Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of February 15, 1977 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
The Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda says that U.S. moves in support of human rights in Communist countries were incompatible with Washington’s calls for new arms limitation agreements.
Soviet dissident Andrei D. Sakharov says he has received a personal letter from President Carter pledging that, “Human rights are a central concern of my Administration.”
A mass of the dangerous chemical carbon tetrachloride floating down the Ohio River moved past Cincinnati. Leaving behind a residue that still could contaminate drinking water.
A Justice Department task force found no evidence that the FBI was implicated in the murder of dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and concluded that the FBI investigation of the assassination was through and honest.
President Carter says he is determined to reduce the number of government regulations preventing business form playing its full part in a free enterprise system.
The Washington Post reports that the CIA for 20 years has made secret annual payments totaling millions of dollars to King Hussein of Jordan.
Fascinating Facts – Hot Air Balloon Record – February 15, 1977
Karl Thomas makes good on his promise to set a cross-country record for travel by hot-air balloon. He reached the Atlantic Ocean 18 days after leaving Arcadia, California.
First test - The space shuttle makes its maiden flight over Edward Air Force base – a two-hour flight on the back of a modified 747 jumbo jet.
Fascinating Business news – February 15, 1977
Ford Motor Co says it had record sales and profits for 1976 – earning $983.1 million. Sales rose 20% to $28.84 billion.
Sports news – February 15, 1977
Chris Evert defeats Martina Navratilova at the Virginia Slims tennis tournament.
Entertainment news – February 15, 1977
Passing – Actor Andy Devine (71).
Music news – February 15, 1977
Don’t miss Neil Diamond’s first special on NBC.
19th Annual Grammy Awards (Hosted By Andy Williams)
Best male pop – Steve Wonder
Best female pop – Linda Ronstadt
Best song – “I Write The Songs” – written by Bruce Johnston
Best album – “Songs in the Key of Life” – Steve Wonder
Best comedy album – “Bicentennial Nigger” – Richard Pryor
Best country male vocalist – Ronnie Milsap
Best female vocalist – Emmylou Harris
Best male R&B – Steve Wonder
Best female R&B – Natalie Cole
Television news – February 15, 1977
“Chico and the Man” will finish its regular season – four episodes yet to be taped without (obviously) its star. Two episodes won’t even mention him. The other will slowly shift around his leaving the garage.
Dean Martin Roasts Gabe Kaplan. On NBC-TV.
TV Network Ratings/Nielsen - February 15, 1977
ABC wins handily with a 23.2 rating and a 36.9 share.
NBC – 19.1 rating and 20.4 share
NBC – 16.7 rating and 26.3 share.
Music On Television -
On CBS-TV – The 19th Annual Grammy Awards. Andy Williams hosts and appearing:
Chet Atkins, Beach Boys, George Harrison, George Benson, Freddy Fender, Peter Frampton, The Jacksons, Barry Manila, Dolly Parton, Paul Simon, Barbara Streisan, Wild Cherry, Stevie Wonder and others.
Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide – February 15, 1977
CBS – The Waltons, Hawaii Five-O, Barnaby Jones
NBC – Best Seller: Seventh Avenue, Tonight, Tomorrow
ABC – Welcome Back Kotter, What’s Happening, Barney Miller, Tony Randall, Streets of San Francisco, (late night) Thursday Night
PBS – Masterpiece Theater
Tony Randall – Judge Franklin is charged with three accounts of tyranny by his tow children and housekeeper.
Thursday Night – “Academy of Country Music Awards” (taped).
Top movies – February 15, 1977
Fun With Dick & Jane
A Star Is Born
Bound for Glory