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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of July 17, 1970 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

 

 

In The News

On news of a stabilizing economy from the Commerce Department - stocks are up with the Dow closing up for the week at 723.44. The official White House view is that the economy should soon start growing again so that by the fourth quarter of this year, the advance would be at an annual rate between 2 and 3%. Inflation should be lower. The first half of the year - the consumer price index rose at an annual rate of 5.6%, down from last year’s 6% (all of 1969).

All 721 passengers and crewmen abandon the burning cruise ship Fulvia, 100 miles north of the Canary Islands safely. The ship was last reported to be totally on fire and listing. Most of the passengers were either Italian for French.

Vietnam - Large enemy forces move into the Siem Reap-Angkor region with many nightly attacks in the midst of one of the broadest North Vietnamese and Viet Cong drives so far in Cambodia... President Nixon meets with his diplomatic, military and intelligence high command on forthcoming U.S. negotiating strategy at the Vietnam peace talks.

Senator Edward Kennedy still fails to regain the high level of popularity he had enjoyed prior to his tragic car accident a year ago at Chappaquiddick Island. In the latest Gallup Poll survey - 25% give him a favorable rating. Just before the accident - he had hit 49% in the “extremely favorable’ rating... In another Gallup Pole, New York City mayor John Lindsay shows surprising voter appeal when matched as a Democrat against President Nixon and Gov George Wallace of Alabama. In the latest sampling - Lindsay wins the vote of 29% of registered voters to Nixon’s 46% and Wallace’s 15%.   

Six Arab Guerrillas hijack a Greek airliner and reject an offer by Aristotle Onassis to serve as a hostage. Onassis first offered himself as hostage instead of the 53 passengers and then made a money proposal to the hijackers. Both were turned down. So far, six have been released after the Greek government agreed to their demands to free seven Arab prisoners.

 

Prices at the Supermarket – July 17, 1970

“Kretschmer puts back the good - that puts back the zip! Try Kretschmer Wheat Germ with Sugar ‘n Honey, one of nature’s most nutritious cereals.” On your grocer’s shelf. From International Multifoods.

At the mart - Fresh Fryers - .29lb ... Tide Detergent - 49oz box - .82 ... French Bread - 16oz loaf - .41 ... 6-pack Dr Pepper (12oz cans) - .89 ... Average price of coffee - 16oz can - .90. 

 

Fascinating Facts  - No More "Sing-Sing" Prison - July 17, 1970

New York State changes the name of “Sing-Sing” prison to the Ossining Correctional Facility after the town in which it is located. Originally, Ossining, NY was originally called Sing-Sing, but the village changed its name because of the connection with the prison and its reputation for housing hardened criminals. Ossining is approx 25 miles north of Manhattan on the Hudson River.  The state is in the process of calling its 10 prisons and reformatories “correctional facilities” to put emphasis on rehabilitation of criminals. 

 

Sports news – July 17, 1970

Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants gets his 3000th hit - the 10th major leaguer in baseball history to reach that number. Ty Cobb leads the all-time hit list with 4,191... Dodger William Singer pitches a no-hitter in a game against the Phillies. The Dodgers win 5-0.

 

Bestselling books – July 17,1970

Love Story - Erich Segal

Deliverance - James Dkckey

Great Lion of God - Taylor Caldwell

The French Lieutenant’s Woman - John Fowles

The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight - Jimmy Breslin

Up the Organization - Robert Townsend

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex - David R. Reuben

The Sensuous Woman - “J”

The New English Bible

Zelda: A Biography - Nancy Milford

 

Entertainment/Celebrity news – July 17, 1970

Actor Dennis Hopper -34 (Easy Rider) says he wants to appear on national television to refute a claim that he used narcotics. “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 actor was referring to an article in Life magazine which said he used drugs. “Man the only thing I shoot up with is vitamin B12. My only habit-forming vice is cigarettes. Hopper says he wants to appear on the Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin and Dick Cavett late-night talk shows to refute the story.

 

Televison news – July 17, 1970

British actor Arthur Treacher, who has been Merv Griffin’s sidekick on the “Merv Griffin Show”, is leaving after 5 years. Treacher (76) joined the show when it debuted in 1965 in syndication. A CBS spokesman says there will be no replacement. Treacher says he would like to do stage work again, perhaps film or other television work.

 

Saturday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – July 17, 1970

CBS - The Jackie Gleason Show, My Three Sons, Green Acres, Petticoat Junction, Mannix

NBC - Ray Stevens Show, Adam-12, Movie

ABC - Let’s Make A Deal, Newlywed Game, The Lawrence Welk Show, The  Engelbert Humperdinck Show

NET (National Educational Television) - NET Playhouse

 

Green Acres - a movie star becomes a senator and immediately gets tangled in Hooterville’s highway hassles.

 

Music news – July 17, 1970

Singer Mama Cass appears regularly on the “Ray Stevens” show on Saturday nights (on NBC). The show is a summer replacement for Andy Williams. She’s billed as Ray’s special friend. A recurring gag sketch has her reposing on a couch while people pop up from behind it with surprise one-liners. The show is taped in Toronto. 

At your bookstore - “The Bacharach & David Song Book.” about the progress of the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David - in their words. 

