Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of June 1, 1971 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
The Pentagon readies a new program to establish heroin use detection centers for returning Vietnam servicemen.
Brigadier General John W. Donaldson is charged with murdering six Vietnamese civilians while a brigade commander in the Americal Division. The incidents were said to have occurred between November 1968 and January 1969.
The United Steelworkers of America reach agreement with all but one of five major aluminum companies, winning a 30% pay hike over 3 years. Alcoa is set to increase prices by 6%.
President Nixon dedicates the 436-mile McClellan-Kerr Arkansas Navigation Project linking Oklahoma and Arkansas with the Gulf of Mexico. At $1.2 billion, it is the costliest waterway project so far. It will mean “a whole new era of growth” for the “new maritime states” it serves, said the President.
Imprisoned Teamsters President James R. Hoffa says he would not run for reelection and that he would support Frank Fitzsimmons for the job as Union boss.
A Hughes Air West jet airliner and a Marine Corps jet fighter collide and crash near Los Angeles. 48 are feared dead.
The nation’s unemployment rate matches a nine-year high – 6.2% compared to 6.1% in April.
Entertainment/Celebrity news – June 1, 1971
Search parties find the bodies of actor and World War II hero Audie Murphy and five others in the charred wreckage of their airplane atop Brushy Mountain in Virginia.
At bookstores – “Eye on the World” by Walter Cronkite. “America’s foremost newscaster brings into perspective the people and events that are shaping our world at the dawn of this turbulent new decade.”
Playing in Las Vegas –
Liberace – Caesars Palace
Jimmy Durante/Lana Cantrell – Desert Inn
Don Ho – Flamingo
George Jessel/Peggy lee – Frontier
George Gobel – Fremont
Glen Campbell – International
Dean Martin – Riviera
Don Rickles – Sahara
Diahann Carroll – Sands
Music news – June 1, 1971
Bob Dylan’s book, “Tarantula” is now in bookstores.
Helen Reddy has her first hit – “I Don’t Know How To Love Him.” She’s an avowed feminist and endorses anything that will encourage women to a greater awareness of themselves. “I don’t agree with anyone calling us the weaker sex. Gentleness is not a quality exclusive to women. I look for gentleness in a man and my husband looks for strength in me.” About marriage - she feels if a woman is working, costs should be split right down the middle.
Entertainment news – June 1, 1971
Passing – Comedian Joe E. Lewis. He was 69.
Television news – June 1, 1971
Buddy Epsen and Johnnie Whitaker are set for separate guest appearances on “Gunsmoke.” Epsen’s “Beverly Hillbillies” was canceled this year after a long run.
Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – June 1, 1971
CBS – Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, Hee Haw, All in the Family, Special-11:59: Last Minute to Choose, Merv Griffin
NBC – Don Knotts, First Tuesday, Tonight Show
ABC – Mod Squad, Movie, Marcus Welby, MD, Dick Cavett
NET – The Advocates, part of the Family
Beverly Hillbillies – Granny gets worried after Jed and Jethro decide to take up scuba diving.
Don Knotts – Tommy Smothers, Gwen Verdon and the King Cousins guest.
Hee Haw – Charley Pride, Tammy Wynette and George Jones guest.
Dick Cavett – Margaret Mead, James Baldwin and Dorothy Collins guest.
Some top movies – June 1, 1971
Shaft – Richard Roundtree
Villian – Richard Burton
Valdez is Coming – Burt Lancaster
Tora! Tora! Tora!
A New Leaf – Walter Matthau, Elaine May
Love Me/Love My Wife – Pier Angeli
The Grissom Gang
Taking Off – Lynn Carlin, Buck Henry