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




In The News

The editor of North Vietnam’s Communist party newspaper says the U.S. has a political and moral duty to aid in the reconstruction of his war-torn country.

President Nixon warns North Vietnam against continued infiltration of men and material into South Vietnam in violation of the two-month old peace agreement.

One man dies and at least 19 are injured when Amtrak’s Chicago-bound Broadway Limited passenger train with 167 aboard jumps the track in Ohio during a snowstorm.

President Nixon rejects both consumer boycotts and price controls as weapons against runaway food prices and says that thrifty buying had a far greater effect on price control “than anything we can do here.

A Cambodian government airplane dropped tow bombs on the presidential palace, sending men, women and children screaming from the building. Many are believed dead inside. 

32 American prisoners released by the Viet Cong join 110 others who arrive in Clark AFB in the Philippines.

The Communists say new American demands that include an accounting of nine prisoners of war held in Laos may postpone the release of the remaining American POW’s for several days. The Communists previously indicated the last prisoners would be freed this weekend.

The White House makes it clear that the offer of acting FBI Director L. Patrick Gray III for senators to examine privately the FBI’s Watergate files no longer stands.

Sen. Sam Ervin (D-NC) says that he would seek the arrest of any White House aides who refused to testify before the select Senate committee investigating the  Watergate bugging case and related political espionage.

L. Patrick Gray III declined to make FBI files in the Watergate case and other materials available to the Senate Judiciary Committee, partly because of an order form Atty. Gen. Richard Kleindienst and partly in hopes of bringing an end to hearings on his nomination to the FBI director.

L. Patrick Gray III says presidential counsel John W. Dean probably lied to the FBI last June 22 when he said he would have to determine if Watergate defendant e. Howard Hunt had a White House office.

James W. McCord – former White House consultant and one of the convicted Watergate seven – claims at his sentencing that his trial was marked by perjury and political pressure that he and the others “pled guilty and remain silent” on the politically explosive bugging case.

More Watergate – Judge Charles Richey throws out an attempt by the  Republican Party officials to force 11newsmen to reveal their sources and other unpublished information relating to the Watergate bugging case. The newsmen had been ordered to appear for depositions being prepared on the GOP’s side of three civil suits arising from the break-in and wire tappng at DNC headquarters last June. The subpoenas required that the newsmen bring notes, tapes and other confidential materials gathered from Democratic leaders, the FBI, the police, and the U.S. attorney’s office.   

Virginia Knauer, the President’s special consultant for consumer affairs, outlines a shopping battle plan against high food costs to help every shopper shop better. She urged housewives who are trying to stretch their food dollar not to overlook such low-cost meats as liver kidney, brain and heart. She also says to avoid impulse buying, compare prices, shop for food specials advertised in newspapers, buy in volume and know the cost per serving of food items. 

The Supreme Court upholds the present system of financing public schools which relies heavily on local property taxes, holding that education is not among the rights afforded explicit protection under the Constitution.

ITT case update – William Merriam, ITT v/p tells the senate that his company pressured the White House and the state department to threaten Chile with economic collapse. Chile’s Marxist president, Salvador Allende, “had stolen our property without compensation,” he said.

The National Commission on marijuana and Drug Abuse said government efforts might be perpetuating drug use instead of discouraging it. Among other findings – America’s worst drug problem is alcoholism. Heroin dependence runs second and legal use of barbiturate “downers,” especially for housewives, is “America’s hidden drug problem. 

Passing – Chic Young (72) – creator of the comic strip Blonde.

Gov. Nelson Rockefeller says he was supporting former Mayor Robert F. Wagner – a Democrat, for mayor of New York. Wagner served three terms from 1954 to 1965 as that city’s mayor.


Inflation news – March 15, 1973

Led by a record monthly rise of 2.4% in food prices at grocery stores, the cost of living for Americans takes its biggest leap in 22 years – up .8%.


