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



In The News

President Carter and Panama’s head of government, Gen Omar Torrijos sign treaties that Carter says will assure “a peaceful and prosperous and secure future” for Panama Canal. The treaty took 13 years to negotiate and has been supported by all four presidents, two Republicans and two Democrats, who held office during the negotiations. The accords give Panama an “increasingly important role in the operation and defense of the canal” leading up to the takeover by that country on Dec 31, 1999. Says Carter - “And after that, the United States will still be able to counter any threat to the canal’s neutrality.”

 Watergate mastermind and former FBI agent G. Gordon Liddy is released from prison in Danbury Conn and is a free man. Asked where he was headed, Liddy replied - “East of the sun and west of the moon.” Liddy’s wife, Frances, parked the family’s brown Ford Pinto 50 feet from the prison entrance and walked into the facility to greet her husband. Liddy was imprisoned Jan 30, 1973 and has served by far the most time of any Water figure - a total of 52 1/2 months.

 Heading an investigation of Bert Lance - Senators Abraham Ribicoff (D-Conn) - chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee and Sen. Charles Percy (R-Ill) - the ranking minority member - tell President Carter that they have uncovered serious new allegations of illegal conduct by Budget Director Lance and that he should resign. They refused to give details of the new charges after emerging from the 45-minute meeting.

Geologists hand a report to Egyptian President Anwar Sadat confirming some good news - a discovery under most of Egypt’s western desert of the largest subterranean water reservoir in the world. According to an American specialist consulting with the Egyptian government - the reservoir is as large as California and Nevada combined. The not so good news is that the water lies in heavily saturated sandstone, through which it would trickle at a relatively slow pace into deep wells if and when they are sunk. 

Hurricane Babe lashes southeast Louisiana with 75 mph winds. More than 45,000 coastal residents, offshore oil workers and Labor Day vacationers fled north for safety from the storm.

South Korean businessman Tongsun Park - a central figure in the government’s Korean influence investigation, is named in a secret indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Washington.

The Rev. Billy Graham opens his first tour of Soviet bloc country and tells his Hungarian audience that President Carter had sent “his sincere and warmest Christian greetings as a brother in Christ.”

When asked if his friend, Bert Lance should resign, President Carter said - “We’ll see about that later.”

Unemployment rose to 7.1% in August.


Technology news – September 1, 1977

The Associated Press and United Press International say they will begin an experiment to transmit their data by satellite by the end of this month. Both companies depend on landlines from AT&T - but the company wants to increase rates by $4.3 million. If successful, the companies, along with the American Newspaper Publishers Assn will likely lobby the FCC for approval for receiving equipment at more than 8000 newspapers and broadcasters around the country. Executives of the services say their leased AT&T phone lines will amount to $17.2 million by next year - including the rate increase. Comparable satellite delivery would cost only $6.2 million.


Sports news – September 1, 1977

14-year-old Tracy Austin is out in the quarterfinals at the U.S. Tennis Open in Forrest Hills. She had earlier upset fourth-seeded Sue Barker of England en route to becoming the youngest quarterfinalist in the history of the U.S championships. Tracy finally lost to fifth-seeded Betty Stove 6-2. 6-2. On the men’s side - Vitas Gerulaitis seems to be on top of everyone’s mind. The tennis pro is set to bring home a half-a-million dollars this year and is considered to be the No 2 player in the United States behind Jimmy Connors.

Sports television - Merlin Olsen - formally with the Los Angeles Rams and who already appears on “Little House on the Prairie” becomes a football analyst for NBC. He debuts this week with Curt Gowdy in a game that pairs Pittsburgh with Dallas.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Hollywood news – September 1, 1977

The Treasures of Tutankhamen (King Tut) exhibit has been on a three-year, seven-city American tour since last November and museum people say the tour is a huge success. The exhibit just finished at Chicago’s Field Museum and now moves to New Orleans where it will open a four-month run beginning September 15 and then hits the road for stays in Los Angeles, Seattle, New York and San Francisco. The nation’s fascination with King Tut and his treasures have been called Tutankhamania.

Jerry Lewis Telethon is broadcast from Del Webb’s Hotel Sahara in Las Vegas. Joining Jerry and Ed McMahon - Frank Sinatra, Johnny Carson, Tony Bennett, Count Basie, Vikki Carr, Charo, Robert Goulet, The Hudson Bros, Dolly Parton, Mary Tyler Moore, Barry Manilow and the Russian Ballet.

