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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of May 1, 1977 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Carter proposes ethics legislation with far reaching safeguards against abuses by federal officials and endorsed creation of a special prosecutor to handle misconduct. “The American people must be assured that not one, regardless of position, is above the law,” Carter said in a special message to Congress.

President Carter says the U.S. welfare system is “worse than we thought” and should be scrapped. He proposed a new system of jobs for those who can work and a guaranteed income for those who cannot.

First Lady Rosalynn Carter gives a box lunch on the south lawn of the White House for President Carter’s staff. The President attended, put his foot up on a piano bench and listened to live Dixieland jazz.

President Carter arrives on his first diplomatic mission. He was greeted at London’s Heathrow Airport by British Prime Minister James Callaghan. He’ll be there for summit talks.

In England, President Carter visits Newcastle and George Washington’s ancestral home.

The United States drops its opposition to the admission of Vietnam to the United Nations and the two countries agreed to early establishment of diplomatic relations.

The nation’s unemployment falls to a 29-month low of 7% from 7.3% in March.

Wholesale prices, an indicator of prices consumers eventually pay, soar 1.1% in April – the third big monthly increase in a row.

Census Bureau reports - America’s population of 216 million is growing older as the median age of the population jumped from 27.9 years in 1970 to 29.0 in 1976.

Communities may not prohibit display of “For sale” signs on private property, the Supreme Court rules.

Truck drivers’ wives, hoping to free their husbands from temptation, have filed suit to force a freight company to give male drivers the right to refused to travel cross-country with female drivers. The controversy began several weeks ago, when Lee Way Motor Freight Co. hired Edna Ruth Livesay and she began making trips with male drivers. Drivers were told they would be fired if they refused to ride with a woman driver.

Former President Richard Nixon, through his lawyers, has asked the Washington Post to retract a story that alleges Nixon was aware in January 1973 of “hush money” being sought to buy the Watergate burglars’ silence. An aide to Nixon said the story was untrue and that the tape transcript on which it was based made no reference to hush money.

In a 90-minute David Frost interview – Richard Nixon in his first public comment on Watergate since resigning on Aug. 9, 1974, admits that he failed to meet his responsibility to enforce the nation’s laws during the Watergate cover-up. And he admitted, he had not told the truth to the American people at the height of the Watergate scandal. “I let down my friends. O let down the country. I let down our system of government and the dreams of all those young people that ought to get into government, but think it’s too corrupt… I let the American people down, and I have to carry that burden with me for the rest of my life,” Nixon told Frost.

The Nixon-Frost interview got huge ratings. In New York on WNEW-TV, it got a 47 Nielson share and in Los Angeles on KTTV – a whopping 50 share.

The 1961 Lincoln Continental in which John F. Kennedy was riding when he was assassinated has been quietly retired from the fleet of presidential limos. It has been returned to the Ford Motor Co. for future display in a museum, but not for a few years. 


Sports news – May 1, 1977

Standards Brands – the candy which will manufacture Reggie Jackson’s “Reggie Bar” will donate $500 to charity every time Jackson hits a homer.

Julius Erving scores 24 points and George McGinnis 21 as the two forwards led the Philadelphia 76ers to 128-117 victory over the Houston Rockets in the opening game of their best-of-seven National Basketball Assn. semifinal playoff.

Bill Russell is canned by the Seattle SuperSonics as coach. His contract will not be renewed next season. Russell’s been manager for four years.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – May 1, 1977

The Yale Daily News Magazine polled celebrities on their fears. Of his fear of flying Muhammad Ali said in rhyming prose –  “Bugs and birds fly. Why should I? Man isn’t supposed to get that high.”


Music news – May 1, 1977

Carole King is recording her first Capitol records album.  And Peter Frampton’s studio album, “I’m in You” will be released in a few weeks.

Marries – Buck Owens (47) to Jana Grief (33) – a violinist in is band. But the next day, his horse threw him and he wound up in the hospital. 

Philippe Wynne former lead singer of the Spinners (he quit four months ago) said he left because he wanted to sing and compose – and there was no animosity. 

Music on Television – “Country Music Hit Parade” hosted by Jimmy Dean. Special guest star, Tennessee Ernie Ford. Appearing -  Donna Fargo, Freddy Fender,  Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Don Williams, Ronnie Milsap, Mel Tillis and more.


Television news – May 1, 1977

In syndication – David Frost  - part 1 of four with is Richard Nixon interview. Check TV listings.

Roone Arledge – who has been president of ABC Sports since 1968 will become president of ABC News (too) beginning June 1. Yes, president of two major broadcast divisions. 

Out on his own - Chevy Chase in his first TV special this week with Tim Conway, Dr Joyce Brothers, Ken Norton, Duane Bobick and more.  Chase still has mixed feelings about leaving Saturday Night Live. On NBC.

Dean Martin roasts Peter Marshall. On NBC-TV.


Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 1, 1977

CBS – 60 Minutes, Movie-The Alamo

NBC – World of Disney, NBC Big Event, TV Movie

ABC – Nancy Drew Mysteries, Movie – Airport

PBS – Masterpiece Theater


NBC Big Event: National Survival tests  -Tom Snyder hosts an audience participation program set to test your knowledge of what to do in the even of natural or man-made disasters.

NBC Made-for-TV movie – “The Possessed.” A defrocked minister battles the forces of evil. Stars James Farentino and Joan Hackett. 


Top movies – May 1, 1977

It’s Alive


Silver Streak

The farmer

Airport ‘77

Murder By Death

Slap Shot

Voyage of Damned

Black Sunday

Go For It

Fun With Dick and Jane

Breaker Breaker

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