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




In The News

Two large bombs go off in central London. So far, one is dead and hundreds are hurt. Two other large bombs were found in parked cars downtown but were defused. 

 Prisoner of War Lt. Comdr. John S. McCain III arrives at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. “I’ll have to have some operations on my leg. He was one of 108 POW’s who flew to Clark for medical checkups and processing before returning to the United States. He was shot down over North Vietnam while on a combat mission Oct. 26, 1967 and apparently injured his leg either when ejecting from his A-4 Skyhawk or on making a parachute landing.

Declaring “society is guilty of crime only when we fail to bring the criminal to justice,” President Nixon said he would propose legislation restoring a federal death penalty and requiring that repeated drug offenders be imprisoned for life.

John Downey, a CIA agent held in a Chinese prison for more than 20 years will is set free at the Hong Kong-China border. Peking’s decision to commute Downey’s sentence came after President Nixon asked that Premier Chou En-Lai be informed that Downey’s mother was gravely ill.

Mayor John Lindsay of New York says he will not seek a third term. “This decision is based on personal considerations and is final.”

In a Gallup poll – Inflation is the #1 concern, followed by drugs, crime, race relations, unemployment and pollution. 

In Sardinia – a local court sentences Emma Gallozzi, a 50year-old housewife in this mining town of southwestern Sardinia, to 25 months in prison for giving “sex lessons” to teenagers in exchange for oranges. She was arrested after farmers

complained that small quantities of oranges were being plundered from their groves each night.


FDA news – March 8, 1973

The Food and Drug administration orders orange drink makers to begin revealing just how much orange juice the products contain and proposes a wide-ranging truth-in-labeling crackdown on frozen and packaged dinners. 


Technology news – March 8, 1973

Consumer Reports reveals that all 15 microwave ovens on the U.S. market leak radiation – even though they pass current radiation standards. The article said Consumer Reports would feel justified in recommending purchase of the ovens only if the manufacturers could eliminate every trace of radiation leakage. The door to the oven is usually the key to leakage with the automatic shutoff system playing almost as important a role. 


Sports news – March 8, 1973

Up and comer Julius Erving (23), better known as “Dr. J.” Willis Reed of the New York Knicks calls him “the best young forward I’ve ever seen.” Dr. J plays for the Virginal Squires of the ABA.


Best-selling books – March 8, 1973

The Odessa File – Frederick Forsyth

Green Darkness – Anya Seton

Jonathan Livingston seagull – Richard Back

Semi-tough – Dan Jenkins

Elephants Can Remember – Agatha Christie

Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution – Robert Atkins, MD

The Best and the Brightest – David Halberstrom

Harry S. Truman – Margaret Truman

I’m OK – You’re OK – Thomas A. Harris MD


Radio news – March 8, 1973

Bill Balance’s “Feminine Forum” is a radio show that’s, well, ahead of its time. Bill is heard middays over KGBS (1020) in Los Angeles; plus, the show is syndicated to other stations. But other stations are using “Feminine Forum” to produce their own versions. Recent topics on Bill’s show – “How many times a week do you make love?” … “Tell us about your office affairs” and “What prominent star would you let your husband have an affair with?”


Entertainment/Celebrity/Hollywood news – March 8, 1973

Richard Pryor is finally coming into his own since his first TV appearance on the Ed Sullivan show back in 1965. Prior, who was born in Peoria in 1940, says that in the beginning of his career, they’d compare him to Lenny Bruce. He cites Dick Gregory, Bob Newhart, Shelly Berman and Redd Foxx as the comics he followed. “Bill Cosby, I’d say he had the most influence over me. The fact that I had any success at all is because of him, because I just started doing him, I just became him.”

A man driving a car with MANNIX personalized license plates reported two men pursued him, and then fired two bullets through his windshield. Don Edwards, who was once associated with the 7-year-old CBS series told police a black sedan had followed his car for several miles before the shooting. Adding to the mystery was a call earlier in the week to Peggy Crider, secretary to a producer of the show from an anonymous male who asked, “Who’s the guy driving the car with MANNIX plates?’


Playing in Las Vegas –

Andy Williams – Caesars Palace

Jimmy Dean – Desert Inn

Marty Allen/Cass Elliott – Flamingo

Robert Goulet, Phil Harris – Frontier

Ann-Margret – Hilton

Don Rickles/Marilyn Michaels – Riviera

Isaac Hayes – Sahara

Bob Newhart/Florence Henderson – Sands

Wayne Newton is at Harrah’s in Reno


Passing – Murat B. (Chic) Young, creator of the comic strip Blondie (72).

Passing – actor Stacy Harris (54) of an apparent heart attack.


Television news – March 8, 1973

 Bert Convey and Jo Ann Pflug complete a pilot situation comedy for NBC. Titled “Shakespeare Lives Rembrandt,” it involves the experiences of a married couple that create greeting cards.


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

CBS – The Waltons CBS Thursday Night Movie

 NBC – Flip Wilson, Ironside, Dean Martin Show, Tonight Show

ABC – Mod Squad, Kung Fu, Streets of San Francisco, Jack Paar Tonight

PBS – The Advocates, An American Family


The Waltons – John Boy feels responsible when his girl friend decides to escape her life with her stern mother and seek adventure by running off and getting married.

