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"Saturday Night" - Bay City Rollers - A Big Hit (Now!)

elvis presley 1976 gives away car denver music history facts  mrpopculture imageJanuary Looks like 1975 was a good year for the record industry. One of the reasons - new artists broke through - artists such as Barry Manilow, Bay City Rollers, Melissa Manchester. New artists are the lifeblood of the industry and more broke through last year then in 1974… Elvis Presley - grateful to the Denver Police Department for medical and security help at his Colorado concerts, purchases three specially designed Lincoln autos for three department members to show his appreciation… Music trends - “The Philadelphia Sound” is hot on the charts these days with groups like the O’Jays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, the Three Degrees, Billy Paul and the People’s Choice. The success of these groups is largely due in part to Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff on their Philadelphia International Records (label)… The Staple Singers are back - having a recent #1 hit with “Do it Again”… Bob Dylan and the Rolling Thunder Revue make an appearance at the Troubadour in Hollywood. Dylan wore dark glasses, a black leather jacket and the same gray hat shown on the “Desire” album cover photo… Elvis is at it again - During a holiday at Vail ski resort in Colorado, he gave a Cadillac and Lincoln autos to three police officials who had worked off-duty supervising security at a number of Elvis concerts, plus two lady friends… Promoter Bill Sargent offers a $30 million guarantee, believed to be the largest in show business history for the Beatles to reunite for one concert to be aired worldwide on closed circuit TV. The offer, delivered to each individual Beatle, states the $30 million is a guarantee against a percentage of gross to be negotiated…. After 32 weeks, Morris Albert’s “Feelings” falls off the Billboard Hot 100 charts -becoming the third-longest running record in the 18-year history of the Hot 100 Shirley MacLaine announces that she and husband Steve Parker, wed since 1954, are now separated “with a capital S”… Radio - Elliott Mintz, former talk show host with KABC (790) joins Earth News Radio as a reporter. Mintz is a good friend of Beatle John Lennon “Laverne and Shirley” a spinoff of “Happy Days” makes its debut this week… Looks like the CB Craze has spawned its biggest hit to date, "Convoy" - by CW McCall. 

"Convoy" - CW McCall

sal mineo murdered february 1976 facts history movie trivia  mrpopculture imageFebruary - The Muppet Show - a new series slated for a September start has been sold in 54 markets - including the five CBS owned and operated television stations…Debut – Mini-series, Rich Man Poor Man on ABC-TV. Stars Peter Strauss… Murdered - Actor Sal Mineo is knifed to death in the basement garage area of an apartment house. The location was 8563 Holloway Drive - just below the Sunset Strip… People’s Choice Awards - The movie Jaws, plus All in the Family, The Waltons, Carol Burnet, Telly Savalas, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Blake, John Wayne and John Denver all were People’s Choice Awards winners… Passing - Florence Ballard (32) who sang her way out of the ghetto to international fame with the Supremes then wound up back on the welfare rolls, dies without full filling her dreams of a comeback…. In concert touring – Gino Vinelli… Newcomer singer Donna Summer (27) has a hit with “Love to Love You Baby.” The full version of the song is over 16 minutes and Donna says it wasn’t easy: “Those groans and moans were the hardest things I ever had to record”… Chicago is finishing “Chicago X” in its studios in Caribou, Colorado. Columbia Records says it should be released in early April. ..New album by new supergroup? The name of the group - KGB. Look at this talent - Mike Bloomfield (remember him in the Electric Flag?) ... Barry Goldberg (also with the Flag and the Barry Goldberg Reunion) ... Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge), Rick Grech (Blind Faith and Traffic). The only unknown is lead singer - Ray Kennedy… ABC-TV signs hitmaker Barry Manilow for a one-hour special for late this year… Barbara Walters will switch to ABC this fall to become the first woman to co-anchor a network newscast…

18th annual Grammy Awards - some winners

Record of the Year - "Love Will Keep Us Together"

Song of the Year - "Send In The Clowns"

Album of the Year - "Still Crazy After All These Years"

Best new artist - Natalie Cole

Theme From ABC-TV's Top TV Show, "S.W.A.T."

sammy davis jr 1976 facts history  mrpopculture imageMarch - Two thousand musicians strike 11 Las Vegas strip hotels forcing the cancellation of shows starring Sammy Davis Jr ., Liberace and Tony Orlando… HBO is spending some $600 thousand to produce 12 separate comedy shows - and the first will be David Steinberg, who was taped at the re-opening Playboy Club in New York. Others include; Rodney Dangerfield, Mort Sahl, Myron Cohen, John Byner , Phyllis Diller, Henny Youngman, David Brenner, Freddie Prinze and Joey Bishop… Porn singer-actress Andrea True has a record that could become a hit - “ More More More .” She’s starred in such films as “Once Over Nightly: and “Illusions Of A Lady”… ABC signs Barry Manilow for a one-hour special for late this year. ABC seems to like recording artists and has a number of them under contract – Diana Ross, Lola Falana, Captain and Tennille, Bette Midler and Olivia Newton John… Jumps ship - Model Jackie Smith - who use to appear in TV commercials as the Breck girl - is now doing commercials for rival Wella Balsam… Dallas Toy Show - The hottest toys in America these days - the Jaws game, Evel Knievel’s stunt cycle, the Six-Million Dollar Man or any of the super jocks series…

48 th Annual Oscar Awards - some winners

Best Picture - “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest"

Best Actor - Jack Nicholson - “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Best Actress - Louise Fletcher - “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

April - John Sebastian is back with “Welcome Back Kotter” - a song that wasn’t going to be released as a single.

brigette bardot 1976 news facts history movies  mrpopculture imageMore April mrtimeline -  John Sebastian is about to release a new album - and hopefully - he’s back. He’s had six solo albums since the Lovin’ Spoonful disbanded in 1967, and only one sold well…. Boz Scaggs (31) - a San Francisco resident, begins a 27-date, six-week tour - his first tour in almost two years. Up until now, Scaggs has had a huge following in Northern California….  Folksinger-songwriter Phil Ochs is cremated in New York. He was found dead after he hanged himself in his sister’s New York home. He was 35…  Brigitte Bardot announces in Paris that she would not make any more movies - ending a 40-year movie career. “I always detested making films, but from the beginning I thought that I could use the money from them to buy a farm and have my own animals”… Barbara Walters will switch to ABC this fall to become the first woman to co-anchor a network newscast… President Ford makes a taped cameo on “Saturday Night Live” this week saying - “I’m President Ford and You’re Not.” Often, Chevy Chase pokes fun at the president by walking and bumping into things. His “I’m Chevy Chase And You’re Not” always gets laughs… Bruce Springsteen performs at the Grand Ol’ Opry in Nashville - the first time a pure rock n roll band has performed there. Springsteen and the E Street Band played to a 2/3rd house…

"Love Hangover" - Diana Ross (Midnight Special)

marty feldman news 1976 timeline movies celebrity  mrpopculture image May - Frank Sinatra announces he’ll marry his constant campaign for the past four years – Barbara Marx…  Recently concluded Monty Python show at New York City Center was a complete success - grossing almost a $500,000 with 50,000 attending. All members were seen. One night, George Harrison came on stage and participated in the Python’s “Lumberjack” routine, then was followed on stage several nights later by Harry Nilsson… Comedian/actor Marty Feldman (41) signs a five-picture contract with Universal to write, direct and act… Peter Frampton is hot, but he admits, he'd rather be known as a great guitarist and that singing is secondary - “I’ve always wanted to be known as the best guitarist in the world. I’m sure if I’d never been forced to sing, I’d be a lot better as a guitarist…. KC and the Sunshine Band are working on an album in Florida that will be released during the second week in June ... Joan Baez, who has spent most of the year with Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue, says she is going to record  new album next month… The Jackson Five are now free to record for CBS Records after a judge rules the group’s seven-year contract had ended with Motown on March 10. Motown still says the group is in breach of contract… Capitol is re-releasing the Beatles “Got To Get You Into My Life” as a single, backed with “Helter Skelter” which gained exposure to huge audiences this month after the CBS-TV movie about Manson murders…  Bill Graham’s “Day On The Green” concerts were another success. Two shows at the Oakland Stadium (April 24/May 1) sold out three weeks in advance, grossing more than $970,000. The shows were headlined by Peter Frampton, Fleetwood Mac and Gary Wright…

