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




In The News

The Supreme Court agrees to rule on the bussing of school children to achieve racial integration. At the same time the court will review a North Carolina law that forbids ‘involuntary’ bussing of children.

President Nixon welcomes Mexican President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz to Coronado (San Diego).

 Prime Minister Golda Meir says her government was in “strenuous dispute” with the United States over charges of Egyptian cease-fire violations. Her cabinet was reported sharply divided on how firm a stand to take on the cease-fire problem.

Budget pressures have canceled two of the six planned Apollo flights to the moon. Some 3,000 are expected to be layed-off.

Ex-aid - Martin Sweig is sentenced to 2 ½ years I federal prison for perjury in connection with the misuse of House Speaker John W. McCormack’s Washington office for influence peddling. He was also fined $2,000.

The U.S. has photographic evidence that Russian missiles have been set up on Egypt’s side of the Suez Canal in a series of violations – after the Mideast cease-fire agreement took effect in August.

In A Gallup Poll- most adults who have heard or read about the male sterilization operation called vasectomy, express general approval of the practice. The practice is legal in all 50 states on a voluntary basis.

Arab commandos hijack a British Overseas Airways jetliner with 113 persons aboard to an airstrip in Jordan and raise their total number of hostages to almost 300. Earlier in the week, Arab guerillas blew up a hijacked Boeing 747 Jumbo jet at the Cairo airport. The 171 persons aboard that craft were led to safety before the blast ripped the plane.

Lightening strikes football players in a huddle at Gibbs High School in St Petersburg, Fla - killing two and injuring 20 others. Coach Al Campbell said, “I heard a loud clapping nose and everybody was knocked down - players, coaches and everybody on the field.”

President Nixon calls for an international boycott of airline services against nations that refuse to take action against hijackers.

South Korea’s five years of fighting in Vietnam has cost America $1 billion. 

Timothy Leary – high LSD priest – escapes from the California Men’s Colony. He was serving time for marijuana possession. All all-points bulletin has been issued.

The manufacturer of Oh Henry candy bars moves to take is products off the shelf following disclosure by the FDA that about a million bars might be contaminated with salmonella.

The nation’s first religious denomination for homosexuals is formed. It’s called the Universal fellow-ship of Metropolitan Community Churches has its main church in Hollywood, but just increased from two to four congregations with churches in San Fran and Chicago.

The Interior Department lists the phosphate content of 48 popular laundry detergents and affirms that phosphates pollute lakes and asks housewives to draw their own conclusions when they go shopping. The department issued the following list (we’ll list the top 5) and their percentage of phosphates as STPP: Laundry detergents - Blue Rain Drops - 63.2% Salvo - 56.6% Tide - 49.8% Amway SA-8 - 49.3% Cold Water Surf - 48.2%.


Technology news – September 1, 1970

A laser smaller than a grain of sand that can be operated for up to a million hours on power produced by flashlight batteries is announced by the Bell telephone System. The laser can be used like a sort of telephone wire, either in the earth’s atmosphere or between earth and space to carry messages, television images and other data now carried by sound waves.


Consumer news – Prices at Toys R Us – September 1, 1970

At Toys R Us - back to school

School lunch kits - your choice of H.R. Pufnstuf or Peanuts versions ... Each lunch kit complete with box and thermos bottle - your choice - $1.84 each ... Flash Cards - the fun way to learn reading, writing and arithmetic - .68 ... New World Dictionary - ^4.97.


Best-selling books – September 1, 1970

Bestsellers -

Love Story - Erich Segal

The French Lieutenant’s Woman - John Fowles

The Crystal Cave - Mary Stewart

Bech: A Book - John Updike

Great Lion of God - Taylor Caldwell

Such Good Friends - Lois Gould

Deliverance - James Dickey

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

Zelda: A Biography - Nancy Milford

Up The Organization - Robert Townsend

The Sensuous Woman - “J”

Ball Four: My Life and Hard Times Throwing the Knuckleball in the Big Leagues - Jim Bouton


Sports news – September 1, 1970

Passing - Vince Lombardi (57) - the most famous and successful professional football coach of his time. Though in robust health as recently as last spring, he had undergone two operations for cancer during the summer. Lombardi came to national attention in 1959 - his first season as head coach of the Green Pay Packers. In his nine seasons as general manager and coach - his Green Bay teams won six championships of the dominant Western Division plus five NFL championships as well as the first two Super Bowl titles.

