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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of January 8, 1973 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Presidential advisor Henry Kissinger flies back from Paris for post-midnight talks with President Nixon on the progress of the Paris peace talks. On his departure from Paris, Kissinger said it was up to the President “to decide what next step should be taken to speed a peace of justice and conciliation.”

The United States and North Vietnam agree on the release of all American POW’s within 60 days after a cease-fire agreement is reached.

Wholesale farm product prices rose 6.8% last month - the largest increase in 28 years. Processed foods are under price controls, but raw farm products are exempted.

Reaching back to a free economy - President Nixon abolishes the Pay Board and Price Commission and ends mandatory wage, price and rent controls - but keeps controls on food, construction and health care. In place of the controls, the phase 3 program contains a   voluntary wage and price guide. Large companies can now raise prices and boost pay without previous government approval. 


Food Labeling Changes – January 8, 1973

The FDA orders extensive changes in food labeling - predicting that 90% of labels will be changed to the new standards within two years. The most important changes to labeling will be to identify nutrients, essential vitamins and minerals, fat and cholesterol.  


Sports news – January 8, 1973

Baltimore Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas (39) says, “There’s no way I’ll play for the Colts next season. And I won’t go to a team that I don’t think is good.” Unitas has been with the Colts for 17 years. So far, Unitas has passed more touchdowns than any other quarterback in history - 287. That’s estimated to be 22 miles.                 


Advertising news/trends – January 8, 1973

Trend - More and more advertisements on television are featuring a named brand when comparing products - instead of “brand x’ or just a cover over the other product. 1972 saw more of that kind of advertising than ever before - with more sure to come ahead. Some of the advertisements - “Schick outperforms its three leading competitors - Norelco, Remington and Sunbeam,” “Mazda with its new automatic transmission model - speeding ahead of competitors Ford Pinto and Chevrolet Vega.” 


Prices at the Supermarket – January 8, 1973

At the mart - Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix - 2lb box - .51 ... Little Friskies fish flavor cat food - 4lb box - .99 ... Ragu Meat Spaghetti Sauce - 15 1/2oz jar - .45 ... Welch’s Grape Jelly - 20oz jar - .51 ... Wishbone Italian Dressing - 16oz btl - .88


Some best-selling books – January 8, 1973

Bestsellers - “August 1914” - Alexander Solzhenitsyn, “The Odessa File” - Frederick Forsyth, “Jonathan Livingston Seagull’ - Richard Bach, “The Camerons” - Robert Crichton, “The Best and the Brightest” - David Halberstam, “I’m OK - You’re Ok” - Thomas A. Harris, MD, “Dr Atkins’ Diet Revolution” - Robert Atkins, MD, “Harry S. Truman” - Margaret Truman. 


Entertainment/Celebrity news – January 8, 1973

Marries - actress Sandy Duncan (26) to Dr Thomas Calcattera. He’s the surgeon who operated on her left eye in November of ‘71. The actress lost site in that eye when surgery was performed to remove a benign tumor.

Divorces - singer Gladys Knight (28) from her husband of 11 years - James Newman. The couple had been separated for more than seven years. She has custody of their two children - James G. (10) and Kenya Marie (8).                  


Television news – January 8, 1973

Dodger announcer Vin Scully debuts his syndicated TV talk show this week. “The Vin Scully Show.”


Thursday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – January 8, 1973

CBS - The Waltons, CBS Thursday Night Movie

NBC - The Flip Wilson Show, Ironside, The Dean Martin Show

ABC – (Special) - Undersea World Of Jacques Cousteau, (Special) -Michelangelo Antoniomi’s Chung Kuo

PBS - The Advocates, Debut-An American Family


The Waltons - Lutie Bascomb accuses the Waltons’ mountain school of teaching atheism - stirring up trouble for the teacher. Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Will Geer, Ellen Corby and Richard Bradford as Lutie.

