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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of May 15, 1977 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Syria and Palestinian spokesmen say the upset victory by the rightist Likud bloc in the Israeli national elections means the end of meaningful peace negotiations and the likelihood of another Middle East war.

Congress passes a $34 billion tax cut to stimulate the economy.

Agreement signed - A final agreement limiting U.S. imports of Japanese color TV’s to 1.75 million annually for three years will begin July 1.

The Soviet Union, which for months after the death of Mao Tse-Tong last September had muted its criticism of his successors, assails China’s new leaders as expansionists and militarists.

Prompted by criticism by an American general in South Korea, President Carter’s chief spokesperson warned “any potential aggressor’ the United States will keep its commitments the Pacific. 

Billy Carter sleeps in the White House for the first time – took a stroll around the place, got lost and declared, “It’s too damn big.”

A commuter helicopter toppled onto its side on the roof of the Pan Am building, killing five and injuring at least 8 others. Three of the dead were badly mutilated as spinning rotors smashed into the landing pad and pinwheeled tin a group of passengers entering and leaving the craft. One person was killed when hit by falling debris while walking on Madison Ave.

Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace says he will be a candidate for U.S. Sen. John J. Sparkman’s seat next year, when Alabama’s senior senator is expected to retire from Congress after 42 years. 

At a Republican fundraising dinner, former President Gerald Ford declares, “I don’t intend to be muzzled” and criticizes his democratic successor’s economic policies and his proposals for last-minute voter registration. “Inflation has increased by 8% in the last 100 days and we have a right to ask why.”


Medical/Health News – Swine Flu – May 15, 1977

A 17-year-old South Carolina girl died last month of an apparent case of swine flu, the National Center for disease Control announces. It was the first apparent swine influenza death this year and the fifth confirmed or suspected case of swine flu reported since last October. Concern over the death and a possible nationwide outbreak during the past winter prompted an abortive $135 million nationwide immunization program.


Fascinating Facts – May 15, 1977

The FDA next month will begin allowing ice cream producers to substitute sodium caseinate, a foreign-made milk protein product, for nonfat dry milk in ice cream. The change could save consumers about a nickel a gallon. 

Passing – Dr. Robert M. Hutchins founder of think tank – the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions. He was 78.

My My – uproar at MIT – Two coeds have created a campus furor by publishing a “Consumer Guide to MIT Men” in which they rated the sexual performances of 36 male students by name, awarding each from four stars to none.


Technology news – Photography – May 15, 1977

New – “The Handle” – A new Kodak instant camera. Less than $40.00. “If It’s Color You Want, Grab On To The Handle.”


Sports news – May 15, 1977

Muhammad Ali retains the world heavyweight championship with a unanimous decision over Alfredo Evangelista of Spain.

Jimmy Connors wins the World Championship of Tennis. “I came here to Dallas to do a job and I did it…”


Television news – May 15, 1977

Richard Pryor, who will star in a variety series on NBC next fall, signs an exclusive contract with the network for the next five years. The deal also calls for him to star in two specials each year.

NBC will begin nightly West Coast updates on its newscast – the first network to do so.


Monday night television – May 15, 1977

CBS – Movie, The Andres Targets

NBC – Little House on the Prairie, Made for TV Movie, Tonight Tomorrow

ABC – Sorts

PBS – Decades of Decision, The Paillsers


NBC TV Movie – “Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn” – Leigh J. McCloskey, Eve Plumb, Alan Feinstein, Earl Holiman, Juliet Mills, Joan Hagen

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