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



In the News

Midterm elections –

Nelson A. Rockefeller wins a victory over Democratic nominee Arthur Goldberg to gain an unprecedented fourth term as governor of New York. Ronald Reagan is re-elected in California. The Democratic Party holds the line (dominates) in Congress and scores gubernatorial gains across the country.  Also, three-term Democratic Sen. Albert Gore of Tennessee loses his seat to GOP Rep. W.E. Brock III. In the Senate races – more Republicans were voted in.

Flooding in S. Vietnam leaves tens of thousands homeless and at least 150 dead.

President Nixon blames “appeasement” for a rash of terrorism in the country to young dissenters and pledges to bring that situation to an end.

Ambassador Xuan Thuy of North Vietnam charges at the Paris peace talks that President Nixon had “lied to the American people.” A North Vietnam spokesman then proceeded to give what he said were examples of “Nixon lies and propaganda.” For example he said, when Nixon was elected he said he would unite the American people, when in fact he has divided them.

An FBI account of the Kent State tragedy says most of the guardsmen who fired at the students did not say they did so because their lives were in danger. They simply state that they fired after they heard others fire or because after the shooting began, they assumed an order to fire in the air had been given, said the report.

A United Air Lines 727 jetliner with 73 on board is hijacked on route to LA from San Diego. After a Tijuana refueling, it’s headed to Cuba.

Mrs. Lyndon B Johnson, rating the Presidency of the United States “an eroding, devouring job,” says she believe her husband would like to be remembered as, “The education President.”

 Passing – Cardinal Richard Cushing – former Catholic archbishop of Boston and confident of the Kennedy family.

Manson trial – Dianne Lake (17) connects two to Manson’s girls with the seven Tate-la Bianca murders – one by implication and one directly.

Salvador Izquierdoas, a frustrated Spanish painter working as a dishwasher tells police he broke into a museum in France and scrawled an abstract design over a huge fresco by Pablo Picasso. He said he wanted to attract the attention of “my compatriot, Pablo Picasso to the difficulties that a young, unknown painter had to get acceptance.”


World’s Sexiest Women – November 1, 1970

Actress Jenny Hanley is voted by male readers of the London Dailey Sketch as the world’s sexiest woman.


Technology news – November 1, 1970

General Motors announces it has entered into a $50 million license agreement to do research and development studies on the revolutionary Wankel rotary engine. The engine, developed in West Germany in the 1950’s, is smaller, simpler and has far fewer moving parts that the conventional piston engine that powers nearly all the world vehicles.


Sports news – November 1, 1970

Hoyt Wilhelm (47) says he will remain a Chicago Cubs relief pitcher next year.

Curt Flood, who missed last season after brining legal action against baseball’s reserve clause, signs a one-year $110,000 contract containing the clause, with the Washington Senators.  Flood brought a $1 million suit against baseball’s reserve clause, which binds a player to his team and sat out last season. A judge ruled in favor of baseball and the decision is currently under appeal.

Frustrated Terry Bradshaw vows he won’t play second fiddle to Terry Hanratty after this season. The Pittsburgh Steeler rookie quarterback has not been the cure-all QB he was billed to be and now he admits he’s pressing. Pittsburgh defeated the Cincinnati Bangles 21-10 in Monday night football, but it was Hanratty, coming off the bench who bailed out the Steelers in the fourth quarter. Said Bradshaw – “I’ll never sit on the bench behind a second-year man. It’s obvious Coach (Chuck) Noll will have to make a decision at the end of the year. He’s given me all the chances in the world but I haven’t done anything. And if I’m going to be on the bench, I want to play behind a veteran so I can learn.” “I really don’t mind if I don’t start. But Terry’s young and I’m young. If the coach says he’s No. 1, fine, then ship me out. I jut wouldn’t be happy playing behind him.” Bradshaw started the game, but Hanratty took over midway in the third quarter with the Steelers behind 10-7.


Music news – November 1, 1970

New album by Bob Dylan is out – “New Morning.” The album relies heavily on piano, much of it played by Dylan, a switch from the guitar-dominated fixture of his previous recordings. There’s another big difference between this and his last album – “Nashville Skyline” – where Dylan used at least three voices as he attempted to turn a nasal twang into a bass baritone in the style of Johnny Cash. In “New Morning” -  Dylan backs off the baritone, but not so much as to go back to his old nasal twang.

MGM records drops contracts with 18 rock bands because they promote the use of drugs in lyrics and personal appearances. MGM president Mike Curb  said he was taking the action in the wake of the drug related deaths of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Al Wilson of Canned Heat. Clive Davis, president of Columbia Records, said he was shocked by the irresponsibility of the MGM announcement. “They are doing the record industry a terrible disservice. All record companies take the drug issue very seriously and… are cooperating to do everything to inform youth as to the danger of drugs.”


Television news – November 1, 1970

Harry Reasoner is resigning from CBS to become a news anchor at ABC.

CBS says it is canceling the “Original Amateur Hour” with Ted Mack – entertainment’s longest running show.

Peggy Fleming takes time out to film segments for NET’s  “Sesame Street.” She will illustrate numbers, words and figures on ice for the educational program.

David Frost receives the Order of the British Empire for services to the medium of television in Britain and abroad.

Newsman Alex Dreir will become a regular guest on CBS’ Merv Griffin Show. He’ll perform a commentary once a week.

New – “Sesame Street” magazine for the kids. Order yours today!


Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide – November 1, 1970

CBS – Family Affair, Jim Nabors Show, CBS Thursday night movie, Merv Griffin

NBC – Flip Wilson Show, Ironside, Nancy, Dean Martin Show, Tonight

 ABC – Matt Lincoln, Bewitched, Barefoot in the Park, Odd Couple, The Immortal, Dick Cavett Show

NET – Washington Week in Review, Net Playhouse


Flip Wilson – Robert Goulet, Lola Falana and Robert Klein guest.

Jim Nabors – Minnie Pearl and Julie Budd.

Barefoot in the Park – Paul calls on the building owner as a spokesman for other dissatisfied tenants and the owner turns out to be Sugar Ray Robinson.

Dean Martin Show – Ernest Borgnine, the Everly Brothers, Sugar Ray Robinson (he’s busy this week).

Merv Griffin – Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon.

Johnny Carson – David Frost, Richard Chamberlain, Bob and Ray.

Dick Cavett – John Davidson.


Some top movies – November 1, 1970

Sunflower – Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni

2001: A Space Odyssey

The Owl and the Pussycat

Mel Brooks’ The Twelve Chairs – Ron Moody, Frank Langella, Dom DeLuise

W.U.S.A. – Paul Newman

Darling Lili

Julius Caesar



Tora! Tora! Tora!

Monte Walsh

CC and Company – Joe Namath, Ann-Margret

One More Time – Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford

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