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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of August 23, 1976 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Gov. Milton Shapp of Pennsylvania checks into the nearly deserted Bellevue Strattford in Philadelphia. Business has fallen off sharply since the American Legion convention on July 21-24, when the mysterious “Legion fever” struck. So far, twenty-six persons connected with the convention have died and 149 others have taken ill. Shapp was there to get the message across the U.S. that Philadelphia is safe.

Potentially lethal levels of nickel are found in tissue samples from “legionnaires’ disease victims. Three victims who died from the disease had five to eight times higher levels than patients who died by other means.

Two more persons who attended the Legionnaire’s convention in July die - bringing the total to 28.  

 Manson cultist Susan Murphy is captured in Portland, OR after escaping from a federal prison in Los Angeles thirteen days ago. She and another inmate overpowered a female guard and stole her car. She was serving a five-year sentence for conspiring with fellow cultist Sandra Good on mailing threatening letters to businessman they accused of polluting the environment.

Hundreds of delegates to the American Legion national convention in Seattle shout “No” after Presidential hopeful Jimmy Carter said he would pardon all Vietnam draft resisters his first week in office. Carter did get cheers when he supported a strong military posture.

President Ford names James Baker, a Texas attorney as his campaign manager, replacing C.B. Morton. Morton has been criticized for overconfidence and lax campaign leadership.

The House Commerce Committee approves to extend daylight savings time next year - from six to seven months. It will begin the third Sunday in March instead of the last Sunday in April.

A total of 50,000 woman march in Ireland to demand an end to Northern Ireland’s violence of seven years. Most marched in Belfast and Dublin.

President Anwar Sadat of Egypt is nominated by the Parliament to a new six-year term of office.


Best-selling books – August 23, 1976

 “Delores” - Jacqueline Susann, “Touch The Cat” - Mary Stewart, “Passages” - Gail Sheehy, “A Man Called Intrepid” - William Stevenson 


Fascinating Business news – August 23, 1976

General Motors says it will raise new car (1977) prices by an average of $269 over 1976 models. 

Bestsellers - “Delores” - Jacqueline Susann, “Touch The Cat” - Mary Stewart, “Passages” - Gail Sheehy, “A Man Called Intrepid” - William Stevenson 


Entertainment/Celebrity news – August 23, 1976

 Passing - Mary Anissa Jones (18) - best known as “Buffy” on TV’s Family Affair. She was staying at a friend’s home in Oceanside, CA between San Diego and Los Angeles. The actress apparently died of an accidental overdose of sleeping bills. Her doll became famous, "Mrs Beasley."

Jimmy Osmond, the youngest of the Osmond Brothers, will host “Jimmy Osmond Presents ABC’s Saturday Sneak Peek” in early September.

Freddie Prinze is signed to an exclusive contract by NBC. Besides “Chico and the Man,” the contract covers series, specials and made for TV movies.


Top TV shows – August 23, 1976

Special-The Captain and Tenille, TV Movie-Winter Kill, Happy Days, Police Story, The Rockford Files, Kojak, What’s Happening, McCarthy for President, Six Million Dollar Man, The Bob Newhart Show.


Saturday morning TV listings/programs/TV guide – August, 1976

 CBS - Pebbles and Bam Bam, Bugs Bunny, Clue Club, Shazam!, Space Nuts, Ghost Busters, Valley Of Dinosaurs, Fat Albert, CBS Children’s Film Festival (In The News is featured between shows) ... NBC –  Emergency Plus 4, Josie and the Pussycats, Waldo Kitty, Pink Panther, Land Of The Lost, Run Joe Run, Return To The Planet Of The Apes, Westwind ... ABC - Hong Kong Phoey, Tom and Jerry, Gilligan, Super Friends, Speed Buggy, Odd Ball Couple, Lost Saucer, American Bandstand (Schoolhouse Rock is featured between shows).


Saturday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – August 23, 1976

 CBS - The Jeffersons, Ivan the Terrible, Mary Tyler Moore, The Bob Newhart Show, Diahann Carroll Show ... NBC - TV Movie ... ABC - Pro Football, Special-It’s Tough To Make It In This League.

The Jeffersons - Lionel Graduates.

Mary Tyler Moore - Mary gets to produce the news on her own.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – August 23, 1976

 Pop music this week in 1976 - “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” - Elton John and Kiki Dee, “Play That Funky Music” - Wild Cherry. “Shake Your Booty” - KC and the Sunshine Band, “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” - Lou Rawls, “A Fifth Of Beethoven” - Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band, “You Should Be Dancing” - The Bee Gees, “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight” - England Dan and John Ford Coley, “Lowdown” - Boz Scaggs, “Let ‘Em In” - Wings, “Kiss and Say Goodbye” - The Manhattans, “Summer” - War, “Turn The Beat Around” - Vicki Sue Robinson, “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel” Part 1 – Tavares


Top music albums – August 23, 1976

Top Albums - “Fleetwood Mac’ - Fleetwood Mac, “Frampton Comes Alive” - Peter Frampton, “Breezin’” - George Benson, “Silk Degrees” - Boz Scaggs, “Wings At The Speed Of Sound’ - Wings, “Beautiful Noise” - Neil Diamond, “Chicago X” - Chicago, “Wild Cherry” - Wild Cherry, “All Things In Time” - Lou Rawls, “15 Big Ones’ - The Beach Boys.


Some top movies – August 23, 1976

Murder By Death - Eileen Brennan, Peter Falk, David Niven, Peter Sellers.

Silent Movie - Marty Feldman, Dom DeLuise

The Gumball Rally - Michael Sarrazin, Norman Burton

St Ives - Charles Bronson, John Houseman, Jacqueline Bisset

 The Shootist - John Wayne, Lauren Bacall

Burnt Offerings - Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Burgess Meredith

Futureworld - Peter Fonda, Blyth Danner

Logan’s Run - Michael York, Jenny Agutter

Harry And Walter Go To New York - James Caan, Michael Caine, Elliot Gould

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