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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of January 23, 1970 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

Vietnam news - U.S. planes attack an antiaircraft missile site inside North Vietnam after an enemy missile battery fired on an unarmed American reconnaissance plane. In the ensuing action - a North Vietnamese MIG-21 jet shoots down an American F-105 fighter-bomber and a rescue helicopter. All  crewman aboard both crafts are listed as missing in action.

In a Gallup Poll - an average family of four now needs $120 a week to make ends meet - up from $101 in 1967 and $72 in 1957.

Two deaf mutes die in a hotel fire at the world-famous Conrad Hilton Hotel in Chicago. They were part of a group of 41 deaf students who were in the city to attend a basketball game. Twelve of the youngsters were injured. Fire officials say the youths apparently did not hear hotel employees who rapped on the doors and evacuated hotel patrons. Manager William Smith and fire officials say the blaze was confined to an elevator shaft at the ninth floor, but the smoke rose to the top floor of the 25-story building. Damage estimate is $150,000. The youngsters were from the Jacksonville, Ill School For Deaf Mutes.

Charles Manson (without his beard) refuses to enter a plea to a murder and conspiracy indictment in the Tate and La Bianca slayings proclaiming, “I object to further proceedings in this case. I object to the grand jury (which returned the indictment). I object to the methods used to get the indictment. And, I object to the heinous relationship of the Establishment to the indictment.” Because the defendant refused to plea, a plea of non-guilty must be entered by the court.

In A Gallup Poll - 65% approve of the way President Nixon is handling the situation in Vietnam.

65% approve

24% disapprove

11% no opinion

Dr Gian Gessa - a pharmacologist who came from Italy to the United States, says he believes a U.S. government sponsored research team has discovered a true aphrodisiac. The drug, PCPA - was found by accident with his team noting a tremendous increase in the sexual appetite of rats, rabbits and cats coated with the drug. Dr Gesa says he believes PCPA (P-chlorophenylalanine) works by locking production of a brain hormone that curbs sexual desire.


Technology news – January 23, 1970

American Telephone & Telegraph applies to the FCC to permission to employ space satellites as part of its nationwide communications network. The company says it hopes to integrate landlines with satellite technology.   


Sports news – January 23, 1970

 Vince Gibson, Kansas State football coach, loses the middle finger of his right hand in a freak accident. He was conferring with his staff in a meeting room and inadvertently placed the finger in a hole in the table. He rocked back in his chair and the chair slipped, throwing him to the floor. His finger, severed, was still stuck in the hole. 

At a $200,000 Tennis tournament in Madison Square Garden - thousands cheer as Pancho Gonzales defeats Rod Laver in a 5-set thriller, to win the $10 thousand inaugural winner-take-all match.

In a special poll taken by the Associated Press - Former Dodger pitcher Sandy Koufax is named Baseball Athlete of the Decade with 225 1/2 votes from sports writers and sportscasters participating in the poll. Mickey Mantle of the Yankees finished second with 154 1/2 votes. 

In another A.P. Poll - Arnold Palmer is the choice as Golfer of the Decade. Jack Nicklaus was voted second with Bill Casper and Gary Player tied for third.

More sports - The Buffalo Bills draft O.J. Simpson’s college roommate - defensive back Al Cowlings of USC. Coach John Rauch figures Cowlings will strengthen the Bills’ pass rush. 


Bestselling books – January 23, 1970

The Godfather - Mario Puzo

The French Lieutenant’s Women - John Fowles

The Seven Minutes - Irving Wallace

The Inheritors - Harold Robbins

Fire From Heaven - Mary Renault

The House on the Strand - Daphne du Maurier

The Shivering Sands - Victoria Holt

Puppet on a Chain - Alistair MacLean

The Selling of the President 1968 - Joe McGinniss

The Peter Principle - Laurence J. Peter/Raymond Hull

Present at the Creation: My Years in the State Department - Dean Acheson

The American Dictionary of the English Language - William Morris

Mary Queen of Scots - Antonia Fraser

Prime Time: The Life of Edward R. Murrow - Alexander Kendrick

The Graham Kerr Cookbook - The Galloping Gourmet


Entertainment/Celebrity news – January 23, 1970

Motown pop group “The Temptations” meet with the Archbishop of Canterbury in London to talk about race relationships. They spent about a half-hour in the archbishop’s study asking him about race issues in Britain. The group is winding-up an engagement at London’s “Talk of the Town” cabaret. Paul Williams, Dennis Edwards, Melvin Franklin, Otis Williams and Eddie Kendrick make up the popular group.  

Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr appear in a press conference for their new movie “The Magic Christian.” One reporter did ask Ringo about the Beatles. Said Ringo: “We’ll be getting together again (squelching rumors about their break-up). It’s crazy, these rumors, John said we would all be appearing in Toronto this summer, but we haven’t even talked about it yet. On breaks, the Beatles do their own thing, and my thing is acting. I like it because it’s easy and fun.”

Tommy Smothers testifies on behalf of Frank Werber (former manager of the Kingston Trio), saying he came to like him only after Werber began taking marijuana. Smothers said they smoked pot several times at their homes and each time it was a religious experience. Werber is on trial on charges of growing and possessing marijuana.

Dean Martin returns to the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas for a three-week engagement. Elvis returns to the International Hotel in Vegas this Monday. Also appearing on the strip - Paul Anka at the Sands, Liberace at the Palace and comedian Frank Gorshin at the Hotel Sahara. 

Hugh Hefner’s “Playboy After Dark” variety show - is now seen on 50 TV stations. You can count on seeing stars like Jack Jones, James Brown and Norm Crosby in upcoming shows. 

“The Flying Nun” with Sally Field resumes production after 4 months for the birth of her baby boy (Peter Joshua). 


Music news – January 23, 1970

Michael Parks - star of NBC’s “Then Came Bronson” has released a new album on MGM records. On it - two songs from the series: “Mountain High” and “Long Lonesome Highway.”

Beatles producer George Martin says he may order the revolutionary Bolin upright piano for his London Recording studio. Martin tried the piano in Stockholm and declared that it produced a sound as good as most baby grands. 

Pop group “The 5th Dimension” is signed to make its dramatic television debut in ABC’s “It Takes A Thief.” The episode is entitled “Sing a Song of Murder.”

On the Sunset Strip in Hollywood - The Allman Brothers appear at the Whiskey A-Go-Go. The group hails from Georgia and received favorable reviews.

Bill Graham’s Fillmore Corp. expands into publishing. “Fillmore Music” represents more than 40 San Francisco area groups.

John Lennon plans what could be the biggest pop music festival in Toronto – Jul 3-5. 25% of the gross is going to a newly formed Peace Fund, to be administered by a newly formed Peace Council, which already includes John and Yoko, Dick Gregory, Rabbi Abraham, Feinberg and Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records.


More Music news – January 23, 1970

Delaney & Bonnie sign with Atlantic Records where their first album is due soon. Eric Clapton will produce.

Synthesizer inventor Robert Moog plans to unveil a min-Moog within 3 to 6 months. Cost should be around $2000.00.

The Mike Douglas TV talk show is taping a weeklong series of specials concerning country music. Among those stars scheduled to appear are Bobby Goldsboro, The Nashville Brass, Peggy Little, Loretta Lynn, Junior Samples, Del Reeves and Archie Campbell.

In Carbondale, Ill – A “permanent” rock festival facility called the “People’s Park” is being built here, much to the dismay of local residents.

The five-man rock band called “Alice Cooper” literally shatters its Chicago audience. Playing at the end of a 14-hour concert at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom, the leader, Cooper himself, ripped open two feather pillows with a sword and threw them into the audience. Two large cardboard boxes were also thrown. Other acts on the bill were the Stooges, Mason Profit and Pacific, Gas & Electric.

Tex Ritter – country singer and actor announces that he would be giving up movies and music and would seek the Republican nomination for U.S. Senator from Tennessee.

Lesley Gore joins Crewe Records and her first single is “Why Doesn’t Love Make Me Happy.”

Appearing at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village – Doug Kershaw.

New single by a new group – Kool and the Gang – “The Gang’s Back Again” on De-Lite Records.  


Radio news – January 23, 1970

Former top-40 DJ Johnny Holliday is toning it down at WWDC – a middle of the road station in Washington DC. “I was tired of being tied down by a strict format. I also felt that the kids could not relate to me any more. I was talking fast and saying nothing. What can I say. I outgrew it.”

WMCA (New York) music director Joe Bogart is honored at a music industry luncheon. Tickets are $25.00.


