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



In The News

President Nixon, encouraged by his field commanders, will deliver a televised speech about the war in Vietnam on Wednesday of this week. Apparently – the American and South Vietnamese military sweep into Communist sanctuaries of Cambodia has brought about a dramatic peace to the South Vietnamese province of Tay Ninh. 

Israel launches air strikes into three Arab countries – Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt after artillery exchanges claimed the lives of two schoolchildren and one each side and left several other children and adults wounded.

Thailand announces it would send 1,200 American-armed “volunteers” to Cambodia.

George C. Wallace wins a narrow victory over Gov. Albert Brewer in Alabama.

Maj. Robert B. Perry - a U.S. Army attaché in Amman, Jordan is gunned to death as the U.S Embassy there is hit by snipers. Arab guerrillas threaten the lives of at least 36 foreign hostages as open warfare continues in the Jordanian capital between guerrillas and army troops.

The FBI ends the processing of fingerprints for non-federal job applicants.

A fire destroys five buildings on Alcatraz Island, while the 150 Indians holding the former federal penitentiary refused to allow Coast Guard fire fighter or rescue vessels to land. Flames destroyed the old warden’s house and hospital, and badly damaged the infirmary, the fog signal building and the island’s towering lighthouse. The island’s occupants made little effort to fight the blaze, blaming a lack of water. The federal government removed its water barge last week after announcing the island would become a national recreation area. 

President Nixon removes Robert Finch as secretary of health, education and welfare and gives him a White House job instead. He’ll serve as one of three “counselors” to Mr. Nixon in which he’ll advise the President on domestic, foreign, and political matters. The new Chief of HEW goes go Elliot L. Richardson who is now undersecretary of state.

More Vietnam news - American troops fight off four Viet Cong attacks in the Fishhook border area of Cambodia after several days of ground operations. Four Americans are killed and 36 wounded. So far, no reports of Viet Cong losses. 

Argentina’s top military commanders depose Lt Gen Juan Carols Ongania as president and set themselves up as a junta to head the nation’s revolutionary regime.

Roberts Farms Inc - which has more than 4000 workers - signs a contract with Cesar Chavez’s AFL-CIO United Farm Workers Organizing Committee in another major victory for the union. The new contract provides that the present $1.75 an hour minimum wage will go up 10 cents an hour next year and another 15 cents the following year. Roberts will also pay 10 cents an hour per worker into a special medical program the union uses for its members. 


Consumer news – June 1, 1970

Package of 3 Audio Magnetic 60 Minute blank cassettes - $1.86

General Electric AM Clock Radio - solid state/instant sound - 4” dynamic speaker - $18.87.


Radio news – June 1, 1970

The famed “Credibility Gap” - a daily satirical comedy written and performed by Harry Shearer, Richard Bebee and David L Shearer is taken off the air by KRLA, Pasadena. The commentaries had been running since May 31, 1968. Instead, the station wants the trio to conduct question and answer man-on-the-street type interviews. Says Lander “it’s like taking   the on-day Broadway flop ‘Kelly’ and calling it “My Fair Lady’ so that people will come to see it.” KRLA played the skits between disc jockey patter and music. “The Credibility Gap” is a favorite in hip Hollywood and tapes have made their way to Vietnam. Editor’s note - Harry Shearer went on to a successful television career - in writing and acting.


Sports news – June 1, 1970

The Philadelphia Phillies - who haven’t won a National League pennant since 1950 - hire professional hexer Jacob Zook to bring better luck to the team.

Quarterback Jack Kemp of the Buffalo Bills is running for a seat in Congress in New York’s 39th district. The area includes a portion of Buffalo.


