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




In The News

President Ford lands in Palm Springs to begin an eight-day post campaign vacation including lots of golf. 

Appearing in shackles, condemned murderer Gary Gilmore - begs five justices to allow him to keep his date of execution - 5 days away by a firing squad in Utah. Governor Calvin Rampton stays the execution - for six days, when the state Board of Pardons will take up the case and perhaps cause further delays. Gilmore wasn’t happy about the stay.

The United States and Vietnam resume talks - the first official diplomatic contact between the governments since the fall of Saigon and the collapse of the South Vietnamese republic April of last year.

Patty Hearst (22) - convicted bank robber is freed on $1.5 million bail and released in the custody of her parents. She must report by telephone - each Monday and Thursday mornings - her whereabouts and must meet with a probation officer once a month.

The stately Bellevue-Stratford hotel in Philadelphia says it is closing its doors after 72 years. It’s the place where the Pennsylvania American Legion picked for its convention last summer - and its the place where scores picked-up the so-called “Legionnaires disease.” So far - 29 have died and 151 have been hospitalized from the mystery illness that has stumped doctors. The occupancy rate at th hotel has fallen to 3%.

Here’s a partial list of America’s most influential woman, as chosen by a panel of newspaper editors, commentators, university presidents and writers - On top of the list - Bella Abzug - Democratic congresswoman from New York.

Anne Armstrong - ambassador to Great Britain

Helen-Gurley Brown - editor of Cosmopolitan

Shirley Chisholm - congresswoman from New York

Joan Ganz Cooney - head of the Children’s Television Workshop

Charlotte Curtis - op-ed page editor of the New York Times

Betty Ford - the First Lady

Betty Friedan - feminist

Katherine Graham - publisher of the Washington Post.     

A woman who loses a job or pay raise because she refused to have sex with her boss may not sue him for damages under the U.S. Civil rights Act, a federal judge rules. The woman should file a civil suit, charging extortion or swear out a rape complaint. U.S. dist. Judge Herb stern asserted the federal bench would be deluged with complaints if the Civil Rights Act were applied in such cases. He said office Christmas parties alone would create a flood of lawsuits. 


The original Smokey Bear, dies at the National Zoo. He was the equivalent of more than 70 human years.

Ron Carter of San Francisco, an unemployed veteran who lost a leg in the Vietnam War, is arrested after airport customs agents found an estimated $1 million of heroin inside his artificial limb.

To revive interest in its smaller cars - GM is offering a $200 rebate if you buy a Chevrolet Vega, Chevette or Pontiac Astre by January 10.

Official contact is resumed between the United States and Vietnam. The Hanoi representative, taking a hard-line stance, said no more information on Americans listed as missing in action unless Vietnam is given reconstruction aid. 

Passing - American artist and photographer Man Ray (86) - one of the leaders of the Dada movement - which attacked all standards of esthetics and behavior. After the movement died around 1922, many of the dadists became surrealists.

Passing - sculptor Alexander Calder (76). In a statement - President Ford said, “Mr. Calder’s sculpture and innovative art form helped evolve an entirely new state of consciousness and demonstrated what American improvisation could achieve. Art has lost a genius and the Unites States has lost a great American who contributed much to the civilization of the 20th century.”


Best-selling books – November 8, 1976

“The Users” - Joyce Haber, “Slapstick” - Kurt Vonnegut, “Sleeping Murder” -  Agatha Christie, “Blind Ambition” - John Dean, “Passages “ - Gail Sheehy, “Blood and Money” - Thomas Thompson


Technology news – November 8, 1976

In a landmark case - Universal Pictures and Disney file a lawsuit against Sony and several retailers and users of the Sony Betamax videocassette recorder - saying the machine violates copyrights.  The recorder they say is designed to allow recording of television shows - including movies owned and copyrighted by Universal and Disney. Sony, and the retailers “have been unjustly enriched” at the expense of the two studios. Copyright law does allow “fair use” of the created work by the public. 


Sports news – November 8, 1976

Baltimore Oriole Jim Palmer wins another Cy Young award - his third. He’s the only three-time Cy Young award winner. He did it last year and in 1973.  


Entertainment/Celebrity news – November 8, 1976

The World of Sid & Marty Kroft, the $20-million indoor amusement attraction in Atlanta has suspended operations for reasons including insufficient attendance and unexpected high overhead. The park, which opened May 26, featured eight floors of entertainment and lavish shows and was part of an 8-acre complex that included a hotel and shopping center in Atlanta’s inner city.


Radio news – November 8, 1976

NBC radio says it is phasing out its “News and Information Service” network by mid-1977. The service provided around the clock news and features to affiliated stations - allowing smaller markets to have an all-news presence on radio. Jack Thayer, president of NBC’s radio division said that the past year was so good for radio, stations that they thought would be “marginal” actually did better, and didn’t attempt a change - thus, it was harder to get stations and meet goals.  “...”But we shot our best wad with promotional and organizational activity in these first 18 months and only turned up with half our goal. In the time frame we had established, it would have taken us into the 1980’s to become competitive. We just couldn’t catch up.


Music news – November 8, 1976

Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice, who wrote “Jesus Christ Superstar”, are at it again. They’ve composed another rock opera – “Evita,” that will be released in mid-January. Their new opera is based on the life of Eva Peron, the first wife of Argentine dictator Juan Peron. She died in 1952 at the age of just 33. 


Television news – November 8, 1976

The government says it will settle its antitrust suit against NBC with the network accepting restrictions on program ownership. The (10 year) restriction will force NBC to purchase more programs from independent producers. A similar suit is pending for the other two networks - CBS and ABC.

