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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of February 15, 1970 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts





In The News

The Senate and House vote to block the federal government from forcing the bussing of students to overcome school segregation.

President Nixon ousts the chief government enforcer of the 1964 law against school segregation amid growing uncertainty about where the Administration stands on enforcing school desegregation. 

Five of the Chicago 7 are found guilty of traveling across state lines individually to incite riots at the 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention. The five convicted Chicago protest leaders were each sentenced to five years in prison – fined $5,000 and ordered to pay “the cost of prosecution.” They are – Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Abbie Hoffman, Thomas Hayden, Rennie Davis. The other two were acquitted.

Gallup Poll - Six of 10 adults living in the nation’s metropolitan centers would move to less urbanized areas if they could live anywhere they wished.

In California - Timothy Leary, his wife and son are convicted of possession of marijuana on Dec 26, 1968. 

Patricia Krenwinkel fires her Alabama lawyer after bowing to Charles Manson’s demand that she accept an attorney designated by him.

Tricia Nixon, who celebrates her 24th birthday this week, plans to remain single a while longer. Her assessment: “I think I’m too young to get married.”


Sports news – February 15, 1970

Hank Aaron, who needs only 44 hits to become the ninth player to collect 3,000 career hits, signs a two-year contract with the Atlanta Braves for $250,000.

Gambling ties – Detroit’s Denny McLain is hit with an indefinite suspension by baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn for “book-making activities and his associations.”

Cassius Clay, deposes as champ 32 months ago, says he has no intentions of ever attempting a comeback. He said he was surprised by Joe Frazier’s fifth-round KO of Jimmy Ellis in Philadelphia. “I think he’s a lot greater now than I did before.”

The Miami Dolphins fire George Wilson as head coach and name Don Shula of the Baltimore Colts, pro footballs’ winningest coach – to replace him under a lucrative contract that makes him a “substantial” Dolphin owner. 


Entertainment/Celebrity news – February 15, 1970

Singer Frank Sinatra, after battling a subpoena for six months, appears before the State Investigation Commission to answer questions about organized crime in New Jersey.


Television news – February 15, 1970

NBC newsman Chet Huntley says he is retiring effective August 1.

CBS is dropping Red Skelton after 16 years.

NBC acquires “The Bugaloos Is Where It’s At” with producers Sid and Marty Kroft.


Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – February 15, 1970

CBS – CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, Hee Haw, Beverly Hillbillies, Movie, Hawaii Five-O, Merv Griffin

NBC – Huntley-Brinkley Report, The Virginian, Kraft Music Hall, Then Came Bronson, Tonight

ABC – Nanny and the Professor, Courtship of Eddie’s Father, Room 222, Johnny Cash Show, Englebert Humperdinck, Dick Cavett


Hee Haw – Merle Haggard, Henson Cargill and Tammy Wynette guest.

Kraft Music Hall – Petula Clark is hostess. Anthony Newley and Lou Rawls guest.

Englebert Humperdinck – Paul Anka, Phil Silvers, Millicent Martin and Dana Valery.

Merv Griffin – From Hollywood – Eva Gabor, Jim Brown, Candice Bergen, Mayor Sam Yorty, Mort Sahl.

Johnny Carson – George Hamilton, Don Rickles, Hugh Hefner, Criswell, Karen Jenson

Dick Cavett – Johnny Mathis, Eddie Arnold.


Some top movies – February 15, 1970

Scream and Scream Again – Judy Huxtable, Alfred Marks

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

The Reivers

Bora Bora

Paint Your Wagon


2001: A Space Odyssey


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