Theme From "Happy Days" - Pratt & McClain 

June - Beatles are back - Capitol releases “Rock and Roll Music” which includes 28 upbeat songs. Also, “Got To Bet You Into My Life” has been released as a single… Bruce Springsteen who just finished a tour, will go back into the studio July 1 to record his next album. Jon Landau will also produce this one…

Top Music Albums - June, 1976:

“Wings At The Speed Of Sound" - Wings

"Frampton Comes Alive’ - Peter Frampton

"Rock n Roll Music’ - The Beatles

“Breezin’” - George Benson

“Fleetwood Mac” - Fleetwood Mac,

“Black and Blue” - The Rolling Stones

"Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975” - The Eagles

“Too Old To Rock n Roll; Too Young To Die1” - Jethro Tull

“Diana Ross - Diana Ross

“A Night At The Opera” - Queen.

tom brokaw today show host june 1976 tv history timeline mrpopculture imageMore June mrtimeline - On “Midnight Special” - Neil Sedaka hosts with Eric Carmen , Lynn Anderson, the Commodores and Kim Carnes… NBC announces that Tom Brokaw, for the last three years NBC’s White House correspondent, will become host of the “Today” show… Jackson 5 plus three - CBS debuts “The Jacksons” - a 30-minute summer variety program. The Jacksons will include all three sisters - Latoya, Rebie and Janet. Sonny Bono is the first guest… Looks like Andrea Ture becomes the first, say "X" rated film star to have a major hit record with "More More More."

"More More More" - Andrea True  

July - Muhammad Ali introduces a new line of hair-care and beauty products under the brand name of “Knock Out” at a Beverly Hills press conference. The products - shampoos, conditioners and hairsprays “for the linda ronstadt 1976 music facts history timeline  mrpopculture photowhole family… all races”…  Linda Ronstadt’s next album, should be out next month. Peter Asher, who produced her last two, does so on this album… Brian Wilson will join the Beach Boys on stage for part of the group’s concert at Anaheim stadium. It will be his first formal concert appearance the Beach Boys in 12 years. Also on the bill - America and Santana… A federal jury in Brooklyn awards singer Connie Francis $2.5 million in damages against the Howard Johnson Motor Lodge in Westbury NY as a result of her 1974 rape while staying at the lodge…. English singer Kiki Dee , who had a hit a few years ago with “I’ve Got The Music In Me” is on the charts again - this time with Elton John in “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”… Andrea True becomes the first porn star to have a major hit record. “More More More” was recorded in Jamaica in January… Debuts this week gameshow “Family Feud” with actor Richard Dawson as the MC. On ABC-TV… Despite earlier reports - Peter Falk will continue with his role as Columbo. The episode filming this week stars William Shatner, Lola Albright and Bert Remsen. Columbo will share the NBC Mystery Movie slot on Sundays (8:30p-10p) this fall with the returning McCloud, McMillian and Wife and the new Quincy, starring Jack Klugman… John Lennon wins his four-year battle with immigration authorities to stay in the United States. A U.S. Immigration and Naturalization service judge in New York granted the 35 year-old Lennon permanent resident status… The character Arthur Fonzarelli of TV’s “Happy Days” is the hottest merchandizing ticket and has been for past six months according to manufacturers. Fonzarelli T-shirts, jackets, jeans, posters, buttons, beanbags, pillowcases and sheets, knee socks and panties, Thermos kits and paint by number sets…

"Kiss And Say Goodbye" - Manhattans

freddie prinze 1976 news tv history facts timeline  mrpopculture photoAugust - Paramount Pictures is going into production on a theatrical movie based on “Star Trek” the TV series. Gene Roddenberry , who created the series will be producer of the film to go before the cameras in the spring of 1977… Bob Dylan, Peter Frampton, Elton John, Bob Marley, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen have been nominated for rock personality of the year. The winner will be announced on the second annual “Rock Music Awards” on CBS-TV September 18… Diana Ross is set to cohost the “Rock Music Awards” with Alice Cooper and will also star in her own 90-minute special on NBC… Clarence Clemons - the sax guy for the E-Street band - has an acting job! He’ll play a trumpet player in “New York, New York” starring Liza Minell and Robert de Niro… Passing - Mary Anissa Jones (18) – best known as “Buffy” on TV’s Family Affair. She was staying at a friend’s home in Oceanside, CA between San Diego and Los Angeles. The actress apparently died of an accidental overdose of sleeping bills… Freddie Prinze is signed to an exclusive contract by NBC. Besides “Chico and the Man,” the contract covers series, specials and made for TV movies…

Frank Sinatra/Dean Martin on Jerry Lewis Telethon

September  - On the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy telethon - a special surprise. Frank Sinatra handed Jerry a $6,000 check and told him he had a special friend he wanted him to meet. In strolled Dean Martin… Elvis giveaway - In Mobile (AL), a man who waited 20 hours for Elvis Presley tickets, spotted Elvis and shouted to ask the singer for an autograph. Elvis offered instead to elton john 1976 news facts history timeline mrpopculture imagethrow him a scarf, but Milham then said he wanted the Elvis’ diamond ring. The singer gave it to him…. Elton John becomes the first pop artist ever to play seven nights at Madison Square Garden. But John says he is taking a sabbatical from concerts that may last up to 18 months… Bob Dylan on television! Don’t miss his “Hard Rain” TV special – Next week (Sept 14) on NBC-TV. He’ll sing 11 songs including four duets with Joan Baez. Columbia will release a live “Hard Rain” album next week as well… Burt Bacharach and Angie Dickinson decide on a trial separation. They have no plans for divorce. They have a daughter, Niki (10)…In New York, U.S. Dist. Judge Richard Owen finds George Harrison guilty of “unknowingly” plagiarizing the 1962 John Mack hit song “He’s So Fine” for his 1970 hit “My Sweet Lord.” “I do not believe he did so deliberately,” said the judge… Led Zeppelin’s “The Song Remains the Same” - a two-record set from the upcoming Zeppelin movie of the same name will be out next month. On NBC-TV this week - “Neil Sedaka Steppin’ Out” with Bette Midler, David Brenner and Neil’s kids Marc (9) and Dara (13)… Chevy Chase’s one-year contract with “Saturday Night” expires, but the comedian says he’ll stay on at least through the end of next month. He’ll work week-to-week. Chase says, as much as he loves doing the show, he wants to be free to work on his first of three prime-time specials, plus – the lady he wants to marry lives in Los Angeles…

"Play That Funky Music" - Wild Cherry

October - A&M Records files a $10 million damage suit against George Harrison for allegedly backing out of a deal to record four solo albums. The action also seeks to dissolve Harrison’s Dark Horse record company and to forbid him from recording until the suit is heard… Gets engaged for the seventh time! - Elizabeth Taylor to John W. Warner… Rock band Yes gets top band in Melody Maker’s magazine readers poll – even though they haven’t released a new album in nearly two years. Led Zeppelin, abba 1976 music news facts history timeline  mrpopculture imagewhich was voted top band last year, finished second. Joni Mitchell was named top female singer for the third straight year, followed by Kiki Dee, Diana Ross and Grace Slick. Robert Plant got top male singer for the third time. Top guitarist went to Steve Howe of Yes. Other top bands in order behind Zeppelin - Genesis, Eagles, Queen the Who, Steely Dan, Rolling Stones, Wings and 10cc. The Isley Brothers and Wild Cherry appear at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas… ABC cancels “COS” starring Bill Cosby. Debuting last month, the variety show finished last in the ratings…Top Pop Hit Single – “If You Leave Me Now” – Chicago… The their hit “Fernando” hitting the top-10 in America - ABBA’s Benny Andersson says hitting the charts in America is almost an afterthought: “We really don’t need this market. We are very big in Europe and Australia and that’s all we really need. We don’t need the money from the American market. It’s more for the sport and the challenge and we’re trying to make it her. But, we’ve hardly made any money in this market, even without hit singles.” The group says they may tour America next year – the first time… Peter Frampton’s “Frampton Comes Alive,” which has been in the national Top 10 for more than nine months, just passed the 5-million sales mark in the U.S. and It may pass the all-time bestseller - “Tapestry” (6 million) by Christmas…

