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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of September 15, 1971 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

President Nixon suggests that he fears additional American pressure on President Nguyen Van Thieu of South Vietnam to postpone next month’s one-man election would topple his regime.

President Nguyen Van Thieu, faced with widespread opposition to his uncontested reelection race, decides street demonstrations by his critics are not to be tolerated. 

The nation’s cost of living jumped .3% in August, double the July rate.

The Senate passes and sends to President Nixon, a bill to extend the military draft for two more years. The Administration, which had warned that the nation was facing a military manpower crisis, said drafting would resume as soon as President Nixon signed the bill.

Pentagon Papers – The Justice Department charges that Daniel Ellsberg began storing a massive hoard of government and personal papers and this week, the FBI seizes Daniel Ellsberg’s papers from a Beverly Hills warehouse. It appears that Ellsberg, the ex-Rand Corp. consultant leaked the Pentagon material to the press last June.

A three-man panel says Abbie Hoffman should pay $1,000 to Tom Forcade, who sued Hoffman for unpaid editorial contributions for his “Steel This Book.” Forcade wanted $8,500. The book deals with ways to live for free.

After serving on the bench for 34 years, Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, resigns due to poor health. He is 85.

A terrorist hand-grenade is set off in the Old City portion of Jerusalem, killing one and injuring seven.

After 34 years, Look Magazine will stop publishing... after its October 19 issue.

Prince Charles officially joins the Royal Navy for training as a Naval officer.

Shirley Chisholm, the only black woman in Congress, says she will announce formally her candidacy for the Presidency on New Year’s Day. She said she would enter primaries in North Carolina, Florida and California if she could raise $100,000. “I’m doing it to shake this system up. This country is run by old, old men from the South, and I want to make the people at the national convention know they will have to deal with me.”


Sports news – September 15, 1971

Stan Smith and Billie Jean King give the United States its first sweep in 16 years in the U.S. Open tennis Championships at Forest Hills.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – September 15, 1971

Playing in Las Vegas –

Petula Clark – Caesar’s Palace

 Juliet Prowse – Desert Inn

Jimmie Rodgers – Fremont

Supremes – Frontier

Frank Gorshin – International

Tommy Cash-Carl Smith – Landmark

Mitzi Gaynor – Riviera

Johnny Mathis – Sahara

Sammy Davis Jr. – Sands


Music news – September 15, 1971

Music on Television – ABC-TV special this week: The Jackson5 Goin’ Back To Indiana. With Bill Cosby, Tommy Smothers, Diana Ross, Bobby Darin.  Sunday night!


Television news – September 15, 1971

On the Johnny Carson “Tonight” Show this week – Figaro, a basset hound who likes music from “La Boheme,” is featured on Carson’s second annual singing dog contest.

Barbara Walters will interview the Shah of Iran and the Empress Farah for the Today Show, the week of October 11.

New sitcom starring singer Bobby Sherman – “Getting It Together.” Sherman plays the musical half of a struggling songwriter team that is looking for a big hit. He’s also the legal guardian of his 12-year-old sister. They live in an antique shop in Hollywood along with Bobby’s lyricist partner, played by Wes Stern.

Also on Saturday night – “The Good Life” starring Larry Hagman and Donna Mills and the “New Dick Van Dyke Show.”

ABC-TV debuts – “Shirley’s World” starring Shirley MacLaine and  “The Persuaders” starring Tony Curtis and Roger Moore.


Dark Shadows - At the movies – September 15, 1971

Night of dark Shadows – David Selby

House of Dark Shadows

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