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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of July 9, 1970 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts





In The News

The House Ways and Means Committee agrees to a major trade bill that would impose mandatory import quotas on shoes and textiles other than cotton. The bill marks a sharp departure from the nation’s 37-year-old policy moving toward freer trade.

After declining for six months, the nation’s GNP levels-out in the second quarter of 1970, signaling the end of the recession.

Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Anne are welcomed at the White House. President Nixon told them they should feel very much at home and get to know this country from Congress to the local baseball team.    

Passing - Preston Foster - of film and television.

San Francisco - A head-on collision on a Golden Gate Bridge approach ramp kills none and injures three others. Officers say a southbound car veered over the centerline into a northbound auto on the Doyle Drive approach. The death toll so far is the highest on record in San Francisco for a two-car collision. 

Mary Brunner, one of Charles Mansion’s “girls” is arraigned on a grand jury indictment accusing her of murder in the torture slaying of musician Gary Hinman last summer. 

In the latest edition of “Pageant” an article by Matin Cohen telling of an epidemic of syphilis. Since 1957 there has been a 200% increase in syphilis among teenagers alone.


Fascinating Facts – Freak Accident – July 9, 1970

Freak accident -  Byron Arola, 14, picked up a bright yellow rope that bell on a beach in Honolulu and began wrapping it around his right arm. About 1,000 feet away, across the highway, a man had just towed a glider into the air, turned his pickup truck around and drove back down the runway with the tow rope still attached. The rope whipped the boy of his feet and dragged him 100 feet across the beach into a chain-link fence. He later died.


Technology news – Cable-TV Update – July 9, 1970

Cable TV update - the average subscriber pays $60 a year for cable service. Business Week magazine says it’s a great business to get into - because operating expenses of the average carrier are just $30 a subscriber. Once known as “Community Antenna Television” - it was used in mostly rural areas where a master antenna picked-up weak signals and retransmitted them via cable into television homes. CATV is now just getting into large cities and is growing at a rate of 20 go 25% a year. There are more than 2,500 systems now serving more than 4.5 million subscribers. Systems have been sold at a pricing rate of 4200 to as high as $700 per home served Wall Street now places a $400-$500 value to each home set. Most systems carry about 12 channels, but coaxial cable, some say, has the capacity to carry up to 80 channels. The FCC, in a move to foster added diversity, just ruled that by next April 1, all CATV stations with 3,500 or more subscribers must originate programming as well as pick it up from over-the-air stations. Manhattan Cable in New York is a pioneer in original programming. It is the only system in the country that carries professional sports live and the only one that sows movies entirely without commercials. The owners are thinking of microwaving Madison Square Garden to other systems in other states.  

A federal study says that computer centers, with their clacking printers and data-processing machines, are noisy enough to cause permanent hearing damage to people who work in them. Most of the noise comes from the equipment used to cool the computers and the machines that feed data into the computers and receive the answers from them. A typical center with one computer and its data punching and assorted equipment has noise levels that range from 89 to 94 decibels throughout the day.


Sports news – July 9, 1970

The National League beats the American League 5-4 in the all-star game in Cincinnati. Among those in the crowd in the new Riverfront stadium - President Nixon. With two out in the bottom of the 12th, Peter Rose singled. Then Dodger infielder Billy Grabarkewitz, hit a single between third and short, moving Rose to second, Jim Hickman of the cubs then singled to center, driving Rose home.   

Having just come off a narrow defeat in the Wimbledon finals - Billie Jean King will now have to undergo another knee operation “The pain is so bad that you wonder whether you can walk again. But then, if there’s one thing I really can’t stand, it’s losing. That kills me too. She’ll undergo surgery to remove part of her right kneecap - the same operation that was performed on her left knee 22 months ago.

Gallup Poll - Sen. Edward Kennedy fails to regain the high level of popularity he had enjoyed prior to his tragic car accident on Chappaquiddick Island a year ago. This week - he’s at a 25% favorable rating, down from a 34% in January. Before the accident  - it was 49%.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – July 9, 1970

Comedian Bill Cosby makes his debut as a jazz bandleader at Newport in Rhode Island. Crosby’s crew consisted of a dozen LA and New York jazz and rock musicians.

Governor Ronald Reagan of California announces that singer Frank Sinatra supports him in a race for reelection against Democrat Jess Unruh.  Says Sinatra - “I don’t agree with everything Reagan does and I told him so. But what do you do? It’s better than not voting, I told Reagan that."

Actor Dennis Hopper, referring to an article in an issue of Life magazine, which said he used drugs, says he wants to appear on national television to refute the claim. “When they (young people) read that Dennis Hopper can take heroin and still write, direct and act in movies, they will get the mistaken impression that heroin is not bad. The article is not true and most unfair. Man, the only thing I shoot up with is vitamin B12. My only habit-forming vice is cigarettes.” 

Actor Jerry Orbach - star of Broadway’s “Promises Promises” is set to make his motion picture debut in, “A Fan’s Notes” for Warner Brothers.


Television news – July 9, 1970

Frank Sinatra will be Dinah Shore’s initial guest when her daytime series “Dinah’s Place” debuts on NBC in August. The show will be patterned as sort of a woman’s magazine on the air. 


Tuesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – July 9, 1970

CBS - Movie, Governor and J.J., Special-Company C

NBC - Baseball

ABC - Mod Squad, Movie, Marcus Welby, MD

NET - NET Festival


Late night talk -

 CBS - Merv Griffin - Milton Berle, Kathryn Grayson, Little Richard

NBC - Johnny Carson - Charles Nelson Reilly, Phyllis Newman

ABC - Dick Cavett - Alan Sues, George Rhodes


Some top movies – July 9, 1970

The Cheyenne Social Club - James Stewart, Henry Fonda

Two Mules For Sister Sara - Clint Eastwood, Shirley MacLaine


 The Grasshopper - Jacqueline Bisset, Joseph Cotton, Jim Brown

Ann and Eve - Gio Petre, Marie Liljedahl

Walt Disney’s Boatniks - Robert Morse, Stefanie Powers, Phil Silvers

On A Clear Day You Can See Forever - Barbra Streisand, Yves Montand

Kelly’s Heroes - Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O’connor, Donald Sutherland

Myra Breckinridge - Mae West, John Huston, Raquel Welch

The Angel Levine - Zero Mostel, Harry Belafonte, Ida Kaminska, Milo O’Shea, Gloria Foster

The Hawaiians - Charlton Heston, Geraldine Chaplin, John Phillip Law

 Catch 22 - Martin Balsam

Patton - George C. Scott

Airport - Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin

The Strawberry Statement - Bruce Davison, Kim Darby

The Out of Towners - Jack Lemmon, Sandy Dennis

Beyond The Valley of the Dolls - Dolly Read, Cyntha Myers, Marcia Mc Broom, John La Zar, Michael Blodgett,

A Boy Named Charlie Brown


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