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



In The News

President-elect Jimmy Carter promises Congress to consult it in advance on all big foreign policy initiatives. Sealing his pledge, Carter gave each member of the Foreign Relations Committee his private telephone number, saying he would answer it personally.

Jimmy Carter discloses that he aims to cut unemployment by 1.5 percentage points and to boost the economic growth rate by more than 2 percentage points in his first year as President. Unemployment is currently at 7.9% and the economic growth rate in the third quarter of 1976 was about 3.8%. 

President Ford and President-elect Carter meet in Washington for more than an hour to help smooth the way for the transfer of power. Carter said “There could not have been a better demonstration of unity and friendship and good will than has been shown to me by President Ford since the election.”

Rhodesia leaders accept a British proposal to set March 1, 1978 as the date by which the country - under black rule - will be declared formally independent. The agreement breaks a three-week deadlock of the rebel British colony, whose present white minority government declared independence 11 years ago.

Australia devalues its dollar 17 1/2% in a move aimed at making its wool, meat and other exports more competitive on the world market. That gives it a new value of $1.0174 in American money, a sharp contrast from its official value of $1.2354 the last business day.

President elect and Mrs Jimmy Carter say their 9-year-old daughter Amy will attend a Washington D.C. public school that’s 60% black.  Rosalyn Carter said Amy was “very pleased and excited” about attending Thaddeus Stevens School near the White House.

Billy Carter (39) - brother of president-elect Jimmy Carter catches the campaign bug and says he is running for mayor of Plains, Georgia - population 683. Carter (39) - runs the family peanut farms and manages the Carter peanut seed processing plant. He also owns one of the town’s two gas stations. Described as a “good ol boy” - he’s often seen around town with a can of beer in his hand. The incumbent mayor - A.L Blanton is an air traffic controller in Albany - 50 miles away. Some in town think he’s not around Plains as often as he should be. Billy is known as a hard-working business man and runs the peanut business with diligence.  


Medical/Health News – Swine Flu Update – November 23, 1976

Federal officials order an emergency shipment of swine flu vaccine for Missouri following a diagnosis of the fall’s first case of the disease. The Center For Disease Control in Atlanta says that blood samples taken from a Concordia, MO telephone lineman indicate that the upper respiratory disease he contacted was indeed swine flu. “We’re getting ready in case of a real epidemic although “we don’t have any massive amounts of people sick at this time.”


Sports news – November 23, 1976

Relief pitcher Rollie Fingers (now a free agent) signs a multi-year contract in excess of $1 million with the San Diego Padres ... Joe Morgan of the Cincinnati Reds becomes the second National League star to win successive MVP awards - duplicating Ernie Banks of Chicago - 17 years ago... Penn States’ Tony Dorsett wins the Heisman Trophy for this college football season. He’s the greatest ground gainer in college football history so far, passing over 6000 yards. He finishes this season with a total 6,082 rushing, 406 receiving and 127 yards on kickoff returns - a total of 6,615 yards.  


Bestselling books – November 23, 1976

Sleeping Murder - Agatha Christie

The Users - Joyce Haber

Ceremony of the Innocent - Taylor Caldwell

Storm Waiting - Jack Higgins

Slapstick - Kurt Vonnegut

Roots - Alex Haley

Passages - Gail Sheehy

Blind Ambition - John Dean

Blood and Money - Thomas Thompson

Your Erroneous Zones - Dr Wayne W. Dyer

To Jerusalem and Back - Saul Bellow

The Grass is Always Greener Over The Septic Tank - Erma Bombeck

The Hite Report - Shere Hite


Entertainment/Celebrity news – November 23, 1976

Singer Jerry Lee Lewis (40) is arrested outside the stone walls of Elvis Presley’s Graceland Mansion where police say he was drunk, screaming and waving a pistol. Police say the singer drove his 1976 Lincoln into Presley’s driveway and “began creating a disturbance, waving a pistol in his right hand and shouting.” After the arrest, Lewis told a newspaper reporter the he resented favorable publicity given to Presley while he was the object of bad publicity.

Passing - actress Rosalind Russell (63) of cancer. Wife of producer Frederick Brisson, her biggest movie was “Auntie Mame.”


Television news – November 23, 1976

Former CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers joins KNBC-TV (channel 4) in Los Angeles as a telecopter pilot-reporter. He had previously been a pilot-reporter for KGIL radio in the area.

Next Thursday and Friday - NBC’s “Today” show will originate from Plains, GA, reporting on the area’s way of life and transformation since its hometown hero, Jimmy Carter, was elected President.

Singer/actress Barbara Streisand will be interviewed in a Barbara Walters special to air December 14th. Miss Streisand and Jon Peters, former hairstylist who is now a film producer, discuss their relationship and the public and private pressures on their lives. Ms Streisand has not been interviewed on prime-time television in more than six years.

ABC decides to show all 12 hours of mini-series “Roots” over the course of eight nights.   Based on the bestselling book by Alex Haley, the series will begin January 23rd and run thru January 30th. Appearing in the $6 million production are John Amos, Ben Vereen, Cicely Tyson, Lou Gossett, George Sanford Brown, Madge Sinclair, Leslie Uggams, Edward Asner, Ralph Waite, Richard Roundtree, Lorne Green and Burl Ives. 


