Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of June 8, 1971 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
In New York City - the municipal employees’ strike that caused massive traffic snarls escalates by walkout of sewage plant workers that led to the dumping of New York’s daily rate of 1.5 billion gallons of untreated sewage into the city’s waterways. Drawbridges were left open and trucks deliberately stalled just before a morning rush hour, with the result that hundreds of thousands of motorists en route to Manhattan were unable to movie on highways. The tie-up of 28 bridges led to threats by Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and Mayor John Lindsay to call out the National Guard.
The Senate passes legislation ordering the secretary of defense to establish a program to identify heroin users in the military and to require all services to grant amnesty to those who turn themselves in for treatment. Under the legislation, a serviceman could not be released from active duty until a competent medical authority had certified that he was rehabilitated, had failed to respond to adequate treatment or had refused to accept treatment and rehabilitation.
Trans-World Airlines says a man who hijacked one of its jetliners at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, was shot and taken into custody after the plane landed at Kennedy Airport. Crewmembers were reportedly unharmed.
Marry - Patricia Nixon and Edward Finch Cox are married in the White House Rose Garden.
Federal officials convert Alcatraz Island into a modified fortress to discourage any attempt by Indians to reoccupy the abandoned prison facility. 20 armed deputy marshals landed on the island form a Coast Guard cutter last Friday and ended nearly 19 months of occupation by Indians, some of the remaining 15 occupiers angrily warned they would regroup and come back.
Best- selling books – June 8, 1971
QB VII - Leon Uris
The New Centurions - Joseph Wambaugh
The Passions of the Mind - Irving Stone
The Throne of Saturn - Allen Drury
Being There - Jerzy Kosinksi
The Exoricist - William Blatty
The Underground Man - Ross Macdonald
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee - Dee Brown
Future Shock - Alvin Toffler
The Greening of America - Charles A. Reich
The Grandees - Stephen Birmingham
The Sensuous Man - “M”
The Boss - Mike Royko
The Female Eunuch - Germain Greer
Stilwell and the American Experience in China 1911-45 - Barbara W. Tuchman
Sports news – June 8, 1971
Clete Boyer - former third baseman for the Atlanta Braves is slapped with a $1,000 fine by baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn for betting on college and pro football games in 1968 and 1969.
Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – June 8, 1971
Marry - Actress Hayley Mills (25) to movie director Roy Boulting (57). Hayley is Boulting’s fourth wife. Says the actress - “People are always trying to analyze our relationship ... talking about a father figure and all that. They don’t seem to believe in love any more.”
Passing - actor Michael Rennie (62) - British-born actor and star of the Third Man television series and a veteran of more than 100 motion pictures. Mr. Rennie, an American citizen since 1960, died while visiting his mother in England. Cause of death has not been disclosed.
Music news June 8, 1971
Some music notes - At the Troubadour in Hollywood - Cat Stevens. Also at the Troubadour - Kris Kristofferson. On Bob Dylan’s new single “Watching the River Flow” - you can hear Leon Russell on piano. Columbia Records signs “New Riders of the Purple Sage.”
Grand Funk Railroad’s July 9 concert at New York City’s 55,000-seat Shea Stadium is already declared a sell-out. Though an official gross figure is not available, Grand Funk manager Terry Knight had predicted a $306,000 gate. Grand Funk is the only rock group other than the Beatles, to play Shea Stadium (so far).
