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


In The News

Watergate - President Nixon’s two top aides, H.R. Haldeman and John D. Ehrlichman resign under pressure of the Watergate scandal. And to top it off, White House counsel John w. Dean Iii is fired. President Nixon quickly names Secretary of defense Elliot Richardson as his new attorney general. 

Egil (Bud) Krogh, the Transportation Department’s No. 2 man, abruptly leaves his post amid the Watergate furor.

Former White House aide Egil Krogh authorized the break-in at the Beverly Hills office of Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist, secret grand jury testimony of a Watergate bugging conspirator reveals

More Watergate – The Senate approves a resolution calling on President Nixon to appoint a special prosecutor to take over the Watergate investigation.

The Washington Post reports that Watergate conspirators E. Howard Hunt Jr. and G. Gordon Liddy supervised the wiretapping of at least two newspaper reporters in 1971 as part of a White House investigation into leaks of the Pentagon Papers.

Pentagon papers defense attorneys disclose that microphones disguised as chapsticks were among communications equipment and other gear taken by the FBI from the White House office of convicted Watergate conspirator e. Howard Hunt. Jr.

President Nixon announces the appointment of Army Gen. Alexander Haig Jr. to be White House staff coordinator succeeding H.R. (Bob) Haldeman. 

President Nixon urges farmers to increase production, appealing for public patience the face of expected new cost-of-living increases and announces some tightening of rules affecting big corporations.

President Nixon warns North Vietnam that resorting to force in South Vietnam “would risk revived confrontation with us.”

Tallest building in the world – the final 30-foot steel beam is lifted to the summit of the world’s tallest building – the 1.454-foot 110 story Sears Tower in Chicago.  

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader predicts the mushrooming Watergate scandal would force President Nixon to resign in two or three months.

In Belfast – three British soldiers are killed and several wounded in an elaborate guerrilla bombing ambush.


Fascinating Facts – May 1, 1973

Trend – Woman seeking psychiatric help increasingly are turning to psychotherapists who call themselves feminists.

Time Magazine reports that White House spying and bugging operations – aimed at finding how military policy decision were being leaked to the press, began soon after President Nixon took office in 1969. Time said the bugging led to conflict with the late FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and resulted in what appeared to be a bag job (burglary) in which Hoover’s copes of bugging records disappeared.

Billboard seen in Philadelphia – Archie and Edith Bunker with their black neighbor – Lionel. The text reads – “We’re All In One Family… Let’s Act Like It.”


Sports news – May 1, 1973

Secretariat catches Sham halfway down the stretch to win the Kentucky Derby by 2 ½ lengths.


Music news – May 1, 1973

Another “new Bob Dylan” – that’s how new Columbia recording artist Bruce Springsteen is being described. Some rock critics say the singer/songwriter has a little Van Morrison thrown in and there is much more instrumental fervor to Springsteen’s music than found in most lyric-oriented songwriters of today – Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, Gordon Lightfoot and others.

Carol Burnett’s Vickie Lawrence appears on this week’s “American Bandstand” to sing her hit “The Night the Lights Went Out In Georgia.”


Entertainment/Celebrity news – May 1, 1973

Porno film star Marilyn Chambers says her “all American mother” soap box photograph soon will disappear from supermarket shelves. Procter & Gamble has informed her that a contract wouldn’t be renewed for a picture showing her cuddling a laughing baby on boxes of Ivory soap.  Ms. Chambers (21) is the star of the hard-cord film “Behind The Green Door” which just opened in New York after a 43-week run in San Francisco. She made the soapbox ad at age 18, received $1,000 for a five-year contract and was told she’d receive and additional $1,000 for a second five-year period. A Procter & Gamble spokesman said – “A young woman named Marilyn Briggs submitted several photos to us in 1970 and we bought them for $1,000. One of the pictures was used for our Ivory Snow boxes. He has no knowledge of her activities since then Procter & Gamble has no further statement.


Television news -  May 1, 1973

NBC is adding three new rotating series to its Wednesday Mystery Movie series. Joining Banacek will be Tenafly, the Snoop Sisters and Faraday and Co. Tenafly stars James McEachin in the title role of a black investigator. The Snoop Sisters star Helen Hayes and Mildred Natwick as two quaint sisters who write murder mysteries and solve real murders. Faraday and Co. stars Dan Dailey as a private detective who escapes from a small South American jungle prison where he had been held without trial for 25 years. He wants revenge against the murderer of his former partner.

Los Angeles - Stan Bohrman, cohost with Regis Philbin on KHJ-TV’s “Tempo” is let go due to budget reasons. His was the liberal viewpoint next to Philbin’s conservative viewpoint.

Nielsen TV Ratings - Looks like the 2-hour “Waltons” Easter special put the show at #1 for the first time. At 26.6 rating, it edged out “All In The Family” with a 26.3 rating.


Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 1, 1973

CBS – Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, Medical Center, Cannon, Late movie

NBC – Adam-12, Cool Million, Timex All-Star Swing Festival, Tonight

 ABC – Paul Lynde, Movie, Owen Marshall, Jack Paar

PBS – Turning Points, Soul


Timex All-Star Swing Festival – Doc Severinsen hosts with performing guests Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Joe Wiliams, Dave Brubeck.

On the Tonight Show – Robert Goulet and Jacqueline Susann guest.

Jack Paar – Jean Kerr guests.


Some top movies – May 1, 1973

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

And Now the Screaming Stars – Peter Cushing Herb Lom, Patrick Magee

Fists of Fury – Bruce Lee

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