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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of December 24, 1976 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

Christmas message - Pope Paul VI calls for honoring, “In the birth of Christ the incipient life of man.”

9-year-old Amy Carter woke her father and the rest of the family at 5am to check out her Christmas presents.

President Ford and his family celebrate Christmas in Vail with church services, skiing and a turkey dinner.

An Egyptian jet crashed north of Bangkok airport – killing all 51 aboard.

The government’s index of leading economic indicators – which are supposed to foretell economic trends – increased 1% in November – the strongest advance in five months.

President Ford says he would ask Congress to admit Puerto Rico as the 51st state.

Armed Forces recruiting stations are busier this week in a rush to get into the service before the old GI Bill expires – December 31. Those joining up after midnight Dec. 31 will have to contribute some of their own money toward GI Bill education.

President Ford who had told the widow of Sen. Philip Hart that he would give a “hard look” to her request for unconditional amnesty for Vietnam war resisters.

Manson girl Leslie Van Houten has her murder retrial set for January 28 with a $200,000 bail amount.

The U.S. fish and Wildlife Service says a bald eagle with an 84-inch wingspan was shot and killed on eastern Long island. The bald eagle was one of possibly fewer than 100 of its species in the Northeast. Two men are being sought . 

Passing – Alex Rose – vice chairman of the New York State liberal party and close friend and adviser to Gov. Hugh Carey. He was 78.


Sports news – December 24, 1976

O.J. Simpson is named one of the world’s 10  “most watch able” males by a group of women called Man Watcher Inc.

Ivo Van Damme, Belgian track star who on two silver medals at the Montreal Olympic Games is killed in an auto accident in France. He was 22. 


Entertainment /Celebrity news – December 24, 1976

California Supreme Court says that couples who live together without getting married can have valid agreements as to the sharing of property, The decision involved Lee Marvin the actor who lived with Michelle Triola without marrying her.


Television news – December 24, 1976

ABC captures the race for the 10th time this season, scoring a 19.2 rating and a 33.3 share. CBS – 16.8 rating and 29.1 share and NBC with a 16.4 rating and 28.6 share. Laverne & Shirley and Happy Days top the week’s ratings last week.

After 2 1/2 years – CBS’ nightly Bicentennial Minute will end. President Ford narrates the final minute – broadcast on December 31. CBS will replace it with a headline “Newsbreak.’

“Laugh-In” will return to NBC for six new specials starting in the fall.


New Year’s Eve Television (Friday) – listings/programs/TV Guide – Dec. 31, 1976

CBS – Movie, New Year’s Eve w/Guy Lombardo

NBC – 43rd Annual King Orange Jamboree Parade, Rockford Files, Serpico, Tonight Show, Doc and Gladys Celebrate

ABC – Donny and Marie, Made for TV movie, Dick Clark Rockin’ New Year’s Eve

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week, New Year’s Eve At The Pops


King Orange Jamboree Parade – With Joe Garagiola and Anita Bryant.

Donny and Marie – Tina Turner, Billy Preston, Rip Taylor


ABC Made for TV movie – “One of my Wives’ Is Missing” – Jack Klugman, James Franciscus, Elizabeth Ashley

New Year’s Eve at the Pops – With Arthur Fiedler.

New Year’s Eve With Guy Lombardo – From the Walforf Astoria.


Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Years Eve – Frankie Vallie & The Four Seasons, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Bachman Turner Overdrive and Donna Summer. 

Doc  and Gladys – Doc Severinsen, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Bay City Rollers, Loretta Lynn, Elvis Bishop, Orleans, Jim Stafford, Fred Travelena, and the Dancing Machine. 

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