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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of October 1, 1977 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

New Delhi - Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, arrested on corruption charges is released from custody and thousands of cheering, dancing supporters mobbed her as she left the courthouse.

Five hijackers who took a Japanese jetliner on a six-day journey of terror over two continents released their last 19 hostages and surrendered to Algerian authorities.

The Supreme Court let stand rulings by state courts in Washington that homosexuals are “immoral” and may be fired from their jobs because of their sexual preference. The nation’s highest court refused to hear the appeal of a Tacoma, Washington high school social studies teacher fired after nearly 13 years on the ob because he had acknowledged being a homosexual.

President Carter offers to cut the U.S. nuclear arsenal by 50% if the Russians do likewise and pledged America will never use the weapons except in self-defense.

Watergate - U.S. Dist. Judge John J. Sirica reduces the prison sentences of John D. Ehrlichman, H.R. (Bob) Haldeman and John Mitchell. All will be eligible for parole next year – instead of waiting 2 ½ years.

The U.S. Court of Appeals says Concorde flights to New York’s Kennedy Airport could begin immediately.

President Carter tells 27 Jewish members of Congress, “I’d rather commit political suicide than hurt Israel.”

Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel is sentenced for four years in prison for his part in a mail fraud racketeering scheme that broke his once-powerful grip on state politics.

Vandals threw acid on three Rembrandt paintings including the priceless “Jacob’s Blessing,” in a gallery in Kassel West Germany and badly damaged them.

In San Diego – More than 100 police officers from 11 different agencies began mass arrests of Hells Angeles motorcycle club members and others in charges ranging from drug sales to attempted murder. The attempted murder charge was lodged against Thomas James Renzulli – president of the San Diego chapter of the Hells Angels. He solicited a police operative to bomb the car of a rival motorcycle club member.

The United States – avoiding a direct confrontation with Moscow, denounces repression “in any country” and linked genuine détente with respect for human rights.

The first direct-flight charter tours from the United States to Cuba since the Castro revolution will begin operating in December. Sunflight Holidays will offer the nonstop flights from Chicago and Detroit to Havana. The tours will begin Dec. 22 and there are plans to offer nonstop flights from New York, Miami and Atlanta next year.

In Miami – Ronny Albert Zamora – who is only 15 – is found guilty of first-degree murder in a televised trial in which he plead insane because he was addicted to television violence.

Wholesale prices rose .5% last month. It was the largest increase since April and a signal that the summer-long stability in the inflation rate – caused by a big drop in food prices  - may be nearing an end. 

Evangelist Ruth Carter Stapleton, the President’s sister, and her husband were house guests of pornography king Larry Flynt over the weekend. The three visited Children’s Hospital together, chauffeured in Flynt’s limo.

After 43 years - comic strip Li’L Abner will stop on November 13 as creator Al Capp (68) is retiring.


Sports news – October 1, 1977

Goodbye Pele - On the final day of his competitive life – Pele did two things he does better than anyone else. He attracted a sellout crowd of 76,891 fans and than rewarded fans with the 1,281st goal of his 22-year career.  The New York Cosmos won 2-1 against Santos of Brazil. Game was in New Jersey. He was visited by Muhammad Ali and Henry Kissinger before the game.  

Playoffs – Dodger’s Ron Cey hits a grand slam, but the Philadelphia Phillies wind-up beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-5.  

Archie Manning ran for three touchdowns and passed for another. Bob Poliard rambled 52 years with a fumble recovery and Jim Merlo returned an intercepted pass 57 yards for another score to lead the New Orleans Saints to a 42-24 victory over the Chicago Bears.


Entertainment /Celebreity news – October 1, 1977 

 Australia’s Robert Stigwood – the music (now movie) producer is all over Hollywood. His “Sgt. Pepper” movie is finishing production December 7. At about the same time, his “Saturday Nigh Fever” will be released and he’s also producing the movie “Grease” which is still in production. “Sgt. Pepper” is being made at a cost of $12 million and Stigwood believes it’ll be bigger than the rock musical “Tommy.” “Pepper” actually had a trial run two years ago as  Broadway musical directed by Tom O’Horgan that ran 66 performances. Stigwood didn’t like the direction, shut down the stage show – a re-thought the project, which eventually became a movie.


Music news – October 1, 1977

Charges were dismissed against three men accused in an alleged plot to steal Elvis Presley’s body for $10 million ransom when authorities admitted that the informant who tipped police to the scheme was unreliable and the incident may have been a hoax. Misdemeanor trespass charges were dismissed against the informant – Ronnie Lee Adkins and two others – Raymond Green and Bruce Eugene Nelson. All were arrested near Forest Hill Cemetery on August 28.  Meanwhile, the late singer’s father said the public would be allowed to view the graves of Presley and his mother, Gladys Smith Presley in the meditation gardens on the 13-acre Presley estate. The bodies were buried in the gardens after they were removed form the mausoleum at Forest Hill Cemetery this week and taken to Graceland.

More Elvis – Music On Television – Elvis In Concert. Not Sown In Theaters Or On Television Before. Filmed On Elvis’ Last Concert Tour. With A Special Message By Mr. Vernon Presley – Elvis’ Father. On CBS-TV October 3.

Passing – Mary Ford – of the famed 1950’s duo – Les Paul & Mary Ford. She was 53. She tied of terminal pneumonia as a result of the insulin reaction that caused her to be hospitalized in August.

New albums out – “Rumours” – Fleetwood Mac, “JT” – James Taylor, “Star Wars”  - soundtrack by John Williams.


Radio news – October 1, 1977

DIR will syndicate the first annual North American Rock Radio Awards – Thanksgiving evening. All the nominees came from lists submitted by the program directors of 150 FM rock stations.  


Television news – October 1, 1977

Muhammad Ali’s fight against Earnie Shavers drew a whopping 57% of the TV audience. The fight, which was won by Ali, was broadcast by NBC.

Co-stars Ernest Thomas and Fred Berry walk off the set of “What’s Happening”” in protest of what they called shabby conditions of their dressing rooms. They eventually returned. Also – Danielle Spencer is back home following hospitalization for injures she received in a Sept car accident that killed her stepfather. She’ll be back on the show at the end of the month.

The Richard Pryor Show will be leaving the air following its fourth show later this month. It’s getting clobbered on Tuesday nights by ABC. Pryor will be doing specials for NBC.

In Syndication – “Forever Fernwood” – a spinoff of “Mary Hartman”


Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – October 1, 1977

CBS – 60 Minutes, Rhoda, All in the Family, Alice, Kojak

NBC – World of Disney, Made for TV movie

ABC – Nancy Drew, Six Million Dollar Man, Made for TV movie

PBS – Masterpiece Theater


All in the Family – Archie buys Kelcy’s bar.

NBC Made for TV movie – Just a Little Inconvenience – Lee Majors, James Stacy, Barbara Hershey, Charles Cioffi, Jim Davis. A Vietnam vet tries to rehabilitate his best friend. 

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