Passing - actor Zero Mostel - best known for his starring Broadway role in “Fiddler on the Roof.” A spokesman at Thomas Jefferson Hospital near Philadelphia said the actor died of a cardiac disorder.


Television news – September 1, 1977

So far - 25 television stations, mainly in the South say they will not carry the new ABC-TV offering, “Soap” when it debuts September 13. ABC officials have described the show as a sophisticated adult comedy. The show spoofs daytime soap operas particularly the sexual involvements and aberrations of the soaps. 13 of the stations are ABC affiliates. The remaining 12 have more then one-network affiliation.  

Actress Danielle Spencer - who plays kid sister “Dee” on “What’s Happening”, is seriously injured in a traffic accident near Malibu. Timothy Pelt, her father, was killed in the mishap. According to Los Angeles police, Pelt was driving southbound on the Pacific Coast Highway in a station wagon, when it crossed the centerline and collided head-on with another vehicle. Miss Spencer who is twelve-years-old, is listed in guarded condition. 

Actress Leslie Uggams (34) who co-stars in the television epic “Roots” says she enjoys acting and is sort of at a crossroads in her professional career. “People now look at me with different eyes. I am now being taken more seriously as an actress. The problem now is finding the role. I do so many things - nightclubs, musicals and musical television. Now I want to do more acting. And now , I understand the problem gifted actresses, like Cicely Tyson are talking about.” 


Top TV shows – September 1, 1977

Charlie’s Angels

Pilot - “The New Love Boat”

Laverne and Shirley

 NBC Big Event

Life Goes to the Movies

Barnaby Jones


Barney Miller

What’s Happening

Three’s Company

Happy Days


One Day At A Time

Rockford Files


ABC Movie - Operation Petticoat

Eight Is Enough


All In The Family

ABC Movie - Having Babies

Welcome Back Kotter


Television news – September 1, 1977

In the fifth installment of David Frost Interviews Richard Nixon - Nixon said he told White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman in April 1973 to destroy many of the Watergate tapes and he now believes he might not have been forced out of office if Haldeman had acted. It airs this week.

NBC Nightly News undergoes a change this week. It’ll be broken into four segments and both John Chancellor and David Brinkley will use swivel chairs.

Don’t miss the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon. Guests include Johnny Carson, Frank Sinatra, Donny and Marie, Charlton Heston, Joey Heatherton , Robert Goulet, Tony Bennett, Count Basie, Julius La Rosa, Jerry Vale, Dionne Warwick and many more.


Thursday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – September 1, 1977

CBS - Special-The Wacho Saturday Morning Preview, Hawaii Five-O (2-hours)

NBC - Football, Pro Football Hall of Fame

ABC - Welcome Back Kotter, What’s Happening! Special-Washington Behind Closed Doors

PBS - Inside the Cuckoo’s Nest, Masterpiece Theater.


Saturday morning preview - comedy carnival with musical and variety welcoming four new series and six returning series to the CBS Saturday morning schedule. With Soupy Sales, the Sylvers, the Dwight Twilley Band. Cameos include Marty Allen, Jim Backus, Carol Burnett, Jonathan Harris, Harry Nilsson, Gary Owens and Loretta Switt.

Pro Football Hall Of Fame - looks at the community of Canton, Ohio and the names who have gained entrance into the Hall.

Hawaii Five-O - McGarrett again pursues Wo Fat - the key figure in the theft of some nerve gas that McGarret fears will be used for catastrophic purposes.  Knigh Dhiegh stars as Wo Fat.

CBS - U.S. Open Tennis Highlights

The Tonight Show – Joining Johnny Carson - guest -  Andrea McArdle (who portrayes Annie on Broadway).


Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – September 1, 1977

CBS - Keane Brothers, Starland Vocal Band Show, Made for TV movie, U.S. Open highlights

NBC - Sanford and Son, Chico and the Man, Rockford Files, Quincy, Tonight, Janis

ABC - Movie and Latenight (Remembering Groucho)

PBS - Washington Week, Wall St. Week


CBS TV Movie - “I Want to Keep My Baby” - Mariel Hemingway, Susan Anspach, Jack Rader, Vince Begatta.

Rockford Files - $200,000 is stolen from a private poker party in which Jim is a participant.

Remembering Groucho - Harry Reasoner hosts and for some reason, talks to Dick Cavett about Groucho Marx.

Janis - a documentary of the late rock and blue singer Janis Joplin (at 1am).


