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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of February 15, 1973 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

At Key Biscayne - Henry Kissinger and Mao Tse-Tung meet for several hours in what were described as ‘frank and wide-ranging conversations in an unconstrained atmosphere.”

20 men step from plane - America’s first group of returning prisoners from the Vietnam War reach the U.S. mainland at Travis Air Force base - - exited and free.

Gunfire from Israeli warplanes hit a Libyan passenger plane and forced it to crash land with a loss of about 70 lives. At least 13 survived. The Israeli government issued a brief statement expressing “regret for the loss of life” and saying Israel “regrets the fact that the Libyan pilot did not heed the signals asking him to land.”

The Nixon Administration orders to begin desegregation enforcement within 60 days in hundreds of schools in 17 southern and border states.

An agreement to end a decade of war in Laos is signed in Vientiane. Peace terms between the government of Souvanna Phouma and the pro-Communist Pathet Lao insurgents has not yet been distributed.

Declaring that war is no excuse for a soldier’s “unrestrained satisfaction” of the inclination to kill, the army Court of Military Review upholds the murder conviction of Lt. William L. Calley Jr. in the My Lai massacre. 

Passing – Frank Costello – Onetime “prime minister of the underworld” and boss of multimillion-dollar slot machines and bootlegging rackets and a racketeer the government could not deport. He was 82.

The Census Bureau reports a significant increase in interracial marriages between 1960 and 1970.

The United States and Cuba sign an agreement to prosecute or extradite future airplane hijackers.

President Nixon predicts that history will vindicate his Vietnam policies because they reminded both allies and potential adversaries that the United States is a credible, dependable world power.

The Lorillard division of Lowe’s says it will stop all radio and TV advertising of its little cigars. Last month, the Federal Trade Commission proposed legislation to prohibit radio and television advertising of little cigars, applying to ads for them the same band no limited to cigarette ads.


Sports news – February 15, 1973

 NASCAR - Richard Petty with his Dodge wins an unprecedented fourth Daytona 500. Country singer Marty Robbins slammed into a wall during the race. He was not injured. Bobby Isaac comes in second and Dick Brooks third.  Defending champ A.J. Foyt finished fourth.

The World’s richest demolition derby is staged at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Participating were talents such as Evel Knievel and Bobby Unser. Trashed were Knievel’s $28,000 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow and a $10,000 Lincoln Continental Mark IV among others.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Milwaukee Bucks has been under heavy security protection for the past month, since seven if his Islamic friends were murdered January 18 in Washington DC. Jabbar, owner of the house where the mass killing took place, believe the attack was by a group representing the Black Muslims and he himself was threatened when he went back to Washington to be a pallbearer at the funeral.


Fascinating Facts – Pet Cemeteries – February 15, 1973

Pet Cemeteries growing - The National Assn. of Pet Cemeteries reports there are now 410 pet burial grounds in the United States – 70 of them established in the past two years. The average cost is between $30 to $150


Entertainment/Celebrity news – February 15, 1973

 The French weekly newsmagazine L’ Express reports Brigitte Bardot is getting bored. The French sexpot of the late 1950’s, 1960’s, who made headlines with her endless boyfriends, three marriages and her life on the Riviera, says she is becoming a bitter recluse who hates humanity, rejects children and might retire to her farm where “I find my balance in nature, in company with the animals. “Men are beasts and even beasts don’t behave like them,” says Ms Bardot, who has a son Nicholas (13). She says she’s glad he lives with his father, producer Jacques Charrier. “Thank god he is being raised by his father. A woman would make a homosexual out of him.”

Gene Roddenberry says there are some 8,000-advance reservations for the nest Star Trek convention. Roddenberry still gets irked at the treatment of his show by NBC, which canceled the series after 3 TV seasons in 1969. This year, NBC suggested he make a pilot for a new Star Trek. Gene told the network – “You’ve got 78 pilots” (the number of old Star Trek shows). Rumors are flying that Star Trek will return to television. Gene is producing a pilot many are calling “son of Star Trek.” It’s called Genesis II and it will air March 23 on CBS.


Television news – February 15, 1973

Jewish groups are objecting to the CBS sitcom “Bridget Loves Bernie.” The protests center mostly on the show’s treatment of interfaith marriage as desirable. 

ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” will replay the Muhammad Ali/Joe Bugner fight of last week. Howard Cosell calls the action.

Passing – Wally Cox (48) – best known for his “Hollywood Square” appearances and for the 1950’s comedy – “Mr. Peepers." Of a heart attack.  


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – February 15, 1973   

CBS – A Cat In The Hat, Hawaii Five-O, Television Comedy Years, late movie

NBC – Movie, NBC Reports, Tonight

ABC – Temperatures Rising, TV Movie, Marcus Welby, MD, Dick Cavett


ABC TV Movie – “A Brand New Life” – Cloris Leachman, Martin Balsam, Marge Redmond, Gene Nelson. A childless couple, after 18 years of marriage, discover that they will soon be expecting and are concerned on coping with the new family member.

Special – Television Comedy Years – Ed Sullivan presents the best in television comedy over 25 years. Among the stars saluted will be Ernie Kovacs, Sid Caesar, Carol Burnett, Jack Benny, Jackie Gleason.

Dick Cavett – William C. Loud family, subject of “The American Family.” 

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