 

November - Rock superstar Peter Frampton will star in “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” as Billy Sheers. Manager Robert Stigwood says production is scheduled to begin filming early next year… Peter Frampton (26) is granted a divorce in a the waltons 1976 tv news history facts  mrpopculture imageLondon court from British model Mary Lovett… Actress Ellen Corby (63) who portrays Grandma Walton on the popular show, suffers an apparent stroke at her home… More bad news for “The Waltons” as Richard Thomas, who stars as John Boy, says he’s leaving after his five-year contract with producer Lorimar ends in January… Singer/actress Barbara Streisand will be interviewed in a Barbara Walters special to air December 14th. Miss Streisand and Jon Peters , former hairstylist who is now a film producer, discuss their relationship and the public and private pressures on their lives… ABC decides to show all 12 hours of mini-series “Roots” over the course of eight nights. Based on the bestselling book by Alex Haley, the series will begin January 23rd and run thru January 30th. Appearing in the $6 million production are John Amos, Ben Vereen, Cicely Tyso, Lou Gossett, George Sanford Brown, Madge Sinclair, Leslie Uggams, Edward Asner, Ralph Waite, Richard Roundtree, Lorne Green and Burl Ives…

"Don't Fear The Reaper" - Blue Oyster Colt 

carole king 1976 music news facts history capitol records  mrpopculture imageDecember - Elvis Presley is reportedly returning to Nashville to record within the next month. It will be the first time Presley has recorded here since 1971. His latest sessions were cut in a recording facility installed last February in the singer’s Memphis home at a cost of almost $200,000. Unable to land a hit from his private studio, Presley is again ready for the commercial sound of a Nashville session… In a surprise move - Carole King leaves Ode Records to sign with Capital. She had been with Ode during her seven-year solo career…. Martin Scorsese has filmed “The Band’s” farewell concert and included Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison and Eric Clapton. The name of the film is “The Last Waltz.” Scorsese began his career participating in a number of rock-oriented films. He was assistant director on “Woodstock,” editor for “Elvis on Tour” and director of “Medicine Ball Caravan”… Diana Ross will star in “The Wiz,” - a movie being written and formed for her talents. Ms. Ross, who is 31, will play a girl of 15, says Michael Roshkind, v/p of Motown Industries - the movie’s producer. The movie will feature an all-black cast … ABC captures the race for the 10 th time this season, scoring a 19.2 rating and a 33.3 share. CBS - 16.8 rating and 29.1 share and NBC with a 16.4 rating and 28.6 share. Laverne & Shirley and Happy Days top the week’s ratings last week… After 2 1/2 years - CBS’ nightly Bicentennial Minute will end. President Ford narrates the final minute - broadcast on December 31. CBS will replace it with a  headline “Newsbreak”…

"You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" - Leo Sayer (Midnight Special)

The Year 1976 In News Headlines And Information 

gerald r ford january 1976 facts history mrpopculture image timelineJanuary 1President Ford, in a New Year’s message, calls on all Americans to join him in a resolution “to cherish and protect what we have in American and, with  God’s help. To build upon it in years ahead.”…  President Ford tells a cabinet meeting that the federal budget he will propose for the 1977 fiscal year will drop below the $395 billion figure that was previously predicted

January 8 -  Sara Jane Moore is sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge for the attempted assassination of President Ford… In San Francisco, Patty Hearst takes the witness stand to claim questioning by a government-employed psychiatrist had been accusatory and had caused her to become hysterical…

January 15 - Saying it is time for a “new realism” in the U.S. President Ford proposes steps to ease Americans’ personal financial burdens and renew his call for tight reins on government spending… Democrat Jimmy Carter, the former Georgia governor who campaigned against Washington and big government, wins the Iowa precinct caucuses and  President Ford wins over Republican challenger Ronald Reagan…. Inflation slows in December to .5% or 7% for the year 1975 - the best level since 1972…

President Ford 1976 State Of The Union Address


January 22 - Secretary of State Henry Kissinger winds-up his current round of strategic arms limitation talks in Moscow with an official claim of “substantial progress” but he’ll be returning to Washington without an agreement in principle on a new arms treaty for which he had hoped…

February 1 - Daniel P. Moynihan resigns as U.N. Ambassador, telling President Ford he must return to Harvard or lose his professorship. His six months on the job has been among the most turbulent in the world organization’s 30-year history… Biggest art theft of all time (so far) as thieves steal 127 paintings of Pablo Picasso from the Palace of the Popes in Avignon, France. Masked thieves had overpowered guards at an exhibition, carrying the 127 paintings to a car parked in the courtyard…

February 8 - So far some 17,000 have died in Guatemala’s earthquake as doctors plead for serum to fight an outbreak of typhoid and other diseases spread by contaminated food and water… Prime Minister Harold Wilson says up to 14 British mercenaries apparently have been executed by a firing squad of their comrades in Angola and “a very considerable Number” of others killed in the fighting there… A bomb explodes in a guesthouse of the famed Hearst Castle in central California. The damage is placed at $1 million and a female suspect is being sought… The Food and Drug Administration band Red Dye No. 2 effective this week after getting permission from a federal appeals court. The artificial dye used in hundreds of foods, drugs and cosmetics cannot be used in any product unless processing has already started…

richard nixon china 1976 news history facts mrpopcultureFebruary 15 - The Soviet Union admits that radiation exists at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, but said it was not enough to harm anybody. It called reports that the Russians beamed microwaves at the embassy “a trumped-up story from beginning to end” …President Ford announces plans to tighten control of the U.S. intelligence establishment and places CIA Director George Bush in charge of overall U.S. intelligence policyFormer President Richard Nixon takes off for a private trip to China, his first venture away from the U.S. since he left office. He was accompanied by his wife, Pat and and a number of aides and Secret Service agents… 

February 22 - In Italy - raiders steel an urn containing part of Mussolini’s brain from the chapel tomb where the dictator is buried. They also smashed window cases and stole Mussolini’s military hats... Patty Hearst trial - Patty Hearst defies a federal judge by refusing to answer questions about a “missing year” in her underground life on grounds that her testimony might incriminate her in another crime…. New Hampshire primary - President Ford edges out Ronald Reagan for the Republican presidential primary ... Jimmy Carter, a little-known former Georgia governor, wins the Democratic primary…

March 1 - Former President Richard M. Nixon has offered the Administration a written report on his recent trip to China. FBI and police forces seize 108 in a sting in connection with the sale of stolen goods to undercover agents who posed as fences. Included in the arrests was Asst. U.S. Atty. Don Robinson Jr., who prosecuted felony cases in District of Columbia Superior Court… Richard M. Nixon says he resigned the Presidency because it was clear that a protracted impeachment trial “would deprive America of the leadership it needed”…

president ford 1976 GOP news facts trivia  mrpopcultureMarch 8 -  President Ford wins a solid victory over Ronald Reagan in the Florida Republican primary, dealing a blow to Reagan’s prospects for the GOP presidential nomination. With all the votes counted, Ford had 53% and Reagan, 47%. Ford won in New Hampshire several weeks ago by a slim margin. The gain gives Ford momentum for Illinois next week and North Carolina, March 23…

March 15 - Patricia Hearst is found guilty of joining her SLA terrorist abductors in the armed robbery of a San Francisco bank… The world’s population hits 4 billion this week. In a move to punish the Soviet Union for it actions in Angola, the U.S. calls off talks on energy, housing and commercial cooperation… Secretary of State Henry Kissinger vows that the United States will resist “adventurism” by the Soviet Union around the globe while trying to restrain increasing Soviet power through peaceful economic and  technological cooperation….

