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



In The News

Vice President Agnew assails as “false and scurrilous and malicious” charges that he was involved in a kickback and bribery scheme, calling the accusations “damned lies.” “I have nothing to hide.” Agnew says he has no intention of resigning or even temporarily stepping aside. His lawyers agree that he should make available to authorities the personal financial records sought by federal investigators into charges of Maryland political corruption.

President Nixon says he is “answerable to the nation” and not the courts for his refusal to surrender tapes of White House conversations. His lawyers told this to a federal judge after tapes were subpoenaed by Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox.  

Deposed Cambodian Prince Norodom Sihanouk offers “peace with honor” to the U.S., if it halts bombing Cambodia.

 Atty. Gen. Elliot Richardson announces that serious crimes reported to police in the U.S. declined by 2% last year, the first drop in 17 years. But this after a 7% rise in 1971. 

Near Houston - Workers dig up three more bodies inside a tin boat shed where police say they were buried by a “perverted sadistic clown” who sexually molested them and killed them over the last two years. The bodies were found buried ore than 3 feet deep near the graves of eight other boys unearthed recently. The apparent suspect was shot dead by a 17-year-old after meeting him at a party.

More than a dozen U.S. banks raise their basic lending charge to a record 9 1/4%. 

A spokesman for Cape Cod Hospital says 17-year-old Pamela Kelly of nearby Centerville is in critical condition after a jeep-like vehicle driven by Joseph P. Kennedy III (20), son of the late Robert F. Kenney, overturned on a Nantucket back road.

Tricia Nixon Cox said her father “will never give up tapes” of his conversations with former White House aides and predicted that he will be exonerated in the Watergate affair because “he has done nothing wrong.” 

 No Atlantis – An American student expedition organized to search for the legendary lost continent of Atlantis ends its hunt without finding a thing. The last of an estimated 50 students who paid nearly $3,000 each to earn college credit in the expedition, leaves Cadiz, Spain where they were headquartered. The expedition was organized by Maxie Asher of Pepperdine College, Los Angeles. 


Technology news – August 8, 1973

American Telephone & Telegraph witnesses testify that the public would pay far more for worse telephone service if Congress forces the conglomerate to split its Bell System into independent companies. The Senate Antitrust & Monopoly subcommittee accuses AT&T, Bell’s parent company, of trying to maintain a telecommunications monopoly and destroy any hit of competition by harassing potential competitors. 


Fascinating Business news – August 8, 1973

General Motors asks the Cost of Living Council for permission to hike prices 2.7% on its 1974 model cars and trucks to cover product improvements. 

The first test run of BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit Train) runs smoothly. The train thundered from Oakland and downtown San Francisco.


Sports news – August 8, 1973

The late Roberto Clemente is posthumously inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Clemente, Pittsburgh’s four-time batting champ, was killed in an airplane crash last New Year’s Eve. At the ceremonies, his widow Vera Clemente. Also inducted – Warren Spahn a 363 game winner with the Boston/Milwaukee Braves and New York Giants greats Monte Irvin and George (High Pockets) Kelly. Two others now deceased – pitcher Mickey Welch and Billy Evans, former American League umpire and later general manager for Cleveland and Detroit.

The National Football League hopes to conduct experiments with pay cable teelvision using home games that are currently blacked out under the NFL’s policy.

Sid Gillman, general manager of the Houston Oilers is put on probation by commissioner Pete Rozell. As long as he maintains good conduct, there is no penalty under the provision of the probation. It all has to do back when he managed the San Diego Chargers and was quoted as giving permission to certain players, that they could take illegal drugs.

Jack Nicklaus wins another PGA – his 12th and a record!


Television news – August 8, 1973

Sally Quinn and  Hughes Rudd conduct the new CBS morning news.

Jackie Gleason will reunite with Art Carney in a one-hour comedy-musical special in October.

Low ratings - Jack Paar, who came out of retirement in January to host a one-week-a-month late night ABC-TV show, says he’s calling it quits in November.


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – August 8, 1973

CBS – Maude, Hawaii 5-0, Movie

NBC – Movie, NBC Reports, Tonight Show

ABC – Temperatures Rising, TV Movie, Marcus Welby, MD, On Location…

PBS – William F. Buckley, International Performance, Evening at Pops


Maude – Maude is told she is pregnant.

ABC TV Movie – “The Girls of Huntington House” - Shirley Jones, Mercedes McCambridge, William Windom, Sissy Spacek. 


Music news – August 8, 1973

Rolling Stone magazine is changes its format this week. Founder Jann Wenner says beginning with this week’s issue, the magazine will be folded only once, in the fashion of the classic tabloid, He said the quarter-fold format limited the magazine to 80 pages. The change will eliminate offset smudging and improve the quality of printing, especially the color pages and increase total pages and speed up press time by 50% said Wenner. The magazine now grosses about $5 million per year. 

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