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – January 23, 1970

Bob Hope Christmas Special - 46.6

Dean Martin Show - 33.5

Mayberry RFD - 30.3

Gunsmoke - 29.4

Laugh-In - 29.2

 Rowan and Martin Special - 29.0

Doris Day Show - 28.8

Here’s Lucy - 26.4

Red Skelton - 26.0

Wonderful World Of Disney - 25.6

Hee Haw - 25.2

Carol Burnet Show - 25.1

Bonanza - 25.0

Bill Cosby - 24.9

Mannix - 24.8

Hawaii Five-O - 24.7

My Three Sons - 24.4

Family Affair - 24.1

Marcus Welby - 23.9

Ed Sullivan - 23.3


Television news – January 23, 1970

TV News – Industry insiders still call ABC “the Almost Broadcasting Company” because it is always #3. But making waves is WABC-TV’s “Eyewitness News” which has doubled in the ratings since its debut November/1968. The formula is the brainchild of news director Al Primo (35). The concept presents a team of on-camera reporters, each of whom introduces and comments about the film clips of the story he covered that day. The object is to give the impression that the station has a virtual army of newsmen in the field. Primo began the concept in 1965 at KYW-TV. The Eyewitness news team includes John Bartholomew Tucker – a converted college English teach. He reviews plays, movies and the leisure life.

Primo is getting the on-air crew to loosen up a bit. At the end of each newscast, they all gather around anchor Roger Grimbsy as the credits roll. (Primo will soon take this to the next step, instilling “happy talk” among the on-air news staff).   

Preliminary tests conducted by the new series “Sesame Street” show that poor preschoolers who watched the show regularly during its first six weeks of programs, made educational gains 2 1/2 times greater than those who did not. Tests showed that regular viewers could answer 10% more of 217 questions asked of them than before watching. Kids did particularly well recognizing the sounds of letters. “Sesame Street” - a 26-week, 130 program series began November 10 and will end on May 29 and will cost $8 million to produce. The Children’s Television Workshop, producer of the show, says it’s designed to improve language, numerical and reading skills of preschoolers, particularly from poor families. (Sesame Street did so well and became so popular for educational television - it is still produced decades later). It’s characters including Big Bird, are known by millions).  


Thursday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – January 23, 1970

CBS - Family Affair, Jim Nabors Show, CBS Thursday Night Movie

NBC - Special Lowell Thomas In New Guinea, Ironside, Dragnet-1970, Dean Martin Show

ABC - Pat Paulsen show, That Girl, Bewitched, Tom Jones Show, Paris 7000

Public Television - Washington Week In Review, NET Playhouse, The Advocates


Pat Paulsen - Angie Dickenson guests. In a skit, she plays a girl who has trouble with her television and fixer Pat comes to the rescue.

Jim Nabors - Vikki Carr guests.

Tom Jones Show - Don Ho, Dusty Springfield, The Ace Trucking Co and Lonnie Donnegan guest.

Paris 7000 (Need Help? Dial Paris 7000) - series stars George Hamilton


Late Night Talk -

Merv Griffin (CBS) - From Hollywood - Jane Wyman, Tim Conway, Dick Shawn, Fay McKay, Louis Walden.

Johnny Carson (NBC) - Lana Cantrell, June Allyson, George C. Scott.

Dick Cavett (ABC) - Dr Benjamin Spock. 


