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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

Stephen Stills

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

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