Singer Eric Burden, formerly with the “Animals” has a new group with War, and a hit that’s climbing up the charts “Spill The Wine.” He has spent the last eight months rehearsing, recording and touring with War, which consists of six black musicians and a Danish harmonica virtuoso. “The new group is the most talented bunch of musicians I’ve ever worked with and that’s not just me hyping them.” Burdon has shifted his home base from England to Los Angeles. He says he’ll be introducing the group to English fans at the Isle of Wight pop festival next month. Burdon says he likes Los Angeles, because it’s in the middle of the movie business “and movies are still a big dream of mine.” “My first love is films and I still want to get there. The knowledge that I’ve gained in the music industry has been invaluable in teaching me a sense of timing and how to handle people. It’s improved my outward and inward vision but I’m still trying to get to the one thing that I want to do more than anything.”

 

Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – July 17, 1970

Make It With You - Bread

(They Long to Be) Close to You - The Carpenters

Band of Gold - Freda Payne

Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours - Stevie Wonder

Tighter, Tighter - Alive & Kicking

Mama Told Me (Not to Come) - Three Dog Night

Candles in the Rain - Melanie with the Edwin Hawkins Singers

(If You Let Me Make Love to You Then) Why Can't I Touch You? - Ronnie Dyson

War - Edwin Starr

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

The Love You Save - The Jackson 5

My Baby Loves Lovin' - White Plains       

 O-o-h Child - The Five Stairsteps

Get Ready - Rare Earth

Gimmie Dat Thing - Pipkins

Spill the Wine - Eric Burdon & War

Ride Captain Ride - The Blues Image

Hitchin' a Ride - Vanity Fare

Teach Your Children - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

25 or 6 to 4 - Chicago

I Want To Take You Higher - Ike & Tina Turner & Ikettes

In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry

Song of Joy (Himno a la Alegria) - Miguel Rios

The Wonder of You - Elvis Presley

 

Top  Music Albums – July 17, 1970

Woodstock - soundtrack

 McCartney - Paul McCartney

Let It Be - The Beatles

ABC - Jackson 5

Deja Vu - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Candles in the Rain - Melanie

On Stage - February 1970 - Elvis Presley

Live at Leeds - The Show

Self Portrait - Bob Dylan

Chicago - Chicago

 

Other music albums – July 17, 1970

Ladies of the Canyon - Joni Mitchell

Benefit - Jethro Tull

Cosmo’s Factory - Creedance Clearwater Revival

John Barleycorn Must Die - Traffic

I’ll Never Fall In Love Again - Dionne Warwick

Alone Together - Dave Mason

5th Dimension’s Greatest Hits - 5th Dimension

Ten Years Together - Peter, Paul & Mary

Sesame Street - Original TV soundtrack

On A Clear Day You Can See Forever - soundtrack (Barbra Streisand)

Greatest Hits - Sergio Mendes & Brasil ‘66

 American Woman - The Guess Who

Oliver! - soundtrack

Without Love (There is Nothing) - Tom Jones

Hello. I’m Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash

Morrison Hotel - The Doors

Here Comes Bobby - Bobby Sherman

Watertown - Frank Sinatra

Yesterday, When I Was Young - Roy Clark

Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel

Greatest Hits - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

Puppet Man - The 5th Dimension

Greatest Hits - Andy Williams

Bridge Over Troubled Water - Ray Conniff and the singers

 

Top movies – July 17, 1970

Catch 22 (A Mick Nichols film) - Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin, Arthur Garfunkel, Jack Gilford, Buck Henry, Bob Newhart, Anthony Perkins, Paula Prentiss, Martin Sheen, Jon Voight, Orson Welles.

On A Clear Day You Can See Forever - Barbra Streisand, Yves Montand, Bob Newhart, Larry Blyden, Simon Oakland, Jack Nicholson, John Richardson.

Walt Disney’s Boatniks - Robert Morse, Stefanie Powers, Phil Silvers, Norman Fell, Wally Cox, Don Ameche, Mickey Shaughnessy

Two Mules For Sister Sara - Shirley MacLaine, Clint Eastwood

Strawberry Statement - Bruce Davison, Kim Darby, James Coco

The Out-Of-Towners - Jack Lemmon, Sandy Dennis

Airport - Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster and an all-star cast

Myra Breckinridge - Mae West, John Huston, Raquel Welch, Rex Reed, Farrah Fawcett, John Carradine

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

Woodstock - a film by Michael Wadleigh

Patton - George C. Scott, Karl Malden

Getting Started - Elliott Gould, Candice Bergen

Suppose They Gave A War And Nobody Came? - Tony Curtis, Brian Keith, Ernest Borgnine, Suzanne Pleshette

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

The Grasshopper - Jacqueline Bisset, Jim Brown

Watermelon Man - Godfrey Cambridge, Estelle Parsons

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

El Condor - Jim Brown, Lee Van Cleef

Beyond the Valley Of The Dolls (story/screenplay by Roger Ebert) - Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom, John La Zar, Michael Blodgett, David Gurian, Edy Williams

Morooned - Gregory Peck, Richard Crenna, David Janssen, James Franciscus, Gene Hackman

Love Is A Funny Thing (a film by Claude Lelouch) - Jean-Paul Belmondo, Annie Girardot

Which Way To The Front? - Jerry Lewis, Jan Murray, Willie Davis, Kaye Ballard, Paul Winchell, Neil Hamilton, George Takei, Doodles Weaver

 
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