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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of July 1, 1977 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

President Carter announces that he is scrapping plans for production of the controversial B-1 bomber.

The U.S. military has test-exploded at least one of the top-secret neutron bombs involved in a new band-the-bomb controversy. 

A driver at high speed plunges into a crowd attending a Ku Klux Klan rally in Plains Georgia. 30 are hurt. 

Two are killed after a gunman hijacked  an interstate bus and held hostages on it for nine hours at Kennedy International Airport.

President Carter is preparing a standby gasoline rationing proposal to cut fuel use as much as 25% in case of an emergency.

Under pressure from many bishops, the Vatican for the first time, calls for governments of the world to contribute to the financial support of Roman Catholic schools.

Fire sweeps through a three-story cellblock at the federal medium security prison in Danbury, CT, killing five inmates and injuring about 66.

Secretary of Transportation Brock Adams rules that auto makers must begin equipping new cars with air bags or other passive safety devices in the 1982 model year. And by the 1984 model year – all new cars sold in the U.S. including foreign models – must have the devices.

The FBI reports serious crime dropped 9% in the first three months this year – the sharpest quarterly drop in 19 years, but credited it partly to last year’s severe winter.

Open for business – As the Washington subway’s newest line – which opened for business this week – runs 12 miles between RFK Stadium and National Airport in suburban Virginia.

The government is stepping up its effort to alert an estimated 1 million Americans believed to have an increased risk of developing thyroid cancer because of exposure to head or neck X-rays up to 40 years ago. Such X-ray treatment was considered to be medical practice for several decades beginning in the 1920’s for a variety of ailment including acne, enlargement of tonsils and adenoids and ringworm of the scalp.

Passing – Vladimir Nabokov – Russian-American author of “Lolita.” He was 78.


Sports news – July 1, 1977

Brad Corbett is sick and tired of ineptness on the baseball field, weary of the criticism heaped upon him by the fans and the press and unhappy with the credit-dept ratio of the 1977 Texas Rangers. He wants nothing to do with the sport and anyone with $6 million who is willing to keep the Rangers in the Dallas area can purchase Corbett’s 60% interest. 

Mario Andretti edges past Britain’s John Watson on the last lap to win the French Formula 1 Grand Prix by a car’s length in his Lotus .


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – July 1, 1977

Columbia Pictures severs its ties with Bette Midler – saying it just didn’t work out. She was to star in and develop four movies over seven years.

Terry Melcher (35) has filed for divorce from his wife, Melissa (32) for the third time in three years.


Music news – July 1,1977

Queen has just begun recording an album in London and should be ready to tour the U.S. in October.

Albums are up to $7.95 list. It all started earlier this year when Elektra upped Queen’s “A Day At The Races’ to that price. Before that – albums were $6.98.


Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – July 1, 1977

CBS – 60 Minutes, Rhoda, Phyllis, Switch, Delvecchio

NBC – Disney, Lanigan’s Rabbi, Made for TV movie

ABC – Nancy Drew Mystery, Six Million Dollar Man, Sunday night movie


 NBC Made for TV movie – “The Spell” with Lee Grant, James Olson, Susan Myers, Lelia Godoni.


Top movies – July 1, 1977


Exorcist II: The Heretic

Roller Coaster

Silver Streak


Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Realm of the Senses

The Deep

Star Wars 

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