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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of September 8, 1971 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

President Nixon says he would allow the present 90-day freeze on wages, prices and rents to expire November 13, but pledged his administration would take “all steps needed” to fight inflation.

 In Attica, New York - nine hostages are slain by inmates and 28 convicts are killed by gunfire when 1,700 state troopers, national guardsmen and sheriff’s deputies storm the Attica Correctional Facility to end one of the bloodiest revolts in the nation’s prison annals.

Dies - Nikita S. Khrushchev (77) of a massive heart attack. The former Soviet Premier was stripped of his posts both as head of the government and of the Soviet Communist Party on October 15, 1964 and has since lived in obscurity.

Black Panther leader Huey Newton announces that the black militant organization is moving its headquarters from Oakland to Atlanta. The party was founded five years ago by Newton and Bobby Seale, the party chairman. In Oakland, Police Chief Charles Gains said, “If he (Newton) thinks Atlanta would be a better place, I wholeheartedly agree with him. My congratulations to Atlanta.”

Ralph Nader charges that the Volkswagen Beetle is so loaded with safety hazards that production should be stopped as soon as possible. He said most of the defects could have been corrected by the manufacturer with items costing less than $20 a car. Other hazards, such as the little car’s sensitivity to crosswinds and its tendency to roll over cannot be corrected in the current Beetle design. Volkswagen maintains that their products “meet or exceed all safety standards and are providing millions of owners with safe, dependable and economical transportation.”  


Sports news – September 8, 1972

St. Louis Cardinal third baseman Joe Torre is named National League player of the month by a panel of writers and broadcasters in the league’s monthly poll. Torre, has led the league in hitting most of the season, batted .368 last month.


Bestsellers include - “The Other” - Thomas Tryon, “The Drifters” - James Michener, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” - Dee Brown, “Living Well Is the Best Revenge” - Calvin Tomkins.


Fashion/Prices at the Supermarket – September 8, 1971

Levi sale - Men’s cord bellbottoms - $8.50 (all sizes)...Ladies brushed denim flares - sizes 5-16 - $19.50...Back to School - “Snoopy” lunchbox w/thermos - $1.98.

Watermelon - 5 cents a pound...Eggo Waffles - 13oz pkg - .45...Johnsons Baby Shampoo (no more tears) - 12oz - $1.51


Entertainment/Celebrity news- September 8, 1971

Jerry Lewis raises $8,125,337 in his annual muscular dystrophy telethon. The event was carried on 121 stations. Last year, the telethon raised just over $5 million.

Marriage announcement - actor Peter Lawford (48) to Mary Rowan (21). Mary is the daughter of Dan Rowan of “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.” Rowan said, “I’ve known Peter a long time and he is a nice man. Mary and Peter are very much in love and I wish them well...I wish he were nearer her age than mine.” The couple plans to marry October 31.

Dies - actress Pier Angeli (39) ex-wife of Vic Damone. Angeli starred in several films in the 50’s - “The Story of Three Lovers,” Theresa,” and “The Silver Chalice.” The actress died of an anaphylatic shock after being given a tranquilizer by her doctor.


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings- September 8, 1971

 Marcus Welby, MD (21.2), Hawaii Five-O (20.5), Bonanza (20.2), Mannix/Medical Center tie (19.4), Here’s Lucy (19.1), Mary Tyler Moore (18.5), Adam 12 (17.5), Arnie-Mayberry RFD - Partridge Family tie (16.7).


Friday night Television listings/programs/TV guide – September 8, 1971

(CBS) The Interns, Headmaster, Movie...(NBC) High Chaparral, Name Of The Game, Strange Report...(ABC) Brady Bunch, Nanny and the Professor, Partridge Family, That Girl, Odd Couple, Love, American Style.


Brady Bunch - members of the Brady Bunch visit the sets and personalities of the new children’s programs being launched on ABC.

CBS movie - Pilot for “O’Hara, United States Treasury” starring David Jansen as a treasury agent. Series begins September 17.


Music news – September 8, 1971

Two members of the San Francisco rock band Quicksilver Messenger Service are fined and one receives a jail term on charges of marijuana possession. David Freiburg (32) was fined $500 and sentenced to two months jail. Band member George Bonney (24) was fined $200 and given two-years’ probation. Both were arrested while trying to board a plane to Hawaii last November. Know mainly for album sales, the band’s biggest hit so far was “Fresh Air” from November of last year (have another hit...of fresh air).

Mary Travers, formally of Peter, Paul & Mary, performs solo for the first time in 10 years. Performing in Vancouver, B.C., Mary said, “I Love It, I’ve had to grow, to learn new things.” Travers is married to publisher Gerald Taylor and has four children.  


Top Pop Hit Music Singles(top-40)USA – September 8, 1971

“Spanish Harlem” - Aretha Franklin, “Go Away Little Girl” - Donny Osmond, “Ain’t No Sunshine” - Bill Withers, “Smiling Faces Sometimes” - Undisputed Truth, Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” - Paul/Linda McCartney, “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” - Bee Gees, “I Just Want To Celebrate” - Rare Earth, “Maggie May” - rod Stewart, “Signs” - Five Man Electrical Band, “Take Me Home Country Roads” - John Denver.


Top Music Albums – September 8, 1971

“Tapestry” - Carol King, “Every Good Boy Deserves Favor” - Moody Blues, “Ram” - Paul and Linda McCartney, “Every Picture Tells A Story” - Rod Stewart, “Mud Slide Slim” - James Taylor, “Carpenters” - Carpenters, “Who’s Next” - Who, “Sticky Fingers” - Rolling Stones, “Aqualung” - Jethro Tull, Soundtrack - “Jesus Christ Superstar.” 


Some top movies – September 8, 1971

Ryan’s Daughter - Robert Mitchum, Trevor Howard”

McCabe & Mrs Miller - Warren Beatty, Julie Christie

The Omega Man - Charlton Heston

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