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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of September 12, 1977 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

Mark Rudd – a fugitive member of the radical Weather Underground, surrenders to authorities in New York, but refused to tell reporters where he had been hiding while the FBI was searching for him – searching since 1970.

Some Democrats and Republicans call for a new audit of Bert Lance’s financial condition is called and he is accused of previously withholding information about $1 million in indirect debts.

Annette Adams (19) – a banker’s daughter, who had been kidnapped three days earlier, is released after a $150,000 ransom was paid. Within hours, authorities arrested a man and a woman as suspects. The girl says she was well treated. “They did not bother me. They never threatened to hurt me at all.” The suspects are Shelby Ann Baker and Wayne Garrity.

White House Press Secretary Jody Powell telephones a personal apology to Sen. Charles H. Percy (R-IL) for spreading rumors about the senator, one of budge chief Bert Lance’s principal critics. Powell called the Chicago Sun-Times and said the Senator had used corporate aircraft and facilities of a Chicago bank during his 1972 reelection campaign. 

  Fighting for his political life, Budget Director Bert Lance carries his case to the people and accuses Senators Percy and Ribicoff of being unfair. Lance has refused demands he resign over allegations of improper personal banking activities, bitterly criticizes some members of the senate Governmental Affairs Committee for questioning “my character, my ability and my integrity.”

Staff investigators for a Senate committee testify that Budget Director Bert Lance did not tell them everything last January about past financial dealings which have involved him in controversy since his confirmation.

America’s population hit 216 million in January the government reports. This is an increase of 1.6 million since January 1976.

The Senate and House give final approval to a $458.3 billion federal budget for fiscal 1978.

The House passes legislation to raise the nation’s wage floor – minimum wage to $2.65 an hour in January.

H.R. Haldeman, claiming he is a victim of a Richard Nixon smear campaign, and a reportedly crippled and “truly sorry” John N. Mitchell ask to be freed from prison where they are serving their Watergate sentences.

Lee Harvey Oswald’s Russian-born wife Marina, says she barricaded him in a bathroom and persuaded him to give up plans to kill Richard Nixon seven months before he assassinated President John F. Kennedy – a report in the Ladies Home Journal says.

 The twin sister of the Shah of Iran, Princess Ashraf Pahlavi, escaped an assassination attempt by two hooded gunmen who fired on her Rolls Royce along the French Riviera. Her lady-in-waiting was killed and the driver was injured in the attack with semi-automatic pistols. It was an apparent act of terrorism by opponents of the Shah’s autocratic rule.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s posthumous epic “The Silmarillion” is published this week. Critics agree that it’s not up to “Lord of the Rings,” but the publishers are sure it will be a best seller with a first edition print run of 800,000.

Passing - Leopold Stokowski (95) – one of the world’s great conductors.


Fascinating Business news – Billy Beer Is Coming – September 12, 1977

Billy Carter – the beer-drinking brother of the President – announces that a Kentucky company will put out a new beer in his name – “Billy” Beer. Look out.


Sports news – September 12, 1977

Guillermo Vilas wins the U.S. Open at Forest Hills leaving Jimmy Connors and Bjorn Borg in the dust. 


Entertainment/Celebrity news – September 12, 1977

Film Director Roman Polanski is ordered to undergo a 90-day psychiatric study in a California state prison before being sentenced for having unlawful intercourse with a 13-year-old girl.

Passing – Maria Callas (53) – the American-born opera star famed for her fiery temperament and her romance with Aristotle Onasis. She suffered a heart attack.


Playing in Las Vegas –

Linda Ronstadt – Aladdin

Shirley MacLaine – Caesars Palace

Juliet Prowse – Frontier

Helen Reddy – Hilton

Rich Little/Ben Vereen – Riviera

Tony Bennett/Count Basie - Sahara



Music news – September 12, 1977

 London - British pop star Marc Bolan of the group Tyrannosaurus Rex (T-Rex) is killed in a road crash. Bolan (29) was killed instantly when the car in which he was a passenger hit a tree in suburban Barnes. The driver, American singer Gloria Jones (30), was badly injured in the crash. She lived with Bolan and they had a 20-month-old son. Bolan was making a comeback and recently did a TV show which will air next week.

Olivia Newton-John will co-host the third annual telecast of the “Rock Music Awards” this Thursday on NBC. She joins Peter Frampton in the hosting duties, replacing Cher who is recuperating from minor surgery.

Linda McCartney (36) wife of Paul McCartney (35) gives birth to a boy in London. James Louis weighs 6 pounds and 1 ounce. The McCartney’s have two other children – Stella, 5 and Mary, 7. Linda also has a daughter – Heather (14) who lives with them.

Rolling Stone Mick Jagger – whose name was linked with Margaret Trudeau, wife of Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, in newspaper headlines earlier this year, says she was “a very sick girl” and he “wouldn’t go near her with a barge pole.” “Se had six security men with two guns each. No, thank you. She was a very determined young lady… er… older woman.”


Rock Music Awards – Hosted By Peter Frampton and Olivia Newton John:

Fleetwood Mac is named the year’s top rock band and Elvis Presley was voted into the Rock Music Hall of Fame during the third Annual Rock Music Awards ceremony as televised on NBC. Other top winners included Steve Wonder male singer; Linda Ronstadt, female singer; Boz Scaggs’ “Low Down,” best single; Stephen Bishop, new male vocalist. Other winners – Boston – as best new group; Bruce Springsteen was named best composer for “Blinded By The Light.” In the r&b category, Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life” was top album and Scaggs’ “Low Down” was named best single. 


Television news – September 12, 1977

Johnny Carson wins the first round in his battle with a portable toilet firm. Johnny’s suing them for using “Here’s Johnny” in promotion and as everyone knows, it’s used on the Carson show by Ed McMahon to introduce the talk show host.

Special -The Making Of Star Wars – This Friday on ABC-TV as told by C3PO and R2D2. On ABC-TV.


29th annual Emmy Awards held this week. Some winners:

Best actor – in a drama series – Jim Garner – “Rockford Files”

Best actress – in a drama series – Lindsay Wagner – “The Bionic Woman.”

Best actor – in a comedy – Carroll O’Connor – “All in the Family”

Best actress – in a comedy – Bea Arthur – “Maude”

Best supporting actor – drama series – Gary Frank – “Family”

Best supporting actress – drama series – Kristy McNichol – “Family”

Best supporting actor comedy – Gary Burghoff, - “MASH”

Best supporting actress comedy – Mary Kay Place – “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman”


Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – September 12, 1977

CBS – Spider-Man special, TV movie

NBC – Baseball, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Eight is Enough, Charlie’s Angels

PBS – Upstairs, Downstairs, Ester Tells Such Dreadful Lies


Spider-Man – Spider-Man who achieves mysterious superhuman powers after being bitten by a radioactive spider, pursues an evil extortionist whose mind-control plot threatens the lives of 10 innocent people. Stars Nicholas Hammond as Spider-Man. Also features David White and Michael Pataki.

Charlie’s Angels – Cheryl Ladd begins her run as an angel . 



Top movies – September 12, 1977

One on One

The Deep


Other Side of Midnight

Star Wars

Last Remake Beau Geste

Breaking Training

Outlaw Blues


Spy Who Loved Me

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