CBS TV Movie – “The Marcus-Nelson Murders. Stars Telly Savalas, Marjoe Gortner, Jose Ferrer, Ned Beatty. Police investigate the murders of two young women in their Manhattan apartment.

Dean Martin – Jonathan Winters and Lisa Kirk guest.

Streets of San Francisco – After 12 years in prison, a rapist-murderer seeks  revenge against Det. Lt. Stone through his daughter. Guest stars Darleen Carr, Joe Don Baker, Ken Swofford, Robert F. Simon.

The Tonight Show w/Johnny Carson – Judy Collins is the guest.

Jack Paar Tonight – Cicely Tyson, Phyllis Diller and members of the Gay Activist Alliance.


Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – March 8, 1973

CBS – CBS Reports (Special)-Sticks and Bones

NBC – Sanford and Son, Little People, (Special) Liza Minelli A Z (Special) Arnold Palmer: An American Legend, Tonight Show

ABC – Brady Bunch, Partridge Family, Room 222, Odd Couple, Love American Style, Jack Paar Tonight

PBS – Washington Week In Review, Wall Street Week, The Advocates


Partridge Family – Shoplifting on a dare haunts Danny and he’s certain he will lead a life of crime.

Sticks and Stones – The anguish of Vietnam hits home in David Rabe’s Tony-winning drama, set in autumn 1968.

Odd Couple – Clashing tastes as Felix and Oscar each take a stab at refurnishing the apartment. Guest stars Bubba Smith of the Baltimore Colts.

On theTonight Show – Glenn Ford, Joel Grey and Marlo Thomas join Johnny Carson

Jack Paar Tonight – The Muledeer and Moondog Medicine Show, a comedy group is scheduled.

Syndicated – Merv Griffin show – From Las Vegas – Robert Goulet, Carol Lawrence and impressionist Marilyn Michaels.


Music news – March 8, 1973

A January Newsweek article saying that John Lennon was “yearning for the good old days and wants to be back with Paul McCartney, is spurning rumors that the Beatles will reunite. This week, KMET-FM (Los Angeles) confirmed that three of the Beatles were in a Hollywood recording studio, but no one knows what’s going on. One source says Ringo is recording an album and is being helped out by John and George – nothing more.

Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, known for such hits as “Sylvia’s Mother” and “Cover of the Rolling Stone” will indeed, be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. Look for them on the March 29 issue.

 A 26-day fight over the right to recordings of Jimi Hendrix ends when three record companies agreed that a New York publisher (P.P.X Enterprises) owned them.

Jimmy Seals and Dash Crofts  make it known they are involved with the Baha’i faith saying it incorporates the teachings of all the world’s major faiths. From studying the Baha’i teachings and reflecting on them together, Seals and Crofts felt they had to abandon their previous musical efforts. They drifted for a while, exploring themselves both spiritually and musically. With no intention of recording they began to pick out tunes  - Jimmy on guitar and Dash on mandolin. And that’s how their current sound was born.  

Former Beatle Paul McCartney is fined $240 after he plead guilty to a charge of cultivating five marijuana plants in a greenhouse on his Scottish farm. The judge said he took into account that McCartney had received cannabis seeds in a gift.

Folksinger and antiwar activist Joan Baez says she has been bisexual since she was 21. “I’m bisexual. My manager’s sitting, sweating behind his desk, waiting for the day that I’ going to say that to the press. One of the nicest whatever you want to call it – loves of my life – was a woman. It was something that happened when I was 21, and not since then. I’m more male-oriented now. I haven’t been involved with women for years.”

Dies – Ron McKernan (27) “Pig Pen” of the Grateful Dead is found dead in his apartment. He had suffered from hepatitis, an illness that prevented him from playing with the group in recent months. McKernan, who sang and played the organ and harp, was an original member of the Dead.


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


DUELING BANJOS - “Deliverance” Soundtrack


LAST SONG - Edward Bear




DADDY’S HOME - Jermaine Jackson

THE COVER OF “ROLLING STONE” - Dr. Hook & Medicine Show

JAMBALAYA (On The Bayou) - Blue Ridge Rangers

I’M JUST A SINGER (In A Rock And Roll - Band)- Moody Blues


DANNY’S SONG - Anne Murray

DO YOU WANT TO DANCE? - Bette Midler


NEITHER ONE OF US (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye) - Gladys Knight

AUBREY – Bread

AIN’T NO WOMAN (Like The One I’ve Got) - Four Tops

GIVE ME YOUR LOVE - Barbara Mason


HUMMINGBIRD - Seals & Crofts


Some top movies – March 8, 1973

Slither – James Caan, Peter Boyle, Sally Kellerman, Louise Lasser

The Legend of Boggy Creek

Billy Jack- Tom Laughlin Delores Taylor

Lost Horizon – Peter Finch, Liv Ullmann, Sally Kellerman, George Kenney, Michael York

The Thief Who Came To Dinner – Ryan O’Neal, Jacqueline Bisset, Warren Oates

Lady Sings the Blues – Diana Ross

Heartbreak Kid


Jeremiah Johnson- Robert Redford

The Getaway – Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw

Save the Tiger – Jack Lemmon, Jack Gilford

The Long Goodbye – Elliott Gould, Nina Van Pllandt, Sterling Hayden

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