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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of September 25, 1971 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Japanese Emperor Hirohito (70) is welcomed by President Nixon in Anchorage, Alaska. It is the first time in history that a Japanese head of state has ever set foot on foreign soil. The emperor thanked Nixon for traveling to Alaska, saying the trip was “a manifestation of your very special goodwill and interest for the Japanese people and ourselves.” Hirohito is on his way to Europe for a seven-nation, 18-day tour.

In a salute to former first lady Mamie Eisenhower who turns 75 this week, President Nixon plays “Happy Birthday” on the piano. Jerry Lee Lewis he isn’t - but he did praise her, telling the celebrity crowd how she stood by her husband during tough times. Also attending, Ethel Merman, Red Skelton, Ray Bolger and Lawrence Welk.

In the small town of Dequeen, Arkansas, a Mrs Ratliff (37) is accidentally shot in the chest dead - by her dog. Police say she placed a 410-gauge shotgun between her and her dog in the family pickup truck. The stupid dog stepped on the trigger, discharging a blast into her chest. 


Sports news – September 25, 1971

After 71 years, baseball’s Washington Senators play their last game in front of 14,500. The game, played at RFK stadium, was forfeited in the ninth inning with the Senators ahead of the Yankees 7-5. Officials couldn’t control the crowd who took to the field with one more Yankee out to go in the ninth ... The San Francisco Giants win the National League Western division championship, beating the Padres 5-1.

Recently released by the Detroit Lions - Alex Karras says he isn’t bitter about the game, even though he could be “I’ve been kicked around pretty good. I’ve been left with scars...”I’m a happy man. I’m getting ready to make a pilot film for a TV comedy series. I’m talking about some movies. and for the first time in my life, I don’t wake up Monday morning full of aches and pains.”

As the Atlanta Braves end their regular season (no playoff action). Henry (Hank) Aaron ends the baseball season batting .327 with 162 hits, 118 runs batted in and 47 home runs.


Fascinating Business news – Advertising Campaign National Airlines – September 25, 1971

National Airlines launches its new campaign “Come Fly Me.” The campaign will be launched in print, radio and TV. A typical print ad goes like this - a picture of a pretty stewardess - “I’m Cheryl - Fly Me.” ... “You think I’m just another pretty face? I’m not. I’m a fresh attitude towards air travel. A bright look on the outside, a personal way of thinking on the inside ... You can call us by our first name - National.” Each of the carrier’s 61 jets will bear a 4 by 10 foot decal with the name of a girl over a heart.

In selected department stores around the country - Westinghouse opens its “Homecology Products shop” in the House wares section... You’ll find these items: Reverse Osmosis Water Ecologizer  a year-round source of clean, tasty water for $129.95 ... Fan Ecologizer - does everything as good or better than any other 20inch fan plus filtering dust and dirt. Use it in any room of the house ... $34.95 ...  Air Ecologizer - a portable electronic air cleaner that automatically cleans and freshens the air in any room you place it. It removes up to 90% of all the airborne dust, dirt, smoke and pollen, plus bacteria and grease which cling to the particles - $179.95.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Music/Television news – September 15, 1971

$400 million Walt Disney World is set to open in Orlando. All but two of the park’s 35 major attractions are ready for visitors. General admission is $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for kids 12-17 and a buck for children 3-11. Once you get in the park, rides will cost between 10 and 90 cents each, but you can get a 17-ticket book - $4.75 for adults, $4.25 and $3.75 for juniors and children. Disney World’s two resort hotels won’t be ready until November.

Doing something abit different for viewer pledges - WNET-TV (PBS) Channel 13 in the New York area runs 24 hours of the British series “The Forsyth Saga” - in order. Channel 13 says it made sense since a lot of viewers missed key episodes.  The series covers three generations of the Forsyth family. The program was extremely popular when it first aired in Europe. 

In Houston, Yoko Ono, wife of Beatle John Lennon - is denied custody of her 8-year-old daughter Kyoko but is granted visitation rights. She’ll be living with her dad - Tony Cox, who  was divorced from Yoko in 1969.

While performing in Germany, gospel singer Mahalia Jackson (59) is taken seriously ill with a circulatory ailment. She is being treated at a U.S. Army hospital in Munich.


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – September 25, 1971

 Marcus Welby, MD (29.1), Flip Wilson (27.7), Movie-Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (26.8), Here’s Lucy (25.4), NBC Mystery Movie-Columbo (24.5), ABC Movie Of The Week-Forgotten Man (24.3), ABC Sunday Movie-El Dorado (24.1) Bob Hope Special (24.1), Gunsmoke (23.2), Laugh-In (22.2), Cade’s County (22.0), All In The Family (21.9), Medical Center (21.4), Dick Van Dyke (21.3), CBS Thursday Movie (21.3), My Three Sons (21.3), Mannix (20.7), Adam-12 (20.7), Nichols (20.4), Funny Face (20.3).


Sunday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – September 25, 1971

CBS- 60 Minutes, Movie ... NBC - Wonderful World Of Disney, The Jimmy Stewart Show, Bonanza, The Bold Ones ... ABC - Special-The Undersea World Of Jacques Cousteau, The FBI, Movie


Jacques Cousteau - “The Unsinkable Sea Otter” - opens the fifth season of Cousteau specials.

Wonderful World Of Disney - Tab Hunter stars in “Hacksaw” - first of two parts.   

The FBI - Erskin and company search for a legendary criminal who escaped from prison with the aid of a gang planning a military payroll heist. Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Philip Abbot and William Reynolds star.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – September 25, 1971

“Maggie May” - Rod Stewart, “Go Away Little Girl” - Donny Osmond, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” - Joan Baez, “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” - Paul and Linda McCartney, “Ain’t No Sunshine” - Bill Withers, “Yo-Yo” - The Osmonds, “Smiling Faces Sometimes’ - The Undisputed Truth, “Do You Know What I Mean” - Lee Michaels, “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep” - Mac & Katie Kisson, “Spanish Harlem” - Aretha Franklin, “Stick-Up” - The Honey Cone.  


Top music albums – September 25, 1971

“Every Picture Tells A Story” - Rod Stewart, “Every Good Boy Deserves Favor’ - The Moody Blues, “Tapestry” - Carole King, “Shaft” - soundtrack, “Who’s Next” - The Who, “Master Of Reality” - Black Sabbath, “Soung Magazine” - The Partridge Family, “Ram” - Paul and Linda McCartney, “Bark” - Jefferson Airplane, “Carpenters” - The Carpenters, “Imagine” - John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band, “Santana” - Santana. 


Some top movies – September 25, 1971

Sunday, Bloody Sunday - Glenda Jackson, Peter Finch, Murray Head

Night Of Dark Shadows

House Of Dark Shadows


The Horseman

Ryan’s Daughter

McCabe & Mrs Miller

Let’s Scare Jessica To Death

The Hellstrom Chronicle

The Yearling

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