Top TV shows – November 23, 1976

Happy Days

Laverne & Shirley

NBC Birthday Salute - The First 50 Years


Movie - Billy Jack

John Denver Special


The Waltons

Good Times

The Jeffersons


Saturday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – November 23, 1976

CBS - Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart Show, All In The Family, Alice, Carol Burnette

NBC - Movie, Miss Teenage America Pageant

ABC - Holmes & Yoyo, What’s Happening, Starsky and Hutch, Most Wanted


Mary Tyler Moore - Excited, everyone in the WJW newsroom is wondering who is going to win the annual Teddy Awards.

Miss Teenage American Pageant - Bob Hope joins host Cathy Durden - Miss Teenage America 1966.


Saturday Night Live - Jodie Foster hosts.


Music news – November 23, 1976

Gets Married - Grace Slick (37) - lead singer of “The Jefferson Starship” to Skip Johnson (34) - the group’s lightening director.  


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – November 23, 1976  

Tonight’s The Night - Rod Stewart

Muskrat Love - Captain and Tennille

More Than A Feeling - Boston

Rock ‘n’ Me - Steve Miller

Rubberband Man - The Spinners

Love So Right - The Bee Gees

Enjoy Yourself - The Jacksons

Fernando - ABBA

You Don’t Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show) - Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis

Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Thing - Elton John

Just To Be Close To You - The Commodores

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot

You Are The Woman - Firefall

Magic Man - Heart

You Make Me Feel Like Dancing - Leo Sayer

Nadia’s Theme - Barry DeVorzon & Perry Botkin Jr.

Nights Are Forever Without You - England Dan & John Ford Coley

I Never Cry - Alice Cooper

Whispering/Cherchez La Femme/Se So Bon - Dr Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band

Devil Woman - Cliff Richard

Do You Feel Like We Do - Peter Frampton

(Don’t Fear) The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult

Lowdown - Boz Scaggs

I Wish - Stevie Wonder

Still The One - Orleans

She’s Gone - Hall & Oates

Breezin’ - George Benson

A Fifth of Beethoven - Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band

The Best Disco In Town - The Ritchie Family

 Love Ballad - L.T.D.

A Dose of Rock ‘n’ Roll - Ringo Starr

(Shake Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty - KC & The Sunshine Band

If You Leave Me Now - Chicago

You Ought To Be Havin’ Fun - Tower of Power


Top Country  Hit Music Singles – November 23, 1976

Somebody Somewhere (Don’t Know What He’s Missin’ Tonight) - Loretta Lynn

Good Woman Blues - Mel Tillis


Top Music Albums – November 23, 1976

Songs in the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder

A Night On The Town - Rod Stewart

The Song Remains the Same - Led Zeppelin

Frampton Comes Alive - Peter Frampton

Spirit - Earth, Wind & Fire

Boston - Boston

Blue Moves - Elton John

Children of the World - Bee Gees

Fly Like An Eagle - Steve Miller Band

One More From The Road - Lynyrd Skynyrd


More Music Albums – November 23, 1976

The Pretender - Jackson Browne

Dr Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band

Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry

Main Squeeze - Chuck Mangione

Rocks - Aerosmith

Men From Earth - The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

Rock and Roll Heart - Lou Reed

 Hard Rain - Bob Dylan

A Kind of Hush - Carpenters

Ten - Chicago

All Things In Time - Lou Rawls

This One’s For You - Barry Manilow

Song of Joy - Captain & Tennille

Andy - Andy Williams

Tought by Experts - Peter Allen

Tales of Mystery & Imagination - The Alan Parsons Project

Radio Ethiopia - Patty Smith Group

Greatest  Hits - Charlie Rich

Love to the World - L.T.D.

Nadia’s Theme - Barry DeVorzan

I Heard That - Quincy Jones

Night People - Fantastic Four

Look Out For #1 - Brothers Johnson

The End of the Beginning - Richie Havens

Gulf Winds - Joan Baez

Harvest For The World - The Isley Brothers

It Looks Like Snow - Phoebe Snow

Love Unlimited Orchestra - My Sweet Summer Suite


Top movies – November 23, 1976

Bugsy Malone - Jodie Foster, Scott Baio,

The Last Tycoon - Robert DeNiro, Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum, Jack Nicholson, Donald Pleasence, Ray Milland, Dana Andrews, Peter Strauss

Marathon Man - Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider, William Devane

Silent Movie - Marty Feldman, Dom Deluise, Sid Caesar, Harold Gould, Mel Brooks, Ron Carey, Bernadette Peters

The Next Man - Sean Connery, Cornelia Sharpe

Shout at the Devil - Lee Marvin, Roger Moore

The Incredible Sarah - Glenda Jackson

The Front - Woody Allen

Two-Minute Warning - Charlton Heston, John Cassavetes, Martin Balsam, Beau Bridges, Marilyn Hassett, David Janssen, Jack Clugman, Walter Pidgeon, Gena Rowlands

The Song Remains The Same - (Led Zeppelin) - John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant

Carrie - Sissy Spacek, John Travolta, Piper Laurie

Cousin, Cousine - Marie-Christine Barrault, Victor Landoux, Marie-France-Pisier, Guy Marchland

Network - Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall,

Norman... Is that You? - Redd Foxx, Pearl Bailey, Dennis Dugan, Michael Warren, Tamara Dobson, Vernee Watson, Jayne Meadows

The Other Side Of The Mountain - Beau Bridges, Belinda Montgomery, Dabney Coleman

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