Rock N’ roll update - Clive Davis - president of Columbia Records, says rock n’ roll is not losing its vitality as some are saying. In a statement circulated through the record industry trades, Davis predicts a continuing emergence of bright new rock talent and says the shape of pop music may be changing, but it is not dying. Davis says those record companies and others who tied themselves solely to the “group movement” in rock were unrealistic “In the last three years as the group syndrome developed and grew, the individual became submerged. Now, he or she is emerging again and it’s good for music and for its vast public. What is happening right now also is the emergence of the song, of the beautiful material that is the essence of music. New performers like James Taylor, Carole King, Laura Nyro and Elton John are speaking out and they undoubtedly will join Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and McCartney-Lennon as the poet laureates of our times.” No doubt says Davis, competition among rock artists is getting tougher: “This month’s newest guitarist is not flashing his way straight to the top in four quick weeks but that’s only because our great artists are showing tremendous durability are staying right at the top. New openings have to be readily deserved. The only way for new artists to emerge with the same frequency that occurred since Monterey, would be for the artists who came to the fore in ‘68, ‘69 or ‘70 to just a s rapidly fall by the wayside. This has not happened. Chicago, Crosby, Stills Nash & Young, Three Dog Night. Blood, Sweat & Tears, Santana are all still vital, alive and performing brilliantly. What’s more, the individual Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Jefferson Airplane and the Byrds have all stayed at the top making it even more difficult for the new artist to prove his special skills. But still they came. Johnny Winter and Edgar Winter, Cat Stevens Mandrill, Leon Russell, Boz Scaggs and many more.”
Actress-singer Barbra Streisand asks the New York Supreme Court to dismiss a 2-year-old $1.15 million breach of contract suit, filed against her by her one-time manager Martin Bergman. He claims she made an oral agreement with him in February of 1963 to pay him 5% of her professional income and income from the three corporations she controlled.
Elvis Presley is signed by the Sahara-Tahoe Hotel in Lake Tahoe to make his first nightclub appearance outside Las Vegas.
Promoter Richard Nader and his Rock ‘N Roll show are more popular than ever. His latest edition includes Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Duane Eddy, Bo Diddley, the Shirelles, the Drifters, the Five Satins, Gary (U.S.) Bonds and Freddy Cannon. Nader, a little-known disc jockey, began the shows in 1969, when he felt audiences were ripe to see the early acts of the genre.
Tony Bennett signs a three-year contract with Riviera in Las Vegas. Other recent Riviera signings include Don Rickles, the 5th Dimension and David Frost.
Television news – June 8, 1971
Production is underway of Rod Serling’s Night Gallery which becomes a regular weekly series on NBC this fall. Cast of the initial hour includes Elsa Lanchester, Bob Crane, Jo Anne Worley, Bock Peters, Cameron Mitchell, Patrick Macnee, Denise Nichols.
Susan Saint James will portray Rock Hudson’s wife in the McMillan and Wife s segments of the 90-minute “Mystery Movie” series which debuts in the fall on NBC... Dionne Warwick and the Carpenters are headed for Toronto to tape the 5th Dimension’s “Traveling Sunshine Show” special set to air in August on ABC.
Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – June 8, 1971
Mannix - 21.9
Marcus Welby - 20.8
Harlem Globetrotters - 20.7
Adam-12 - 20.5
ABC Monday Movie - “Who’s Been Sleeping In My Bed?” - 20.4
Hawaii Five-O - 19.6
All in the Family - 19.4
Bold Ones - 19.0
Ironside - 18.9
Medical Center - 18.7
Odd Couple - 18.7
Sunday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide - June 8, 1971
CBS - Lassie, Hogan’s Heroes, Movie, Special-Smithsonian Adventure
NBC - Special-Wildlife, Red Skelton Show, Bonanza, Bold Ones
ABC - The FBI, Movie
Educational Television - William F. Buckely, Vanishing Wilderness, Jean Shepherd’s America, Debut-Masterpiece Theater, Fanfare
Hogan’s Heroes - Schultz has a fight with his wife and ruins a Hogan-scheme to use him as a courier to an Allied agent.
William F. Buckley - “Separation of Church and State” is the topic for outspoken atheist Mrs Madelyn-Murray O’Hair.
Movie - CBS premiers a series of Sunday night movies (filling time slots of Ed Sullivan and Glen Campbell). First one tonight is “Cutter’s Trail” (1970) John Gavin, Marisa Pavan, Manual Padilla Jr., Joseph Cotten, Nehemiah Persoff, Victor French, Beverly Garland.
Masterpiece Theater - four--part presentation of Honore de Balzac’s “Pere Goriot,” a story of father’s self-destructive love for his ungrateful daughters.