Top Pop Hit Music Singles(top-40) USA – January 23, 1970 

I Want You Back - The Jackson 5

Venus - Shocking Blue

Don’t Cry Daddy - Elvis Presley

Without Love (There’s Nothing) - Tom Jones

Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin

Someday, We’ll Be Together - Diana Ross & The Supremes

Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) - Sly & The Family Stone

Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head - B.J. Thomas

Everybody Is A Star - Sly and the Family Stone

Walk A Mile In My Shoes - Joe South

I’ll Never Fall In Love Again - Dionne Warwick

Jam Up And Jelly Tight - Tommy Roe

Ma Belle Amie - Tee Set

Here There Lonely Girl - Eddie Holman

Midnight Cowboy - Ferrante & Teicher

Winter World Of Love - Engelbert Humperdinck

Early In The Morning - Vanity Fare

Walkin’ In The Rain - Jay & The Americans

The Thrill Is Gone - B.B. King

Wonderful World, Beautiful People - Jimmy Cliff

 Cold Turkey - Plastic Ono Band

One Tin Soldier - Original Caste

She Belongs To Me - Rick Nelson

Traces/Memories medley - The Lettermen

Hello It’s Me - Nazz

The Court of  Crimson King - King Crimson

Ain’t It Funky Now (Part 1) - James Brown

Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel


Top Country Hit Music Singles – January 23, 1970

Baby, Baby (K Know You’re A Lady) - David Houston

Wish I Didn’t Have To Mess You – Jack Greene & Jeannie Seeley

It It’s All the Same To You – Bill Anderson & Jan Howard

Six White Horses – Tommy Cash

(I’m So) Afraid Of Losing You – Charley Pride

She’s Mine/No Blues Is Good News – George Jones

Big In Vegas – Buck Owens & His Buckaroos

Brown Eyed Handsome Man – Waylon Jennings


Top Soul Hit Music Singles – January 23, 1970

Someday, We’ll Be Together – Supremes

 Ain’t It Funky Now – James Brown

These Eyes – Jr. Walker & The All-Stars

Friendship Train – Gladys Knight & The Pips

Love Bones – Johnny Taylor

To Be Young, Gifted and Black – Nina Simone

I Want You Back – Jackson 5

What You Gave Me – Marvin Gaye

Eleanor Rigby – Aretha Franklin

Yester Me, Yester You, Yesterday – Stevie Wonder

Is It Because I’m Black – Syl Johnson


Top pop hit music singles in Britain – January 23, 1970

Two Little Boys – Rolf Harris

Melting Pot – Blue Mink

Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town – Kenny Rogers

Good Old Rock ‘N’ Roll – Dave Clark Five

All I Have To Do Is Dream – Bobby Gentry/Glen Campbell

Tracy – Cuff Links

Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley

The Liquidator – Harry J All Stars

Yester Me… Steve Wonder

Sugar Sugar - Archies


Top Music Albums – January 23, 1970

Led Zeppelin

Abbey Road - The Beatles

Let It Bleed - The Rolling Stones

Willy and the Poor Boys - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Captured Live a the Forum - Three Dog Night

Blood, Sweat and Tears

Joe Cocker

Tom Jones In Las Vegas

Englebert Humperdinck

Easy Rider - soundtrack


Puzzle People - The Temptations


Other Music Albums – January 23, 1970

The Best of Bill Cosby

Johnny Cash At San Quentin

I Got Dem Ol Kozmic Blues Again Mama! - Janis Joplin

16 of Their Greatest Hits - The Mamas & The Papas

I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am - Dean Martin

Get Together With Andy Williams   

The Best Of Tommy James and the Shondells

Volunteers - Jefferson Airplane

Touching You, Touching Me - Neil Diamond

The Supremes and Temptations on Broadway

Tracy - The Cuff Links

The New Gary Puckett & The Union Gap Album

A Group Called Smith - Smith

Hot Buttered Soul - Isaac Hayes

Marrakesh Express - Crosby, Stills & Nash

Smash Hits - Jimi Hedrix Experience

Paint Your Wagon - Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Jean Seberg

Yesterday When I Was Young - Roy Clark

Ball - Iron Butterfly

Switched-On Bach - Trans-Electronic Music Productions 


Some top movies – January 23, 1970

The Magic Christian - Peter Sellers, Ringo Starr, Richard Attenborough, Leonard Frey, Laurence Harvey, Christopher Lee, Spike Milligan, Raquel Welch, Wilfrid Hyde White

Viva Max! - Peter Ustinov, Pamela Tiffin, Jonathan Winters, John Astin, Keenan Wynn, Harry Morgan, Alice Ghostley, Kenneth Mars

The Secret of Santa Vittoria - Anthony Quinn, Sergio Franchi

Easy Rider - Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson

The Only Game In Town - Elizabeth Taylor, Warren Beatty

The Wild Bunch - William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmund O’Brien, Warren Oates, Ben Johnson

Paint Your Wagon - Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Jean Seaberg

Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid - Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross

Alfred Hitchcock’s Topaz - John Forsyth

The Arrangement - Kirk Douglas, Faye Dunaway

...Tick...Tick...Tick - Jim Brown, George Kennedy, Fredrick March, Don Stroud

Hello Dolly - Barbara Streisand, Omar Sharif

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