Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of July 15, 1973 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Watergate update –
Gordon Strachan, former aide to ex-White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman, testifies that he had destroyed political intelligence documents after conferring with Haldeman within several days of the Watergate burglary.
Alexander Butterfield, a former White House aide testifies that virtually all of President Nixon’s telephone calls and office discussions since 1971 have been tape-recorded, including Mr. Nixon’s controversial meetings with John Dean.
Emerging from a week of hospitalization, President Nixon says he will serve-out his remaining 42 months as President. “Let others wallow in Watergate; we are going to do our job.”
Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy refuses to take the oath before a House subcommittee and Chairman Lucien Nedzi said the panel would “take all necessary steps to effect a citation against Liddy for contempt of Congress.”
President Nixon begins his Phase 4 wage and price control program and lifts the price freeze – effective immediately for all foods except beef. A beef shortage plus a 10-15% spike in pork and chicken prices are seen.
Alexander Butterfield, former assistant to H.R. Haldeman testifies that President Nixon ordered bugs on his own phone and in his office since 1970 and that the tape recording devices were installed for historical purposes to preserve presidential conversations.
Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy refuses to take the oath before a House subcommittee. Chairman Lucien Nedzi says he will do all that is necessary to effect a citation against Liddy for contempt of Congress.
Nixon’s doctor says he is resting comfortably and is responding satisfactorily to treatment for a viral pneumonia that forced him into the hospital.
More news - July 15, 1973
Price controls trigger a shortening of bacon in California and Hawaii. Safeway stores will be giving customers a two-pound limit.
France explodes a nuclear bomb in the South Pacific, sending a mushroom cloud 20, 000 feet into the atmosphere. France set off the test in defiance of worldwide protests and a ruling by the International Court of Justice.
Fascinating Facts – July 15, 1973
In Miami, neighbors in a quiet neighborhood call police after seeing a man sitting in the back of a house in a lawn chair - but the man apparently didn’t move for 24 hours. Inside the house, they found the decapitated body of a young man - inside a concrete block in a shower. Also in the home, a soundproofed room containing steel doors, walls painted with obscenities and hung with chains. The man in the lawn chair turned out to be a Dade County building inspector who took poison.
Unbelievable – Police say a car intentionally ran-down three children as they walked single file down a Tampa street. Of the three – two girls died leaving only the brother. A car with its lights turned off, swerved from across the street and ran them over. The driver got out of the car, took the body of one girl and put her into the front seat and drove off, leaving the other children lying in the street. The two dead girls are 5 and 13. The boy, Curtis Caton is 12. Police later found the abducted 13-year-old girl in a ditch.
Sports news – July 15, 1973
Nolan Ryan pitches his second no-hitter of the season as Angels whip the Tigers 6-0.
Henry Aaron hits homerun # 700 - ending closer to Babe Ruth’s high of 714. The homer was in the third inning in a game against Philadelphia.
Controversial running back Duane Thomas of the San Diego Chargers is traded unconditionally to the Washington Redskins. The Redskins are currently in the midst of a contract dispute with their own star running back - Larry Brown.
Radio news – July 15, 1973
Sean Casey is the new program director at WWDJ/Hackensack.
WBZ Boston does a “grease” oldie-but-goodie weekend with legendary jocks Dick Biondi, Bruce Bradley, Arnie Ginsberg. B. Mitchell Reed, Wolfman Jock and J.J. Jeffries.
WNBC-FM (97.1) switches to an automated top-30 hit format called “The Rockpile.” Only Don Imus will be similcast on both WNBC-AM/FM.
Watermark says “American Top-40” with Casey Kasem is now heard on 225 radio stations plus the American Forces Radio and Television Service. The company loves the idea so much; it’s launching a Country counterpart called “American Country Countdown.” It’ll be produced by Casey Kasem and Don Bustany. First show will air in October. No host has been named.
KRLA - Pasadena is down to two announcers. Only Johnny Hayes and Greg Shannon are heard on the station, which is primarily automated with tapes.
Bobby Wayne (Your Wizard) once heard on WCBS-FM, is now with WBAB-FM Babylon (LI). Also joining the station – Dave Forman.
Robert W. Morgan, morning man at KHJ (Los Angeles) announces he is leaving the station.
Watergate record banned on Chicago station WGN (720). You won’t be hearing “Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell and Dean” on the Mr. G. label on the 50,000 watt station. Music director Charlie Allan, in a memo to staff, said the record was “totally unacceptable” for airplay. Too bad. Composer-producer of the record, Bob Warren, appeared on WGN’s Wally Phillips morning show to promote it.
Entertainment /Celebrity news – July 15, 1973
Passing – British actor Jack Hawkins (62).
Liz Taylor reunites with Richard Burton in Rome, after walking out on him July 3rd. The separation was an expression of her concern over Burton’s relapse into heavy drinking. Sources say he has dried-out since the separation.
Competing against contestants in 47 countries for the annual Olympiad of song, Natalie Cole’s song “Tell Me to My Face” places eighth. Miss Cole is the daughter of the late Nat King Cole. A writer from Canada placed first.
Frank Sinatra’s yacht “Christina” is damaged by fire off the coast of Catalina in Southern California. Six persons were aboard (not including Sinatra) and were not injured. The boat was towed back to harbor with estimated damages at $250 thousand.
Passing - Bruce Lee (32) - Marshal arts actor. Just finished producing “Enter The Dragon.” Began acting as the chauffeur in “Green Hornet” in 1966 - then went to Hong Kong to star in movies.
Passing - Eddie Rickenbacker (82) - WW1 flying ace. One time owner of the Indianapolis Speedway and chairman of Eastern Airlines. “Captain Eddie.”
