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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of June 6, 1976 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Presidential primaries this week -

Democratic front-runner Jimmy Carter and President Ford sweep to easy victories in Ohio... In California it was Ronald Regan topping the Republican side and Gov Jerry Brown for Democrats... The total delegate votes find a Jimmy Carter first-ballot nomination now appears assured with 1,179. For the Republicans - President Gerald Ford is on top with 965, followed by Ronald Reagan at 862.  

Senator Hubert Humphrey (D-Minn) says Carter “is virtually certain” to be the Democratic presidential nominee and therefore he will not enter the race.

The United States and nine other countries will make $5 billion available to Great Britain to help it through its financial crisis caused by the steep drop in the value of the pound.


Technology news – June 6, 1976

 A new hobby is emerging among primarily young men who like to tinker with electronics - “Ham” computers. Like Ham radio, tinkerers are getting into the hobby because of cheaper integrated circuits and microprocessors. Currently, there are about a dozen computer hobby shops around the country and the trend is growing. Hobbyists are rigging their sets to play games like ping pong, electronic music or to do mathematics. Says one hobbyist, “This hobby didn’t exist five years ago. Except the very wealthy, non had them in the house.” Larger companies are beginning to get into the game by selling kits; companies like Signetics, MOS Technology and Intel.  A spokesman for Intel - one of the largest producers of microprocessors says, “it’s an exploding market.” Intel had sales of $137 million last year. The hobby even has its own magazine - BYTE, published by Carl Helmers and Virgina Peschke. Says Helmers -  “We have 50,000 subscribers and it keeps going up. I think we’ll top out at 200 to 300 hundred thousand people building kits in two to three years.” 


Entertainment/Celebrity news – June 6, 1976

Singer Connie Francis tells a court how the man who raped her in a Howard Johnson’s Motor Lodge covered her mouth, put a knife to her throat and said, “kiss me or I’ll kill you.” Miss Francis was performing for the first time in three years when rape took place in 1974. . She is suing Howard Johnson’s for $5 million saying the attack shattered her comeback.  

Ronald Reagan chokes on a peanut during his flight to Los Angeles from Ohio and later tells campaign aides that it “must have been a Carter peanut.”

Passing - Movie Pioneer Adolph Zukor. He was 103.  


Sports news – June 6, 1976

John Havlicek’s Boston Celtics defeat the Phoenix Suns in the sixth game to take the NBA Championship. 

Tired of being away from his family in Los Angeles, O.J. Simpson asks to be traded by the Buffalo Bills to a West Coast team - preferably the Rams. Simpson says he’ll play one more year, explaining his acting career will take over as a fulltime occupation. So far, Simpson’s made three movies.


Best-selling books  June 6, 1976

A Stranger In The Mirror” - Sidney Sheldon

“Trinity” - Leon Uris

“Agent in Place” - Helen Macinnes

“1876” - Gore Vidal

“The Lonely Lady - Harold Robbins

“The Big Orange” - Jack Smith

“The Final Days” - Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

“World of Our Fathers” - Irving Howe

“The Rockefellers” - Peter Collier and David Horowitz 

“Scoundrel Time” - Lillian Hellman


Television news – June 6, 1976

NBC announces that Tom Brokaw, for the last three years NBC’s White House correspondent, will become host of the “Today” show. He’ll assume the new assignment at the conclusion of the Democratic and Republican conventions in late August.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – June 6, 1976

A “Dear Abby” letter this week comes from an attractive 24-year-old levelheaded Southern girl who asks if there is a way she can get a date with Elvis Presley without having any big connections. She says she’s not a screaming fan and doesn’t own any of his records, but - she has attended some of his concerts and loves the way he sings. Realizing there are probably millions of girls who would love to date him, she says she honestly believes she can show him a good time, and to print her request so that he might be able to see it.

Actress Claudine Longet (34) - ex-wife of singer Andy Williams, pleads innocent to a charge of manslaughter in the March 21 shooting death of her lover, professional skier Vladimir (Spider) Sabich. Andy Williams, who from she was divorced last September, has been in Colorado to comfort his ex-wife since the shooting.


