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



In The News

The U.S. Parole Commission announces that John D. Ehrlichman will be paroled this coming April after 1 1/2 years in prison. Ehrlichman, along with John Mitchell and H.R. Haldeman were convicted of conspiring to hide White House involvement in Watergate, then lying about it.

Egypt breaks diplomatic ties with five “Arab critics” - Iraq, Libya, Algeria, Syria and Southern Yemen. The action was due to their efforts to prevent President Anwar Sadet from pursuing negotiations with Israel.

President Carter supports Sadat’s move to negotiate directly with Israel for peace talks. The President says that the talks should begin around December 13.

Congress breaks an almost 5-month deadlock by adopting slightly more lenient rules for government financing of abortions for poor woman. Under the compromise, woman receiving health care under the federal-state Medicaid program, can have a government paid abortion if:  -A woman’s life is in danger because of the pregnancy ... -A woman has been the victim of rape or incest and the incident has been reported promptly to police or a public health service agency, plus other circumstances.

Jeff Carter (25), son of President Jimmy Carter - will receive $10 thousand from Life Magazine for a series of photographs he and his wife shot at the White House. The exclusive photos will appear in the January 6 edition of Life. 


Fascinating Business news – December 1, 1977

Passing - Peter Goldmark (71) - invented the 33 1/3 microgrove long play record at CBS. Now you could hear over 20 minutes of music for one side of a phonograph record ... invented the CBS mechanical color TV system (the first FCC approved color-TV system)  - also responsible for 150 other inventions in television, acoustics and film production... of an auto accident.   

The Philadelphia Journal begins publication, becoming the city’s fourth newspaper - but this one will have a sports bent, with 22 sports writers and 23 news writers The morning tabloid will have a run of approx 175 thousand copies. The paper will run about 30 pages of sports in its first issue.


Sports news – December 1, 1977

Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes receives a public reprimand for striking a television cameraman during a Michigan-Ohio State game November 19.  Big 10 commissioner Wayne Duke says that if Hayes commits another unsportmanlike act within a year, he’ll be suspended for two games... Tommy Lasorda signs to manage the Dodgers in 1978 for $80 thousand - $30 thousand more. As a rookie manager this year, Lasorda brought the team to a National League championship... NBA commissioner Larry O’Brien suspends Indiana Pacers forward Adrian Dantley for attempting to start a fight with Milwaukee Bucks forward Dave Meyers in a corridor under the stands.  


Entertainment/Celebrity/Television/Hollywood news – December 1, 1977

Actress Carol Channing gets a star on the Hollywood walk of fame.

Walter Cronkite sidekick Eric Sevareid does his last regular broadcast for CBS. “Rightly or wrongly, I have the feeling that I have passed the test. I shall wear this like a medal. This was Eric Sevareid in Washington. Thank you and goodbye.” Severeid turned 65 this week and retired under CBS policy. He’ll be seen occasionally on documentaries for the network.

John Chancellor says he’s giving up the co-anchor seat on the NBC Nightly News. Instead, he’ll comment on the news for the nightly broadcast. “...But it was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life and besides, I knew that eventually I’d get knocked off by some young buck on his way up.” 


Best-selling books – December 1, 1977

“The Honourable Schoolboy” - John Le Carre, “The Silmarillion” - J.R.R. Tolkien, “Dreams Die Hard” - Harold Robbins, “The Thorn Birds” - Colleen McCullough, “Dear Me” - Peter Ustinov, “All Things Wise and Wonderful” - James Herriot, “The Book Of Lists” - David Wallechinsky/Irving Wallace/Amy Wallace, “Looking Out For #1” - Robert Ringer.


Top TV shows – December 1, 1977

In Ranking Order -  Laverne & Shirley, Happy Days, The Bing Crosby Christmas Special, Tribute To Elizabeth Taylor, Three’s Company, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, All In The Family, The Johnny Cash Christmas Special, Rhoda, On Our Own, Barnaby Jones, Alice, 60 Minutes, Special-The Gathering, Special-The Return Of The Incredible Hulk, Soap, MASH, One Day At A Time, Santa Clause Is Coming To Town, Special-It Happened At Lake Wood manor, Little House on the Prairie.”


December 1977 - Daytime TV listings/programs/TV guide

CBS - News, Captain Kangaroo, The Price Is Right, Match Game, Love of Life, The Young and The Restless, Search For Tomorrow, As The World Turns, The Guiding Light, All In The Family

NBC - The Today Show, Sanford and Son, Hollywood Squares, Wheel Of Fortune, Game-Knockout, Game-To Say The Least, The Gong Show, Days Of Our Lives, The Doctors, Another World

ABC - Good Morning America, Happy Days, Game-$20,000 Pyramid, Game-To The Better Sex, Game-Family Feud, All My Children, Ryan’s Hope, One Life To Live, General Hospital, The Edge Of Night


Music news – December 1, 1977

This Wednesday on NBC - Bette Midler does her first ever TV special - “Bette Midler-Ol’ Red Hair Is Back.” Features Dustin Hoffman and Emmett Kelly.  

In Toronto, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones pleads not guilty to drug charges after Royal Canadian Mounted Police raided his hotel room. If convicted, he could be sent to prison.


Top pop hit music singles (top-40) USA – December 1, 1977

You Light Up My Life - Debby Boone

How Deep Is Your Love - The Bee Gees

Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle

You Make Lovin' Fun - Fleetwood Mac

Blue Bayou - Linda Ronstadt

We're All Alone - Rita Coolidge                      

Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon

We Are the Champions - Queen

Help Is On Its Way - The Little River Band

Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) - Chic

 It's So Easy - Linda Ronstadt

Sentimental Lady - Bob Welch

Swingtown - The Steve Miller Band

Baby Come Back - Player              

Heaven On the 7th Floor - Paul Nicholas

Native New Yorker - Odyssey

Baby What a Big Surprise - Chicago

Your Smiling Face - James Taylor                  


Top Music Albums – December 1, 1977

Simple Dreams - Linda Ronstadt

 The Stranger - Billy Joel                                        

Rumours - Fleetwood Mac                    

Aja - Steely Dan                                       

Kiss Alive II - Kiss                                                          

Out of the Blue - Electric Light Orchestra             

Born Late - Shaun Cassidy                 

Street Survivors - Lynyrd Skynyrd                      

Foot Loose and Fancy Free - Rod Stewart  


Some Top movies – December 1, 1977

Oh God - George Burns, John Denver, Teri Garr, Donald Pleasence

Heroes - Henry Winkler, Sally Field, Harrison Ford

Grand Theft Auto - Ron Howard, Nancy Morgan, Marion Ross

Which Way Is Up? - Richard Pryor, Lonette McKee, Margaret Avery

Carrie - Sissy Spacek, John Travolta, Piper Laurie, Stephen King

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind - Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon

Smokey and the Bandit - Sally Field, Burt Reynolds, Jerry Reed, Jackie Gleason

Looking For Mr. Goodbar - Diane Keaton, Tuesday Weld

The Turning Point - Ann Bancroft, Shirley MacLaine

Bobby Deerfield - Al Pacino

Eaten Alive - Neville Brand, Mel Ferrer, Carolyn Jones

Equus - Richard Burton, Peter Firth 

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