Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of June 1, 1973 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
A Soviet Tupolev-144 supersonic jetliner explodes and crashes on a demonstration flight before 300,000 visitors on the final day of the Paris International Air Show. A Russian crew of six men died in the SST and another eight persons are killed and 28 injured in the town of Goussainville, where the flaming wreckage plunged to the ground.
Robert A.F. Reisner, a former employee of President Nixon, tells senators that he had put transcripts of bugged Watergate conversations in a file that regularly went to John N. Mitchell.
Former Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird is named counselor to President Nixon for domestic affairs after getting personal assurances from Mr. Nixon that the President was not involved in the Water scandal. Laird takes over the job of John D. Ehrlichman, who quit as domestic affairs assistant to the President because of the Watergate scandal.
In space - two Skylab astronauts repair their crippled craft in a four-hour feat. They sliced off a piece of metal about a half-inch thick that had jammed a vital power-producing solar wing. NASA officials express optimism for a virtually normal completion of the 28-day mission and two additional 56-day missions later this year.
The Orlando television tower housing the transmitting antennas of WDBO-TV (channel 6) and WFTV (channel 9) collapses killing 2 and injuring 2. The 1,484-foot tower was once known as the world’s tallest structure. The structure contained an elevator, and the top of the tower was a favorite spot for viewing and filming rocket launchings at Cape Kennedy.
Dies - David Paterson (122), who was born into slavery in 1850. He died after Parkland Hospital doctors were forced to amputate both of his legs. He had come the Dallas hospital in March, suffering from an infected toe, could never overcome the illness and eventually gangrene developed.
Sports news – June 1, 1973
Quarterback Johnny Unitas signs with the San Diego Chargers after spending 16 seasons with the Baltimore Colts. Also, Quarterback Roman Gabriel of the Los Angeles Rams is traded to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Best-selling books – June 1, 1973
The Odessa File - Frederick Forstyth
Once Is Not Enough - Jacqueline Susann
The Matlock paper - Robert Ludlum
Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Richard Back
Taking Of Pelham, 1,2,3 - John Godey
Green Darkness - Anya Seton
Sleeping Beauty - Ross MacDonald
Dr Atkins’ Diet Revolution - Robert Atkins, MD
The Joy of Sex - Alex Comfort
Hour of Gold - Hour of Lead - Anne Morrow
The Implosion Conspiracy - Louis Nizer
Life and Death of Adolf Hitler - Robert Payne
How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World - Harry Browne
Laughing All The Way - Barbara Howar
Television news – June 1, 1973
ABC adds two daytime shows - reruns of “The Brady Bunch” and “The Girl In My Life.” Fred Holliday is host of “Girl” which surprises a woman in the audience by telling the story of how she has helped others in some way.
It’s reported that KNBC-TV (channel 4), Los Angeles anchorman Tom Brokaw will be headed to Washington D.C. to cover the White House and to anchor NBC’s 6pm Saturday news. Brokaw has been with the station since 1966, functioning as political editor as well as anchorman. He began his broadcast career at the age of 15 in Yankton, S.D. and later obtained a degree in government at the University of South Dakota and worked as a newscaster in a number of places including Omaha and Atlanta before Los Angeles.
Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry receives an honorary doctor of humane letters from Emerson College in Boston. For the last two years, Roddenberry’s Star Trek episodes have been used at the college as part of a graduate seminar on world problems.
Don Adams and Don Rickles will headline “A Couple of Dons.” a one-hour comedy-variety special due this fall on NBC.
Top TV shows – June 1, 1973
Streets of San Francisco
All In The Family
Sanford and Son
ABC pilot - Catch 22
Barbara Eden pilot
Mary Tyler Moore
ABC movie - Call her Mom
Love American Style
The Partridge Family
Bridge Loves Bernie
Sunday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – June 1, 1973
CBS - New Dick Van Dyke Show, MASH, Mannix, Barnaby Jones
NBC - Wonderful World of Disney, McMillan and Wife, Night Gallery
ABC - The FBI, Movie
PBS - French Chief with Julia Child, American Odyssey, Masterpiece Theater, Paul Weiss: Philosopher In Process
New Dick Van Dyke Show - Dick’s problems of casting a girl to play his daughter in oatmeal commercial are compounded when his own daughter wants to audition for the role. Series costars Hope Lange, Marty Bill, Nancy Dussault, Fannie Flagg, Angela Powell.
Wonderful World of Disney - The 50th anniversary of Walt Disney Productions is marked by presenting highlights of more than 60 Disney films.
Night Gallery - A woman continues to be haunted by the seeming presence of her twin sister, who died under mysterious circumstances. Sandra Dee, Dane Clark and Christopher Connelly star.
