Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of September 1, 1976 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Japan - A Soviet MIG-25 pilot who planned his defection from the Communist regime for two years leaves for the United States where he is promised political asylum.
The Untied States lands the Viking 2 spacecraft on Mars.
President Ford calls for a report ‘within the next day or so” on allegations that FBI director Clarence M. Kelly improperly accepted gifts from subordinates.
Three Palestinian hijackers release the 76 passengers and five crewmembers of a KLM royal Dutch jetliner in exchange for a safe conduct promise from Greek Cypriot authorities.
President Ford and Jimmy Carter agree to hold three nationally televised debates.
Rosalyn Carter says her three grown sons have told her they tried marijuana, but she said, she doesn’t worry about the behavior of her children as long as they confide in her.
The unemployment rate edged up to 7.9% - the year’s highest.
British troops and police tortured suspected terrorists in Northern Ireland over a three-month period in late 1971, the European Commission of Human Rights declares.
800 rooms of furnishings, fixtures and everything else are being sold from Chicago’s landmark LaSalle Hotel. The 1908 hotel is being closed and will be torn down.
In A Gallup Poll – Jimmy Carter leads President Ford 52% to 37%.
Sports news – September 1, 1976
National Football League teams, with the exception of expansion teams in Seattle and Tampa, will be limited to 43 players this season, so says NFL commissioner Pete Rozell. The Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be allowed to carry six additional players for the first two games, then 45 after that. However, they may only dress 43 players for any game.
Radio news – September 1, 1976
The FCC orders radio station KOIL (1290) and sister KEFM in Omaha off the air. Licenses for the two stations, plus WIFE-FM in Indianapolis and KISN in Vancouver Washington were revoked by the FCC on grounds of misconduct by operator Don Burden – board chairman and majority stockholder of Star Broadcasting. It’s the FCC’s most severe action to date. Revoking the license means he can’t sell. Burden was charged with a long list of violations, including running phony contests on the air, billing advertisers twice, slanting news broadcasts and giving free airtime to some political candidates.
Entertainment /Celebrity/Music/Television news – September 1, 1976
On the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy telethon – a special surprise. Frank Sinatra handed Jerry a $6,000 check and told him he had a special friend he wanted him to meet. In strolled Dean Martin. The two embraced. Lewis later told the audience – “that was my former partner.”
Glen Campbell (40) is married to Sarah Jan Davis (24). The bride’s ex is Mac Davis.
In Mobile (AL), a man who waited 20 hours for Elvis Presley tickets, spotted Elvis and shouted to ask the singer for an autograph. Elvis offered instead to throw him a scarf, but Milham then said he wanted the Elvis’ diamond ring. The singer gave it to him.
Elton John becomes the first pop artist ever to play seven nights at Madison Square Garden. But John says he is taking a sabbatical from concerts that may last up to 18 months.
Bob Dylan on television! Don’t miss his “Hard Rain” TV special – Next week (Sept 14) on NBC-TV. He’ll sing 11 songs including four duets with Joan Baez. Columbia will release a live “Hard Rain” album next week as well.
Top movies – September 1, 1976
Go For It
Harry & Walter Go To New York