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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of April 23, 1973 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Presidential adviser Henry Kissinger will meet with North Vietnamese negotiator Le Due Tho in Paris for mid-May negotiations.

President Nixon makes a low-level flight over three flood-stricken Mississippi river states and then pledges full federal disaster assistance.

Watergate news updates – April 23, 1973

H.R. Haldeman no longer presides at regular early morning meetings of senior presidential aides, but his status as White House chief of staff has not changed.

Former Atty. Gen. John N. Mitchell does not believe he will be indicted by the Watergate grand jury. Nor does he think the scandal may rub off on President Nixon (boy is he wrong). He declared his “conscience is clear.”

Vice President Agnew expresses his “full confidence” in President Nixon’s integrity and ability to resolve the Watergate affair.

Former White House counsel Charles Colson is reported ready to testify about he Administration’s apparent coverup of the Watergate case.

On “Meet the Press” - Republican Sen. Edward Brooke says it was difficult to understand how persons working with President Nixon would not have told Mr. Nixon about the Watergate bugging before it was done.

President and Mrs. Nixon attend Easter services and the sermon called for redemption from sin through “a clean complete transformation.” Outside the Key Biscayne church were about 200 pickets. One read – “Is the President moral?” Two counter-pickets nearby read – “yes.”

Jeb Stuart Magruder, former White House aide, abruptly resigns as a high Commerce Department official.

L. Patrick Gray III quits as the FBI’s acting director – the latest victim in the Watergate scandal. President Nixon names William Ruckelshaus – chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, as Gray’s temporary successor.

The White House says President Nixon made no offer of a speedy release from prison in exchange for Watergate conspirator James McCord’s silence about the attempt to bug and sabotage the Democrats.

A Gallup Poll reveals that 41% believe Mr. Nixon new in advance of the conspiracy than not – 32%.

Julie Nixon Eisenhower described her father as being “in an agonizing position” because of the Watergate scandal, which she said is “hurting the Administration.” ”I know he is doing everything in his power to get to the truth in Watergate.”

Linked to another break-in… Convicted conspirators in Watergate – G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt Jr. have entered the Pentagon Papers case – allegedly having burglarized the office of Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist.

 Holy Smokes - President Nixon fires John W. Dean III and accepts the resignations of H.R. Haldeman, Atty. Gen. Richard Kleindienst and John D. Ehrlichman.  The President immediately named Defense Secretary Elliot Richardson to succeed Kleindienst.


More news - April 23, 1973

The Kremlin shakes-up the ruling Communist Party Politburo in a movie that diplomatic sources say appeared designed to strengthen Leonid I. Brezhnev’s hand as he seeks better relations in the rest. Out are Pyotr Y. Shelest and Gennady Voronov – In the first such act since Nikita S. Khrushchev was fired in 1964. 

Two members of an Arizona State University parachuting club are killed in a campus exhibition designed to attract new members. 10 club members jumped with eight hitting their target. One landed in a parking lot and another landed in a tree – both died. 

EPA tests conducted on cars designed to meet the 1973 air pollution standards show that the Datsun 1200 – using a 71-cubic-inc engine/manual transmission – gave the best mileage – nearly 29 miles to the gallon. The highest fuel consumption was turned-in by the Ferrari-Daytona. Its 268 cubic inch engine produced 6.3 miles to the gallon.

The 40-year-old Saturday Review suspends publication and files for bankruptcy reorganization. 

In New York - A man stopped for a traffic violation and then arrested for attempting to bribe the officers suddenly swallowed a plastic bag containing heroin and died of suffocation.

Bernadette Devlin (26) – Fiery crusader for the Irish republican cause – marries schoolteacher Michael McAlaskey (24).


Entertainment/Celebrity Hollywood news – April 23, 1973

Jeanne Martin – former wife of Dino – says she’s leaving town this week. Dino is marrying Cathy Hawn. 


Music  news – April 23, 1973

Robert Flack – 1972 Grammy winner will star in her first network TV special – “First Time Ever…. Roberta Flack” set for June 19 on ABC. Dick Clark (who else?) will produce.

Carole King in concert with David T. Walker.

Elliot Mintz Is One of the Hippest Radio Talk Show Hosts Around. He Is Friends With John & Yoko and They’re Featured All Week On His KABC Radio (LA) Talkshow This Week!

Johnny Cash at the Las Vegas Hilton!


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – April 23, 1973

Tie A Yellow Ribbon – Tony Orland & Dawn

Little Willy – The Sweet

Cisco Kid – War

The Twelfth of Never – Donny Osmond

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia – Vicki Lawrence

Sing – Carpenters

Stuck in the Middle With You – Stealer’s Wheel

You Are the Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder

Ain’t  No Woman – Four Tops

Masterpiece – Temptations

Daniel – Elton John

Drift Away – Dobie Gray

Frankenstein – Edgar Winter Group


Top music albums  – April 23, 1973

The Best of Bread

The Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd

Billion Dollar Babies – Alice Cooper

Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii

Houses of the Holy – Led Zeppelin

Lady Sings the Blues – Diana R oss/soundtrack

The Beatles – 1967-1970

The Beatles – 1962-1966

The World is a Ghetto – War

Masterpiece – Temptations

The World is a Ghetto – War


Television news – April 23, 1973

Johnny Carson will return to New York to do three weeks of his show beginning May 17.

Passing – Actress Irene Ryan (70) – best known as “Granny” on the Beverly Hillbillies. 

Tom Harmon (father of promising QB Mark Harmon) will host a new sports drama series called “The Competitors.” Produced by David L. Wolper, it’ll be available in syndication.

ABC-TV Special – Cartoon - “The Cricket In Times Square” -  Another Creation From Cartoonist Chuck Jones


Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – April 23, 1973

CBS – Mission: Impossible, Movie

NBC – Sanford & Son, The Little People, Special-The American Experience, Bobby Darin Show, Johnny Carson

ABC – Brady Bunch, Partridge Family, Room 222, Odd Couple, Love American Style, In Concert (two) (see ad).


Sanford & Son – Lamont scares off a burglar from his home.

Partridge Family – Keith makes a screen test for a gangster movie role.

Odd Couple – Felix decides he wants to become a writer.

Bobby Darin Show – It’s Peggy Lee on this one.

In Concert is stereo simulcast on local FM stations (NY – WPLJ/Chicago-WDAI/LA – KLOS) Featuring Allman Brothers, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Poco.

In Concert #2 (1AM)  features Alice Cooper, Bo Diddley, Curtis Mayfield, Seals & Crofts.   


Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – April 23, 1973

CBS – All in the Family, Bridget loves Bernie, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart Show, Carol Burnett

NBC – Emergency, Movie

ABC – Here We Go Again, A Touch of Grace, Julie Andrews Hour, ABC News Inquiry


All in the Family – Gloria stirs a debate – women’s lib and all about the place in women in society.

Here We Go Again – Susan and Richard are marred in Las Vegas. Stars Larry Hagman, Diane Baker, Dick Gautier, Nita Talbot.

Mary Tyler Moore – Lou Grant is promoted to program director of WJW-TV. Who should he give his old job too?

Carol Burnett – Valerie Harper and Tom Conway guest. 

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