Henry Gross                 

JUNK FOOD JUNKIE - Larry Groce               


COME ON OVER -  Olivia Newton-John                       

SARA SMILE - Daryl Hall & John Oates


MISTY BLUE - Dorothy Moore

YOUNG BLOOD - Bad Company   

HAPPY DAYS - Pratt & McLain

SILLY LOVE SONGS - Paul McCartney and Wings


Top Music Albums – April 8, 1976

Their Greatest Hits - 1971-1975 - The Eagles

Presence - Led Zeppelin

Wings at the Speed of Sound - Paul McCartney and Wings

The Dream Weaver - Gary Wright

Fleetwood Mac

Song of Joy - Captain and Tennille

A Night at the Opera - Queen

Desire - Bob Dylan

Eargasm - Johnnie Taylor

Frampton Comes Alive  - Peter Frampton     

Jailbreak - Thin Lizzy

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest - soundtrack

Diana Ross

Destroyer - Kiss

Struttin’ My Stuff - Elvin Bishop

Breezin’ - George Benson

Country Suite - Dave Loggins

Ted Nugent

Second Childhood - Phoebe Snow

Smile - Laura Nyro

Native Sons - Loggins & Messina

Takin’ It To The Streets - Doobie Brothers

Groove-a-Thon - Isaac Hayes

Rock n Roll Love Letters - The Bay City Rollers

Better Days, Happy Endings - Melissa Manchester

Song of Joy - Captain & Tennille

Sandman - Nilsson

The Salsoul Orchestra

Hair of the Dog - Nazareth

Rock n Country - Freddie Fender

Horses - Patti Smith

Love & Understanding - Kool & The Gang


More Top Music Albums – April 8, 1976

Lifeline - Pablo Cruise

Give Us a Wink - Sweet

Windsong - John Denver

Wanted! The Outlaws - Waylon Jennings & Others

Station to Station - David Bowie

Save Me - Silver Convention

Havana Daydreamin’ - Jimmy Buffet

Disco Connection - Isaac Hayes Movement

Greatest Hits - Chicago

Showcase - The Sylvers

Lady In Waiting - The Outlaws

Silk Degrees - Boz Skaggs

Fallin’ In Love - Hamilton, Joe, Frank & Reynolds

Recorded Live - Joe Walsh

Cry Tough - Nils Lofgren  


Top movies – April 8, 1976

The Bad News Bears - Walter Matthau, Tatum O’Neal, Vic Morrow                                      

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

Jaws - Roy Schieder, Robert Shaw

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

Robin and Marian - Sean Connery, Audrey Hepburn, Robert Shaw, Richard Harris

The Man Who Skied Down Everest

Walt Disney’s Ride A Wild Pony - Michael Craig, John Meillon

Gable and Lombard - James Brolin, Jill Clayburgh, Red Buttons 

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

Dog Day Afternoon - Al Pacino

Barry Lyndon - Ryan O’Neal, Marisa Berenson

Next Stop Greenwich Village - Lenny Baker, Shelley Winters Wllen Greene, Christopher Walken

Lucky Lady- Gene Hackman, Liza Mannelli, Burt Reynolds

Lipstick - Margaux Hemingway, Chris Sarandon, Perry King, Anne Bancroft

All The President’s Men - Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam, Hal Holbrook, Jason Robards

The River Niger - Cicely Tyson, James Earl Jones, Lou Gossett, Glynn Turman, Jonelle Allen, Roger E. Mosley

Alfred Hitchcock’s Family Plot - Karen Black, Bruce Dern, Barbara Harris, William Devane

W.C. Fields and Me - Rod Steiger, Valerie Perrine, John Marley, Jack Cassidy

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