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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of April 23, 1971 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

The Soviet Union sends a spaceship with three men aboard into orbit to conduct “joint experiments” with a space station launched four days earlier.

Chase Manhattan raises its prime rate, the rate is charges its best customers to 5.5% - up a quarter-point.

Almost 600 Vietnam veterans return their Indochina war medals and papers to the U.S. government. They hurled them over a wooden and wire barricade onto the Capitol grounds in protest against the war in which they had fought and many had been wounded.

More than 175,000 Americans turn Pennsylvania Ave. into a giant protest against the Vietnam War. The demonstration comes less than a month after President Nixon announced a new troop withdrawal from Vietnam of 100,000 Americans to be completed by December 1 in continuation of his Vietnamization program.

More than a thousand protesters returning from an antiwar rally in Washington, block the New Jersey Turnpike near Swedesboro, NJ for four hours, forcing police to close 35 miles of the main highway. The protest began when the occupants of about 20 cars parked on the road’s shoulders and sat down on the both sides of the four-lane turnpike.

It’s said that “fragging” – Americans turning their weapons on each other in moments of blinding hate – are on the increase.

A special House subcommittee reports that up to 60% of all U.S. servicemen have tried drugs and that in Vietnam, where drugs are “more plentiful than cigarettes or chewing gum,” a heroin addict can support his habit for only $10 a day.

The government announces the arrest of a California woman – Leslie Bacon (19), as a material witness in the March 1 bombing of the U.S. Capitol.


Fascinating Business news – April 23, 1971

Chevrolet pays two salvage dealers $20,000 for boxes of microfilm, containing letters from the years 1964 and 1965 complaining about the Corvair and other Chevrolet products. The dealers said a GM executive was “really in a panic” to get the letters back, rather than let them fall into the hands of auto critic Ralph Nader. The microfilmed letters had vanished from the Chevrolet customer relations department after 1965 and turned up in a Detroit warehouse, purchased by the salvage partners.


Medical/Health news – April 23, 1971

Trend -  more and more non-emergency cases are being treated in hospital emergency rooms as more and more patients are turning to emergency medicine for their primary care. 


Sports news – April 23, 1971

 Basketball great Wilt Chamberlain pulls out of a July 26 boxing bout with Muhammad Ali after demanding a tax-free guarantee of $500,000. It would have been his first bout. Promoters are still hoping it will happen. The fight was supposed to be at the Houston Astrodome.

Curt Flood – the Washington Senators’ $105,000 center fielder, quits baseball, saying he has “very serious” personal problems mounting every day.


Entertainment news – April 23, 1971

Actress Jean Seberg and her ex-husband novelist Romain Gary are suing Newsweek magazine because of an article, which said a black activist from California got Ms. Seberg pregnant in 1970.

The U.S. Office of Education says it plans to finance adult version of the successful children’s series “Sesame Street” for instruction in such things as reading and vocational education.


Television news – April 23, 1971

Reunited again – Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden will team again as a married couple in a TV movie, “A Howling in the Woods” made by Universal for NBC-TV.

Actress-singer-comedienne Nancy Dussault joins the cast of the New Dick Van Dyke Show – an upcoming CBS series also starring Hope Lange, Marty Brill and Fanny Flagg.   

 Frank Gifford, formerly with the NY Giants and CBS sports commentator will join ABC in May. He’s also signed to do the play-by-play on ABC’s Monday night pro football broadcasts.

Hugh Downs announces he is leaving the Today Show to pursue other interests. Downs has hosted the morning program for nine years. He’ll leave October 11 when his current three-year contract with NBC expires. Frank McGee will leave the NBC Nightly News to become the program’s new host.


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – April 23, 1971

Top 5 are NBC-TV shows:

Flip Wilson – 29.0

 Bonanza – 27.5

Ironside – 27.3

Movie-Jane Eyre – 27.3

Winnie the Pooh – 27.2

Osmond Brothers Special – 25.4

Marcus Welby – 25.1

Charlie Brown Special – 24.9

ABC Movie of the Week – 24.7

Here’s Lucy – 24.4

Partridge Family – 24.4


Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – April 23, 1971

CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, Men at Law, To Rome With Love, Medical Center, Hawaii Five-O, Merv Griffin

NBC – Men From Shiloh, Kraft Music Hall, McCloud, Tonight Show

ABC – Courtship of Eddie’s Father, Room 222, Smith Family, Johnny Cash, Young Lawyers, Dick Cavett 

PBS – French Chief, Trial, Masterpiece Theater


Courtship of Eddie’s Father – Mrs. Livingston gets upset because Eddie’s father has punished him – and he can’t go with her to the Japanese Fair.

