Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of July 8, 1971 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
A federal grand jury in Boston investigates possible criminal charges against the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Boston Globe for publishing secret Pentagon documents relating to the Vietnam War. Parts of the 47-volume Pentagon study ended up in possession of the New York Times and were leaked to the other papers.
After narrowly escaping an attempt on his life, Morocco’s King Hussein ridicules the plotters as “infantile” and said the 10 leaders of the coup will be executed within 24 hours. In the coup, about 200 noncommissioned officer cadets stormed his birthday reception, killing 28 dead and injuring 33.
Surgeon General Dr. Jesse Steinfeld lists cigarette smoking as the nation’s #1 health problem in front of drug abuse.
Entertainment/Celebrity news – July 8, 1971
Bill Cosby says that he will not accept an award from the Philadelphia Convention and Tourist Bureau because of “personal concern” over the city’s decision to eliminate athletics from public schools. The award he was supposed to receive is presented annually to a person bringing prestige and favorable publicity to city. Cosby is from the area, excelling in track at Fitzsimons Junior High and Germantown High School.
500 say their last goodbyes to Jazz great Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong in Queens, NY. Among those attending were Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Johnny Carson, Guy Lombardo, and Mrs Nelson Rockefeller. Peggy Lee sang “The Lord’s Prayer.” The 40-minute service was broadcast to 16 nations via Telstar. Armstrong died Tuesday; he was 71.
Sports news – July 8, 1971
The 25th Old-Timers day is held at Yankee Stadium featuring Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Johnny Mize, Charlie Keller, Tommy Henrich, Billy Martin, Whitey Ford, Phil Rizzuto, Hank Bauer, Lefty Gomez, Elston Howard, Spud Chandler, Gene Woodling and others
Lee Trevino (31) is the British Open Champ.
Gordie Howe (43) of the Detroit Red Wings - the NHL’s top scorer, may retire because of recurring arthritis.
Consumer news – July 8, 1971
For every $3.00 you spend at Mobil stations, you’ll receive a 4oz jar of jelly - your choice of flavors...a pack of M&M’s is 10 cents
Bestselling books – July 8, 1971
“The New Centurions” - Joseph Wambaugh, “The Exorcist” - William Blatty, “The Sensuous Man” - “M,” “Tarantula” - Bob Dylan.
Friday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – July 8, 1971
(ABC) Brady Bunch, Nanny & The Professor, Partridge Family, That Girl, The Odd Couple, Love American Style. (NBC) The High Chaparral, Name Of The Game, Strange Report w/Anthony Quayle & Kaz Garas. (CBS)
Friday night movie - Travis Logan, D.A. - made for TV movie starring Vic Morrow, Hal Holbrook and Brenda Vaccaro.
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – July 8, 1971
“You’ve Got A Friend” - James Taylor, “Indian Reservation” - Raiders, “It’s Too Late” - Carol King, “Don’t Pull Your Love” - Hamilton, Joe, Frank & Reynolds, “Mr. Big Stuff” - Jean Knight, “Rainy Days And Mondays” - Carpenters, “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot” - Jerry Reed, “Want Ads - “Honey Cone.
Some top movies – July 8, 1971
Love Story - Ryan O’Neil, Ali McGraw
Klute - Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland
Murphy’s Law - Peter O’Toole
Big Jake - John Wayne, Richard Boone