Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of November 8, 1977 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Rep Edward Koch is elected the 105th mayor of New York City. The nine-year congressman from Manhattan’s 18th district defeated New York Secretary of State Mario Cuomo. Two other candidates who ran, but trailed far behind were Sen. Roy Goodman, the Republican contender and Barry Farber, a well-known New York City radio talk show host who was the Conservative Party’s candidate. Koch won with 50% of the vote to Cuomo’s 42%. Farber hosted a talk show from the late 50’s until September of 1962 on rock and roll station 1010-WINS (he followed popular teen disc jockey Murray the K) - then moved to WOR radio.
Israeli warplanes flatten Palestinian targets in Lebanon, killing 68 and wounding more than 100 around the ancient port city of Tyre.
More money - Britain’s 35,000 fire fighters strike in a walkout that leaves the safety of lives and property in the hands of volunteers and troops.
Somalia, once one of Moscow’s closest friends in Africa expels all Russian advisers, terminates Soviet use of air and naval facilities and breaks relations with Cuba. The moves cap a steady decline to Somali-Soviet relations as Moscow has increasingly thrown its support behind Ethiopia, Somalia’s better rival.
Harvey Milk (47) - a professed homosexual, is elected to the Board of Supervisors for the first time in San Francisco. His district contains neighborhoods with heavily gay populations. He called his victory a mandate for his politics - not his homosexuality. “The people who voted for me were concerned about the issues. I will be a supervisor who happens to be gay. My allegiance is to my district and to my city.”
Thirty tons of dynamite aboard a parked freight train in Seoul, Korea explodes - killing 48 and injuring 1,280. The blast at the railroad station ripped the roof off a nearby theater, where 700 persons were listening to a singer. About 9,500 or 40% of all buildings in the city were destroyed or damaged.
Pope Paul VI lifts the penalty for American Roman Catholics who divorce and remarry. They will no longer be excommunicated from the church. The stigma will also be wiped-out for those who did it in the past. The Pope did it as a result of a request of the American Bishops at their meeting last May. .
Prices At The Toy Store – November 1977
Starsky & Hutch official police sets - Gun set with 2 police badges holds big authentic 1 to 1 scale clicker guns. Action Accessory set has .45 clicker pistol, holster & strap and much more. - $3.99.
Best-selling books – November 8, 1977
The Thorn Birds - Colleen McCullough
The Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien
Illusions - Richard Back
Daniel martin - John Fowles
Dreams Die First - Harold Robbins
Looking Out For #1 - Robert Ringer
Dear Me - Peter Ustinov
All Things Wise and Wonderful - James Herriot
Life Is A Banquet - Rosalind Russell
The Book of Lists - David Wallechinsky, Irving Wallace, Amy Wallace
Designing Your Face - Way Bandy
Technology news – November 8, 1977
After 18 years in court - R. Gordon Gould (57) is officially recognized as developer of using a solid material to generate a laser beam. The word laser, coined by Gould, is an acronym for “light amplication by stimulated emission of radiation.” Said Gordon - “It looks like I’ll have something to retire on.”
Entertainment/Celebrity news – November 8, 1977
Actor Steve McQueen (47) and actress Ali MacGraw (38) separate “on very good terms.” Married in 1973, one of them is set to file for divorce shortly.
It’s now a Spanish discotheque, but for one day, the name “Birdland” - the legendary jazz spot, returned to 1674 Broadway in New York City for a reunion of jazz greats. Even disc jockey Symphony Sid (who use to broadcast from the famed night spot) was in attendance with these greats:
Drummer Kenny Clarke, Singer Helen Merrill, Dick Hyman, Randy Eston, Al Haig, Jimmy Rowles, Horace Silver, Walter Bishop Jr., Billy Taylor, Barry Harris ... Ted Curson, Woody Shaw, Buck Clayton, Mel Lewis, Jo Jones, Remo Palmier, Jimmy and Percy Heath.
Motorcycle daredevil Evil Knievel is sentenced to 180 days in county jail and placed on three years’ probation for the baseball bat assault in September on a television vice president. He could have been sentenced to a lot more time in state prison for the assault on Sheldon Saltman - who authored a book about Knievel which infuriated the stuntman.
Crippled by emphysema, Al Capp (68) retires his “Li’L Abner” comic strip this week. “I wasn’t having fun with it anymore. It was becoming a chore. I grew more and more tired of drawing the strip and the strip began to show it. So finally I said, “what the hell’ and quit.” At its peak in the 50’s - the comic strip was carried by 900 newspapers.
Get Married - Actress Shirley Jones to actor/producer Marty Ingles. Shaun Cassidy, son of the late actor Jack Cassidy gave mom (the bride) away.
Passing Gertrude Astor - Hollywood leading lady of the silent film era and early talkies (90).
Passing - Bucky Harris (81) - member of baseball’s Hall of Fame. Took the Washington Senators to their first pennant in 1924. Harris also won the World Series championship with the New York Yankees in 1948.
Sports news – November 8, 1977
Cincinnati Reds slugger George Foster is named the National League’s Most Valuable Player for 1977 - with 24 first-place votes. . Greg Luzinski of the Philadelphia Phillies received the remaining first place votes (9).
