Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of September 15, 1970 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Jordan is placed under martial law by a new military government. The area is torn by fighting between King Hussein’s army and Palestinian guerrillas.
In a nationally televised speech, President Nixon warns college students of terror and violence and that the rule of law must be upheld. “...Those who bomb universities who ambush policemen, who hijack airplanes and hold their passengers hostage all hare in common - not only a contempt for human life but also a contempt for those elemental decencies on which a free society rests - and they deserve the contempt of every American who values those decencies.”
Appearing at a $100-a-plate dinner at the Sahara In Las Vegas, Vice President Spiro Agnew says some songwriters and movie producers are brainwashing young Americans with their content. Citing “With A Little Help From My Friends” by The Beatles - Agnew says, “it’s a catchy tune, but until it was pointed out to me, I never realized that the friends were assorted drugs.”
Three employees of radio station WIYN in Rome, Georgia take an unexpected LSD trip after downing soft drinks sent-in by a listener. They believe the 10 pop bottles were sent in baby a listener who didn’t like what was aired on the station’s comment program. The three were a newsman, the program director and a secretary. All three had hallucinations; saw all sorts of colors - even numbness. They’re in good condition after being hospitalized.
Peter Masefield of the British Airports Authority says that woman wearing metal bras are delaying flights in and out of London because they’re tripping security devices at the gates. He said more and more woman are wearing the metal-reinforced bras.
Technology news – September 15, 1970
RCA announces a new line of computers to compete with a new line introduced by IBM last June. Chairman and President Robert W. Sarnoff says the new line is in step for RCA to become #2 in computers behind IBM. The new computers are designated RCA 2,3, 6 and 7 and sell between $700 thousand and $1.68 million. You can lease them per month between $15,400 and 36,300 per month.
Celebrity/Entertainment news – September 15, 1970
Thieves steal most of the equipment in Frank Sinatra Jr.’s band near Reno. Most of the equipment was amps and speakers, sitting on an open stage.
Here’s a write-up on a best-selling book - “The Sensuous Woman” by Miss J. “The author is not particularly pretty. Men never notice her in a crowd or whistle at her when she walks down the street. Yet some of the world’s most exciting males consider her to be the perfect woman: beautiful; a modern Aphrodite; maddeningly exciting; the epitome of THE SENSUOUS WOMAN.”
Consumer news – September 15, 1970
New - Sony introduces “Trinitron” Sony color TV. The first model has a 9” picture and sells for $309.95.
The FDA discloses that about a million “Oh Henry” candy bars might be contaminated with Salmonella. Production is halted on the bar and the candy has been recalled.
It’s Here! Dodge ‘71 - the new Dodge Demon. “Our little/big car in the Dodge Dart tradition. A Smaller Wheelbase, yet big room to stretch out. A small price tag, but big performance!”
Television news – September 15, 1970
At his press conference for his new movie “Lovers and Other Strangers,” TV talker David Susskind says he wants to leave television and concentrate on making movies. “I’m going to make box office movies - I’m going to make people want to come to see them.”
Monday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – September 15, 1970
CBS - Gunsmoke, Here’s Lucy, Mayberry RFD, Doris Day, The Carol Burnette Show ... NBC - Debut-The Red Skelton Show, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, Movie ... ABC - It Takes A Thief, Movie, Now
Red Skelton - after 17 years on CBS, Skelton makes his debut on NBC in a 30 minute show.
NBC Movie - “Night Gallery - Trilogy of stories by Rod Serling. Encore of a World Premiere movie pilot for NBC’s Four In One series debuting this week.
As part of the Four-In-One series - Dennis Weaver debuts this Wednesday night on “McCloud.”
Music news- September 15, 1970
Passing - Jimi Hendrix (24) - in a London hospital of a drug overdose. He was admitted at 11:45am and died about an hour later. His girlfriend found him in a coma and called the ambulance. The rock star just finished a tour of England, performing last month at the Isle of Wight festival. He was Billboard Magazine’s “artist of the year” in 1968 and Playboy magazine’s “artist of the year” in 1969. Hendrix was one of rock’s highest paid stars.
Peter Yarrow of “Peter, Paul & Mary” is sentenced to three months in jail. He pleads guilty to taking indecent liberties with a 14-year-old girl last August. He’ll serve probation after the term. His wife, Mary Beth, is the niece of Senator Eugene McCarthy.
Singer Harry Belafonte (43) is arrested in Chatham, NY - charged with taking $8 worth of groceries from an A&P supermarket. Later, the store dropped the charges, saying the event was a misunderstanding. Belafonte bolted from the store with a bag of groceries (without paying), when he discovered his blind father-in-law had departed without him.
According to Britain’s leading music publication “Melody Maker”- The Beatles have slipped to second place in a reader’s poll. Led Zeppelin tops the list. The most popular British singer is Robert Plant of Zeppelin.
Top pop hit music singles(top-40)USA – September 15, 1970
“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” - Diana Ross, “Lookin’ Out My Back Door” - Creedance Clearwater Revival, “War” - Edwin Starr, “25 or 6 to 4” - Chicago, “Candida” - Dawn, “Close To You” - The Carpenters, “Julie, Do You Love Me’ - Bobby Sherman, “Patches” - Clarence Carter, “In The Summertime” - Mongo Jerry, “Snowbird” - Ann Murray, “I (Who Have Nothing)” - Tom Jones, “Cracklin’ Rose” - Neil Diamond, “I’ll Be There” - The Jackson Five
Top Music Albums – September 15, 1970
“Cosmos Factory” - Creedance Clearwater Revival, “Woodstock’ - soundtrack, “Mad Dogs & Englishmen” - Joe Cocker, “Blood, Sweat & Tears” - Blood, Sweat & Tears, “Chicago” - Chicago, “John Barleycorn Must Die” - Traffic, “Live At Leeds” - The Who, “Stagefright” - The Band, “Deja Vu” - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
Some top movies – September 15, 1970
They Call Me Mr. Tibbs - Sidney Poitier, Martin Landau, Barbar McNair
MASH - Donald Sutherland, Elliot Gould, Tom Skerritt
The Out Of Towners - Jack Lemmon, Sandy Dennis
Myra Breckinbridge - Mae West, John Huston, Raquel Welch
Lovers And Other Strangers - Beatrice Arthur, Michael Brandon
Walt Disney’s “The Love Bug - Dean Jones
Colussus The Forbidden Project - Eric Braedin, Susan Clark