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




In The News

Vietnam – American planes are waging a bombing blitzkrieg on North Vietnam for the fifth day. Many believe it’s the heaviest bombing since 1968. 

Richard Nixon said recently that he never watches himself on television. “I strongly advise young political people: don’t watch yourself on television. You may become self-conscious.”

Defense Secretary Melvin R. Laird accuses North Vietnam of four violations of the 1968 “understandings” with Hanoi that led President Lyndon Johnson’s administration to halt U.S. bombing of the north.

Rescue workers recover more bodies from a plush 22-story downtown hotel in Seoul that was gutted by fire Christmas day. Death toll is at least 142.

President Nixon reluctantly signs a 13-week extension for some 700,000 to get unemployment pay.


Sports news - December 25, 1971

In Zurich, Muhammad Ali knocks-out West Germany’s Juergen Blin with a powerful right cross at 2:12 of the 7th round of the scheduled 12-round heavyweight bout.


Fascinating Facts - new silver dollar - December 25, 1971

In demand – the new Eisenhower silver dollar. The U.S. mint sold out of 11 million special Ike dollars priced at $3 and $10 each in little over three months, this despite a quota of five per person.


Radio news – December 25, 1971

 Louisville DJ Gary Burbank of WAKY radio passed out on the air after downing three-quarters of a fifth of whiskey during a 2 ½-hour radio broadcast Burbank said he wanted to demonstrate the effects of alcohol as a warning to citizens to limit their drinking during the New Year’s holiday. Gary said he received a few calls from local bars asking him to come in for a last drink. 


Television news – December 25, 1971

Game show history, its packaging and selling will be discussed by game show vets Chuck Barris, Dennis James, Mont Hall, Jack Barry And Ralph Andrews on the “Game Show Show” over PBS this week.

The Sonny and Cher variety hour is added to the regular CBS schedule on Monday of this week. There seemed to be little doubt that CBS would add the show, after its summertime tryout.


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – December 25, 1971

CBS – Glen Campbell, Hawaii Five-O, Cannon, Merv Griffin

NBC – Sarge, Funny Side, James Garner as Nichols, The Seven Summits, Tonight Show

ABC – Mod Squad, Movie, Marcus Welby, MD, Dick Cavett

PBS – The Advocates, Black Journal, Silent Years


Glen Campbell – Pat Boone, Dom DeLuise and their families join the Campbell family.

Sarge – Sarge investigates the ex-convict’s claim of innocence. Stars George Kennedy.

Funny Side – Features Gene Kelly and the couples taking a look at the funny sideof sex

Silent Years – D.W. Griffith’s “Intolerance” is presented.

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