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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of August 23, 1970 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

Asian tour – Vice President Agnew says, “We’re going to do everything we can to help the Lon Nol government in Cambodia because the whole matter of Cambodia is related to the security of our troops in Vietnam.”

Vice President Agnew announces plans for increased U.S. military aid to South Korea plus transfer of 54 F-4 jet fighters from Japan after his arrival in Seoul. 

The Senate rejects legislation to lay the groundwork for an all-volunteer Army and to put an end to the draft. Many believed the proposal was too expensive and unfair to poor blacks who would be lured to fight wars for rich whites.

It’s learned that the Soviet Union is moving arms into Egypt – including guns and cannons.

President Nixon meets with his four top economic advisers who tell him signs are cautiously encouraging for the rest of the year.

Riots in East Los Angeles kill one and injure 60. The fatality was Mexican-American newsman Ruben Salzar of KMEX-TV.

 In Cambodia – Vice President Agnew arrives in Phnom Penh under heavy security to a warm welcome. Later - Vice President Agnew meets with Cambodian leaders and tells them that the U.S. would not become militarily involved’ in their anti-Communist struggle beyond rendering economic and material assistance.

Series of talks - Egypt’s President Gamal Abdel Nasser tells commando leader Yasser Arafat that the Palestinian commandos must begin to face up to reality in planning their future.

Warning that the minimum guaranty income program is in peril, President Nixon calls on Congress to vote into law his welfare reform program and offers to compromise to assure its passage.

Black Panther Defense Minister Huey P. Newton chooses the gilded penthouse apartment of actress Jane Fonda on Manhattan’s East Side to call for a massive “community” demonstration at New Haven to prevent the “legal lynching” of another Panther.  Lonnie McLucas is a New Haven Panther accused of killing Alex Rackley “Only the people can stop this,” said Newton to shouts of “right on” from numerous black and white supporters crowded into the living room of the penthouse Ms. Fonda is leasing while she is making a movie in the City. 

Passing – Bill Decker – who was Dallas County sheriff from 1949 until he resigned a few days ago. He was renown during the days of the JFK assassination, and for his part in the ambush of Bonnie (Parker) and Clyde (Barrow). He was 72.

“We demand equality” - In a proclamation issued from the Western White House at San Clemente, President Nixon noted that Wednesday of this week was the 50th anniversary of the day women gained the right to vote in America. He described that day as “a victory for civil rights in American” and “The beginning of a proud, new chapter in our nation’s history.” All over the country – women took the day off and there were demonstrations for “equal rights now.” On New York’s 5th Ave – an estimated 20,000 women, linked arm-in-arm surged down the avenue to the peak of the mid-town Manhattan rush hour. 

Tate- La Bianca trial – Coroner Thomas Noguchi said more than 100 stabbing, gunshot and clubbing wounds were inflicted on murder victims at actress Sharon Tate’s home last summer.  Playboy Voitck Frykowski was stabbed 51 times, shot twice and struck 13 times in the head. Hair stylist Jay Sebring was stabbed seven times, shot once in left armpit, smashed in the face with object. Abigail Folger was stabbed 28 times. Steven parent had five wounds because of a single bullet. He also said Ms. Folger and Frykowski had “defense wounds.”


Fashion news- August 23, 1970

Fashion – button-front skirts. To accessorize – you can were panty hose which should match the color of your top. Turtle neck top. Remember – you’ll want to be able to unbutton the last button or so for easy striding.


Consumer news – Man Dies Ignoring Auto Recall – August 23, 1970

J.A. Debusk – a 23-year-old Maryland man – died in February of carbon monoxide poisoning after he failed to respond to notifications that his 1968 Chevrolet Impala had been recalled. His was one of 2.4 million cars General Motors had recalled a year earlier. GM furnished proof that the man had received two certified letters notifying him of the problem and advising him to take the car into a nearby dealership. At the time of the recall, GM said that on 1965 through 1968 Chevrolets, exhaust could creep into the passenger compartment when three conditions exist:  An exhaust pipe out of position or deteriorated from use; a body opening near the exhaust outlet, and existence of a negative air pressure in the car.


Fascinating Facts – Nannies to Au Pair Trend In England – August 23, 1970

Trend – In England – Nannies are giving way to “Au Pair” girls. Some 16,000 young ladies a year are being imported. Special employment agencies import the girls and distribute them to houses. Au Pair means, “equal” and they are supposed to be treated as members of the family. They wash the kids, help with the cooking – clean. Most come to learn English. An Au Pair get no salary but about $3.40 a week as pocket money. 


