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




In The News

Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird warns of more bombing of North Vietnamese antiaircraft installations if it is necessary to protect pilots of unarmed U.S. reconnaissance planes now operating over enemy territory.

Charles Manson takes the witness stand in the Tate-La Bianca murder trial, in a rambling discourse lasting over an hour. He portrayed himself as a universal victim, one of society’s “garbage people” and denied killing or ordering any deaths. “I have killed no one and I have ordered no one to be killed. I may have implied that I may have been Jesus Christ. But I haven’t decided yet what I am and who I am.”

Roman Catholic bishops vote in favor of liberalized rules that would allow Catholics to be married in non-Catholic ceremonies. From now on, a bishop may give permission for a Catholic to marry a non-Catholic in a Protestant or Jewish service or in a civil ceremony if there are “serious’ obstacles to a Catholic wedding. The new rules require the Catholic partner to promise in advance to do “all in my power” to have the children brought up as Catholics, but no promise will be asked of the non-Catholic partner. 


Consumer news - November 15, 1970

“The first American Car To Meet The Imports Head-On - the American Motors Gremlin - $1999.


Fashion news- November 15, 1970

Ladies - tired of those expensive leather outfits? Sure, you could go the blue jeans and knit sweater route, but how about buying a kit for these items - you’ll save big bucks ...

Gaucho pants ($65)

Bolero ($40) and cap ($15)

poncho ($95) and skirt ($60)

Each kit includes precut solid leather, pieces for ponchos and vests, complete with patterns and instructions.


Bestselling books – November 15, 1970

Love Story - Erich Segal

Islands In The Stream - Ernest Hemingway

Child From The Sea - Elizabeth Goudge

The Crystal Cove - Mary Stewart

Great Lion of God - Taylor Caldwell

God Is An Englishman - R.F. Delderfield

The Sensuous Woman  - “J”

Inside the Third Reich: Memoirs - Albert Speer

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex ... - David R. Reuben

Papillion - Henri Charriere

Future Shock - Alvin Toffler


Sports news – November 15, 1970

Detroit) Joe Frazier floors Bob Foster twice and scores a second-round KO, retaining his world heavyweight championship.

No sooner had Frazier knocked out Bob Foster - Mohammed Ali, seeing the fight on a closed-circuit broadcast in Atlanta screams “I want Joe Frasier. I want Joe Frazier." "I won’t have any trouble with Joe Frazier. I’ll show him who the heavyweight champion of the world is. He never fought anybody. Bobby Foster is skinny and can’t fight and Jimmy Ellis is skinny and that’s the kind of people he has been fighting.” 


Technology news – Television – November 15, 1970

RCA launches the age of AccuColor. AccuColor - RCA’s new system for color television. Model for model, dollar-for-dollar, the most vivid, most lifelike, most consistently accurate, most dependable color in our history. And our most automatic. AccColor puts it all together, combining the three features you want most in one set consistently accurate color, fiddle-free tuning and strong, dependable performance. Performance that’s backed in writing by RCA’s new Purchaser Satisfaction program - “PS” for short - covering both parts and labor.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – November 15, 1970

Walter Matthau is set to star in the movie “Kotch” with Jack Lemmon making his directorial debut.

Gene Hackman is signed to head the cast of “The French Connection.” It will be produced for 20th-Century Fox by Philip d’Antoni and directed by William Friedkin. Filming is scheduled for New York and France next month.

Princess Grace of Monaco returns to show business, albeit one night only - the first time since she married Prince Rainier in 1956. She starred with Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope in a charity gala billed as “Night of Nights” in London. She was a last-minute substitute for Sir Noel Coward, who fell ill with pleurisy. Her job was to introduce Hope and Sinatra - each of which held the stage for an hour, interspersed with appearances by Raquel Welch and interviewer David Frost.


Television news – November 15, 1970

Morley Safer, the first television newsman to report from Communist China, is named to replace Harry Reasoner as co-anchor of “60 Minutes.” He’ll join the program December 8th. Reasoner departs to become New York anchorman of ABC Evening News.

