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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of November 8, 1970 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

Time Magazine quotes President Nixon as telling his Cabinet and top advisers that the Vietnam war would be over by 1972, enhancing the party’s chances in the presidential reelection.

The United States drops its demand that Egypt remove “illegal” missiles from the Suez Canal cease-fire zone as a condition for resuming Middle-East peace negotiations.

The Supreme Court refuses to rule on Massachusetts’s claim that the Indochina conflict is unconstitutional because Congress never declared war. The vote was 6-3.

Passing – Former French President Charles de Gaulle dies of a heart attack at the age of 79. He once said – “De Gaulle is not on the left,” nor on the right. Nor in the center. He is above.”

Gen. Charles de Gaulle will go to his final resting place in a simple ceremony at a little stone church in his village of Colombey-les-Deux-Eglisea.

The bells toll all over France on the funeral day for Charles de Gaulle. Attending the funeral – world leaders such as President Nixon.  

Nicholas Johnson – a member of the FCC says that television must bear much of the blame for what he called “America’s social breakdown.” “The same guys who are putting garbage in the air are putting garbage in our heads. Not only has television failed to make us a better race of men, it has actually made us worse than we were before.”

New York’s Chase Manhattan Bank drops its prime lending rate to 7 ¼ %.

In A Gallup Poll – Martha Mitchell, wife of U.S. Atty. Gen. John Mitchell and her frequent blasts at politics, politicians and the Washington scene have been widely quoted in the news media and have gained her a degree of public recognition in two short years. 74% of those polled know her name – either in a positive or negative way.

Tried to avoid deportation - American Yippie leader Jerry Rubin is grabbed by police in Belfast – from an underground hideout and quickly gave up his fight to stay in British territory.


Sports news – November 8, 1970

Baltimore Orioles’ John Powell is selected the American League’s Most Valuable Player for 1970.


Entertainment /Celebrity/Music news – November 8, 1970

Frank Sinatra has withdrawn from the Warner Bros. Movie “Dead Right” for medical reasons. Sinatra underwent an operation in June for contracted tissue in the palm and fingers of his right hand and its still painful for him to use the hand extensively. Sinatra was to have played a tough cop in pursuit of a sniper. 

Successful Broadway playwright Neil Simon withdraws his new drama “The Gingerbread Lady” fro scheduled premier next month for extensive rewrite.

At the Fillmore East – Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Sha Na Na .

Trends – Kids are going to concerts – but they are not dancing. It’s the latest kick to just sit and listen to the music. The trend to listen instead of dance is strong, especially among the older teens, promoters agree.


Playing in Las Vegas –

Harry Belafonte – Caesars Palace

Bob Newhart – Desert Inn

 Sonny and Cher, Dick Shawn – Flamingo

Pat Boone – Fremont

Liza Minnelli – Riviera

Don Rickles – Sahara

Alan King – Sands


Television news – November 8, 1970

A Federal judge postpones action on a suit that sought to restrain CBS and WTOP-TV (Washington) from showing “The Wild Wild West” because it contains fictionalized violence and horror harmful to the mental health and well-being of minor children (you’re kidding).  The suit was brought on by the Boston based citizens group – the “Foundation To Improve Television.” CBS syndicates the series and actually re-ran it in July and August. (this is typical of a bunch of folks who have nothing better to do). The suit is believed to be the first seeking, in the words of the foundation, to “protect the rights of viewers.” WTOP-TV is being picked on -for some reason – and it shows “West” regularly (in reruns of course). 

Ralph Nader has his own show over WNET-TV in New York. Look for “Nader Report.”

“60 Minutes” producer Don Hewitt says he’s looking for another Harry Reasoner to replace Harry Reasoner. “We’re looking for Reasoner’s wit and style, his craggy good looks. He looks good without being pretty and it reinforces his style.” Mike Wallace is expected to be joined on “60 Minutes” by one of five correspondents: John Hart, Dan Rather, Hughes Rudd, Charles Kuralt or Charles Collingwood with Mr. Hart the current frontrunner.

ABC-TV’s “Movie of the Week” is strong in the ratings. ABC v/p Barry Diller says – “I think our greatest strength is the variety of the approaches. We want to do anything we feel is good –drama, comedy, thriller, western ghost story, whatever. We’re doing our first original musical with Berry Gordy and his Motown organization. We’re doing our first animated feature, ‘the Point,’ from a project by singer-poet Harry Nilsson to be narrated by Dustin Hoffman. The door is wide open.” “Movie of the Week” was just renewed for a third season and will present 25 films on the network for the 1971 and 1972 season.

Mrs. Ethel Kennedy, widow of Robert F. Kennedy will discuss her late husband’s interest in social conditions in a special one-hour segment of the “Today” show on November 20.

WCFL-TV in Chicago (channel 38) will be the nation’s first regularly authorized pay-TV station. Owners – the Chicago Federation of Labor vote to transfer its construction permit to Zenith radio Corp. Zenith plans to use the channel for its phonevision subscription television system – the first and so far, only pay-TV system to be approved by the FCC. The Zenith subscription system was tested for 6 ½ years in Hartford prior to FCC approval. The channel should be in operation by 1972.

Don’t miss Joe Garagiola and Anita Bryant – as they host NBC’s coverage of the Orange Bowl Parade from Miami Dec. 31.

London - David Frost, the British-American television personality was driven from the stage of his interview show by his guest, Jerry Rubin and a group of other hippies from the audience. On a signal from Rubin, about 20 youths in hippie garb dashed onto the stage and began squirting water pistols at Frost, scattering flower petals and shouting obscenities. Frost stood up and stalked from the stage, muttering, “ think I had better move away,” as live television cameras recorded the event throughout Britain. He moved into an audience chair and waited for his next interview – with playwright Robert Ardrey.


Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – November 8, 1970

CBS – Headmaster, CBS Friday night movie, Merv Griffin

NBC – High Chaparral, Name of the Game, Bracken’s World, Tonight

ABC – Brady Bunch, Partridge Family, That Girl, Love, American Style, Tom Jones, Dick Cavett

NET – NET Fanfare


Brady Bunch – Peter defends his sister’s lisp and gets a black eye.

Partridge Family – A skunk contaminates the bus and a concert is in jeopardy.

Tom Jones – The Supremes, Scoey Mitchell and Ray Stevens guest.

Merv Griffin – Rip Taylor, Pat Buttram, Marty Allen.

Tonight w/Johnny Carson – Carl Wayne, The Carpenters, Gig Young, Barbara Heller.

Dick Cavett – Linda Ronstadt, Hal Linden, Lord Kenneth Clark.


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