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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of July 12, 1976 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

The Democratic National Convention at Madison Square Garden gets underway with calls for a government of morality and compassion and a strong denunciation of the White House years of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Keynote speaker Sen. John Glenn Jr. of Ohio called Watergate an “unprecedented disgrace” and party chairman Robert Strauss, in a thinly disguised reference to President Ford’s pardon of Nixon, referred to “eight long years” of government injustices.

Jimmy Carter, the peanut farmer from Plains, GA is nominated by the Democratic Party to be the 39th President of the United States. Later, he chooses Fritz Mondale to be his running mate. The ticket is nicknamed “Gritz and Fritz.”

A berserk custodian with a rifle kills seven persons and injures at least five others on the campus of California State College in Fullerton (near Anaheim).

Also in California, this time near Livermore - twenty-six kidnapped children and their school bus driver dig their way to freedom with their hands after a cave at a quarry which they were being held began to collapse on them. The children, - ages 3-14 made their escape after their three armed abductors had left them alone and locked in the cave. The abductors herded their victims into an oblong-shaped underground chamber with only a small entry hole above. The hole was sealed at the top with timbers and steel. The makeshift prison had been stocked with food and water and equipped with a portable toilet. The area was on pins and needles when the school bus suddenly vanished a day earlier.  The huge arsenal of law enforcement had so few clues to work - the area sheriff commented: “The only thing I am eliminating is flying saucers.”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service propose that the bald eagle be declared an endangered species. The agency says only about 700 active bald eagle nests are left in the lower 48 states.


Sports news – July 12, 1976

The Summer Olympic Games open in Montreal before 73 thousand. 94 nations are participating - 26 are out including most African countries with the exception of Iraq and the Republic of China. Among the spectators was Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – July 12, 1976

Passing - Ted Mack (72) who presided over the Original Amateur Hour from 1948 to 1970. In 1935 he joined Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour as a talent scout and succeeded him in 1948. Mack brought the program to television, first on Dumont, then moving to NBC, ABC and CBS where it lasted for 12 years. Passed away from cancer at Phelps Memorial Hospital, North Tarrytown, NY. Mack was a resident of nearby Irvington.

Passing - Charles Ritz (84) creator of the celebrated hotel chain that became a synonym for luxury. He lived in Paris, where he inherited the first Ritz Hotel founded by his father, Cesar.   

Passing - Paul Gallico (79) - wrote “Poseidon Adventure” and “The Snow Goose.”... Of a heart attack. He was also a top sports writer in the ‘30’s.


Technology news – July 12, 1976

“Telstar video game turns your TV into an action sports arena. ... Tennis? Hockey? Handball? Now you can enjoy and participate on one of all of these games right in your own living room. This revolutionary unit turns your TV screen into an action-packed playing field to test your skills and reflexes. Just connect easily to any style TV, then select your sport ... flip the switch from TV to game and you’re ready for hours of fun. Dual controls, automatic digital score display, 3-position variable speed control. (6-C batteries not included).” By Coleco just $69.99.


Bestselling books – July 12, 1976

Dolores - Jacqueline Susann

 The Lonely Lady - Harold Robbins

The Deep - Peter Benchley

Crowned Heads - Thomas Tryon

Trinity - Leon Uris

The Big Orange - Jack Smith

The Final Days - Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

Passages - Gail Sheehy

Sinatra - Earl Wilson

Scoundrel Time - Lillian Hellman


“It’s Here! The Kodak Instant... Imagine! Instant pictures, color by Kodak.” Prices start at less than $54.


Television news – July 12, 1976

Debuts this week gameshow “Family Feud” with actor Richard Dawson as the MC. Two families of five compete by trying to match their answers to a question originally posed to a survey audience. 11:30am weekdays (eastern) on ABC-TV.

Despite earlier reports - Peter Falk will continue with his role as Columbo. The episode filming this week stars William Shatner, Lola Albright and Bert Remsen. Columbo will share the NBC Mystery Movie slot on Sundays (8:30p-10p) this fall with the returning McCloud, McMillian and Wife and the new Quincy, starring Jack Klugman.


Saturday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – July 12, 1976

CBS - The Jeffersons, Doc, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart Show, Dinah and her New Best Friends

NBC - Emergency, Movie

ABC - Happy Days Second Anniversary Special, Opening Ceremonies of the XXI Olympic Games from Montreal. Bill Russell, Mark Spitz, O.J. Simpson, Bob Seagren, Cathy Rigby, Gordon Madux, Donnade Varona, Ken Sitzberger and Ken Kraft report.


Happy Days special - The Fonz and the Cumminghams gather to recall highlights of the last two years.


Music news – July 12, 1976

Coincidence - New albums are due out by “Earth Wind & Fire” and John Denver. Both will have the same title - “Spirit” and will be released at the same time - next month. 

