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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of December 23, 1977 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt conclude their summit meeting by reporting slight progress toward a Middle East peace settlement but admitting that they had been unable to agree on the key issue of the Palestinians.

Former Atty. Gen. John N. Mitchell leaves prison for an 18-day medical furlough so doctors can check on a degenerative hip problem.

Near Galveston - An explosion heard up to 70 miles away tears through a grain elevator killing at least 10 people and injuring 23 others.

President Carter arrives in Warsaw – the first leg of his six-country tour. He joined Polish Communist chief Edward Gierek in expressing American-Polish friendship.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – December 23, 1977

The 1978 Man Watcher’s List – as polled by its 3,000-member list. The top men in order:

Sylvester Stallone - his fantastic body, rhythmic movements and animal magnetism

 Bruce Jenner –“a young Errol Flynn.”

Joe Namath – “love every inch of him including his knees.’

Steve Martin – “sexy, crazy.’

John Travolta – “gives us Saturday Night Fever.’

Neil Diamond – “virile, gentle, electric

Ben Vereen – “lithe, slim dancer’s body… beautiful movement

Sean Connery – “intriguing, smooth, urbane”

Burt Reynolds – “sex personified”

Henry Winkler –“slim, trim look… and great smile.’


Radio news – December 23, 1977

A substitute reporter and pilot scouting traffic for WEEI Boston die after their helicopter crashes.


Music news – December 23, 1977

Cher Bono Allman is granted a legal separation from her husband of 1 ½ years and given custody of their child, Elija Blue. It was their fourth request for separation or divorce since their marriage on June 30, 1975.


Television news – December 23, 1977

Two clergy men from Oklahoma deliver a 100-ft-long telegram to NBC, listing 5,500 names protesting the network’s decision not to use Anita Bryant on its broadcast of the orange Bowl parade. The petition was a response to efforts by homosexual organizations to have Miss Bryant dropped from the orange Bowl program in Miami on Saturday. 

NBC cancels Muhammad Ali’s Saturday morning cartoon.

Tarantulas – on CBS-TV Wednesday Night - This Week In 1977.


Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – December 23, 1977

CBS – Logan’s Run, Maude, Betty White Show, Switch

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

ABC – Lucan, Made for TV movie

PBS – Evening at Championship skating


Debut-Lucan – A man searches for his identity after spending the first 10 years of his life being raised by wolves. Stars Kevin Brophy.

NBC Made For TV Movie – “Christmas Miracle in Caulfield USA” – stars Kurt Russell, Mitchell Ryan, Andrew Prine, Barbara Babcock. An explosion in an unsafe mine traps some of the miners and it’s a race against the clock.


Saturday night television (New Year’s Eve) – listings/programs/TV guide – December 31, 1977

CBS – Bob Newhart Show, We’ve Got Each Other

The Jeffersons, Tony Randall Show, Kojak, New Year’s Eve With Guy Lombardo

NBC – King Orange Parade, TV Movie, Saturday Night Live (repeat)

 ABC – Tabitha, Starsky & Hutch, the Love Boat, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve


Guy Lombardo – Brothers Victor and Lebert Lombardo take over and host the 13th annual gathering.

New Year’s Rockin’ Eve – Dick Clark welcomes in the New Year. In Hollywood, Suzanne Somers and Robert Hayes host with Crystal Gayle, K.C. and the Sunshine band, Johnny Rivers, Andy Gibb and the Ohio Players.


Top movies – December 23, 1977

The Gauntlet

Saturday Night fever

The Turning Point


Which Way Is Up?

Oh God!



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