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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of February 22, 1973 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

A Libyan jet airliner crashes in flames after an encounter with gun-firing Israeli interceptors over the Israeli-occupied Sinai Peninsula. Between 90 and 100 persons were killed. There were some survivors.

Israel defended its action in shooting down a Libyan airliner over the Sinai Desert because it could only assume at the time it was hostile. But to prevent future similar tragedies, it proposed setting up a hot line between Israel and its Arab neighbors.

China and the U.S. announce actions to speed their rapprochement and to broaden their contacts in the wake of the Vietnam settlement.  Each nation will set-up a “liaison office” in the other’s capital. The two nations also agreed on “a concrete program of expanding trade as well as scientific, cultural and other exchanges.”

The chief spokesman for the North Vietnamese delegation says there will be no further release of American prisoners of war until several other points in the Vietnam peace agreement are honored. Two of the points involve Cease-fire violations and attacks on commission delegates.

President Nixon attends a revival of the 50-year-old Broadway musical “Irene” claiming that people are “tired of that way-out stuff” and predicted it would be a hit again. With him at the Washington performance was wife Pat and daughter Tricia Cox. He described actress Debbie Reynolds as a “superstar” ad said that this was the best performance he had seen her give.

 A portrait of Vice President Agnew, commemorating his two years as Maryland’s 53rd governor, is removed from the statehouse by three of his aides because it showed Agnew with discolored knuckles and in a wrinkled suit. Said one aide – “The thing that stood out was the way he was sitting. One arm of his suit was wrinkled. That’s not like him.”

Passing – Winthrop Rockefeller (60) – former Arkansas governor (of cancer). He was considered America’s most eligible batchelor during the 1940’s until he married in 1948.  Brother of Nelson, David, John 3rd and Larry Rockefellor. His grandfather was the famed John D. Rockefellor. Elected as Arkansas governor in 1966. Often used his own money for the good of his term – many of his staff were paid out of his own pocket.  

In a warning that sugary breakfast cereals harm children’s diets and teeth - nutrition and dental experts urged Congress to ban children-oriented television ads for the products and food makers react by boycotting the Senate hearings.


Sports news – February 22, 1973

 Dick Allen, the American League’s Most Valuable Player in 1972, signs a three-year contract with the Chicago White Sox for an estimated $675,000.


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – February 22, 1973

All In The Family – 33.0

Columbo – 32.4

Bob Hope Special 31.2

Sanford And Son – 30.6

NBC Follies – 26.8

Escape – 26.3

Bridget Loves Bernie – 26.1

Maude – 26.0

NBC Saturday Movie “The Andromeda strain” – 25.9

 Flip Wilson – 25.9

Hawaii Five-O – 25.3

Partridge Family – 25.2

Gunsmoke – 25.2

Wonderful World of Disney – 24.5

Marcus Welby, MD – 24.3

Medical Center – 24.2

Here’s Lucy – 24.2

Adam-12 -  24.2

Cannon – 23.7

Mary Tyler Moore – 23.7
Waltons – 22.9

Bob Newhart – 22.3

Sonny & Cher – 22.2

ABC Tuesday Movie –“Divorce His” – 22.0

CBS Friday Movie “The Undefeated – 21.6

Doris Day – 21.6

Flintstones on Ice – 21.5

Emergency – 20.7

Brady Bunch – 20.3


Television news – February 22, 1973

XETV (channel 6) – A Tijuana station serving the San Diego area loses its ABC-TV affiliation after 17 years. ABC will now move over to UHF KCST-TV (channel 39) after they petitioned the FCC, saying that a foreign station should not have a network affiliation – which it wasn’t in the public interest. Up until now, KCST was independent and it looks like XETV will now do the same.  

Presidential aide Henry Kissinger is interviewed by NBC’s Barbara Walters in a special program to be shown Sunday night.

Comic Scoey Mitchell is trying to get the rights to combine the old “Amos ‘n’ Andy television shows for theatrical release. The show was pulled from syndication by CBS in 1966 under pressure of complaints that it demeaned blacks. 

Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax quits as color commentator for NBC-TV with four years remaining in a 10-year contract. “I never was comfortable being on television. I tried, but it was a job that I never really felt happy with, so there was only one thing to do. I was treated very well by NBC and it was a nice association.” Koufax could be seen on NBC’s “Game of the Week.”


Saturday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – February 22, 1973

CBS – All In The Family, Bridget Loves Bernie, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart, Carol Burnett

NBC – Emergency, NBC Saturday Night At The Movies

ABC – Here We Go Again, A Touch Of Grace, Julie Andrews Show, Jigsaw


All The Family – Archie’s home is vandalized and he finds himself with a militant group.

Emergency! – Gage and DeSoto find themselves responding to a string of “unusual” emergencies after treating an injured woman at a séance.

