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




In The News

President Carter calls for the elimination of al federal criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana.

Paul Dwain Shepherd – a U.S. park police officer and his brother Billy are arrested on a federal charge of conspiring to kidnap the board chairman of the Marriott Corp. J. Willard Marriott, or his wife.

Manhattan - A terrorist bomb explodes in a 42nd St. office building, killing one and injuring seven.  . The bomb was one of two that exploded in midtown office buildings. A Puerto Rican group claimed responsibility for both.

The House passes President Carter’s national energy program, handing the President almost everything he asked to try to correct America’s wasteful energy habits.

The Navy’s top brass made it official – it authorized a return to the traditional uniform of bell bottoms, jumpers and floppy white hats for sailors in the lowest four grades. It’ll replace the officer coat-and-tie uniform now being worn.

The nation’s unemployment rate fell to 6.9% in July, resuming its downward course after rising the previous month.

President Carter signs legislation designed to put at least 200,000 people to work. The $1 billion program he signed into law includes park and forestry jobs like those in the depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps.

North Korea announces creation of a “military boundary’ covering much of its new 200-mile-offshore economic zone and said foreign military planes and ships would not be allowed to enter. South Korea said it would not recognize the boundary.

President Carter urges Congress to scrap all federal welfare programs and replace them with a new system that he said would “provide job opportunities for those with the ability to work and a simplified uniform cash assistance program for those unable to work."

A mistrial is declared in the retrial of Charles Manson girl Leslie Van Houten after the jury reported they were deadlocked after being locked up for 25 days.

The Son Of Sam murders his sixth victim. Stacy Moskowitz and her boyfriend were seated in a parked car in Brooklyn when the gunman fired four shots into the car, killing her and injuring her boyfriend. Moskowitz (20) was employed as a secretary. New York’s Mayor Beame orders 25 more detectives to the special task force of 50 and an additional 75 policemen to help the 150 on patrol at night and on weekends. The killer’s spree began a year ago.

A survivor of the latest attack by “Son of Sam” says that the mystery killer psyches himself up before firing his deadly accurate .44-caliber pistol by snickering, growling and cursing at his chosen victims. Robert Violante, shot with Stacy Moskowitz in a Brooklyn lover’s lane, says he saw him in a park minutes before the attack.  

The Senate energy Committee votes to forbid the sale of any car in 1980 that gets less than 16 miles per gallon of gasoline. The minimum would rise by one mile per gallon each year to 21 by 1985.  

A mistrial is declared in the retrial of Manson follower Leslie Van Houten because of a hung jury. Five of the jurors voted for manslaughter while the other seven voted for first-degree murder. Her main defense in this (second trial) was that she suffered from “diminished capacity” at the time of the killings due to LSD and the domination of Charles Manson.

The Vatican announces a major change in its laws concerning marriage, saying men who have undergone vasectomy sterilization operations can be married in the church. The decision does not alter the church’s controversial stand banning artificial birth control.


Prices at the Supermarket – August 1,1977

18oz jar of Skippy peanut butter - .85...29oz can of Del Monte Peaches - .49...40oz can of Chef Boy-ar-dee Raviolis - $1.15...200-Ft Roll of giant Reynolds Wrap - $2.36.


Fascinating Business news – August 1, 1977

All 367 Robert Hall clothing stores in 36 states go on the auction block. The chain of stores was closed last June after citing severe losses of $100 million over three years.


Television news – August 1, 1977

At bookstores - “The Today Show” by Robert Metz. The headline-makers, the squabbles and scandals, the riotous fun, the real story behind Barbara Walter’s jump to ABC.

Dies - Francis Gary Powers (48) - famed U2 spy plane pilot. Powers was piloting a KNBC-TV television helicopter in Southern California when it crashed. His U2 spy plane was shot down by the Russians in 1960. Powers was sentenced to 10 years in Russian prison for espionage, but was freed in 1962 in exchange for Soviet master spy Rudolf Abel.


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – August 1, 1977

Charlie’s Angels, Hannie Caulder TV Movie, Laverne and Shirley, Ssss TV Movie, Happy Days, The Jeffersons, Shields and Yarnell, Tut-The Boy King, M*A*S*H, One Day At A Time.

CBS wins the week with a 29.6 share, ABC - 29.2 and NBC - 27.8.


 Wednesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – August 1, 1977

(CBS) Good Times, Busting Loose, Movie...(NBC) Grizzly Adams, CPO Sharkey, Debut-The Kallikaks, Kingston: Confidential...(ABC) Donny & Marie, Baretta, Charlie’s Angels.

NBC’s The Kallikaks stars David Huddleston, Edie McClurg and Bonnie Ebsen. 


Music news – August 1, 1977

Bernie Taupin, lyricist for Elton John makes his acting debut on ABC’s “The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew in Transylvania,” a two-part story which opens the season on September 11. 


Top Country Hit Music Singles – August 1, 1977

 “It Was Almost Like A Song” - Ronnie Milsap, “Rollin’ With The Flow” - Charlie Rich, “Way Down” - Elvis Presley, “Sunflower” - Glen Campbell, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” - Crystal Gayle.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – August 1, 1977

 “I Just Want To Be Your Everything” - Andy Gibb, “Your Love Has Lifted Me (Higher and Higher)” - Rita Coolidge, “Best of My Love” - Emotions, “Undercover Angel” - Alan O’Day, “Whatcha Gonna Do” - Pablo Cruise, “Easy” - Commodores, “Do You Wanna Make Love” - Peter McCann, “You And Me” - Alice Cooper,  “I’m In You” - Peter Frampton.


Top albums – August 1, 1977

“CSN” - Crosby, Stills and Nash, “I’m In You” - Peter Frampton, “Star Wars” - Soundtrack, “Rumours” - Fleetwood Mac, “Rejoice” - Emotions, “Superman” - Barbara Streisand, “Love Gun” - Kiss, “Book Of Dreams” - Steve Miller, “JT” - James Taylor, “Commodores” - Commodores.


Top movies – August 1, 1977

One on One - Robby Benson, Annette O’Toole

Macarthur - Gregory Peck

The Last Remake Of Beau Geste - Marty Feldman, Ann Margret, Michael York

Star Wars - Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford

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