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



In The News

Secretary of Transportation William Coleman asks the auto industry to produce 500,000 cars with air bags in 1979 and 1980 for a demonstration of the safety device.

A man tried to smash a battered pickup truck through a White House gate but was stopped old by the steel bars and quickly captured. The driver, identified as Steven Williams of Santa Fe, was asked why he did the deed. He told a reporter as he pointed to the White House: “Trying to wake him up before he kills us all. Trying to wake him up before he kills us all.”

The Supreme Court postpones, for at least one day – the scheduled execution of Gary Mark Gilmore, granting a request from the condemned murderer’s mother.

President-elect Jimmy Carter moves back into the governor’s mansion in Atlanta temporarily to begin a round of interviews with prospective cabinet-level appointees.

President-elect Jimmy Carter votes in an election in which his brother, Billy is running for mayor of Plains and Billy said he hoped it would “rain like hell’ because the beer drinkers would still vote for him.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Carter’s brother Billy, is defeated by the town barber in Plains, Georgia in his bid for a two-year term as mayor of his hometown. Carter lost by 19 votes to A.L. Blanton, who is also an air traffic controller.

Sang Keun Kim – a senior South Koran intelligence officer is granted protective custody in the U.S. after fearing for his life.  He is aiding officials in Washington in the investigations of allegations that the Seoul regime had bribed American officials.

President-elect Jimmy Carter names Cyrus Vance as his choice to succeed Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Vance, a New York lawyer – has held diplomatic and defense posts under two Democratic presidents and is described as a low-key and respected diplomatic troubleshooter.

President-elect Carter, after discussions with advisers, says the economy has gone from bad to worse. 

House Democrats chose Thomas (Tip) O’Neill of Massachusetts as their next speaker. “I intend to assure that the Congress remains a co-equal part of government,” said O’Neill.

President-elect Jimmy Carter, disagreeing with his newly appointed budget director  (Bert Lance), says a tax cut is not a virtual certainty next year. Carter said it is too early to tell what steps might be needed to stimulate the economy. 

Jimmy Carter has received strong assurances from Soviet leader Leonid I. Brezhnev that the Russians “will go out of their way to avoid any crisis” early in his Presidency, Carter’s press secretary says.

President Ford’s half brother – Leslie (Bud) King is killed when he drove his 1977 Lincoln Continental onto an interstate highway from the wrong direction in Tennessee and was hit head-on.

Unemployment jumps to its highest level in 11 months in November – rising form 7.9% to 8.1% while wholesale prices post  there third big consecutive monthly increase. 

California’s death penalty statute is ruled unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court, sparing the lives of 65, including Charles Manson.


Sports news – December 1, 1976

Mark Fidrych, the Detroit Tigers’ pitcher – is named the 1976 American League Rookie of the Year.


Music news – December 1, 1976

Police place a heavy guard around the home of reggae singer Bob Marley, one of four persons wounded in a terrorist attack authorities believe was linked with government opposition groups. Jamaica has been plagued by political violence since January, when rival bands of the ruling People’s National Party and the opposition Jamaica Labor Party began a wave of gang warfare. A prelude to elections scheduled for Dec. 15. Marley was wounded in the arm and three members of his “Wailers” band remain hospitalized.

Elvis Presley is appearing at the Las Vegas Hilton this week.

Punk music update - Punk band the Sex Pistols, appearing on a London TV show, were asked by the emcee to say something outrageous at the end of their set. He’ll never do that again – the band members spewed, what has been described as “the filthiest language ever used on British television.” Punk is in over there with bands such as the Damned, the Vibrators, The Sex Pistols and the Clash.  Punk rockers profess to despise anyone over 20. The performers favor tight, paint-daubed jeans, swastika armbands, leather jackets, occasional rubber masks and soiled T-shirts adorned with designs emphasizing sex. The themes of their selections – anti-love, antipeace, contempt defiance of everything – seems to galvanize their young listeners. 

After taking six years off to raise a family – Lucy Simon – Carly’s sister – is back. She has a new album out ,“Lucy Simon.” 

Music On Television – Johnny Cash Christmas. With Johnny and June and their family and friends. Special guests – Roy Clark, Rev. Billy Graham, Tony Orlando, Barbara Mandrell, Merle Travis.


Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – December 1, 1976

CBS – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, George Burns Special

NBC – CPO Sharkey, McLean Stevenson Show, Sirota’s Court, The Practice, The Quest, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Bionic Women, Baretta, Charlie’s Angels, (late night) The Rookies reruns

PBS – Nova


Bing Crosby White Christmas Special – Bing and Family with Jackie Gleason and Bernadette Peters.


Some top movies – December 1, 1976

7% Solution

The Next Man


A Matter Of Time

Rocky Horror Picture How

Silent Movie

Gnome Mobile

The Amazing Dobermans

The Next Man 

Norman Is that You?

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