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


In The News

President Carter and a State Department spokesman says that the U.S. did not expect the political turmoil in Israel to affect the pace of negotiations for a comprehensive Middle East Settlement.

President Carter cuts 12 years off the prison sentence o G. Gordon Liddy – mastermind of the Watergate burglary.

The Florida Senate defeats the proposed equal rights amendment to the U.S. Constitution despite last minute appeals from President Carter and Vice President Walter Mondale.

Phoebe Hirsch and Robert Roth – two fugitives from the Weather Underground, surrender to Chicago authorities. They were fugitives for seven years.

Israel Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is fined $1,500 for holding an illegal bank account in the United States that forced his resignation, the Finance Ministry says.

President Carter visits with his oldest son Jack on Easter.

The Spanish government legalizes the Communist party after a 38-year band.

Strapped for money, The Navy plans to nearly double the life of 23 aging guided-missile destroyers for $1 billion less than the cost of buying the same number of warships. Today – the Navy has 470 ships on duty.

Former President Richard M. Nixon, taping a series of television programs with David Frost, is taping four extra interviews which have been sold for exclusive viewing in four foreign countries.

Passing – Philip Wrigley – the multimillionaire whose name was a symbol for chewing gum and baseball.


Sports news – April 8, 1977

In Augusta - Tom Watson holds-off five-time Master’s winner Jack Nicklaus to win the tournament by two strokes.


Entertainment news – April 8, 1977

Alex Haley, author of the book “Roots,” disputes a London Sunday Times review that questioned the book’s historical accuracy and deemed it as a “symbol-saga of people” rather than a “footnoted” history.


Music news – April 8, 1977

The new Cat Stevens album, “Izitso,” will be out this month.


Television news – April 8, 1977

CBS Special “The Amazing Howard Hughes” – a 4-hour dramatic special air this week. Stars Tommy Lee Jones and Ed Flanders.

KABC-TV reporter Sandy Hill will join Good Morning America as co-host with David Hartman. She replaces Nancy Dussault who is leaving to resume her singing career.

Rona Barrett Special on ABC-TV – late morning. Rona talks to Kate Jackson, Penny Marshall, Toni Tennille & Cindy Williams. 

NBC News Does “A Day With President Carter.” Follow him his 75th day in office. Remarkable insight into the President. Special.


Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – April 8, 1977

CBS – Mary Tyler Moore Show, Bob Newhart Show, All in the Family, Alice, Carol Burnett

NBC – King of the Beasts (special), Saturday Night at the Movies

 Saturday Night Live

ABC – Blansky’s Beauties, Fish, Starsky and Hutch, Dog and Cat


Saturday Night Live – Georgia’s Sen. Julian Bond is host.

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