Best-selling books – June 1, 1970

 “Love Story” - Erich Segal, “Deliverance” - James Dickey, “Great Lion of God” - Taylor Caldwell, “Travels With My Aunt” - Graham Greene, “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” - John Fowles, “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex” - David R. Reuben, “Up The Organization” - Robert Townsend, “The Sensuous Woman” - J, “Mary Queen of Scots” - Antonia Fraser, “Love and Will” - Rollo May


Sports news – June 1, 1970

Terry Sawchuk, considered by many toe greatest hockey goalie of all time, dies of cardiac arrest following extensive abdominal surgery He was 40. He played last season with the New York Rangers.


Music news – June 1, 1970

Country singer Faron Young is hurt and charged with reckless driving in connection with a two-car crash. Young suffered a cut through the middle of his tongue and minor facial cuts- stilling his singing voice temporarily. Police say his car was on the wrong side of the road, near his home in the Nashville suburbs. Young has had a string of hits on the country charts since 1953 - with his biggest hit  “Hello Walls” from 1961.  

Appearing on the syndicated “David Frost Show” - folksinger Joan Baez says don’t count her in on the women’s liberation movement: “One of these days some of those feminists will bump me off in an alley because personally, I can’t take it seriously. “I believe that women are oppressed, but I can’t go along with their emphasis on power ... In the process of getting power, you will inevitably oppress some other group It’s the same hassle I have with black power or red power.” 

Singer Stevie Wonder discloses he will marry Miss Serita Wright in a few months. She’s a secretary who works for Tamla Motown Co. The singer says they have been composing songs together.

Appearing at the Gaslight in Greenwich Village – Don Cooper. Miles Davis appears at the Village Gate.

 Lead guitarist Paul Kantner of The Jefferson Airplane is convicted of possession of marijuana in Honolulu. He is fined $150.

Former Monkee Mike Nesmith appears solo at the Troubadour in Hollywood. Nesmith has a new album out on RCA records.


Television news  - June 1, 1970

NBC says that James Stewart will star in his own television show in the ‘71-72 television season. It’ll be a half-hour comedy and his first television series.

At the Emmy Awards this week. Bill Cosby served as Master of Ceremonies:

Best new series - Room 222

Best comedy series - “My World And Welcome To It”

Best drama series - “Marcus Welby, MD”

Best actor in a comedy - William Windom- “My World and Welcome To It”

 Best actress in a comedy - Hope Lange - “The Ghost and Mrs Muir”

Best supporting actor in a comedy - Michael Constantine - “Room 222”

Best supporting actress in a comedy - Karen Valentine - “Room 222”

Best actor in a drama - Robert Young - “Marcus Welby, MD

Best supporting actor in a drama - James Brolin - “Marcus Welby, MD

Best supporting actress in a drama - Gail Fisher - “Mannix.”


Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – June 1, 1970

CBS – Hee Haw, You’re In Love Charlie Brown, Medical Center, Hawaii Five-O, Merv Griffin

NBC – The Virginian, Kraft Music Hall, Then Came Bronson, Tonight

ABC – Nanny and the Professor, Courtship of Eddie’s Father, Room 222, John Cash Show, Englebert Humperdinck, Dick Cavett


Hee Haw – Merle Haggard and Bonnie Owens guest.

Engelbert Humperdinck – Gina Lollobrigida, Kaye Ballard, Lou Rawls and Roger Whittaker guest.

Kraft Music Hall – Bob Denver, Carol Lawrence and Val Doonican guest.

Johnny Cash Show – O.C. Smith, Hanks Williams Jr. and Linda Ronstadt guest.

Johnny Carson Tonight Show – Ray Stevens, Ace Trucking Company.

Dick Cavett – Beverly Sills, Leonard Frey.


