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


In The News

Palestinian hijackers free 101 more hostages after Israel agreed to negotiate the release of extremists held in Israeli jails. Usually, Israel is unbending in these situations.

Sen. Barry Goldwater, in his most difficult decision, says he’s backing President Ford. 

A naval armada sails into New York’s harbor to signal the beginning of a two-day bicentennial celebration commemorating America’s maritime heritage. 53 modern naval vessels from 22 nations sailed up the Hudson River for an international review. They were followed by all kinds of houseboats, speedboats, sailboats motorboats and yachts.

President Ford stands before the great charters of liberty and calls upon Americans to dedicate “our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor to preserving the principles of freedom, equality and justice.”

Parades, cookouts, celebration everywhere - The United States celebrates its 200th birthday with celebrations coast-to-coast. Said President Ford – “For America, the future is a friend.” He traveled to Valley Forge where covered wagons from 50 states formed a backdrop against rolling hills, to Philadelphia where the bell atop Independence Hall pealed the passing of one era and the dawn of another.

President Ford orders a federal fact-finding team to Alaska to determine whether confused record keeping will make it necessary to repeat X-ray inspection of thousands of welded joints in the trans-Alaska pipeline.

The Supreme Court explicitly upholds the imposition of the death penalty for the crime of murder. On a 7-2 vote, the high court ruled that the death penalty was accepted by such a “large proportion of American society’ that it could not possibly be struck down as a violation of the eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.  

Federal officials decide that public schools may no longer sponsor father-son or mother-daughter events because they violate new rules against sex discrimination.

More than half of the Detroit police force scheduled for duty fail to show up for work in a ‘blue flu” strike protesting the layoff of nearly 1,000 of the city’s 5,200 police officers.

The United States withdraws from the Davis Cup tennis competition and from the Davis Cup organization in protest against failure to impose sanctions on countries which withdraw for political reasons.

Unemployment jumped to 7.5% in June – up .2% and the largest monthly climb since the depths of last year’s recession.

Charges sex discrimination – Irene Bowman, a 45-year-old Justice Department attorney files a class action suit charging her employer with age and sex discrimination in the promotion of women.

President Ford orders Atty. Gen. Edward Levi to develop a plan to review federal law with the aim of eliminating sex-based provisions that are not justified by law. He also said he planned to address the problem of the “widening earnings gap between men and women in the immediate future as a matter of priority for this Administration.”


Sports news – July 1, 1976

Muhammad Ali introduces a new line of hair-care and beauty products under the brand name of “Knock Out” at a Beverly Hills press conference. The products – shampoos, conditioners and hairsprays “for the whole family… all races.” Said Ali. They are being manufactured for the Muhammad Ali Hair & Body Care Inc. in S. California by Fragrance development Corp. “I’m known for making predictions. I said sonny Liston in seven. I told them Archie Moore in four. Henry Cooper in five. And now I predict that Knock Out products will be the best ever.”

Wimbledon - Swede Bjorn Borg (20) wins the men’s singles championship.

Chris Evert defeats Martina Navratilova in a tense three-setter to reach the women’s singles final at Wimbledon. She’ll battle Virginia Wade.


Music news – July 1, 1976

 Linda Ronstadt’s next album should be out next month. Peter Asher, who produced her last two, does so on this album.

Brian Wilson will join the Beach Boys on stage for part of the group’s concert at Anaheim stadium. It will be his first formal concert appearance with the Beach Boys in 12 years. Also on the bill – America and Santana.

Frank Zappa when asked what he was doing on the fourth – “I’m going to celebrate by trying to get out of the way of the other people celebrating the fourth of July.”


Entertainment/Celebrity news – July 1, 1976

Bill Jean Campbell, ex-wife of singer Glenn Campbell has opened a hair salon in Los Angeles where customers who have CB radios, dial channel 2, use the handle “hairdo” and call for an appointments or let stylists know they’ll be late for their hair appointment.  

A federal jury in Brooklyn awards singer Connie Francis $2.5 million in damages against the Howard Johnson Motor Lodge in Westbury NY as a result of her 1974 rape while staying at the lodge. She testified that the trauma of the rape all but destroyed her marriage and wrecked her planned comeback.

The Los Angeles comedy radio team of Hudson and Landry has split. Bob Hudson wanted to keep it together with their KFI radio show, nightclub appearances and possibly more comedy records, but Ron Landry wanted to go into television as a writer and producer. Hudson is currently working with Bobby Pickett  (of Monster Mash) fame to put together another comedy team.  Ron Landry says – “Doing this show was a lot of fun. We had five great years and, I think did some interesting things in broadcasting. But I’ve gotten heavily into this (TV) series and my mind was being split between the two. Writing and producing is where I’m headed and I’d like to give it a good try. The time was right.”


Playing in Las Vegas –

Neil Diamond – Aladdin

Paul Anka – Caesars Palace

Juliet Prowse – Desert Inn

Debbie Reynolds – Frontier

Glen Campbell/Righteous Brothers – Hilton

Carpenters/Jimmie Walker – Riviera

Don Rickles – Sahara

Wayne Newton - Sands


Television news – July 1, 1976

“Let’s Make A Deal” has its final daytime ABC-TV airing this week. It will have another life in syndication.

The staff of NBC’s “Today” show read some bitter comments coming from co-host Frank Blair about his departed co-host Barbara Walters. Not flattering at all. She’ll be co-anchoring the ABC-TV news with Harry Reasoner.


Television listings/programs/TV guide – July 4, 1976

CBS – In Celebration Of Us – Coverage of Parades in various parts of the country and later fireworks. With Alistair Cooke, Danny Kaye, Valerie Harper and Walter Cronkite, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir. 

Betty Ford does a CBS-TV Bicentennial minute.

NBC – Happy Birthday America – Tape of the Los Angeles City Bicentennial with Paul Anka and family host. Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Gordon Cooper, Ed Mitchell, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Jim Backus, Sandy Duncan, Arte  Johnson, Gloria Loring, Even Knievel, The Mexico International Circus, Meredith Wilson, Robbie Rist and Mark Spitz.

More NBC – Bob Hope’s Happy Happy, Happy Birthday America – With Debbie Reynolds, Donny and Marie Osmond, Sammy Davis Jr., Ron Howard, Captain and Tennille, Angie Dickinson, Phyllis Diller

“Best of Fourth” – David Brinkley and John Chancellor recap today’s Bicentennial programming. 

ABC – The America Idea: The Glory Road West – The grandeur of the West is recalled by the Indian, mountain man, settler, cowboy, goldminer and railroad man. Chad Everett, Henry Fonda and Buffy Sainte-Marie narrate.

ABC Movie – “The New Land” Liv Ullmann, Max Von Sydow. Saga of immigrants in America building a new life on the rich Minnesota soil. 


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