Top pop hit music singles(top-40)USA – June 8, 1971
WANT ADS - Honey Cone
BROWN SUGAR - Rolling Stones
IT DON’T COME EASY - Ringo Starr
RAINY DAYS AND MONDAYS - Carpenters
I’LL MEET YOU HALFWAY - Partridge Family
IT’S TOO LATE - Carole King
SWEET AND INNOCENT - Donny Osmond
SUPERSTAR - Murray Head with Trinidad Singers
JOY TO THE WORLD - Three Dog Night
TREAT HER LIKE A LADY - Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER - Aretha Franklin
NATHAN JONES - Supremes
DOUBLE LOVIN’ - Osmonds
DON’T KNOCK MY LOVE (pt. 1) - Wilson Pickett
NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE - Jackson 5
CHICK-A-BOOM (Don’t Ya Jes’ Love It) - Daddy Dewdrop
INDIAN RESERVATION (The Lament Of The Cherokee) - Raiders
WHEN YOU’RE HOT, YOU’RE HOT - Jerry Reed
I DON’T KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM - Helen Reddy
SHE’S NOT JUST ANOTHER WOMAN - 8th Day
PUPPET MAN - Tom Jones
COOL AID - Paul Humphrey & Cool Aid Chemists
CRY BABY - Janis Joplin
LIGHT SINGS - 5th Dimension
LOWDOWN - Chicago
RIGHT ON THE TIP OF MY TONGUE - Brenda & Tabulations
FUNKY NASSAU (pt. 1) - Beginning Of The End
ME AND MY ARROW - Nilsson
DON’T PULL YOUR LOVE - Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
I DON’T KNOW HOW TO LOVE HIM - Yvonne Elliman
REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE - Diana Ross
PUT YOUR HAND IN THE HAND - Ocean
THE DRUM - Bobby Sherman
LOVE HER MADLY - Doors
NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE - Isaac Hayes
THAT’S THE WAY I’VE ALWAYS HEARD IT SHOULD BE - Carly Simon
HIGH TIME WE WENT - Joe Cocker
YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND - James Taylor
OOH POO PAH DOO - Ike & Tina Turner
LIFE - Elvis Presley
Top Country Single – June 8,1971
You’re My Man - Lynn Anderson
Top Music Albums – June 8, 1971
Jesus Christ Superstar - soundtrack
4 Way Street - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Aqualung - Jethro Tull
L.A. Woman - The Doors
Survival - Grand Funk Railroad
Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon - James Taylor
Tapestry - Carole King
Ram - Paul & Linda McCartney
Up to Date - The Partridge Family
Golden Bisquits - Three Dog Night
Every Picture Tells A Story - Rod Stewart
Tea For The Tillerman - Cat Stevens
L.A. Women - Doors
Stoney End - Barbra Steisand
Tumbleweed - Connection -
11-17-70 - Elton John
Some top movies – June 8, 1971
Cat O’Nine Tails - James Franciscus, Karl Malden, Catherine Spaak
The Owl and the Pussycat - Barbara Streisand, George Segal
Le Mans - Steve McQueen
Tora! Tora! Tora! - Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten, E.G. Marshall, James Whitmore, Son Yawmuira
Valdez is Coming - Susan Clark
Who is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me” - Dustin Hoffman
Love Story - Ali MacGraw, Ryan O’Neal, John Marley, Ray Milland
A New Leaf - Walter Matthau, Elaine May, Jack Weston, James Coco
Villain - Richard Burton
10 Rillington Place - Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson, John Urt
The Young Graduates - Patricia Symer, Steven Stewart
Escape From The Planet of the Apes - Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Bradford Dillman, Natalie Trundy, Eric Braeden, William Windom, Sal Mineo, Ricardo Montalban
The Grissom Gang - Kim Darby, Scott Wilson, Tony Musant, Robert Lansing
Waterloo - Rod Steiger, Christopher Plummer, Orson Welles
Woody Allen’s “Bananas” - Louise Lasser
Patton - George C. Scott
Wild Rovers (They were dammed good cowboys until they robbed a bank) - William Holden, Ryan O’Neal, Karl Malden
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