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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of October 24, 1970 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

About 6,000 South Vietnamese infantrymen and rangers launched a new offensive in eastern Cambodia to clear the area of North Vietnamese forces that have been infiltrating back into former sanctuaries.

President Nixon and Prime Minster Eisaku Sato of Japan agree to resume negotiations on a voluntary reduction of Japanese textile exports to the U.S.

President Nixon orders all federal vehicles to use low-lead or unleaded gasoline wherever practical and asks the governors of al the states to do the same with state owned vehicles.

Two Soviet students subdue the pilot of a small Russian passenger plane and guide the plane cross the Turkish border – the second hijacking of a soviet plane to turkey in two weeks. 

Eldridge Cleaver says that he welcomes the support of American expatriate fugitives such as Dr. Timothy Leary, but added that the “high priest” of LSD can’t join the Black Panthers because of his race.

President Nixon escapes injury in San Jose as shouting demonstrators hurled rocks, eggs and battle at him. A rock just barely missed him.

President Nixon says that “there is no cause that justifies violence,” and calls on the American people to elect Republican candidates across the land because they understand the law-and-order issue better than the Democrats.

Vice President Agnew compares a band of youths who jeered through a campaign speech in Illinois with demonstrators who threw missiles at President Nixon in San Jose and said such “garbage’ should be separated from society. 

He’s ruled insane - Charles (Tex) Watson – former Manson family member accused in the seven Tate-La Bianca murders – is committed to Atascadero State Hospital in California as psychiatric reports say he is insane.


Fashion news – October 24, 1970

Customers in Chicago are invited to the funeral of the midiskirt at Mrs. Toni Nelson’s shop in Glen Elleyn. “I stocked just enough midis for a funeral because I knew this town wouldn’t accept it,” said Mrs. Nelson. “The midi is the Edsel of 1970.”


Sports news – October 24, 1970

In his first professional bout in 3 ½  years, Cassius Clay returns – and defeats Jerry Quarry in a 3red round TKO in Atlanta. Quarry – his swollen brow latticed with 15 black stitches it cook to close a two-inch gash. He says that if Ali fought Joe Frasier – that Frasier “will kill him.” You can catch all three rounds this weekend on ABC-TV’s “Wide World of Sports.” Howard Cosell will comment on all the action (this is the beginning of Ali’s second incredible rise and his association with Howard Cosell).

National League baseball attendance increased by more than 1.5 million to a record 16,662,198 paid admissions in 1970. The New York Mets led with 2,697,495 paying patrons. 


Music news – October 24, 1970

Appearing at the Troubdour in Hollywood – John Denver.

Marianne Faithfull is divorced by her American husband, John Dunbar - on the ground that she was unfaithful (adultery) – she admitted adultery with Mick Jagger. Jagger agreed to pay $480 court costs to Dunbar. Since the case came up originally in divorce court – Ms. Faithfull has found a new boyfriend but remains friendly with Jagger. 


Radio news – October 24, 1970

The 43-member staff of Negro-formatted WLIB-AM/FM New York walks out in protest of an employee who was let go. WLIB competes with WWRL in New York in the arena so Soul music. WWRL usually clobbers WLIB in ratings though. 


Television news – October 24, 1970

QM Productions is set by CBS to develop a second one-hour series for the 1971-72 season titled “Travis Logan, D.A.” Also, QM is preparing a series for William Conrad to star in something called “Starr” (later changed to Canon).


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – October 24, 1970

CBS – Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, Hee Haw, To Rome With Love, 60 Minutes, Merv Griffin

NBC – Don Knots, Julia, NBC Tuesday Night at the Movies, Tonight

ABC – Mod Squad, Made for TV Movie, Marcus Welby, MD, Dick Cavett

NET – The Advocates


Don Knotts – Chuck Connors, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.

Hee Haw – Sonny James and Peggy Little.

To Rome With Love – Barbara McNair guest stars as a nightclub owner.

Merv Griffin – Trini Lopez, George Lindsey, Erich Segal, Donnie Conn, Minta Durfee Arbuckle.

Johnny Carston – Robert Merrill, Nancy Ames, Bob Newhart.

Dick Cavett – Ramsey Clark, Joe Califano, Richard Harris.


Some top movies – October 24, 1970




Darling Lili

Tora! Tora! Tora!

Traveling executioner

Julius Caesar

Monte Walsh

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