Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of December 15, 1970 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Rioting continues in Poland, according to Radio Warsaw. Reports said that 150 militiamen were wounded in the clashes and an unspecified number of persons were killed. Later, Party Chief Wladyslaw Gomulka, who rose to power almost 15 years ago, is ousted. The rioting is due to strikes and worker protests in the shipping cities along the nation’s Baltic coastline.
A House-Senate conference committee gives the automobile industry until Jan. 1, 1975 to come up with a virtually pollution-free car.
Hundreds of workers are hit with low-level radiation after an A-Test explosion in the Nevada desert. No one was killed.
Charles Manson along with followers Bruce Davis and Steve Grogan are indicted for the murder of Donald (Shorty) Shea. Shea, a husky bouncer, horse wrangler and western character actor has been missing for nearly 15 months. Manson is currently on trial on seven counts of murder in the Tate-La Bianca killings last year. He and Davis also were indicted last April in the murder of musician Gary Hinman in July 1969.
A fire sweeps through the upper floors of Tucson’s Pioneer International Hotel, killing 28.
North Vietnam releases an “official” list of 368 names of American prisoners of war, and the U.S. government immediately reacts “is that all there is?” Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird said that there were no new names on the list and that “all of the names listed have been reported previously through unofficial channels.”
In the last of the war crime trials, Nazi Franz Stangl is sentenced to life in prison for the death of 400,000 Jews during WWII. Stangl commanded the Treblinka facility in Poland.
Consumer news – Christmas Toys – December 15, 1970
For Christmas – New Hot Wheels Sizzlers daredevil duel lane, action racer set – $9.96.
Sports news – December 15, 1970
Don Shula’s Miami Dolphins are at 9 wins and 4 losses. No one thought the team would be a contender at the beginning of the season. Shula says, “We’re an aggressive team. We never stop coming and this year we’ve been able to win that way. We have so many rookies and other new players that we can’t possibly remember the plays” (Miami has around 18 new players and 11 of them are rookies).
Entertainment/Celebrity news – December 15, 1970
Playing in Las Vegas –
Smothers Brothers – Caesars Palace
Lainnie Kazan, Jerry Van Dyke - Desert Inn
Barbra Streisand – International
Engelbert Humperdinck – Riviera
Sammy Davis Jr., Mel Torme – Sands
Marty Allen, Kaye Stevens – Flamingo
Wayne Newton – Frontier
Lido de Paris – Stardust
Folies Bergere - Tropicana
Radio news – December 15, 1970
93/KHJ Los Angeles is granting you a Christmas Wish. Send your wish on a postcard to Christmas Wish, KHJ, Hollywood CA. 90038. Merry Christmas from the Boss Jocks and everyone at KHJ.
Television news – December 15, 1970
Rod Serling is back to series TV, this time with “Night Gallery.” Since “The Twilight Zone” was canceled, he had written several TV specials and movies including the first “Planet of the Apes” and Stanley Kramer’s “R.P.M.” He’s currently adapting the Irving Wallace novel, “The Man” for ABC-TV films. He also wants to work on his first play for the legitimate theater.
Gov. Lester Maddox walks off the Dick Cavett show saying the talk show host had insulted the people of Georgia by calling them bigots. The angry exchange took place with 10 minutes to go in a taping of the program. The audience heard Cavett say the following: “Mr. Jim Brown asked you if you had any trouble with your white admirers.” “He did not say admirers,” Maddox said. “No, he said bigots,” Cavett responded. Maddox then demanded Cavett apologize for allegedly calling his admirers and the 4 million people of Georgia bigots. “No I won’t” said Cavett.
After 11 years as Robbie Douglas, actor Don Grady calls it quits for “My Three Sons.” “There comes a time when you have to cut loose and it looks like this is it for me. I want to drop out a while; I want to reassess the whole scene. I don’t even know that acting is where my head is. I’ve been at it all my life, but I don’t know that’s really where I want to go.”
Juliet Mills, star of ABC’s “Nanny and the Professor” will join Chris Schenkel as co-commentator of the Sugar Bowl Parade on New Year’s day.
Diana Ross will star in the first television special produced by Motown Productions, the TV-theatrical branch of Motown Records, early next year. “Diana” will feature Bill Cosby, the Jackson 5 and Danny Thomas.
