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



In The News

The New York Times says it will ask the Supreme Court to reverse a court order banning publication of articles based on the same material.

Yablonski murders – in a dramatic courtroom scene – Claude Vealey confesses. He’s one of five persons charged with murdering insurgent United Mine Workers leader Joseph Yablonski and his wife and daughter.

Tass reports that the three Soviet cosmonauts who orbited the earth in the salute space laboratory have died in flight. Lt Col. Georgy Dobrovolsky, flight engineer Wiadislav Volkov and test engineer Viktor Patsayev – died at the end of their marathon flight program as they were preparing to return to earth. The cosmonauts were sent into space on June 6 aboard the spaceship Soyuz 11 and the next day joined on to the larger Salute, which had been in orbit unmanned since April 19.

Daniel Ellsberg is indicted on charges that he had unauthorized possession of the Pentagon papers and converted them to his own use.

President Nixon says “altogether too many” nursing homes give such substandard care to elderly patients that they should be barred from funds under federal programs.

The Commerce Department announces that record imports during May exceeded exports by $205 million – coming on top of a $215 million deficit in April. It’s the first 2-month world trade deficit in 21 years.

James R. Hoffa, former head of the Teamsters Union seeks a rehearing by the U.S. Board of Parole on its latest denial of his bid for freedom from prison sentences for mail fraud and jury tampering.

Atty. Gen. John N. Mitchell, predicting an end to U.S. involvement in the Indochina war by the next presidential election, says the Republican Party will “have no problem reelecting Richard Nixon in 1972.” Mitchell also said the crime rate is turning around and on the decrease.


Fascinating Business news – June 23, 1971

Interesting – Despite cigarette advertising is now off the radio and television airwaves, R.J. Reynolds says sales have risen! And this despite all the anti-smoking spots heard on the media.  In 1970 – the last full year of cigarette broadcasting – 75-80% of Reynolds’ advertising dollars went into on-the-air commercials. Now 70% is going into newspapers and magazines and 30% into billboards and bus cards.


Sports news – June 23, 1971

Bob Uecker – who considers himself a comedian – gets about $2,000 a night for standup. Uecker is a former pro-baseball catcher and loves to make people laugh.


Radio news – June 23, 1971

KMPC (Los Angeles) DJ Geoff Edwards did an interesting bit on his show. Obtaining the ingredients to Tricia Nixon’s wedding cake – it was prepared and sampled on the air and Edwards said it tasted terrible.


Entertainment/celebrity news –June 23, 1971

 Andy Warhol puts on a production in Los Angeles called, “Mr. Warhol Comes to Hollywood.” It stars Warhol, Rock God, Joe Dallesandro, Paul Morressey, Leslie Caron, Donna Jordan, Shelley Winters, George Cukor, Joan Didion, Regis Philbin and others


Television news – June 23, 1971

Paul Caputo, who is blind, is a TV anchor over WWLP-TV in Springfield.


Music news – June 23, 1971

Bill Graham formerly closes the Fillmore East and West. San Francisco’s Fillmore West was opened in 1965 and the New York location was opened in 1968.  He cites “music industry of festivals, 20,000-seat halls, miserable production quality and second-rate promoters.” Also,  talent prices have rocketed, a change (for the worse) in the attitude of audiences and a grueling work schedule.

Passing – Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong – beloved trumpeter. He was 71.


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – June 23, 1971

Peanuts Special – You’re In Love Charlie Brown – 23.1

Marcus Welby – 22.6

All in the Family – 21.7

Hawaii Five-O – 21.2

Mannix – 21.1

Doris Day Show – 20.9

ABC Movie of the Week (Love, Hate, Love) – 20.7

Adam-12 – 19.2

The FBI – 18.9

Medical Center – 18.9

Love, American Style (18.9)


Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – June 23, 1971

CBS – The Interns, Headmaster, Friday night movie, Merv Griffin

 NBC – High Chaparral, Name of the Game, Strange Report, Tonight

ABC – Brady Bunch, Partridge Family, That Girl, Odd Couple, Love, American Style, Dick Cavett


Brady Bunch – Peter breaks a vase and all the gang takes blame.

The Partridge Family – It’s discovered Shirley can’t perform with the kids in Europe because audiences’ there think she might be too old.

On the Tonight Show – Joey Bishop guest hosts. Bobby Goldsboro guests.


Top movies – June 23, 1971

Song of Norway


Le Mans

Ryan’s Daughter

Bunny O’Hare – Jack Cassidy, Joan DeLaney

Andromedia Strain

Love Story



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