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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of January 1, 1971 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Nixon signs tightened air pollution control legislation.

A snowstorm/blizzard hits the Northeast – from Virginia to Maine.

The 91st Congress adjourns in a long session. The SST issue will be carried over to a new session.

President Nixon vetoes a proposed 4% pay raise for the federal government’s nearly 650,000 blue-collar workers.

President Nixon promises no new taxes this year and renews efforts to push welfare reform through Congress. 

 President Anwar Sadat of Egypt admits that Soviet troops were brought in to man Egyptian missile sites and said sox of them were killed in an Israeli raid 20 miles south of Cairo.

Mayor Frank Curren of San Diego is acquitted on bribery and conspiracy charges involving an alleged payoff from the Yellow Cab Co for fare increases granted three years ago.

A leading British drug firm announce it was halting production of amphetamines  commonly known as pep pills and withdrawing its entire stock from the market. The latest official British statistics show there are about 500,000 persons in the country who habitually use amphetamines, many of them youngsters.

For the second consecutive year – President Nixon is at the top of the list of most admired men – in a Gallup Poll. Here are the rest in order: Billy Graham, Edward Kennedy, Spiro Agnew, Pope Paul VI, Edmund Muskie, Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan, Hubert Humphrey, Harry S. Truman.


Fascinating Business news – January 1, 1971  

Nasdaq  (National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations) will commence January 18 and will enable investors in the over-the-counter stock market to share in improved buying-selling service. Nasdaq is now under going live testing and is a national computerized system for gathering and communicating up-to-the-minute price quotations on 2,500 key OTC stocks. It will begin with 2,500 stocks, but has a capacity to handle 20,000 stocks.

The Federal Reserve Board cuts its discount rate to 5.25% - from 5.5%.


Radio news – January 1, 1971

A housewife who telephoned WMCA New York threatened suicide and was dissuaded by Dr. Joyce Brothers, the psychologist who spoke to her for almost three hours, 90 minutes on the air. Brothers does a daily show on the new talk station. WMCA Dialogue Radio 57.

Wow – Aku – the top-rated DJ in Honolulu over KGMB radio (radio 590) just signed a 12-year contract at an annual salary of $400,000. Aku is Hal Lewis, and is originally from Brooklyn, NY.


Music news – January 1, 1971

Dean Martin signs a new recording contract with Reprise Records again. It’s a three-year,10-album contract.

Quincy Jones – a Grammy Award winner, is appointed music director for the 43rd annual Academy Awards program.    

Paul McCartney moves for a legal split from his fellow Beatles and a division of their fortune – estimated to be $100 million. The breakup of the British pop group, which has been pending for months, finally became reality with a suit filed by McCartney in the High Court. The other three Beatles were name as defendants along with Apple Corps. Ltd., the group’s business organization. McCartney asked for the legal termination of the partnership and also demanded the appointment of a receiver to deal with the Beatles’ assets.

A suit seeking more than $600,000 in back royalties is filed by 3 Dog Night against Dunhill Records.


Television news – January 1, 1971

Cigarette advertising spent some $150 million on all of television and industry sources confirm that a great many “replacement” ad dollars is coming from oil companies that had increased their television budgets; from major insurance companies; from retailers from an upsurge in advertising money from travel-oriented business.


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – January 1, 1971

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

NBC – Don Knotts, Julia, First Tuesday, Tonight

ABC – Mod Squad, Movie of the Week, Marcus Welby, MD, Dick Cavett

NET – Hollywood Television Theater


Don Knotts – Sebastian Cabot, Lennon Sisters and Louis Nye.

First Tuesday – Sander Vanocur anchors.

Hee Haw – Amanda Blake, Charley Pride and Mickey Mantle.

Julia – Corey and Dr. Chegley learn a lesson about profanity.

Merv Griffin – Glen Campbell, Larry McNeally, Ronnie Schell.

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