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


In The News

Watergate – Former Atty. Gen. John N. Mitchell testifies that he had helped direct a Watergate cover-up effort and he knew no involvement by President Nixon.

President Idi Amin is still detaining 112 American Peace Corps volunteers in Uganda, because “they might be mercenaries or even Israelis.”

The Bahamas become the world’s newest nation with Prime Minister Lynden Pindling and Britain’s Prince Charles presiding over independence ceremonies before an estimated 50,000 cheering Bahamians.

Ill with a virus and fever, President Nixon confers with top aides.

H. R. Haldeman acknowledged privately to Senate investigators that he approved the hiring of alleged political saboteur Donald Segretti and suggested that Segretti be paid in such a way that his activities could not be traced to the White House or the Nixon re-election committee. 

 Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is at it again – this time – soft drinks. In a speech in San Francisco, he urged to the American Society for Preventive Dentistry that dentists take the lead in “coordinating a national political campaign to do something about the consumption of soft drinks.” Nader said young children are “exposed night and day to very dramatic TV advertisements, which associate consumption of soft drinks with athletic pursuits, glamour, motion and vigor.” Nader claims dentists are in a position to show that soft drinks with high sugar content cause cavities. In addition he asserted, they have little nutritional value and may be injurious to health in general. 

Dies – Pablito Picasso (24) – grandson of the late artist, dies in Paris three months after swallowing concentrated bleach in an apparent suicide attempt.

New in bookstores – “The New Journalism” by Tom Wolf.


Fascinating Business news – Fast Food Wars – July 8, 1973

Fast food breakfast wars – With McDonalds new Egg McMuffin, rival Jack-In-The Box rolls out its Breakfast Jack. But, it was Jack-In-The-Box who had the first fast-food breakfast product with their continental breakfast – doughnuts, French toast with then an egg and cheese sandwich. The company test-marketed the breakfast idea in its San Diego hometown. It was a natural, since Jack-In-The-Box is typically operating 24 hours.

The Egg McMuffin originated with Herb Peterson, franchise owner of three Santa Barbara McDonalds. He said he tried dozens and dozens of combinations first – even Hollandaise sauce, which proved to runny for a sandwich. Mr. Peterson says he and other operators now open at 7am instead of 10am and 10% of his business comes from those earlier hours. At McDonald’s Corp in Oak Brook Ill, a spokesman says Egg McMuffin is still in test market in about 1,000 locations, out of the restaurant’s 2,200 franchised and licensed outlets. 


Fascinating Facts – July 8, 1973

Treasure hunters find the wreckage of a 17th Century Spanish galleon and believe they have found the richest treasure find in history (so far.) Pieces brought to the surface include 711 silver pieces of eight, 60-pound silver bars. Some put the total treasure value at around $400 million. 

Education – Some teachers are teaching school kids “Eurythmics” – a new concept which on instructor defines as “creative movement in music, the total immersion of a child in the fundamentals of music, in the process of which, hopefully, the student develops and reinforces his own self-esteem.”


Technology news – July 8, 1973

When dialing long distance – use the number “1” then the area code, then the 7-digit number you want to call.


Sports news – July 8, 1973

Billie Jean King defeats Chris Evert to grab her fifth Wimbledon title. She told the press afterward she was ready for Bobby Riggs.

Woman’s libber vs. male chauvinist - Billie Jean King the current Wimbledon queen and Bobby Riggs, a tennis champ of days gone by, agree to a $100,000 winner-take-all match. 

Hank Aaron belts home runs 695 and 696 in a game against the New York Mets.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – July 8, 1973

Passing – Distinguished actor Robert Ryan (63) of cancer.

Passing – Veronica Lake (51) – also a popular pin-up girl of the 1940’s (with Betty Grable).

Passing – Music maestro Otto Klemperer. He was known as the greatest living conductor of Beethoven and Mahler. His son is actor Werner, best known for portraying “Col Klink” on “Hogan’s Heroes.”

Passing – Lon Chaney Jr. (67). His last wish was that his death received no publicity.

Marries – Actress Diana Rigg, best known as “Emma Peel” of the “Avengers” TV series to Menachen Gueffen – an Israeli artist. She’s on a leave of absence from the British National Theater and will appear in a new sitcom in the U.S. called “The Diana Rigg Show.”

In separation - Richard Burton, according to the West Germany newspaper Bild Zeitung, says that Elizabeth Taylor is “constantly seeking problems” such as worrying about her figure, her mother, her teeth, “and expects that I drop everything to immediately devote myself” to solving them. 

Ann-Margret gets a star on the Hollywood walk-of-fame.

Caroline Kennedy (15) is helping a crew videotape the history of the Tennessee coal camps as a summer project. She was spotted around Clairfield. 

“Deep Throat” so far has grossed nearly $3 1/2 million on its $25,000 investment.


Television news – July 8, 1973

NBC’s “Tomorrow” show with host Tom Snyder has a debut date of October 2.

Seen on TV – a myriad of gasoline conservation ads from Shell, Texaco and Exxon. Shell Oil Co. pulled all regular gasoline commercials from TV as of May 3 and went on the air June 25 with the gas conservation ads. The other majors have cut back or shifted emphasis. Union 76 for example, has shifted to emphasize the various cultural programs, charities and scholarships it is involved with. Exxon’s regular gas ads now emphasize dealer service and value centers.  

New Kid’s show on NBC-TV – “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters” with Johnny Crawford and Billy Barty. Look for it September.

Two new cast members to “All In The Family.” Look for Sada Thompson and Vincent Gardenia who portray Archie’s newest neighbors of Italian/Irish decent. 

UPI and British Independent Television News and Paramount Pictures Corp sign an agreement creating a television news distribution system. The service provides newsfilm to television stations across the nation for an hour a day. Some stations include WPIX-TV (New York), KTLA (Los Angeles) WGN (Chicago).


 Music news – July 8, 1973

After a performance at S. California’s Knott’s Berry Farm – The Everly Brothers – Don & Phil, split up. Though record sales lagged, the pair was extremely popular in concerts. Thus, a European tour is now canceled. 

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