Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of July 25, 1971 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Syria announces it is closing its border with Jordan, blocking that nation’s access to the Mediterranean.
A nervous, neatly dressed man armed with a gun and a stick of dynamite hijacked a National Airlines jet to Cuba after shooting a stewardess and a passenger.
The Apollo 15 spacecraft lands on the Moon with astronauts James Irwin and David R. Scott.
Ford Motor Co. announces that 1972 Pintos will cost 7.6% more – at least $150 per car.
Look magazine reports that Sen. Ed Kennedy says the possibility that he would be assassinated was the most crushing consideration in his decision not to seek the 1972 democratic presidential nomination.
Nearly 200 million 1971 Kennedy half dollars are gathering dust in government coffers, going largely unused for reasons the treasury department cannot fully understand. The situation has reached the point where Federal Reserve banks are calling commercial banks to spark demand figuring that if the public knows there are plenty of new half dollars, bearing the likeness of former President John F. Kennedy demand will pick up.
A lawyer says his photographer-client is suing Mrs. Aristotle Onassis for $66,000 on a charge that she ordered her bodyguards to beat him up. The alleged incident happened on the Onassis-owned isle of Skorpios. The photographer, Dimitrios Koulouris, was beaten after a motorboat chase which began when Ms. Onassis spotted him taking pictures of her.
Following President Nixon’s announcement of his forthcoming trip to Communist China – his popularity rose 1% to 49%.
Sports news – July 25, 1971
After 16 years of hearing the frenzied cries of Pele, PELE, P-E-L-E in stadiums throughout the world the Brazilian, who earns about $60,000 a month for kicking a soccer ball, wants to be known as plain Edson Arantes do Nascimento – his real name. “My wife calls me Edson,” says the superstar.
In Houston – Muhammad Ali stops Jimmy Ellis with a TKO in the 12th round.
Arnold Palmer wins the Westchester Golf Classic in Harrison, NY.
Music news – July 25, 1971
Responding to a friend’s appeal for help, George Harrison will give his first concert in four years on Sunday. The friend was Ravi Shankar, the Indian maestro of the sitar. The appeal was to help raise money for the millions of refugees who fled to India from East Pakistan or Bangala Desh. “I’m not interested in the politics. It just happens to be East Pakistan now. it happens all the time. It was Biafra last year. Any war is bad.” The two performances will be at Madison Square Garden. Harrison says a record of the concert series will be released and a movie might follow. Harrison says he has asked all the other Beatles. Ringo will be there, John might and Paul said he’d love but…
Television news – July 25, 1971
Newsman Edwin Newman cut short a live television interview with George Jessel on the “Today” show after the entertainer referred to the New York Times and then to the Washington Post as “Pravda’ – the official soviet Communist party newspaper. The 73-year-old “Toastmaster general of the United States, appeared on the program in a USO uniform to discuss his recent tour of U.S. military bases in Spain and England.
Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – July 25, 1971
CBS – Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, Cimarron Strip, Merv Griffin
NBC – Bill Cosby, Make Your Own Kind of Music, Tuesday Night Movie, Tonight
ABC – Mod Squad, Made for TV Movie, Marcus Welby, MD, Dick Cavet
Make Your Own Kind of Music – Jack Jones, Carpenters, Al Hirt, Mark Lindsay and New Doodletown Pipers.
On the Tonight Show – Johnny Carson welcomes Billy de Wolfe, Rodney Dangerfield, Mac Davis.
Some top movies – July 25, 1971
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
Big Jake – John Wayne
What’s The Matter With Helen?