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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of January 8, 1970 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

 

In The News

North Vietnam commanders move surface-to-air missiles into Laos for the first time in an attempt to protect Communist war supply depots from raiding U.S. planes.

Nigerian civil war - Biafra surrenders ending a 30-month war of secession that wiped out nearly a generation of Ibo tribe children and shattered black Africa’s most promising nation

Charles Manson seeks unsuccessfully to form a corporation with six other Los Angeles County Jail inmates to be known as The Family of Infinite Soul, Inc. to fight for his freedom. A judge abided Manson’s rambling discourses on law and philosophy for 40 minutes, dealing patiently and politely with legal moves the like of which he admitted he had never seen before.

The body of Dr. Martin Luther King is removed from Southview Cemetery and reinterred under two arching pecan trees next to the church where he used to preach in Atlanta. The removal was accomplished so quietly that few Atlantans realized the tomb was now resting fewer than a hundred feet away from Auburn Ave, near Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr. King was co-pastor with his father.

President Nixon flies to Northampton, Mass for a brief dinner with his family to celebrate his 57th birthday. About 200 antiwar demonstrators chanted outside the apartment building, where daughter Julie and husband David live. 

 

Sports news – January 8, 1970

Rookie Lew Alcindor scores a career high 46 points in leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a 115-113 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

John Madden (33) of the Oakland Raiders and Bud Grant of the Minnesota Vikings are named winners of the Professional Football Writers of America John Riddell Awards as Coach of the Year in their respective leagues.

SuperBowl III – The Kansas City Chiefs trounce the Minnesota Vikings 23-7. CBS says the game was watched by 57 million viewers.

 

Radio news – January 8, 1970

Los Angeles DJ Sam Riddle forms the Sam Riddle Organization to be known as SRO for coordinating five separate companies headed by Riddle. The divisions include concert promotions, television appearances, record production, publishing and artist management. Riddle is host of “Get It Together” on ABC-TV and still syndicates “Boss City” on TV. He’s still heard on 93/KHJ.

David Sarnoff (78), the man who put radio into the American home, resigns as chairman of RCA Corp. because of ill health.

More radio – Host Bob Grant completes the final two-way talkshow over KLAC, Los Angeles, ending the station’s run as an aggressive “in-your-face” talk format. The station has been transitioning into a MOR music format for the past few months. Will Grant stay in Los Angeles?

 

Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – January 8, 1970

Wonderful World of Disney – 29.2

Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In – 27.5

Gunsmoke – 27.4

Orange Bowl – 27.3

Marcus Welby – 25.5

Mayberry RFD – 25.4

Bonanza – 25.0

Here’s Lucy – 24.9

NBC Saturday Night At The Movies – 23.9

Bill Cosby – 23.9

Name of the Game – 23.7

Red Skelon – 23.4

Jim Nabors – 23.3

Andy Williams – 23.0

 

Television news – January 8, 1970

ABC-TV debuts “All My Children” this week. One of the characters is Amy, a “social activist” working with a women’s peace group who embarrasses her conservative in-laws by joining a protest demonstration and getting her picture in the paper.

 

Wednesday Night Television listings/programs/TV show – January 8, 1970

CBS – CBS News With Walter Cronkite, Hee Haw, Beverly Hillbillies, Medical Center, Hawaii Five-O

NBC – Huntley-Brinkley Report, (Special) the Shameful Secrets of Hastings Corners, (Special) Gene Kelly’s Wonderful World of Girls (Special) Rowan and Martin Bits The Hand That Feeds Them, Then Came Bronson

ABC – ABC News with Frank Reynolds and Howard K. Smith, The Flying Nun, Courtship of Eddie’s Father, Room 222, ABC Wednesday Night Movie

Educational TV – Forsyte Saga, Beautiful Dreamer

 

Hee Haw – With guests Hank Thompson and Lynn Anderson

The Shameful Secrets of Hastings Corners – Pilot starring Hal Linden, Larry D. Mann, Stefani Warren and Alan Oppenheimer.

Rowan and Martin special – With Carol Burnett, Sammy Davis Jr., and the Smothers Brothers.

Hawaii Five-O – McGarret runs into Naval resistance when they try to bring a shooting suspect in under civil law to protect him.

Then Came Bronson  Jim teams up with a guitar player to win a roadhouse contest.

 

Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – January 8, 1970

RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD - B.J. Thomas

WHOLE LOTTA LOVE - Led Zeppelin

LEAVING ON A JET PLANE - Peter, Paul & Mary

I WANT YOU BACK - Jackson 5

JAM UP JELLY TIGHT - Tommy Roe

SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER -  Diana Ross & Supremes

VENUS - Shocking Blue

HOLLY HOLY - Neil Diamond

DON’T CRY DADDY - Elvis Presley

MIDNIGHT COWBOY - Ferrante & Teicher

JINGLE JANGLE - Archies

LA LA LA (If I Had You) - Bobby Sherman

WITHOUT LOVE (There Is Nothing) - Tom Jones

DOWN ON THE CORNER - Creedence Clearwater Revival

EARLY IN THE MORNING - Vanity Fare

EVIL WOMAN DON’T PLAY YOUR GAMES WITH ME - Crow

I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN - Dionne Warwick

NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE - Steam

WINTER WORLD OF LOVE - Engelbert Humperdinck

SHE - Tommy James & Shondells

WALKIN’ IN THE RAIN - Jay & Americans

A BRAND NEW ME - Dusty Springfield

WONDERFUL WORLD, BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE - Jimmy Cliff

ELI’S COMING - Three Dog Night

BABY TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS - Jefferson

COME TOGETHER - Beatles

HEAVEN KNOWS - Grass Roots

UP ON CRIPPLE CREEK - The Band

MONSTER - Steppenwolf

TAKE A LETTER MARIA - R.B. Greaves

BLOWING AWAY - 5th Dimension

YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY - Stevie Wonder

 ARIZONA - Mark Lindsay

NO TIME - Guess Who

WHEN JULIE COMES AROUND - Cuff Links

SUNDAY MORNIN’ – Oliver

WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES - Joe South

FANCY - Bobbie Gentry

SHE BELONGS TO ME - Rick Nelson & Stone Canyon Band

 

Some top movies – January 8, 1970

Paint Your Wagon – Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Jean Sebert

The Reivers – Steve McQueen, Sharon Farrell, Will Geer, Michael Constantine

2001: A Space Odyssey

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

Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid – Paul Newman, Robert Redford

The Secret of Santa Vittoria – Anthony Quinn, Birna Lisi

Alfred Hitchcock’s Topaz – Frederick Stafford, Dany Robin

John and Mary – Dustin Hoffman, Mia Farrow

The Sidehackers – Ross Hagen, Diane McBain

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas

 
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