Syndicated - The Protectors - The Protectors organize an audacious prison escape. Robert Vaughn and Nyree Dawn Porter star. This show is usually seen Sunday evenings in major markets.
Music news – June 1, 1973
Look for David Bowie’s new album - “Aladdin Sane” in record stores. Bowie says the album is based on his impressions of America. “You can’t ignore America. It’s like nothing else on earth” says Bowie.
Diana Ross returns to Caesars in Las Vegas for a two-week engagement. Liberace begins a three-week engagement at the Las Vegas Hilton.
Frank Sinatra gives Anne and Kirk Douglas an unforgettable anniversary gift - himself. Frank took over the Douglases’ kitchen on their 19th anniversary and cooked up a six-course dinner.
Top Pop Hit Music Singles(top-40) USA – June 1, 1973
MY LOVE - Paul McCartney & Wings
FRANKENSTEIN - Edgar Winter Group
DANIEL - Elton John
PILLOW TALK - Sylvia
TIE A YELLOW RIBBON ROUND THE OLE OAK TREE - Dawn
STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU - Stealers Wheel
HOCUS POCUS - Focus
I’M GONNA LOVE YOU JUST A LITTLE MORE BABY - Barry White
WILDFLOWER - Skylark
STEAMROLLER BLUES - Elvis Presley
THINKING OF YOU - Loggins & Messina
GIVE ME LOVE (Give Me Peace On Earth) - George Harrison
FUNKY WORM - Ohio Players
PLAYGROUND IN MY MIND - Clint Holmes
I’M DOIN’ FINE NOW - New York City
WILL IT GO ROUND IN CIRCLES - Billy Preston
ONE OF A KIND (Love Affair) - Spinners
RIGHT PLACE WRONG TIME - Dr. John
LEAVING ME - Independents
KODACHROME - Paul Simon
DRIFT AWAY - Dobie Gray
LONG TRAIN RUNNIN’ - Doobie Brothers
REELING IN THE YEARS - Steely Dan
LET’S PRETEND - Raspberries
DRINKING WINE SPO-DEE O’DEE - Jerry Lee Lewis
GIVE IT TO ME - J. Geils Band
IT SURE TOOK A LONG, LONG TIME - Lobo
NO MORE MR. NICE GUY - Alice Cooper
SHAMBALA - Three Dog Night
NATURAL HIGH - Bloodstone
DADDY COULD SWEAR, I DECLARE - Gladys Knight & Pips
CLOSE YOUR EYES - Edward Bear
TEDDY BEAR SONG - Barbara Fairchild
BACK WHEN MY HAIR WAS SHORT - Gunhill Road
AND I LOVE YOU SO - Perry Como
BAD, BAD LEROY BROWN - Jim Croce
YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT - Rolling Stones
GIVE YOUR BABY A STANDING OVATION - Dells
WITH A CHILD’S HEART - Michael Jackson
Top Music Albums – June 1, 1973
Red Rose Speedway - Paul McCartney & Wings
They Only Come Out At Night - The Edgar Winter Group
The Beatles - 1967-1970
The Beatles - 1962-1966
The Best of Bread
Diamond Girl - Seals & Crofts
Moving Waves - Focus
The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
Made In Japan - Deep Purple
Houses of the Holy - Led Zeppelin
Top Country Hit Single – June 1, 1973
Satin Sheets - Jeanne Pruett
Some top movies – June 1, 1973
Sylent Green - Charlton Heston Leigh Taylor-Young, Chuck Connors, Joseph Cotten, Brock Peters, Paula Kelly, Edward G. Robinson
Scorpio - Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Paul Scofield, John Colicos, Gyle Hunnicutt
Scarecrow - Gene Hackman, Al Pacino
A Warm December - Sidney Poitier
Sweet Jesus Man - Roger E. Mosley, William Smith, Michael Pataki
The Day of the Jackal - Edward Fox
Billy Jack - Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor, Clark Howat
The Legend of Frenchie King - Brigitte Bardot, Claudia Cardinale, Michael J. Pollard
Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid - James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, Jason Robards
Hitler: The Last Ten Days - Alec Guinness, Simon Ward
High Plains Drifter - Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom, Mariana Hill
Extreme Close-Up - Jim McMullan, Kate Woodville, James A Tatson, Bara Byrnes
Deep Thrust -
Ludwig - Helmut Berger, Trevor Howard, Silvania Mangano, Romy Schneider
This Is A Hijack - Adam Roarke, Neville Brand, Jay Robinson, Lynn Borden, Dub Taylor, Milt Kamen
Lady Caroline Lamb - Sarah Miles, Jonn Finch, Richard Chamberlain, John Mils, Margaret Leighton, Pamela Brown