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




In The News

1st Lt. William L. Calley Jr., convicted of mass murder at My Lai is sentenced to life imprisonment at hard labor. But, President Nixon is receiving thousands of telegrams with a ratio of 100 to 1, against the court-martial conviction. The sentence was the lesser of the two allowed for premeditated murder. The other is hanging.

 President Nixon orders the Army to release 1st lt. William Calley Jr. from the Ft. Benning stockade while legal reviews of his conviction go forward.

Prime Minister Golda Meir rejects Egypt’s latest proposal to reopen the Suez Canal as a movie to force an “Egyptian-Soviet political settlement” of its dispute with the Arabs.

The House votes to extend the draft for two years, but to encourage an all-volunteer army with the biggest military pay raise in history. 

House Democrats abandoned their tradition and call for a total U.S. withdrawal from Indochina by the end of 1972.

Weird story - In Tokyo – Michkji Iso – a 21-year-old mandolin player, escapes with minor injuries when he fell from the roof of a nine-story building and plunged through the tin roof of a restaurant onto a bed occupied by two sleeping women. The women were not injured and Iso got away from minor injures.

At Sam Clemente – President Nixon meets with California Gov. Ronald Reagan to discuss their dispute over welfare reform and they emerge to find themselves in agreement.

In a Gallup Poll – 56% approve of the job President Nixon is doing – a low point in his popularity.

John Sassone of Butler, PA – the owner of a boutique – is arrested on charges of blasphemy after displaying for sale a picture of Christ, captioned in part, “Wanted for sedition.”

Chicago - Richard J. Daley wins an unprecedented fifth term as mayor, defeating  Richard E. Friedman.

Roller Derby impresario Gerald Seltzer files a $15million damage suit against actress Raquel Welch and a movie production firm which plans to star her in a film dealing with roller skating. He alleges trademark infringement and unfair competition. The actress is to star in a film to be called “Kansas City Bomber” but Seltzer says this would confuse the public with his own movie titled “Derby” which opens April 14.


Fashion news – April 1, 1971

Giorgio Di Saint-Angelo, known for his uninhibited highly imaginative women’s designs is offering his first menswear.

More fashion – good-to-go – Denim jackets.


Sports news – April 1, 1971

Phil Esposito’s seventh hat trick, running his goal total to a phenomenal 76, sparks the record-shattering Boston Bruins to a 7-2 season-ending victory over Montreal.


Television news – April 1, 1971

June Lockhart and Bob Barker will cohost the Miss U.S.A. Beauty Pageant for the fifth consecutive year – CBS-TV May 22.  


Music news – April 1, 1971

There is growing speculation in Britain that the Beatles may be retiring to the recording studio – but without Paul McCartney. BTW – Paul McCarney’s “Another Day” and John Lennon’s “Power to the People” have been released at the same time by Apple.

The Carpenters “For All We Know” was not written for them either.. The song is featured in “Lovers and Other Strangers.” The brother and sister team’s last three singles passed the $1 million sales mark. 

Passing – Igor Stravinsky – called “the Einstein of musical art” and considered the foremost composer of the 20th century. He was 88.


Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – April 1, 1971

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

NBC – Wild Kingdom, Disney, Bill Cosby, Bonanza, Bold Ones

ABC – Here Comes Peter Cottontail, The FBI, ABC Sunday Night Movie

PBS –World We Live In, Debut-Masterpiece Theater, Fanfare


Ed Sullivan Presents Movin’ with Nancy Sinatra – a special edition show taped during her appearance at Casear’s Palace.

Debut – Masterpiece Theater – “The Spoils of Poynton,:” a four-part production of Henry James’ novella. 

Gen Campbell – Joey Bishop, Anne Murray, Al deLory, Dorsey Burnett, Mel Tillis and Gordon Terry.

Fanfare – Film portrait of Peter, Paul and Mary with interviews and campus concerts. 

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