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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of June 15, 1977 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

The House votes to curb the use of federal money to pay for abortions.

In the biggest Kremlin power shuffle since the overthrow of Nikita Khrushchev in 1964, Soviet Communist Party chief Leonid I. Brezhnev replaces Nikolai V. Podgorny as president of the Soviet Union. Brezhnev (70), the nation’s undisputed political boss, also continued as general secretary of the party. He is the first person in Soviet history to hold both the presidency and the party leadership simultaneously.

Former President Richard Nixon tells a group of congressmen by telephone that the United States should not submit to “blackmail for bodies” in its efforts to recover remains of American missing in Southeast Asia.

The Supreme Court rules that neither the Constitution nor federal Medicaid law requires the government to pay for abortions that are not medically necessary.

The trans-Alaska pipeline is opened – some nine years after geologists discovered a bonanza of oil on the frigid shores of the Arctic Ocean in far north Alaska.  It cost $7.7 billion to build the 800-mile long pipe from Prudhoe Bay on the Arctic Ocean, 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle to the port of Valdez on Prince Williams Sound.

The Kenya news agency reports that Ugandan troops loyal to President Idi Amin are on a rampage of killings following an assassination attempt against Amin in which the dictator was wounded.

Sharply higher food and fuel prices push consumer prices up .6% in May – the fifth consecutive month of big price hikes.

In Montgomery, Alabama - John N. Mitchell surrenders as a prisoner of the federal justice system he once ran as attorney general. He was the 25th man sent to jail for Watergate.


Fascinating/Interesting/Random Facts – June 15, 1977

In New York – The New York Supreme Court rules that a citizens band radio operator who warns another about a radar speed trap is not committing a crime.

Caroline Kennedy (19) begins her first day at work for the New York Daily News as a $156.89 a week copy person. 

Passing – Famed rocket scientist Wernher von Braun (65) of colon cancer.


Sports news – June 15, 1977

While a national television audience watched – Billy Martin had to be restrained from attacking Reggie Jackson in the dugout after yanking him from right field following a bloop double by Jim Rice of the Boston Red Sox.  Apparently – Martin didn’t think Jackson hustled on the play.

The Mets send Tom Seaver to the Cincinnati Reds for four players and trade slugger Dave Kingman to the San Diego Padres for infielder Bobby Valentine and pitcher Paul Stebert. The Reds gave up pitcher Pat Zachry, infielder Doug Flynn and minor league outfielders Steve Henderson and Don Norman to obtain Seaver.

Meanwhile, the California Angeles trade a minor league infielder and an unnamed player to the Cincinnati reds for veteran pitcher Gary Nolan.

Leaving the Mets – Pitcher Tom Seaver suggests that he would have never left the New York Mets for the Reds – had it not been for a column by Dick Young of the Daily News. Seaver said the column “dragged my wife into this” and he decided after reading it, to withdraw a compromise after that might have kept him in New York.

Charles Finley, owner of the Oakland A’s suspends slugger Dick Allen, Finley had gone to the A’s dressing room in the sixth inning of a game and found that Allen had showered and was leaving the clubhouse. “He’s suspended for one week without pay. If he doesn’t like it, he can take a hike. I wanted to be the first man who would be able to work with him, but he played me for a sucker.” Said Finley. 

Wimbledon celebrates its 100th anniversary. Bobby Riggs, Arthur Ashe, John Newcombe, Billie Jean King and Pancho Gonzalez received medals from the Duke of Kent commemorating the anniversary.

Tracy Austin (14) becomes the youngest player to win a match in the 100 years of the Wimbledon tennis championships. Austin downed Elly Vessies-Appel of Holland in her opening match.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – June 15, 1977

Anita Bryant may soon be replaced by the Florida Citrus Commission – who has become worried that her anti-gay campaign has hurt her effectiveness as the orange juice queen. It is conducting a marketing survey to find out if she should be asked to leave her $100,000-a-year-job. In the meantime, the commission has made backup commercials with Arthur Fiedler and Dorothy Hamill.


Music news – June 15, 1977

On CBS-TV Monday – Seals and Crofts “Play for you” – one of their concerts.

Touring – Peter Frampton In Concert. Special guest star Foghat and the J. Geils Band.  


Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – June 15, 1977

CBS – The Jeffersons, Shields and Yarnell, Maude, All’s Fair, Sonny and Cher

NBC – Mulligan’s Stew, Man from Atlantis, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Baseball, The Chopped Liver Brothers (late night) reruns of Streets of San Francisco/Toma

PBS – Tell Me If Anything Ever Was done The Pallisers


Sonny and Cher -   Alex Karris, Ruth Buzzi, Donny and Marie.


Top movies – June 15, 1977

Nasty Habits

Exorcist Ii – The Heretic

Roller Coaster

Black Sunday

Fraternity Row 

The Deep

Freaky Friday

Young Frankenstein

Pink Panther Strikes Again

Slap Shot

Islands in the stream

Murder by Death


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