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




In The News

Israel accepts an American proposal that it, Egypt and Jordan begin talking about a Middle East peace settlement. The proposal calls for a three-month cease fire. Egypt and Jordan have already accepted.

President Nixon says that Charles Manson is, “guilty, directly or indirectly of eight murders without reason.” Because of the remark, Manson’s attorney, Irving Kanarek moved for a mistrial. The motion was made out of the jury’s hearing and it is still believed that they are unaware of the comment.

Cousins Robert Kennedy Jr. (16) and R. Sargent Shriver III (17) are arrested in connection with a marijuana offense. Sources said the charges were juvenile delinquency by reason of being present where narcotics were kept, illegal possession of marijuana and conspiracy.

Disneyland closes six-hours early when 300 longhaired youths gathered at the park to celebrate Yippi day. Fistfights broke out and for the first time in the park’s history, riot police were called. The youths, who showed up mid-day, ran-up a Viet-Cong Flag at the Fort of Tom Sawyer Island and made regular tourists jittery. 18 were arrested and officials gave refunds or rain checks to the regular crowd of about 30,000.

In New York City, a car traveling 60 mph plus, slams into a five-story tenement, knocks out a building support and sends parts of the apartments and their occupants crashing to the street. The automobile hit a support that caused the second floor to collapse, and then the third, fourth and fifth floors gave away. The driver of the car was killed and 9 others were injured. 


Fashion news – August 1, 1970

East Germany banishes the maxi-skirt as workaday wear because ankle-length skirts do not fit the “active style of living” of Communist woman. East German fall and winter wear this year will feature skirt lengths above or just covering the knees.


Fascinating Business news – Chevy Vega Introduced – August 1, 1970

General Motors unveils its newest car - “The Vega” in Detroit. John Delorean (45), Chevrolet’s general manager said, “it’s the American system that’s being tested.” The Vega is GM’s answer to combat the ever-increasing popularity of smaller cars imported from Japan. Delorean predicts that the Vega will lead in small car sales by next year.


Sports news – August 1, 1970

Sunday is Al Kaline day in Detroit...New York Jets linebacker Al Atkinson retires, blaming Joe Namath. “What really disgusts me is this quarterback not thinking for a minute about the married men on the club, the guys with responsibilities, the average little guys who have families to worry about...that extra money in January means something to them. Not to him.”


Consumer news – August 1, 1970

Now at Kentucky Fried Chicken, the regular $1.29 box is just a dollar. You get three plump pieces of juicy golden brown chicken with whipped potatoes, cole slaw and a roll.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – August 1, 1970

A judge in California rules that Isaac Jones, former UCLA star, is indeed the surviving husband of actress Inger Stevens and heir to her $171 thousand estate. Jones, a Negro, testified that he and Stevens agreed to keep the marriage a secret because she feared that the racial difference would jeopardize her career. Miss Stevens was a regular on television in the late 50’s through the 60’s, including a starring role in “The Farmer’s Daughter” with William Windom. Inger Stevens (35) died on April 30 from an overdose of barbiturates.

Marries - Cynthia Powell Lennon (30) to Roberto Bassanini (27). The former wife of John Lennon; son Julian (8) was a page at the 10 minute ceremony. Among the wedding guests was British model Twiggy. None of the Beatles were there.


Television news – August 1, 1970

NBC Nightly News debuts its new line-up: David Brinkley, Frank McGee and John Chancellor.


Saturday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – August 1, 1970

(CBS) The Jackie Gleason Show, My Three Sons, Green Acres, Petticoat Junction, Mannix...(NBC) Ray Stevens Show, Adam-12, NBC Saturday Night Movie...(ABC) Let’s Make A Deal, Newlywed Game, Lawrence Welk, Engelbert Humperdinck.

Engelbert welcomes Jo Anne Worley, Joel Gray, Lana Cantrell and Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66.


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

 “Make It With You” - Bread, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” - Stevie Wonder, “Mama Told Me Not To Come” - Three Dog Night, “The Love You Save” - Jackson 5, “Close To You” - Carpenters, “Band Of Gold” - Freda Payne, “Spill The Wine” - Eric Burdon & War, “Tighter & Tighter” - Alive & Kicking, “Ooh Child” - The Five Stairsteps.


Top music albums – August 1, 1970

“Closer To Home” Grand Funk Railroad, “Live At Leeds’ - The Who, “Let It Be” - Beatles, “Cosmos Factory” - Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Self Portrait” - Bob Dylan, “Woodstock” - Soundtrack.


Some top movies – August 1, 1970

Easy Rider - Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper

Catch 22 - Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin,

Patton - George C. Scott

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