Terry Bradshaw passes for 283 yards and three touchdowns, including two to John Stallworth, leading the Steelers to a 35-31 Victory over the Cleveland Browns and back into a first-place tie in the AFC-Central Division.
Television news – November 8, 1977
If you’re in Los Angeles - don’t miss the channel 2 (KNXT) news at 5pm with Connie Chung and Maury Povich - Mon-Fri.
The return of Star Trek via Paramount Television is postponed because according to Paramount, there is not enough advertising money for the project. Paramount plans to offer a three-hour block of original TV programming one night a week. New episodes of Star Trek - with William Shatner again portraying Capt Kirk, will compromise of one of those hours. So far, 58 stations (57% U.S. coverage) have signed for the “network.” Paramount doesn’t think it will begin until September. It was suppose to begin in April.
“Give Us 30 Minutes and we’ll give your children the world. It’s the first worldwide children’s TV series which looks at the world through the eyes of children. ‘The Big Blue Marble.’ Sponsored by ITT for the fourth year on Public Television.”
Top TV shows – November 8, 1977
Laverne & Shirley
All in the Family
On Our Own
One Day At A Time
Little House on the Prairie
Movie-Sharon: Portrait of a Mistress
Eight is Enough
Battle of the Network Stars ‘77
Thursday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – November 8, 1977
CBS - The Waltons, Hawaii Five-O, Barnaby Jones
NBC - CHiPs, James at 15, Rosetti & Ryan
ABC - Welcome Back, Kotter, What’s Happening!, The Loveboat, Redd Fox
PBS - Once Upon A Classic, Fawlty Towers, The Best of Families, Masterpiece Theater
On CHiPs - Jon and Ponch go to give a ticket to a driver and discover its H.R. Pufnstuf behind the wheel.
On Barnaby Jones - Barnaby is held captive in a desert town taken over by hoodlums planning an armored car holdup.
Tonight Show with Johnny Carson - Dinah Shore, Charles Nelson Reilly, Thalassa Cruso, Terri Garr.
Top music albums – November 8, 1977
Simple Dreams - Linda Ronstadt
Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
Foreigner - Foreigner
Aja - Steely Dan
Elvis In Concert - Elvis Presley
Anytime...Anywhere - Rita Coolidge
Point of Know Return - Kansas
Love You Live - Rolling Stones
Barry White Sings For Someone You Love - Barry White
Shaun Cassidy - Shaun Cassidy
Chicago XI - Chicago
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – November 8, 1977
You Light Up My Life - Debby Boone
Boogie Nights - Heatwave
Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon
Heaven On the 7th Floor - Paul Nicholas
Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle
Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band - Meco
Brick House - The Commodores
Native New Yorker - Odyssey
We're All Alone - Rita Coolidge
That's Rock and Roll - Shaun Cassidy
I Just Want to Be Your Everything - Andy Gibb
Baby What a Big Surprise - Chicago
Help Is On Its Way - The Little River Band
We Just Disagree - Dave Mason
Blue Bayou - Linda Ronstadt
Keep It Comin' Love - KC & the Sunshine Band
It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me - Barry White
Best of My Love - The Emotions
Changes In Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes - Jimmy Buffet .
How Deep Is Your Love - The Bee Gees
You Make Lovin' Fun - Fleetwood Mac
Just Remember I Love You - Firefall
I Feel Love - Donna Summer
It's So Easy - Linda Ronstadt
More Top Music Albums – November 8, 1977
Love Songs - The Beatles
Star Wars - Original Soundtrack
Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk - Meco
I Want To Live - John Denver
Live - The Commodores
Out of the Blue - Electric Light Orchestra
You Light Up My Life - Debbie Boone
Night After Night - Nils Lofgren
Eddie Money - Eddie Money
Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols - The Sex Pistols
Thunder In My Heart - Leo Sayer
Baby, It’s Me - Diana Ross
Spectres - Blue Oyster Cult
New Vintage - Maynard Ferguson
Little Queen - Heart
The Stranger - Billy Joel
Song Bird - Deniece Williams
In Color - Cheap Trick
Finale - Loggins & Messina
Menagerie - Bill Withers
Odyssey - Odyssey
Top movies – November 8, 1977
Oh God - John Denver, George Burns, Teri Garr, Donald Pleasance, Ralph Bellamy
Last Remake of Beau Geste - Ann-Margaret, Marty Feldman, Michael York, Peter Ustinov, James Earl Jones, Trevor Howard
First Love - William Kat, Susan Dey, Beverly D’Angelo
Bobby Deerfield - Al Pacino, Martha Keller
A Piece of the Action - Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones
Smokey and the Bandit - Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, Jackie Gleason
Star Wars - Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alex Guinness
Damnation Alley - Jan-Michael Vincent, George Peppard
Which Way Is Up? - Richard Pryor, Lonette Mckee, Margaret Avery
The Chicken Chronicles - Steven Guttenberg, Ed Lauter, Phil Silvers
Kentucky Fried Movie - Marilyn Joi, Saul Kahan, David Zucker
If You Don’t Stop It, You’ll Go Blind - George Spencer, Pat Wright, Jane Kellem
Heroes - Henry Winkler, Sally Field
The Spy Who Love Me - Roger Moore as James Bond