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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of October 8, 1976 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

President Ford admits he made a mistake in saying Eastern Europe was free of Soviet domination and then delivered a scathing attack on Jimmy Carter’s leadership qualities.

Chinese Premier Hua Kuo-feng succeeds Mao tse-tung as chairman of the Communist party. 

Health – A mysterious disease in central Africa which has killed more than 300 people has been identified and has no known cure, according to the World Health Organization. The viral infection is known as the Marburg disease.

President Ford is cleared by Special Watergate Prosecutor Charles Ruff of an allegation that he had converted campaign funds to his personal use while a Michigan congressman.

The United States apologizes to Japan for bad taste in a Texas air show that reenacted the atomic bombing of Hiroshima with a simulated mushroom cloud and the pilot of the famed plane “Enola Gray” at the controls of a leftover B-29.

Campaigning – Jimmy Carter accuses President Ford of being “insensitive” to human problems and of avoiding holding a press conference to answer questions about ‘discrepancies” in several recent statements he had made.

Rosalynn Carter says she guaranteed that if her husband was elected President, he would not put himself in a position to be lobbied by special interest groups during golf games. In fact, Mrs. Carter stressed: “Jimmy won’t play golf with anybody.”

President Ford signs into law an antiterrorism measure, saying, “The full force of world opinion and diplomatic action must be brought to bear on this threat to world peace and order.” The new law establishes as federal felonies attempted murder, manslaughter or kidnapping of diplomats or other “internationally protected persons” anywhere within U.S.-controlled territory. 

Less than two weeks after it began, eight states suspend the swine flu vaccination program after three deaths in Pennsylvania.

Former White House counsel John W. Dean concludes while in prison that “Deep Throat” the mysterious informer in the Washington Post’s coverage of the Watergate scandal, was Nixon speechwriter David Gergen, reports the New York Post (not true). 

Unemployment edged downward slightly in September to 7.8%.

Angus Murphy and Harold Conley – two top officials of the Hare Krishna movement and the group itself have been indicted on charges of unlawful imprisonment involving a Queens woman and a Boston man.

Passing – Dame Edith Evans – the English actress whose career spanned more than six decades on the stage and screen. She was 88.

Gets engaged for the seventh time! – Elizabeth Taylor to John W. Warner. Look out!


Fascinating Facts – October 8, 1976

The Louis Cartier diamond is unveiled at its Fifth Ave. store. The pear-shaped gem weighs 107.07 carats and carries a price tag of $5 million.


Evel Knievel Toys From Ideal –

Stunt Cycle - $9.96… Chopper Bike - $10.96… Funny Car – 49.86… Super Jet Cylce – $11.94.

At The Toystore - Toys Include “The Game of Jaws” & A Six Million Dollar Man Action Figure.



Sports news – October 8, 1976

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw is injured in the fourth period of an 18-16 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Bradshaw suffered a neck injury.

Home run great Henry Aaron, declaring he felt like a rookie again, accepts an executive position with the Atlanta Braces; vice president in charge of player development. 


Music news – October 8, 1976

Rock band Yes gets top band in Melody Maker’s magazine readers poll – even though they haven’t released a new album in nearly two years. Led Zeppelin, which was voted top band last year, finished second. Joni Mitchell was named top female singer for the third straight year, followed by Kiki Dee, Diana Ross and Grace Slick. Robert Plant got top male singer for the third time. Top guitarist went to Steve Howe of Yes. Other top bands in order behind Zeppelin – Genesis, Eagles, Queen the Who, Steely Dan, Rolling Stones, Wings and 10cc.  

The Isley Brothers and Wild Cherry appear at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas.

On CBS-TV – The Country Music Association Awards. Co-hosts Johnny Cash and Roy Clark


Television news – October 8, 1976

Barbara Walters boosted the audience by more than 1.6 million on the ABC Evening News.

Debuting on “Today” this week on NBC – Jane Pauley.

Arthur Taylor, president of CBS Inc. resigns suddenly in a shakeup – probably due to the network’s slump in the TV ratings.


Some top movies – October 8, 1976

Marathon Man

The Front


The Omen

Outlaw Josey Wales

Taxi Driver




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