March 22 - The New Jersey Supreme Court appoints Karen Ann Quinlan’s father her legal guardian and said the comatose young woman may be allowed to die if competent medical authorities agree with him that there is no reasonable possibility of her recovery… Swine flu back? - President Ford announces a government program to protect every American against the “very real possibility” of an epidemic next fall of swine flu, which killed millions earlier this century…

April 1 - Howard Hughes - the reclusive billionaire -dies of a stroke. He was on an emergency medical flight carrying him from Acapulco to a hospital in Houston. He was 70…Despite plans by the Treasury Department to keep the new $2 bills under wraps until next week, some of them have seeped in circulation in New York. They were issued accidentally by a branch of one of its member banks… President Ford accuses Ronald Reagan of basing his most recent attacks against Administration policies on “misleadingstatements” and said this kind of campaigning could hurt the unity of the Republican Party. Reagan said he stood by everything he said…

patty hearst 1976 sentenced april news facts history timeline mrpopculture imageApril 8 - Patty Hearst is temporarily sentenced to the maximum 35-year penalty prescribed for the bank robbery and weapons charges on which she was convicted three weeks ago. The judge said that sentence was merely a formality and that he’s committing her for psychiatric examination that he said was necessary to guide him in imposing final sentence… Thirteen men, who scrambled into a survival capsule before an oil-drilling platform sank in gulf, die when the capsule itself capsizes. The men were from the 35-man crew of the offshore drilling barge Ocean Express which tipped over and sank as it was moving through 15-foot seas about 40 miles from Corpus Christie… A hectic nine-day search fails to turn-up the will of Howard Hughs. The development came near the end of a 10-day deadline for probate action following the April 5 death of Hughes on an emergency medical flight to a Houston hospital from Acapulco where he had been living…

April 15 - Campaigning - Jimmy Carter proposes universal and mandatory national health insurance if he becomes President and charged that Medicaid has become a national scandal “bilked by charlatans”… Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, says that women’s libbers are “idiotic” and that he is firmly opposed to divorce… Retired Adm. Elmo Zumwalt Jr., former chief of naval operations, has described Vice Adm. Hyman Rickover as “a malady” afflicting the whole navy…

linda lovelace  deep throat news 1976 porn timeline history  mrpopculture photoApril 22 - A federal court jury in Memphis declares the film “Deep Throat” obscene. Among those convicted was the film’s star - Herbert Streicher, whose stage name is Harry Reems. The female star, Linda Lovelace , was suppose to be a witness for the prosecution under a grant of immunity, but Marshals can’t locate her to serve a subpoena…

May 1 - The Tokyo prosecutor’s office indicts Yoshio Kodama, the key figure in Lockheed Aircraft’s massive payoffs in Japan. He was charged with violating Japan’s foreign exchange law… Jimmy Carter calls for a five-year U.S.-Soviet agreement to halt nuclear testing for all purposes, including peaceful development… More Navy power - President Ford asks Congress for $1.1 billion more defensive spending to help pay for an additional nuclear powered aircraft carrier, four more guided missile frigates and one more fleet oiler… President Ford plans to bring back the railroad whistle-stop tour to presidential election campaigning in his drive to defeat Ronald Reagan for the Republican nomination. Tentative plans call for Ford to use a train this week to campaign in his home state of Michigan, delivering train site speeches in cities from Flint to Grand Rapids...

May 8 - FBI Director Clarence Kelly says that the bureau was ‘truly sorry” for its abuses of power and said the late J. Edgar Hoover had stayed on too long as director. A new federal regulation takes effect that gives consumers a fighting chance against creditors who try to collect payment for goods that have gone bad... The FTC limits the 200-year-old “holder in due course” doctrine, long upheld by the courts that principle has entitled third-party creditors to payment, without regard to any dispute between the buyer and original seller… President Ford and guests aboard Air Force One can plug in stereo headphones and hear an inspirational reading by Ford’s Republican challenger, Ronald  Reagan and stereo music, among others.  In nelson rockefeller 1976 may news history timeline  mrpopculture photoPhiladelphia - Vice President Rockefeller accuses the Soviet Union of trying to create an empire over which “sun never sets”…

May 15 - A giant typhoon hits Guam. Named Pamela, it had wind gusts to 90mph, causing flooding and widespread damage to power and telephone lines… President Ford says he is considering three alternatives in court ordered busing for school desegregation. “They appear to be constructive and I hope will be effective”.. The convictions of former White aides John D. Ehrlichman and G. Gordon Liddy for their parts in the 1971 break-in at the office of Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist are upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals…

May 22 - In Martinez, Calif - 28 members of a high school choir are killed when a school bus plunges through the guardrail on a bridge approach. The bus held about 50 members of the Yuba City (Calif) High School Choir on an excursion… The first two Concords to fly commercially into the Unites States land at Dulles International Airport in Washington. One of them missed a private plane by 400 feet… The Chicago City Council passes a hotly debated ordinance, which bars the showing of violent or obscene films to minors. It bars those under 18 years old from seeing films whose “theme or plot is devoted primarily or substantially” to such acts as assaults, cuttings, stabbings, shootings, beatings, slugging, floggings, eye-gougings, brutal kicking, burnings, dismemberments and other reprehensible conduct to human beings or animals and which, when taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value…. Rep. Wayne Hays rejecting calls for his resignation in a sex scandal, suggests that those “without sin” should be in the first to cast stones at him…President Ford and Soviet leader Leonid I. Brezhnev sign a major Soviet-American nuclear test ban treaty.

June 1 The newly constructed Teton Dam in Idaho Falls bursts and sends water gushing through several communities. Thousands flee, but there may be fatalities… Halt Lebanese civil war - Syrian troops advance toward Beirut in an aim to end the civil war there… The United States and nine other nations will make $5 billion available to Great Britain to help it through its ronald reagan 1976 news history timeline  mrpopcultufinancial crisis caused by the step drop in the value of the pound… Ronald Reagan choked on a peanut during his flight home to California from Ohio and later joked with campaign aides that “it must have been a Carter peanut”… Dies alone - Martha Mitchell (57), a small town girl who became a pepery personality in the Nixon administration and later its noisy critic, dies alone and destitute of a rare and painful form of cancer. Neither her estranged husband nor either of her children was at her bedside…

June 8 - White-ruled South Africa’s racial rioting spread to at least seven black townships and to other parts of the country as the unofficial death toll rose to 101…

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June 15 - The Ford Administration orders and overland evacuation to Damascus of the 1,400 nonofficial Americans still in Beirut and a further reduction of the embassy staff. there… Shirley Temple Black says that, as the first woman to be offered to job of White House protocol chief, she looks forward to “shaking up anything I see that needs shaking up”… The Supreme Court refuses to rule over school busing in Boston…

June 22 - The Supreme Court rules that commercially operated, nonreligious private schools cannot refuse black children because of their race and that whites, as well as blacks are protected under the law against discrimination in private employment… Maurice Sage, president of the Jewish National fund of America, collapses and dies while he was handing Betty Ford a Bible at a bicentennial dinner in the New York Hilton Hotel. The first lady turned pale as secret service agents gave aid to barry goldwater 1976 news history timeline politics  mrpopculturesage… In what he called his “most difficult decision ever” - Senator Barry Goldwater endorses President Ford over Ronald Reagan for the Republican presidential nomination. “... I do not believe that our government can suffer through months and months of reorganization that would be necessary if we had a change in the office”…