Music news – September 1, 1977

With his big hit - “I Just Want To Be Your Everything” - Andy Gibb (19) says he dropped out of school like his brothers when he was 13, and began playing in bars. “I never got around to going back to school because I knew I wanted to be a singer. My brothers left school when they were 13 and 14 and they’ve done all right. Everybody said I would regret leaving school but I haven’t so far and I don’t think I ever will. My career is doing fine. It can only get better.”

Tiny Janus Records is set to release “The Early Years” from Al Stewart. The singer just came off a huge single “The Year of the Cat.” Rumors abound that Stewart wants out of his contract with the tiny record label, to sign with a big company.

The fifth album by Kansas is scheduled for release at the end of this month. The album - “Point of No Return” is said to have more vocals than usual and more short songs. So far, a single has not been chosen for release. 

Elvis Presley suffered from a “low grade” form of diabetes which was not severe enough to require insulin, according to Dr. George Nichopoulos. Presley’s diabetes controlled by diet, although the entertainer sometimes failed to stick with it.

Passing - Ethel Waters - actress and gospel singer. She was 76.


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

I Just Want To Be Your Everything - Andy Gibb

Your Love Has Lifted Me Higher  - Rita Coolidge

Float On - The Floaters

Don’t Stop - Fleetwood Mac

Best Of My Love - Emotions

Handy Man - James Taylor

Keep It Comin’ Love - K.C. & The Sunshine Band

Cold As Ice - Foreigner

I Feel Love - Donna Summer

Strawberry Letter #23 - Brothers Johnson

Star Wars Theme - Meco

Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon

Jungle Love - Steve Miller Band

Boogie Nights - Heatwave

 Signed, Sealed and Delivered - Peter Frampton.

Telephone Line - Electric Light Orchestra

Just A Song Before I Go - Crosby, Stills & Nash

Smoke From A Distant Fire - Sanford/Townsend Band

Star Wars Theme - John Williams

On and On - Stephen Bishop

Give A Little Bit - Supertramp

Christeen Sixteen - Kiss

Hard Rock Cafe - Carole King

You and Me - Alice Cooper


Top Country Hit Music - “Don’t Make My Brown Eyes Blue” - Crystale Gale


Top Music Albums – September 1, 1977

CSN - Crosby, Stills & Nash

Rumours - Fleetwood Mac

Moody Blue - Elvis Presley

Rejoice - The Emotions

JT - James Taylor

Star Wars - soundtrack

Shaun Cassidy - Shaun Cassidy

Book of Dreams - Steve Miller Band

I’m In You - Peter Frampton

Commodores - Commodores

Streisand Superman - Barbra Streisand 

Going For The One - Yes

Flowing Rivers - Andy Gibb

Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd

Best of - George Harrison

Over America - Wings

Night Moves - Bob Seger

Endless Summer - The Beach Boys

Fly Like An Eagles - Steve Miller Band

Rock and Roll Music - The Beatles

Southern Nights - Glen Campbell

Book Of Dreams - Steve Miller Band

Unpredictable - Natalie Cole

Diamantina Cocktail - Little River Band

Greatest Hits - Helen Reddy

Love Storm - Tavares

Something Special - The Silvers

A Retrospective - Linda Ronstadt

The Best of - The Band

In Color - Cheap Trick

The Two of Us - Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis

Lust For Life - Iggy Pop

Max - The Rumour

Beauty on a Back Street - Daryl Hall and John Oates

Dune - Dave Matthews (Tribute to Frank Herbert’s novel of the same name)


Top movies – September 1, 1977

Star Wars 

Final Chapter - Walking Tall - Bo Svenson, Margaret Blye, Forrest Tucker, Morgan Woodward

Smokey and the Bandit - Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, Jackie Gleason

The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training   -

The Spy Who Loved Me - Roger Moore as James Bond

The Happy Hooker Goes To Washington - Joey Heatherton

Tentacles -

Kentucky Fried Movie -

Greased Lightning - Richard Pryor

 The Other Side Of Midnight - Marie-France Pisier, John Beck, Susan Sarandon, Raf Vallone

Joyride - Desi Arnaz Jr., Robert Carradine, Anne Lockhart, Melanie Griffith.

One on One - Robby Benson, Annette O’Toole, G.D. Spradlin

March or Die - Gene Hackman, Terence Hill, Max Von Sydow, Catherine Deneuve

End of the World - Christopher Lee, Sue Lyon, Kirk Scott, Lew Ayres, Macdonald Carey, Dean Jagger

New York, New York - Liza Manelli, Robert DeNiro

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