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



In the News

President Nixon promises faithful Republicans that – despite the Watergate debacle – “the next four years will be better than the last four years.”

Former Atty. Gen. John Mitchell and former Commerce Secretary Maurice Stans are indicted on charges of conspiring to conceal ‘by deceit” craft, trickery and dishonest means” facts surrounding the largest cash contribution to President Nixon’s reelection campaign.

The freedom of information committee of Sigma Delta Chi, a national journalism society urges President Nixon to “call a press conference immediately and devote it entirely to Watergate matters.”

Shortage talk - The theory that resource shortages may threaten modern civilization wins official support from the U.S. Geological Survey, which warns that “not merely U.S. affluence, but world civilization” were in jeopardy.

The Nixon Administration is preparing to put an emergency fuel allocation plan into effect within a week. Its purpose is to assure that no section of the country, dealers or critical public services suffer more than others in the expected shortage of gasoline this summer.  

Soviet Communist Party leader Leonid I. Brezhnev will come to the United States June 18 for summit talks with President Nixon.

The Washington Post’s investigation of the Watergate scandal is rewarded with a Pulitzer Prize for public service.

New era in space - Skylab the huge space laboratory won’t launch the day it’s supposed to. A power problem is blamed. 

David Eisenhower, President Nixon’s son-in-law, takes a job as a baseball sportswriter for the Philadelphia Evening and Sunday Bulletin.

Footwear designer Walt Steiger says platform shoes are going down to one-half inch for fall and the look of shoes is lighter, more refined.

In a Gallup Poll – President Nixon’s popularity is slipping – down 6% from last month to 48%.

Some past Alcatraz prisoners have applied for guide positions when the prison opens up for tourists later this year.


Fascinating Business news – May 8, 1973

Gas rationing - For the first time since WWII, a major oil company begins to ration gasoline to motorists in New York City. Amoco says it will limit to 10 gallons a car the sale of gasoline at the 11 stations it operates on the New York City parkways. The company concedes that there was nothing to stop a motorist from coming back and getting another 10 gallons but it said that it hopes its efforts would encourage drivers to conserve gas.

“Playgirl” magazine, the first skin magazine for women, hits newsstands this week. The first issue features a discreetly nude four-page foldout of TV personality Lyle Waggoner, seen on the Carol Burnett show. Plus, a layout of soap star Ryan MacDonald. The magazine is published not by Hugh Hefner, but Douglas Lambert.


Sports news – May 8, 1973

Art Pollard an 18-year car racing veteran crashes to a fiery death in a practice run for the Indy 500.  Witnesses said Pollard apparently “lost it.” The car crashed into the outside retaining wall with the right front side and burst into flame and spun into the grass, became airborne and flipped several times end over end and sideways.

Billie Jean King changes her mind – she wants to battle Bobby Riggs to another “Battle of the Sexes.” The bet is $50,000.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – May 8, 1973

Passing – Lex Barker (53) – 10th to portray Tarzan in the movies.

Passing – Jack E. Leonard, known in show biz as “the master of the one-liner.” He was 62… of diabetic complications.

Shirley MacLaine says she was impressed on her recent trip to China. She watched a birth by Caesarian section with acupuncture used as the anesthetic. “Two needles in her ankle, that’s all,” said the actress. She (the mother) was eating an apple and talking to us while they cut her stomach open.


Playing in Las Vegas –

Steve Lawrence/Eydie Gorme – Caesar’s Palace

Roy Clark – Frontier

Bill Cosby – Hilton

5th Dimension/George Kirby – Riviera

Robert Goulet – Sands

Sarah Vaughan/Pat Henry – Thunderbird


Music news – May 8, 1973

Paul McCartney said there was truth in recent press reports that he was considering joining John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr for recording sessions, but there was no chance of their performing on a permanent basis. Wife Linda said – “We see the other Beatles rarely. I get sick of these questions of a permanent reunion. We don’t love one another that much.”


Television news – May 8, 1973

Monte Markham is signed to be Perry Mason in the New Adventures of Perry Mason. Gail Patrick Jackson, onetime screen beauty, was the producer of the original series, will be back, but as story editor.


Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 8, 1973

CBS – The Waltons, Movie, Late movie

NBC – Flip Wilson, Ironside, Dean Martin, Tonight

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



The Waltons – A woman abandons a deaf mute little girl on the Walton’s doorstep.  

Ironside - Sgt. Brown is robbed of his credentials during a visit to Los Angeles then conceals his identity to learn what an arrest is like for an innocent person.

Kung Fu – Caine befriends a dying prospector whose legacy, a map to a gold mine, is a one-way ticket to tragedy.


Playing At the movies – May 8, 1973

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

The Offense – Sean Connery, Vivien Merchant, Ian Bannen

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