Happy 200th Birthday USA!/ABC-TV Harry Reasoner

July 1 - Palestinian hijackers free 101 more hostages after Israel agreed to negotiate the release of extremists held in Israeli jails. Usually, Israel is unbending in these situations… A naval armada sails into New York’s harbor to signal the beginning of a two- day bicentennial celebration commemorating America’s maritime  heritage. 53 modern naval vessels from 22nations sailed up the Hudson River for an international review. They were followed by all kinds of houseboats, speedboats, sailboats motorboats and yachts… President Ford stands before the great charters of liberty and calls upon Americans to dedicate “our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor to preserving the principles of freedom, equality and justice.”… Parades, cookouts, celebration everywhere - The United States celebrates its 200 th birthday with celebrations coast-to-coast. Said President Ford - “For America, the future is a friend.” He traveled to Valley Forge where covered wagons from 50 states formed a backdrop against rolling hills, to Philadelphia where the bell atop Independence Hall pealed the passing of one era and the dawn of another… The Supreme Court explicitly upholds the imposition of the death penalty for the crime of murder. On a 7-2 vote, the high court ruled that the death penalty was accepted by such a “large proportion of American society’ that it could not possibly be struck down as a violation of the eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment…

July 8 - President Ford welcomes Queen Elizabeth to the White House as she began a two-day visit to Washington. “Your Majesty, the wounds of our parting in 1776 healed long ago. Americans admire the United Kingdom as one of our truest allies and best friends,” said President Ford… At the orders of a “really quite irritated’ President Ford, HEW Secretary David Mathews suspends a ruling banning father-son and mother-daughter events in public schools. The President said he will ask Congress, to act, if necessary, to ensure that such ‘traditional American activities as father and son and mother and daughter school events can continue”… $2 bills bombing - More than 210 million two-dollar bills have been delivered by the government to banks but relatively few have found their way into general circulation. Many are being hoarded as collector’s items…

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grits and fritz 1976 carter mondale history facts mrpopcultureJuly 15 - The Democratic National Convention at Madison Square Garden gets underway with calls for a government of morality and compassion and a strong denunciation of the White House years of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford… Jimmy Carter, the peanut farmer from Plains, GA is nominated by the Democratic Party to be the 39th President of the United States. Later, he chooses Fritz Mondale to be his running mate. The ticket is nicknamed “ Gritz and Fritz… A berserk custodian with a rifle kills seven persons and injures at least five others on the campus of California State College in Fullerton (near Anaheim)… Also in California, this time near Livermore - twenty-six kidnapped children and their school bus driver dig their way to freedom with their hands after a cave at a quarry which they were being held began to collapse on them. The children, - ages 3-14 made their escape after their three armed abductors had left them alone and locked in the cave. The abductors herded their victims into an oblong- shaped underground chamber with only a small entry hole above. The hole was sealed at the top with timbers and steel… 

July 22 - A man carrying a three-foot length of pipe, climbs over the White House fence and is fatally shot by a guard when he refuses to heed orders to halt. President Ford was in the second-floor family quarters of the White House at the time of the shooting… In Lincoln, Nebraska, a CB radio operator is found guilty of manslaughter. Donald Rice (31) was charged with running down Donald Edelman with his pickup truck. The two men had argued over the airwaves for several months over the use of CB channel 23. Rice (CB handle Blue Rover) ran Edelman over in the parking lot of the VFW hall in Lincoln… At the summer nadia comaneci 1976 olympic timeline sports trivia  mrpopculture imageOlympics in Montreal, Romanian’s Nadia Comaneci gets two more perfect scores and two more gold medals. She now has three golds, seven perfect 10.0 performances in one week. She is the first to achieve Olympic perfection in gymnastics…

Lady Nadia Comanecia At Montreal Summer Olympics

August 1 - Colorado - A wall of water surges down a The Big Thompson Rocky Mountain river canyon killing at least 58. It was due to torrential rains in the area… Pennsylvania - Baffled - health authorities intensify their investigation into a mysterious flu-like disease that struck An American Legion convention in Philadelphia last month. “It’s an amazing disease - people dying off so quickly,” Dr Robert Gens, director of the Pennsylvania State Bureau of Adult Health Services said “I can’t recall anything like it even in the medical literature….

August 8 - Hurricane Belle whips across North Carolina’s vulnerable Outer Banks islands and out to the ocean - heading north toward Long Island… Black activist Eldridge Cleaver is released on $100,000 bail. Cleaver, who jumped bail in 1968, faces charges in a 1968 Oakland shootout… The body of John Roselli , a key figure with slain Chicago mobster Sam (Momo) Giancana in a CIA plot to assassinate Fidel Castro, is found in a chain- wrapped metal drum floating in an arm of Biscayne Bay… Symbionese Liberation Army members William and Emily Harris were both fund guilty of two counts of kidnapping, one count of armed robbery and two counts of auto theft by a Superior Court jury… The Viking 1 - now on Mars reveals a positive carbon test on the red planet - an exciting discovery… Calling Swine Flu “a potential public health emergency,” President Ford signs a bill clearing the way for a massive campaign to immunize nearly every American against the disease…

robert dole 1976 vp candidate trivia politics history timeline  mrpopcultureAugust 15 - Republican Convention in Kansas City - President Ford says he discussed the Republican v/p nomination to Ronald Reagan, but Reagan indicated he doesn’t want the position. .. He has the votes - and President Ford wins the Republican presidential nomination. He passed the total of 1,130 committed votes needed to win on the first ballot… President Ford chooses Sen. Robert Dole of Kansas as his running mate… The “Legionnaires Disease” clams its 26th victim. Harold Stump, manager of the Legion club in Milton, PA. He had been hospitalized since August 2…

August 22 - Gov. Milton Shapp of Pennsylvania checks into the nearly deserted Bellevue Strattford in Philadelphia. Business has fallen off sharply since the American Legion convention on July 21-24, when the mysterious “Legion fever” struck. So far, twenty-six persons connected with the convention have died and 149 others have taken ill. Shapp was there to get the message across the U.S. that Philadelphia is safe… President Anwar Sadat of Egypt is nominated by the Parliament to a new six-year term of office…

September 1 - Japan - A Soviet MIG-25 pilot who planned his defection from the Communist regime for two years leaves for the United States where he is promised political asylum. The Untied States lands the Viking 2 spacecraft on Mars… Three Palestinian hijackers release the 76 passengers and five crewmembers of a KLM royal Dutch jetliner in exchange for a safe conduct promise from Greek Cypriot authorities… President Ford and Jimmy Carter agree to hold three nationally televised debates…

September 8 - Passing - Mao Tse-Tung (82) - China’s party chairman… President Ford officially launches his campaign against Jimmy Carter by challenging the Democratic candidate head-on saying “it is not enough for anyone to say “trust me’ - trust must be earned.” “The question in this campaign of 1976 is not, ‘Who has the better vision of America.’ The question is, “who will act to make that vision a reality?… More hijack - Croatian nationalists hijack a New York-to-Chicago jetliner and give police directions to a bomb planted in the heart of New York City. The bomb exploded when experts tried to disarm it, killing one policeman and injuring three. The hijackers released 31 passengers when the TWA jet stopped to refuel in Newfoundland 61 remained on the jet…

carlos terrorist 1976 september news history facts mrpopculture imageSeptember 15 - A judge validates a petition seeking the ouster of Mayor Frank l. Rizzo and orders a special recall referendum placed on the Nov. 2 ballot Recall organizers accuse Rizzo of fiscal mismanagement and abuse of power. ..Yugoslav officials reportedly let Carlos, the notorious international terrorist believed to have masterminded the 1975 Vienna kidnapping of several oil ministers, slip through their fingers last week and the U.S. is angry about the fumble… The Episcopal Church shatters the 2,000-year-old precedent of an all-male priesthood in the Catholic and Apostolic tradition by voting to ordain women as priests and bishops….

