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


In The News

The first ever debate between vice presidential candidates is held between Sen. Robert J. Dole of Kansas who’s running with President Ford and Sen. Walter F. Mondale of Minnesota - Jimmy Carter’s running mate. Dole labeled Mondale “the most liberal senator in the U.S. Senate.” Dole did manage to bring up Carter’s controversial “Playboy” magazine interview, telling Mondale “we’ll give him the bunny vote.” Sitting back - Mondale finally hit Dole with a barb, saying Dole had “richly earned his reputation as a hatchet man tonight.”

After the third presidential debate, polls indicate that Jimmy Carter is favored at 40% vs. 29% for Ford. Carter won the second debate, but President Ford was favored in the first one.

A Norwegian tanker crashes into a Mississippi River ferryboat near Luling, Louisiana - up the river front New Orleans killing scores of people. Many were trapped in their autos.

The FCC votes to extend the Citizen Band (CB radios) from 23 channels - to 40 channels. More channels were given to the service due to interference, especially in urban areas. 

Two CBers get into a fight when one of them caused considerable interference on CB channel 6 in an area outside Ft Worth, Texas. The two met at a freeway overpass and shots rang out. One died and the other man was critically injured. Fellow CBers announced it over the channels that “Blue Goose” was dead and “Dirty Bird” is in critical condition.” Apparently, the man called “Dirty Bird” was using foul language and had a super-strong signal, probably from an illegal line amplifier. The two then dared each other to meet somewhere. Alcohol was a factor. 

Coast Guard officials say there is little hope of finding the Panamanian cargo ship “Sylvia L. Ossa and its crew of 37 men. The search in the Bermuda Triangle continues. The ship was last heard about 140 miles west of Bermuda.

Barbara Walters moderates the fourth and final debate against President Ford and Jimmy Carter.

Marries - Baby doctor Benjamin Spock (73) to Mary Morgan Councille (35). It’s the second marriage for both. Spock is a “People Party” candidate for Vice President.

Passing - Carlo Gambino (74) - reputed ‘boss of all bosses’ in organized crime of natural causes. Prototype for the fictional “Godfather.”


Sports news – October 15, 1976

The Cincinnati Reds sweep the first four games to beat the Yankees in the World Series. Catcher Johnny Bench hit two homers in the last game and was named the most valuable player in the series. . Julius Irving makes his NBA debut in Philadelphia, but the 76ers were defeated by the San Antonio Spurs ... NY Nets season ticket holders demand a refund in the wake of the club’s sale of Julius Irving to the 76ers.


Fascinating Business news – October 15, 1976

Mr. Goodwrench Says, “Keep that great GM feeling with Genuine GM parts.”

Heinz sues Campbell’s soup for $105 million. Heinz accuses Campbell of attempting to monopolize trade in the manufacture and retail sale of canned soup. 

Dutch Masters introduces The Cameroons ... “Two new cigars that mate the richness of one of the world’s rarest wrapper tobaccos with the mildness of our special filler blend.” “The Cameroons” number 150 is the trim longer length, and Number 140 is for the man who enjoys a full generous shape.” 


Best-selling books – October 15, 1977

 “Sleeping Murder” - Agatha Christie, “Storm Warning” - Jack Higgias, “Slapstick” - Kurt Vonnegut Jr., “Passages” - Gail Sheehy, “The Right and the Power” - Leon Jaworski, “What Really Happened To The Class Of ‘65” - Michael Medved/David Wallechinsky.


Top TV shows  - October 15, 1976

TV rankings last week  - MASH, World Series, CMA Awards, One Day At A Time, TV Movie- Having Babies, All In The Family, Maude, Six Million Dollar Man, Charlie’s Angels, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Bionic Woman, Family, 60 Minutes, World Series Pregame Show, Rockford Files, Alice, Wonder Woman, Baretta, The Waltons, Hawaii Five-O, Rhoda, Police Woman


Television news – October 15, 1976

Paramedics are called to the set of “Fantasy Island” after Peter Lawford suffered a deep cut to his left leg. Actress Carol Lynley had thrown a glass and parts of it hit the actor’s leg.

ABC cancels “COS” starring Bill Cosby. Debuting last month, the variety show finished last in the ratings. Michael D. Eisner - Senior VP of ABC prime-time programming said “It’s not like we’re acting precipitously in canceling it. The audience has rejected it. If we thought there was a chance people would find it and grow to like it, we would stay with it. But it is overwhelmingly apparent that that is not the case.


Monday night Television listings/programs/TV guide – October 15, 1976

 CBS - Rhoda, Phyllis, Maude, All’s Fair, Executive Suite ... NBC - Little House On The Prairie, TV Movie ... ABC - Monday Night Football


Rhoda - gets a blind date with an arrogant nightclub singer named Johnny Venture.

Monday Night Football - Jets vs. Patriots - Frank Gifford, Alex Karras and Howard Cosell report the action.   

Maude - Walter has hit bottom after his appliance store is lost in a bankruptcy ... Maudes’ efforts to help make things worse.

All’s Fair - stars Richard Crenna and Berndette Peters.

England Dan and John Ford Coley guest on the syndicated “Merv Griffin Show” this week.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40 USA  - October 15, 1976

“If You Leave Me Now” - Chicago, “Disco Duck (part 1)” - Rick Dees & his Cast of Idiots, “Still The One” - Orleans, “Rock ‘n Me’ - The Steve Miller Band, “She’s Gone” - Daryl Hall & John Oates, “With Your Love” - Jefferson 

Starship, “Devil Woman” - Cliff Richard (Shake Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty - KC & The Sunshine Band, “A Fifth Of Beethoven” - Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band, “Play That Funky Music” - Wild Cherry, “I Only Want To Be With You” - The Bay City Rollers, “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight” - England Dan & John Ford Coley, “The Rubberband Man” - The Spinners, “That’ll Be The Day” - Linda Ronstadt, “The Wreck Of The Edmond Fitzgerald” - Gordon Lightfoot, “Lowdown” - Boz Scaggs, “A Little Bit More” - Dr Hook, “The Best Disco In Town” - The Ritchie Family.


Top music albums – October 15, 1976

Top Albums - “Frampton Comes Alive!” - Peter Frampton, “Songs In The Key Of Life’ - Stevie Wonder, “Hasten Down The Wind” - Linda Ronstadt, “”Fly Like An Eagle” - The Steve Miller Band, “Chicago X” - Chicago, “Silk Degrees” - Boz Scaggs, “Hard Rain” - Bob Dylan, “Spirit” - Earth, Wind & Fire, “Fleetwood Mac” - Fleetwood Mac


Some top movies – October 15, 1976

Car Wash - George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Ivan Dixon

Alfred Hitchcock’s “Family Plot”

From Noon Till Three - Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland

The Front - Woody Allen, Zero Mostel, Herchel Bernardi

A Matter Of Times” - Lisa Minnelli, Ingrid Bergman

Bugsy Malone - Jodi Foster, Scott Baio

Norman ... Is That You? - Redd Foxx, Pearl Bailey

All The President’s Men - Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman

The House Of Exorcism - Telly Savalas, Elke Sommer

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