Detroit Tiger pitcher Denny McLain is suspended for the remainder of the 1970 baseball season by commissioner Bowie Kuhn for carrying a gun and breaking probation. He did not elaborate on the allegations but said they did not involve McLain’s recent suspension by the Tigers on Aug 28 for throwing ice water on two Detroit sports writers. 

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle orders a crackdown of TV chats with players during games after an incident with Fran Tarkenton. Apparently Howard Cosell spoke with Tarkenton during a game broadcast by ABC while Tarkenton was on the bench. In the interview, some say Tarkenton sounded like a fool as he was making game predictions. Plus, it didn’t help that Howard asked rather simple questions. Tarkenton told Cosell in one instance, that the Giant quarterback out on the field, Dick Shiner, should cal a run on the next play, instead, Shiner completed his first pass, the score was then 0-14, against the Giants, who on the play had good field position for a pass. Shiner was right strategically and Tarkenton, the injured first-stringer – was wrong.

Passing – Actor Chester Morris (69).


Radio news – September 1, 1970

It’s official - WMCA in New York City hires Los Angeles talk host Bob Grant to do a daily show beginning September 22. The station recently announced it was going full-time (two-way) talk radio ending a long run of playing popular music. The station was the most popular “pop” music station in the country from 1963 through 1967.


Fashion news – September 1, 1970

In a Gallup Poll - the miniskirt is preferred by adults under 30 over all other dress styles including the midi and the maxi. Older adults showed more of a preference for the compromise or “at the knee length” over the miniskirt. Midi is defined as well below the knee and maxi is at floor length.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – September 1, 1970

Sanford Waterman an executive at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas is arrested after he allegedly drew a gun on Frank Sinatra during a squabble about betting the limit in a baccarat game. Waterman said he drew the gun out of self defense. “He was coming right at me.” Witnesses said the argument began when Sinatra was playing baccarat for $8,000 a hand at a table where the usual limit is $2,000. They said the singer was losing and wanted to raise the limit to $16,000 per hand. Waterman was called and Sinatra asked to accept his “marker” for chips to add to $10,000 worth in front of him on the table. Waterman refused to raise the limit or to accept the singer’s marker.  After the trouble, Sinatra abruptly broke off a two-week singing engagement at the hotel and flew back to his Palm Springs home. Police want to talk to him. Said Sheriff Ralph Lamb: “If Sinatra comes back to town, he’s coming downtown to get a work card. And if he gives me any trouble, he’s going to jail.” Sinatra has never been issued a work card - like most entertainers in Las Vegas, benefiting from a “gentleman’s agreement” exempting him. Sheriff Lamb continued: “I’m tired of him intimidating waiters, waitresses, starting fires and throwing pies. He gets away with too much. He’s through picking on little people in this town. Why the owners of the hotels put up with this is what I plan to find out.” 

John Dunbar sues actress/singer Marianne Faithful for divorce. Dunbar is an author and former art dealer. Marianne Faithfull is the daughter of an English University lecturer and an Austrian baroness. Mick Jagger is named a correspondent in the divorce by Dunbar.


Playing in Las Vegas –

Sergio Mendes – Caesars Palace

Jimmy Durante, Abbe Lane – Desert inn

Sergio Franchi – Flamingo

Supremes – Frontier

Pearl Bailey, Louis Armstrong – International

Bobby Darin – Landmark

Ed Ames, Joan Rivers – Riviera

Dionne Warwick - Sands


Television news – September 1, 1970

On the season premiere of “Here’s Lucy” on CBS-TV this week – Liz Taylor and Richard Burton and their $1.5 million diamond ring! Don’t miss it. 

The Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy telethon goes national beginning this week. Originating from the Americana Hotel in New York City, fifty minutes of each hour will be devoted to activities based in New York and the other 10 minutes will cover activities in Las Vegas. Beginning in 1965 and up until this week, the annual telethon could only be seen in New York City on WNEW-TV (channel 5).   

Actor Tony Franciosa has his contract terminated by Universal Studios and he will no longer appear on “The Name of the Game” on NBC Friday Nights. The studio fired the actor for allegedly repeated persistent acts of default under the terms of his contract. Franciosa had been suspended some months ago when he failed to report to work.

