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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of August 15, 1976 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Thirty bullet-riddled bodies are found in a farm field north of Buenos Aires. A government spokesman blames irrational groups for the murders which appeared to have been carried out by right-wing death squads.

Jimmy Carter predicts the Republican Party would be “substantially united” by fall, despite the current infighting between supporters of President Ford and Ronald Reagan. 

The financial holdings of Democratic presidential nominee Jimmy Carter’s family are worth about $5 million, according to records at the Sumter County courthouse. 

A barge loaded with sulfuric acid and Oleun capsizes near the mouth of the York River and the Coast Guard declares an emergency in the Chesapeake Bay.

Republican Convention in Kansas City – President Ford says he discussed the Republican v/p nomination to Ronald Reagan, but Reagan indicated he doesn’t want the position.

He has the votes – and President Ford wins the Republican presidential nomination. He passed the total of 1,130 committed votes needed to win on the first ballot.

President Ford chooses Sen. Robert Dole of Kansas as his running mate. 

Ronald Reagan emotionally tells his closet campaign staffers the “cause will go on because it is right.”

Sonny Bono was seen sitting to the right of First Lady Betty Ford the moment her husband was nominated for the presidential race. He has been invited by President Ford to be master of ceremonies at his victory party. 

Americans personal income jumps by the largest margin in nearly a year during July – thanks to a cost-of-living increase for Social Security recipients and bigger payrolls for workers.

A huge earthquake in the Philippines which struck the country’s southern islands, kills over 3,000 with some 2200 reported missing.

Egypt accuses Libyan leader Col. Moammar Khadafy of allocating $1 million to stage an armed coup against President Anwar Sadat, sending relations between the two neighbors to a new low.


Medical/Health news – Legionnaires Update – August 15, 1976

The “Legionnaires Disease” clams its 26th victim. Harold Stump, manager of the Legion club in Milton, PA. He had been hospitalized since August 2. 


Sports news – August 15, 1976

Jerry West who led the Los Angeles Lakers to a world championship in 1972, is named coach of the team. 

Health officials have begun questioning some major league baseball stars in their efforts to find the cause of the “Legionnaire’s disease’ which has struck 170 persons. 25 have died and another 144 have its symptoms.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – August 15, 1976

Playing in Las Vegas –

Julie Andrews – Caesars Palace

Bob Newhart/Doc Severinsen – Frontier

Mac Davis/Joan Rivers – MGM Grand

John Davidson – Hilton

 Don Rickles/Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. – Riviera

Buddy Hackett/Eddie fisher – Sahara

Wayne Newton – Sands

Rodney Dangerfield – Tropicana 


Music news – August 15, 1976

Diana Ross is set to cohost the “Rock Music Awards” with Alice Cooper and will also star in her own 90-minute special on NBC.

Clarence Clemons – the sax guy for the E-Street band – has an acting job! He’ll play a trumpet player in “New York, New York” starring Liza Minelli and Robert de Niro. The band is on hiatus as a lawsuit drags on between Bruce Springsteen and Mike Appel. Springsteen is suing him for mismanagement and can’t record.

Hitmakers “Captain & Tennille” Have Their Own Special This Week On ABC-TV with special guest Roy Clark.


Television news – August 15, 1976

Los Angeles DJ’s “Lohman and Barkley” have a new TV show – “The Lohman and Barkley” and it’s described as off the wall - funny, like their morning radio show. 


Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – August 15, 1976

CBS/NBC/ABC – Republican National Convention

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