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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of March 1, 1973 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

In Paris - The major world powers sign an agreement to guarantee peace in Vietnam but the ceremony was jarred by an unexpected denunciation of South Vietnam by Chinese foreign Minister Chi Peng-fei.

North Vietnam assures the United States that it intends to fully carry out the prisoner release provisions of the peace agreement, which would include freeing at least 120 more U.S. POW’s this week.

Communist officials break a tense deadlock and announce that 136 American prisoners of war and six foreign captives would be set free this weekend.

Black September Arab terrorists seize the U.S. ambassador in Khartoum, capital of the Sudan, and held him and four other diplomats hostage. Two of the diplomats were killed.

President Nixon promises that, “there will not be another devaluation” of the dollar and blamed the run on U.S. currency in foreign markets on “international speculators who make great sums of money through such activity.

Acting FBI Director L. Patrick Gray discloses that he had turned over to the White House copies of FBI investigative interviews in the Watergate case while the agency’s investigation – which touched White House aides – was under way.

Army Spec 5 Gary Guggenberger – a former prisoner of war says in an interview that one of his worst days in prison was the day he learned that Richard Nixon had been reelected president. “We knew that McGovern was gong to win and that we would be coming home. We thought Nixon was screwing up by the numbers. I thought we were dead – that we’d never last it out – after hearing that George McGovern lost.”

Mayor John Lindsay of NY says he will not seek a third term.

Speaking for all congressional democrats – Sen. William Proxmire charges President Nixon with fueling  inflation, permitting excessive unemployment and allowing a further evaluation of the dollar in world trade.

Gallup - 67% of those polled oppose amnesty for draft evaders.

An amended version of the Democratic National Committee’s Watergate bugging suit is filed asking for $6.4 million in damages – twice the previous amount and adding two defendants – Jeb Stuart Magruder and Herb Porter – both officers of President Nixon’s reelection committee were added. 

In New York - A criminal court judge declares the hard-core pornographic “Deep Throat” to be the “nadir of decadence” and found it “indisputably obscene by any legal measurement.”


Music news – March 1, 1973

Donna Fargo – the first female to have back-to-back million-selling country singles (“Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.” and “”Funny Face”) is honored by the Academy of Country & Western Music awards as best female vocalist of the hear for “Happiest Girl,” album and single. KLAC in Los Angeles got best country station.

Music on Television – ABC-TV’s “In Concert” – Melanie, B.B. King and Guess Show.

On NBC – “Midnight Special” host Anne Murray with guests – Badfinger, the Association, Steve Martin, Don McLean, Sam Neely, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sonny Terry And Brownie McGhee.

Touring – “The Stevie Wonder Show.”


Grammy Awards (some winners) –

Record of the year – “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” – Robert Flack

Album of the year – “Concert for Bangla Desh” – George Harrison and Friends

New artist – America

Pop vocal male – Nilsson – “Without You”

Pop vocal – female – Helen Reddy – “I Am Woman”

Pop vocal – duo or group – ‘Where Is the Love” – Robert Flack & Donny Hathaway


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – March 1, 1973

All In The Family – 31.2 (54 share)

Sanford &Son – 28.9 (48 share)

Highlights of the Ringling Brothers Circus – 27.4

Country Music Hit parade – 27.4

Television Comedy Years – 24.5

Barnaby Jones – 24.4

Flip Wilson – 24.1

NBC Saturday Movie “I Walk the Line” – 23.7

ABC Tuesday Movie – “A Brand New Life” – 23.6

Marcus Welby, M.D. – 23.5

Odd Couple – 23.0

Medical Center – 23.0

The Rookies – 22.9

Cannon – 22.8

The Waltons – 22.8

Gunsmoke – 22.8

Ironside – 22.7

Here’s Lucy – 22.5

Hawaii 5-0 – 22.4

Sonny & Cher – 22.2

Bridget Loves Bernie – 22.0

Mary Tyler Moore – 21.7

Little People – 21.6

Adam 12 – 21.1


Selected Nielsen TV ratings – March 1, 1973

Partridge Family – 22.3 (33 share)

Brady Bunch  - 18.1 ((30 share)

Laugh-In – 17.0 (25 share)

Mission Impossible – 11.3 (19 share) This show is #59.


Television news – March 1, 1973

Don’t miss an ABC-TV – World Premiere Movie Of The Week – “The Six Million Dollar Man.”


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – March 1, 1973

CBS – Maude, Hawaii 5-0, Made for TV movie

NBC – Movie, First Tuesday, Johnny Carson

ABC – Temperatures Rising, Made for TV Movie, Marcus Welby, Jack Paar

PBS – Billy Moyers Journal


ABC Made for TV movie – “The Letters” – John Forsythe, Pamela Franklin, Ida Lupino, Dina Merrill, Leslie Nielsen, Barbara Stanwyck – Three letters – delayed a year in delivery – arrive and change lives.

CBS Made for TV movie – “Crime Club” – Lloyd Bridges, Victor Buono, Paul Burke, Cloris Leachman, Belinda Montgomery, Martin Sheen.


Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide – March 1, 1973

CBS – The Waltons, Made for TV movie

NBC – Flip Wilson Show, Ironside, Dean Martin, Johnny Carson

ABC – Mod Squad, Kung Fu, Streets of San Francisco,

PBS – The Advocates


Flip Wilson Show – Joe Namath, Tim Conway and Esther Philips.

Kung Fu – A bounty hunter is determined to take Caine dead or alive.

Dean Martin – Ginger Rogers, Norm Crosby and Leonard Barr.

Johnny Carson – Diana Ross, pat Boone, Charles Grodin. 

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