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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of October 8, 1977 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

His energy program in deep trouble in Congress, President Carter publicly flogged the oil and gas industry and urged consumers to join the war against what he called “the biggest ripoff in energy history.’ “The oil companies apparently want it all. We are talking about enormous amounts of money.”

Gov. Marvin Mandel, convicted of trading his influence for $350,000 worth of gifts, is sentenced to four years in federal prison by a judge who said he had “may good qualities” but had made “some serious mistakes.”

Mark Rudd, who spent seven years hiding from the law as a radical student fugitive, pleads guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming form the 1968 student takeover of buildings at Columbia University.

Americans Philip Anderson and Prof. John Van Vieck and Briton Sir Nevill Mott share the Nobel Prize for physics.

Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan – share the Nobel Peace Prize.  Ms. Williams founded Amnesty International.

Amtrak unveils a five-year plan calling for purchase of new railroad passenger cars and locomotives and modernization of key stations and facilities at a cost of more than $4.5 billion

Passing – Novelist MacKinlay Kantor – who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1956 for “Andersonville.” He was 73.

Passing – Ruth Elder, a flamboyant aviator whose 1927 attempt to fly the Atlantic ended in mid-ocean. She was 74.


Sports news – October 8, 1977

LA for Life -  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – the Lakers center – requests and receives a contract extension for the remainder of his NBA career. It’s a lifetime contract.

The Yankees are in the World Series as they beat Kansas City in the playoffs and will face the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

Pittsburgh Steelers lose quarterbacks Terry Bradshaw and Mike Kruczek to injuries and the AFC Central Division lead to Houston as the Oilers scored a 27-10 victory.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – October 8, 1977

Bing Crosby and his wife returned to London from a weekend in Brighton and found their Mayfair apartment burgled. The stolen items, included an 1870 Russian gold cigarette case were worth about $50,000. 

The one, the only -  Bing Crosby dies while playing golf near Madrid Spain. He was 73.

Jacqueline Onassis quits Viking Press where she worked as an editor for two years over its publication of a novel depicting an imagined assassination plot against her brother-in-law, Sen. Ted Kennedy.

Salt Lake City’s two daily newspapers refuse to carry the title “Oh God! In ads for the PG rated movie that stars George Burns in the title role.

Evel Knievel fires his attorney in court so that he could plead guilty to a charge that he beat a television vice president with a baseball bat September 21.


Radio news – October 8, 1977

Bill Balance is let-go from his 1-3pm stint at KABC Los Angeles. He had been there since 1974.

Morning DJ Steve Dahl of WWWW Detroit says he was going to kill himself, causing a rash of calls to police emergency lines.


Music news – October 8, 1977

Controversial band the Sex Pistols has been signed to Warner Brothers Records. The group formed in late 1975, but didn’t get much attention until an appearance last winter on a British TV talk show. Urged by the host to say something outrageous, leader Johnny Rotten parlayed a few four-letter words into notoriety. They were banned all over the place, but “Anarchy in the U.K” made the charts. This resulted in a rush of other British new-wave bands getting signed such as the Stranglers, Boomtown Rats, Clash and the Jam. The Sex Pistols were briefly signed to A&M Records last March but were quickly dropped.

Elton John says he’s through with glitter. Also – he gets inducted into Madison Square Garden’s Hall of Fame – a first for a rock singer.

CBS’s airing of “Elvis in Concert” hit #1 in the ratings last week.

Music on Television – The 11th Annual Country Music Association Awards. Hosted by Johnny Cash.      

Dick Clark’s “Good Ol’ Days” Special Featuring Lots of Rock From The 1950’s. Hosted by Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. On NBC-TV.

Country Music Assn. awards - Ronnie Milsap is named entertainer of the year and male vocalist of the year. Crystal Gayle, Loretta Lynn’s younger sister, was chosen female vocalist of they ear. “Lucille” by Kenny Rogers is song of the year and single of the year.


Television news – October 8, 1977

Hughes Rudd, at his own request, steps down as anchor of the CBS morning news next month. He’ll be replaced by Richard Threlkeld.

On “Saturday Night Live” this week – Hugh Hefner hosts with guest Andy Kaufman.


Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – October 8, 1977

CBS – Young Dan’L Boone, Betty White Show, Country Music Assn. Awards

NBC – Special-Laugh-In, Made for TV movie, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Monday Night Football

PBS – Age of uncertainty, Debut-Dick Cavett (late night)


Country Music Assn. Awards – Johnny Cash hosts.


Top movies – October 8, 1977

Car Wash

Enter the Dragon

Lincoln Conspiracy

Smokey & The Bandit

The Spy Who Loved Me

White Buffalo

Oh God!

Star Wars

I Never Promised You A Rose Garden

One on One


Rolling Thunder

Bobby Deerfield

You Light Up My Life

Groove Tube


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