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



In The News

Primary - Ronald Ragan wins over President Ford in Texas.

Campaigning in Indiana – President Ford says that based on Ronald Regan’s “campaign rhetoric,’ he thought his Republican challenger might take rash action if elected President.

About 300 persons are believed killed in a severe earthquake that jolted northeast Italy, devastating dozens of towns and villages in the Tagliamento River Valley near the Yugoslav border.

Ronald Reagan extends his surge in the race with President Ford wins in Indiana, Georgia and Alabama. He now takes the lead over President Ford over committed COP delegates. 

President Ford says he is reviewing his campaign strategy after four straight primary losses at the hands of Ronald Reagan.

The nation’s unemployment rate holds steady at 7.5% during April as the number of Americans who found jobs increases sharply and nearly matched those who began looking for work.

 Actress Elizabeth Taylor on a special tour of the White House watched President Ford take off in his helicopter, The President, waving goodbye, bumped hi head again in the helicopter doorway. 

A terrorist group, including a woman dressed in black, shot and killed six secret agents and a customs officer and wounded two other persons in Mexico City.

Wholesale prices jumped .8% in April, marking the biggest gain in six months and signaling a sharper rise in the cost of living. 

President Reagan says he thinks he can win nomination on the first ballot at the Republican national Convention. 

Press secretary Ron Nessen says that some of the tactics used to finance Ronald Reagan’s campaign should be investigated by reporters “in the wake of Watergate."

The House Education and Labor Committee after sharp debate votes to approve a bill designed to cut the nation’s jobless rate by more than half in the next four years.

The luxury Rhine Express from the Hook of Holland crashes head-on into a local train in Schiedam, Holland, killing 23 including schoolchildren.

Caroline Kennedy (18) is released from a Boston hospital where she was treated for gastritis – the result friends say, of eating “too much junk food.”


Sports news – May 1, 1976

Figure skater Dorothy Hamill, who won an Olympic gold medal this year at Innsbruck, Austria, signs a two-year contract with the Ice Capades. Also, she has been signed by ABC to star in two entertainment specials.

Hank Aaron hits his first home run of the season and 746th of his career, but still, the Milwaukee Brewers lost to the Texas Rangers 7-4.

Muhammad Ali wins by decision in a bout against Jimmy Young.  


Radio news – May 1, 1976

After 46 years – Lowell Thomas (84) will complete his nightly newscast on May 14.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – May 1, 1976

Chevy Chase’s First Movie – “Tunnel Vision” Is Out. Also Stars Larraine Newman.


Music news – May 1, 1976

Yes – Tom Johnston is still with the Doobie Brothers, but new member Mike McDonald (keyboards) seems to be showcased in their new album – “Takin It To The Streets,” in which Johnston wrote just one song. His role has definitely been diminished. The group is now touring. Johnston and drummer John Hartman are the only remaining members of the original group which began in 1969. The band now has 13 members including a stage manager who doubles as a conga player.


Television news – May 1, 1976

Barbara Walters will check out of NBC’s Today program with two farewell appearances to be aired June 3 and 4. One will be taped, the other – live.

Louise Lasser who plays the title role in “Mary Hartman” is free on bond after being booked by Beverly Hills on suspicion of possession of cocaine.

A jury awards actor James Stacy $1.9 million. Stacy lost his left arm and leg in a Sept 27, 1973 traffic accident. A man who was served at the Chopping Block Bar in Beverly Hills, struck Stacy’s motorcycle. Also on the motorcycle – Claire Cox who was killed. The car driver was Carter B. Gordon and the accident happened on busy Benedict Canyon Road.  


Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 1, 1976

CBS – The Jeffersons, Doc, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart, Carol Burnett

NBC – Movie

ABC – Made for TV movie


ABC Made for TV movie – “Future Cop” – Ernest Borgnine, Michael Shannon, John Amos. An old line cop and his young partner – an android.


Some Top movies –May 1, 1976

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Hollywood Blvd

Lucky Lady

Ride a Wild Pony

Bobbie Jo and the Outlaws

Groove Tube

Family Plot

All the President’s Men

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