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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of February 1, 1977 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

“We must face the fact that the energy shortage is permanent,” said President Carter as he appealed to Americans to make sacrifices. He also said he would be placing a ceiling on the number of federal employees.

Ethiopian head of state Brig. Gen Teferi Bante is killed in a battle at his Grand Palace headquarters – in execution style by the members of the ruling Military Council.

Senate Republicans propose a $262 billion two-year economic stimulus package, slightly smaller than President Carter’s but which they said would create more jobs.

Chicago – Sixteen persons are dead and over 200 are injured as an elevated train packed with rush-hour patrons crashes into the rear of a stopped train.

President Carter declares snowbound Buffalo, NY a major disaster area as cold arctic air hit the East Coast.

President Carter says he is nominating Adm. Stansfield Turner, commander of NATO forces in Southern Europe, as CIA director.

Ronald Reagan advises President Carter to retain George Bush as CIA director. He said Carter “could do worse than retain the man who’s in there now.”

Seven white Roman Catholic missionaries including four nuns, were lined-up and shot by black guerrillas at a mission 35 miles from Salisbury, Rhodesia.

Harry S. Truman’s well-known sign, “the buck stops here,” is returning to the White House at the request of President Carter.

President Carter says he believes the U.S. and the Soviet Union are roughly equal in military might and advocated initiatives on both sides to restrain arms while maintaining the overall balance of power.

Professor Ford - Gerald R. Ford returns to Yale to lecture several hundred students for a day.  

The nation’s unemployment rate fell to an 80-month low of 7.3% in January.

Queen Elizabeth II quietly celebrated her 25th anniversary on the British throne. Protests by Labor members of Parliament against a recent 265,000-pound ($450,000) increase in the queen’s annual allowance from the state were swept aside by tributes and eulogies.

Cincinnati - Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt and the corporation he heads are convicted of pandering obscenity – selling material judged to be obscene and engaging in organized crime.


Sports news – February 1, 1977

Baltimore - Junior welterweight Sugar Ray Leonard – a gold medal winner on the 1976 U.S. Olympic team, launches his pro boxing career and wins a unanimous six-round decision over Luis (the Bull) Vega. 

In a story published in the Cincinnati Enquirer – Vickie Bench, estranged wife of Cincinnati Reds catcher Johnny Bench, says her husband is “a great athlete, a mediocre everything else and a true tragedy as a person.


Entertainment /Celebrity news – February 1, 1977

Evel Knievel is injured in a practice run only hours before a scheduled jump over a pool full of sharks. Knievel slammed into a retainer wall after his bike landed on the exit ramp upon clearing the 90-foot pool and skidded along the ground. He was taken to a Chicago hospital where he had a broken arm, broken shoulder, ankle sprains and was suffering some back pain.


Playing in Las Vegas –

Buddy Hackett – Caesars Palace

Bobbie Gentry – Frontier

Dean Martin – MGM Grand

Rich Little/Lettermen - Riviera

Joey Bishop/Charo – Sahara

Wayne Newton – Sands


Music news – February 1, 1977

Claudine Longet is placed on two-years probation and ordered to jail for 30 days “at a time of her choosing” in the shooting death last year of professional skiing champ Vladimir (Spider) Sabich. She was found guilty of misdemeanor negligent homicide two weeks ago.

Anson Williams – who plays “Potsie” on “Happy Days” – signs a recording contract with Chelsea Records. The first release is called “Deeply” which he’s going to sing on this week’s episode. Catch it on ABC-TV. Will it be a hit? 

The Eagles will tour 12 cities from March 14 to April 1. They’ll be at Madison Square Garden March 18!

Music On Television – ABC-TV presents “American Bandstand’s 25th Anniversary Celebration. Join host Dick Clark in a 2-hour gala celebration with guests: Gregg Allman, Chuck Berry, David Brenner, Captain and Tennille, Chubby Checker, Barry Manila, Tony Orland and Dawn, Patti page, Pointer Sisters, Bobby Rydell, Seals and Crofts, Frankie Valli, Paul Williams Plus 100 others.

Carrol O’Connor guests on “The Jacksons” CBS music show this week.

“Holly Days” by Wings Denny Laine will be released next month. It’s produced by Paul McCartney.

Released this week – a new album by Fleetwood Mac – “Rumours."


Television news – February 1, 1977

Frank Sinatra signs to portray a police detective in a three-hour TV move, “Contract on Cherry Street..” He plays the head of a police unit , which is assigned to break-up a mobster-controlled hijacking ring.

NBC will have exclusive rights to televise the 1980 Moscow Olympics in the U.S. – a deal worth about $80 million.

On ABC-TV – Sitcom “Fish” Starring Abe Vigoda -  Debuts This Week .


Top movies – February 1, 1977

Bound For Glory

A Star Is Born

King Kong

The Enforcer

Marathon Man



In Search of Noah’s Ark

Never A Dull Moment

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