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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of January 8, 1977 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

President-elect Jimmy Carter proposes to boost the economy with tax cuts and jobs programs worth $15 to 18 billion in each of the next two years, including an immediate tax rebate in 1977 and a $4 billion permanent cut.

The bodies of singer Frank Sinatra’s 82-year-old mother (Natalie Dolly) and three others are found by helicopter after the scattered wreckage of a private jet is sighted not far from Palm Springs. The victims had been on their way from Palm Springs to her son’s opening in Las Vegas.

The nation’s jobless rate fell to 7.9% last month from 8.1%.

Billy Graham tells an audience that Jimmy Carter “is the first President to clearly declare his faith in God, which should mean a better America.”

President Ford conducts his final State of the Union address and reports, “… the state of the Union is good. There is room for improvement as always, but today we have a more perfect union than when my stewardship began.”


Media news – January 8, 1977

The battle for control of New York magazine is won by Australian publisher Robert Murdoch, who has suddenly become one of the nation’s most important publishing figures. Last week, Murdoch took over as publisher of the New York Post. S


Sports news – January 8, 1977

The Oakland Raiders defeat the Minnesota Vikings 32-14 in Super Bowl XI. A Rose Bowl crowd of 100,000 saw Oakland’s Kenny Stabler and Fred Biletnikoff whip the Viking defense in a 16-0 first half before Minnesota’s Fran Tarkenton threw the interceptions that made it a rout in the fourth quarter.


Radio news – January 8, 1977

Los Angeles gets a new AM top-40 station as 10Q (KTNQ) pounds the airwaves. Jim Foxx from KFMB-FM (San Diego) is the Program Director with John Driscoll (6-9a), Dave Conley (9a-noon), Willy B. (noon-3p), Real Don Steale (3p-6), Rich Brother Robbin (6p-9) and rounding the sked out is Joe Nasty and Nancy Plumb. It’s highly unusual for a major market AM station to jump into top-40 these days. 10Q will be competing with a number of AM music stations in the Los Angeles area, plus several FM stations. 


Entertainment/Celebrity news – January 8, 1977

Claudine Longet is found guilty of misdemeanor negligent homicide in Aspen in the shooting death of professional skier Vladimir (Spider) Sabich. Said the pretty ex-wife of singer Andy Williams: “There is not really very much to say, only that I have too much respect for living things to do that. I’m not guilty

Lloyd Thaxton, who hosted a popular syndicated teen show during the 1960’s, returns for a one-hour special to air over KCOP-TV in Los Angeles. Called.  “The Lloyd Thaxton Special (So What!). Tithe program will feature Tim Weisberg and Flo and Eddie. Thaxton now works behind the cameras as producer of KNBC (Los Angeles) California Buyline series.

He’s not going to take it anymore - Actor Peter Finch (60) dies after collapsing in the lobby of the Beverly Hills Hotel, of an apparent heart attack.

Actor LeVar Burton says now there is now a high interest in his career. Burton (19) is a USC junior and just finished portraying young Kunta Kinte in the 12-hour television adaptation of “Roots,” Alex Haley’s best-selling novel about his black ancestors. 

A poster of Farrah Fawcett (ABC’s Charlie’s Angels) in a revealing red one-piece bathing suit has sold 2 million copies since September – outstripping the famous pinup posters of Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe and is expected to exceed 5 million.

Playing in Las Vegas –

Frank Sinatra – Caesars

Roy Clark – Frontier

Liberace – Hilton

Tony Orlando – Riviera

Lena Horne/Vic Damone – Sahara

Wayne Newton – Sands


Best-selling books – January 8, 1977

Trinity – Leon Uris

Sleeping Murder – Agatha Christie

Storm Warning – Jack Higgins

Slapstick – Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Raise the Titanic – Clive Cussler

Ceremony of the Innocent – Taylor Caldwell

The Crash of ’79 – Paul Erdman

Blue Skies, No Candy – Gael Greene

The Users – Joyce Haber

Touch Not The Cat – Mary Stewart

Passages – Gail Sheehy

Roots – Alex Haley

 Blind Ambition – John Dean

Your Erroneous Zones – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

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

The Right and the Power – Leon Jaworski

Adolf Hitler – John Toland

A Civil Tongue – Edwin Newman

The Hite Report – Shere Hite

To Jerusalem and Back – Saul Bellow


Television news – January 8, 1977

NBC and CBS each air variety (Super bowl) specials on Saturday night:

Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith and Joe Namath host “The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World of the Super bowl with guests Steve Allen, Foster Brooks, George Carlin, Ray Charles, Rosey Grier, Arte Johnson, Harvey Korman, Ed McMahon, Stiller & Meara, Jimmie Walker and Jonathan Winters.  

