Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of May 15, 1973 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
NASA engineers work to save the crippled space station Skylab, which is plagued with growing problems including temperatures up to 110 degrees in its workshop.
Soviet Communist party leader Leonid I. Brezhnev will come to the U.S. June 18 for summit talks with President Nixon.
Stock market prices plunge to a 15-month low as jittery investors showed growing concern over the soaring price of gold and the impact of Watergate. The Dow Jones average dropped 18.20 to close at 909.69.
Betty Kidder – the wife of a San Francisco school board member says she is a strong believer in the women’s lib movement and is leaving her husband and infant daughter to “pursue my own fulfillment and identity.” She told an interview she would “rather be presenting a case to a jury than be home changing diapers or taking a child to the nursery.” Too bad her mom didn’t do the same thing.
Communist gunners for the first time since the cease-fire used Soviet-made 180-mm cannons to bombard South Vietnamese positions within eight miles of Hue.
Watergate news update – May 15, 1973
ABC-TV – Live From Washington – Senator Sam Ervin, Chairman of the senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities, opens hearings on the Watergate affair(Tuesday morning). Be there with anchorman Frank Reynolds and correspondent Sam Donaldson. 7am to Conclusion – ABC-TV.
Sen. Barry Goldwater said that Americans are losing confidence in their government because of the burgeoning Watergate scandal and urged President Nixon to reassert himself as the nation’s leader.
Evidence that a Watergate cover-up began immediately after the break-in last June is presented to a special senate committee on its first day of hearings into the scandal.
President Nixon personally authorized FBI wiretaps on telephones of ore than a dozen members of his National Security Council staff in 1969 in an effort to track down news leaks, so says the White House.
The Watergate case finally broke into the soviet Press but the expurgated version gave little hint of how Watergate has affected the Nixon Administration.
Special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox says the Administration had given him all the power he needed to wage an independent investigation of the scandal and he pledges to pursue the inquiry even if it led all the way to President Nixon.
The Watergate bugging scandal and its related developments claim its 12th victim when G. Bradford Cook resigns as head of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
G. Bradford Cook – new chairman of the SEC resigns after being implicated in last week’s grand jury indictment of John N. Mitchell and Maurice H. Stans.
The White House turns aside questions about whether President Nixon was aware of public comments regarding the possibility of his resignation and said the President had “a lot to accomplish in the second term and he fully intends to do that.”
President Nixon is pictured as relying on staff-prepared summaries of televised senate hearings on the Watergate scandal, leaving TV watching to others. He ordered the special summaries prepared for him regularly under the direction of Gen. Alecander Haig Jr, his interim staff chief.
Gov. Ronald Reagan of California, says he’s fed-up with all the Watergate talk and he will refuse to make any more comment on it.
Sports news – May 15, 1973
The Kansas City Royals 33-game hitting streak comes to a complete stop when Nolan Ryan’s first no-hitter stopped them cold as the California Angels win – 3-0.
Hank Aaron, the Atlanta Braves hitting champ who is fast approaching Babe Ruth’s 714 career home run record, says he’s getting hate mail because he his a black man approaching a white man’s record. “If I were a white an, all America would be proud of me. But I’m black. You have to be black in America to know how sick some people are. I’ve always thought racism a problem, even with as much progress as America has made… I’d say the ratio is 60-40, that 60% of it is of a racist nature.” BTW – Aaron blasts his 684th homer this week!
Bobby Riggs and Chris Everet agree to meet in a $50,000 winner-take-all tennis match in Ft. Lauderdale in September. Said Riggs, “It’ll be the beauty and the beast.”
Radio news – May 15, 1973
(Chicago) It’s finally happened. John Rook, who was associated with WLS (AM) for years, is now consulting rival WCFL and according to him, WCFL is now beating WLS. There’s clear evidence of this as WLS Program Director Mike McCormick is out. Way to go WCFL – finally!
Technology news – May 15, 1973
At Radio Shack – Introducing the Texas Instruments – SR20. Calculates answers to 13 significant digits – does Pi, Epsilon, squares, square roots, scientific notation, reciprocals, factorials, square roots, integers or simple arithmetic. LED readout… just $239.00.
Entertainment/Celebrity/ Hollywood news – May 15, 1973
Liza Minnelli says that her engagement to Desi Arnaz Jr., six years her junior, is over and she’s in love with comedian Peter Sellers, who is 20-years older than her.