Mary Tyler Moore – After winning an award for her work, Mary has a string of bad accidents and misunderstandings.

Carol Burnett – Eydie Gorme and Ken Berry join Carol.

Jigsaw – Frank Dain searches for a loving wife who ran away from her husband.  


Radio News – February 22, 1973

The NBC Radio Network offers the audio portion of the television show “Midnight Special” to radio stations coast-to-coast. The 90-minute rock music show is telecast after midnight on NBC-TV stations. Feb. 2 was the first of a 13-show series.

Rick Carroll is the new program director of KKDJ-FM (102.7) Los Angeles. The semi-automated station will hire jocks around the clock.  

The so-called “Q” format pioneered in Miami at WMYQ-FM is launched in Buffalo at WGRQ-FM. The station is playing 23 current records and a vast slate of oldies.

KSOL-FM (K-Soul) San Francisco line-up: Herman Henry, Billy Kind, Brother Oliver, Johnny Quick and Willie Popcone.

Paul Drew is the new program director at 93/KHJ. Rod Roddy is named production director at beautiful music KOST-FM, also in Los Angeles.


Music news – February 22, 1973

Curtis Mayfield’s “Freddie’s Dead” has been dropped from the list of the 10 songs up for possible Oscar consideration. Reason – the song lyrics were not used with the music in “Super Fly.”

Ray Charles will not make any personal appearances in concert or in clubs until after July 1. It’ll be the first major vacation for Charles in ten years.

Did you catch Stevie Wonder’s Carnegie Hall concert?

Art Laboe’s “Original Sound Records” will resume recording of new material after a three-year hiatus. The label is known for its “Oldies But Goodies” albums.

John Denver resigns with RCA Records… Sonny & Cher split from independent record producer Snuff Garrett. He produced the team for 18 months including work on seven chart singles and two gold albums. Garrett felt his role as producer “was being reduced for no reason.” 

 Gladys Knight and the Pips sign an exclusive recording contract with The Buddah Group. They were with Motown.

The Rolling Stones, now being called the world’s leading rock ‘n’ roll band, are recording their next album in Jamaica. The project is under high security.

New album out by a new group – “Foxtrot” by Genesis. 

Ringo Starr will be in Nashville next week with 10 other top recording stars to present the annual Grammy awards. Joining Ringo will be Art Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, Joey Heatherton, Aretha Franklin, Rod McKuen, Bobbie Gentry, Roger Miller, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Mann and Eddy Arnold.

A few weeks ago, Bruce Springsteen appeared at Max’s Kansas City in New York, performing material of his first album – “Greetings From Asbury Park.” Some critics are already printing “Is Springsteen the Dylan heir to the ‘70’s?”


Top music albums  – February 22, 1973

The World Is A Ghetto – War

No Secrets – Carly Simon

Talking Book – Stevie Wonder

Tommy – London Symphony Orch. And Chambre Choir

Rhymes & Reasons – Carole King

Hot August Night – Neil Diamond

 Living in the Past – Jethro Tull

Seventh Sojourn – Moody Blues

More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies) – Rolling Stones

Lady Sings The Blues – Diana Ross

Rocky Mountain High – John Denver

I Am Woman – Helen Reddy

Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player – Elton John

The Divine Miss M – Bette Midler

Creedence Gold – Creedence Clearwater Revival

Who Do We Think We Are – Deep Purple

One Man Dog – James Taylor


Top pop music hit singles in Britain – February 22, 1973

Blockbuster – Sweet

Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yea!) – Gary Glitter

Part of the Union – Strawbs

Daniel – Elton John

You’re So Vain – Carly Simon

Long Haired Lover From Liver pool – Little Jimmy Osmond

Sylvia – Focus

Paper Plane – Status Quo

Wishing Well – Free

Roll Over Beethoven – Electric Light Orchestra


Top Country Hit Music Singles – February 22, 1973

Do You Know What It’s Like To Be Lonesome – Jerry Wallace

I Wonder If They Ever Think Of Me – Merle Haggard & The Strangers

Rated X – Loretta Lynn

‘Til I Get It Right – Tammy Wynette

Neon Rose – Mel Tillis & The Statesiders

The Lord Knows I’m Drinking – Cal Smith

She Needs Someone To Hold Her – Conway Twitty

Any Old Wind That Blows – Johnny Cash

Love’s The Answer – Tanya Tucker

Old Dogs, Children & Watermelon Wine – Tom T. Hall


Some top movies – February 22, 1973

Walking Tall – Joe Don Baker, Elizabeth Hartman, Rosemary Murphy

Save The Tiger – Jack Lemon, Jack Gilford

Deliverance – Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds

Walt Disney’s The World’s Greatest Athlete – Tim Conway, Jan-Michael Vincent, John Amos, Roscoe Lee Browne

Steel Yard Blues – Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Peter Boyle

Up The Sand Box – Barbra Streisand

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