Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of May 1, 1970 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
President Nixon orders several thousand American troops into Cambodia to wipe out the “headquarters” for the entire Communist military operation in South Vietnam. He stressed in a speech that this was not an invasion of Cambodia.
President Nixon agrees to meet with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which is trying to find a means of halting U.S. military operations in Cambodia.
Defense Secretary Melvin R. Laird warns he would recommend a renewal of bombing of North Vietnam if the Communists respond to U.S. actions in Cambodia by “significant” invasion or infiltrations across their boundary with South Vietnam.
Vietnam – U.S. Air Force bombers wipe out part of the Cambodian rubber plantation town of Mimot after Army helicopters were fired on by North Vietnamese troops.
Kent State Shootings:
Four students are shot to death on the Kent State University campus when national guardsmen, believing a sniper had attacked them, fired into a crowd of rioting antiwar protesters. At least 11 were wounded before order was restored. The town of Kent was sealed off and a judge ordered the university’s 20,000 students to leave the campus by noon the next day.
One of the dead victims was Sandy Lee Scheuer (20), who was talking to a speech therapy class at Kent State when hit by the rifle bullet that killed her.
Kent State wake - In California, Gov Ronald Reagan asks the University of California and the state colleges to shut down through Sunday.
45 arrests made during a weekend of protest on Yale University’s historic green include peacemakers as well as militants from a half-dozen states.
Bernice Sandler – a leader of the national women’s equal education rights group files charges forbidding government contractors to discriminate by sex. “The orders never had been used this way in the past, but we were watching what the blacks were doing and we came across a footnote that the orders had been extended to include sex.”
Speakers at the Supermarket Market Institute convention in Houston describe the typical supermarket 10 years from now as “customized,” “more personable” or “a no-nonsense” shopping machine to move merchandise as efficiently as possible.” Said one speaker – “We are going to customize stores to fit different income levels, different ethnic groups.”
Sports news – May 1, 1970
(Longshot) Dust Commander wins the Kentucky Derby.
Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie/ Hollywood news - May 1, 1970
Passing – Inger Stevens (34) shortly after she was found lying semiconscious on the kitchen floor of her Hollywood Hills home. She was still alive when she was found clad in a negligee by her roommate… from an overdose of sleeping pills. On June 1, she was to begin filming a new TV adventure series for ABC-TV “The Most Deadly Game” with Ralph Bellamy and George Maharis.
National Lampoon Worst Awards are named this week:
Jane Fonda – worst actress for “Spirits of the Dead.”
Peter Fonda – worst actor – ‘Easy Rider.”
Mia Farrow – worst supporting actress – “Secret Ceremony”
Dennis Hopper – worst supporting actor – “Easy Rider”
Worst movies – “Medium Cool,” Putney Swope,” “Topaz,” “Easy Rider,” “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,” “The Maltese Bippy,” “True Grit,” “John and Mary,” “Hello Dolly!,” and “Last Summer.”
Television news – May 1, 1970
After ten years of silence – U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers tells his story on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson on Tuesday. Read Powers’ new book “Operation Overflight.”
Lesley warren is cast as a regular member of the Mission: Impossible IMF Force. She’ll portray a top female agent in the popular series.
The Men From Shiloh will be the new name of “The Virginian” seen on NBC-TV. The twist will be the newest trend in television – the series will rotate three productions as in “The Bold Ones” and “Name of the Game.” All three programs are produced by Universal.
A Laugh-In show featuring Tony Curtis as guest star is pulled off the repeat schedule by NBC, after his arrest earlier this week in London for possession of marijuana.
Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 1, 1970
CBS – CBS News with Roger Mudd, LFJ: Tragedy and Transition, My Three Sons, Green Acres, Petticoat Junction, Mannix
NBC – Huntley-Brinkley Report, Kraft Hall of Fame, NBC Saturday Night At The Movies
ABC – Let’s Make A Deal, Newlywed Game, Lawrence Welk, Jimmy Durante Presents the Lennon Sisters
Kraft Hall of Fame – “Teacher Teacher – A widowed father, handyman and tutor try to give a retarded teen boy a basic education. Stars George Grizzard, David McCallum Ossie Davis.
Green Acres – Hank Kimball prepares to wed lady Ralph Monroe (the carpenter).
NBC Movie – “Nobody’s Perfect” with James Whitmore, Doug McClure, Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta.
Lennon Sisters – Leslie Uggams, Vic Damone and Arte Johnson guest.
Music news – May 1, 1970
Now at bookstores – “The Nashville Sound” by Paul Hemphill. “The music, the people who write, play and sing it, and the men who made it great, from Jimmie Rodgers through the legendary Hank Williams right up to Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard and such converts from folk and folk rock as Bob Dylan.
Passing – Famed West coast DJ Al Jarvis (60) after a second heart attack.
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – May 1, 1970
SPIRIT IN THE SKY - Norman Greenbaum
ABC - Jackson 5
AMERICAN WOMAN - Guess Who
LET IT BE – Beatles
INSTANT KARMA (We All Shine On) - John Ono Lennon
SOMETHING’S BURNING - Kenny Rogers & First Edition
COME AND GET IT - Badfinger
LOVE OR LET ME BE LONELY - Friends Of Distinction
TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME - Tyrone Davis
VEHICLE - Ides of March
FOR THE LOVE OF HIM - Bobbi Martin
REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE - Marmalade
WHAT IS TRUTH - Johnny Cash
UP THE LADDER TO THE ROOF - Supremes
TENNESSEE BIRD WALK - Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan
WOODSTOCK - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
UP AROUND THE BEND - Creedence Clearwater Revival
CECILIA - Simon & Garfunkel
LITTLE GREEN BAG - George Baker Selection
Some top movies May 1, 1970
Serafino – Adriano Celetano, Ottavia Piccolo, Saro Urzi
Sympathy For the Devil –
End of the Road (rated X) – Stacy Keach, Harris Yulin, Dorothy Tristan, James Earl Jones
Halls of Anger (music by Dave Grusin) – Calvin Lockhart, Janet MacLachlan, James A. Watson Jr. Jeff Bridges
The Forbin Project – Eric Braeden, Susan Clark, Gordon Pinsent
Airport – Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin
A Man Called Horse – Richard Harris
The Libertine – Catherine Spaak, Jean-Louis Trintignant
Flareup – Raquel Welch
The Boys In The Band
Bloody Mama – Shelley Winters, Pat Hingle, Don Stroud
Jenny – Marlo Thomas
Start The Revolution Without Me – Gene Wilder, Donald Sutherland
The 5-Man Army – Peter Graves, James Daly, Bud Spencer, Nino Casteinuovo, Tetsuro Tamba