Marries - singer Frank Sinatra (60) to his longtime companion Barbara Marx (46) at the estate of Walter Annenberg. It was the fourth for Sinatra and the third for Marx. The guests included Ronald Reagan, Spiro T. Agnew, Kirk Douglas, Gregory Peck, Leo Durocher and Sammy Davis Jr.

Singer Curtis Mayfield hasn’t been on the performing circuit for a while:  “I simply don’t have time. I’m doing film scores, producing albums for other artists, doing my own albums and working on record company business. That’s enough for me to handle. I feel ambiguous about not touring. I enjoy performing but being on the road all the time is hard work. Your personal life suffers. I have six kids, they don’t live with me but I want to be able to spend more time with them.”

Andrea True becomes the first porn star to have a major hit record. “More More More”  was recorded in Jamaica in January. Says True: “I was doing a commercial. The problem was that they wouldn’t let me take the money I made out of the country and I didn’t want it to just sit in a bank down there. so I decided to use the money on this single we were making and finish it down there.” True has starred in such films as “Every Inch A Lady,” “MASHed,” and “Meatball.”


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – July 12, 1976

Kiss and Say Goodbye - The Manhattans

More, More, More, Part 1 - Andrea True Connection

Afternoon Delight - Starland Vocal Band

Turn the Beat Around - Vicki Sue Robinson

You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine - Lou Rawls

Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel, Part 1 - Tavares

I’ll Be Good To You - The Brothers Johnson

Shop Around - The Captain & Tennille

Got to Get You Into My Life - The Beatles

Love Is Alive - Gary Wright

The Boys Are Back In Town - Thin Lizzy

Silly Love Songs - Wings

Misty Blue - Dorothy Moore

Tear the Roof Off the Sucker (Give Up the Funk) - Parliament

I’m Easy - Keith Carradine

 Love Hangover - Diana Ross

Let Her In - John Travolta

Moonlight Feels Right - Starbuck

Let 'Em In - Wings

This Masquerade - George Benson

Say You Love Me - Fleetwood Mac

Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John & Kiki Dee

You're My Best Friend - Queen

Sara Smile - Daryl Hall & John Oates   

Another Rainy Day in New York City - Chicago

Get Closer - Seals & Crofts

Rock and Roll Music - The Beach Boys


Top Music Albums – July 12, 1976

 Wings at the Speed of Sound  - Wings 

Rock 'n' Roll Music - The Beatles   

Frampton Comes Alive! - Peter Frampton

Chicago X - Chicago

Fly Like An Eagle - Steve Miller

All Things In Time - Lou Rawls

Beautiful Noise - Neil Diamond

Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac

Breezin' - George Benson

Spitfire - Jefferson Starship

Changesonebowie - David Bowie

Rocks - Aerosmith

Desire - Bob Dylan

A Night At The Opera - Queen

Rastaman Vibration - Bob Marley

Aftertones - Janis Ian

Elite Hotel - Emmylou Harris

 John Travolta - John Travolta (featuring Let Her In)

Ole ELO - Electric Light Orchestra

Hot on the Tracks - The Commodores

Hideaway - America (features Today’s The Day)

Takin’ It To The Streets - The Doobie Brothers

Contradiction - The Ohio Players

Live: Blow Your Face Out - J. Geils Band

Another Passenger - Carly Simon

Hall and Oates - Hall and Oates (featuring Sara Smile)

Collector’s Item - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (Their Greatest Hits)


Top movies – July 12, 1976

The Omen - Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Bill Whitelaw

Logan’s Run - Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Richard Jordan, Roscoe Lee Browne, Farrah Fawcett-Majors, Peter Ustinov

Walt Disney’s  "Gus" - Edward Asner, Don Knotts, Gary Grimes, Tim Conway

The Outlaw Josey Wales - Clint Eastwood, Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke, Bill McKinney, John Vernon

Murder By Death - Eileen Brennan, Truman Capote, James Coco, Peter Falk, Alec Guinness, Elsa Lanchester, David Niven, Peter Sellers, Maggie Smith, Nancy Walker, Estelle Winwood

The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings - Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, Prichard Pryor

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

Silent Movie - Mel Brooks, Sid Ceasar, Marty Feldman, Dom DeLuise, Harold Gould, Ron Carey, Bernadette Peters

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

 Midway - Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn Ford, Hal Holbrook, Toshiro Mifune, Robert Mitchum, Cliff Robertson, Robert Wagner

J.D’s Revenge - Glynn Turman, Lou Gossett, Joan Pringle

The Man Who Fell To Earth - David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark, Buck Henry

Lifeguard -

Breaking Point - Bo Svenson, Robert Culp, Belinda J. Montgomery

 The Missouri Breaks - Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando 

Buffalo Bill and the Indians - Paul Newman

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

Ode To Billy Joe - Robby Benson, Flynnis O’Connor (produced and directed by Max Baer)          


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