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



In The News

Hostages in Washington DC – Black Muslim terrorists hold some 100 plus hostages at gunpoint more than 12 hours after killing at least one person on raids on three Washington locations – A Muslim religious center, the District of Columbia’s City Hall and a Jewish organization 

10 Hanafi Muslim gunmen release 134 hostages who had threatened their lives. They surrendered to police at three buildings in downtown Washington. 

Gunmen try unsuccessfully to assassinate Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s 30-year-old son Sanjay as campaigning ends throughout most of India for this week’s parliamentary elections. He was not injured.

The flow of water in the nation’s five biggest rivers increased significantly last week, but the rising waters do not signal an end to the widespread drought, the U.S. Geological survey reports.

The International Trade Commission recommends that President Carter raise import tariffs on television sets so drastically that a $300 color TV set would cost $360 in the next two years and $435 within five years.

 In California – Rose Elizabeth Bird is confirmed as chief justice of the California Supreme Court.

Marijuana use has become more than a fad and has joined other common drugs such as alcohol, tobacco and caffeine as part of the national lifestyle, so says the Department of health, Education and Welfare. 

Wholesale prices rose .9% in February, the government reports.


Music news – March 8, 1977

Peter Frampton sold some 6 million albums last year.

Fleetwood Mac is touring to support their new album, “Rumors” the follow-up to “Fleetwood Mac.” Many thought the band would break-up last year when two romantic relationships – involving four members of the band ended. John McVie and singer Christine McVie separated and singer-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and singer Stevie Nicks broke off their longtime affair.


Television news – March 8, 1977

NBC scraps plans to broadcast Johnny Carson’s “Tonight” show live. It was Johnny’s idea, but there was a problem with guests and staff schedules.

On ABC-TV – “Rich Man, Poor Man II” – starring Peter Strauss, Greg Henry and James Carroll.  

Former First Lady Betty Ford has been signed by NBC to appear in two special and a number of other programs over the next two years.


Top movies – March 8, 1977

Wilderness Family

Freaky Friday

Town dreaded Sundown

Bugsy Malone

Incredible Sarah

A Star is Born

Car Wash

King Kong

Bound For Glory

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