Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of July 22, 1976 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
A man carrying a three-foot length of pipe, climbs over the White House fence and is fatally shot by a guard when he refuses to heed orders to halt. President Ford was in the second-floor family quarters of the White House at the time of the shooting.
Patty Hearst will testify against William and Emily Harris, her former SLA comrades. Hearst is accused along with the Harrises, on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping and robbery. She is currently under-going psychiatric testing in San Diego.
Appearing on CBS’s “Face The Nation,” Senator John Tower of Texas lashed out at Democratic presidential nominee Jimmy Carter as “a man devoid of convictions” and a “ruthless man bent on gathering power” and the former Georgia governor was “a man who smiles with his mouth but not his eyes.”
In a bombshell announcement – Patricia Hearst is ready to waive her rights and testify against former SLA members William and Emily Harris.
The Federal Power Commission nearly tripled the amount producers can charge for interstate natural gas, Averaged with other low-price gas, it would increase the average consumer’s gas bill by about $15.60 a year.
The Soviet Union demanded the return of a 17-year-old Olympic diver who said he wanted to stay in Canada, but the Canadian government said the boy was entitled to remain in Montreal for the time being. They say they may quite the summer games.
Britain breaks diplomatic relations with President Idi Amin’s Uganda government after years of strained relations capped by mutual suspicions stemming from the July 4 Israeli commando raid at Uganda’s Entebbe airport.
Spain - King Juan Carlos grants amnesty for all Spanish political prisoners except those serving terms for terrorism.
An 8.2 earthquake hits China – and it appears that Tangshan suffered severe damages and losses to life.
Soviet chess grandmaster Viktor Korchnoi, rated No. 2 in the world, dodged a fight home and applied for political asylum in the Netherlands.
A Czechoslovak airliner carrying 70 persons crashes while trying to make an emergency landing on a lake near the Austrian border. 65 were killed.
Conservative Ronald Reagan picks Sen. Richard Schweiker of Pennsylvania, a liberal as his choice for Vice President.
Passing – Gangster Mickey Cohen (63) – of stomach cancer.
Meanwhile – former Texas Gov John B. Connally throws his support behind President Ford.
Technology news – July 22, 1976
In Lincoln, Nebraska, a CB radio operator is found guilty of manslaughter. Donald Rice (31) was charged with running down Donald Edelman with his pickup truck. The two men had argued over the airwaves for several months over the use of CB channel 23. Rice (CB handle Blue Rover) ran Edelman over in the parking lot of the VFW hall in Lincoln.
The FCC expands citizens band radio to 40 channels from its present 23. Channel 9 will remain reserved for emergency use. To meet the problem of thefts, the FCC said it would require the engraving of a serial number on the chassis of each CB radio transmitter sold, to make identification easier. Some 40-channel sets should be on the market by January 1. Currently, there are 20 million CB radios in user’s hands. Industry sales for the coming 12 months are expected to hit 15 million.
George Hormell and Scott King complete their 132-day, 3,280 walk from Portland, Maine to Los Angeles. “The true meaning of our bicentennial has been lost in commercialism and our purpose is to make everyone aware of the hard work of the settlers who paved the way for all of us to enjoy the freedoms we have.”
Best-selling books – July 22, 1976
Bestsellers include “Dolores” by Jacqueline Susann, “The Final Days” - Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, “Trinity” - Leon Uris, “A Stranger In The Mirror” - Sidney Sheldon.
Prices at the Supermarket – July 22, 1976
At the mart - Kal Kan “horsemeat & beef diner” for your dog - 27 cents a can...32oz bottle of Ocean Spray Cranberry juice - 65 cents.
Sports news – July 22, 1976
Summer Olympics –
Bruce Jenner gets a gold medal in the decathlon.
At the summer Olympics in Montreal, Romanian’s Nadia Comaneci gets two more perfect scores and two more gold medals. She now has three golds, seven perfect 10.0 performances in one week. She is the first to achieve Olympic perfection in gymnastics.
