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




In The News

Some 20,000 persons rally on the Washington Monument grounds to urge an all-out for military victory in Vietnam.

President Nixon receives a warm welcome as he motorcaded six miles through the streets of Madrid.

President Nixon confers with his two top Vietnam negotiators in discussions aimed at moving the stalled Paris peace talks forward. They are Ambassador David Bruce and Philip Habib.

Abdel Nasser is buried after a four-hour procession through the center of Cairo during which interim President Anwar Sadat himself suffered a heart attack! Also onetime Premier Ali Sabri was also stricken. Both are under medical treatment.

Anwar Sadat – an officer who joined the late President Gamal Abdel Nasser in Egypt’s revolution 18 years ago, is nominated to succeed Nasser as President. 

President Nixon returns from his nine-day European visit and tells the American people that world leaders have confidence the U.S. does not threaten the independence of any nation on earth.

A chartered airplane carrying members of the Wichita state University football team crashes in the Colorado Rockies, killing 29 – including 13 football players.

Mansion trial – Charles Manson and three female defendants are removed from the courtroom when they sang and chanted, and called the judge a girl.

Chaos in Honolulu – About 150 to 200 students went on a drug-induced rampage at a rural high school throwing the campus into chaos. The trouble was at Waianae high school.

The unemployment rate jumps to 5.5%. 

The number of children on welfare rolls climbs at a pace of 25% in a single year and passes the 6 million mark.


Sports news – October 1, 1970

On a roll – The Detroit Lions have won their last four NFL games. On their defensive is Alex Karras. Says Karris – “The other night on the Johnny Carson program, they asked me if it’s true that in a football game, I really want to kill the quarterback. I answered them, yes, certainly. In a game, that’s exactly how I feel.”

New managers - The Detroit Tigers replace Mayo Smith with Billy Martin and the Oakland Athletics name dick Williams and fire John McNamara


Entertainment/Celebrity news – October 1, 1970

Passing – Actor Everett Horton (84).


Playing in Las Vegas –

Tony Bennett, The Golddiggers – Caesars Palace

Jimmy Durant, Abbe Lane - Desert Inn

Sandler and Young – Flamingo

Diana Ross – Frontier

Patti Page – Fremont

Totie Fields – Riviera

Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme - Sands


Music news – October 1, 1970

Janis Joplin (27) is found dead in the bedroom of her Hollywood motel apartment, Police say the singer’s friends had become concerned when they found her car parked near the Landmark Motel on Franklin Ave, but received no answer to calls on the house telephone. The cause of death was not immediately known, but she had frequently expressed doubt about the condition of her health and had been known to consume a quart of liquor onstage during concerts. Later, it’s announced that Ms. Joplin died of an overdose of drugs. Police said her arms were punctured by numerous hypodermic needle marks. The marks on her left arm were fresh. There were quantities of tequila, vodka and wine. He body was wedged between a bed and a nightstand. She was clad in a short nightgown. Her death comes less than a month after rocker Jim Hendrix, also 27, died. He suffocated from vomiting while unconscious.   

In Washington - Jim Hendrix is buried in a simple ceremony, a marked contrast with his frenzied style of electronic happenings. Hendrix’ father, James said he had conferred with promoters who told him a massive rock funeral, featuring many big name stars could not be arranged on short notice. The pallbearers were friends from Hendrix’ boyhood days when he dropped out of high school to join the Army and later to pursue a musical career that led him to England.   


Television news – October 1, 1970

John Wayne’s first TV special will be titled “Swing Out, Sweet Land” – and will be a look at American history from the Jamestown settlement in 1670 through the 20th century. It’ll also have star power such as Lucille Ball and Bob Hope. It airs November 29.

New in syndication – “Nashville Now.” Ian Tyson and the Great Speckled Bird Rock band. First show – Anne Murray, Green & Stag, Bobby Bare plus, Ian and his wife Sylvia team.


Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – October 1, 1970

CBS – Lassie, Hogan’s Heroes, Ed Sullivan, Glen Campbell, Tim Conway Variety Show

NBC – Wonderful World of Disney, Bill Cosby, Bonanza, Bold Ones

ABC – Young Rebels, The FBI, ABC Sunday Night Movie


Lassie – Lassie and her three puppies struggle for survival.

Ed Sullivan Show –  Engelbert Humperdinck, Tiny Tim, David Steinberg, Melanie.

Glen Campbell – Paul Lynde, the Osmond Brothers, Roy Clark, Anne Murray and Mel Tillis.

Bonanza – Hoss is taken captive by a desperado.

Tim Conway – Joan Crawford and Dick Martin guest.


Some top movies – October 1, 1970

Hello Dolly – Barbra Streisand

The Swappers

Hornet’s Nest

Willie Boy is Here


Tora! Tora! Tora!


Julius Caesar

Colossus: The Forbin Project

Darling Lilli

Pieces of Dreams – Robert Forster, Lauren Hutton

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