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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of February 22, 1977 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Prime Minister Ian Smith of Rhodesia announces a package of sweeping reforms aimed at eliminating race discrimination.

President Carter proposes a $19.4 billion increase in the 1978 Ford budget with less emphasis on defense and more on energy, housing and health.

Convicted Watergate mastermind E. Howard Hunt said former President Richard Nixon, whom he termed “a very lucky man” – holds most the blame for Watergate conspirators going to jail. “I had thought of Nixon as a strong national leader. But I don’t think he was able to conceive of what was happening in realistic terms.” Hunt is leaving prison this week after spending 32 months behind bars.

Richard M. Nixon’s 1972 campaign committee will pay for Watergate burglars $200,000 to settle a $4 million damage suit in which they contended they were duped into staging the break-in as a government security operation.

President Carter creates a special Cabinet-level committee to deal with the increasing problem of illegal aliens.

At least a thousand Ugandans are killed with hundreds more arrested and tortured in a two-week campaign of terror, directed by Uganda’s President Idi Amin. 

Uganda – President Idi Amin forbids the estimated 200 Americans living there to leave the country and says he will meet with them to determine whether they would be allowed to remain.

The House approves a $4 billion bill for public works projects.

New York City asks Washington for a $255 million to help pay its bills next month.

A tanker rams into a bridge laden with early morning rush-hour traffic near Hopewell, Virginia – sending four cars into the James River.

Jealousy over a hairstyle apparently led to a schoogirl’s acid attack on a teen cheerleader in Linwood, Kansas. Stacey Tinberg (14) wore her hair styled like actress Farrah Fawcett Majors of “Charlie’s Angels.” The eighth grader was opening her school locker when another girl dashed nitric acid on her back and shoulders. Her mom says she thanks god she didn’t turn her head.

President Carter appoints a black – James Joseph to the second highest job in the Interior Department and also names another black – Carin Ann Clauss as solicitor for the Department of Labor.

Billy Carter has arranged an April 30 tennis match between the Phoenix Racquets and the Soviet Union’s World Team Tennis franchise. It’s a benefit for the mental health program in Sumter County, Georgia.


Fascinating Business news – February 22, 1977

The Boy Scouts of American changes its name to Scouting-USA. 

The EPA rates the Honda Civic as the best in gas mileage. 


Sports news – February 22, 1977

Pete Maravich of the New Orleans Jazz scores 68 points against the Knicks to set an all time NBA record for guards. Jerry West held the record at 63 points.

Soccer superstar George Best is injured in a car crash in London’s fashionable Knightsbridge quarter.

Steve Garvey signs a six-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Garvey batted .317 for the Dodgers last season.


Entertainment /Celebrity/Movie news – February 22, 1977

Producers have found the new “Superman” and he’s struggling New York actor Christopher Reeve. Over 150 men were “scanned.” Robert Redford turned down the roll. Bruce Jenner almost got it, but after a battery of screen tests, “He lacked the acting experience. The picture is so big we had to be careful,” said producer Ilya Salkind. Production begins late next month in London and New York. 

Anita Bryant says that pressure from homosexual groups she has been fighting have resulted in the cancellation of a syndicated television series.


Television news – February 22, 1977

Don’t miss Karen Black in “The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver” on NBC this week. It’s a psychological suspenser!


Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – February 22, 1977

CBS – Code R, Sonny and Cher Show, Hunter (Late night) Movie

NBC – Sanford and Son, Chico and the Man, Rockford Files, Quincy, Tonight, Midnight Special

ABC – Donny and Marie, Made for TV Movie

PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week


Music news – February 22, 1977

Marilyn Chambers – the X-rated star who stars in “Behind the Green Door” is following Andrea True – she’s cut a record. It’s a disco-oriented sound called “Benihana.” On Roulette Records.

Singer John Denver testifies before a House subcommittee on wilderness legislation. “My heart turns to Alaska and freedom on the run,” he sang on the witness stand.   

On CBS-TV – “Barbra – With One More Look At You.” A very special hour behind the scenes with Barbara Streisand and her friends. 

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