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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of February 22, 1970 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

Five leading European airlines, including BOAC, cancel passenger or freight service to Israel following explosions that sent a Tel Aviv-bound Swissair jet into a fatal crash and forced an Austrian airliner into an emergency landing.

Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir warned the Arab states and terrorist groups that Israel will retaliate against them if there is any further sabotage of Israeli planes or air routes. The Prime Minister spoke after bombs killed 47 persons on a Swissair plane bound for Tel-Aviv and damaged an Austrian airliner carrying mail for Israel. 

Gov. Lester Maddox of Georgia called a Negro congressman a baboon and an ass when the lawmaker threatened to throw him out of the House restaurant in Washington, for giving away souvenir ax handles. Maddox and Rep. Charles Diggs (D-Mich) – one of the House’s nine black members, engaged in a shouting match that some feared would result in blows. It is said that the ax handles recall Maddox’s days as an Atlanta restaurant owner when he used ax and pick handles to bar Negroes.  


Sports news – February 22, 1970

Jerome (Dizzy) Dean, the Hall of Fame pitcher, is one of five co-conspirators named in a federal indictment charging 10 other men with gambling conspiracy. It all has to do with an alleged sports betting ring in Detroit.  


Top TV shows – February 22, 1970

He’s Your Dog Charlie Brown, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, NBC Saturday movie, Mayberry RFD, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, Family Affair, Here’s Lucy, Red Skelton, Ed Sullivan, National Geographic Special, CBS Friday Night Movie, CBs Thursday night movie, Jim Nabors, Ironside, Ice Capades special, Hawaii Five-O, Mod Squad, The FBI, Doris Day Show. 


Television news – February 22, 1970

Former Mission: Impossible star Barbara Bain and Paramount Pictures reach an out-of-court settlement of a dual breach of contract suit pending between them. Paramount filed suit against the actress last June, charging that she had failed to fulfill her contract commitments in the CBS series. Subsequently, she filed a counter suit against the studio. 

It’s announced that Don Knotts will host a new comedy-variety hour on NBC-TV next fall.

Dwayne Hickman, who portrayed Dobie in the Dobie Gillis series a few years back, is leaving Los Angeles “to escape air pollution.”


Friday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – February 22, 1970

CBS – CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, Get Smart, Tim Conway Show,  Hogan’s Heroes, CBS Friday Night Movie, Merv Griffin

NBC – Huntley-Brinkley Report, High Chaparral, Name of the Game, Bracken’s World, The Tonight Show

ABC – ABC News with Frank Reynolds and Howard K. Smith, Flying Nun, Brady Bunch, Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Here Come the Brides. Love, American Style, Dick Cavett


Get Smart – Max and the Chief infiltrate a roman steam bath to check a top-secret leak.

Flying Nun – Carlos learns the Korean orphan he’s been supporting for years is now a beautiful 19-year-old woman.

Brady Bunch – Cindy accidentally gives away Marcia’s diary, which reveal her feelings for Desi Arnez Jr.

Name of the Game – The police chief of an African nation asks Dan Farrell’s help in investigating deaths caused by the illegal dilution of much needed medical supplies. 

Robert Stack stars.

Love, American Style – Two teachers have misgivings about getting married after they meet a cynical justice of the peace.

Merv Griffin – From Las Vegas - Cesar Romero, Jackie Vernon, Fats Domino and Sammy Shore.

Johnny Carson – With Dennis Weaver and Billy De Wolfe.


Music news – February 22, 1970

Paul McCartney joins neighbors in complaining about the girls who muster outside his house at night. One London police inspector said, “Things reach a head every weekend with dozens of teenagers, mainly girls, there in droves.” “We can only move them on by threatening an obstruction charge. They stand outside all night, sometimes in the bitter cold. I don’t understand it.” 

Marilyn McCoo and The Fifth Dimension appear on an episode of “It Takes A Thief” this week. “Sing A Song of Murder” features the group performing two songs – one is Burt Bacharach’s “One Less Bell To Answer.”

Elvis Presley gives his first Houston concert appearance in 10 years and opens the 38th annual edition of “America’s Wildest Rodeo.”

Led Zeppelin are set for a new U.S. tour beginning March 23 -Portland, Oregon with stops including Denver, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Miami Beach and Memphis.

March 1 - The Ed Sullivan Show will be devoted exclusively to music composed by the Beatles. Besides the Beatles (on film/tape), appearing will be Dionne Warwick, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Peggy Lee and Duke Ellington, who composed a new concerto based on Beatle songs.

United Airlines is using John Denver’s “Leaving On A Jet Plane” in its commercials. 

Another rock festival – Concerts Inc will stage Wintersend, a pop fest on Easter Weekend, March 27-29 in South Dade County Florida. Among the acts signed are Canned Heat, Mountain, Country Joe & The Fish, Grateful Dead, Ritchie Havens, Sweetwater, Ike & Tina Turner, Johnny Winter, Steve Miller, John Mayall, Little Richard, Ten Years After, B.B. King and Joe Cocker. Tickets will be $20 for the entire festival.


Radio news – February 22, 1970  

ABC radio says it’s “Love” progressive rock format for FM stations will expand to 50 hours per week from 25. The package is now in 18 markets.

It’s announced that Jay Reynolds from WIFE Indianapolis is the new overnight jock at WABC, New York.  


Top Soul Hit Music Singles – February 22, 1970

Psychedelic Shack- Temptations

Thank You (Falettin Me Be mice Elf Again) – Sly and the Family Stone

Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time – Delfonics

Rainy Night in Georgia – Brook Benton

The Thrill is Gone – B.B. King

Oh What A Day – The Dells

I Want You Back – Jackson 5

Hey There Lonely Girl – Eddie Holman

Do The Funky Chicken – Rufus Thomas

Love Bones – Johnny Taylor

Moon Walk Mart 1 – Joe Simon

If You’ve Got A Heart – Bobby Bland

I’m Just A Prisoner – Candi Staton

If Walls Could Talk – Little Milton


Top pop hit music singles – February 22, 1970

 Love Grows – Edison Lighthouse

Leavin’ On A Jet Plane – Peter, Paul & Mary

Come And Get It – Badfinger

Let’s Work Together – Canned Heat

Witch’s Promise – Jethro Tull

Reflections Of My Life – marmalade

Two Little Boys – Rolf Harris

Temma Harbour – Mary Hopkin

I’m A Man – Chicago

Friends – Arrival

Venus – Shocking Blue


Top music albums – February 22, 1970

Led Zepplin II

Abbey Road – Beatles

Live In Las Vegas – Tom Jones 

Willie and the Poorboys – Creedance Clearwater Revival

Santana - Santana

I Want You Back – Jackson 5

Let It Bleed – Rolling Stones

Chicago – Chicago

Was Captured Live at the Forum – Three Dog Night

Joe Cocker – Joe Cocker

To Our Children’s Children’s Children – Moody Blues

Englebert Humperdinck – Englebert Humperdinck

Grand Funk – Grand Funk Railroad

The Band – The Band 

Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head – BJ Thomas

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