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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of January 1, 1970 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

New Year - President Nixon signs a law creating Council of Environmental Quality and says he is committing the government to an all-out fight against pollution.

Arrives in Vietnam - Vice President Agnew spends is first day in Vietnam with GI’s in the field and seemed to enjoy it. He flew by helicopter into two combined infantry-artillery bases, which guard the enemy approach routes to Saigon. He told the troops that hey have the 100% support of the American public and that “the people back home are pretty darn proud of you and what you’re doing over here.”

The French government suspends two four-star generals for their role in the Israeli gunboat affair and tells Israel to withdraw two diplomats who were instrumental in making the arrangements that enabled the five ships to slip away from Cherbourg. The boats “slipped out” of a shipyard after former President Charles de Gaulle clamped an embargo on all arms shipments to Israel early in 1969. de Gaulle’s embargo also froze delivery of 50 mirage jet fighters that Israel had paid for.  A Cherbourg shipyard had built the boats, which are capable of carrying missile launchers. They were the last of 12 ordered by Israel.

Israeli commandos seize 21 Lebanese hostages in a retaliation raid. 

Asian flu continues to spread across Europe, killing hundreds, infecting millions and affecting industrial production in several countries.

Sen. Edward Kennedy makes his first sworn statement on the accident that killed Mary Jo Kopchne. “I responded in the most complete way to all the questions put to me by the district attorney and the judge.”

Meeting with Thailand Premier Thandom Kittlkachorn for two hours in Bangkok, Vice President Agnew declared –“Some people back home seem so anxious to make friends of our enemies that they even seem ready to make enemies of our friends.” It seems that the Thai government has often decried unfavorable American congressional and press opinions about some aspects of Thai-American military cooperation.

The government reports that 61% of the nation’s Negro students and 65.6% of whites still attend largely segregated schools 14 years after the Supreme Court’s desegregation decision.

The Communist command strikes hard along the populous coastal lowlands South of Da Nang, South Vietnam’s second largest city, bettering allied forces with the heaviest attacks in two months.

Linda Kasabian pleads “not guilty” when asked how she wished to plead to murder in the Tate and La Bianca murders.

Subdues hijacker - Franklin Hall - a slightly built salesman who said he could think only “of that little stewardess and that knife at her throat” helps thwart a hijacker’s attempt to force a jet airliner in Switzerland.

Black extremists made more than 100 attacks in the past six months on the nation’s police officers – that according to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. He released no figures on the number of Negroes killed in the skirmishes but said, “extremist all-Negro, hate-type organizations, such as the Black Panther Party, continued to fan the flames of riot and revolution during the year.” “Many of these groups whose leaders preach violence and hatred of the white race, have been involved in shootouts with local police.” “Many attacks on police by black extremists are unprovoked and nothing more than planned ambushes.”  Hoover also predicted “an upsurge in recruiting activity” by the Ku Klux Klan in the wake of the release from prison of Robert M. Shelton, imperial wizard of the United Klans of America. Hoover contended there was a marked shift during 1969 in the so-called new Left Movement, with many groups no advocating “violent revolution.” He also blamed the Weatherman group for attempted assaults on the South Vietnamese embassy and the Justice Department in Washington during the Nov. 14-15 demonstration against the war in Vietnam.

The three major television networks have protested to the Nixon Administration that camera crews for the U.S. Information Agency received preferential treatment in covering Vice President Agnews’s visit to Saigon.

The South Vietnamese Senate is told that a massacre occurred at My Lai and President Nguyen van Thieu was assailed for having brushed it off as, “just a simple incident in the war.”


More news - January 1, 1970

Spec. 5 Robert Lawrence – a GI newscaster is relieved of duty for accusing the U.S. command on a telecast of suppressing unfavorable news. He said after that high officers had attempted to interrogate him for four hours without legal counsel. The broadcast was on the Armed Forces Vietnam Network (AFVN). 

