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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of September 27, 1977 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

Filibuster continues – no final vote on a natural gas bill - The Senate has been in a continuous session for 32 hours as Senate Democratic leader Robert C Byrd declared, “We’ve had about enough of this foolishness.”  Two senators are standing firm.

The Soviet Union, in a surprise movie, offers to join with the United States and Britain in a suspension of an underground nuclear weapons tests for an unspecified period.

The House votes to permit production of the controversial neutron warhead. President Carter says he has not decided yet whether the weapon would be produced but nevertheless, wants $43.4 million authorized for the fiscal year n case he decides to go ahead.

Hancho C. Kim, a naturalized U.S. citizen now living in Lanham, Maryland, becomes the second South Korean businessman indicted in the congressional bribery scandal, charged with conspiring to defraud the U.s. and making a false declaration to a grand jury.

Actress Carole Wells Karabian says the passengers on a hijacked Japan Air Lines jetliner went for more than a day without food and their masked captives did not even allow them a toilet run. After three days - 146 are still being held on the plane – on a runway in Dacca, Bangladesh.  

Secretary of State Cyrus R. Vance says the U.S. and the Soviet Union may be nearing agreement on how to break the deadlock over Palestinian representation at Middle East peace talks.

President Anwar Sadat of Egypt publicly asks the Soviet Union for a 10-year grace period on Egypt’s military debt, estimated at $4 billion. He indicated that if Moscow refused Egypt would unilaterally halt payments for 10 years.

A federal appeals court gives its approval to a tryout of the Anglo-French supersonic Concorde jet at New York’s Kennedy airport. British Airways welcomed the decision and said it and Air France cold begin commercial service ‘perhaps around the second half of November.”

No recession as the Commerce Department reports that its index of leading indicators showed a .8% rise in August.

Murder trial televised – The murder trial of a teen whose defense is that he was driven insane by television violence begins this week and the proceedings are being televised. Miami’s channel 2 (PBS) recorded the events in the brightly lit courtroom for distribution to other stations. The Florida Supreme Court allowed the cameras in courtrooms for a one-year experiment. Ronald Zamora (15) (in picture) and a teen friend are accused of shooting an 83-year-old to death in her Miami Beach home last June. 

John Nevin – chairman of Zenith radio Corp., which plans to terminate 5,000 U.S. workers in favor of overseas television assembly operations, charges that the federal government has failed to act against when he termed international trade violations by Japanese television makers.


Sports news – September 27, 1977

Close – As Muhammad Ali nearly KO’s Earnie Shavers in a 15-round bout. Ali won. But, Shavers hit Ali hard and almost knocked him out. “That man hit me hard. He was in great shape and he almost beat me” said Ali.  Shavers upset at the decision against him in favor of Ali, charged New York boxing judges with favoring the champion. “It’s hard to win a decision against Ali, especially in New York. I knew I had to knock him out. Looking back at it, if I had to change anything I would put more pressure on him sooner.” NBC telecast the fight.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – September 27, 1977

Sophia Loren views her latest movie, Ettore Scola’s “A Special Day,” in which she costars with Marcello Mastroianni for the ninth time in 21 years, as “a renewal.” “The film gives me that strength back, that drive to go on. And it’s the first time I’ve felt it since ‘Marriage Italian Style.’” (back in 1964).

Elizabeth Taylor and her husband, John Warner have donated their eyes to the International Eye Foundation.

Kenner Toys – which earlier this year acquired a “galaxy-wide” license to market toys modeled after the movie “Star Wars.” Without a lot of time though, the company is going a different route for Christmas – offering a Christmas gift certificate package. It contains a “Star wars” display stand, stickers, club membership card and postage-paid mail-order cards for action figures such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, Chewbacca the Wookie and R2-D2, named Artoo Detoo for trademark purposes. Also planned are the androit or “droit,” C3PO, bad guy Darth Vader, space pilot Han Solo and other characters from the movie.


Music news – September 27, 1977

On “Midnight Special’ this week – Helen Reddy hosts with Barry Manilow, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, the Byrds, Gary Wright, Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds.


Television news – September 27, 1977

“The Trial Of Lee Harvey Oswald” – What If Oswald Lived? Made For TV Movie starring Ben Gazzara, Lorne Greene. ABC-TV Friday night.


Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – September 27, 1977

CBS – Young Dan’L Boone, Betty White Show, Maude, Rafferty

NBC – Little House on the Prairie, Made for TV movie, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Monday Night Football

PBS – Upstairs, Downstairs, Age of Uncertainty


Little House – Laura and Mary go swimming with friend Ellen, who drowns mysteriously.

NBC Made for TV movie – “In the Matter of Karen Ann Quinlan” with Brian Keith, Piper Laurie. Story of brain-damaged Karen Ann Quinlan, who lapsed into a coma as the parents must decide to keep her alive.

On the Tonight Show – Sammy Davis Jr. is guest host to Bonnie Franklin and Victor Borge. 

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