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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of May 15, 1976 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

A giant typhoon hits Guam. Named Pamela, it had wind gusts to 90mph, causing flooding and widespread damage to power and telephone lines.

President Ford says he is considering three alternatives in court ordered busing for school desegregation. “They appear to be constructive and I hope will be effective.”

The convictions of former White aides John D. Ehrlichman and G. Gordon Liddy for their parts in the 1971 break-in at the office of Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist are upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Joseph P. Kennedy, oldest son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, is managing the reelection campaign of his uncle, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

 President and Mrs. Ford are in Flint Michigan for the start of a campaign swing.

Higher payrolls in distribution industries helped quicken the growth in Americans’ personal income during April – with wages rising at the rate of 10.9% per year.

The Ford Motor Co. says it was recalling nearly 500,000 current model Ford and Lincoln-Mercury cars because quick acceleration might cause the gas pedal to stick.

French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing opens a six-day bicentennial visit celebrating the role France played in helping America forge its independence two centuries ago. He flew to Washington in the Concorde which landed at Andrews field.

Bella S. Abzug announces that she would seek the Democratic nomination of the U.S. Senate sat from New York now held by Sen. James Buckley.

Dr. Mario E. Jascalevich is charged in the deaths of fide hospital patients in the mid-1960's Dr, X: case in Northern N.J.

The Supreme Court rules that grand jury witnesses many not use guarantees against self-incrimination to protect themselves if they lie under the oath. 

Passing – Historian Samuel Eliot Morison (88), chronicler of his state, his Navy his country and his college in histories characterized by elegant prose. 


Sports news – May 15, 1976

Catfish Hunter, the New York Yankees’ $3.5 million pitcher who is normally a mild-mannered fellow, is angry at boss George Steinbrenner. Last Friday, Hunter spent a couple of hours in the morning taping a TV commercial, then was the losing pitcher in a game against the Baltimore Orioles that night. The next day, “a high Yankee official” was quoted as criticizing Hunter for doing the extracurricular work on the day of his pitching assignment. 


Radio news – May 15, 1976

The FCC approves rules to limit more sharply the program duplication of the commonly owned AM and FM radio stations in the same city. At present, duplicated programming is limited to 50% in cities over 100,000 population, Effective May 1 next year, if either the AM for Fm station is licensed to a community of over 100,000 population, the FM station shall not devote more than 25% of the average week to duplicated programming.


Entertainment /Celebrity news – May 15, 1976

Frank Sinatra announces he’ll marry his constant campaign for the past four years – Barbara Marx.

The movie “Barry Lyndon” has won the least coveted entertainment award: the Harvard Lampoon’s selection as the worst film of 1975. The college humor magazine called “Barry Lyndon” a cinematic wallpaper catalogue. 

The movie’s male lead, Ryan O'Neal won the Kirk Douglas Award for worst actor. The annual Natalie Wood Award for worst actress went to Diana Ross for “Mahogany.”


28th Annual Emmy Awards (Hosted By John Denver and Mary Tyler Moore)

Some winners –

Best actor drama – Peter Falk – Columbo

Best actress drama – Michael Learned – The Waltons

Best actor comedy – Jack Albertson – Chico and the Man

Best actress comedy – Mary Tyler Moore – Mary Tyler Moore


Playing in Las Vegas –

Diana Ross – Caesars Palace

Debbie Reynolds – desert Inn

Roy Clark – Frontier

The Osmonds featuring Donny and Marie – Hilton

Eddy Arnold – Sahara

Robert Goulet – Sands


Some Top movies – May 15, 1976

Bad News Bears

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Alfred Hitchcock’s Family Plot

They Came From Within

All The President’s Men


Taxi Driver

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