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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of August 8, 1977 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

The U.S. and Panama agree on a new canal treaty. Panama will take control of the Panama Canal at the end of the century.

President Carter announces that he would meet with the foreign minister of Israel and the Arab states when they visit the United States next month for the convening of the U.N. General Assembly.

Convicted Nazi war criminal Herbert Kappler, apparently stuffed into a large suitcase and dragged to a waiting car by his wife, escapes from a Rome hospital and reportedly made his way to West Germany, Italian and German, Italian and  German officials said.

First Lady Rosalynn Carter undergoes minor gynecological surgery at Bethesda Naval Hospital and she is reported “just fine” after the operation.

They got him – Police arrest David Berkowitz, the suspected “Son of Sam” killer. He was arrested as he left his Yonkers, NY apartment. A special grand jury indicts David Berkowitz on charges of murder, attempted murder, felonious assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Berkowitz, it’s learned – is a former auxiliary policeman. He said he had planned to ‘go out in a blaze of glory’ by killing everybody at a Long Island dance hall. As David Berkowitz was being led into police headquarters – a crowd changed “kill, kill, kill,” 

Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance shifts his Middle east mission from the Arab countries to Israel and began critical talks with wary Israeli leaders determined to resist any U.S. move to include the Palestine Liberation organization in peace talks.

U.S. and Panamanian negotiators reach an agreement on a treaty for Panama to take control of the Panama Canal at the end of the century.

The PLO sets conditions for attending a reconvened Geneva Middle East peace conference as seen as being tough on Israel.

In Dayton - Hundreds of policemen threaten to join striking firemen who have let more than 20 fires burn unchecked during a three-day strike.

In New York – The 35,000-member Communications Workers of America Union go on strike at midnight after marathon talks with New York Telephone failed to result in an agreement. 

Queen Elizabeth II defies a bomb threat and appeals to warring Protestant and Roman Catholic militants to forgive and forget in order to halt eight years of bloodshed in Belfast.

Down .1% - Wholesale prices decline for the second month in a row as farm and processed food prices continue to drop.

Chip and Caron Carter attend church with President and Mrs. Carter amid reports that the young couple was having marital problems. White House spokesman refused to say whether Chip, the son of the President, was still living with his wife in the White House. Later, it’s confirmed he’s moving out of the White House and moving pack to Plains – and will manage the Carter peanut warehouse. 

An Opinion research Corp. says that 32% are dissatisfied with their jobs – more than any other time in the past 25 years.

The space shuttle flies for the first time on its own during a brief flight over Edwards Air Force Base in California. It hit a height of 68,000 feet with astronaut pilots Fred Haise Jr., and C Gordon Fullerton.

Wholesale prices declined for the second month in a row in July as farm and processed food prices continue to drop.

A Gallup Poll indicates that the high cost of living, unemployment and energy problems are top concerns of Americans. 

Trend – Bombings in Northern Ireland are down as are assassinations. One police officials says people are just fed up and the IRA appears to be isolated in Ulster.


Sports news – August 8, 1977

He’s hot – Reggie Jackson of the Yankees. He gets applauded with every appearance and in a game with the Angels this week – slammed to homers. The Yankees have him batting cleanup – smart!

Shortstops Ernie Banks and Joe Sewell are inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Frank Taveras is suspended five days and fined an undisclosed amount for his part in a brawl in Cincinnati last week.

All-Pro guard Peter Maravich, one of the first players the New Orleans Jazz signed when the NBA franchise began in 1975, signs a five-year contract with the Jazz.


Music news – August 8, 1977

Touring – KISS in concert with special guest stars Cheap Trick.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – August 8, 1977

Roman Polanski pleads guilty to having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl and is ordered to undergo psychiatric examination.

Passing – Vince Barnett – comedian and put-on artist. He was 75.


Playing in Las Vegas –

Flip Wilson/Kenny Rankin – Caesars Palace

Roy Clark – Frontier

Mac Davis/Joan Rivers – MGM Grand

John Davidson – Hilton

Bob Newhart – Riviera

Joey Bishop-Charo – Sahara

Wayne Newton – Sands



Television news – August 8, 1977

Summer series – “The Keane Brothers” variety show on CBS-TV. They’re John and Tom Keane  - only 12 and 13 years old.  It’ll run for four weeks.  

CBS Good Times – which saw father John Amos leave the cast  - has another problem. Esther Rolle leaves her role as mom.

Peter Strauss, who led ABC’s “Rich Man Poor Man” parts 1 and 2, signs an exclusive long-range agreement with the network.

Annette Funicello and Paul Anka will host “Dick Clark’s Good Old days: From Bobby Sox to Bikinis” airing on NBC in October


Thursday night television listing/programs/TV guide – August 8, 1977

CBS – The Waltons, Hawaii Five-O, Barnaby Jones

NBC – Movie (Finian’s Rainbow), Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Welcome Back Kotter, What’s Happening?, Barney Miller, Three’s Company, Westside Medical, Latenight (SWAT/Thursday Night Special)

PBS – Age of Uncertainty, Captioned ABC News


The Waltons – Elizabeth is sleepwalking!

Barney Miller – A man claims that secret army tests ruined his health.


Friday night television listing/programs/TV guide – August 8, 1977

CBS – (debut) The Keane Brothers, Year at the Top, Made for TV movie

NBC – Sanford and Son, Chico and the Man, Rockford Files, Quincy, Tonight, Midnight Special

ABC – Donny & Marie, Movie, (late night) PGA Championships

PBS  - Washington Week, Wall St. Week


Keane Brothers (debut) – Tom (13) and John (12) star in their own variety series.


Top movies – August 8, 1977

Star Wars

Spy Who Loved Me

The Other Side of Midnight

Kentucky Fried Movie

A Bridge Too far

Bad News Bears in Spring Training

Walt Disney’s Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo


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