First Debate - President Ford/Govenor Carter

September 23 - In their first televised debate, President Ford and Democrat Jimmy Carter disagree sharply on energy programs, the federal budget and tax policies. Ford said, “From what I heard, we did all right in that debate. When we get to the next one, we’ll do even better.” Carter said, “I thought I did well”… Lawyers for newspaper columnist Jack Anderson file a $22 million suit against former President Richard Nixon and senior aides for engaging in a massive conspiracy to discredit and possibly murder him…

October 1 - Presidential debate (San Francisco) - President Ford charged that Jimmy Carter would weaken the nation’s defenses. Jimmy Carter accused Ford of knuckling under to the Russians and Arabia. Those who saw the debate said it was a tie… Earl Butz , resigns as secretary of agriculture in the face of a seething protest against an obscene gibe he had uttered about blacks…Gallup Poll - Jimmy Carter’s lead over President Ford drops to 8%. The previous survey, he held an 18-point lead…The Orient Express, in popular myth the luxurious preserve of aristocrats, spies and elegant women on journeys between Paris and Istanbul, will end service next May… 

president ford october 1976 news history trends mrpopcultureOctober 8 – Health - A mysterious disease in central Africa which has killed more than 300 people has been identified and has no known cure, according to the World Health Organization. The viral infection is known as the Marburg diseaseThe United States apologizes to Japan for bad taste in a Texas air show that reenacted the atomic bombing of Hiroshima with a simulated mushroom cloud and the pilot of the famed plane “Enola Gray” at the controls of a leftover B-29. Campaigning - Jimmy Carter accuses President Ford of being “insensitive” to human problems and of avoiding holding a press conference to answer questions about ‘discrepancies” in several recent statements he had made President Ford signs into law an antiterrorism measure, saying, “The full force of world opinion and diplomatic action must be brought to bear on this threat to world peace and order.” The new law establishes as federal felonies attempted murder, manslaughter or kidnapping of diplomats or other “internationally protected persons” anywhere within U.S.-controlled territory…

October 15 – The first ever debate between vice presidential candidates is held between Sen. Robert J. Dole of Kansas who’s running with President Ford and Sen. Walter F. Mondale of Minnesota - Jimmy Carter’s running mate. Dole labeled Mondale “the most liberal senator in the U.S. Senate.” Dole did manage to bring up Carter’s controversial “Playboy” magazine interview, telling Mondale “we’ll give him the bunny vote”… Sitting back - Mondale finally hit Dole with a barb, saying Dole had “richly earned his reputation as a hatchet man tonight”… After the third presidential debate, polls indicate that Jimmy Carter is favored at 40% vs 29% for Ford. Carter won the second debate, but President Ford was favored in the first one…

October 22 - Campaigning - Jimmy Carter tells voters in Texas to beware of “last-minute tricks and promises.” And contends that President Ford’s tax cut promise meant only a tax shift from the wealthy to the poor and middle-income groups. Meanwhile - President Ford in Pennsylvania - charges that Jimmy Carter was making statements and embracing policies that could bring on war… In Belfast - an 8,000 person march organized by the Northern Irish women’s peace movement ends in violence after being attacked and stoned by supporters of the IRA. 16 were injured…

Election Results - ABC News W/Harry Reasoner/Barbara Walters

jimmy carter 1976 november election news update  mrpopcultureNovember 1 - Jimmy Carter is elected President of the United States. Final tally - Carter with 297 electoral votes/23 states and DC with President Ford getting 241 electoral votes/27 states. About 79.4 million voted. Popular vote figures show Carter with 40,287,283 or 51% to Ford’s 38,557,855 or 48%... Bowing out - President Ford tells reporters - “I believe that we must now put the divisions of the campaign behind us and unite the country once again in the common pursuit of peace and prosperity…” Unemployment rises to 7.9% - up from 7.8%, focusing new attention on President-elect Carter’s talk of a possible tax cut in January….

November 8 - Patty Hearst (22) - convicted bank robber is freed on $1.5 million bail and released in the custody of her parents. She must report by telephone – each Monday and Thursday mornings - her whereabouts and must meet with a probation officer once a month…

November 15 – Appearing in shackles, condemned murderer Gary Gilmore - begs five justices to allow him to keep his date of execution - 5 days away by a firing squad in Utah. Governor Calvin Rampton stays the execution - for six days, when the state Board of Pardons will take up the case and perhaps cause further delays. Gilmore wasn’t happy about the stay… To revive interest in its smaller cars - GM is offering a $200 rebate if you buy a Chevrolet Vega, Chevette or Pontiac Astre by January 10…

billy carter news facts 1976 november trivia history mrpopcultureNovember 22 - President-elect Jimmy Carter promises Congress to consult it in advance on all big foreign policy initiatives. Sealing his pledge, Carter gave each member of the Foreign Relations Committee his private telephone number, saying he would answer it personally. Jimmy Carter discloses that he aims to cut unemployment by 1.5 percentage points and to boost the economic growth rate by more than 2 percentage points in his first year as President. Unemployment is currently at 7.9% and the economic growth rate in the third quarter of 1976 was about 3.8%... President Ford and President-elect Carter meet in Washington for more than an hour to help smooth the way for the transfer of power. Carter said “There could not have been a better demonstration of unity and friendship and good will than has been shown to me by President Ford since the election”… Federal officials order an emergency shipment of swine flu vaccine for Missouri following a diagnosis of the fall’s first case of the disease. The Center For Disease Control in Atlanta says that blood samples taken from a Concordia, MO telephone lineman indicate that the upper respiratory disease he contacted was indeed swine flu… Billy Carter (39) - brother of president-elect Jimmy Carter catches the campaign bug and says he is running for mayor of Plains, Georgia - population 683. Carter (39) - runs the family peanut farms and manages the Carter peanut seed processing plant…

December 1 - Secretary of Transportation William Coleman asks the auto industry to produce 500,000 cars with air bags in 1979 and 1980 for a demonstration of the safety device… A man tried to smash a battered pickup truck through a White House gate but was stopped old by the steel bars and quickly captured. The driver, identified as Steven Williams of Santa Fe, was asked why he did the deed. He told a reporter as he pointed to the White House: “Trying to wake him up before he kills us all. Trying to wake him up before he kills us all”… President-elect Jimmy Carter names Cyrus Vance as his choice to succeed Secretary of State Henry Kissinger… House Democrats chose Thomas (Tip) O’Neill of Massachusetts as their next speaker… President Ford’s half brother - Leslie (Bud) King is killed when he drove his 1977 Lincoln Continental onto an interstate highway from the wrong direction in Tennessee and was hit head-on. Unemployment jumps to its highest level in 11 months in November - rising form 7.9% to 8.1% while wholesale prices post their third big consecutive monthly increase… California’s death penalty statute is ruled unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court, sparing the lives of 65, including Charles Manson…

December 8 - Jimmy Carter meets with almost every Democratic member of Congress and asks them for authority to reorganize the government quickly and according to one congressman, hinting he favors a “modest” tax cut… President-elect Jimmy Carter’s brother, Billy, is appointed to the Board of Tax Commissioners in Sumter County (Georgia). Along with his job as an assessor, he’ll still manage the family peanut farm and his service station…

December 15 - Federal health officials order a halt to the $135 million nationwide swine flue immunization program because of concern that the vaccinations may be connected with recently reported cases of paralysis… Passing - Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley (74) - of a heart attack. Wilson Frost becomes acting mayor… Griffin Bell, a Southern former federal judge who favors tough limits on mass busing to desegregate schools, is nominated as the next attorney general and becomes Jimmy Carter’s most controversial appointment…

December 23 - Manson girl Leslie Van Houten has her murder retrial set for January 28 with a $200,000 bail amount. The U.S. fish and Wildlife Service says a bald eagle with an 84-inch wingspan was shot and killed on eastern Long island. The bald eagle was one of possibly fewer than 100 of its species in the Northeast. Two men are being sought … Armed Forces recruiting stations are busier this week in a rush to get into the service before the old GI Bill expires - December 31. Those joining up after midnight Dec. 31 will have to contribute some of their own money toward GI Bill education…

Year 1976  In Technology News And Information

jbl speakers 1976 stereo facts tech history mrpopcultureJanuary - Big teen trend is owning your own stereo system. The average teen owns a Compact system – with turntable, AM/FM radio and usually 8-track player. Getting the best sound out of your stereo is getting bigger as seen from on ads  - such as this one from JBL speakers.  

