Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of July 15, 1977 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Big NY Blackout - A federal inquiry opens into why New York City’s lights went out and why for so long. And – a $1 billion class-action lawsuit is being prepared against utility Con-Edison. Meanwhile torched and looted shopowners meet with Mayor Abraham Beame in scorn.
President Carter asks Congress to strengthen the authority of the National labor Relations Board to deal with employers and firms who wrongfully delay and hamper union activities.
Henry A. Kissinger says that Richard Nixon’s offer to give Hanoi $4.5 billion to aid to rebuild postwar Vietnam was a preliminary one and anyway, since the Communists violated the peace agreement, “we owe them nothing.”
In Washington - Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin presents his secret Middle East peace plan to President Carter, but warns in advance they may be unable to agree on key settlement points.
Clash – Tension along the Egyptian-Libyan frontier erupts into warfare. Egyptian troops shot down two Liberian planes and destroyed 40 tanks and 30 other vehicles in ground and air battles.
A toxic gas apparently seeping through air conditioning vents at the Landmark hotel-casino in Las Vegas, kills one and injures 60 others.
President Carter, clad in red overalls and a white hard hat, inspected a Gulf of Mexico offshore oil-drilling rig and said he was satisfied with the nation’s rate of fuel production.
Five health and family planning organizations urge President Carter to expand national birth control efforts enough to cut the number of unwanted pregnancies in half over the next five years.
In a Gallup Poll – most Americans believe that homosexuals should not be hired as elementary school teachers or as members of the clergy, even though a majority says that they should have equal rights in job opportunities.
The eastern two-thirds of the country are in a heat wave. Temperatures in NYC hit 102 degrees.
The nation’s economy grew 6.4% over the past three months as inflation is at 7.2%.
A mother and eight children – some found bound and gagged, die in a house fire near New Haven, Conn. Police are calling it a homicide.
Sports news – July 15, 1977
All-Star game – as the National League defeats the American League 7-5. Pitcher Don Sutton is named MVP.
Music news – July 15, 1977
He’s been performing for 14 years and finally – Alan O’Day has a hit – a big one called “Undercover Angel.” Interestingly – as a composer – he’s had songs recorded by Bobby Sherman “The Drum” and even a bigger hit by Helen Reddy called “Angie Baby.”
Television news – July 15, 1977
Veteran TV weatherman Tex Antoine made a tasteless remark about rape during a broadcast eight months ago and even his on-the-air apology couldn’t stop the resulting uproar. This week – he is canned by WABC-TV New York. “I feel I have something left to give I wish to give. My wheels are spinning – that’s what’s driving me nuts. I want to work. I love to work.”
New summer show – The Keane Brothers – Tom (12) and John (13) will air on CBS-TV Friday nights. The boys have been performing for the past three years and no – they have not had a hit record. But, during the past nine months, they’ve been on some 20 television programs, mainly talk shows such as Johnny Carson, Mike Douglas and Merv Griffin. Interestingly their father – Bob Keane, use to head Del-Fi Records during the 1950’s and 1960’s and worked with the likes of Sam Cooke, Ritchie Valens and others. He also had a local Los Angeles TV show in 1951 over KNXT-TV.
Top movies – July 15, 1977
Grateful Dead concert
A Star is Born
Orca the killer Whale
Walt Disney’s the Rescuers
Island of Dr Moreau
New York New York