Top TV shows – June 6, 1976

Starsky and Hutch, MASH, Happy Days, Baretta, All in the Family, Laverne & Shirley, One Day At a Time, Maude, Police Story, Bionic Woman, ABC Sunday Movie, Medical Center, Rockford Files, Switch, Mary Tyler Moore, Phyllis, Bob Newhart, Jigsaw John, Six Million Dollar Man, Kojak.


Television news – June 6, 1976

The NBC Nightly News this week has David Brinkley as a co-anchorman with John Chancellor. Brinkley was most recently a commentator on the program. Of course, he co-anchored NBC’s nightly newscast with Chet Huntley from 1956 to 1970. 

“Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” star Louise Lasser (37) is ordered to take part in a six-month drug rehabilitation program because of her arrest on a charge of cocaine possession on May 1.


Friday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide -  June 6, 1976

 CBS - Sara, Movie-Helter Skelter ... NBC - Sanford and Son, The Practice, The  Rockford Files, Police Story ... ABC - Donny and Marie, Movie

The Rockford Files - attorney Beth Davenport asks Rockford to protect her from underworld assassins.

Donny and Marie - Pearl Bailey, Sherman Hemsley and the Osmond Brothers guest. 

On The Tonight Show - guest host is McLean Stevenson    


Music news – June 6, 1976

Capitol records releases “Rock ‘n’ Roll Music” featuring 28 upbeat songs by The Beatles. Also this week “Got To Get You Into My Life” is released as a single. The song is originally from the 1966 album “Revolver.”

Bruce Springsteen goes back into the studio in a few weeks to record his next album. Like his last LP - “Born to Run,”  Jon Landau will coproduce.

Rock star Rod Stewart says it is unlikely he would marry his Swedish girlfriend, actress Britt Eklund, with whom he is living with in Los Angeles. “Britt and I are very much in love but I am still a little rampant. I have still got an eye for the odd leg and bosom.”


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – June 6, 1976

Silly Love Songs - Paul McCartney and Wings

Love Hangover - Diana Ross

Shannon - Henry Gross

Get Up and Boogie - Silver Convention

More, More, More - Andrea True Connection

Shop Around - Captain and Tennille

Making Our Dreams Come True - Cyndi Grego (Theme From Laverne and Shirley)

Sara Smile - Hall and Oates

Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

Misty Blue - Dorothy Moore

Kiss and Say Goodbye - The Manhattans

Welcome Back Kotter - John Sebastian

Happy Days - Pratt & McClain

Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win) - Fleetwood Mac

Never Gonna Fall In Love Again - Eric Carmen

Right Back Where We Started From - Maxine Nightingale

Fool to Cry - The Rolling Stones

Show Me the Way - Peter Frampton

Let Your Love Flow - The Bellamy Brothers


Top music albums – June 6, 1976

Wings at the Speed of Sound - Paul McCartney and Wings

Black and Blue - Rolling Stones

Frampton Comes Alive - Peter Frampton

Rocks - Aerosmith

Here and There - Elton John

Brezzin’ - George Benson

Rastaman Vibration - Bob Marley and the Wailers

Presence - Led Zeppelin

Diana Ross - Diana Ross 

I Want You - Marvin Gaye

A Love Trilogy - Donna Summer

A Night at the Opera - Queen

Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 - The Eagles

Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac

Amigos - Santana

Look Out For #1 - The Brothers Johnson


Some top movies – June 6, 1976

The Omen - Gregory Peck, Lee Remick,

The Master Gunfighter - Tom Laughlin, Ron O’Neal, Barbara Carrera

The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea - Sarah Miles, Kris Kristofferson

W.C. Fields and Me - Rod Steiger, Valerie Perrine

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

That’s Entertainment Part 2 - Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly,

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

 The Missouri Breaks - Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson

Walt Disney’s “No Deposit, No Return” - David Niven, Darren McGavin, Don Knotts, Herschel Berrnardi, Barbara Feldon

Won Ton Ton (the Dog That Saved Hollywood) - Madeline Kahn, Bruce Dern, Art Carney, Phil Silvers, Teri Garr, Phil Silvers

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

One Flew Over  The Cuckoo’s Nest - Jack Nicholson

Mother, Jugs & Speed - Bill Cosby, Raquel Welch, Harvey Keitel, Dick Butkus, Larry Hagman

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