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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of March 24, 1977 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

In a news conference – President Carter, commenting on his expressions of concern about human rights in other nations, says, “when I speak, I don’t speak with a hollow voice” but with the support of Congress and of the people. He said his Administration will follow a policy of disclosing foreign policy considerations because of its need to “derive strength directly from the people.”

Former President Gerald Ford comes back to Washington and meets with President Carter. They discussed Secretary of state Cyrus Vance’s forthcoming trip to Moscow for disarmament negotiations. 

Two Boeing 747 jumbo jets flown by KLM and Pan Am collide and burn on a foggy airport runway in the Canary Islands, killing as many as 583 persons. It’s the worst disaster ever in aviation history.  

A Chief Dutch investigator says the KLM jumbo jet that ripped through a Pan Am 747 in the Canary Islands and killed 583 persons had no permission to take off.

Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev rejects both of President Carter’s disarmament proposals and presented no new Kremlin offer on arms reductions. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance brought President Carter’s arms proposals to Moscow, expecting they would at least form a basis for future discussions, but the Soviets didn’t budge.

President Carter, who calls past U.S. arms sales policy too unrestricted and dangerous, has approved more than $2 billion worth of military construction contracts, logistical support and NATO arms sales. 


Fascinating Business news – March 24, 1977

Ford plans a shrinking program that will lop as much as 14 inches from its standard-sized model cars to make them even shorter than General Motors’ “downsized” big cars.


Sports news – March 24, 1977

The NFL adopts sweeping changes for its 1978 season, expanding the regular season from 14 to 16 games, adding two teams to bring the playoff field to 10 and giving the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers permanent divisional homes. Seahawks go to the American Conference’s West Division and the Buccaneers will join the National Conference’s Central Divison.

College basketball/March Madness – Marquette defeats North Carolina for the national collegiate basketball championship – 67-59..


Music news – March 24, 1977

Andrew Gold, the foremost member of Linda Ronstad’s band, playing guitar and keyboards, is now a solo artist and is working on his second album. He says he’ll miss being part of the Ronstadt band. “I’ve had a great time with her and the guys. I’m sorry to see that end. I’m also sorry to see that financial security end. Being on my own is a bit scar financially.” Will Gold have a hit in his future?


Entertainment/Movie/Celebrity news – March 24, 1977

Margaret Trudeau – 28-year-old wife of Canada’s prime minister is working on a free-lance basis for People magazine as a photographer.


49th Annual Academy Awards – Some Winners:

Best picture – “Rocky

Best actor – Peter Finch – “Network”

Best actress – Fay Dunaway – “Network”

Best supporting actor – Jason Robards – “All The President’s Men”

Best supporting actress – Beatrice Straight – “Network”


Television news – March 24, 1977

The U.S. Appeal s Court knocks down the Federal Communications Commission’s rules regulating what movies and sports events cable television may offer to subscribers on a pay-by-the program basis.

Henry Winkler who portrays “The Fonze” on “Happy Days” testifies Long-Distance to a senate panel – on warning teens on drug and alcohol abuse. Among other things, Winkler told the senators that he never allows himself to be portrayed in a scene that calls for the character to drink or smoke, even though he smokes. 

Actress Diana Hyland, who stars in the brand new “Eight is Enough” series, dies after a brief illness. The show just premiered on ABC-TV. Here she is with co-star Dick Van Patten.

Muhammad Ali will provide the voice for a cartoon character based on him in “I Am The Greatest” – a new NBC Saturday morning cartoon to debut in September. 

Spokesperson - TV’s Robert Young For Sanka Coffee.

On ABC-TV – Warren Beatty, Ellen Burstyn, Jane Fonda, Richard Pryor host the 49th Annual Academy Awards.

New TV Series – Raymond Burr stars as a reporter in “Kingston: Confidential.” NBC-TV


Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide – March 24, 1977

CBS – The Waltons, What’s Happening, Hawaii Five-O, Barnaby Jones

NBC – Fantastic Journey, Best Seller: Captains and Kings, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Welcome Back Kotter, What’s Happening, Barney Miller, Three’s Company, Westside Medical, Late night (Thursday Night)


The Waltons  - Olivia and John in a confrontation over religion.

Welcome Back Kotter – The Sweathogs get into an argument over homework.


Top movies – March 24, 1977

 Islands in the Stream


The lat Show

A Star is Born

Slap Shot

All The President’s Men


Eagle Has Landed

Airport 77

Freaky Friday


Pink Panther Strikes Again


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