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




In The News

The House defeats the supersonic transport – voting against a $200 million appropriation for continued development of two prototype models.

Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark resigns as the Northern Irish crisis worsens. He was reportedly to have sought approval for an aggressive antiterrorist policy including military occupation of Catholic areas in Belfast. Sources say he was bitterly disappointed with the support he had received from British leaders.

Chinese engineers are paving the final few miles of a new trail – the Mao Tse Tung Trail will place them on the bank of the Mekong River – near Thailand. It’s broadly similar to the Ho Chi Minh Trail which links North with South Vietnam through Laos.

After six weeks of fighting, the South Vietnamese invasion of Laos is drawing to a close. Officials believe there have been more gains than losses. Troops are being pulled out of the area. 

Passing – Thomas E. Dewey – Governor of New York for three terms. He was 68.

The U.S. Army begins a 4-month advertising campaign. The Army will purchase radio and TV time in more than 1,200 cities so that it can advertise for increased enlistments.

Bernice Gera – the Long Island housewife who is determined to be a professional umpire, slaps organized baseball with a $25 million damage suit. "I understand the age limit is 55. I’m only 39. I’ll keep trying until I’m 55 or until I’m 80. Baseball is my life.” In July 1969, she received a contract to umpire in the N.Y.-Penn League only to have the contract invalidated and was told she didn’t meet the requirements.


Music news – March 15, 1971

After attending the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Paul McCartney will remain in Los Angeles to put finishing touches on his new solo album. He is here with wife Linda, 8-year-old Heather and 1 ½-old Mary. McCartney accepted his award for movie score from John Wayne and simply told the audience – “thank you.”

The Rolling Stones have decided to live in the tiny village of Mougins in France, home of Pablo Picasso on the French Riviera.

Joe Cocker’s “Mad Dogs And Englishmen” now in theatres.

New movie – “Friends” – soundtrack by Elton John and Bernie Taupin.


Grammy Awards – Some winners:

Record of the year – “Bridge Over Troubled Water” – Simon and Garfunkel

Album of the Year – “Bridge Over Troubled Water” – Simon and Garfunkel

Song of the year – “Bridge Over Troubled Water” – Simon and Garfunkel

New artist – Carpenters

 Film score – “Let It Be” – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison

Contemporary male vocal – Ray Stevens – “Everything Is Beautiful”

Contemporary female vocal -  Dionne Warwick – “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again”

Contemporary song – “Bridge Over Troubled Water” – Paul Simon

R&B female vocal – Aretha Franklin – “Don’t Play That Song”

R&B male vocal – B.B. King “The Thrill Is Gone”

Country male vocal -  Ray Price “For The Good Times”

Country female vocal – Lynn Anderson “Rose Garden”

Best country song – “My Women, My Women, My Wife” – Marty Robbins


Television news –  March 15, 1971

ABC is dropping  the Johnny Cash Show, the Newlywed Game, Lets Make A Deal, Lawrence Welk, the Reel Game, The Young Lawyers, Dan August, That Girl, Make Room For Granddaddy, Pearl Bailey Show and Monday Night at the Movies.

Walter Cronkite will do a Saturday show for Children over CBS-TV. “You Are There” features dramatic re-enactments of historic evens in a news format.  


Top movies – March 15, 1971

B.S. I Love You – Marlo Thomas

Love Story

Little Big Man

 Cold Turkey

Gimme Shelter

First Love

The Music Lovers


Friends – W/Music By Elton John and Bernie Taupin

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