Carroll O’Connor wins a $50,000 judgment in against Swank magazine for publishing an unauthorized and fabricated interview with him.

Actress Ellen Corby (63) who portrays Grandma Walton on the popular show, suffers an apparent stroke at her home.  She was discovered on a stair landing by series producer Andy White and an assistant who arrived to see why she had not appeared for the day’s filming. They saw her signaling feebly through a window and broke through the front door to reach her. She’s in critical condition.

More bad news for “The Waltons” as Richard Thomas, who stars as John Boy, says he’s leaving after his five-year contract with producer Lorimar ends in January. The show will continue, should CBS decide to pick it up.

Actress Emily McLaughlin who plays Jessie Brewer on “General Hospital” is hospitalized in critical condition with internal bleeding from ulcers.

Apparently some 85 million viewed the first three-hour section airing of “Gone With The Wind” on NBC-TV.


Top TV shows – November 8, 1976

Second half of Gone with the Wind, The Apple Dumpling Gang on the Wonderful World of Disney, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, TV Movie-Sybil (part 1), MASH, The Waltons, Movie-Death Wish, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, Hawaii Five-O, The Bionic Woman, Battle of the Network Stars, One Day at a Time, Welcome Back Kotter, Movie-Patton, The Dean Martin Special, Donny and Marie, Sanford and Son, Barney Miller, Baretta.


Daytime television listings/programs/TV guide – November 8, 1976

CBS - News w/Hughes Rudd, Captain Kangaroo, The Price Is Right, Gambit, Love of Life, The Young and the Restless, Search For Tomorrow, As The World Turns, Guiding Light, All In The Family, Match Game ‘76, Tattletales ... NBC - The Today Show, Sanford and Son, The Hollywood Squares, The Wheel Of Fortune, Stumpers (game), Grand Slam (game), The Gong Show, Days of our Lives, The Doctors, Another World ... ABC - Good Morning America, Happy Days, The Don Ho Show, Family Feud, $20,000 Pyramid, All My Children, Ryan’s Hope, One Life To Live, General Hospital, Edge Of Night


Television news – November 8, 1976

NBC announces three new sitcoms beginning in December  - “CPO Sharkey” starring Don Rickles as a Navy Chief Petty Officer assigned at boot camp, “The McLean Stevenson Show” and “Sirota’s Court” starring Michael Constantine.

CBS announces it is canceling “The Tony Orlando and Dawn Rainbow Hour” after a two-year run and “The Blue Knight” - starring George Kennedy.

 Debuting this week on ABC - “What’s Happening!!” - “Roger, Dwayne and Rerun (yes Rerun) are absolute geniuses at getting into wildly funny scrapes. From the creators of Sanford and Son.”

Contestant Judy Lanham (23) wins $100,000 on NBC’s “Name That Tune.” The correctly identified a song entitled “Entry of the Gladiators.”

This week - ABC telecasts the first “Battle of the Network Stars.” Appearing are Farrah Fawcett-Majors, Ron Howard, Gabe Kaplan, Hal Linden, Penny Marshall, Adrienne Barbeau, Telly Savalas, Loretta Swift, Jimmie Walker, Robert Conrad, Tim Matheson, Barbara Parkins, Kevin Tighe and Demond Wilson.

Dies - Louis Cowan (66) - former CBS television president and his wife in an apartment fire at his east side penthouse. Cowan quit the network in the wake of the quiz show scandals in 1959. 


Music news – November 8, 1976

The husband-wife singing team of Billy Davis Jr. and Marilyn McCoo sign to star in their own variety series on CBS next summer.


Top pop music hit singles(top-40) – November 8, 1976

Pop hits - “Tonight’s The Night” - Rod Stewart, “Rock ‘n Me” - Steve Miller, “Rubberband Man” - The Spinners, “Disco Duck (part 1)” - Rick Dees, “Muskrat Love “ - The Captain and Tennille, “If You Leave Me Now” - Chicago, “The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald” - Gordon Lightfoot, “Fernando” - ABBA, “Love So Right” - The Bee Gees, “More Than A Feeling” - Boston, “Beth” - Kiss, “She’s Gone” - Hall  Oates, “Just To Be Close To You” - The Commodores, “You Are The Woman” - Firefall, “Do You Feel Like We Do” - Peter Frampton, “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” - Elton John.


Top Music Albums – November 8, 1976

“Songs In The Key Of Life” - Stevie Wonder, “The Song Remains The Same” - Led Zeppelin, “Spirit” - Earth, Wind & Fire, “Boston” - Boston, “Frampton Comes Alive” - Peter Frampton, “Blue Moves” - Elton John, “A Night On The Town” - Rod Stewart, “Chicago X” - Chicago, “”Fly Like An Eagle” - Steve Miller Band. 


Some top movies – November 8, 1976

The Seven-Per-cent Solution - Alan Arkin, Vanessa Redgrave, Robert Duvall

Two Minute Warning - Charlton Heston, John Cassavetes, Martin Balsam

Bugsy Malone - Jodie Foster, Scott Baio

Norman ... Is That You All Over Town  - Redd Foxx, Pearl Bailey

Shout At The Devil - Lee Marvin, Roger Moore

The Next Man – Sean Connery, Cornelia Sharpe

The Front - Woody Allen, Michael Murphy, Zero Mostel

Marathon Man - Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Oliver, Roy Scheider

The Incredible Sarah - Glenda Jackson

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