Debbie Drake – The exercise queen has a new book out!
Playing in Las Vegas –
Steve Lawrence/Eydie Gorme – Caesars Palace
Bobby Gentry – Desert Inn
Sergio Franchi – Flmaingo
Roy Clark – Frontier
Bill Cosby – Hilton
5th Dimension – Riviera
Nancy Sinatra – Sahra
Robert Goulet - Sands
Television news – May 15, 1973
Emmy Awards given this week:
Best comedy – All In The Family
Best drama – The Waltons
Best music/variety series – Julie Andrews
Best actor drama – Richard Thomas/Waltons
Best actress drama – Michael Learned/Waltons
Best actress comedy – Mary Tyler Moore/Mary Tyler Moore show
Best supporting actress comedy – Valerie Harper/Mary Tyler Moore show
Howard Cosell gets roasted – Just taped this week in Beverly Hills. On the dais – David Steinberg, Don Adams, Don Rickles, Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Don Meredith, Redd Foxx, Slappy White, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Steve Allen, Alex Karras and Merlin Olson. Steinberg remembered Cosell as “the first man to broadcast roller Derby to Radio Free Europe.”
Top TV Shows – May 15, 1973
Kung Fu tops the ratings for the first time!
King Fu – 24.3 rating
Mary Tyler Moore
All in the Family
Sanford and Son
Sonny & Cher
Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 15, 1973
CBS – Maude, Hawaii 5-0, Made for TV movie
NBC – Movie, NBC Reports, Johnny Carson
ABC – Made for TV Movie, Marcus Welby, Dick Cavett
PBS – Black Journal
ABC Made for TV Movie – “The Family Rico,” Ben Gazzara, James Farentino, Sal Mineo, Jo Van Fleet. Underworld pressures of a crime figure chief.
Black Journal – Features 13 prominent black leaders who discuss current aims and directions. Angela Davis, Louis Farrakhan, Haywood Burns, Stokely Carmichael.
Johnny Carson – Myron Cohen, Michele Lee, Tommy Tune, Robert Blake.
Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide –May 15, 1973
CBS – Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, Medical Center, Cannon
NBC – Adam 12, Cool Million, Search, Johnny Carson
ABC – Movie, Dick Cavett
Sonny and Cher – Joe Namath and the 12 Playboy Playmates of 1972.
Cool Million – Stars James Farentino as Jefferson Keyes, international investigtor.
Search – Agent Bianco learns that an international assassin’s target is a U.S. ambassador. Stars James Gregory, Edward Mulhare, Mary Frann and Edward Bell.
Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 15, 1973
CBS – All In The Family, Bridget Loves Bernie, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart, Special-Miss U.S.A. Pageant
NBC – Emergency, NBC Saturday Night At The Movies
ABC – Here We Go Again, A Touch of Grace, The Strauss Family, Assignment Vienna
All In The Family – The Stivic’s recall their wedding during their second anniversary.
Here We Go Again – Trouble lurks for Judy and Richard – they have tickets to a Lake’s game and there’s a bone of contention. Stars Larry Hagman, Diane Baker, Dick Gautier, Nita Talbot.
A Touch of Grace – Stars Shirley Booth, J. Pat O’Malley.
Mary Tyler Moore – Mary’s favorite couple is separating.
Music news – May 15, 1973
Elvis Presley presents a special Mother’s Day concert at the Sahara-Tahoe in memory of his mother, Mrs Gladys Presley.
Buck Owens just had his name added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in association of this being Capitol Records “Buck Owens Month.”
Richard Nader’s Rock and Roll Revival begins a six-week, 20-city tour of the U.S. and Canada. The tour includes Bo Diddley, Bill Haley & His Comets, Little Richard, Chubby Checker, the Shirelles, Coasters, Dion and the Belmonts, Brenda Lee and others.
The British Government selects the Donovan movie “An Old Fashioned Picture Book” as one of its two films to be entered in this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film was composed and sung by Donovan.
In England - Detectives arrest singer Dorothy Squires and others following investigations into an alleged money and sex “payola” racket at the BBC. Papers allege that as well as cash payments, call girls and paid holidays were used as inducements to disc jockeys to promote certain records. Ms Squires is the former wife of 007 star Roger Moore. Her housekeeper told the press that Ms. Squires knew nothing whatsoever or what it was all about.
