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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of January 15, 1977 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

In Utah - Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad. His last words were “let’s do it.’ The night before – he danced with his aunt, listened to Johnny Cash music and drank bourbon.  

President-elect Jimmy Carter defends his choice of Theodore Sorensen as director of the CIA, calling congressional criticism of Sorenson “groundless and unfair.”

At Plains, Georgia – Jimmy Carter before flying to Washington with his family gives 400 friends and neighbors aboard the “peanut special’ train a personal sendoff as they began their 17-hour trip to Washington for his inauguration.

In a last-minute movie before leaving office, President Ford proposes lifting price controls on gasoline. Some say if done, it could drive up prices 5 to 8 cents a gallon.

President Ford pardons Iva Toguri D’Aquino, known to millions of World War II servicemen as “Tokyo Rose,”

The economy grew during the final three months of last year at the slowest rate since the end of the 1974-1975 recession.

Snow falls for the first time in history in Miami.

Spain - A U.S. navy launch ferrying sailors and marines back to their ships from weekend leave, collides with a freighter and flips over in the darkness of Barcelona harbor, killing at least 23 American servicemen.

Jimmy Carter of Georgia takes the oath as 39th President and calls his inaugural address for “A new national spirit of unity and trust.” After taking the oath of office, he decided to walk hand in hand with his wife Rosalynn the length of Pennsylvania Ave, leading his inaugural parade.

ABC, CBS and NBC reject requests by Rosalynn Carter to provide sign-language coverage of the presidential inauguration for the benefit of deaf and hearing-impaired viewers.

President Carter unconditionally pardons Vietnam era draft evaders and orders the pentagon to study the possibility of pardoning deserters too.

Farewell President Ford as he tells Cabinet members and White House aides – “I’m not very good at putting words together at a time like this.” “You all contributed to an administration which I think was good and which history will treat kindly.”

Gerald R. Ford relinquishes the mantle of presidential power to Jimmy Carter, and then makes a nostalgic helicopter flight over the nation’s capital before flying to California as a private citizen.

At the end of his first day in office, President Carter says –“I Like It.”

The British-French Concorde jetliner marks the first anniversary of commercial supersonic flight with a total estimated loss of about $54 million.

Consumer prices rose 4.8% in 1976, the lowest since 1972.

The New York Supreme Court rules that pay toilets are illegal in New York State.


Medical/Health News – Legionnaire Disease Update – January 15, 1977

Researchers have found the cause of the Legionnaire’s disease that killed 29 persons last summer. It was caused by a previously unknown bacteria-like living organism for which there is no name.


Sports news – January 15, 1977

Marvin Barnes, a former Providence Colege All-American now with the Detroit Pistons, is ordered to serve a year in prison for violating a probationary sentence.


Music news – January 15, 1977

Now that they are with Epic Records – Michael Jackson says he is excited about the prospect of recording lots of ballads, which he said, wasn’t possible at Motown. “I see myself as a ballad singer. I like fast songs too but I like ballads much better. I see a whole new thing opening up for me.”  The Jacksons have their first hit in a while – “Enjoy Yourself.”


Television news – January 15, 1977

“Roots” – ABC’s adaptation of the Alex Haley book debuts this week with a two-hour segment on Sunday. It’ll air over eight consecutive nights.

New Fourth TV Network? - Broadcaster Metromedia and advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather say they are jointly trying to organize an independent network of television stations to carry original 30-minute entertainment programs on weeknights beginning next fall.  They say the demand for commercial time from advertisers who want to reach a national audience far exceeds what CBS, NBC and ABC can offer. Three shows are ready to go – “Gothic Dreams” from producer Dan Curtis and serializations of Daphne du Maurier’s “Rebecca” and Emily Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights” on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Jackie Gleason Hosts 1977’s Entertainer Of The Year Awards … On CBS.

On ABC-TV – Love Boat II starring Ken Berry, Bert Convey, Celeste Holm, Hope Lange and Robert Reed.

On NBC-TV – “Mr. Riccio” – A TV Movie Starring Dean Martin As A Lawyer.


Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – January 15, 1977

CBS – Good Times, Inaugural Eve Gala

NBC – CPO Sharkey, McLean Stevenson, Sirota’s Court, TV Movie, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Bionic Woman, Baretta, Charlie’s Angels

PBS – Nova


Good Times – Thelma begins living with her boyfriend.

Love Boat II – Starring Ken Berry, Bert Convy, Celeste Holm, Hope Lange, Robert Reed, Craig Stevens, Lyle Waggoner.

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