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



In The News

President Carter says he will send a delegation to Communist Vietnam for “the fullest possible accounting” of MIA’s. There are 2,500 Americans still unaccounted for in Southeast Asia.

A Vietnam veteran kills a policeman and four civilians in New Rochelle, NY at the Neptune Worldwide Moving Co. Freddie Covan had been suspended from his job two weeks ago. The killings were an attempt to get even.

At his second trial - former boxer Rubin (Hurricane) Carter is sentenced to two consecutive and one concurrent life terms in prison - the same as his first trial in 1967. Carter and another man were accused of the shotgun murders of three persons inside a Paterson, NJ bar. Carter spent nine years in prison before the New Jersey Supreme Court ordered a new trial on grounds that the prosecution withheld evidence.

Singer Anita Bryant says she will continue to fight gay activists even if her livelihood is stripped. About gay teachers - “Some even want to wear dresses to work and flaunt their homosexuality in front of my children. I would give my life if necessary to protect my children. I’m concerned with giving them the right food and clothes to wear and if I let up on the spiritual and physical thing. What good is it? If they’re exposed to that, I might as well feed them garbage.


Fascinating Business news – February 8, 1977

In Cincinnati - Hustler Magazine publisher Larry Flynt and his corporation are convicted of engaging in organized crime and selling material judged to be obscene. After Flynt was lead to jail - he issued this statement: “I’d like to leave the whole world with one question. Murder is a crime, Writing about it isn’t. Sex is not a crime, but writing about it is. Why?” The ALCU says the Flynt conviction “shocks the conscience of all who believe in the freedom of the press.” 

Herbert Rosen of Randolph, New Jersey sues American Airlines because he was caught with his pants down on a crowded airliner. He was on the toilet, when a pilot used his key to open the locked door of the lavatory. Rosen said his underpants and trousers were already lowered, and those passengers outside the door got a full view. He called it an “outrages act” and asks for physical and mental pain damages.  


Technology news – February 8, 1977

The FCC says that nearly 1 million CB licenses were issued last month - a record. There are 8.6 licensed CBers in the country.

Hershey’s - who just raised the price of a standard candy bar from 15 cents to 20 cents, announces that the average weight for the same bar will decrease from 1.35 ounces to 1.2 ounces.


Prices/Items At Sears – February 8, 1977

At Sears - Power Return Typewriter - $149.97 with 13 inch carriage, full-width  tab. Power back space, repeat keys ... Pong - the original game - $39.99 ... Super Pong - $69.99 ... Hockey Pong - $59.99. All Pong games plug into your television.


Best-selling books – February 8, 1977

Bestsellers - “Crash of ‘79” - Paul Erdman, “The Users” - Joyce Haber, “Raise the Titanic” - Clive Cussler, “Voyage” - Sterling Hayden, “Roots” - Alex Haley, “Your Erroneous Zones’ - Dr Wayne Dyer, “Passages” - Gail Sheehy.


Celebrity/Entertainment news – February 8, 1977

NBC signs a five-year agreement with former Secretary of State Henry A Kissinger. He’ll serve as a special consultant for world affairs.

Steve Ford - son of former President Gerald R. Ford is signed by Quinn Martin Productions to appear in several of his television shows.


People’s Choice Awards – February, 1977

Favorite television performers - Mary Tyler Moore and Telly Savalas

Favorite variety show - Carol Burnette

Favorite new television program - Charlie’s Angels

Favorite performers in new television programs - Farrah Fawcett-Majors, Robert Conrad, Dick Van Dyke

Favorite motion picture performers - Barbra Streisand and John Wayne

Favorite movie - “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s News.”

Favorite musical artists - Olivia Newtown-John, John Denver.

Favorite songs - “Beth” - Kiss, “Disco Duck” - Rick Dees


Television news – February 8, 1977

Newsman Walter (60) Cronkite signs a new contract with CBS to continue as anchor of the network’s nightly newscast until he retires. Mandatory retirement at CBS is 65.