Late night talk - The Merv Griffin Show - seen on CBS, moves to Hollywood this week from New York. Griffin says “We moved our base of operations to Hollywood because we think it will improve the show. Out here, we’ll have a fresh supply of talent to draw from. People who wouldn’t or couldn’t come to New York to be on the nighttime show.” Griffin says in New York - four shows competed for all the guests available. “That’s a hundred guests a week. There just weren’t any more new faces.” “We want to develop a new family of bread and butter guests on the show. Similar to the ones Jack Paar had on his show - Dody Goodman, Alexander King, Charlie Weaver and Peggy Cass. Not the same ones of course. We’ll be auditioning a whole new group of younger performers.”

A new “Bonanza” theme will be introduced for season #12 of the series. It’s written by David Rose and will be available on records too.


Tuesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – September 1, 1970

CBS - Movie, Special-“Day In The Life of the United States”

NBC - Debut-Civilization: A Preview, Julia, Movie

ABC - Mod Squad, TVMovie, Marcus Welby, MD

NET - NET Festival, Speculation


CBS Special - Day in the Life of the United States - looks across American the day man first landed on the moon - July 20, 1969. Forty-three camera crews at 33 locations across the country - from eastern Maine to the western Hawaiian Islands recorded scenes of life on that day. Charles Kuralt reports. 

The David Frost Show (syndicated) - guests - Victor Buono, Frank Mankaiewicz, Oral Roberts and Oscar Brown Jr.

Tom Kennedy Show - (Syndicated) - gameshow host makes his wish come true with this talk/variety hour - guests David Canary, Jackie Kahane, Ann Francis.


Late night talk -

Merv Griffin Show (CBS) - Now from Hollywood ... George Jessel, Joey Heatherton

NBC - The Tonight Show w/Johnny Carson - Pete Carlesimon

ABC - Dick Cavett - Yvette Mimieux, Arlo Guthrie, Dick Clark, Albert Burke


Monday night television (Sept. 14) –

CBS – Gunsmoke, Here’s Lucy, Mayberry RFD, Doris Day, Carol Burnett, Merv Griffin

NBC – (debut) Red Skelton, Laugh-In, NBC Tuesday Night at the movies, Tonight

ABC – It Takes a Thief, Movie of the Week, Dick Cavett

NET – Net Journal


Red Skelton debuts on NBC-TV.

Tonight Show – David Steinberg guest hosts. Debbie Drake is guest.

Dick Cavett – Orson Welles. 


Music news – September 1, 1970

The Edwin Hawkins Singers have been appearing at numerous concerts since their huge hit last year “Oh Happy Day.” According to Hawkins - the leader-arranger-pianist for the group, logistics for the 56-member choir were becoming staggering “We almost filled a plane by ourselves. We were always having trouble getting everybody to the right place on time.” Because of the problems - including the high cost of traveling and fitting everyone on club stages, the group has now been trimmed down to 12 singers and five musicians.

Linda Ronstadt is back on the charts - this time solo. Her “Long Long Time” is moving up the charts. She had a hit with the Stone Poneys two years ago with Mike Nesmith’s “Different Drum” but now she’s on her own. “I’m not much of an innovator, I don’t write songs. But I do try to reflect as honestly as I can the best material I can find.” About the Stone Poneys - she says, “It’s hard for a chick to lead a band. Most girls are rather passive. They aren’t assertive enough to boss people around. I just hate doing things like auditioning musicians. Even after we get musicians, it is often hard to keep them. Some are interested in forming their own band and leave because of that. Other guys feel uncomfortable playing behind a girl. They feel it threatens their masculinity or something.”

 It looks like Rock festivals will be a thing of the past after this summer. Of the 50 or so announced to take place in North America since Woodstock last year, only a few of come through. A large part of it is coming from local law-makers who grind-out ordinances, mandates and rulings. The other part is the huge cost and gate crashers. Appearance costs for main acts are going up. Jimi Hendrix now demands $100,000 for a set. The establishment doesn’t like them for these reasons - Kids take drugs at them ... There’s nudity ... Traffic problems ... Land around the area gets messed and damaged.