CBS offers “Super Night At The Super Bowl” hosted by Sammy Davis Jr., Elliott Gould and Andy Williams. Guests include Johnny Bench, Natalie Cole, Joe Frazier, Angie Dickinson, Ken Norton, Charley Pride, Sha-Na-Na, O.J. Simpson and John Wayne.


Sports-TV - Super bowl coverage on NBC …

“Grandstand Special Preview of the Super bowl,” hosted by Lee Leonard along with Bryant Gumbel, Larry Merchant, Barbara Hunter, Fran Tarkenton and other reporters.

The Super bowl – Curt Gowdy and Don Meredith bring you all the action!


TV Mail –

“My husband and I would like to know where Little House on the Prairie is filmed? We find it hard to believe that there’s such a place like that left on this earth.”

“The background scenes are filmed in Sonora (California) near the High Sierra.”

Beginning in syndication this week – “Ten Who Dared” – drama documentary series hosted by Anthony Quinn.


Wednesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – January 8, 1977

CBS – CBS News With Walter Cronkite, Good Times, Jeffersons, Made-for-TV movie

 NBC- NBC News with John Chancellor and David Brinkley, CPO Sharkey, McLean Stevenson, Sireta’s Court, Movie

ABC – ABC News with Harry Reasoner and Barbara Walters, Bionic Woman, Baretta, Charlie’s Angels

PBS – Nova, Great Performances


Good Times – Florida is concerned about Thelma’s (heavier) involvement with an African exchange student.

Jeffersons – Harry Bentley takes George’s advice in order to solve a problem and winds up in jail.

CBS TV Movie – “Cage Without A Key” – Michael Brandon, Susan Dey, Jonelle Allen.

Charlie’s Angels – The Angels pull off a series of cons to trap a compulsive gambler whose habit is supported by criminal activities.


Thursday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – January 8, 1977

CBS – CBS News With Walter Cronkite, The Waltons, Hawaii Five-O, Barnaby Jones

NBC – NBC News with John Chancellor and David Brinkley, Bunco, Best Seller: Once An Eagle

ABC – ABC News with Harry Reasoner and Barbara Walters, Welcome Back Kotter, What’s Happening, Barney Miller, Tony Randall, Streets of San Francisco

PBS – Masterpiece Theater, Visions, Jeanne Wolf With 


Welcome Back Kotter – The Sweathogs uncover some shady dealings at Buchanan High when they become the school paper’s investigative reporters.

Hawaii Five-O – McGarret is arrested for murder – the victim of a frame-up.

Barney Miller – The detectives have to cope with an irate landlord, a musket-toting oldster and a blind shoplifter.

Jeanne Wolf With… Charlton Heston.


Music news – January 8, 1977

EMI, Britain’s largest recording company, cancels its contract with the Sex Pistols because of “adverse publicity.” The Pistols made the headlines six weeks ago when they spouted four-letter words during a television interview. They made the papers again last week after cursing and vomiting at Heathrow Airport on their way to Amsterdam. The group, whose 19-year-old leader calls himself Johnny Rotten, made one record  for EMI called “Anarchy in the U.K. Their EMI contract was signed only last October. 


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – January 8, 1977

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A STAR (To Be In My Show) - Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr.


CAR WASH - Rose Royce

I WISH - Stevie Wonder

AFTER THE LOVIN’ - Engelbert Humperdinck

TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT (Gonna Be Alright) - Rod Stewart

DAZZ - Brick


 HOT LINE - Sylvers

LOVE ME - Yvonne Elliman


WALK THIS WAY - Aerosmith

LIVIN’ THING - Electric Light Orchestra


JEANS ON - David Dundas

BLINDED BY THE LIGHT - Manfred Mann’s Earth Band



I LIKE DREAMIN’ - Kenny Nolan

STAND TALL - Burton Cummings




WHISPERING/CHERCHEZ LA FEMME/SE SI BON - Dr. Buzzard’s Original “Savannah” Band

 MUSKRAT LOVE - Captain & Tennille


SATURDAY NITE - Earth, Wind & Fire

THIS SONG - George Harrison


I NEVER CRY - Alice Cooper

FLY LIKE AN EAGLE - Steve Miller

FREE BIRD - Lynyrd Skynyrd

NADIA’S THEME (The Young And The Restless)- Barry DeVorzon & Perry Botkin Jr.

NIGHTS ARE FOREVER WITHOUT YOU - England Dan & John Ford Coley                         


Top movies – January 8, 1977

King Kong – Jessica Lange

Pink Panther Strikes Again

A Star Is Born – Barbra Streisand, Kris Kristoferson

The Enforcer – Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry

Silver Streak – Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor

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