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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of July 24, 1970 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts





In The News

A federal grand jury indicts 13 members of the radical Weatherman group on charges of conspiring to bomb police stations and other government and educational buildings in Berkeley, Chicago, Detroit and New York. Atty Gen. John N. Mitchel said in announcing the indictment in Washington that it resulted from an investigation begun after a March 6 explosion destroyed a Greenwich Village townhouse in New York City.

Vice Admiral Hyman G. Rickover says the Soviet Union could start history’s biggest war tomorrow and “I am frankly not confident the outcome of such a war would be in our favor.” Rickover often is called the father of the nuclear submarine and has long been a champion of an expanded U.S. Navy.

Smog levels in New York City cause an alert. Mayor John Lindsay declares the first stage of an emergency alert and warns New Yorkers to “prepare for the banning of all private vehicles from certain areas of the city” if the pollution crisis worsened.

Cultist Charles Manson’s attorney and a novice lawyer trying his first jury case are jailed for contempt of court in the Tate-La Bianca murder trial. Irving Kanarek, Manson’s lawyer, is cited for contempt reportedly for repeated interruptions of the testimony of the state’s key witness, Linda Kasabian. Ronald Hughs, a balding, bearded attorney, who represents Leslie Van Houton, is found in contempt for using profanity at a conference before the bench in the afternoon session.


Fascinating Business news – July 24, 1970

First of the DC-10 trijets make a public debut at the McDonnell Douglas plant in Long Beach, Calif. Called an airbus by some and a junior jumbo by others, the 270-375-passenger aircraft, the ceremonies were attended by Vice President Spiro Agnew. He described the new jet as “larger, cleaner and quieter” and said it signifies the struggles and success of two men - Douglas and McDonnell, who between them celebrate their 50th anniversary in the aircraft business this month.  


Sports news – July 24, 1970

Washington Redskins coach Vince Lombardi undergoes surgery for the second time in a month at Georgetown University and is reporting resting comfortably. The nature of the operation is undisclosed... Johnny Bench hits three straight homers and a single and drives in seven runs as the Cincinnati Reds dump the St Louis Cardinals 12-5. Pitcher Steve Carlton was a victim of all three homers.


Fashion news for men – July 24, 1970

Fashion for men - the latest look for tuxedos for men - wide, peaked satin lapels are back on the single-breasted tux, The new tie is a wide, wide, bow. Another trend is the informalized formal look of a fancy cotton or silk eyelet shirt worn open with a paisley scarf to cover hair on the chest.


Best-selling books – July 24, 1970

The French Lieutenant’s Woman - John Fowles

Great Lion God - Taylor Caldwell

Love Story - Erich Segal

Calico Palace - Gwen Bristow

Deliverance - James Dickey

Losing Battles - Eudora Welty

The Godfather - Mario Puzo

Travels With My Aunt - Graham Greene

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

The Sensuous Woman - “J”  

Zelda: A Biography - Nancy Milford

Hard Times - Studs Terkel

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language - William Morris

Human Secual Inadequacy - William H. Masters and Virginia E. Johnson


Fascinating Facts – Tale Of Murder – July 24, 1970

Scary story - a murdered girl gets to tell her story by writing a note - which leads to the arrest of her killer. Adele Kohr (20) was driving along the Sagtikos State Parkway on Long Island late night from her nursing assistant job, when she realized she was being followed. Instead of taking the exit leading to her home, the pretty blonde turned onto a spur leading to a state park toll booth for safety reasons. No one was at the booth. The guard had just left duty. His replacement wasn’t due for several minutes. Authorities say Miss Kohr locked the car’s windows and doors and wrote the note. When a state trooper arrived at the scene at 12:15am, he found her car with its engine running, its lights burning. A window was broken and there was blood on the door. Eleven hours later, he body battered body was found nude near a road 15 miles away.

Life Magazine contract to astronaut’s ends - since 1962, the pool of astronauts has been sharing a $200,000-a-year contract with Life magazine for exclusive U.S. and Canadian periodical rights to their personal stores. The contract was designed to end one year after the safe return of the first U.S. astronauts to walk on the moon. Since the contract was signed in 1962 with the seven original astronauts and the second group of nine, the astronaut corps has grown to 49 on active duty at the end of July. Payments to each astronaut during the first year of the contract were about $12,500, but dropped to about $3,000 during the past year because of the larger group participating.  


Technology news – Audio Tape Formats – July 24, 1970

Car tape systems - sorting out the confusion - you can get tapes in these formats - 8-track, 4-track and cassette. 8-tracks and 4-track cartridges are continuous playing - they don’t rewind like a cassette.  Today, 4-track has the best quality, and 4-track tapes are the cheapest - about $5.98. 8-tracks are $1 more.  But, more albums are available in 8-tracks and cassettes. Why is this? Because the main 8-track pusher, Lear, is pushing 8-tracks like crazy and record manufacturers make more money with 8-tracks. But cassettes are becoming more popular. With a cassette, you can record albums etc. So far, there are no recordable 8-track tape decks. 


