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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of May 8, 1970 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

In a televised news conference to the nation, President Nixon says that operations in Cambodia have gone so well - that the withdrawal of the first U.S. troops would begin next week. He promised that all Americans would be withdrawn from the neutral country by the end of June.

At least 20 men and 6 woman are seen bathing naked in the shallow water of the pool adjacent the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. At first, police looked the other way, but later - two males were arrested for indecent exposure.

Two male students are killed and 10 injured after police and highway patrolmen open fire on the campus of black Jackson State College in Mississippi. Officers say they fired at a dormitory after someone fired shots at them.

Robert White, President of Kent State University tells students their school would remain closed until the summer session - at least. The decision was made after 4 students were killed last week in confrontation with national guardsmen on campus.

Vice President Agnew tells a TV audience that national guardsman “overreacted” and may in a sense have been guilty of murder in the revolt at Kent State University last week. Agnew was interviewed for the syndicated “David Frost Show."

Interviewed by a TV reporter in Honolulu, bachelor Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau of Canada asks the reporter out. She declined, saying she was married. The prime minister then asked why she hides her rings under her notebook.


Consumer news – May 8, 1970

Now available at Texaco stations - lead free gasoline.

At the store - A Black & Decker electric edger - $34.99 ... Jergens hand lotion - 12 1/2oz bottle - $1.39 ... 20” hedge shears - $2.48 


Bestselling books – May 8, 1970

“Deliverance” - James Dicky, “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” -  Wanted to Know About Sex’ - David R. Reuben


Sports news – May 8, 1970

Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs hits the 500th home run of his career. He’s the ninth player in major league history to hit that high mark.

The city of Montreal is awarded the 1976 Summer Olympic Games in a surprise decision. The other cities in the running were Moscow and Los Angeles.


Radio news- May 8, 1970

Kahn labs installs its AM stereo system on a station in a major market. Station XTRA (690-AM) is telling its listeners they can hear their beautiful music in AM stereo by taking one radio and tuning it just to the left and take another radio and tune it slightly to the right. Beaming its signal from the Mexican border,  XTRA can be heard in San Diego and Los Angeles.


Television news – May 8, 1970

In town to film “The Beverly Hillbillies” - Rep Barry Goldwater Jr. of California gives Buddy Epsen, Max Baer Jr., Irene Ryan and Donna Douglas a guided tour of the White House. The four received double takes - still in makeup and costume.

Liz And Richard Burton tape “Here’s Lucy” this week at Paramount in Hollywood.

The FCC rules that TV networks will be prohibited from acquiring subsidiary rights and interests in TV programs by any other source other then themselves. The ruling goes into affect September. Also, the commission says that TV stations in the top-50 markets where there are 3 or more commercial TV stations, can only broadcast 3 hours of primetime from a network between 7 and 11pm. That ruling goes into affect September of next year.  


Tuesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – May 8, 1970

CBS - Special-Arthur Godfrey’s America, The Red Skelton Show, The Governor and JJ, 60 Minutes ... NBC - I Dream Of Jeannie, The Debbie Reynolds Show, Julia, NBC Tuesday Night At The Movies ... ABC - Movie, Marcus Welby, MD


Julia is brought to you with pride by General Foods. 

Buffy Sainte-Marie is showcased on the CBS Sunday morning show “Camera Three.”


Music news – May 8, 1970

Diana Ross makes her debut as a solo performer at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas. The show's wardrobe was designed by Bob Mackie.

Little Richard suffers a broken wrist and five others are injured after part of the stage gives away at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles. The stage gave way after about 50 fans rushed to the stage after the Rock and Roll legend began singing “Come On.” About 80 people were arrested.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – May 8, 1970

“Spirit In The Sky” - Norman Greenbaum, “Cecilia” - Simon And Garfunkle, “American Woman” - The Guess Who, “Turn Back The Hands Of Time” - Tyrone Davis, “Let It Be’ - The Beatles, “Everything Is Beautiful” - Ray Stevens, “Up Around The Bend’ - Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Make Me Smile” - Chicago, “Love On A Two Way Street” - The Moments, “Woodstock” - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, “Reach Out And Touch (Somebody’s Hand)” - Diana Ross, “For The Love Of Him” - Bobbi Martin, “Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)” - Melanie/Edwin Hawkins Singers.


Some top movies – May 8, 1970

Airport - Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin


Tell Them The Boy Is Here - Robert Blake, Katherine Ross

 Start The Revolution Without Me - Donald Sutherland, Gene Wilder.

A Walk In The Spring Again - Anthony Quinn, Ingrid Bergman 

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