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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of August 11, 1971 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

The Nixon Administration demands an immediate end of all strikes and lockouts in the country for at least three months – and that includes a longshoreman strike on the West Coast.

Published in Pravda - Russia concedes for the first time that President Nixon’s upcoming China trip is a “matter of grave consequence for the Soviet people, for world Socialism, for the entire international situation, for world peace.”

Gun battles in Northern Island bring the death toll to 17 – the latest casualty is a British soldier.

Angered that he didn’t give them advanced notice to visit Communist China, the Japanese government says it does not want President Nixon to visit Tokyo either en route or on the return trip.

Scientists report that the Apollo 15 package had yielded a new type of moon rock and evidence that complex heating and melting processes formed most of the lunar surface billions of years ago.

As the Defense Department moves to meet a manpower reduction ordered by legislation – draftees would begin to get early discharges. A 50,000-army-man cutback will begin next month.

Daniel Ellsberg pleads not guilty to charges that he had unauthorized possession of the secret Pentagon papers and converted them to his own use.

Ford, following GM’s lead, will sell 1972 at 1971 prices. The Dow jumps almost 33 points in record trading.

New York – John V. Lindsay makes his switch to the Democratic Party, opening the door for a presidential bid next year. 

Bernadette Devlin – the fiery member of the British parliament from Northern Ireland, urges a cheering throng of Southern Irish to tear down their own government and build a single workers’ republic with the rebels in the north.

Atty. Geneneral John Mitchell says he has reached the conclusion that a federal grand jury investigation into the May killings of four Kent State students would be unwarranted and closes the probes.

President Nixon orders an immediate freeze on wages, prices and rents for at least 90 days on an assault on the nation’s economic ills.

President Nixon closes the flow of U.S. gold to foreign nations – so the dollar will float and probably have devaluation in world markets. The price of gold is $35 an ounce. 

Passing – Paul Lukas (76)  Oscar-winning actor.


Sports news – August 11, 1971

Quarterback Fran Tarkenton quits his brief holdout and signs with the New York Giants.

Oakland’s Vida Blue gets his 21st victor of the season with Reggie Jackson’s 10th-inning double driving in the winning run as the A’s beat the Red Sox 5-3.


Music news – August 11, 1971

Elvis Presley appears at the International in Las Vegas this week.

Carole King is on concert tour  - singing songs from her “Tapestry” album. She’s accompanied by Charlie Larkey, her husband on bass.


Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – August 11, 1971 

CBS – Animal World, CBS Comedy Playhouse, Sonny and Cher, Six Wives of Henry VIII

NBC – Wonderful World of Disney, Red Skelton, Bonanza, Bold Ones

ABC – The FBI, Sunday Night Movie

Public Broadcasting – Evening at Pops, Masterpiece Theater, Fanfare


Wonderful World of Disney – “Boy Called Nuthin’” – Ronny Howard, Forrest Tucker.

Sonny and Cher – Glen Campbell – Gideon and Power are guests.


Some top movies – August 11, 1971

The Reincarnate – Jack Creley, Jay Reynolds

Blue Water, White Death

The Anderson Tapes – Sean Connery

Billy Jack

Ryan’s Daughter

The Touch

McCabe & Mrs. Miller


The Return of Count Yorga

The Hunting Party – Oliver Reed, Candice Bergen, Gene Hackman

The Light at the Edge of the World

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