More Technology news – July 24, 1970

Telecommunications news - The Federal Communications Commission says it has approved an application by Western Union to acquire American Telephone & Telegraph’s teletypewriter exchange service (TWX) for $85 million. TWX is a service that interconnects teletypewriters through an exchange much like telephones, permitting subscribers to communicate with each other. 


Television news – July 24, 1970

A total of 56 television stations will carry Jerry Lewis’ Labor Day telethon for the benefit of Muscular Dystrophy Associations of America. The show will originate from the Americana Hotel in New York.

Television star Lorne Greene - Ben Cartwright of the Bonanza series - says a little bit of violence on TV isn’t going to hurt anyone. “I think the anti-violence thing is absolutely nonsense. A person will become violent from watching something violent only if his environment is violent.”

Hanna-Barbera Productions enters into an arrangement with Kirshner entertainment Corp to provide lyrics and music for Hanna-Barbera’s The Harlem Globetrooters, an animated cartoon series debuting in the fall on CBS.

Steve Allen will have a new syndicated television show this fall. In it, Allen will move the show to some foreign locations and feature special panel discussion within the non-scripted format. The show will be produced in Hollywood.   

More television news - Florence Henderson of The Brady Bunch is among guests set for appearances on NBC’s new Don Knotts Show. Others include Chuck Connors, Robert Morse, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans,

Sammy Davis Jr. and Donald O’Connor... The Dean Martin show will have a new look for its sixth season beginning this fall. There’ll be new decor in Dino’s living room set, more musical numbers, plus the addition of the Golddiggers as regulars... New face as a semi-regular on Mission Impossible will be Sam Elliott. He’ll play a young doctor who makes frequent appearances with the group ... Ronnie Howard, who played Opie on the Andy Griffith Show, guests with Ron Hayes, Bruce Bennett and Conlan Carter in an episode of Lassie. 


Monday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – July 24, 1970

CBS - Gunsmoke, Here’s Lucy, Mayberry RFD, Doris Day Show,  The Wild Wild West

NBC - My World and Welcome To It, Monday Theater, Movie

ABC - It Takes A Thief, Movie

Educational TV Fare - French Chief, World Press, Black Journal, William F. Buckley


It Takes A Thief - When the daughter of a U.S senatorial candidate is kidnapped in Rome, Alex Munday recruits the city’s “king of petty thiefs" to help her back. Robert Wagner stars.  

French Chief with Julia Child - Preparation of a three-course dinner in half an hour.

NBC Movie - “Fortune Cookie” (1966) - Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ron Rich, Cliff Osmond, Judi West, Laurence Tuttle.

ABC Movie - “Beach Blanket Bingo” (1965) - Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Deborah Walley, Harvey Lembeck.

Black Journal - Examination of the black athlete in today’s society with Jackie Robinson, Bill Russell, Arthur Ashe, Johnny Sample and Harry Edwards.

Mayberry RFD - Goober gets mighty protective when his pretty niece visits Mayberry.


Music news – July 24, 1970

Will Wed - Singer Jack Jones (32) and airline stewardess Gretchen Roberts. It will be his third marriage. He’s the son of singer Allan Jones and actress Irene Hervey.

Music news - Ringo Starr turns 30 and says the Beatles are not splitting. “When I was 19, I thought 30 would be end of the world, but it’s nothing. It’s OK.” About the group - “We are as united as we ever were and nobody wants a split. The general public doesn’t want us to split. The fans obviously don’t want a split. And the Beatles don’t want one really either. What we are doing at the moment is all our own things and getting them out of the way. Then we’ll see what we shall do together. I should think around November we should all know where we are.”

Music on TV - Chet Atkins retuns to Boston to perform with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, resulting in an hour-long special filmed by WGBH for NET. It should air next month.

Touring - Aretha Franklin - International Hotel in Las Vegas, Tom Jones - Madison Square Garden, Wild Thing at the Electric Circus.  

Increase Records says it is about to release a series of seven records entitled “Cruisin - A History of Rock and Roll Radio.” Produced by Increase President Ron Jacobs, the seven volumes will include 12 songs and top disc jockeys from each year 1956-1962. Each album will represent radio shows including jingles and commercials, as well as twelve hit songs. A promotion campaign is being launched that will include radio and newspaper advertising, 10,000 point-of-purchase pieces and contests where listeners will have the chance to win such trophies as a 1958 car installed with tape cartridge player (to listen to Cruisin’ ‘58 of course). Increase is a division of Watermark Inc, which is also producing a new radio show called “American Top 40” with Casey Kasem.   