More Music news – May 15, 1973
Concert record broken. A seven-year record set by the Beatles in 1965 is shattered for drawing the largest crowd to a single concert performance anywhere in the U.S. Led Zeppelin attracted close to 57,000 earlier this month (May 5) at the second night concert of their current U.S. tour in Tampa. The Beatles 1965 record was 55,000.
Lou Adler has turned down firm offers from all three television networks for Carole King’s free concert in Central Park on Saturday. Lou’s going to film the event himself then sell it back to television. This will be the first television appearance for Carole King.
The all-day Grateful Dead – Allman Brothers – Waylon Jennings concert at the Ontario Motor Speedway (Southern California) is cancelled by Bill Graham who says, “Trouble with several youngsters at an April 29 outdoor concert at Stockton caused Ontario civic officials to take a hear, long look at the May date.”
Seals and Crofts will join Robert Flack for her first television special: “Roberta Flack… The First Time Ever. Look for it June 19 on ABC-TV.
Dick Clark will be marking the 20th anniversary of “American Bandstand” with a special 90-minute show on ABC-TV June 19. It’ll mark the evolution of pop music through the decades of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s as spotlighted on the show. Clark still heads “American Bandstand” among a myriad of other TV production and concert activities.
Don Kirshner, executive producer of the “In-Concert” late-night pop-rock specials on ABC-TV, acquires exclusive rights to the “In Concert” logo from ABC for use in packaging of records and tapes.
Paul McCartney says that the Beatles might play together again, but there was no chance of their performing on a permanent basis.
Passing – Vaughn Monroe (62) – bandleader and singer of the 1940’s.
Writings and Drawings by Bob Dylan. At bookstores.
Top hit music singles in Britain – May 15, 1973
Hell Raiser – Sweet
Tie A Yellow Ribbon – Dawn
See My Baby Jive – Wizard
Hello Hello I’m Back Again – Gary Glitter
Brother Louie – Hot Chocolate
And I Love You So – Perry Como
Drive-In Saturday – David Bowie
Giving It All Away – Roger Daltrey
Top Country Hit Music Singles – May 15, 1973
What’s Your Mama’s Name? – Tanya Tucker
The Emptiest Arms In The World – Merle haggard
Come Live With me – Roy Clark
Behind Closed Doors – Charlie Rich
Baby’s Gone – Conway Twitty
Walking Piece of Heaven – Marty Robbins
Satin Sheets – Jeanne Pruett
You Always Come Back To Hurting Me – Johnny Rodriquez
Top Soul Hit Music – May 15, 1973
Leaving Me – The Independents
Pillow Talk – Sylvia
I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby – Barry White
Funky Worm – Ohio Players
I Can Understand it – New Birth
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder
Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation – Stevie Wonder
Without You In My Life – Tyrone Davis
Masterpiece – Temptations
One Of A Kind (Love Affair) – Spinners
Top music albums – May 15, 1973
House of the Holy – Led Zeppelin
1962-1966 – Beatles
1967-1970 – Beatles
Best of Bread
They Only Come Out At Night – Edgar Winter Group
The Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite – Elvis Presley
Billion Dollar Babies – Alice Cooper
Moving Waves – Focus
The World is a Ghetto – War
Neither One of Us – Gladys Knight & The Pips
Talking Book – Stevie Wonder
Jeff Beck, Tim Bogert & Carmine Appice
Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player – Elton John
Can’t Buy A Thrill – Steely Dan
Diamond Girl – Seals & Crofts
Ooh La La – Faces
Spinners – Spinners
Alone Together – Donny Osmond
The Captain And Me – Doobie Brothers
Some top movies – May 15, 1973
Billy Jack – Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor, Clark Howat
Slither – James Caan, Peter Boyle, Sally Kellerman, Louise Lasser
Soylent Green – Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor Young, Edward G. Robinson
Pete ‘N’ Tillie – Walter Matthau, Carol Burnett
Shamus – Burt Reynolds
The Harrod Experiment – James Whitmore, Tippi Hedren
Class of ’44 – Gary Grimes, Jerry Houser, Oliver Conant
The Day of the Jackal – Alan Badel, Tony Britton, Cyril Cusack
Dirty Harry – Clint Eastwood
Klute – Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland