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


In The News

The State Department says aluminum screening recently installed at the U.S. embassy in Moscow is blocking 90% of the microwave radiation beamed at the building by Russians. 

In The Texas Primary this week, here are the results:

GOP - Ronald Reagan - 134,190 ... Gerald Ford - 68,291

Democrats - Jimmy Carter - 424,725 ... Lloyd Benston - 206,130 ... George C. Wallace - 171,508.

Democrat Jimmy Carter carries all but one county in Pennsylvania, making him a clear favorite for his party’s nomination. Carter received 37% of the vote. Jesse Jackson is second with 25%.

 After 46 years - Lowell Thomas (84) says he is retiring from radio. Thomas is also the cofounder and principal stockholder in Capital Cities - a communications group that owns six TV stations, seven AM radio stations and six FM stations including WROW-AM-FM and television in Albany, NY.

A federal court jury in Memphis declares the film “Deep Throat” obscene. Among those convicted was the film’s star - Herbert Streicher, whose stage name is Harry Reems. The female star, Linda Lovelace, was suppose to be a witness for the prosecution under a grant of immunity, but Marshals can’t locate her to serve a subpoena. Each of the defendant’s faces a maximum sentence of five years and a $10 thousand fine on each count.

Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward, along with Carl Bernstein say “Deep Throat”, the mystery source of much of their ground breaking Watergate information - will be named after he dies. He told Time Magazine that “Deep Throat” does exist, but doesn’t want to be named saying “he has a career in government. He thinks that while he might be a hero to some, he would be a rat or a snitcher in some eyes ... Someday, he’ll write a really fascinating book.”


Sports news – April 23, 1976


 Going 15 rounds - Mohammed Ali beats Jimmy Young by decision in a bout at Landover, MD

“Bold Forbes” - a horse from Puerto Rico wins the 102nd Kentucky Derby.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – April 23, 1976

Mary Tyler Moore and John Denver will cohost the 28th Emmy Awards telecast on May 17.

Bill Moyers (42), joins CBS as anchorman after 5 years as editor in chief of  Bill Moyers’ Journal on the Public Broadcasting Service. 

Passing - Sir Carol Reed (69) directed “The Third Man” and “Oliver.”


Best-selling books – April 23, 1976

 “Trinity” - Leon Uris, “1876” - Gore Vidal, “The “R” Document” - Irving Wallace, “The Gemini Contenders” - Robert Ludlum, “The Final Days” - Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, “Spandau” The Secret Diaries” - Albert Speer, “World of Our Fathers” - Irving Howe, “The Russians” - Hedrick Smith.


Wednesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – April 23, 1976

CBS - Special-Orangutans: Orphans of the Wild, Cannon, The Blue Knight ... NBC - Little House on the Prairie, Sanford and Son, Chico and the Man, Hawk ... ABC - The New, Original Wonder Woman, Baretta, Starsky and Hutch ... PBS - Theater In America

Little House on the Prairie - Mary needs Glasses. Michael Landen stars.

Sanford and Son - A porcelain figurine becomes an object that could bring in money for Fred and Lamont. 


Music news – April 23, 1976

Bruce Springsteen performs at the Grand Ol’ Opry in Nashville - the first time a pure rock n roll band has performed there. Springsteen and the E Street Band played to a 2/3rd house.

Cher Bono Allman (29) is released from a Honolulu hospital where she had been held for a week after suffering premature labor pains. Married to Greg Allman she’s 7 months pregnant. 

Divorces -  Record Producer and artist Terry Melcher (34) - son of Doris Day from London-born interior decorator Melissa Brown. Melcher is credited for signing and developing the first rock acts for Columbia Records in 1964.

Singer B.J. Thomas files for bankruptcy in Dallas, He lists debts of $265,028 and assets of $34,600.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – April 23, 1976

Disco Lady - Johnny Taylor

Right Back Where We Started From - Maxine Nightingale

Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

Love Hangover - Diana Ross

Welcome Back Kotter - John Sebastian

Show Me The Way - Peter Frampton

Let Your Love Flow - Bellamy Brothers

Get Up and Boogie - Silver Convention

Misty Blue - Dorothy Moore

Silly Love Songs - Wings

I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do” - Abba

Come On Over - Olivia Newtown John

There’s A Kind Of Hush - Carpenters

Sweet Love - The Commodores

Only Sixteen - Dr Hook

December 1963 (Oh What A Night) - The Four Seasons   


Top Music Albums – April 23, 1976

Wings at the Speed Of Sound - Wings

Eagles - Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 - The Eagles

Eargasm - Johnny Taylor

Desire - Bob Dylan

Presence - Led Zeppelin

Frampton Comes Alive! - Peter Frampton

Song of Joy - Captain & Tennille

A Night At The Opera - Queen

The Dream Weaver - Gary Wright

Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac

Robin Trower Live! - Robin Trower

Destroyer - Kiss

Black and Blue - The Rolling Stones


Top movies – April 23, 1976

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

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

 Dino De Laurentis - “Lipstick” - introducing Margaux Hemingway, Chris Sarandon, Perry King, Anne Bancroft

Baby Blue Marine - Jan-Michael Vincent, Glynnis O’Connor

Skyriders - James Coburn, Susannah York, Robert Culp, Charles Aznavour, John Beck

Dog Day Afternoon - Al Pacino, John Cazale, James Broderick Chris Sarandon, Charles Durning

Blazing Saddles - Mel Brooks, Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, David Huddleston, Claude Emmis Starrett Jr., Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn

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

Alfred Hitchcock's “Family Plot” - Karen Black, Bruce Dern, Barbara Harris, William Devane

Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw - Marjore Gortner, Lynda Carter, Jesse Vint, Merrie Lynn Ross, Gerrit Graham.

Gable and Lombard - James Brolin, Jill Clayburgh

The River Niger - Cicely Tyson, James Earl Jones, Lou Gossett

The Sunshine Boys - Walter Matthau, George Burns

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show”

Walt Disney’s “Ride A Wild Pony”

Jaws - Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw

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