Singer Rudy Vallee (70) says he wants to run as a Republican for the U.S. Senate in California in 1974 to “clean up the mess in the Pentagon.”

Drug charges have been dropped for singer Chubby Checker. He and his companions were arrested June 22 when customs officials said they found marijuana, hashish and capsules in the quartet’s car, which had just crossed the border in Niagara Falls, NY. 

Singer Johnny Rivers returns to the Whiskey-A-Go-Go on the Sunset Strip. Johnny was at the Whiskey on their opening night in 1964 and later, recorded a famous album there, which would contain several hit singles. Johnny performed at the club for a year. He eventually turned to record production - while still having hit records. He eventually signed Jimmy Webb, then an unknown songwriter to a publishing contract, and the 5th Dimension - then an unknown vocal group. Forming Soul City records, his first major hit was a Jimmy Webb song - “Up Up and Away” by the Fifth Dimension in 1967. Johnny Rivers sold the company last December for $2.5 million.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – July 24, 1970

BALL OF CONFUSION (That’s What The World Is Today) - Temptations

(They Long To Be) CLOSE TO YOU - Carpenters

BAND OF GOLD - Freda Payne

MAMA TOLD ME (Not To Come) - Three Dog Night


O-O-H CHILD - Five Stairsteps



TIGHTER, TIGHTER - Alive And Kicking



LAY DOWN (Candles In The Rain) - Melanie with Edwin Hawkins Singers

ARE YOU READY? - Pacific Gas & Electric

SPILL THE WINE - Eric Burdon & War

OHIO - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young -

TEACH YOUR CHILDREN - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

A SONG OF JOY (Himno A La Alegria) - Miguel Rios

HITCHIN’ A RIDE - Vanity Fare

LOVE LAND - Charles Wright & Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

 SAVE THE COUNTRY - 5th Dimension


THE WONDER OF YOU - Elvis Presley

SILVER BIRD - Mark Lindsay


STEAL AWAY - Johnnie Taylor

WESTBOUND #9 - Flaming Ember


WAR - Edwin Starr

MY MARIE - Engelbert Humperdinck

(If You Let Me Make Love To You Then) - WHY CAN’T I TOUCH YOU? -  Ronnie Dyson

GO BACK - Crabby Appleton

MAYBE - Three Degrees


SUNSHINE - Archies

PEARL - Tommy Roe

I’LL BE RIGHT HERE - Tyrone Davis


TELL IT ALL BROTHER - Kenny Rogers & First Edition                              

OVERTURE FROM TOMMY (A Rock Opera) - Assembled Multitude



Top Music Albums – July 24, 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

Climbing! - Mountain

Live - Iron Butterfly

Hendrix Band of Gypsies - Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Miles, Billy Cox

Movement - Isaac Hayes

Soundtrack - Easy Rider

Portrait - Fifth Dimension

Ladies of the Canyon - Joni  Mitchell

Right On - Supremes

Long Lonesome Highway - Michael Parks

Sentimental Journey - Ringo Starr

Live - Cream

The Devil Made Me Buy This Dress - Flip Wilson 

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 Country Hit Music Singles – July 24, 1970

Hello Darlin’ - Conway Twitty

 He Loves Me All The Way - Tammy Wynette

Heart Over Mind - Mel Tillis

She’s A Little Bit Country - George Hamilton IV

My Love - Sonny James

Long Long Texas Road - Roy Drusky

I Can’t Seem To Say Goodbye - Jerry Lee Lewis

Kansas City Song - Buck Owens


Top Soul Hit Music Singles – July 24, 1970

Ball of Confusion - Temptations

Love You Save - Jackson 5

Steal Away - Johnny Taylor

It’s All In The Game - The Four Tops

Brother Rapp - James Brown

 Check Out You Mind - The Impressions

She Didn’t Know (She Kept On Talking - Dee Dee Warwick/Dixie Flyers

Spirit In The Dark/The Thrill Is Gone - Aretha Franklin

Ain’t That Lovin’ You *For More Reasons Than One) - Luthor Ingram

Maybe - Three Degrees

Love On A Two Way Street - Moments


Some top movies – July 24, 1970

The Hawaiians - Charlton Heston, Geraldine Chaplin, John Phillip Law, Mako, Tina Chen

Patton! - George C. Scott

The Angel Levine - Zero Mostel, Harry Belafonte

Let It Be - The Beatles

The Strawberry Statement - Bruce Davison, Kim Darby, James Coco

El Condor - Jim Brown, Lee Van Cleef, Patrick O’Neal

An Artful Penetration - Anita Sanders, Terry Carter

 The Cheyenne Social Club - James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Shirley Jones, Sue Ann Langdon

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

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

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