Paul Tate – the father of slain actress Sharon Tate, is appointed administrator of her estimated to be $45,000. He listed her assets as $37,500 cash, $5,700 in automobiles, $2,000 estimated annual income and $500 other personal property.  The estate would be shared with her husband, Roman Polanski, her mom – Doris and sisters Deborah Ann (17), and Patricia Gaye (12).

In Miami – Armed with a federal court order that his show must go on, bearded poet Allen Ginsberg returns to a Miami stage with more of the same four-letter words that brought a quick halt to his Dec. 22 recital. An audience, estimated at 1,000 – kept beat to the rhythm he dedicated a chant to the Indian god of Cannabis (you know – marijuana). It was the four-letter words in the poem, “In the Moment exorcism of the Pentagon,” that led Marine Stadium manager Manuel Costa to cut the lights and pipe waltz music into the loudspeaker system.

A book titled “The Bridge at Chappaquiddick Island” by Jack Olsen – contends that Mary Jo Kopechne was alone, driving Sen. Edward Kennedy’s car when it carried her to her death. Olsen contends that Kennedy alighted from the car before the accident after a deputy sheriff approached, avoiding an embarrassing moment of a presence with the pretty girl. 

Texas computer magnate H. Ross Perot calls upon Americans to write to him in support of his mission to deliver 25 tons of Christmas gifts to U.S. prisoners in South Vietnam. Perot, who was denied permission by Hanoi to deliver the supplies, returned from Copenhagen and told a news conference that if he received millions of letters of support, then the North Vietnamese would feel compelled to provide better treatment for prisoners. Perot, says they don’t care about the POW’s, but they do care about public opinion about them. “Once they see the people want better treatment for the prisoners, then there will be better treatment for the prisoners. When I have millions and millions of letters, I will make this dramatically known to the world.” An aide says letters could be addressed to Perot at Box 100,000 in Dallas. 


Sports news – January 1, 1970

Lew Alcindor who turned the Milwaukee Bucks from doormat to title contender in his rookie season is selected to one of the East’s center posts for the NBA All-star game in Philadelphia later this month. 


Music news – January 1, 1970

“Get It Together” a weekly half-hour of contemporary music for teens, debuts this week on Saturday morning. Sam Riddle – KHJ/Los Angeles DJ hosts (and produces). Appearing this week – Mama Cass Elliott, Creedence Clearwater Revival and 3 Dog Night. Catch it on ABC-TV, right before “American Bandstand.”


Television news – January 1, 1970

Eldridge Cleaver, self-exiled leader of the Black Panthers, will make his first network appearance since leaving the U.S. on “60 Minutes” this Tuesday. CBS correspondent Mike Wallace flew to Algeria to interview Cleaver.

The U.S. Court of Appeals gives a last-minute go-ahead to a new radio and television code for cigarette commercials. Under the code – a cigarette firm will not have to spell out the exact figure on the tar and nicotine in its brands in all commercials, but, companies must spell out the exact amounts if any reference to tar and nicotine is made.

ABC Begins To Take Out Ads For Dick Cavett – The Late Night Talkshow Which Competes With Merv Griffin and Johnny Carson.


Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – January 1, 1970

CBS – Gunsmoke, Here’s Lucy, Mayberry RFD, Doris Day, Carol Burnett, Merv Griffin

NBC – My World and Welcome To It, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In, NBC Monday night at the Movies, Johnny Carson

ABC – Music Scene, New People, The Survivors, Love, American Style, Dick Cavett


Laugh In – James Garner and Stu Gilliam.

Music Scene – Everly Brothers co-host with Pete Seegar, Lee Michaels, Marva Whitney, John Mayall.

New People – The castaways discover a bay full of mines and begin to explode them. Fern wants one of the mines, near her home, removed – not exploded.

The Survivors – Philip and Eleanor will fight Baylor’s will. Stars Lana Turner and George Hamilton.


Some top movies – January 1, 1970

Paint Your Wagon

The Reivers – Steve McQueen

The Arrangement – Kirk Douglas, Faye Dunaway, Deborah kerr

2001: A Space Odyssey

The Shoot Horses, Don’t They? – Jane Fonda

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

The Secret of Santa Vittoria


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