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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of December 1, 1971 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

India formally recognizes the government of Bangla Desh as the government of an independent East Pakistan. India also reports key victories in its drive to seize East Pakistan as Pakistani warplanes continue strafing attack against Indian cities, including a strike in the city of Agra - the site of the Taj Mahal.

In a Gallup Poll – Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts continues as the top Democrat, followed by Sen. Edmund Muskie of Maine and Sen. Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota.

Kennedy - 29%

Muskie - 24%

Humphrey - 19%

George McGovern - 6%

Jessie Jackson - 6%

Eugene McCarthy - 5%

John Lindsay - 4%

Jacqueline Onassis complains in a court affidavit that she is a prisoner in her 5th Avenue apartment, living in “dread fear" of an assault of a free-lance photographer. “I live in dread fear that the moment I step onto the sidewalk, that man will assault me again." Mrs. Onassis swore that when to the theater last week, she was trailed by photographer Ron Galella and three or four of his associates had photographed, annoyed and harassed her. Sitting in the theater, she says they came rushing down the aisle and began taking flash pictures right there. Galella already has a restraining order against him, ordering him to stay 100 yards away from the apartment house and 50 yards away from Mrs. Onassis and her two children.    

The Treasury Department completes moving 2.9 million rare silver dollars from Washington to West Point, NY - home of the government’s silver bullion depository. Most of the coins were minted in the defunct Carson City, Nev. mint between 1878 and 1891 and will be sold sometime next year. Buyers will be allowed a maximum of 10 coins.   

Soviet Communist newspaper Tass reports that the Soviet Mars 2 spacecraft has fired a capsule containing a hammer and sickle pennant to the surface of Mars, and then goes into orbit around the red planet. The Soviets can now lay claim to being the first to land anything on Mars. Tass says the spacecraft continues to function normally.


Prices at the Toy Store – December 1, 1971

Ideal’s “Movin’ Groovin’ Dolls - your choice - 17 1/2” Crissy and 15” Velvet have swivel-waists, luxurious hair! Move like real people - $7.66 each


Bestselling books – December 1, 1971

The Winds of War - Herman Wauk

Wheels - Arthur Hailey

Day of the Jackal - Frederick Forsyth

Our Gang - Philp Roth

Message From Malaga - Helen Macinnes

Bear Island - Alistir MacLean

Honor Thy Father - Gay Taleso

Eleanor and Franklin - Joseph P. Lash

Vantage Point - Lyndon Baines Johnson

Tracy and Hepburn - Garson Kanin

Wunnerful, Wunnerful - Lawrence Welk

Any Woman Can - Dr. David Reuben

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee - Dee Brown


Technology news – December 1, 1971

CB (Citizen Band) licenses just went up to $21.00 – from $8.00 and it seems the FCC is granting more and more licenses. Word has it that hobbyists are using the medium to chit chat. Take a look at the most popular CB rigs – the 23-channel Courier Royale sells for around $299.00.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – December 1, 1971

 Military officials say that actress Jane Fonda will not be permitted to present her antiwar show at U.S military bases in Japan. She is scheduled to arrive in Japan December 7 for a 17-day tour. 

It’s announced that the Grand Ole Opry is moving to a new location - to a new park to be named “OpryLand U.S.A” - just east of Nashville on the Cumberland River. The present Opry House is scheduled to be torn down, and then rebuilt as a church.


Top TV shows – December 1, 1971

All In The Family

ABC Movie of the week – “Mr. And Mrs Bo Jo Jones” starring Desi Arnaz Jr.

 Marcus Welby

Flip Wilson

Funny Face

Walt Disney

Partridge Family


Mystery Movie

Dick Van Dyke

Mary Tyler Moore


Hawaii Five-O

Here’s Lucy

Brady Brunch


Television news – December 1, 1971

Gary Collins is signed to star in a news series - “The Sixth Sense.” The hour-long series, which probes extrasensory perception and psychic phenomena, begins January 15th on ABC-TV. Collins portrays Dr Luther Rhodes, a university professor of parapsychology.

Merv Griffin - who has obtained a release from his CBS contract, signs with Metromedia to conduct a nightly talk-variety show. His last late-night talk show for CBS will be February 18th. Griffin joined CBS after a successful run in syndication for Westinghouse. Griffin says he didn’t like being on late nights and urged CBS to move the show earlier. The Metromedia show will air in primetime in the markets where it’s carried - including New York, Los Angeles, and Washington DC.


Thursday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – December 1, 1971

CBS - The Bearcats, CBS Thursday Night Movie

NBC - Flip Wilson, Ironside, Dean Martin

ABC - Alias Smith & Jones, Longstreet, Owen Marshall

PBS - Thirty Minutes, Hollywood TV Theater, World Press

Bearcats - A U.S. army officer deserts to help the Germans destroy a convoy transporting a new type of explosives to the Allies


Alias Smith and Jones - Heyes and Curry are helpless captives while plans progress to ambush their friend, Sheriff Trevors. Pete Duel and Ben Murphy star.