Music news – July 22, 1976
John Lennon wins his four-year battle with immigration authorities to stay in the United States. A U.S. Immigration and Naturalization service judge in New York granted the 35 year-old Lennon permanent resident status, which means he may reside in the U.S. indefinitely and apply for American citizenship in five years. A conviction for marijuana possession in Britain had been at issue in the legal battle.
Television news – July 22, 1976
Taping begins for the new Howdy Doody show. 130 half-hour shows are scheduled. The original show has been off the air for 16 years.
Martha Raye is joining the cast of McMillan in the role of Agatha, housekeeper for the commissioner (played by Rock Hudson). Raye and the character guested on the series last February. The series has been retitled McMillan from the former title McMillan and Wife with the departure of Susan Saint James from the cast.
The character Arthur Fonzarelli of TV’s “Happy Days” is the hottest merchandizing ticket and has been for past six months according to manufacturers. Fonzarelli T-shirts, jackets, jeans, posters, buttons, beanbags, pillowcases and sheets, knee socks and panties, Thermos kits and paint by number sets. Each of the licensed manufacturers pay Paramount 5 to 10% of their sales, boosting Paramount’s take on Fonzie items to an 8 figure sum.
Of the top 20 TV shows last week – the top-rated seven were on ABC – seven Olympics nights in more than 16.8 million homes by an estimated 47% of the national audience.
The “700 Club” is a rapidly expanding popular Christian variety program now reaching into 2.5 million homes. The host is the rev. M.G. (Pat) Robertson – a Baptist minister. The show began as a local program in 1967 on UHF Channel 17 in Norfolk. Originally the 700 Club was funded by 700 persons pledging $10 each month to keep the program going on WYAH-TV. His Christian Broadcasting Network owns three TV and six radio stations.
The Smothers Brothers – Tom and Dick say they are ending their long entertainment association as a team and don’t plan to appear together after the end of the year. They want to make it clear – they don’t have problems with each other.
ABC continues its coverage of the summer Olympics all week... This Tuesday night on NBC “Movin On” w/ Claude Akins and “Good Times on CBS. NBC will be featuring a pilot starring Henry Gibson - “The Bureau” - a spoof of a federal investigation unit.
Don Rickles hosts “The Tonight Show” with guests Kirk Douglas, The Smothers Brothers and singer Peter Lemongello.
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – July 22, 1976
“You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” - Lou Rawls, “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel” - Tavares, “Kiss And Say Goodbye” - The Manhattans, “Silly Love Songs” - Wings, “Got To Get You Into My Life” - The Beatles, “The Boys Are Back In Town” - Thin Lizzy, “More More More” - Andrea True Connection, “Turn The Beat Around” - Vicki Sue Robinson, “Moonlight Feels Right” - Starbuck
Top music albums – July 22, 1976
“Chicago X” - Chicago, “Frampton Comes Alive” - Peter Frampton, “Wings At The Speed Of Sound” - Wings, “Breezin’” - George Benson, “Rock N Roll Music” - The Beatles, “Fleetwood Mac” - Fleetwood Mac.
Top Country Hit Music Singles – July 22, 1976
“Teddy Bear” - Red Sovine, “The Door Is Always Open” - Dave & Sugar, “Golden Ring” - George Jones & Tammy Wynette, “You’ve Got Me To Hold You” - Tanya Tucker, “I Wonder If I Ever Said Goodbye” - Johnny Rodriguez, “All These Things” - Joe Stampley, “Rocky Mountain Music” - Eddie Rabbit.
Some top movies – July 22, 1976
Premiering at the movies - “Harry & Walter Go To New York” - Michael Caine, James Caan, Diane Keaton and Elliot Gould.
Also Premiering- “Gator” - Burt Reynolds
The Return Of A Man Called Horse - Richard Harris
The Outlaw Josey Wales - Clint Eastwood
Ode To Billy Joe - Robby Benson, Glynnis O’Connor