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




In The News

Israeli planes hoot down two MIG-21 interceptor fighters in a dogfight over the Nile in Egypt.

President Nixon unveils a 37-point program aimed at purifying rivers and lakes, cleaning up smog and the landscape. It calls for smog-free cars, purified lakes and an increase in parklands.

The federal government charges 11 companies with polluting waters in the Chicago area, the suite was filed three days after President Nixon visited the city and promised a cleanup of Lake Michigan.

Thousands of Egyptians carry banners through the streets of Cairo demanding vengeance for the Israeli air raid that killed 70 factory workers. They accused the U.S. collaborating with Israel. The plant was 17 north of Cairo.

Chicago 7 - The prosecution concludes its arguments in the trial of seven men charged with conspiracy to incite rioting at the time of the 1968 Democratic National Convention.   The prosecution accused the defendants of seeking to create a “National Liberation Front” or revolutionary force within the United States by provoking violence at the convention. The defendants are – Abbie Hofman (32); Jerry Rubin (31); Thomas Hayden (30), Rennie Davis (29); Dellinger (55); Lee Weiner (32) and John Froines (31).  If convicted – each man faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of $20,000. 

After five weeks of court-imposed school integration in about 30 Mississippi school districts, whites and blacks agree it’s a failure.

The trial of 1st Lt. William Calley Jr. on charges of murdering 102 civilians at My Lai, Vietnam is set for May 18.

Tallahassee - U.S. Circuit Court Judge G. Harold Carswell declines any comment “whatsoever” on the disclosure that he had signed a warranty deed carrying forward a white-only clause in a 1966 land sale.


Fascinating Facts - Military Men Wearing Wigs - February 8, 1970

Some American soldiers on rest and recreation leave in Australia are buying wigs to disguise their crew cuts. They just want some hair to look like the crowd. False sideburns and mustaches also are popular with servicemen in Sydney. Cost for a wig – about $50.

One out of five persons answering a survey on violence say there are situations they can imagine in which they would approve of a husband slapping a wife’s face.


Sports news – February 8, 1970

Frank Leahy, who coached Notre Dame football teams to six unbeaten seasons and had a career record as a coach of 107-13-9, is named to the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.

The American League votes to keep the Seattle Pilots operating under its current ownership and advances it $650,000 to necessary spring training expenses.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – February 8, 1970

Playing in Las Vegas –

Kaye Stevens, The Cowsills – Flamingo

Phil Harris, Harry James – Frontier

Kay Starr – Fremont

Elvis Presley – International

Jimmy Dean – Landmark

Dean Martin – Riviera

Frank Gorshin – Sahara

Paul Anka – Sands


Radio news – February 8, 1970

WNEW Radio 1130 New York. The station of the stars. Julius LaRosa and William B. Williams sing love songs for Valentine’s Day. Don’t miss it!


Music news – February 8, 1970

Mo Ostin has been named president of Warner Brothers Records, replacing J. J. Maitland who resigned last week.  

Goodbye Brass - Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass have disbanded and all concert dates have been canceled. Reasons seem to be Herb Alpert’s desire to stay in California to produce records for A&M.

John and Yoko on the cover of Rolling Stone, Caption: Man of the Year.


Television news – February 8, 1970

“The Return of the Smothers Brothers” on NBC this Monday will be dedicated to Constitutional rights on which the brothers stand and on which NBC will not even cautiously tread. It’s their first time on TV since CBS dumped them last fall. Will they still have the magic? Chad Stuart of “Chad and Jeremy” is musical director. Also on the program – Simon and Garfunkle!

ABC explains why it edited Judy Collins when she appeared on Dick Cavett’s show last week. On January 22 – she was called as a defense witness in the Chicago 7 conspiracy trial. On Dick’s show, she was refused permission to sing the antiwar protest song “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” and some political comments were edited. She appealed to the FCC for an investigation. 


Television news – February 8, 1970

Mrs. Robert F. Kennedy appears on “Sesame Street.”

Look for Don Knotts to star in a CBS special – the “Don Knotts Nice, Clean, Decent, Wholesome Hour” on April 3.


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – February 8, 1970

CBS – National Geographic Special, Red Skelton, CBS Playhouse, Merv Griffin

NBC – I Dream of Jeannie, Debbie Reynolds Show, Julia, NBC Tuesday Night At the Movies, Tonight

ABC – The Mod Squad, Movie of the Week, Marcus Welby, MD, Dick Cavett

NET – The Forsythe Saga


CBS Playhouse – “The Day Before Sunday” with Uta Hagen, Martin Balsam, Farley Granger, Cloris Leachman.

Merv Griffin – Angie Dickinson, Bomb Cummings, Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66.

On the Tonight Show – Johnny Carson welcomes H. Ross Perot, Marlo Thomas.

Dick Cavett – Noel Coward, Alfred Lunt, Tammy Grimes, Brian Bedford.


Some top movies – February 8, 1970

Tick, Tick, Tick – Jim Brown, George Kennedy, Fredric March

The End of the Road – Stacy Keach

The Magic Christian – Peter Sellers

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed – Peter Cushing

Walt Disney’s The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes – Kurt Russell, Cesar Romero, Joe Flynn, William Schallert

Paint Your Wagon

The Minx

 Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid


Easy Rider

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