To Rome With Love – Penny tries to get her father to adopt a homeless Italian boy.

Kraft Music Hall – Lena Horne, Charles Nelson Reilly, Stiller and Meara join host Alan King.

Young Lawyers – Aaron Silverman returns to his old neighborhood to try to prevent a landlord from evicting his tenants. Stars Lee J. Cobb, Zalman King, Judy Pace.

On the  Tonight Show – Johnny Carson welcomes Don Rickles, Melba Moore, Louise Lasser, Bob Klein.


Radio news – April 23, 1971

KHJ Los Angeles presses a special album for Vietnam servicemen titled 93/KHJ V-disc ’71.” The LP contains an hour of “The Real Don Steele” show.”

Bob Dorian is the new program director of WLIX, Islip. He had been at WALK and WBAB.

Bill Beamish has an opening for a DJ at WAVZ, New Haven.

Frankie Crocker is now the program director at WLIB-FM. He had been with WMCA and WWRL. Alex Bennett – once of WMCA is now with the new WPLJ as the station shifts call letters from WABC-FM


 Music news – April 23, 1971

“The Larry Kane Show” long a teen staple in Houston, is now seen in 65 markets. It’s syndicated by Bing Crosby Productions.

 For now, Peter, Paul & Mary have dissolved and Mary is going at it solo. She has a new album “Mary” and is now touring. 

Lulu – the hefty performer on CBS-TV’s “Hee Haw” is indicted by the Dallas County grand jury n a charge of possession of narcotics.

It’s announced that Diana Ross will star as Billie Holiday in a film based upon “Lady Sings The Blues,” Holiday’s autobiography.

“The Battle Hymn of Lt. Calley” a song expressing the sentiment that Lt. William Calley was doing his duty at My Lai, tops the million sales mark. One store in Dallas sold 1,000 copies in one day after erecting a mannequin dressed as a soldier.


Top Soul Hit Music Singles – April 23, 1971

Soul Power – James Brown

Baby Let Me Kiss You – King Floyd

What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye

Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) – Temptations

Never Can Say Goodbye – Jackson 5

If It’s Real What I Feel – Jerry Butler

Do Me Right – Detroit Emeralds

We Can Work It Out – Stevie Wonder


Top Country Hit Music Singles – April 23, 1971

We Sure Can Love Each other – Tammy Wynette

Empty Arms – Sonny James

Knock Three Times – Billy Crash Craddock

Always Remember – Bill Anderson

How Much More Can She Stand – Conway Twitty

I Won’t Mention It Again – Ray Price

Better Movie it On Home – Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton

L.A. International Airport – Susan Raye

I’d Rather Love You – Charley Pride 


Top pop hit music singles in Britain – April 23, 1971

Hot Love – Tyrannosaurus Rex

 Bridget the Midget – Ray Stevens

Rose Garden – Lynn Anderson

Jack In The Box – Clodagh Rodgers

Another Day – Paul McCartney

There Goes My Everything – Elvis Presley

Walking – C.C.S

Power To The People – John Lennon &The Plastic Ono Band

It’s Impossible – Perry Como


Top music albums – April 23, 1971

Pearl – Janis Joplin

Love Story – Andy Williams

Jesus Christ Superstar – various artists

Cry of Love – Jimi Hendrix

Tea for the Tillerman – Cat Stevens

Love Story – soundtrack

Up to Date – Partridge Family

Chicago III – Chicago

Close To You – Carpenters

Golden Bisquits – Three Dog Night

If I Could Only Remember My Name – David Crosby

Woodstock – soundtrack

All Things Must Pass – George Harrison 

Stoney End – Barbara Streisand

Tumbleweed Connection – Elton John

Paranoid – Black Sabbath

This Is A Recording – Lily Tomlin

Pendulum – Creedence Clearwater Revival

Love’s Lines, Angles & Rhymes – Fifth Dimension

Elton John

Sweet Baby James – James Taylor

Rose Garden – Lynn Anderson


Some top movies – April 23, 1971

Tora! Tora! Tora!

Song of Norway

Andromedia Strain

Ryan’s Daughter

Patton – George C. Scott

Waterloo – Rod Steiger, Christopher Plummer, Orson Welles

There’s A Girl In My Soup – Peter Sellers, Goldie Hawn

The House That Dripped Blood – Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Nyree Dawn Porter, Denholm Elliott

Claire’s Knee – Jean-Claude Brialy

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