Actor Martin Milner - who plays officer Malloy on “Adam-12,” says the series makes neither emotional nor physical demands on him as an actor, but it has its own satisfactions for him and his way of life today. “We’re not doing a public service show, but sometimes it feels like we are.”

CBS announces mid-season program changes. Cancelled - “The Tim Conway Show” and “The Governor and JJ.” “All In The Family” - a situation comedy series starring Carroll O’Connor, Jean Stapleton and Bob Reiner will debut in the Tuesday, 9:30p (eastern/pacific) slot in January. “To Rome With Love” - now airing in this spot, will move to Wednesdays at 8pm replacing the Governor and J.J. also in January. A revamping of Andy Griffith’s “Headmaster” will find the series being renamed to “The Andy Griffith Show” with Andy starring as the mayor of a small town in North Carolina beginning early January at 8:30pm.

ABC cancels seven shows and adds three. Cancelled from the network are Matt Lincoln, The Immortal, The Young Rebels, Barefoot in the Park, Silent Force, the Most Deadly Game and the Tom Jones Show. Jones will be back for monthly specials. Added - the “Smith Family” starring Henry Fonda and Janet Blair, “Alias Smith and Jones” starring Peter Duel and Ben Johnson. Pearl Bailey will star in her own hour variety program as well.         


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

CBS - Storefront Lawyers, Governor and JJ, Medical Center, Hawaii Five-O

NBC - Men From Shiloh, Kraft Music Hall, S.F. International Airport

ABC - Courtship Of Eddie Father, Make Room For Granddaddy, Room 222, Johnny Cash, Dan August

Educational Television  - French Chief, Civilization, Nader Report


Men From Shiloh - The Virginian finds “lost” Shiloh cattle in the heard of a strange and unfriendly commune.

Johnny Cash - Lorne Greene, Cass Elliot and Kris Kristofferson guest.

San Francisco International Airport - Conrad must coordinate the emergency landing of a 727 with bad nose gear. Lloyd Bridges, Clu Gulager and Barbara Werle star.


Late Night talk -

Merv Griffin (CBS) - Jeannine Burnier, Buddy Ebsen, Adela Rogers St Johns, Don Grady.

Johnny Carson (NBC) - Kaye Ballard, Walter Matthau, Norm Crosby, Billy De Wolfe.

Dick Cavett (ABC) - Kaye Ballard, Peter Viertel, Father Hesbergh, Hal Linden.  


Music news – November 15, 1970

Apple Co says that a triple album by Beatle George Harrison which includes two numbers written by him and Bob Dylan, will be released November 27th. The three-record set is entitled “All Things Must Pass” and Apple says it represents Harrison’s first collection of original songs. Two records consist entirely of new songs by Harrison and the two numbers he wrote with Dylan. The third disc is a “bonus” jam session with artists who supported Harrison on the rest of the album. 

Rock ‘n Roller Little Richard is arrested at a Miami Beach hotel on charges of “larceny by trick.” He was booked under his real name of Richard Penniman. The complaint was filed on behalf of a self-help program for Negro youths. In the complaint, Little Richard is accused of pocketing money allegedly collected for the organization during the Rocker’s appearance at another Miami hotel last April, when a collection was taken after his performances. He was released under bond of $1,500.  

Just before he was discharged from the Army - Army disc jockey Steve Oreskovich performs his last radio show for the American Forces Network in Europe - but not to the Army’s liking. Every Friday night for a year, the disc jockey did a show called “Underground” - which was broadcast all over Europe. Perhaps knowing this would be his last show, Oreskovich went out with a bang (shows are always taped). The last show contained a series of antiwar folk songs, recorded speeches of Vice President Agnew criticizing persons with long hair and readings which opposed the Vietnam War. About 20 minutes of the hour-long show were aired. Oreskovich had already been discharged two days earlier. In case you’re wondering, the tape had not been listened to before airtime.


