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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of April 1, 1970 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Nixon accuses Senate opponents of Supreme Court nominee G. Harold Carswell of trying to usurp his constitutional power to appoint members of the Supreme Court.

Historic precedent as President Nixon and Lyndon Johnson worship together in the White House. They heard John Cardinal Krol, Roman Catholic archbishop of Philadelphia attack crime and communism.

President Nixon asks Congress for an unprecedented 4-cent increase in the price of a first-class stamp – to 10 cents.

Capital Protest as demonstrators in a “March for Victory” walk down Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington to protest President Nixon’s “no-win” policy in Vietnam. The even was organized by the fundamentalist radio preacher Dr. Carl McIntire.

With a Japanese official and three crewmen as hostages, nine hijackers finally reach the North Korean capital pf Pyonyang in the Japan Air Lines Boeing 727 jetliner they hijacked. 

The new Cambodian government releases 485 political prisoners jailed during the regime of Prince Norodom Sihanouk. The prisoners were acclaimed as martyred victims of the deposed chief of state.

Vietnam – Brig. Gen. William Bond is shot and killed in a new outbreak of fighting after the enemy shelled more than 100 military bases and towns overnight in the heaviest attacks since last August.

After taking a survey, the National Education Assn. issues a report saying that desegregation has been accompanied by widespread demotion of black educators and humiliation of black teachers and students

Passing – Dr. Sam Shepard (46) – a former osteopath convicted in a controversial trial of the slaying of his first wife and then acquitted after nearly 10 years in prison.

Bent Larson of Denmark defeats world chess champ Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union. It was a match between 10 soviet grandmasters and an equal number from the rest of the world, played in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

In California – Four ChiP’s officers are slain The four patrolmen were killed when they stopped a car whose two occupants reportedly had brandished guns at another motorist on Interstate 5, near Gorman (not far from Los Angeles) after a minor traffic accident. One of the two gunmen committed suicide after deputies stormed a house where he had barricaded himself for almost six hours. The second suspect was captured while fleeing in a stolen truck.

President Nixon signs legislation making those responsible for oil spills liable for cleanup costs which can total millions of dollars.

Ronald Lee Miller – a former intelligence agent of the IRS is indicted for kidnapping Kenneth John Young, now 14, back in April of 1967. None of the $250,000 ransom money has been recovered.

The body of kidnapped West German Ambassador Count Karl von Spreti is found on the outskirts of Guatemala City. He had been killed by the left-wing revolutionary group that kidnapped him last week and demanded the release of 25 political prisoners and 4700,000 dollars for his return. 

With guests from international jet set, golfers, and celebrities, President and Mrs. Nixon host one of their most glamorous parties for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Seen – Billy Casper, Arnold Palmer, Charles Lindbergh, Frank Borman, Fred Astaire and others.

In A Gallup Poll – 58% favor lowering the voting age to 18.


Consumer news – April 1, 1970

More and more gas stations are offering lead-free fuel.


Sports news – April 1, 1970

The Los Angeles Rams’ Roman Gabriel is cast on an episode of “Ironside” – his dramatic debut.

Describing pitcher Denny McLain as a man duped “by his own gullibility and avarice” into thinking he was buying into a bookmaking operation, baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn suspends McLain for a half-year.

Earl Monroe scores 32 points as the Baltimore Bullets defeat the Knicks 102-92 – and making the semifinals even at two games apiece.


Radio news – April 1, 1970

The FCC orders non-commercial WUHY-FM, serving Philadelphia to pay $100 for “indecent” programming.


Television news – April 1, 1970

Eastman Kodak sponsors – The Academy Awards on ABC-TV. Sunday night. Look for Fred Astaire, Candice Bergen, Clint  Eastwood, Claudia Cardinale, Bob Hope, James Earl Jones, Myrna Loy, Cliff Robertson, John Wayne, John Voight, Raquel Welch, Barbara Streisand, Katharine Ross, Yves Montand, Glen Campbell, Michel Legrand, Lou Rawls, Nancy Sinatra, B.J. Thomas and others. 


Music news – April 1, 1970

Saturday on ABC-TV – On “Get It Together” – Tommy Roe and the Moody Blues.

On “American Bandstand” – Lee Marvin, Oliver. Lee Marvin sings “Wandering Star” from “Paint Your Wagon."

The Everly Brothers and Johnny Cash team for a summer musical-variety series on ABC.

The 5th Dimension will star in a musical-variety special on CBS May 21. Peter Max mod graphics will be featured. Guest will be Glen Campbell, Joey Heatherton and Flip Wilson. 


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – April 1, 1970

Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkle

Let It Be – The Beatles

Instant Karma – John Ono Lennon

Love Grows (where my Rosemary goes) – Edison Lighthouse

House of the Rising Sun – Frigid Pink

Come and Get It – Badfinger

Easy Come, Easy Go – Bobby Sherman

The Rapper – Jaggerz

Spirit in the Sky – Norman Greenbaum

ABC – Jackson 5


Top music albums this week – April 1, 1970


Wily and the Poor Boys – Creedence Clearwater Revival

Frijid Pink

 Morrison Hotel – The Doors

Hey Jude – The Beatles

Abbey Road – The Beatles

Led Zeppelin II

Easy Rider soundtrack

Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel



Television news – April 1, 1970

Daytime TV on NBC – “Life with Linkletter” – a talkshow seen around noon.

The 42nd annual Academy Awards this week – on ABC-TV.


Some top movies – April 1, 1970

Paint Your Wagon


A Boy Named Charlie Brown

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

Funny Girl

The Adventurers

2001: A Apace Odyssey


Funny Girl


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