Mick Jagger says he wishes England was as swinging as it is reputed to be. “England’s totally apathetic. That’s why everything goes off peacefully. Nothing happens man. I don’t want any blood baths here, but America’s a very vibrant society. You get all kinds of extremes. That’s why people hate America or love it or why things come out of it, which are good and bad. That’s not true here.”  “You have such extremes in America that you’re going to get clashes between them ... America is more extreme and it’s more vociferous and it’s more violent and it’s more physical and it’s more explosive. It’s all those things. It’s fantastically more varied. Here, you don’t get peace. You get apathy. It drives me crazy.”

Aretha Franklin is named top female Rhythm ‘n’ blues vocalist in an annual survey by Cash Box magazine. Other R & B winners include James Brown for top male vocalist, the Temptations for vocal group and the Temptations again for best record “I Can’t Get Next to You.” 


Top Pop Hit Music Singles(top-40) USA – September 1, 1970

War - Edwin Starr

In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry

Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross

Spill the Wine - Eric Burdon & War

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

Patches - Clarence Carter

Julie Do You Love Me - Bobby Sherman

I (Who Have Nothing) - Tom Jones

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

Lookin' Out My Back Door - Creedence Clearwater Revival

25 or 6 to 4 - Chicago

Don't Play That Song - Aretha Franklin

Everybody's Got the Right to Love - The Supremes

I (Who Have Nothing) - Tom Jones

It's a Shame - The Spinners

Long Long Time - Linda Ronstadt

 Peace Will Come (According to Plan) - Melanie

Candida - Dawn

Snowbird - Anne Murray

Hi-Di-Ho - Blood, Sweat & Tears

Make It With You - Bread

Lay a Little Lovin' On Me - Robin McNamara

Tighter, Tighter - Alive & Kicking

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

Groovy Situation - Gene Chandler

Overture From Tommy - Assembled Multitude

Hand Me Down World - The Guess Who

Only You Know and I Know - Dave Mason

Rainbow - The Marmalade


Top Music Albums – September 1, 1970

Cosmos Factory - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Blood, Sweat & Tears - Blood, Sweat & Tears

Live at Leeds - The Who

Chicago - Chicago

Deja Vu - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Woodstock - original soundtrack

Mad Dogs and Englishmen - Joe Cocker

John Barleycorn Must Die - Traffic

Absolutely Live - The Doors

Close To Home - Grand Funk Railroad

Tommy - The Who

Stage Fright - The Band

Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkle

5th Dimension’s Greatest Hits - 5th Dimension

McCartney - Paul McCartney

Let It Be - The Beatles

On the Water - Bread

A Question of Balance - The Moody Blues

Elton John - Elton John

I’ll Never Fall In Love Again - Dionne Warwick

Make It Easy On Yourself - Burt Bacharach

Gold - Neil Diamond

With A Little Help From My Friends - Joe Cocker

Eric Clapton - Eric Clapton

Band of Gold - Freda Payne

It Ain’t Easy - Three Dog Night

Rides Again - James Gang

 Reflections of My Life - Marmalade

Silver Bird - Mark Lindsay

Deep Purple In Rock - Deep Purple

Snow Bird - Ann Murray

United We Stand - Brotherhood of Man

Melanie - Melanie


Some top movies – September 1, 1970

Angel Unchained - Don Stroud, Luke Askew, Larry Bishop, Tyne Daly, Aldo Ray

Michael Wadleigh’s Woodstock - Joan Baez, Joe Cocker, Country Joe & The Fish, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, John Sebastian, Sly & The Family Stone, Ten Years After, The Who, Sha-na-na

Something For Everyone - Angela Lansbury, Michael York

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

The Landlord - Beau Bridges, Lee Grant, Diana Sands, Pearl Bailey

Hotel - Rod Taylor, Catherine Spaak, Karl Malden, Melvyn Douglas, Richard Conte, Michael Rennie, Kevin McCarthy, Merle Oberon

The Hawaiians - Charlton Heston

Bird With The Crystal Plumage - Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall

Colussus - The Forbin Project - Eric Braedin, Susan Clark, Gordon Pinsent

Airport - Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin

Myra Breckinridge - Mae West, John Huston

Soldier Blue - Candice Bergen, Peter Strauss, Donald Pleasence, John Anderson, Dana Elcar


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