NBC hires former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger as a special consultant for world affairs.


Top TV shows – February 8, 1977

In Ranking Order - How The West Was Won, Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Charlie’s Angels, MASH, Six Million Dollar Man, People’s Choice Awards, Last Dinosaur, One Day At a Time, Welcome Back Kotter, Baretta, 60 Minutes, All in the Family, Starsky & Hutch, Switch, The Bionic Woman, The Carol Burnett Show, Alice, What’s Happening, The Jeffersons.


Tuesday Night television listings/programs/TV guide – February 8, 1977

CBS - Who’s Who, MASH, One Day At A Time, Kojak ... NBC - Baa Baa Black Sheep, Police Woman, Police Story ... ABC - Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Rich Man, Poor Man, Family ... PBS - Special- The New Indians, American Indian Artists,  Debut - In Search Of Real America

On Baa Baa Black Sheep - Pappy receives two contradictory flight orders from two different generals. Stars Robert Conrad.

On Happy Days - Fonz keeps Richie, Potsie and Ralph up all night, cramming for a quiz so they can graduate.

In Search Of Real America - series challenges accusations that Americans are unhappy.


Music news – February 8, 1977

Paul and Linda McCartney (both 34) say they are expecting a third child, but will continue to tour with their group Wings. 

Hugo Pereti and Luigi Creeator (Hugo & Luigi) are fined $10,000 each and ordered to serve six straight weekends in jail for payola. The pair plead guilty in December to conspiring to pay around $170,000 to radio station personnel to air Avco Records product from 1971-75.

Gordon Mills exits as singer Englebert Humperdinck’s manager and is replaced by Harold Davison. Mills groomed Humperdinck and Tom Jones into  international stars. It’s said that Mills was sacked by Humperdinck because he was paying more attention to Tom Jones.


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

Torn Between Two Lovers - Mary MacGregor

Blinded By the Light - Manfred Mann's Earth Band                                  

I Wish - Stevie Wonder  

Weekend In New England - Barry Manilow

Hot Line - The Sylvers

Lost Without Your Love - Bread

Walk This Way - Aerosmith

Don't Leave Me This Way - Thelma Houston  

Car Wash - Rose Royce

You Make Me Feel Like Dancing - Leo Sayer

New Kid in Town - The Eagles

Enjoy Yourself - The Jacksons

Night Moves - Bob Seger

Dancing Queen - ABBA

You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be In My Show)  -Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr.

After the Lovin' - Engelbert Humperdinck

Year of the Cat - Al Stewart

I Like Dreamin' - Kenny Nolan

Love Theme from "A Star Is Born" (Evergreen) -  Barbra Streisand

Do Ya - Electric Light Orchestra

The Rubberband Man - The Spinners

Fly Like an Eagle - The Steve Miller Band             

You Are the Woman - Firefall 


Top music albums – February 8, 1977

Hotel California - The Eagles

Wings Over America - Wings                      

Songs In the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder

A New World Record- Electric Light Orchestra                    

A Day at the Races - Queen

Boston - Boston  

The Pretender - Jackson Browne                                     

A Star Is Born - Original Soundtrack

A Night On the Town - Rod Stewart

Fly Like an Eagle - The Steve Miller Band


Top movies – February 8, 1977

Rocky - Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burgess Meredith, Burt Young

Voyage Of The Damned - Faye Dunaway, “Max Von Sydow, Oskar Werner, Malcolm McDowell

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution - Alan Arkin, Vanessa Redgrave, Robert Duvall

King Kong - Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin, Jessica Lang

Twilight’s Last Gleaming - Burt Lancaster, Joseph Cotten, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Durning

The Sentinel - Chris Sarandon, Cristina Raines, Martin Balsam, John Carradine, Jose Ferrer, Ava Gardner

Network - Faye Dunaway, William Holden

Walt Disney’s “Freaky Friday”

Fun With Dick & Jane - George Segal, Jane Fonda          

Search For Noah’s Ark

Pink Panther Strikes Again

The Enforcer

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