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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of June 8, 1977 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

Gay rights law killed - By a margin of more than 2 to 1, singer Anita Bryant’s celebrated crusade against ray rights overturns a controversial ordinance in metro Miami that prohibited discrimination against homosexuals. It’s said she’s taking the campaign nationwide.

James Earl Ray, assassin of martin Luther King, breaks out of the maximum-security Brushy Mountain State Prison with five other convicts in a hall of gunfire and disappears into the mountains of northeast Tennessee. 

Family and friends gather in a light mist on Columbus Point in Dorchester, overlooking Boston Harbor and break ground with silver shovels for the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial Library. Attending – Rose Kennedy, Jacquelin Kennedy Onassis – and Caroline and John Jr. 

Joseph P. Kennedy III, eldest of the new generation of Kennedy men, appears to be on the verge of carrying on the political legacy of his father, says he may run next year for state treasurer of Massachusetts.

James Earl Ray is back in prison after a 54-hour manhunt. Tennessee Gov Ray Blanton called on the federal government to take charge of Ray. “I’m offering him to the President of the United States.” If they want him, they can have him.”

Garrettsville Ohio - Paul Newman escapes injury in a sports race when another car flipped into the air and landed on top of the one he was driving.


Medical news update – June 8, 1977

An Air Force doctor says that citizens band radio is giving VD a new and mobile dimension and is in effect, spawning gonorrhea. Dr. E. Michael Lewiecki’s report is in the current issue of the American Medical Assn. journal


Entertainment/Celebrity news – June 8, 1977

Theater impresario Joseph Papp, who fostered free Shakespeare in Central park and such Broadway hits as “A Chorus Line” and “Hair,” says he will withdraw his New York Shakespeare Festival from Lincoln Center at the end of the current season because of fiscal and artistic problems.


Sports news – June 8, 1977

Tom Seaver moves past Sandy Koufax on the all-time strikeout list and the New York Mets continue their surge under new manager Joe Torre with an 8-0 romp over the Cincinnati reds. Seaver recorded his 42nd career shutout. He now has 2,400 strikeouts, 13th on the all-time list.

ABC Sports signs a four-year contract with the NCAA, giving it exclusive rights to televise college football from 1978 through 1981. 


Music news – June 8, 1977

Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. will star in their own half-hour variety series for six weeks on CBS this summer.

Margaret Trudeau says her photo session with Mick Jagger “was a very good thing that turned very sour” because of all the publicity. Interviewed n ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America” – Mrs. Trudeau who was recently separated from her husband, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, and who has announced plans to embark on a career of her own in photography, said: “I felt that I was very much used unfairly.”


Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide – June 8, 1977

CBS – The Waltons, Hawaii Five-O, Barnaby Jones

NBC – The Sunshine Boys, TV Movie, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Welcome Back Kotter, What’s Happening, Barney Miller, Fidel Castro Speaks

PBS – Masterpiece Theater, ABC Captioned news

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