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



In The News

National unemployment rose to7.8% from 7.5% in July, according to the Labor Department.

The Senate passes a tax bill extending or making permanent $17 billion worth of 1975 tax cuts.

Colorado - A wall of water surges down a The Big Thompson Rocky Mountain river canyon killing at least 58. It was due to torrential rains in the area.

Big Ben the famous London clock breaks down, but begins telling time some 13 hours later, but its famous chimes are silent. One of its cast-iron frame supports had buckled, hurling big chunks of metal around and dropping to the tower’s mechanism floor a 112-pound drum that controlled the quarter0hour chimes. It may take months rather than weeks to repair the chimes. 

Pennsylvania - Baffled – health authorities intensify their investigation into a mysterious flu-like disease that struck An American Legion convention in Philadelphia last month. “It’s an amazing disease – people dying off so quickly,” Dr Robert Gens, director of the Pennsylvania State Bureau of Adult Health Services said “I can’t recall anything like it even in the medical literature.” 

Pennsylvania state health officials report there were still no signs that a mysterious and deadly lung disease had been spreading since it struck the American Legion convention in Philadelphia last month. The death toll is up to 22 and the total hospitalized is up to 131.

A Federal Communications Commission Administrative Law judge rules that the long-distance tolls charged by American Telephone & Telegraph CO. are fair and that the communications giant should not be forced to divest itself of its manufacturing and research unites, Western Electric Co. and Bell Laboratories.

The Treasury Department says it has come up with an idea to produce  $1 coin. They haven’t yet made a final decision. 

Tina Blachoff, a 17-year-old student from Columbus, OH swims the English Channel in a record time of 9-hours and 3 minutes – over a half-hour faster than the previous mark.


Sports news – August 1, 1976

Olympic Games – Two more Romanian Olympic athletes ask the Canadian government for asylum, bringing to five the number of defectors who have sought permanent residence in Canada.

 Looks like Bruce Jenner is going to be the big celebrity out of the summer games. Jenner, the new Olympic decathlon champ, hails from San Jose.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – August 1, 1976

Passing – Gregor Piatigorsky (73), famed cellist.

Playing In Las Vegas –

Steve Lawrence/Eydie Gorme – Caesars

Ginger Rogers – Frontier

Dean Martin – Grand

Bill Cosby/Ben Vereen – Hilton

Bobby Vinton – Riviera

Robert Goulet – sands

Dick Clark Show – Thunderbird


Entertainment /Celebrity/Movie news – August 1, 1976

Elizabeth Taylor says Haitian officials have notified her that her second marriage to Richard Burton has been dissolved legally. The pair had re-married early last year.

Paramount Pictures is going into production on a theatrical movie based on “Star Trek” the TV series. Gene Roddenberry, who created the series will be producer of the film to go before the cameras in the spring of 1977. Casting is not yet set, but it’s known Roddenberry had planned to try for the same actors as in the 1966-1969 NBC TV series.


Music news – August 1, 1976

Bob Dylan, Peter Frampton, Elton John, Bob Marley, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen have been nominated for rock personality of the year. The winner will be announced on the second annual “Rock Music Awards” on CBS-TV September 18.

The Beach Boys headline an hour-long special on Thursday. To be seen – all the members including Brian Wilson. Produced by Lorne Michaels. 

Gladys Knight gives birth in Detroit to her fourth child, a 10-pound boy. Her husband his Barry Hankerson.

Pye Records is joining the parade to turn our 12-inch disco singles.

Playing on Broadway – “Chicago” with Gwen Verdon at the 46th street theatre.


Television news – August 1, 1976

The Black Writers Caucus composed of black members of the Writers Guild of America West, threaten to picket ABC’s new Bill Cosby show, “Cos,” unless another black is added to the 12-man writing staff on the series.


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – August 1, 1976

CBS – Popi, Good Times, MASH, Three Times Daley, Switch, Late movie

NBC – Movin’ On, Police Woman, City of Angeles, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Summer Olympics from Montreal, Late movie

PBS – Lowell Thomas, American Indian Artists, Evening at Pops ’76, The Olympiad


 Happy Days – Fonzie is asked by the owner of a teen hangout to stand up with him at his wedding.

Good Times – J.J. announces he plans to marry a moody, weirdo of the neighborhood.

Three Times Daley – Three generations of a family try to live together under one roof. Stars Don Adams, Jerry Houser. 

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