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

Cecilia - Simon & Garfunkel

The Long and Winding Road - The Beatles

Which Way You Goin' Billy? -  The Poppy Family featuring Susan Jacks                               

Everything Is Beautiful - Ray Stevens

The Love You Save - The Jackson 5

Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today) -  The Temptations 

Love On a Two-Way Street - The Moments       

Get Ready - Rare Earth (Rare Earth)                       

American Woman - The Guess Who

Up Around the Bend - Creedence Clearwater Revival

The Letter - Joe Cocker

Lay Down (Candles In the Rain) - Melanie with the Edwin Hawkins Singers

Band of Gold - Freda Payne

Hitchin' a Ride - Vanity Fare

Daughter of Darkness - Tom Jones

Turn Back the Hands of Time - Tyrone Davis

United We Stand - The Brotherhood of Man

Reflections of My Life - Marmalade

O-o-h Child - The Five Stairsteps

Gimme Dat Ding - The Pipkins                           

Come Saturday Morning - The Sandpipers

Ride Captain Ride - The Blues Image

The Wonder of You - Elvis Presley 

Love Land - Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Rhythm Band

Mama Told Me Not To Come - Three Dog Night


Top music albums – June 1, 1970

Let It Be - The Beatles

McCartney- Paul McCartney

Tom - Tom Jones

Chicago - Chicago

Deja Vu - Crosby, Stills, Nash &  Young

Santana - Santana

Woodstock - original sound track

Steppenwolf Live - Steppenwolf

Hey Jude - The Beatles

Band Of Gypsys - Jimi Hendrix

Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel

American Woman - The Guess Who

Here Comes Bobby - Bobby Sherman 

Company - original Broadway cast

I’ll Never Fall In Love Again - Dionne Warwick

Live At Leeds - The Who

Blood, Sweat & Tears - Blood, Sweat & Tears

Joe Cocker - Joe Cocker

Band of Gypsys - Jimi Hendrix

American Woman - Guess Who

Abbey Road - The Beatles

Bitches Brew - Miles Davis

5th Dimension’s Greatest Hits - 5th Dimension

Candles In The Rain - Melanie

It Ain’t Easy - Three Dog Night

Sweet Baby James - James Taylor

Something’s Burning - Kenny Rogers & The First Edition

Spirit In The Sky - Norman Greenbaum

Ladies Of The Canyon - Joni Mitchell

Benefit - Jethro Tull

The Best Of Peter, Paul & Mary - Peter, Paul & Mary

Moondance - Van Morrison

John B. Sebastian - John B. Sebastian

Sentimental Journey - Ringo Starr

Don’t It Make You Want To Home - Joe South

Magic Christian - Badfinger

Live Peace In Toronto 1969 - The Plastic Ono Band

On Time - Grand Funk Railroad

12 Songs - Randy Newman


Some top movies – June 1, 1970

Getting Straight - Elliot Gould, Candice Bergen

Blow-Up - Vanessa Redgrave, David Hemmings, Sarah Miles

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

The Grasshopper - Jacqueline Bisset, Joseph Cotten, Jim Brown

Patton - George C. Scott

Airport - Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, George Kennedy, Jacqueline Bisset, Helen Hays, Van Heflin, Maureen Stapleton, Barry Nelson, Lloyd Nolan, Dana Wynter, Barbara Hale 

The Losers - William Smith, Bernie Hamilton, Adam Roarke

Paint Your Wagon - Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Jean Seberg

Let It Be - The Beatles (Produced by Neil Aspinall)

The Landlord - Beau Bridges, Lee Grant, Diana Sands, Pearl Bailey

MASH - Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall, Joanne Pflug

Walt Disney’s “King of the Grizzlies”

Beneath The Planet Of The Apes - James Franciscus, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, Linda Harrison, Paul Richards, Victor Buono, James Gregory, Charlton Heston

Allen Funt’s “What Do You Say To A Naked Lady?”

Too Late The Hero - Michael Caine, Cliff Robertson, Ian Bannen, Harry Andrews, Henry Fonda

 The Magic Christian - Peter Sellers, Ringo Starr

Woodstock - Joan Baez, Joe Cocker, Country Joe & The Fish, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, John Sebastian, Sha-Na-Na, Sly & The Family Stone, Ten Years After, The Who and 400,000 other Beautiful People

South Pacific - Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr, France Nuyen

Ned Kelly - Mick Jagger

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