March - HBO a national television network (that debuted in 1972) and is now devoted to first-run movies, live telecasts of sports events and nightclub acts of show business headliners makes its debut in California. The channel is now available in the San Francisco Bay Area communities of San Leandro and Hayward - with a total of 16,000 subscribers. It’s expected the service will be available to 87,000 subs in Northern California within six weeks. Launched in 1972, HBO is available to 300,000 subscribers in 23 states, mostly in the East…

April - Good News Good Buddy - The FCC will now make it easier to obtain a CB (Citizen Band) radio license. According to the commission, applications are coming in at the rate of 500,000 a month and citizens were waiting about seven weeks before they could use their newly purchased CB radios. The new action, which takes place this week, grants an automatic 60-day temporary license while the FCC processes applications for permanent licenses. The CB radio craze is on….More than half a million Americans bombard the tiny branch office of the FCC in Gettysburg with mailed requests for licenses for CB radios… The FCC votes to extend the Citizen Band (CB radios) from 23 channels - to 40 channels… Kodak unveils its instant camera - putting it in direct competition with Polaroid for a market Polaroid has long had to itself. The cheapest version of the camera - the EK4 - will carry a list price of $53.50. The EK6 camera with automatic ejection carries a price of $69.50…

byte magazine 1975 computer tech history timelineMay - Radio news - The FCC approves rules to limit more sharply the program duplication of the commonly owned AM and FM radio stations in the same city. At present, duplicated programming is limited to 50% in cities over 100,000 population, Effective May 1 next year, if either the AM for FM station is licensed to a community of over 100,000 population, the FM station shall not devote more than 25% of the average week to duplicated programming… In larger cities - FM stations are gaining in listernship. 99x (WXLO NY) scored high enough in the teen demographics to compete with WABC - the big ratings giant in NY. 99x does OK with younger adults as well. 

June - More Radio news - The citizens band (CB) radio boom in cars has produced a 12% decline in auto radio listening. With forecasts of 28.5 million CB radios in cars alone by 1981, the radio industry should be concerned…

July - A new hobby is emerging among primarily young men who like to tinker with electronics - “Ham” computers. Like Ham radio, tinkerers are getting into the hobby because of cheaper integrated circuits and microprocessors. Currently, there are about a dozen computer hobby shops around the country and the trend is growing. Hobbyists are rigging their sets to play games like ping pong, electronic music or to do mathematics. Says one hobbyist “This hobby didn’t exist five years ago. Except the very wealthy, non  had them in the house.” Larger companies are beginning to get into the game by selling kits; companies like Signetics, MOS Technology and Intel. A spokesman for Intel - one of the largest producers of microprocessors says, “it’s an exploding market.” Intel had sales of $137 million last year. The hobby even has its own magazine - BYTE, published by Carl Helmers and Virgina Peschke. Says Helmers - “We have 50,000 subscribers and it keeps going up. I think we’ll top out at 200 to 300 hundred thousand people building kits in two to three years….

telstar video game 1976 tech game computer history timelineAugust -  Telstar video game turns your TV into an action sports arena. .. . Tennis? Hockey? Handball? Now you can enjoy and participate on one of all of these games  right in your own living room. This revolutionary unit turns your TV screen into an action-packed playing field to test your skills and reflexes. Just connect easily to any style TV, then select your sport ... flip the switch from TV to game and you’re ready for hours of fun. Dual controls, automatic digital score display, 3-position variable speed control. (6-C batteries not included).” By Coleco just $69.99… The FCC expands citizens band radio to 40 channels from its present 23. Channel 9 will remain reserved for emergency use. To meet the problem of thefts, the FCC said it would require the engraving of a serial number on the chassis of each CB radio transmitter sold, to make identification easier. Some 40-channel sets should be on the market by January 1. Currently, there are 20 million CB radios in user’s hands. Industry sales for the coming 12 months are expected to hit 15 million…

Telstar gaming TV Commercial

September - The FCC orders radio station KOIL (1290) and sister KEFM in Omaha off the air. Licenses for the two stations, plus WIFE-FM in Indianapolis and KISN in Vancouver Washington were revoked by the FCC on grounds of misconduct by operator Don Burden - board chairman and majority stockholder of Star Broadcasting. It’s the FCC’s most severe action to date. Revoking the license means he can’t sell. Burden was charged with a long list of violations, including running phony contests on the air, billing advertisers twice, slanting news broadcasts and giving free airtime to some political candidates…Telling TV guide, President Ford says some of his favorite TV shows include Kojak, Police Woman, Rockford Files and Columbo and says he use to like Mannix and Cannon “but they’re off now”….

home box office cable tv facts history november 1976 tech history timelineOctober - Xerox’s new color duplicating copier is causing a problem - a wave of counterfeit money orders, payroll checks, stock certificates, U.S. and foreign currencies and other negotiable documents. The machine in question is the Xerox 6500 color copier, which sells for around $26,000…

November  - Home Box Office, a pay TV channel, says it has established its first Southern California outlet by hooking up with Teleprompter Cable in San Bernardino… In a landmark case - Universal Pictures and Disney file a lawsuit against Sony and several retailers and users of the Sony Betamax videocassette recorder - saying the machine violates copyrights. The recorder they say is designed to allow recording of television shows - including movies owned and copyrighted by Universal and Disney. Sony, and the retailers “have been unjustly enriched” at the expense of the two studios. Copyright law does allow “fair use” of the created work by the public

Year 1976 In Sports News And Other Fascinating Facts

January - CBS News is calling for an independent inquiry to determine whether the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King was the result of a conspiracy. In a television documentary on the 1968  assassination of the civil rights leader, CBS concludes there were enough unanswered questions to justify an inquiry by either an independent commission or Congress… Passing - Agatha Christie (85) - queen of British mystery writers… Super Bowl X - Lynn Swann gets game MVP as the Steelers beat the Cowboys 21- 17… Dies - Paul Robeson (77) – enchanted world concert audiences with his rich bass baritone voice and shocked many Americans with his close ties to Russia… Cadillac says it will build its last convertible - the Fleetwood Eldorado this year. At its peak during the mid-1960’s, one out of eight Cadillacs were convertibles. Since 1971, Cadillac has offered its convertible model exclusively in the Eldorado series and production has remained consistent at between 7,500 and 9,000 units per model year….

 

dorothy hamill 1976 news facts history mrpopculture imageFebruary - Black Jack , the gallant horse that walked rider less behind the coffin bearing John F. Kennedy is put to death by an Army veterinarian. He was 29… Washington’s Dave Bing and Buffalo’s Bob McAdoo lead a final period rally that carried the East to a 123-109 victory over the West in the 26 th annual NBA All- Star game… Music news - passing - Vince Guaraldi (47) – of a heart attack. Known for his scoring of several Peanuts television specials and for the hit instrumental “Cast Your Fate To The Wind…. Winter games - Dorothy Hamill - with four minutes and two seconds of brilliant free skating - wins the women’s gold medal in figure skating at the XII Winter Olympics in Innsbruck… David Pearson wins the Daytona 500… Bout in San Juan as Muhammad Ali by knockout in the fifth round against Jean-Pierre Coopman of Belgium…  Daniel Schorr, the CBS newsman who leaded a document on the CIA to a newspaper in defiance of a congressional order, has been “relieved of all reporting duties for an indefinite period,” says CBS… NBC and the Nebraska Educational Television Network, which have shared the same “N” as a nametag (in different colors) since Jan. 1, will meet in court. NETV charges NBC with servicemark infringement, unfair competition and violation of the Lanham Trademark Act. NETV wants an injunction against NBC’s use of the logo… At the world-famous Palomino club in North Hollywood, Calif - guess who’s performing this week ... Terry Bradshaw (26) sings country. He has a single out - a version of Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”… Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt says he has offered Barbara Walters and nine other prominent women $1 million each to pose for nude photographs in the publication… 

jackie and caroline kennedy 1976 news facts history  mrpopculture imageMarch - Middleweight boxing contender Rubin (Hurricane) Carter, convicted nine years ago on three counts of murder in a barroom shooting - is granted a new trial by the New Jersey Supreme Court…  In a game against the Red Wings -Reggie Leach scores his 54 th goal of the season as the Philadelphia Flyers stretch their unbeaten string to 23 games… Barbara Walters (44) cohost of NBC’s Today show - is granted an uncontested divorce from her husband of 13 years, Lee Guber. She and Guber - her second husband, have been living apart since May 1974… Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and her daughter, Caroline Kennedy are barely on speaking terms in a feud over the girl’s plans to quit school and take up photography… It’s three years behind schedule and $2 billion over budget, but this week, thousands of Washingtonians showed up for free inaugural rides on Washington DC’s new subway system… 

