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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of March 8, 1971 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

The Supreme Court bars from the draft as conscientious objectors men opposed only to the Vietnam War, not all wars.

South Vietnamese headquarters reports the destruction of 100 enemy tanks in the month-old drive into Laos that has cut nine major branches of North Vietnam’s vital Ho Chi Minh Trail. 

Ranking officers say the month-old South Vietnamese invasion of Laos is already as successful as last year’s joint campaign into Cambodia.

President Anwar Sadat of Egypt proclaims the end of the cease-fire and truce with Israel. He declared Russia had the support of his decision.

Jane Fonda urges support for a massive spring peace mobilization to end the war in Southeast Asia and end poverty, racism and sexism at home.

President Nixon condemns publicity seekers who exploit the nation’s courts and urges Americans “to play the game according to the rules.” “The vast majority of Americans are grateful to those judges who insist on order in their courts and who will not be bullied or stampeded by those who hold in contempt al this nation’s judicial system stands for.”

The Senate approves to raise Social Security benefits 10% and to increase payroll taxes on jobs paying more than $7,800 a year.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield of Montana says he had been advised that Soviet troops have withdrawn from surface-to-air missiles sites along the Suez Canal, leaving advisers behind but Egyptians in charge.


Fashion news – March 8, 1971

Fashion – they’re in and looking good – Hot Pants for the girls.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – March 8, 1971

Passing – comic actor Harold Lloyd (77).


Playing in Las Vegas –

Jerry Lewis/Osmond Brothers – Caesars Palace

John Rowles/Myron Cohen – Flamingo

John Gary – Fremont

Wayne Newton – Frontier

Ann-Margret – International

Jimmy Dean – Landmark

Totie Fields – Riviera

Boots Randolph/Jay Price/Jody Miller – Sahara

Rowan and Martin - Sands


Whitney Young Jr. (49) – director of the National Urban League – dies while swimming near Lagos, Nigeria.

Passing – Walter W. Ralphs – pioneer in the development of the modern supermarket – and one of three family shareholders who incorporated Ralphs Grocery Co in 1909. He was 86.


Fascinating facts – Long Hair Wins/Charles Manson New Look – March 8, 1971

In A Gallup Poll – Long hair is winning the battle over short hair. 54% of men on campus sport longer hair with 45% sticking to the traditional shorter hairstyle. 

Charles Manson has a new look – shaved head with a swastika on his forehead.


Music news – Mach 8, 1971

Acting on complaints about songs that promote the use of illegal drugs, the FCC warns broadcasters that they have a responsibility to be aware of the lyrics of records they play over the air. The commission says the failure of a station to know the contents of a song’s lyrics would raise “serious questions as to whether continued operation of the station is in the public interest.”


Sports news – March 8, 1971

Joe Frazier retains his world heavyweight championship with a unanimous 15-round decision over Muhammad Ali in New York. Ali was forced to take a mandatory eight count in the 15th round after Frazier knocked him down with a left hook. Ali’s jaw was swollen on the right side almost beyond recognition and he merely got dressed, walked to his limo and was driven to a hospital. He later said he was glad he didn’t get knocked-out. Frasier said he was willing to give Ali a rematch anytime, “but I don’t think he wants one.”

Phil Esposito shatters two NHL scoring records He scored his 59th goal to break Bobby Hull’s record then added another as the Boston Bruins beat the Los Angeles Kings 7-2.


Technology news – March 8, 1971

The MCI Lockheed Satellite Corp. proposes to build and operate a domestic satellite communications system that would cost $168 million. The company said the network could be in operation by 1975 to provide television relay and business and data communications, including telephone, electronical special delivery of mail and other services through 50 states. Meantime, RCA proposes to build and operate a $198 million domestic satellite system for all 50 states and Puerto Rico.   

Time-Life Video, the pre-recorded television division of Time Inc, will offer subscribers selections of outstanding programs for new cartridge and cassette video players. Time-Life editors will produce and select the programming in a wide range of categories from movie classics and children’s programming to home education. 


Television news – March 8, 1971

NY - Sander Vanocur will anchor WNBC-TV’s 6 O’Clock newscast. WNBC has slid in the ratings and is #3 behind WABC-TV and WCBS-TV.

Lesley Ann Warren asks for and is granted a release from her contract as a regular on “Mission: Impossible."

OK – You’ll love this. On Tuesday night – Desi Arnaz dad and son appear on Merv Griffin. And on rival Dick Cavett – Lucille Ball and her daughter – Lucie Arnaz.

Passing – Phil Taylor Fransworth – a pioneer in the development of television, often called the father of television. He was 64.


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – March 8, 1971

CBS – Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, Hee Haw, All in the Family, CBS News Special, Merv Griffin

NBC – Julia, Don Knotts, Tuesday Night at the Movies, Tonight

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


Don Knotts – Michael Landon, John Davidson, Charles Nelson Reilly and Gloria Loring.

Hee Haw – Ray Charles and Lynn Anderson.

All in the Family – Edith accepts a call to serve on a jury over Archie’s objections.

Merv Griffin – Desi Arnaz Sr. and Desi Jr., Buck Owens and Son, Bob Crosby and Son.

On the  Tonight Show – Joey Bishop guest hosts to David Freye, Donna Theodore.

Dick Cavett – Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball and her daughter, Lucie Arnaz.


Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide – March 8, 1971

CBS – Family Affair, Jim Nabors, Thursday night movie, Merv Griffin

NBC – Flip Wilson, Ironside, Adam-12, Ver-r-ry Interesting, Tonight

ABC – Alias Smith and Jones, Bewtiched, Danny Thomas, Dan August, Dick Cavett

NET – NET Playhouse


Flip Wilson – Lily Tomlin, Hamilton Camp and Gaylord and Holiday.

Jim Nabors – Frank Sutton, Ronnie Schell, Karen Morrow, the Nabors Kids.

Special – Ve-r-ry Interesting – Arte Johnson hosts this variety special. Guests – Bing Crosby, Elke Summer, Billy De Wolfe, Joe Flynn, Nancy Kulp and Peter Marshall.


Some top movies – March 8, 1971

Love Story

Little Big Man

Tora! Tora! Tora!

Song of Norway

Ryan’s Daughter

They Might Be Giants

The Owl and the Pussycat



 The Priest’s Wife – Sophia Loren, Marcell Mastriianni 

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