Bozo the TV clown, now seen on over 100 TV stations, is getting back into records. Peter Pan will release new Bozo records. He hasn’t had one out in three years.
Playing in Las Vegas –
Harry Belafonte/Diahann Carroll – Ceasars Palace
The Lettermen/Corbett Monica – Flamingo
Don Rickles/Peter Gordeno - Riviera
Jim Nabors – Sahara
Leslie Uggams/Pat Henry – Thunderbird
Saturday morning Television listings/programs/TV guide – July 15, 1973
CBS - Bugs Bunny, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Amazing Chan, Scooby Doo, Josie And The Pussycats, Flintstone Comedy Hour, Archie’s TV Funnies, Fat Albert Show, CBS Children’s Film Festival ... NBC - The Jetsons, Pink Panther, Underdog, The Barkleys, Sealab 2020, Runaround ... ABC - H.R. Pufnstuff, The Jackson Five, The Osmonds, Superstar Movie, The Brady Kids, Bewitched, Kid Power, Funky Phantom, Lidsville, The Monkees, American Bandstand
CBS features “In The News” with Christopher Glenn - between programs.
Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – July 15, 1973
CBS – All In the Family, Bridget Loves Bernie, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart Show, Miss Universe Pageant
NBC – Emergency, Movie
ABC – Partridge Family, Paul Lynde Show, Burns and Scheiber, Jigsaw
All in the Family – A swastika is painted on the family’s front door.
Burns and Schreiber – Ed McMahon and Teresa Graves guest.
Music news – July 15, 1973
Kirshner Entertainment Corp. acquires the exclusive worldwide rights to license the “In Concert” logo from ABC television in connection with the release of records and tapes.
King of Country Music - Roy Acuff (70) says he’s finally ready to stop personal appearances. Next year, he’s calling it quits, but wants to appear in the new home of the Grand Ole Opry when it opens in April
Don’t miss “Chicago in the Rockies” on ABC-TV. Also appearing will be Al Green. The show was taped at various locations around Boulder, CO and on a nearby ranch which is owned by Chicago producer James Guercio. Members of Chicago which you will be seeing are Bobby Lamm, Terry Kath, Peter Cetera, Lee Laughnane, James Pankow, Walter Parazaider, and Dan Seraphine. Dick Clark produces.
The original artist who did “Soul Makossa,” Manu Dibango arrives in the U.S. shortly to promote his single and album. He currently has no booking agent in this country.
The wives of Led Zeppelin members will accompany the group on the Eastern part of their U.S. tour.
“The Osmond Spotlight,” a 72-page magazine billed as “The official Osmond teen magazine for boys and girls” will hit newsstands next week. Initial features will include columns by the group’s parents and their sister, Marie.
The Philadelphia Folk Festival is ready to go August 24-26. Look for Jim Croce, David Bromberg, Janis Ian, Steve Goodman, Leon Redbone Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Loudon Wainwright III, Maria Muldaur and many others.
Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods will appear on three new Dick Clark specials.
Friends still are shocked when Columbia Records head Clive Davis was coldly and quickly fired on May 29. Davis brought such artists as Sly Stone, Santana, Janis Joplin and Bruce Springsteen (but the payoff will come later) and others to the label. In the seven years Davis was with Columbia, he built it into a huge rock powerhouse. Last year, it did $340 million in sales. Columbia says Davis was a bad boy – and accuses him of skimming $94,000 in corporate funds illegally for his own use.
Top Country Hit Music – July 15, 1973
Love Is The Foundation – Loretta Lynn
You Were Always There – Donna Fargo
Don’t Fight the Feelings Of Love – Charley Pride
Lord, Mr. Ford – Jerry Reed
Why Me – Kris Kristofferson
Top of the World – Lynn Anderson
Touch The Morning – Don Gibson
You Give Me You – Bobby G. Rice
Trip to Heaven – Freddy Hart
She’s All Woman – David Houston
Southern Loving – Jim Ed Brown
Top Music Albums – July 15, 1973
Now & Then – Carpenters
There Goes Rhymin’ Simon – Paul Simon
Living In The Material World – George Harrison
Houses of the Holy – Led Zepplin
Red Rose Speedway – Paul McCartney & Wings
The Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
The Captain & Me – Doobie Brothers
Machine Head – Deep Purple
Diamond Girl – Seals & Crofts
Fantasy – Carole King
Call Me – Al Green
1967-1970 – Beatles
They Only Come Out At Night – Edgar Winter Group
Fresh – Sly & The Family Stone
Back to The World – Curtis Mayfield
Made In Japan – Deep Purple
1962-1966 – Beatles
VI – Chicago
Leon Live – Leon Russell
Live at the Sahara Tahoe – Isaac Hayes
Farewell Andromeda – John Denver
The Best of Bread
Bloodshot – J. Geils Band
Top Pop Hit Music Singles In Britain – July 15, 1973
Welcome Home – Peters & Lee
Life On Mars – David Bowie
I’m the Leader of the Gang – Gary Glitter
Skweeze Me Pleeze Me – Slade
Alright Alright Alright – Mongo Jerry
Saturday Night’s Alright For Fights – Elton John
Born To Be With You – Dave Edmunds
Take Me to The Mardi Gras – Paul Simon
Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron – Hot Shots
Going Home – Osmonds
Randy – Blue Mink
Some top movies – July 15, 1973
Dillinger - Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, Michelle Phillips
Billy Jack - Tom Laughlin
Live And Let Die - Roger Moore as James Bond
The Neptune Factor - Ben Gazzara, Yvette Mimieux, Walter Pidgeon
Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid - James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan
The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing - Burt Reynolds, Sarah Miles
The Poseidon Adventure - Leslie Nielson, Gene Hackman