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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of May 23, 1977 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

The Supreme Court rejects the appeals of the three Watergate cover-up defendants opening the way for former Atty. Gen. John N. Mitchell and former presidential aide H.R. Haldeman to go to prison. The third defendant, former Nixon aide John Ehrlichman, already is serving his sentence.

Netherlands - Gunmen believed to be Moluccan separatists take over a train in northwest Holland and other armed men took 130 children and their teachers hostage in a nearby town. The children will eventually be released.

President Carter orders a comprehensive government attack on harmful chemicals in the environment, including a crackdown on suspected cancer causers in the nation’s drinking-water supplies.

President Carter welcomes Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Fahd to the White House and was reminded publicly by Fahd that a Palestinian homeland must be the cornerstone for any Middle East peace.

 Soviet President Nikolai V. Podgorny, one of the three most powerful men in the country, is dropped without explanation from the ruling council of the Soviet Communist party. 

President Carter signs legislation cutting $5 billion from the tax bills of low and middle-income taxpayers and simplifying the tax filing procedure for nearly everyone.

A Soviet airline was hijacked over the Soviet Union and lands in Stockholm under escort of Swedish jet fighters. The hijacker, who authorities said was believed to be Lithuanian, was taken peacefully off the plane.

South Moluccan terrorists holding at least  55 hostages on a hijacked train for the last nine days asked for outside mediators, a request that some see as a first step toward possible resolution of the long standoff. Later, all the hostages are freed.

President Carter returns to his troubled hometown of Plains and seeming intent on embracing everyone in sight, declared, “I’m still a farmer at heart.” Plains is loaded with tourists these days, and those who want to make money from them.

Still clinging to life – Karen Ann Quinlan, whose death-with-dignity case prompted a landmark court ruling, is still clinging to life a year after her respirator was unplugged. 

More than 160 die after fire races through the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky, near Cincinnati. A near-capacity crowd of 5,000 was in the building at the time. . The fire broke out just before singer John Davidson went on stage. The entertainer was rescued by his drummer. Screams could be heard from people trapped inside the two-story club. The fire killed Davidson’s music director and several members of his band. 

Inspired by the movie “Rocky” in which a struggling fighter takes on the odds against the champ – a husband and wife plan to spend their life’s savings on a chance to hit it big in the Pennsylvania lottery. Thomas and Philmena Drake of suburban Pittsburgh plan to buy $20,000 with of instant lottery tickets at $1 each. “I don’t have anything against working, but we’re both doing work we don’t like. We’re on each other’s back and our marriage was breaking up,” said Mr. Drake. Even with that investment, chances will still be 1750 to 1.

George Wilig, who designs toys for a living, reaches the summit of one of the towers of New York’s Trade Center – in an act of daring that brought wild cheers from thousands of rush hour spectators. He was booked on charges of trespassing, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.

The Watergate Special Prosecution force goes out of business next month, quietly ending its lengthy probe of a scandal that toppled a President and shook the nation.

Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (57) announces that he and his 28-year-old wife Margaret are separating and that he will retain custody of their three young children.

Motorists can expect to pay 5 to 6 cents a gallon more for gasoline this Memorial Day weekend then they paid a year ago.


Fascinating Business news – May 23, 1977

Ford unveils its German-built minicar – the Fiesta.

New York will get a new daily newspaper when “The Trib” debuts this fall.


Sports news – May 23, 1977

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers gets the NBA’s MVP – the fifth tie in the past seven years he has won the award.

NBA playoffs – the 76ers beat the Portland Trailblazers 107-89 to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

A.J. Foyt wins the Indy 500 – his fourth Indy win.

Muhammad Ali will marry Veronica Porche – the mother of his 1-year-old daughter Hana – in June.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – May 23, 1977

Paramount says “Star Trek the Motion Picture” is not going to be a made afterall. But it would be revived as a weekly TV show.  Executive Michael D. Eisner said the decision against a feature picture came about because, “We felt Star Trek lended itself better to 52 hours a year of entertainment rather than one two-hour movie.”


Music news – May 23, 1977

Passing – Paul Desmond – Jazz saxophonist and composer long associated with pianist Dave Brubeck. He was 52 and the composer of Brubeck’s biggest hit to date – “Take 5.”


Television news – May 23, 1977

Margaret Trudeau, estranged wife of Canadian Prime Minister Pierre-Elliott Trudeau, will photograph Silver Jubilee events in London this week for showing on “Good Morning America.”

Marry – Lynda Carter “Wonderwoman” to her personal manager Ron Samuels.

Catch reporter Joan Lunden on WABC-TV’s “Eyewitness News.”

Barbara Walters Special - Barbara Walters Interviews Bing Crosby and Redd Foxx This Week In 1977.

Suzy Knickerbocker Special This Week In 1977 – as she interviews Frank Sinatra.


Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 22, 1977

CBS – Movie, The Andres Targets

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

ABC – Sports

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.


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 22, 1977

CBS – Sam, Mask, One Day At A Time, Movie

NBC – TV Movie, Suzy Visits Old Blue Eyes and Old Brown Eyes, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Happy days, Laverne and Shirley, Rich Man, Poor Man From Yesterday

PBS – Key To The Universe


NBC made for TV movie – “The Man With the Power” – Bob Neill, Tim O’Connor, Vic Morrow.

Suzy – Society columnist Suzy Knickerbocker interviews Muhammad Ali and Mr. And Mrs. Frank Sinatra . 

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