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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of September 19, 1977 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

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

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis will receive $26 million from her late husband’s estimated half-billion dollar estate in return for breaking all ties with the family and relinquishing all further claims.  

Embattled budget director Bert Lance quits as President Carter accent’s his friend’s resignation.

The Carter Administration announces proposals for the Concorde supersonic jet to land at 11 more American airports next year. Some airports are likely to say no – if not all.

President Carter announces he will embark in late November on an 11-day four-continent trip that will include the first visit of an American President to black Africa since WWII.

Inflation slackened in August for the second consecutive month as consumer prices rose by only a modest .3%.

The Carter Administration asks the Supreme Court to rule that medical schools can consider the race of would-be students in an “affirmative action” special admissions program.

Labor Secretary Ray Marshall says that illegal aliens entering the United States could defeat the Carter Administration’s fight on unemployment.

Visiting Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismael Fahmy accuses Israel of “naked aggression” init support of Lebanese Christians fighting against Palestinian guerrillas in southern Lebanon.

President Carter took a personal hand in U.S.- Soviet arms limitation talks as he met for three hours with Soviet foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko at the White House. The meeting came before the expiration of the initial SALT agreement and a State Department spokesman confirmed that the accord would not be extended.

Pope Paul VI marks his 80th birthday by sending flowers to the tombs of his parents and contemplating what he says is his approaching death and final judgment in the eyes of god.

New no-frills hop - The first Freddie Laker Skytrain takes off from London for New York with more than one-fifth of its seats empty. The fare is $236. 

The Carter Administration asks for new authority over the Postal Service “to ensure the continued success and viability” of the mail system.

Minor explosions hit unoccupied areas of four plush hotels in Miami and Miami Beach. A group calling for freedom of political prisoners in Cuba claimed responsibility for the blasts which authorities said were set off by mechanical timers during a 90-minute period.


Health/Medical News Update – September 19, 1977

Hospital attendants lovingly called her Jane Doe and wept when she died. Hundreds of parents called or visited in the hope that the pretty blonde Jane Doe might be their missing daughter. The teenager, found beaten unconscious in a forest preserve Sept 6, died unknown but not alone. Resurrection Hospital received 500 telephone calls and local police say they received 1,000 calls about the girl.

David the Bubble Boy, observed his sixth birthday at home in his plastic isolator with a special germ-free cake, but without the miniature spacesuit that is designed to expand his world. Doctors had hoped David would have been able to try out the suit before his birthday, but a minor hitch postponed any trials of the garment which would permit him to explore outdoor areas such as woods and beaches.  


Sports news – September 19, 1977

The Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 to clinch the championship of the National League West.

The Cincinnati front office is downplaying a weekend incident that left second baseman Joe Morgan of the Reds furious at manager Sparky Anderson for removing him from a game.

Transsexual Richards Dr. Renee defeats Caroline Still (16) to win the Women’s Tennis Assn. Pensacola championship – her first championship since being accepted by the international tennis community as a woman player.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – September 19, 1977

Stuntman Evel Knievel is being questioned by Los Angeles police in connection with a baseball bat attack on television executive Sheldon Saltman, in which he was seriously injured with fractures of the left arm and right wrist. Saltman says Knievel and an unidentified companion confronted him outside the commissary at 20th Century Fox Studios. Later, Knievel says he stands by what he did. Apparently, Saltman wrote a book about Knievel, which the daredevil felt was a “filthy lie” which insulted his mother, wife and children and which called him “an alcoholic, a pill addict and anti-Semite and an immoral person.”

Meanwhile up in Yakima, Washington -  Evel’s brother Nic Knievel, practicing for a 112-foot jump from one ramp to another in a miniature racecar, fractures three vertebrae in practice when he overshot the landing ramp.


Playing in Las Vegas –

Frank Sinatra – Caesars Palace

Juliet Prowse – Frontier

Shecky Greene – MGM Grand

Bill Cosby – Hilton

Rich Little/Ben Vereen – Riviera

Eddy Arnold/Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca – Sahara

Robert Goulet - Sands


Music news – September 19, 1977

On “Midnight Special” this week – George Benson hosts with Lou Rawls, Roger Daltrey, Minnie Riperton and Bonnie Raitt.

Elvis Presley tribute records are out and the biggest seems to be “The King Is Dead” by Ronnie McDowell, who co-wrote the tune. There’s also “Hound Dog Man” by Lenny LeBlanc, “Goodbye King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Len Everett; “Cry, Cry Cry a Few Tears For Elvis” by Leda Ray, “We’re Sure Gonna Miss You Old Friend” by Jack Hickox and “A New Star In Heaven’ by Wally Fowler. And one more – “Elvis Has Left The Building” by J.D. Sumner – the gospel singer who toured for years with Elvis as a backup singer.

More Elvis – Col. Tom Parker says of the Memphis memorial being planned for Elvis that “It will be a place that the fans and the people can visit without being gouged.’ Parker said the memorial would be built with private funds.

Bob Welch – once a member of Fleetwood Mac – is now solo. His manager – Mick Fleetwood! But in interviews, there’s always a question or two about his old group. Welch joined Fleetwood Mac in 1971 and wrote half its material for the next four years. He left the group in January 1975 after five albums. 


Television news – September 19, 1977

On the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” – Steve Martin guest hosts with music guest Jackson Browne.

Debuting this week – “The Love Boat” on ABC-TV.

The New Richard Pryor Show On NBC.

Marie Osmond has a new look – on the new season of “Donny and Marie.” ABC-TV.

Paul Lynde is king of the quip as the center square in “Hollywood Squares.”


Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – September 19, 1977

CBS – Good Times, Made for TV movie

NBC – (debut) The Oregon Trail, (debut) Big Hawaii, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Eight is Enough, Charlie’s Angels, (late night) Starsky and Hutch Mystery of the Week

PBS – Upstairs, Downstairs, Great Performances


Debut – The Oregon Trail – A widower and his three children search for a better life. Stars Rod Taylor, Darleen Carr and Charles Napler.

CBS Made-For-TV movie – “A Killing Affair” starring Elizabeth Montgomery and O.J. Simpson. Two detectives become involved in an interracial love affair while working on a series of vicious crimes.

Debut – Big Hawaii – Adventure series set in Hawaii starring Cliff Potts as a wealthy rancher.


Top movies – September 19, 1977

New York New York

Black & White

Smokey & The Bandit

You Light Up My Life

Silver Streak

One on One

Star Wars

Last Remake of Beau Geste


The Spy Who Loved Me

Other Side of Midnight

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