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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of October 15, 1970 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

A special Ohio state grand jury indicts 25 civilians and exonerates an Ohio national guardsman who killed 4 students at Kent Statue University in May. The grand jury said the major responsibility was with the University which “fostered an attitude of laxity, overindulgence and permissiveness with its faculty and students. Names of the 25 are still secret, pending their arrest.

The body of Quebec Labor Minister Pierre Laporte is found stuffed in a car. He was apparently murdered by the terrorist-separatist Quebeck Liberation Front who abducted him October 10. Canadian security forces seal-off all routes from Quebec - mounting a massive search. 

Twenty -seven thoroughbreds, including at least two stakes placers perish in a stable fire in New Jersey. Trainer Thom Reardon died as a result of the blaze - of a heart attack. It’s the worst disaster in New Jersey’s 28-year racing history.

Rudy Altobeli - who use to live at the guest house - and who rented the main house of his property to Sharon Tate - testifies that Charles Manson did visit the property less then five months before the Tate murders. Altobeli said Manson came to the door, asking for Terry Melcher’s address. After telling Manson, he didn’t know where Melcher lived, Manson told him that he too was going to make a movie. 


Consumer news – October 15, 1970

New at the mart - “Twice as Nice” - it’s a shampoo and conditioner in one. From Lever Brothers.


Celebrity news – October 15, 1970

 Author Truman Capote is sentenced to three days in county jail in Orange County, California and ordered to pay a $500 fine for contempt of court.  Capote failed to show-up to testify in a murder trial. 


Sports news – October 15, 1970

The Baltimore Orioles beat the Cincinnati Reds in game 4 to take the World Series. Oriole third baseman Brooks Robinson is named series MVP.


Best-selling books – October 15, 1970

“The Crystal Cave” - Mary Stewart, “Great Lion Of God” - Taylor Caldwell, “Love Story” - Erich Segal, “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex” - David R. Reuben, “Inside The Third Reich: Memoirs” - Albert Speer


Radio news – October 15, 1970

10 employees of FM station KMPX in San Francisco take over the station’s airwaves for four hours after the station switched its progressive rock format. Finally, the transmitter was shut off. Program director Tom Trunnell said, “They were doing exactly what they wanted to do on the air - a continuous emphasis of racial revolutionary politics in every facet, in the music, in the raps.”


Television news – October 15, 1970

Dick Cavett signs for another year on ABC. His late night talkshow trails rivals Merv Griffin and Johnny Carson. 30 ABC affiliates dropped the late night talk show when Joey Bishop left. It’s currently being seen on 131 ABC stations. The network says Cavett’s low keyed humor and perceptive interviews have won him a loyal following.

Mobile Oil Corp makes the largest commitment ever to public television - slightly more than $1 million. The grants will be used to underwrite 5 million copies of a new Sesame Street magazine plus 39 weeks of British-made dramas.

Jack Wrather of the Wrather Corp - producers of the television series “Lassie” - reaches an agreement with Campbell Soup for sponsorship of the program for three more years. The soup company has been associated with the program for 17 years - UMMM UMMM GOOD!


 Wednesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – October 15, 1970

CBS - Storefront Lawyers, Governor and JJ. Medical Center, Hawaii Five-O ... NBC - Men From Shiloh, Music Hall, Four-In-One ... ABC - Courtship of Eddie’s Father, Make Room For Granddaddy, Room 222, The Johnny Cash Show, Dan August.


The Men From Shiloh - The Virginian escapes a hanging party after being accused of being a hired gunman.

Music Hall - Couples Robert Goulet and Carol Lawrence team with Martin Landau and Barbara Bain in a musical-comedy program.

Dick Cavett later on - Neil Diamond and Andy Warhol guest.


Music news – October 15, 1970

Merle Haggard is voted entertainer of the year by the Country Music Association. Song of the year goes to “Sunday Morning Coming Down” - by Kris Krisofferson. Tammy Wynette received her third straight female vocalist of the year. Other winners:  Jerry Reed  - instrumentalist of the year; Tompall and the Glaser Brothers - vocal group of the year; Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass - instrumental group of the year; Porter Wagner and Dolly Parton - vocal duo of the year. Haggard beat out contenders Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Roy Clark and Charley Pride.   


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – October 15, 1970

”We’ve Only Just Begun” - The Carpenters, “I’ll Be There” - The Jackson 5, “Cracklin’ Rose” - Neil Diamond, “Indiana Wants Me” - R. Dean Taylor, “Candida” - Dawn, “Look What They’ve Done To My Song Ma - The New Seekers, “It Don’t Matter To Me” - Bread, “Somebody’s Been Sleeping” - 100 Proof (Aged In Soul), “5-10-15-20 (25-30 Years Of Love)” - The Presidents, “Julie, Do Ya Love Me’ - Bobby Sherman, “Patches” - Clarence Carter, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” - Diana Ross, “Lola” - The Kinks, “Super Bad” - James Brown,  “All Right Now” - Free. 


Top Music Albums – November 15, 1970

“A Question Of  Balance” - The Moody Blues, “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” - Joe Cocker, “After The Goldrush” - Neil Young, “Abraxas” - Santana, “Sweet Baby James” - James Taylor, “Tommy” - The Who, “Cosmo’s Factory” - Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Tommy” - The Who, “Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!” - The Rolling Stones, “Led Zeppelin III” - Led Zeppelin, “The Jackson 5 Third Album” - The Jackson 5.


Some top movies – November 15, 1970

Airport - Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jean Sebert, Jacqueline Bisset, George Kennedy

C.C. and Company - Joe Namath, Ann-Margret

Five Easy Pieces - Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Susan Anspach

Joe - Peter Boyle

 Monte Walsh - Lee Marvin, Jeanne Moreau, Jack Palance

MASH - Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman

Diary Of A Mad Housewife - Richard Benjamin, Frank Langella, Carrie Snodgress.

Cannon For Cordoba - George Peppard, Giovanna Ralli, Raf Vallone, Pete Duel

Patton - George C. Scott, Karl Malden

The Traveling Executioner - Stacy Keach, Mariana Hill

Soldier Blue - Candice Bergen, Peter Strauss, Donald Pleasence


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