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

I Think I Love You - The Partridge Family

We've Only Just Begun - The Carpenters

Indiana Wants Me - R. Dean Taylor

5-10-15-20 (25-30 Years of Love) - The Presidents

It Don't Matter to Me - Bread

Lola - The Kinks

I'll Be There - The Jackson 5

You Don't Have to Say You Love Me - Elvis Presley

Fire and Rain - James Taylor

Montego Bay - Bobby Bloom

Green-Eyed Lady - Sugarloaf

Cracklin' Rosie - Neil Diamond

Gypsy Woman - Brian Hyland

Still Water (Love) - The Four Tops

Candida - Dawn

Cry Me A River - Joe Cocker

See Me, Feel Me - The Who

Super Bad, Part 1 & Part 2 - James Brown

All Right Now - Free

Look What They've Done to My Song Ma - The New Seekers                      

Heaven Help Us All - Stevie Wonder

El Condor Pasa - Simon & Garfunkel

Deeper & Deeper - Freda Payne

The Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles                                      

Share the Land - The Guess Who

Yellow River - Christie

Lucretia Mac evil - Blood, Sweat & Tears

Fresh Air -  Quicksilver Messenger Service   

No Matter What - Badfinger    


Top Country Music Single – November 15, 1970

I Can’t Believe That You’ve Stopped Loving Me - Charley Pride    


Top Music Albums – November 15, 1970

Led Zeppelin III - Led Zeppelin

Sweet Baby James - James Taylor

Third Album - The Jackson 5

Cosmo’s Factory - Creedence Clearwater revival

Abraxas - Santana

Woodstock - soundtrack/various artists

Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! - The Rolling Stones           

Greatest Hits - Sly & The Family Stone

After The Gold Rush - Neil Young

A Question Of Balance - The Moody Blues

Close to You - The Carpenters


Top movies – November 15,  1970

The Owl and the Pussycat - Barbra Streisand, George Segal

Little Fauss and Big Halsy - Robert Redford, Michael J. Pollard, Lauren Hutton, Noah Berry, Lucille Benson

Ryan’s Daughter - Robert Mitchum, Trevor Howard, Christopher Jones, John Mills, Leo McKern, Sarah Miles

Dirty Dingus Magee - Frank Sinatra, George Kennedy, Ann Jackson, Lois Nettleton, Jack Elam

Whirlpool - Karl Lanchbury, Vivian Neves

WUSA - Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Pat Hingle, Don Gordon, Michael Anderson Jr., Bruce Cabot, Cloris Leachman, Moses Gunn

The Baby Maker - Barbara Hershey, Collin Wilcox Horne, Sam Groom, Scott Glenn

MASH - Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall, Jo Ann Pflug

Flap - Anthony Quinn, Claude Akins, Tony Bill, Victor Jory, Shelly Winters

On A Clear Day You Can See Forever - Barbra Streisand, Yves Montand, Bob Newhart, Larry Blyden, Simon Oakland, Jack Nicholson

 Hotel - Rod Taylor, Catherine Spaak, Karl Malden, Melvyn Douglas, Richard Conte, Michael Rennie, Kevin McCarthy, Merle Oberon

Joe - Peter Boyle, Dennis Patrick, Audrey Caire, Susan Sarandon

Walk The Line - Gregory Peck, Tuesday Weld, Estelle Parsons, Ralph Meeker

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

Scrooge - Albert Finney, Edith Evans, Kenneth More, Alec Guinness

Airport - Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jean Seberg, Jacqueline Bisset

Catch-22 - Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin, Arthur Garfunkel, Jack Gilford, Buck Henry, Bob Newhart, Anthony Perkins, Paula Prentiss, Martin Sheen, Jon Voight, Orson Wells

Julius Caesar - Charlton Heston, Jason Robards, John Gielgud, Richard Johnson, Robert Vaughn, Richard Chamberlain, Diana Rigg

The Twelve Chairs - Ron Moody, Frank Langella, Dom DeLuise

Darling Lili - Julie Andrews, Rock Hudson, Jeremy Kemp, Lance Percival

Song of Norway - Toraly Maurstad, Florence Henderson, Christina Schollin, Frank Porretta, Robert Morely, Edward G. Robinson

The Love Doctors - Ann Jannin, Annce Acres, Winston St. Lle

Beast of Blood - John Ashley Celeste Yarnall

Curse of the Vampires - Amalia Fuentes, Eddie Garcia

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