Sports news – March 15, 1973

Leo Durocher, manager of the Houston Astros, says his current outfield is one of the best in the game’s history – Tommy Agee in left, Cesar Cedeno in center and Jimmy Wynn in right. 


Entertainment news – March 15, 1973

Diana Ross signs a two-picture agreement with Paramount. Her first will be “A Couple of Swells” which is being described as a musical. 

Ad Slogan, “Delta Is Ready When You Are.” Delta Airlines.


Radio news – March 15, 1973

Bill Balance, who does a talkshow called the “Feminine Forum” over KGBS in Los Angeles – is hired by MGM as creative consultant. His first gig will be “Solyent Green” which stars Charlton Heston.


Music news – March 15, 1973

Beatle John Lennon has 60 days to leave the country, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service rules. District director Sol marks said Lennon and his artist wife, Yoko Ono, were both “deportable” but that Ms. Ono had received permanent resident alien status. The reason – they have been found deportable on the grounds that thy have remained her longer than permitted by law. The Lennons were here under visitors visas and had applied for permanent residency, but John Lennon’s application was denied because of a 1968 conviction in England for marijuana possession.  


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – March 15, 1973

Killing Me Softly With His Song – Roberta Flack

Love Train – O’Jays

Last Song – Edward Bear

Dueling Banjos – Deliverance soundtrack

I’m Just A Singer In A Rock ‘n’ Roll Band – Moody Blues

Daddy’s Home – Jermaine Jackson

Neither One of Us – Gladys Knight & The Pips

Danny’s Song – Anne Murray

The Cover of the Rolling Stone – Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show

Also Sprach Zarathustra – Deodato

Ain’t No Woman – Four Tops

Stir It Up – Johnny Nash


Top music albums – March 15, 1973

Rocky Mountain High – John Denver

Dueling Banjos – Deliverance Soundtrack

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

Talking Book – Stevie Wonder

Lady Sings the Blues – Diana Ross

Prelude – Deodato (below)

No Secrets – Carly Simon

Shootout at the Fantasy Factory – Traffic

The World is a Ghetto – War

Hot August Night – Neil Diamond


Television news – March 15, 1973

Don’t miss another ABC-TV movie of the week, “Toma” starring Tony Musante.


Top TV shows /Nielsen ratings – March 15, 1973

All in the Family – 34.0 (54 share)

Grammy Awards – 29.6

Hawaii Five-O – 28.0

Disney – 26.9

Columbo – 26.3

Maude – 26.2

Mary Tyler More – 24.4

Adam 12 – 13.4

Gunsmoke – 13.9

ABC Wednesday Movie – 23.7 (You’ll Never See Me Again) – 23.7

Bob Newhart – 23.6

The Waltons – 23.6

Cannon 23.5

Flip Wilson 23.4

Marcus Welby – 22.5

Ironside – 21.6

Bridget Loves Bernie – 21.5

Here’s Lucy – 21.5


Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – Mach 15, 1973

CBS – Gunsmoke, Here’s Lucy, Doris Day, CBS News Special

NBC – Laugh-In, TV Pilots, Tonight

ABC – The Rookies, Movie, Dick Cavett

PBS – Welcome to the Fillmore East


NBC Pilots – Soupy Sales discovers a talking bear in “Barney and Me.” Also – “Topper Returns” with Roddy McDowell and Stefanie Powers. Also,, “Going Places” with Todd Susman and Jill Clayburgh, Norman.

ABC Movie – “The Silencers”  Dean Martin.

Dick Cavett –Rob Reiner, Jim Fowler.


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

CBS – Maude, Hawaii Five-O, Movie

NBC – Movie, America, Tonight Show

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


Maude – Maude is looking forward to her dinner party, but Walter gets home late, takes a nap and wakes up grumpy.

Made For TV Movie – “Beg, Borrow or Steal.”  


Some top movies – March 15 1973

Steelyard Blues

The Family

Walking Tall

Jeremiah Johnson

Judge Roy Bean

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