Sports news – August 23, 1970

Pitcher Denny McLain of the Detroit Tigers is suspended without salary for an indefinite period not to exceed 30 days for dousing tow Detroit sportswriters with buckets of water.

Sounding off – Ron Swoboda of the Mets believes manager Gil Hodges never thought too much of him as a ballplayer and still doesn’t. He also said there was a big difference between this year’s and last year’s Mets.

More Mets – Tom Seaver admits he’s in a slump: “I can snap out of it.” Seaver was 25-7 last year when he won the Cy Young Award. Manger Gil Hodges doesn’t think Seaver’s in a slump – but just too much work brought on by the club’s pitching problems and the team’s schedule. 

At Bloomington (MN) - The baseball game between Minnesota and Boston was delayed 44 minutes and Metropolitan stadium evacuated of some 24,000 people because of a bomb scare.


Music news – August 23, 1970

At the movies – don’t miss Joan Baez in “Carry it On.” Also see “Performance” – with Mick Jagger.

Janis Joplin is on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Rumors that the Beatles will get together again some day are not true, says songwriter and base guitarist Paul McCartney. “My answer to the question, ‘Will the Beatles get together again?’ is no” said McCartney in a letter to Britain’s Melody Maker. McCartney said he was sending his letter “to put out of its misery the limping dog of a news story which has been dragging itself across your pages for the past year.”

State supported rock festival? Yes – in Oregon at Vortex I.

Great reviews - Britain’s Elton John (23) makes his U.S debut in Hollywood – at Doug Weston’s Troubadour. His music airs on rock FM stations and he’s hoping to have hits here. So far, he’s had one album (self-titled – see left) released and is about to release a second one. His songs are co-written by Bernie Taupin – songs such as “Burn Down the Mission.”

Who the devil is Leonard Cohen? He’s Canadian, a songwriter and poet and so far, has made two albums. He has an enormous following on the international scene. He just did a concert at the Paris Olympia Music Hall, then a TV interview. 


Entertainment news – August 23, 1970

Actor Peter Sellers (44) says he plans to take a nobleman’s stepdaughter as his third wife. She’s Miranda Quarry (23) – stepdaughter of the second Baron Mancroft.


Television news – August 23, 1970

More than 60 demonstrators, including some of the country’s top black jazz musicians, disrupted the taping of the Merv Griffin show – at the midtown Manhattan theater in NY. The black musicians said they wanted to see “more jazz on TV and on radio, especially AM.” One demonstrator held up a sign saying, “Stop the whitewash, hire more black artists on TV.” Another said that Tom Jones rose to fame singing black songs. The demonstrators said later they planned to continue to “dramatize’ their demands and might disrupt other shows. 

Lassie to go at it alone – No rangers, no family – just Lassie. Sunday nights on CBS-TV beginning in September. “Lassie will have the world to roam in this year,” says Bonita Granville Wrather, associate producer of the show. In each segment, there will be someone to take care of Lassie. And, in a three-part story, Lassie will have pups.

ABC cancels a 1-½ hour TV documentary, “The Journey of Robert F. Kennedy” which was supposed to air this week. The cancellation was made to avoid any possible charge of political partisanship in such races as that of Sen. Ted Kennedy for re-election as senator. 

Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In is turning over. Gone will be Goldie Hawn, Jo Anne Worley, Teresa Graves, Jeremy Slate and Pamela Rodgers.  Ms. Hawn is concentrating on a movie career after winning an Oscar. Being added as regulars  - Johnny Brown, Barbara Sharma, Nancie Phillips, Ann Elder, Dennis Allen, Harvey Jason.

Lou Rawls, George Carlin and Sandy Baron appear this week on the syndicated “Playboy After Dark.”


Some top movies – August 23, 1970

The People Next Door – Eli Wallach, Julie Harris, Hal Holbrook

Diary of a Mad Housewife – Richard Benjamin, Frank Langella, Carrie Snodgrass

Bob and Ray – The Two and Only – Bob Elliott, Ray Goulding

The Things of Life – Romy Schneider, Michel Piccoli

You Can’t Win ‘Em All



Chisum – John Wayne

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