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




In The News

Night time attack as Israeli army forces smash four Egyptian gun and bunker positions in the first reported direct frontal assault across the Suez since the 1967 war.

An American cargo ship carrying bombs and other munitions to a U.S. base in Thailand is diverted to Cambodian waters after being seized by its civilian crew. Later, the New York Times reports that two crewman who used a bomb scare to seize control of the ship were reported to have been granted asylum in Cambodia. The name of the ship is the Columbia Eagle.

The Army charges 14 officers, including the West Point superintendent and another general, with misconduct in connection with the alleged massacre at My Lai, Vietnam. Ten soldiers were charged earlier with crimes at My Lai, but the highest ranking was three captains.

Right-wing opponents depose Prince Norodom Sibanouk as Cambodia’s chief of state – all this while he was visiting Moscow. A Radio Phnom Penh broadcast said that Sibanouk had “provoked” the political crisis in Cambodia, where in the last week crowds took to the streets in violent demonstrations against the presence of North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops in border regions.

 At least 20 are dead in an arson-caused fire in Seattle at the downtown Ozark hotel. Many leaped from flaming windows.

A  postal strike that began in the New York metropolitan area goes nationwide, despite a government agreement that wage talks would begin if the postal workers return to their jobs.

In Norfolk, Nebraska -  Three college students are electrocuted when a gunshot fired by one of them severed a 7,200-volt powerline and the wire fell across their car. A coed escaped death or injury by crawling through a window. The Nebraska Highway Patrol said the four had stopped along a county road. One of them left the car and was shooting at power line insulators.

Plans for an entirely new, innovative city of almost half million is proposed in Orange County California, not far from Disneyland. Located on the sprawling  farmlands of the Irvine Ranch would be the new city of Irvine, which would be the largest fully planned new city in the world and would cover more than 82 square miles with 500,000 people.

Woman’s lib – (University of Pennsylvania) Members of Philadelphia Women’s Liberation solemnly pledge “to abstain from love and love’s delight’s and demand repeal of all abortion laws. The demonstration was put on by the daughters of Lysistrata.  

Introducing Audi – a new car from Germany.


Sports news – March 15, 1970

Walter O’Malley names himself to chairman of the board of the Los Angeles Dodgers and appoints his son Peter as president of the ball club.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – March 15, 1970

Playing in Las Vegas –

Jerry Lewis – Caesars Palace

Don Ho – Flamingo

Wayne Newton – Frontier

Patti Page – Fremont

Gene Kelly – International

Trini Lopez – Landmark

Roger Miller – Riviera

Flip Wilson/Kim Weston – Sahara


Music news – March 15, 1970

 Elvis Presley has agreed to a nationwide closed circuit television appearance this summer that will bring him the largest fee- more than $1 million ever paid an entertainer for a single performance. The agreement calls for Presley to perform at the Las Vegas Convention Center that would be shown the same night via closed circuit to more than 200 outlets in some 150 cities. The date is August 8.

Ringo Starr records his first solo single, a new original song by himself titled “It Don’t Come Easy.” George Harrison was there to play guitar. Starr’s just completed his first album, consisting of 12 ballads including “Sentimental Journey.” 


Some best-selling books – March 15, 1970

The Godfather – Mario Puzo

The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles

Mr. Sammler’s Planet – Saul Bellow

Travels with My Aunt – Graham Greene

The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight – Jimmy Breslin

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex – david r. Reuben

The Selling of the President 1968 – Joe McGinniss

Mary Queen Of Scots – Antonio Fraser

Ruffles and Flourishes – Liz Carpenter


Television news – March 15, 1970

Unbelievable but its true –

Television producer Norman Felton (best known for Man From UNCLE) acquired a screenplay called “Terry and others” which was written by Rhodes scholar Don Bach. It had to do with a group of young activists who decide on a sow of force to attract attention. In it, bombs go-off in three Manhattan buildings – IBM, AT&T and Esso (Standard Oil). Just after the screenplay sold, three real bombs exploded in three New York buildings – IBM, General Telephone and Union oil. 



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

CBS – CBS news with Walter Cronkite, Hee Haw, Beverly Hillbillies, Medical Center, Hawaii Five-O, Merv Griffin

NBC – Huntley-Brinkley report, The Virginian, Bob Hope Special, Tennessee Ernie Ford Special, Tonight Show

ABC – ABC News with Frank Reynolds and Howard K. Smith, Nanny and the Professor, Courtship of Eddie’s Father, Room 222, Johnny Cash, Englebert Humperdinck, Dick Cavett


Hee Haw – Guests Faron Young and Dolly Parton.

The Virginian – A gunman robs a railroad stationmaster of a large payroll but loses the loot to his partner as they make a getaway.

Bob Hope special – With Perry Como, Barbara Eden, Tony Curtis and Billy Casper.

Johnny Cash – Guests – George Gobel, Jeannie C. Riley, Merle Haggard and Tommy Cash.

Hawaii Five-O – A foreign power plots a false tidal wave alert to divert attention from a kidnapping.

Tennessee Ernie Ford special – With Barbara Feldon, Eva Gabor, Joey Heatherton and Shirley Jones.

Englebert Humperdinck – Guests – Ken Berry, Kaye Stevens, Georgia Brown and Tommy Roe.

Late night talk:

Merv Griffin – Sam Levenson, Jacques Levy, Rodney Dangerfield, Ronnie Dyson

Johnny Carson – Guest host Alan King

Dick Cavett – Joe Cocker and the Grease Band


Some top pop hit music singles(top-40)USA – March 15, 1970



THE RAPPER – Jaggerz


TRAVELIN’ BAND - Creedence Clearwater Revival


EVIL WAYS - Santana



KENTUCKY RAIN - Elvis Presley


LOVE GROWS (Where My Rosemary Goes) - Edison Lighthouse

DIDN’T I (Blow Your Mind This Time) - Delfonics

INSTANT KARMA (We All Shine On) - John Ono Lennon

CELEBRATE - Three Dog Night


THANK YOU (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) - Sly & Family Stone

OH ME OH MY (I’m A Fool For You Baby) - Lulu

EASY COME, EASY GO - Bobby Sherman

NO TIME  Guess Who


VENUS - Shocking Blue

HONEY COME BACK - Glen Campbell

WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN - Creedence Clearwater Revival


Some top movies – March 15, 1970

Airports – Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin

Jenny – Marlo Thomas, Alan Alda

 The Ballad of Cable Hogue – Jason Robards, Stella Stevens, David Warner

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice – Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Elliott Gould, Dyan Cannon

Kaleidoscope – Warren Beatty, Susannah York

Hellfighters – John Wayne, Katherine Ross

Paint Your Wagon- Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood

A Boy Named Charlie Brown

What Do You Say To A Naked Lady? – (a film by Allen Funt)

MASH – Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt

Woodstock… The Movie

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