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



In The News

National television - President Nixon says that “Vietnamization has succeeded” but says only a modest increase in the monthly troop withdrawal rate. He assured viewers that the U.S. role in the Vietnam War “is coming to an end.”

 Vice President Agnew in a speech said that “in the main” the American news media has given “preponderantly negative coverage of the Vietnam War.” He singled out Life magazine for headlining a story about Laos as “an ignominious and disorderly retreat” and called the article “a hatchet job.”

Waves of U.S. bombers dump explosives and napalm close in Fire Base 6 in an intensified effort to break the North Vietnamese siege of the frontier outpost in the Central Highlands.

Peking allows correspondents of three American news organizations to enter China to cover the visit of the U.S. table tennis team.

Pope Paul VI gave the world a message of hope this Easter, foreseeing the day when nations will be at peace and declaring that “man’s cause is not only not lost, it is secure.”

About 500 women, chanting, clapping and singing militant songs of the women’s lib, march on the Pentagon for a justice and oppression of rally against the war in women.

Radio Pakistan claims two companies of Indian border security forces infiltrated rebellious East Pakistan and were wiped out by government troops.

A federal court jury in NY acquits David Poindexter Jr., of harboring Angela Davis while she was a fugitive.

President Nixon initiates five steps to ease restrictions that have curbed trade between the U.S. and China. It seems Russia is suspicious of the U.S. overtures to China.

First Lt. William L. Calley Jr. is splitting a $100,000 fee with Vietnam War correspondent John Sack for publication of Calley’s exclusive memoirs.  The book, titled, “Lt. Calley: an American Tragedy,” will be published July 26.

Entertainer Danny Kaye presents the U.N. Children’s Emergency Fund with a $7,845,000 contribution from Americans.

Off Track Betting begins in New York after months of delay.

Technology/medical – A new technique for viewing the heart in action as an animated display on a computer screen which can help determine the need for surgery or other treatment is disclosed. The system, is a project of joint NASA and Stanford Medical Center, projects a 3-D animated image of any desired chamber of the patient’s heart on a computer display screen.


Sports news – April 8, 1971

Tom McCraw, pinch-hitting for Denny McLain, slams a leadoff homer in the 10th to give the Washington Senators a 5-4 win over New York and McLean got the win.

Bookstores - Curt Flood’s “The Way It Is” Is Out.


 Music news – April 8, 1971

James Taylor has a brother – Livingston – who also sings. But did you know – he has a sister who has a new album out? Yes – she’s Kate Taylor (21) Her new album is “Sister Kate” on Cotillion records. Unlike James and Livingston, she likes to rock. She’s already been called the “Caroline Kennedy or rock.”

In the current issue of Life Magazine, it’s reported that John Lennon’s hiring of Allen Klein as business manager led to the breakup of the Beatles – that according to Paul McCartney. “Klein is incredible,” McCartney said. “He’ll say, ‘Whaddaya want” I’ll buy it for you.’” McCartney said he was force by a previous agreement to sue the other three members of the group rather than Klein and another businessman. “The four of us, I think, still quite like each other.” 


Radio news – April 8, 1971

It’s announced that a new national noncommercial will go on the air May 3. National Public radio, financed by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, will initially have a 90-station hookup and will start with a review of news and personalities from 5 to 6:30pm Mon-Fri.


Television news – April 8, 1971

WNJT-TV (channel 52) begins operations in Trenton, NJ. It’s one of a few NJ TV stations and a bright hope for the state and the first of four “network” stations being linked together. All will be non-commercial. New Jersey has few TV stations – very few.

Weds Night – “Changing Scene IV.” Host Robert Culp with Barbar Eden, Robert Goulet and the Osmond Brothers. On ABC-TV. Sponsored by Chevrolet.


Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – April 8, 1971

CBS – Gunsmoke, Here’s Lucy, Mayberry RFD, Doris Day, Carol Burnett, Merv Griffin

NBC- From a Bird’s Eye View, Laugh-In, NBC Monday night at the Movies, Tonight

ABC – Let’s Make a Deal, Newlywed Game, Reel Game, Movie, Dick Cavett


Laugh-In – Sammy Davis Jr. and Wilt Chamberlain.

Johnny Carson – Davis Steinberg guest hosts.

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