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




In The News

President Nixon defends J. Edgar Hoover against what he terms “unfair and malicious” criticism saying he’s a victim of a “bad rap.” The President also rejected any suggestion that surveillance activities by the FBI or the Army have turned the U.S. into a police state. The President said that attacks on Hoover would make him ‘dig in” rather than retire.

The Supreme Court upholds cross-town bussing and other steps to break down school segregation. The rulings are the most significant in the desegregation area since the court declared unconstitutional, separate public schools for whites and blacks in 1954. 

President Nixon urges Republican governors to help him reform a welfare system under which he said a man, “Can be rewarded for doing nothing.” He said there was as much dignity in scrubbing floors or emptying bedpans as in any other work, including being the President.

Consumer prices receded to the lowest rate in four years during the first three months of 1971 – only 2.7% on a seasonally adjusted annual basis.

Six members of the U.S. table tennis team, part of the first American group of any kid to visit Mainland China since 1949, arrive with praise for premier Chou en-lai.

The Vatican’s daily newspaper – L’Osservatore Romano said that an audience Pope Paul VI gave to rock music groups including girls in hot pants did not mean he condones ‘the lapses and errors and myths of a world in a shameful crisis.”


Entertainment/Celebrity news – April 15, 1971

Hugh Hefner conducts a housewarming party for his new $1 million Playboy Mansion West near Beverly Hills. Attending – such guests as Jon Voight, Peter Lawford, Ryan O’Neal, Jim Brown and of course, Barbie Benton.

Marries – Dino Martin – son of Dean Martin to actress Olivia Hussey.

The late Lenny Bruce, a comedian with a penchant for four-letter words, will be the subject of a Broadway play produced by Michael butler, producer of “Hair.” Titled “Lenny” it will be based on the words and life of the comedian. It will open May 24 at the Brooks Atkinson Theater. Cliff Gorman plays Lenny.


At the 43rd Annual Academy Awards – some winners:

Best picture – “Patton.”

Best actor – George C. Scott – “Patton”

 Best actress – Glenda Jackson – “Women in Love”

Best director – Franklin J. Schafner – “Patton.”

Best supporting actor – John Mills – “Ryan’s Daughter”

Best supporting actress – Helen Hayes – “Airport”

Best original song score –“Let It Be” – The Beatles


Sports news – April 15, 1971

George Sauer Jr. the premier wide receiver for the New York Jets, informs the club he is retiring. “I am dissatisfied with football as it is being played now – to be a player is to be treated like a child.”


Music news – April 15, 1971

 ABC broadcasts “Diana!” with Diana Ross, the Jackson 5, Bill Cosby and Danny Thomas. It’s produced by Motown Productions. The original TV soundtrack is now available on Motown Records and this is Motown’s first self-produced TV show. Diana Ross is set to star in a $5 million budget production of blues singer Billie Holiday’s life and is clearly being groomed as a superstar. Says Berry Gordie - “Diana has yet to reach her potential. In the television special, she does Harpo Marx, Charlie Chaplin, people like that. We didn’t know if se could do it when we started. But she became Harpo Marx, she became Charlie Chaplin for that show. We wouldn’t let her go to drama school we wanted her to be herself. But we didn’t realize she could be this versatile until this special. We never really knew the full range of her talent.”

More Motown – Besides “Diana” and the Billie Holiday film, Look for Motown to produce some 90-minnute ABC-TV movies and an animated Jackson 5 television series and a package of summer television variety specials in 1971.

The Carpenters will be hosts of a new summer series on NBC – “Make Your Own Kind of Music.” The Doodletown Pipers and Mark Lindsay will be regulars on the program. A top music star will be featured each week as well. 

Art Garfunkle is teaching geometry at the Litchfield Preparatory School in Connecticut. He is expected to continue through the end of the semester.

Keith Richards is on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Next week – Michael Jackson gets the cover.

Boz Scaggs, John Mayall at the Fillmore East.


Television news – April 15, 1971

ABC’s “Wide World Of Sports” will be turning 10 years old next week and an anniversary program will recap highlights. Jim McKay hosts.

Arte Johnson is leaving Rowan and Martin’s “Laugh-In.”

Hugh Downs – host of “Today” on NBC-TV will take leave of the program in October. He’s been doing it for nine years.


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – April 15, 1971

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

NBC – Julia, Don Knotts, NBC Tuesday night at the movies, Johnny Carson

ABC – Mod Squad, Movie, Marcus Welby, MD, Dick Cavett

Net – The Advocates


Mod Squad – Sammy Davis Jr. guest stars about a ruthless movie star whose life is threatened.

Don Knotts – Bill Cosby, Florence Henderson and Glenn Ash guest.

Hee Haw – Tammy Wynette and Ed Bruce guest.

All in the Family – Upon hearing Meathead has written a letter to the President, Archie writes an opposing letter.

Johnny Carson – Joey Bishop guest hosts. James Brown and Jackie Vernon are guests.


Some top movies – April 15, 1971

Song of Norway

Love story

The Andromeda Strain



Ryan’s Daughter

They Might Be Giants

Tora! Tora! Tora!

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