In addition, Motown is creating and producing one or two 90-minute made-for-TV original movies for ABC-TV.
Frank Sinatra will be featured on Dean Martin’s New Year’s Eve show. Also appearing – Ruth Buzzi and Kay Medford.
Monday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – December 15, 1970
CBS – Gunsmoke, Here’s Lucy, Mayberry R.F.D., Doris Day Show, Carol Burnett
NBC – Red Skelton, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh – In, NBC Monday Night At The Movies
ABC – Monday Night Football, Young Lawyers, Silent Force
Young Lawyers – A cantankerous old man comes to Aaron Silverman (Zalman King) for aid when he’s faced with eviction and a storm of lawsuits. Also stars Lee J. Cobb and Judy Pace.
Mayberry R.F.D. – Sam has the attention of a high school girl who has a crush on him. Guest stars Darlene Carr.
Doris Day – Billy de Wolfe returns as sour Mr. Jarvis and throws a wet blanket on Doris’ Christmas party for her coworkers and friends.
Carol Burnett – Nanette Fabray and Michele Lee guest.
Music news – December 15, 1970
Elton John’s second album “Tumbleweed Connection," is scheduled to be released February 2.
The Doobie Brothers – A San Jose rock band, sign with Warner Brothers Records.
There’s a new Christmas song getting a lot of airplay. “Feliz Navidad” – is a new single from the album of the same name. It’s by Jose Feliciano on RCA records and tapes.
Top Music Albums – December 15, 1970
All Things Must Pass – George Harrison
Abraxes – Santana
Greatest Hits – Sly & The Family Stone
Live Album – Grand Funk Railroad
Close To You – Carpenters
Jesus Christ Superstar – Various Artists
The Partridge Family Album
Sweet Baby James – James Taylor
To Be Continued – Isaac Hayes
Third Album – Jackson 5
Tap Root Manuscript – Neil Diamond
New Morning – Bob Dylan
John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band
Elton John – Elton John
Top hit music singles in Britain – January 15, 1970
I Hear You Knocking – Dave Edmunds
Voodoo Chile – Jimi Hendrix
You’ve Got e Dangling On A String – Chairman of the Board
Indian Reservation – Don Fardon
When I’m Dead And Gone – McGuinnes Flint
Ride A White Swan – T. Rex
I’ve Lost You – Elvis Presley
Julie Do Ya Love Me – White Plains
Cracklin’ Rose – Neil Diamond
It’s Wonderful – Jimmy Ruffin
Top Country Hit Music Singles – December 15, 1970
Coal Miner’s Daughter – Loretta Lynn
Rose Garden – Lynn Anderson
I Can’t Be Myself/Sidewalks of Chicago – Merle Haggard
15 Years Ago – Conway Twitty
Morning – Jim Ed Brown
Commercial Affection – Mel Tillis & The Statesiders
Endlessly – Sonny James
I Wouldn’t Live In New York City (If They Gave Me The Whole Dang Town) – Buck Owens & The Buckaroos.
A Good Year For The Roses – George Jones
Top Soul Hit Music Singles – December 15, 1970
Stoned Love – Supremes
Tears Of A Clown – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
If I Were Your Woman – Gladys Knight
Groove Me – King Floyd
Pay To The Piper – Chairman Of the Board
Super Bad (parts 1 & 2)
Heaven Help Us All – Stevie Wonder
Engine #9 – Wilson Picket
(Don’t Worry) If There’s A Hell Below We’re All Going To Go – Curtis Mayfield
Border Song (Holy Moses) – Aretha Franklin
Some top movies – December 15, 1970
Scrooge – Albert Finney
Ryan’s Daughter – Robert Mitchum, Trevor Howard, Christopher Jones
Tora! Tora! Tora!
Song Of Norway
Where’s Poppa? – George Segal, Ruth Gordon, Ron Leibmann, Trish Van Devere
Alex in Wonderland – Donald Sutherland
There’s A Girl In My Soup – Peter Sellers, Goldie Hawn
I Never Sang For My Father – Melvyn Douglas, Gene Hackman
Husbands – Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk, John Cassavetes
The Confession – Yves Montand, Simone Signoret
The Owl and the Pussycat – Barbara Streisand, George Segal