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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

Hawaii Five-0

Bob Newhart

All in the Family

Medical Center

Sanford and Son

Carol Burnett


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

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