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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of November 1, 1976 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Ford returns to his home state of Michigan from his first national campaign. In 10 days he had campaigned in 16 states and covered more that 15,000 miles. Polls show Jimmy Carter’s enormous lead dwindling.

A final Gallup Poll shows a “virtual tie” between President Ford and Jimmy Carter.

Jimmy Carter is elected President of the United States. Final tally – Carter with 297 electoral votes/23 states and DC with President Ford getting 241/27 states. About 79.4 million voted. Popular vote figures show Carter with 40,287,283 or 51% to Ford’s 38,557,855 or 48%. 

Bowing out – President Ford tells reporters – “I believe that we must now put the divisions of the campaign behind us and unite the country once again in the common pursuit of peace and prosperity…”

Unemployment rises to 7.9% - up from 7.8%, focusing new attention on President-elect Carter’s talk of a possible tax cut in January. Carter said such a cut would be considered “If there is no change in the rate of growth of the economy and if economic indicators should show a negative aspect.”

Jimmy Carter says he believes his three television debates with President Ford were key in his campaign: “I have feeling that had it not been for the debates I would have lost. I think the debates let the American people be kind of reassured that well, at least, Jimmy Carter has some judgment about foreign affairs and defense.” 

Now everyone seems to be aware of Carter’s small hometown of Plains, Georgia. There is now talk of a motel, restaurant, expanded police force, helicopter pad and a welcome center in this town about 38 miles north of Albany.

Jimmy Carter steps aboard steps aboard the blue and silver presidential aircraft for the first time.  The plane took him to a vacation a secluded Musgrove Plantation at St. Simons Island. “I’m surprised how beautiful it is how fancy it is,” said Carter.


Sports news – November 1, 1976

Left-hander Randy Jones of the San Diego padres is named winner of the National League’s Cy Young Award


Music news – November 1, 1976

Rock superstar Peter Frampton will star in “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” as Billy Sheers. Manager Robert Stigwood says production is scheduled to begin filming early next year.

Peter Frampton (26) is granted a divorce in a London court from British model Mary Lovett. They were married in 1972.

Della Reese is suing her former business manager, Lee Magrid for $100,000 charging he took a larger parentage of her earnings after 22 years as her financial manager.


Television news – November 1, 1976

ABC becomes the second of the three networks to shelve the idea of  expanding its nightly half-hour news program to 45 minutes for an hour. NBC dropped the idea recently. CBS says it is disappointed at the two decisions by its rivals. CBS made two-pilot programs of an hour-long CBS Evening News but never aired them.

A.C. Nielsen Co shows more people are tuning in programs on PBS. A survey showed 60.8% more PBS viewers from a survey the preceding October.

Home Box Office, a pay TV channel, says it has established its first Southern California outlet by hooking up with Teleprompter Cable in San Bernardino.


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