The Flip Wilson Show - Curtis Mayfield, Andy Griffith and Roscoe Lee Browne join Flip this week.

Special - Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau - searches for the legendary chambered nautilus - a living fossil off New Caledonia.

Debut - An American Family - A 12-week series capturing the daily life of one American family over seven months.


Sunday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – January 14, 1973

CBS – New Dick Van Dyke Show, MASH, Mannix, (Special) – Robert Young And The Family

NBC – World of Disney, McMillan and Wife, Night Gallery

 ABC – The FBI, ABC Sunday Night Movie


The New Dick Van Dyke Show – A blue chip investment on Wall Street involves Dick with the syndicate. First of two parts. Also stars Hope Lange, Marty Brill, Angela Powell.

MASH – Hawkeye and Trapper conjure-up an imaginary captain to authorize “extra supplies.”

ABC Sunday Night Movie – “Plaza Suite” (1971) With Walter Matthau, Maureen Stapleton, Barbara Harris and Lee Grant.

Special - Robert Young and the Family – A poke at family life with Robert Young introducing a series of typical family dilemmas. With Beau Bridges, Dick Van Dyke, Lee Grand, Julie Sommars, Lurene Tuttle, Jack Warden and William Windom.

Night Gallery – Geraldine Page as a lonely alcoholic who plans to strike back at her ex-husband with the reluctant help of a ghost. Also stars Leif Erickson, Paul Jenkins and Barbara Rhoades.

Jack Paar returns to television this week - late night on ABC. Goldie Hawn and Jonathan Winters were his first guests on Monday. Paar’s show airs one week out of the month - alternating with Dick Cavett under the network’s “Wide World Of Entertainment” banner.  

Seen in syndication – “Half The George Kirby Comedy Hour” – this week features Pat Paulsen as a pilot who’s lost his plane.

The Chi-Lites guest on “American Bandstand” this week.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – January 8, 1973

 “You’re So Vain’ - Carly Simon, “Me & Mrs Jones” - Billy Paul, “Superstition” - Stevie Wonder, “Rockin’ Pneumonia, Boogie Woogie Flue” - Johnny Rivers, “Clair” - Gilbert O’Sullivan, “Why Can’t We Live Together’ - Timmy Thomas, “Funny Face” - Donna Fargo “Your Mama Don’t Dance’ - Loggins & Messina, “Crocodile Rock” - Elton John, “Super Fly” - Curtis Mayfield, “Hi, Hi Hi” - Paul McCartney & Wings, “Do It Again” - Steely Dan, “Dancing In The Moonlight” - King Harvest “Oh, Babe, What Would You Say?” - Hurricane Smith “Keeper of the Castle” - The Four Tops, “I Am Woman” - Helen Reddy, “Papa Was a Rollin' Stone” - The Temptations, “I Can See Clearly Now” - Johnny Nash


Top music albums – January 8, 1973

 Top Albums - “No Secrets” - Carly Simon, “Rhymes & Reasons’ - Carole King, “Seventh Sojourn” - The Moody Blues, “The World Is A Ghetto” - War, “Living In The Past” - Jethro Tull, “Catch Bull At Four” - Cat Stevens, “I’m Still In Love With You” - Al Green, “Tommy” - The London Symphony Orchestra, “Homecoming” - America, “One Man Dog” - James Taylor.


Some top movies – January 8, 1973

The Getaway - Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw. 

The Poseidon Adventure - Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowall, Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters.

Sleuth - Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine

Marigolds - Joanne Woodward - a Paul Newman Production.

Neil Simon’s “The Heartbreak Kid” - Charles Grodin, Cybill Shepherd

Deliverance - Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds

Up The Sand Box - Barbra Streisand, David Selby

Hit Man - Bernie Casey, Pamela Crier

Judge Roy Bean - Paul Newman

Lady Sings The Blues - Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor.

Innocent Bystanders - Stanley Baker, Geraldine Chaplin, Donald Pleasence, Dana Andrews

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