Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of January 1, 1977 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
A huge bomb explodes outside the eat Beirut headquarters of the right-wing Falangist Party – killing 30.
Precedent – Senate Democrats agree to name Hubert H. Humphrey (D-Minn). Deputy president pro tem of the senate – a precedent-shattering honor which includes a 47,400-a-year raise and a chauffeur-driven limo.
President Ford and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld warn of growing Soviet military strength and express concern hat the United States was no keeping pace with the Russian buildup.
President Ford proposes that the island of Puerto Rico, now a commonwealth, be admitted as the 51st state.
Billy Carter, brother of president-elect Jimmy Carter says he would plead no contest to a charge by the Georgia Revenue Department that beer was illegally sold at his service station on a Sunday. “It was a college boy I hired during the Christmas holidays. It was a mistake,” said Carter.
Admitting “some regrets,’ President-elect Jimmy Carter pledges to free himself of any possible conflict of interest by turning over his prosperous peanut business to trustees who will lease or sell it.
Princess Anne has been served with a summon charging that she was driving 90mph in a 70mph zone on an expressway. Twice before, the princess has been stopped by police and warned for speeding.
Tennessee Sen. Howard Baker Jr. upset Michigan’s Robert Griffin in the race for senate Republican leader.
Bishop Giovanni Fallani – a Vatican prelate in charge of sacred art rejects suggestions that Michelangelo’s Pieta and other priceless Vatican art objects be put on sale for funds to aid the needy.
Boris Spasky, former world chess champion says he plans to defy a Soviet ban and compete in major tournaments in the West – whatever the outcome.
Sports news – January 1, 1977
Khalilah Ali – wife of Muhammad Ali, is granted a divorce decree providing that he pay benefits to her in the range of $2 million.
Bowl games –
Cotton – Houston – 30 Maryland - 21
Sugar – Pittsburgh - 27 Georgia – 3
Orange – Ohio State – 27 Colorado – 10
Rose – USC – 14 Michigan - 6
Pittsburgh Penguins star center Pierre Larouche says he wants to be traded because he can’t get along with his teammates. “No matter what I do here, it’s wrong.” I can’t even talk to the guys; they don’t want to be on my side. I’ starting to hate hockey. I’m just going out there and doing nothing.”
Ted Turner, the colorful owner of the Atlanta Braves who was suspended from baseball for one year Sunday, purchased a controlling interest in the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks.
Entertainment/Celebrity news – January 1, 1977
Natalie (Dolly) Sinatra, mother of actor-singer Frank Sinatra, was aboard a small jet that disappeared and apparently crashed in heavy weather near Palm Springs. She was headed to Las Vegas to see her son’s openings a Caesar’s Palace. The singer was informed of the plane’s disappearance before he went onstage for the 9pm show.
Playing in Las Vegas –
Frank Sinatra – Caesars Place
Roy Clark – Frontier
Bob Newhart/Anthony Newley – Riviera
Paul Anka – MGM Grand
Music news – January 1, 1977
Passing – Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner (53). Death was attributed emphysema.
Pink Floyd’s “Animals” made up of three long cuts, will be out in about three weeks.
Burton Cummings is flying solo with his new album “Burton Cummings” and includes his mellow hit - “Stand Tall.” But Cummings has some misgivings about the song: “’Stand Tall’ could be detrimental to my career as a rock singer. I don’t want to be pigeonholed as a MOR singer and I don’t want to be labeled as a ballad singer. I’m not as extreme as Manilow or Diamond and I’m not as extreme a rock singer as Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin. I’m somewhere between.”
Television news – January 1, 1977
Bob Newhart asks CBS to drop his show after this season. “I made up my mind to make the request before Christmas but I thought I’d better wait until after the holidays to announce it,” said Newhart backstage in Las Vegas. “I’m completely sincere. I want to quit because I think we’ve had it. We simply cannot find the material to keep up the quality for the sixth year.”
“Helter Skelter” will be shown again on CBS-TV Jan. 24 and Jan. 26. First broadcast last May, it got the highest ratings of any TV movie in history.
Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – January 1, 1977
CBS – 60 Minutes, Sonny and Cher, Kojak, Delvecchio
NBC – World of Disney, McMillan, Quincy
ABC – A Farewell Visit With President and Mrs. Ford, Six Million Dollar Ma, Movie
PBS – Masterpiece Theater
Sonny and Cher – Karen Valentine and John Davidson guest.
ABC Sunday Night Movie – “W.W. and the Dixie dance Kings” – Burt Reynolds, Art Carney, Jerry Reed, Ned Beatty
Top movies – January 1, 1977
Bound For Glory
A Star is Born
Shout At The Devil
Song Remains The Same