Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of May 8, 1977 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Patricia Hearst is placed on 5 years probation by a Los Angeles Superior Judge who said the “days of horrible torture by her abductors’ in deciding not to impose any jail or prison sentence.”
President Carter sings two bills that officials say will create more than 1.1 million jobs, mainly among construction workers and young people.
OPEC abandons a 5% oil price increase scheduled to go into effect July 1. The price of a barrel of oil will remain at $12.70 (for the time being).
The federal government moves to ban fluorocarbon aerosol sprays from the consumer market by 1979. The action was taken on the advice of scientists who three years ago, warned of reductions in the ozone shield that they attributed to fluorocarbon gases emitted from commonly used spray cans. Fluorocarbon sprays are found in a variety of products - hair sprays, deodorants, perfume and insect repellants.
Fascinating Business news – May 8, 1977
Concorde can land in New York - A federal judge rules the New York-New Jersey Port Authority had no right to bar the Anglo-French Concorde jetliner from New York’s Kennedy Airport. Air France announces that it will begin Concorde flights to the airport on June 20.
Bestselling books – May 8, 1977
Passages - Gail Sheehy
Changing - Liv Ullmann
Roots - Alex Haley
Your Erroneous Zones - Dr Wayne W. Dyer
The Gamesman - Michael Maccoby
Majesty - Robert Lacey
The Crash of ‘79 - Paul E. Erdman
A Book of Common Prayer - Joan Didion
Falconer - John Cheever
How to Save Your Own Life - Erica Jong
The Rich Are Different - Susan Howatch
Illusions - Richard Bach
East Wind, Rain - N. Richard Nash
Sports news – May 8, 1977
Broadway Joe now Hollywood Joe - Joe Namath becomes a member of the Los Angeles Rams this week. The terms of his contract are reported to be between $150,000 and $200,000. The quarterback’s image was tarnished in recent years by his club’s mediocrity. Namath has been with the New York Jets since 1965, but the last two seasons, the team has been 3-11. For his 1965-76 Jets tenure, he played 136 games, completed 1,836 of 3,655 passes, a .502 percentage for 27,057 years, 170 touchdowns and 215 interceptions.
Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – May 8, 1977
Passing - Actress Joan Crawford (69) in her Manhattan apartment of an apparent heart attack. Miss Crawford won an Academy Award in 1946 for her portrayal of the title role in Mildred Pierce
Passing - author James Jones (55) best known for “From Here To Eternity.” He helped make four-letter words and explicit sex publishable in post WWII fiction. He wrote seven other novels, but none as popular or widely known as “Eternity.”
The New York Daily News announces it has hired Caroline Kennedy (19) as a copy girl this summer. The paper said she came in to interview, filled out applications and was taken on a brief tour of the editorial department and composing room.
“Roots” seems to be everywhere. Actor John Amos, who played Kunta Kinte in the mini-series, is in Ft Collins, where it’s proclaimed “John Amos Week” there.
No-fault divorce papers are signed in Memphis by Vernon Presley - Elvis’ dad, and his wife, Dee. The couple met in West Germany when Elvis was stationed there.
Television news – May 8, 1977
NBC cancels “Name That Tune” and in its place - a new game show with emcee Monty Hall called “It’s Anybody’s Guess.”
Singer/actress Claudine Longet has been asked to appear on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America once she completes a 30-day jail sentence she began serving April 18 for the shooting death of her lover, skier Vladimir Sabich. Her attorney says no decision has been made.
It’s announced that Cuban premier Fidel Castro has agreed to do an interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters, which the network plans to present as a special on May 26. She’ll also be filing reports for the nightly newscast she co-anchors with Harry Reasoner.
He left his heart on Nob Hill ... Singer Tony Bennett gets his do in San Francisco. Next Friday, Mayor George Moscone will officiate at the dedication of Tony Bennett Plaza, the cobble-stoned courtyard of the Mark Hopkins Hotel on Nob Hill.
Daytime Emmy awards are given out this week. Here are some winners:
Drama Series - Ryan’s Hope
Game show - Family Feud
Talk/Service/Variety - Merv Griffin Show
Actor, Daytime Drama - Val Dufour (John Wyatt on Search for Tomorrow)
Actess, Daytime Drama - Helen Gallagher (Maeve Ryan on Ryan’s Hope)
Host, Game show - Burt Convey - Tattletales
Top TV shows – May 8, 1977
Laverne & Shirley
Movie - In Search of Noah’s Ark
Eight is Enough
Chevy Chase Special
Love Boat III Pilot
Movie - Fire
All in the Family
Welcome Back Kotter
Movie - The Boy In The Plastic Bubble
Dean Martin special
Saturday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – May 8, 1977
CBS - Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart Show, All in the Family, Miss USA Pageant
NBC - Movie
ABC - Wonder Woman, Starsky & Hutch, Dog and Cat
Mary Tyler Moore - Lou proposes to Aunt Flo.
