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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of July 24, 1977 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

President Carter says in a letter to South Korea’s president that American’s defense commitment to that nation “remains firm and undiminished.”

The Libyan-Egyptian border conflict goes into its third day as Libya accuses Egypt of renewed air raids and Egypt denying the claims but confirming sporadic artillery battles. 

President Carter welcomes Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti with a full-fledged White House South Lawn ceremony.

President Carter reverses himself and withdraws his proposal to sell a sophisticated airborne radar system to Iran after a House committee had voted to block the sale.

President Carter pushes the U.S. and Panamanian negotiators to conclude their talks rapidly and produce a new treaty governing the Panama Canal.

In the news - Mike Maryn of Passaic NJ has been mugged some 83 times.

Paris - Four bandits, believed to have had inside help, seize a truck carrying $3.54 million in newly minted coins in one of the world’s biggest robberies. The truck and its cargo – 15 tons of coins in a large green container, were the object of a massive search, but the bandits had a 30-minute start and police indicated they had no leads.

In Canada – Billy Carter does a belly flop and emerges with a soggy rose in his teeth for a bottle of beer – at the third annual world belly flop and cannonball championships. 


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – July 24, 1977

Farrah Fawcett will soon be the name, the face and the voice of a new line of hair products, fragrances and makeups to be marketed worldwide by Faberge.

The success of Star Wars – profits at 20th-Century Fox are up.

Tony Orlando announces that he is quitting show business – surprising even his manager. “This is my last day as a performer; I am giving up show business in the name of Jesus Christ. I must give more time to my family.” He told an audience in Massachusetts.


Music news – July 24, 1977

Punk rock selling – the British charts show singles in the top-20 by the Sex Pistols and the stranglers, The first test in the U.S. is the stranglers first release by A&M records.

John Bonham, drummer for Led Zeppelin and the group’s band manager Peter Grant and two others are arrested on a warrant stemming from an alleged fracas with stagehands after a Led Zeppelin concert in San Francisco. Bonham was  booked on a single battery count.

Peter Frampton and Cher will host the Third Annual Rock Music Awards Show for September 15,

The Captain and Tenille are a little bitter about their TV show experience. ABC recently canceled their weekly variety show. “Our show was just another formula show. We were like some weird version of Sonny and Cher. I guess we were like all the other people who tried weekly variety series and came up wit bad shows. We all go in thinking we are going to do something different, that we aren’t going to confirm to the regular variety show formula. Hah, what a laugh! How naïve we were,” said Toni Tenille.  

Abe Vigoda, who had threatened to quit his roles on “Fish” and “Barney Miller,” reports to work. He wants to appear on other outside projects and is having trouble doing so.

NBC will adapt the Broadway hit musical “Annie” for a television special next Christmas.

On Saturday Night Live this week – a repeat as Ralph Nader hosts.

Midnight Special this week – K.C. and the Sunshine Band host with Cat Stevens, Bay City Rollers, Willie Nelson, Peter McCann, Flora Purim, the Emotions.


Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – July 24, 1977

CBS – Good Times, Busting Loose, Movie

NBC – (special) – the Boy King, CPO Sharkey, Comedy Time, NBC News Report, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Best of Donny and Marie, Baretta, Charlie’s Angels

PBS – Nova, Great Performances, Captioned ABC News


The Boy King – Orson Welles narrates. It’s a look at King Tut’s gold and other artifacts.

On the Tonight Show – Robert Klein guest hosts.

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