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



In The News

A fire apparently set by an arsonist rages through a second-story Puerto Rican social club in the South Bronx, killing 25 persons and injuring 24. Witnesses say a man had been involved in an argument over his wife’s dancing with another man. There were reports that he had returned with gasoline, kerosene or some flammable substance, spread the liquid in the stairwell on set it on fire.

Third Televised Debate – Jimmy Carter pledged “new leadership” and an end to what he termed a national drift. Ford said his Administration deserved high marks from the voters because inflation had been cut by half during his 26 months. Carter told the President – “You ought to be ashamed’ for contending that the United States was “leading the free world out of recession.”

Campaigning – Jimmy Carter tells voters in Texas to beware of “last-minute tricks and promises.” And contends that President Ford’s tax cut promise meant only a tax shift from the wealthy to the poor and middle-income groups. Meanwhile – President Ford in Pennsylvania – charges that Jimmy Carter was making statements and embracing policies that could bring on war.

In Belfast – an 8,000 person march organized by the Northern Irish women’s peace movement ends in violence after being attacked and stoned by supporters of the IRA. 16 were injured.

Former presidential aide John D. Ehrlichman voluntarily walks into a federal work camp in Arizona and begins serving two concurrent sentences for his role in the Watergate cover-up and “White House plumbers” cases.

The New York Post says Michael Scott Goldbaum – a media expert who produced television ads for President Ford’s election campaign has been fired because he also is producing a hard-core sex film.

A study by a psychologist at an Oklahoma state-mental health center says that male models were rated as significantly more likeable when they wore tight pants. Men found women models more likable when they wore shorter garments and women found them more likeable when they wore short shorts as compared to longer shorts.

Gov. Edwin Edwards of Louisiana acknowledges that his wife had received $10,000 in cash in 1971 from a South Korean businessman.


Sports news – October 23, 1976

Chris Evert wins the $200,000 Colgate Inaugural tennis tournament – and becomes the first millionaire woman athlete. 


Music news – October 23, 1976

The their hit “Fernando” hitting the top-10 in America – ABBA’s Benny  Andersson says hitting the charts in America is almost an afterthought: “We really don’t need this market. We are very big in Europe and Australia and that’s all we really need. We don’t need the money from the American market. It’s more for the sport and the challenge and we’re trying to make it her. But, we’ve hardly made any money in this market, even without hit singles.” The group says they may tour America next year – the first time. The group has had many offers as the first act, but will not take second billing. “There is no demand for us as headliners in this country, but that’s the only offer we would accept,” said Andersson. “Americans don’t really know much about Abba yet. So we really couldn’t fill any American concert halls as headiners yet.

Peter Frampton’s “Frampton Comes Alive,” which has been in the national Top 10 for more than nine months, just passed the 5-million sales mark in the U.S. and It may pass the all-time bestseller – “Tapestry” (6 million) by Christmas.

Music On Television – Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert.. The First And Only Time On TV – Led Zeppelin. They play cuts from their new movie, “The Song Remains The same.” Also – Starz, Mother’s Finest and Billy Crystal.


Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – October 23, 1976

CBS – Spencer’s Pilots, Movie

NBC – Bob Hope’s World of Comedy, Serpico, Tonight, Midnight Special

ABC – Paul Lynde Halloween Special, Made for TV movie, (late night) Battle for the White House

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week


Bob Hope – Bob launches his 27th year on NBC and this special features sketches from the past.

Paul Lynde Halloween Special – Guests – Rox Kelly, Betty White, Florence Henderson, Tim Conway.

Midnight Special – Hosts K.C. and the Sunshine Band with Gladys Knight & The Pips, Bay City Rollers ABBA, Rick Dees, Billy Braver. 

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