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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of January 23, 1971 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

State of the Union address – President Nixon says it was time to “reverse the trend of government set 38 years ago by Franklin D. Roosevelt” and reduce government – turning back the government over to the people. 

A Humble Oil Co. tanker ran aground at the New haven harbor’s mouth, rupturing her hold and spilling a thick yellowish slick of home heating oil 3 ½ miles long and a half-mile wide.

President Nixon sends Congress a new budget, which he said would help direct the economy back toward prosperity and disperse political power from Washington back to the states in “the new American revolution.

The United States rushes war supplies to Cambodia, including material for bolstering defenses at Phnom Penh airport, badly battered by an enemy attack.

In a Gallup Poll – public support for the Hatfield-McGovern proposal to end U.S. trop involvement in Vietnam by the end of this year has grown from 55% to 73% in the latest survey.

In a campaign promoted by public interest advocate Ralph Bader, employees are urged to “blow the whistle” on abuses ranging from polluting the environment to wasting public funds.

The shah of Iran declares that 10 major oil-producing countries would consider shutting off oil to the West if agreement is not reached with the International community on oil prices. 

All remaining charges against army enlisted men in the alleged My Lai massacre are dropped. The Army says it’s in the best interest of justice.

President Nixon has tentatively decided against recommending that the government insure all Americans under 65 against catastrophic medical costs. Instead, the President has ordered his aides to draft a new plan under which employers would be required to provide minimum health insurance for employees and their families.

President Nixon complained about the amount of profanity in the new movie “Love Story,” He said he was not shocked by the language, saying he knows  young people use profanities and that ‘it’s the in thing to do.” But he said profanities were used too often in the movie and detracted from a great performance by Ali MacGraw. He likened a profanity to a punctuation mark – when it is overused, it loses its point.

President Nixon asks Congress to extend the draft two more years and provide the $1.5 billion to help achieve his goal of an all-volunteer Army in mid-1973. 

Charles Manson and his girls are convicted on all 27 counts of first-degree murder in the Tate La-Bianca murders.

Charles Manson strikes and shoves his attorney and is removed from the opening of the penalty phrase of the Tate-La Bianca murder trial.

The U.S. Embassy protests to the Kremlin about “crude harassment” and use of force’ against an American correspondent James Piepert, who was kicked and punched on a busy Moscow street. 


Fascinating Business news – January 23, 1971

General Motors records its worst monthly quarter (so far) – a $135 million loss and slashes its 1970 earnings to a 17-year-loss of $609 million.


Sports news – January 23, 1971

Phil Esposito gets his 43rd goal as Boston beats Chicago 6-2. 


Music news – January 23, 1971

Tickets are in demand for Elvis Presley’s fourth appearance at the International in Las Vegas. So far, 100,000 persons have jammed into the hotel’s 2,000-seat showroom international.

Ethel Waters (74) sings at White House rites as some 300 guests and President Nixon lingered to chat with her later.


Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – January 23, 1971

CBS - Lassie, Hogan’s Heroes, Ed Sullivan, Glen Campbell, Jackie Gleason

NBC – Wild Kingdom, Disney, Bill Cosby, Peggy Fleming at Sun Valley, Bold Ones

ABC – The FBI, ABC Sunday Night Movie


 Ed Sullivan – Sergio Franchi, Godfrey Cambridge, Nancy Ames, B.J. Thomas, Peter Gennaro.

Glen Campbell – Sonny and Cher, John Byner and R.G. Brown, Mel Tillis, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

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