Wonder Woman - a teenage sister of Wonder Woman discovers enemy agents are attempting to steal a jet plane.
NBC Movie - “Earthquake” (1974) - Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy.
Miss U.S.A. Beauty Pageant - at Charleston, SC. Helen O’Connell and Bob Barker co-host.
Variety Club Telethon - With Monty Hall and Carol Lawrence.
On Saturday Night Live - Shelly Duvall hosts.
Music news May 8, 1977
Iggy Pop (real name James Osterberg) is back and performing on the road in the U.S. He is called the godfather of punk by many in the music business. He came on the scene in the early 70’s with an early reputation with such outrageous concert behavior as diving headfirst into the audience, cutting himself with broken glass and pouring hot wax over his body. Drugs and other personal problems lead to a decline in 1973. With assistance from David Bowie, Iggy cut a new album “The Idiot” and now has a U.S. tour - his first tour in four years.
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – May 8, 1977
WHEN I NEED YOU - Leo Sayer
SOUTHERN NIGHTS - Glen Campbell
HOTEL CALIFORNIA - Eagles
I ’VE GOT LOVE ON MY MIND - Natalie Cole
RIGHT TIME OF THE NIGHT - Jennifer Warnes
LIDO SHUFFLE - Boz Scaggs
I’M YOUR BOOGIE MAN - KC & Sunshine Band
TRYIN’ TO LOVE TWO - William Bell
SIR DUKE - Stevie Wonder
I WANNA GET NEXT TO YOU - Rose Royce
COULDN’T GET IT RIGHT - Climax Blues Band
ANGEL IN YOUR ARMS - Hot
GOT TO GIVE IT UP (pt. 1) - Marvin Gaye
CALLING DR. LOVE - Kiss
DREAMS - Fleetwood Mac
YOUR LOVE - Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr.
CAN’T STOP DANCIN’ - Captain & Tennille
HELLO STRANGER - Yvonne Elliman
SO IN TO YOU - Atlanta Rhythm Section
DANCIN’ MAN - Q
LUCILLE - Kenny Rogers
FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME - Foreigner
DON’T GIVE UP ON US - David Soul
AIN’T GONNA BUMP NO MORE (With No Big Fat Woman) - Joe Tex
LONELY BOY - Andrew Gold
HEARD IT IN A LOVE SONG - Marshall Tucker Band
CHERRY BABY - Starz
RICH GIRL - Daryl Hall & John Oates
WHODUNIT - Tavares
GONNA FLY NOW - Bill Conti
DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY - Thelma Houston
THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE -10cc
LOVE THEME FROM “A STAR IS BORN” (Evergreen) - Barbra Streisand
JET AIRLINER - Steve Miller Band
DANCING QUEEN - Abba
MAINSTREET - Bob Seger
CINDERELLA - Firefall
MARGARITAVILLE - Jimmy Buffett
UNDERCOVER ANGEL - Alan O’Day
SLOW DANCIN’ DON’T TURN ME ON - Addrisi Brothers
Top Music Albums – May 8, 1977
Hotel California - Eagles
A Star Is Born - Barbra Streisand
Songs in the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder
Boston - Boston
Rocky - soundtrack
Songs From The Wood - Jethro Tull
Leftoverture - Kansas
Marvin Gaye Live at the London Palladium - Marvin Gaye
Go For Your Guns - The Isley Brothers
Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
Unpredictable - Natalie Cole
Top movies – May 8, 1977
The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane - Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith, Mort Shuman, Scott Jacoby
Mr. Billion - Terence Hill, Valerie Perrine, Slim Pickens, William Redfield, Chill Wills, Jackie Gleason
Airport 77 - Jack Lemmon, Lee Grant, Brenda Vaccaro, Joseph Cotten, Olivia de Havilland, Darren McGavin, Christopher Lee, George Kennedy, James Stewart
Slap Shot - Paul Newman,
Islands in the Stream - George C. Scott
Rocky - Sylvester Stallone
The Car - James Brolin, Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley, Elizabeth Thompson, Ronny Cox
Neil Simon’s Murder By Death
Black Sunday - Robert Shaw, Bruce Dern
The Late Show - Art Carney, Lily Tomlin