Dean Martin - Peter Graves, Kelly Garrett and Alice Ghostly guest.


Music news – December 1, 1971

The Mamas and Papas are back together after a 2 1/2 year hiatus. Their new album is titled - “People Like Us.”


Top pop hit music singles(top-40)USA – December 1, 1971

Family Affair - Sly & the Family Stone

Baby I'm-a Want You - Bread

Got to Be There - Michael Jackson

Theme from Shaft - Isaac Hayes

Scorpio - Dennis Coffey & the Detroit Guitar Band

All I Ever Need Is You - Sonny & Cher

Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves

Have You Seen Her - The Chi-Lites

Desiderata - Les Crane

Cherish - David Cassidy

American Pie - Don McLean

Everybody’s Everything - Santana

Old-Fashioned Love Song - Three Dog Night

Imagine - John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

Stones - Neil Diamond

Respect Yourself - The Staple Singers

Hey Girl - Donny Osmond

Brand New Key - Melanie

Rock Steady - Aretha Franklin

A Natural Man - Lou Rawls 

Let's Stay Together - Al Green

Two Divided By Love - The Grass Roots

Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are) -  The Temptations

One Monkey Don't Stop No Show - The Honey Cone

Theme From The Summer of ‘42 - Peter Nero

Peace Train - Cat Stevens

Cherish - David Cassidy

You Are Everything - The Stylistics

Anticipation - Carly Simon

Drowning In the Sea of Love - Joe Simon

I Know) I'm Losing You - Rod Stewart with Faces

Sugar Daddy - The Jackson 5         

Wild Night - Van Morrison

Behind Blue Eyes - The Who


Top Music Albums – December 1, 1971

Santana - Santana

Teaser and the Firecat - Cat Stevens

Shaft - soundtrack/Isaac Hayes

E  very Picture Tells A Story - Rod Stewart

There’s A Riot Goin’ On” -  Sly and the Family Stone 

Harmony - 3 Dog Night

Carpenters - Carpenters

Imagine - John Lennon

Chicago at Carnegie Hall - Chicago

Jesus Christ Superstar - soundtrack

Tapestry - Carol King

Led Zeppelin IV

Tea For The Tillerman - Cat Stevens

Music - Carol King

Stones - Neil Diamon

American Pie - Don McLean

Who’s Next - The Who

Smackwater Jack - Quincy Jones

Performance Rockin’ The Filmore - Humble Pie

The Dionne Warwick Story - A Decade Of Gold 

Barbra Joan Streisand - Barbra Streisand

Sound Magazine - The Partridge Family

Live - the 5th Dimension

People Like Us - The Mamas & Papas

Sesame Street 2


Top Country Hit Music – December 1, 1971

Kiss An Angel Good Morning - Charlie Pride


Some top movies – December 1, 1971

Shaft - Richard Roundtree, Moses Gun

 The Last Picture Show - Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Ellen Burstyn, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman, Cybill Shepherd

The French Connection - Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Schieder

Play Misty For Me - Clint Eastwood, Jessica Walter, Donna Mills, John Larch

Carnal Knowledge - Mike Nichols, Jack Nicholson, Candice Bergen, Arthur Garfunkel, Ann-Margret, Jules Feiffer.

Skin Game - Games Garner, Lou Gossett, Susan Clark, Edward Asner, Andrew Duggan

Chastity- Cher

Hot Pants Inc - Diana Kjaer, Robert Strauss

Horror Of Frankenstein - Ralph Bates, Kate O’Maria, Veronica Carlson, Denis Price

Scars of Dracula - Christopher Lee, Dennis Waterman, Jenny Hanley

Long Ago Tomorrow - Malcolom McDowell, Nanette Newman

Walt Disney’s The Living Desert

Walt Disney’s The Vanishing Prairie 

Ryan’s Daughter - Robert Mitchum

The Organization - Sidney Poitier, Barbara McNair, Gerald S. O’Loughlin

Clay Pigeon - Telly Savalas, Robert Vaughn, John Marley, Burgess Meredith, Ivan Dixon

Believe In Me - Michael Sarrazin, Jacqueline Bissett

Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels - The Mothers of Invention, Ringo Starr, Theodore Bikel

House of Wax (In 3-D) - Vincent Price, Charles Bronson, Phyllis Kirk, Carolyn Jones

Walt Disney’s Bednobs and Broomsticks - Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson

Play Misty for Me

Dagmar’s Hot Pants

The African Elephant

The Trojan Women

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