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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of July 23, 1973 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Watergate update –

A federal judge orders the Finance Committee to Reelect the President to make public the names of previously anonymous contributors of $14 million to President Nixon’s campaign last year and to disclose how the money was spent.

John D. Ehrlichman testifies that President Nixon considered the burglary aimed at obtaining Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatric files a ‘vital national security” operation that was well within his (Nixon’s) constitutional obligation.

Former White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman testifies that he had reviewed two White House tape recordings and that they showed President Nixon had no knowledge of a Watergate cover-up.

President Nixon defies Watergate Prosecutor Archiblad Cox’s subpoena for tapes of nine conversations and is ordered by a federal judge to justify his action.


More news - July 23, 1973

A second group of Skylab astronauts begin a two-month adventure in space.

At Oklahoma State Prison in McAlester, a rebellion by hundreds of prisoners ends after 43 hours. 4 inmates are dead. 

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is going after Alka Seltzer. He asks the Food and Drug Administration to order the removal of Alka Seltzer from the market until it has been reformulated without aspirin. The Nader group said that Miles Labs, makers of the product, had withheld a study that allegedly questioned the drug’s safety until after the advisory committee had made its report. In a statement, Miles Labs said it resented, “the allegation that we withheld adverse information about Alka Seltzer from the FDA.”

Passing – “Papillon” of Devil’s Island – Henri Charriere who parlayed a life sentence for murder and escape from France’s dreaded Devil’s Island into a book and movie is dead. He was 66.


Medical/Health news – July 23, 1973

Researchers report that using amphetamines to increase alertness can be dangerous because of an unexpected drowsiness soon after taking the drugs. The finding comes after a study using a stimulant commonly known as Dexedrine. 


Sports news – July 23, 1973

Hank Aaron raps commissioner Bowie Kuhn for not sending a congratulatory telegram after he had hit his 700th home run Saturday. “I was kind of disappointed. I thought he could have taken time to do it. It was good for baseball and that’s what we’re al in it for. I kind of feel let down by it. No matter how small he feels it is, it meant something to me.”

Scotsman Jackie Stewart reaches a milestone in Formula 1 racing with his 26th career victory in the Dutch Grand Prix, an event marred by the death of British driver Roger Williamson.

All-Star game – With the help from pitchers Bill Singer and Nolan Ryan - the National League trounces the American League 7-1.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – July 23, 1973

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton re-unite after a 17-day separation. Their publicist insists everything is OK now.

Don’t miss all the Brady Bunch at the Hollywood Bowl. Billed as “Picnic Day For The Whole Family.”


Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – July 23, 1973

CBS – CBS News Retrospective, New Dick Van Dyke Show, MASH, Mannix, Barnaby Jones

NBC – Wild Kingdom, Wonderful World of Disney, Columbo, Night Gallery

ABC – Family Classics, The FBI, Movie

PBS – French Chief, Evening At Pops, Masterpiece Theater


CBS News Retrospective – Rebroadcast of  Edward R. Murrow’s 1960 feature – “Harvest of Shame.” Focuses on the plight of the migrant worker in America. 

MASH – Hawkeye is promoted to chief surgeon over Frank Burns.

Night Gallery – Husband/wife inherit a farm with a trunk – with orders not to move or open the truck in accordance with a cousin’s last wishes.


 Music news – July 23, 1973

Three are dead in traffic accidents on jammed highways leading to the site of “Summer Jam” rock festival at Watkins Glen, NY. The concert featured the Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers and The Band. Half-a-million attended. Produced by Bill Graham and his FM Productions company (He’s back).

Ray Davis says he is leaving The Kinks. Melody Maker says Ray has some family problems – that his wife left two and a half weeks ago, taking the children with her and Ray hasn’t heard from them. 

In a press conference with Sen. James Buckley (NY) John Phillips, formerly with the Mamas and Papas says he has evidence of a $60 million record industry rip-off in which artists and songwriters were cheated of royalties. Phillips stated the fraud mainly occurred when retail stores returned unsold recordings to the company. Normally, said Phillips, companies destroy the returns and charge them against the artists’ royalties. In this instance, he claimed, records were reshipped to other stores which sold them at retail prices but without the artist being credited with his royalty.


Some top movies – July 23, 1973

The Legend of Hell House – Pamela Franklin, Roddy McDowall

Blume in Love – George Segal, Susan Anspach, Kris Kristofferson

The Day of the Jackal

Oklahoma Crude – George C. Scott, Faye Dunaway, John Mills, Jack Palance

Billy Jack – Tom Laughlin

Jesus Christ Superstar – Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman

Cleopatra Jones – Tamara Dobson

The Last of Sheila – Richard Benjamin, Dyan Cannon

Live Or Let Die – Roger Moore as James Bond

American Graffiti 

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