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



In The News

The signalmen’s union calls a nationwide rail strike after last-minute efforts by the Labor Department to bring agreement fell through.

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat charges that opposition leaders had planned a coup, bugged his offices and tried to disrupt the orderly process of government. 

President Nixon signs an emergency law ordering an end of a two-day nationwide railroad strike that stranded trainloads of commuters and cargo and was beginning to cripple much of the American industry. He acted within hours after Congress sent him the hastily enacted measure giving 13,000 striking railroad signalmen a 13.5% wage hike and ordering a halt to the walkout at least until Oct. 1.

Former Police Commissioner Frank L. Rizzo wins in Philadelphia Democratic mayoral primary – beating two contenders. 

President Nixon formally dedicates the new Lyndon Baines Johnson Library in Austin amid ceremonies attended by Mr. Johnson and 3,000 of his best friends.

Huey Newton, Black Panther minister of defense whose cry a few months ago was “Dump the church!” says now he wants to be part of it. He said the party had been “arrogant” toward the church and the black community and mistaken in confrontations with police. “All we got was a war and a lot of bloodshed.”

Vietnam – An enemy rocket with a delayed fuse burst inside a bunker near the DMZ, killing or wounding nearly all the American soldiers inside.

French President Georges Pompidou tells the British people that France is prepared to help Britain enter the European Common Market.

Paulette Marie Desell (17) becomes the first congressional girl page in history as the 182-year-old congressional tradition of male pages tumbles into history.

Wes Storer – a 22-year-old Maine ski instructor says he took his soldier brother’s place in South Vietnam and the switch went undetected for a week.

San Francisco – Three men grabbed a young women, doused her with flammable liquid and set her a flame. Luckily, police were nearby. One of the men, with his arm afire, was grabbed by a patrolman – while the other patrolman put out put out the girl’s fire with dirt. She’s in serious condition.  

Passing – Humorist Ogden Nash. He was 68.

Kellogg’s Introduces Frosted Mini-Wheats.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – May 15, 1971

Walter Cronkite says "that many of us see a clear indication on the part of this Administration of a grand conspiracy to destroy the credibility of the press.” He cited V/P Agnew as the head of the campaign.


Playing in Las Vegas –

Johnny Mathis – Caesars Palace

Juliet Prowse – Desert Inn

 Sandler and Young – Flamingo

Wayne Newton – Frontier

Brenda Lee – Fremont

Glen Campbell – International

Mitzi Gaynor – Riviera

Don Rickles – Sahara

Danny Thomas – Sands


Radio news – May 15, 1971

Humble Harve Miller of KHJ/Los Angeles sought for two weeks for the slaying of his wife, surrenders. His dark hair was dyed red and bushy beard gone.


Music news – May 15, 1971

 On “American Bandstand” – Buffy Sainte-Marie and Sugarloaf.

On NBC Saturday Afternoon – “Album of the Month” and this week - Steppenwolf performs songs from Steppenwolf 7.


Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 15, 1971

CBS – The Interns, The New Andy Griffith Show, Movie, Merv Griffin

NBC – High Chaparral, Name of the game, Venice Be Damned! Johnny Carson

ABC – Brady Bunch, Nanny and the Professor, Partridge Family, The Girl, Odd Couple, Love, American Style, Dick Cavett


Brady Bunch – Jan tries to change her appearance by applying a brunette wig.

New Andy Griffith Show – Mayor Sawyer’s city council honors the town’s (Greenwood)’s millionth visitor who turns out to be a bum.

Odd Couple – Oscar begins to have ulcers and blames Felix because of the bad food he’s had to put up with.


Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 15, 1971

CBS – Mission: Impossible, My Three Sons, Arnie, Mary Tyler Moore, Mannix

NBC – Andy Williams Show, Movie

ABC – Lawrence Welk, Tom Jones and Friends


Andy Williams – Jimmy Durante, Jackie de Shannon, Rolf Harris and the Grass Roots.

Tom Jones and Friends – Frank Gorshin, Dusty Springfield and Paul Anka.


Some top movies – May 15, 1971


Song of Norway

2001: A Space Odyssey


Dr. Phibes

Little Big Man

THX 1138


Ryan’s Daughter

Anna Christie

Wild Riders

Summer of ‘42


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