April - New York Mets pitching ace Tom Seaver ends his bitter holdout by agreeing to a three- year contract which the Mets say will make him the highest paid pitcher in baseball history (so far)… Passing - character actor Paul Ford (74) – best remembered tom seaver baseball mets history 1976 sports  mrpopculture imageas “Col Hall” to Phil Silvers’ “Sgt Bilko.” in the 50’s… After 46 yearsLowell Thomas (84) says he is retiring from radio. Thomas is also the cofounder and principal stockholder in Capital Cities - a communications group that owns six TV stations, seven AM radio stations and six FM stations… Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward, along with Carl Bernstein say “Deep Throat”, the mystery source of much of their ground breaking Watergate information - will be named after he dies. He told Time Magazine that “Deep Throat” does exist, but doesn’t want to be named saying “he has a career in government. He thinks that while he might be a hero to some, he would be a rat or a snitcher in some eyes ... Someday, he’ll write a really fascinating book…

May  -  Janet Guthrie, wearing a borrowed racing outfit, made her debut at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway but was kept from driving because of a leaking oil line in her car…

June - The long, costly often-bitter war between the NBA and the American Basketball Assn. ends when the NBA decides to take in four ABA clubs for the 1976-1977 season. Joining the 30-year old NBA from the 9-year-old ABA will be the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, New York Nets and San Antonio Spurs… Nassau Coliseum - George Foreman ends Joe Frazier’s boxing career with a KO in the 5 th round… Passing - lyricist Johnny Mercer (66) - wrote 1,500 songs, winning four Oscars…

July - The LA comedy radio team of Hudson and Landry has split. Bob Hudson wanted to keep it together with their KFI radio show, nightclub appearances and possibly more comedy records, but Ron Landry wanted to go into television as a writer and producer… “Let’s Make A Deal” has its final daytime ABC-TV airing this week. It will have another life in syndication… The Summer Olympic Games open in Montreal before 73 thousand. 94 nations are participating - 26 are out including most African countries with the exception of Iraq and the Republic of China. Among the spectators was Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain… Passing - Ted Mack (72) who presided over the Original Amateur Hour from 1948 to 1970… Sugar Ray Leonard wins a Gold Medal For Boxing in Montreal (Video). Howard Cosell calls the action.

August - Looks like Bruce Jenner is going to be the big celebrity out of the summer games. Jenner, the new Olympic decathlon champ, hails from Tarrytown, NY and San Jose… Officials of the U.S. Tennis Assn. say they will decide by Aug. 20 whether transsexual Renee Richards once a ranking male player, will be permitted to compete with women in the U.S. Open championships… John Candelaria - the pitcher who is known as the Candy Man – pitches Pittsburgh to a 2-0 - no hit victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers…

Frank Sinatra/Dean Martin on Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon

susan ford 1976 news history facts  mrpopculture photoSeptember - National Football League teams, with the exception of expansion teams in Seattle and Tampa, will be limited to 43 players this season, so says NFL commissioner Pete Rozell. The Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be allowed to carry six additional players for the first two games, then 45 after that. However, they may only dress 43 players for any game… Susan Ford moves out of the White House and is now living with three college classmates in a townhouse in suburban Alexandria. She’s living with three college friends who attend Mt. Vernon Junior College with her…. Dorothy Hamill makes her professional debut with the Ice Capades. “I was very nervous. I already have the Olympic title. This was something new. I don’t think I can explain it…Just before their fight, Muhammad Ali calls Ken Norton “a nobody” and promised that his heavyweight title defense at Yankee Stadium would not go past five rounds...It was close, but after 15 rounds, Ali (34) defeats Ken Norton… The Los Angeles Dodgers named third base coach Tommy Lasorda (49) as the manager of the team. Lasorda succeeds Walter Alston. Lasorda’s been with the Dodgers since 1948… Monday Night Football on ABC-TV - With Frank Gifford, Howard Cosell and new in the booth - Alex Karras. Check out a sample from this week:

There's Nothing Like ABC-TV's "Monday Night Footbal"

October - Baltimore Orioles Brooks Robinson is at bat for the last time, and gets a standing ovation. After playing in 97% of Baltimore’s games from mid-1959 through last May, Robinson was only a part-time performer for the remainder of the 1976 season…Lorenzo Music , who does the slushy-voiced of character “Carl the Doorman” on Rhoda and who helped create the successful CBS sitcom, has his own show. He and his wife Henrietta Music are beginning a new variety series, first shown on cb set 1976 radio  tech mrpopculture photoKTTV Los Angeles this week. The show is syndicated…. Two CBers get into a fight when one of them caused considerable interference on CB channel 6 in an area outside Ft Worth, Texas. The two met at a freeway overpass and shots rang out. One died and the other man was critically injured. Fellow CBers announced it over the channels that “Blue Goose” was dead and “Dirty Bird” is in critical condition.” Apparently, the man called “Dirty Bird” was using foul language and had a super-strong signal, probably from an illegal line amplifier. The two then dared each other to meet somewhere. Alcohol was a factor…. Passing - Carlo Gambino (74) - reputed ‘boss of all bosses’ in organized crime of natural causes. Prototype for the fictional “Godfather”… The Cincinnati Reds sweep the first four games to beat the Yankees in the World Series. Catcher Johnny Bench hit two homers in the last game and was named the most valuable player in the series. .. . Julius Irving makes his NBA debut in Philadelphia

Game Four Of 1976 World Series

jim palmer 1976 baseball news facts history sports  mrpopculture photoNovember - Passing - American artist and photographer Man Ray (86) - one of the leaders of the Dada movement - which attacked all standards of esthetics and behavior…  Baltimore Oriole Jim Palmer wins another Cy Young award - his third… The World of Sid & Marty Kroft, the $20-million indoor amusement attraction in Atlanta has suspended operations for reasons including insufficient attendance and unexpected high overhead. The park, which opened May 26, featured eight floors of entertainment and lavish shows  and was part of an 8-acre complex that included a hotel and shopping center in Atlanta’s inner city… Radio news - NBC radio says it is phasing out its “News and Information Service” network by mid-1977. The service provided around the clock news and features to affiliated stations - allowing smaller markets to have an all-news presence on radio…  Relief pitcher Rollie Fingers (now a free agent) signs a multi-year contract in excess of $1 million with the San Diego Padres ... Joe Morgan of the Cincinnati Reds becomes the second National League star to win successive MVP awards - duplicating Ernie Banks of Chicago - 17 years ago... Penn States’ Tony Dorsett wins the Heisman Trophy for this college football season. He’s the greatest ground gainer in college football history so far, passing over 6000 yards… Singer Jerry Lee Lewis (40) is arrested outside the stone walls of Elvis Presley’s Graceland Mansion where police say he was drunk, screaming and waving a pistol. Police say the singer drove his 1976 Lincoln into Presley’s driveway and “began creating a disturbance, waving a pistol in his right hand and shouting…

December - Rick Dees , whose hit single “Disco Duck” indirectly got him fired from WMPS, Memphis in September, joins rival WHBQ. After Dees’ unexpected release from WMPS, rumors ran rife that WHBQ had offered the popular DJ, whose style involves a comic “cast of idiots” voices - $65,000 a year - unheard of in Memphis radio…  Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Blendo Gay is fatally stabbed in the neck at his apartment in New Jersey and his wife, Roxanne, has been charged with murder… O.J. Simpson is named one of the world’s 10 “most watch able” males by a group of women called Man Watcher Inc…

 

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