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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of November 22, 1970 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

The Senate upholds President Nixon’s veto of the bill to limit television and radio spending in political campaigns.

President Nixon fires Interior Secretary Walter Hickel because of a lack of “mutual confidence.”

The White House says that the enemy was preparing a major military blow early next year – probably in Cambodia – and that was the reason for the heavy bombing of North Vietnam over the weekend.

President Sekou Toure of Guinea says Portuguese forces invaded his Marxist-oriented nation and appeals to the United Nations for troops.

Defense Secretary Melvin Laird warns that he would recommend a full-scale resumption of bombing of the North Vietnamese moved large forces across the DMZ. 

A DC-8 jetliner carrying 229 passengers – most of them military personnel bound for Vietnam, crashes and explodes during takeoff at Anchorage. 45 are dead.

An American fighter-bomber strikes a radar-controlled antiaircraft position 5 ½ miles inside North Vietnam near the Laotian border. It’s believed to be part of a larger mission aimed at a Red supply route through Laos.

President Nixon’s Thanksgiving day appearance in a double-breasted blue striped suit with a somewhat wide tie stirred talk that he was going “mod.”

A man dressed as a priest and identified as a Bolivian freelance artist, attempts to kill Pope Paul VI with a 6-inch knife in Manila, as the Pontiff arrived on the first day of his Asian and Pacific tour.

President Salvador Allende is telling 9 million Chileans to kill 10 flies every day.  “If every Chilean did the tiny task of killing 10 flies a day, this country in a very short time would be a country without flies, said the new leader, a Marxist Socialist and a physician.

President Nixon says he would “use any means possible” to get American prisoners released from North Vietnam, and these means might include “the possibility of more raids” or possible prisoner exchanges.

The U.S. commando team that raided the Son Tay prisoner of war compound north of Hanoi Nov. 21 captured “a few” North Vietnamese and brought them out as prisoners and they are being questioned. 

A civil complaint is filed in Federal court charging the General Motors Corporation with dumping paint-spray residues into the Hudson River from its assembly plant at N. Tarrytown, NY. The complaint, filed by the United States Attorney’s office said GM, “knowingly, continuously and unlawfully” discharged industrial waste into the river in violation of the Federal Refuse Act of 1899. 

In the latest Gallup Poll – 57% approve of the job President Nixon is doing.

A 1,800-acre game preserve is being set up 25 miles northeast of downtown san Diego, where visitors will view wildlife in its natural environment while riding in electric trains.


Medical news – laser beam eye disease – November 22, 1970

Physicists and eye doctors have joined in using a laser beam to correct eye disease. A disease known as diabetic retinopathy, one of the primary causes of blindness in the U.S. results in hemorrhaging blood vessels on the surface of the retina. Scar tissue leads to blindness. Since the retina is inside the eye it cannot be treated by conventional surgical techniques. But a light beam can reach it.


Technology news – November 22, 1970

Dr. Peter Goldmark, president of the CBS laboratories develops a home color-TV recorder called E.V.R. It represents the latest development in the competition of various tapes of video cassettes and cartridges designed to be used in conjunction with color TV sets. With a camera – the system can take 12,000 still photos or make a half-hour moving picture in one loading.


Sports news – November 1970

Bobby Hull scores three times – the 25th time he pulls a hat trick in his NHL career – leading the Chicago Black Hawks to a 9-0 victory over the California Golden Seals.

Stanford’s Jim Plunkett gets the Heisman Trophy. He beat Joe Theismann of Notre Dame and Archie Manning of Mississippi.


Music news – November 22, 1970

Cat Stevens at the Village Gaslight on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village.  Milt Kamen and Don McLean at the Bitter end. Roland Kirk is at the Village Vanguard.

Elton John performs a live radio concert – for the radio audience of WABC-FM, New York. Produced by Phil Ramone at the A&R Studios.

Jimmy Webb is set to appear at the Bitter End in the Village. Catch him December 16.


Television news – November 22, 1970

Radio and television broadcasters will no longer have to carry anti-smoking messages once the ban on cigarette commercials begins Jan. 2 – the FCC rules.  Congress voted last year to ban all broadcast cigarette commercials after New Year’s Day, when the football bowl games are played. Since 1968, any of the 7,500 broadcasters carrying cigarette commercials had been required to grant free time for anti-smoking messages under the FCC’s “fairness doctrine.” After Jan. 1 – the FCC says it will be up to the individual broadcast to run such messages.

Actor Brian Kelly – best known as Ranger Porter in “Flipper” remains unconscious following a motorcycle accident in the Benedict Canyon area of Beverly Hills.

Monday night football is a hit – Since its Sept. 21 debut – the telecast has had an 18.5 rating and average audience share of 31. It was the brainchild of ABC’s Roone Arledge and the NFL’s Pete Rozelle. It was a way to put ABC on a sports parity with CBS and NBC and it adds $8.5 million a year from ABC to the $40 million being paid by CBS and NBC for football rights. Professional football became prime time big business in less than a year. Most observers call the turning point January 12, 1969, when the New York Jets and Joe Namath upset the Baltimore Colts in the third Super Bowl. Commercials sold for $135,000 a minute. This year – NBC will get $200,000 for a one-minute commercial in the Super Bowl. 

“Wall Street Week” makes its debut over the Eastern Educational Network, extending from Washington to the Canadian border – including WNET New York. The show is produced from tiny WMPB-TV (channel 67) – in Owings Mills Md. The moderator is Louis Rukeyser – regular economics reporter for ABC and the network sees no conflict here. Mr. Rukeyser will be commuting to Baltimore from NY as he does both jobs.  On the first program – the cautious consensus of the participants was that Chase Manhattan’s lowering its prime interest rate to 7% might brighten Wall Street’s ticker tape.  First guests – B. Carter Randall – a v/p of the equitable Trust Company of Baltimore; Frank Cappiello Jr. – W. James Price and Dennis O’Brien.  

On NBC-TV this week, “Winnie The Pooh and the Blustery Day.” First time on television for this Walt Disney featurette.


Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – November 22, 1970

CBS – Mission: Impossible, My Three Sons, Arnie, Mary Tyler Moore, Mannix

NBC – Andy Williams, Adam 12, NBC Saturday night at the Movies

ABC – Newlywed Game, Lawrence Welk, Most Deadly Game


Andy Williams – Jimmy Durante, Mike Douglas, Rick Nelson, Linda Ronstadt.


Some top movies – November 22, 1970

Five Easy Pieces

Hello Dolly

Walt Disney’s Son of Flubber

The McKenzie Break – Brian Keith

Dirty Dingus Magee – Frank Sinatra

The Vampire Lovers – Ingrid Pitt, George Cole, Peter Cushing

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