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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of February 15, 1971 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

The death toll in the Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley earthquake rises to 59 as thousands begin returning to their homes.

The U.S. backed South Vietnamese drive into Laos goes into high gear as red supplies of arms, food and other stores are seized.

American warplanes accidentally bomb a U.S. Central intelligence agency base in Laos – inflicting heavy casualties on CIA-backed guerrilla forces.

The commander of South Vietnamese troops in Laos says his men had cut the main artery of the Ho Chi Minh Trail and halted North Vietnamese supplies – the lifeblood of Communist armies in South Vietnam.

An Army sanity board rules that 1st Lt. William L. Calley Jr. was “normal in every respect” as he looks for another defense.

U.S. helicopters fly 2,000 additional South Vietnamese troops into Laos and American paratroopers take up positions along South Vietnam’s northern frontier to counteract growing Communist opposition to the drive to sever the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

President Nixon says the nation’s construction industry was “sick’ and pledged that he would take early action to do something about it.

President Nixon views the American-supported invasion of Laos as the knockout blow that could put North Vietnam out of business as a Southeast Asian power.

Passing – J.C Penny – one of the last of America’s great merchant princes passes at the age of 95.


Sports news – February 15, 1971

Bill White, a former first baseman with the New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies, will be the third member of the New York Yankees baseball broadcasting team. He joins Phil Rizzuto and Frank Messer. He has been broadcasting a nightly sports program in Philadelphia since 1969. 

Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox sings a three-year contract estimated to be $150,000 per year or more.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – February 15, 1971

Antiwar activist Jane Fonda challenges the Army to let an antiwar entertainment troupe tour 20 army bases around the country and to pay its transportation and lodging expenses. Ms. Fonda says she found it “disturbing” that Bob Hope, Martha Raye and others entertain soldiers in this country and Vietnam, when “antiwar shows are what the soldiers want.”


Playing in Las Vegas –

Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme – Caesars Palace

Patti Page/Godfrey Cambridge – Desert Inn

Sergio Franchi – Flamingo

Rosemary Clooney – Fremont

Phil Harris/Harry James – Frontier

Elvis Presley – International

Waylon Jennings/Roy Acuff – Landmark

Phyllis Diller/Barbara McNair – Riviera

Frank Gorshin – Sahara

Sammy Davis Jr. – Sands


Music news – February 15, 1971

A joint concert by Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention and the royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall is called off. The concert was to have been the musical score from the film “200 Motels.” The film concerns the life of a rock group on tour and contains references to drugs and groupie girls who follow rock musicians. Zappa said – “I don’t know why it’s been canceled. I gather the management thinks the script is obscene. I don’t think they’re right.”

NBC News’ “First Tuesday” takes a look at Janis Joplin this week. The camera went into the streets of her hometown of Port Arthur, Texas to show where she was raised and then went to her family’s house and her parents were interviewed.

On his own – Curtis Mayfield is performing solo. He had been with the Impressions for years.

Playing at the Fillmore East – Taj Mahal, Leon Thomas, Roberta Flack. Also – Chambers Brothers.


Television news – February 15, 1971

The Osmond Brothers will star in their first TV special. Look for it on CBS March 28.


Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – February 15, 1971

CBS – He’s Your Dog Charlie Brown, The Great Mojave Desert, Arnie, Mary Tyler Moore, Mannix

NBC – Andy Williams, NBC Saturday Night at the Movies

ABC – Lawrence Welk, Pearl Bailey 


Andy Williams – Jonathan Winters, Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, Bobby Gentry, The Carpenters.

Pearl Bailey – Ethel Waters, Robert Goulet and Hines, Hines and Dad.


Some top movies – February 15, 1971
Love Story

Little Big Man

The Wild Country

The Statue

Brewster McCloud

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