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



In The News

Special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox opens a preliminary inquiry into the purchase of improvements on President Nixon’s San Clemente and Key Biscayne homes, notably to see if campaign funds were used.

Julie Nixon Eisenhower says her father sought advice from his family on whether he should resign from the Presidency in discussions at Camp David the weekend after his April 30 television speech on Watergate. ”We said no,” said Julie. 

In a study by Harvard economist Richard Freeman, blacks are catching up to Whites strongly on income. Both sexes saw strong gains as compared to the 1940’s and 1950’s. For example – In 1949 (according to the study) – a black man 25 to 34 years old earned 59% as much as his white counterpart. In 1959, his income had risen to 61% of the white’s. By 1969, it was 70%.

Reacting to inflationary pressures the Federal Reserve Board and FDIC said that commercial banks may start paying 5% interest on regular passbook deposits, up from 4.5%.

President Nixon’s 60-day price freeze – Business managers warn that the economic tumult now developing could eventually cause widespread shutdowns and throw people out of work. 

Science – A total eclipse of the sun is experience off the west coast of Africa this week.


Sports news – July 1, 1973

Oakland outfielder Reggie Jackson assails A’s manager Dick Williams and his coaches as “too critical.” “You can’t play here and be happy. The owner (Charles O. Finley) is fine. But somebody makes a mistake and the coaches start hollering and kicking water coolers. They act like they were Babe Ruth’s, like they never make any mistakes.”

At Wimbledon - Teen favorite Bjorn Borg is defeated by Roger Taylor of Britain.

Race car driver Swede Savage dies of injuries sustained in a flaming crash at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last May 30.

Passing – Elmer Layden, immortalized as one of the Four Horsemen of Notre Dame football fame. He was 70.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – July 1, 1973

Passing – Betty Grable (56) – WWII pin-up girl and top moneymaking film star of the 1940’s. Of lung cancer. 

Passing – Comedian Joe E. Brown (80).

Hundreds gather in Hollywood for the funeral of Betty Grable. Seen were June Haver, Cesar Romero, Dan Dailey Dorothy Lamour, Alice Faye, Mitzi Gaynor, Patsy Kelly and Jackie Coogan.

Elizabeth Taylor announces a separation from Richard Burton saying, “maybe we have loved each other too much.” She says she hopes they’ll get back together “ultimately.”

David Horowitz, who conducts a consumer complaint segment over the KNBC-TV (Los Angeles news, says senior citizens get the worst treatment. “Senior citizens are being ripped off more than any other group. They’re overcharged, they get shoddy treatment, they get the wrong goods, insurance companies don’t honor their claims. Their problems are pathetic.” He says that most consumer complaints concern cars, auto dealers, the Veterans Administration and Social Security. 


Thursday night television listings/programs/TV shows – July 1, 1973

CBS – The Waltons, TV Movie

NBC – Helen Reddy Show, Ironside, Dean Martin, Tonight Show 

ABC – The First And Essential Freedom, Kung Fu, Streets of San Francisco

PBS – Biography,


Helen Reddy – George Carlin, Kenny Rankin, the Temptations, Cicely Tyson.

CBS TV Movie – “The Man Who Died Twice” – Stuart Whitman, Brigitte Fossey.

Kung Fu – Caine helps a boy into manhood in a lawless western town

On the Tonight Show – Johnny welcomes Mac Davis.


 Music news – July 1, 1973

David Bowie says he’s going to quit doing concerts. He took his final bow saying, “This is the last show I’ll ever do” to an audience at London’s Odeon theater. Cherry Vanilla, who handles Bowie’s press said “If he goes back on stage at all, it will probably be in an original musical, something like a Broadway musical with singing, dancing and acting. And it will be in a small, intimate theater. But even that’s a long way off. David is considering a lot of other projects at the moment.” Bowie was planning to begin a 70-city U.S. tour in the fall. Ms. Vanilla said his decision to quit concerts came last week. (Of course, David would be back performing). 


 Radio news – July 1, 1973

KMEN (1290) San Bernardino, CA broadcasts an “all-girl” day on Wednesday of this week. Guest DJ’s heard – Jackie DeShannon, Donna Fargo, Sylvia, April Stevens, Jean Knight, Carla Thomas and Maureen McCormick of the Brady Bunch.


Some top movies – July 1, 1973

The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing.

Battle For Planet Of The Apes

Billy Jack

The Poseidon Adventure

The Chinese Connection – Bruce Lee

A Warm December – Sidney Poitier


The Aristocats


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