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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of September 24, 1976 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

In their first televised debate, President Ford and Democrat Jimmy Carter disagree sharply on energy programs, the federal budget and tax policies. Ford said, “From what I heard, we did all right in that debate. When we get to the next one, we’ll do even better.” Carter said, “I thought I did well.” About 70 minutes into the 90-minute debate, the audio went out. A network sound engineer traced the outage to a $1.00 capacitor. Concluding remarks from the candidates were delayed by 27 minutes.

Heiress Patty Hearst is sentenced to seven years in prison for bank robbery, with credit for one year already served.

Lawyers for newspaper columnist Jack Anderson file a $22 million suit against former President Richard Nixon and senior aides for engaging in a massive conspiracy to discredit and possibly murder him The complaint says in 1971 and 1972, the Nixon aides “committed overt acts in the furtherance of a plan... to cause serious physical injury, possibly including death” to Anderson and included the use of poison.

The wife of a Russian defector to Sweden stabs herself in front of visa officials when they refused her permission to join her husband. Mrs Ludmilla Agapov was taken to a hospital but was not believed in serious condition. Her husband, Valentin, defected two years ago.

The Rhode Island Election Board announces that political newcomer Richard Lorber has been declared the winner of Rhode Island’s democratic U.S. Senate primary, defeating Gov. Philop Noel by 100 votes. The final tally gave Lorber 60,118 votes and Noel  60,018 votes

In Portland, Or, a former Green Beret medic survives and escapes after being pinned under his car for two weeks at the foot of a cliff. John Vihtelic (27) rigged a line from electric wiring and metal strips in the car and used it to drag his T-shirt from a nearby stream, ringing the shirt for drinking water. Using a jack handle sharpened on a rock, Vihtelic hacked away at a log under which his legged was pinned.

A Norwegian air force lieutenant tries unsuccessfully to set fire to three American Phantom jets at a Norwegian air force base and then shot himself in the head. The planes’ fuel tanks had been opened, releasing the fuel. Apparently, he set fire to a nearby tractor but firefighters put it out before it reached the leaking fuel.


Supermarket Prices – September 24, 1976

At the mart - Chicken legs - .79lb... Sunkist Oranges - .19lb...Porterhouse steak - $1.59lb...Apples - .25lb.


Best-selling books – September 24, 1976

 “Slapstick” - Kurt Vonegut Jr., “Sleeping Murder” - Agatha Christie, “Passages” - Gail Sheehy, “The Right and the Power” - Leon Jaworski


Fascinating Business news – September 24, 1976

Volkswagen’s Rabbit diesel tops the EPA mileage test by getting 52 miles to the gallon. Also in the top 5 (in order): Toyota Corolla - 71cc engine - 44mpg, Volkswagen Dasher Diesel - 90cc engine - 40mpg: Mazda 808 - 78cc engine - 38 mpg and Chevrolet Chevette - 98cc engine - 36mpg.


Sports news – September 24, 1976

Just before their fight, Muhammed Ali calls Ken Norton “a nobody” and promised that his heavyweight title defense at Yankee Stadium would not go past five rounds...It was close, but after 15 rounds, Ali (34) defeats Ken Norton. Referee Arthur Mercante gave the fight to Ali 8-6-1. Many members of the press thought Norton had won. “Age will get me if I stop” says Ali after the decision.

The Los Angeles Dodgers named third base coach Tommy Lasorda (49) as the manager of the team. Lasorda succeeds Walter Alston. Lasorda’s been with the Dodgers since 1948.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – September 24, 1976

Telling TV guide, President Ford says some of his favorite TV shows include Kojak, Police Woman, Rockford Files and Columbo and says he use to like Mannix and Cannon “but they’re off now.”

Chevy Chase will not be on Saturday Night Live this week. Chase injured himself during last week’s show imitating one of President Ford’s falls.

Country singer Tammy Wynette, best known for her hits “Stand By Your Man and “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” files for divorce after being married to John Tomlin after little more than two months. It’s her fourth husband.

Top TV shows – September 24, 1976

For the first time in its history, ABC sweeps the top 11 shows -

Movie - “Sky Terror,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “Charlie’s Angles (TV Movie),””Happy Days,” “The Love Boat, (TV Movie),” “The Bionic Woman,” “Family.” Eugene McCarthy’s five-minute political broadcast, “Welcome Back Kotter,” “Barney Miller,” and “Baretta.”


Wednesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – September 24, 1976

(CBS) Good Times, Ball Four (debut),  All In The Family, The Blue Knight...(NBC)TV Movie, The Quest (debut)...(ABC) Bionic Woman, Baretta, Charlie’s Angels (series debut).


NBC Movie - The Million Dollar Rip-off (1976).


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – September 24, 1976

 Pop charts - “A Fifth of Beethoven” - Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band, “Disco Duck” - Rick Dees & his cast of idiots, “Play That Funky Music” - Wild Cherry, “Devil Woman” - Cliff Richard, “Lowdown” - Boz Scaggs, “If You Leave Me Now” - Chicago, “Shake Your Booty” - KC and the Sunshine Band, “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight’ - England Dan & John Ford Coley


Top music albums – September 24, 1976

“Frampton Comes Alive” - Peter Frampton, “Hasten Down the Wind” - Linda Ronstadt, “Silk Degrees” - Boz Scaggs, “War’s Greatest Hits” - War, “Fly Like An Eagle” - Steve Miller, “Fleetwood Mac” - Fleetwood Mac, “Spirit” - John Denver, “Wild Cherry” - Wild Cherry.


Some top movies – September 24, 1976

Logan’s Run - Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Richard Jordan.

Car Wash - Richard Pryor, George Carlin, The Pointer Sisters.

Burnt Offerings - Karen Black, Oliver Reed

St Ives - Charles Bronson

Norman Is That You - Redd Foxx, Pearl Bailey

“The Omen” - Gregory Peck, Lee Remick

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