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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of August 22, 1973 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

At least 575 persons perish in Mexico’s worst earthquake in recent times. The quake jolted a 200 mile-strip from Mexico City to the Gulf of Mexico.

Vice President Agnew charges that some Justice Department officials were trying to indict him in the press by leaking information on his involvement in an investigation of Maryland Political corruption.,

 In his first news conference since the Senate Watergate hearings began, President Nixon speaks out - saying that he didn’t ask John Mitchell who was involved in planning the Watergate wire tapping because he thought that if Mitchell knew, he would say so. “Throughout, I would have expected Mr. Mitchell to tell me if he or anyone else were involved.” Mitchell testified that he kept Mr., Nixon in the dark about the facts behind the wiretapping because he believed the President “would lower the boom.” Nixon said, “He’s right - I would have blown my stack.”

Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox, pressing for a court order to compel Mr. Nixon to surrender the tapes, claimed that a federal grand jury had to have access to the tapes to determine conclusively whom should be indicted in the Watergate scandal. “There is reason to believe that the executive offices have been corrupted, although the extent of the rot is not yet clear,” Cox asserted. 

 Nixon announces that Presidential advisor Henry Kissinger is named Secretary Of State following the resignation of William Rogers.

President Nixon will ask a federal court of appeals to overturn Chief U.S. dist. Judge John J. Sirica’s order requiring him to turn over the Watergate tapes for the judge’s private examination.

Fears kidnap - Threats on the life of Susan Agnew, 26-year-old daughter of Vice President Agnew while she has been working aboard the U.S. hospital ship of Hope off Brazil, forced her to return to the U.S.

Bomb terror in London as a letter bomb at the Bank of England injures three and a second explosive goes off in a women’s shop. The blasts continued a weeklong wave of blasts and scares blamed on the IRA.

The Skylab 2 astronauts pass the halfway point of a planned 59-day mission as they begin their 430th orbit around earth.

 In New York, police arrest Abbie Hoffman (36) and three others and charged with selling $500 thousand worth of cocaine to undercover police. Hoffman was a founder of the Youth International Party, better known as “Yippies.”

A Harris poll reveals that 62% of those it questioned believe it is time to turn over the question of Watergate to the courts and allow the President to concentrate on more important matters.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposes that automakers affix a new label to their 1974 cars, telling consumers approximately how many miles per gallon of gasoline any particular model is likely to get.

Women In The News

New – Women’s Hall of Fame begins with some 20 honorees named. The first 20 inductees include – Elizabeth Stanton, Clara Barton, Helen Hayes, Margaret Chase Smith and Helen Brooke Taussig and Helen Keller. The induction in Seneca Falls, NY was part of a nationwide celebration of Equality Day by feminist groups. This all relates to the anniversary of women’s suffrage (see next). 

 (NOW) – The National Organization for Women in its fight against male chauvinism, drapes the statue of Atlas at Rockefeller Center with a banner proclaiming, “Atlas, you held us up for too long.” This week is the 53rd anniversary of the women’s suffrage amendment to the Constitution and NOW has other plans … NOW has cited five “incidents” of what it considers conspicuous male chauvinism, for which it gave “Keep Her In Her Place Awards.” Here are three of those examples:

To radio station 1010WINS (All News All The Time) for “constantly using male-oriented language such as ‘the average man,’ ‘man in the street,’ ‘newsman,’ ‘working man’ and ‘businessman’ and for “trivializing women by putting more emphasis on fun or novelty items related to women.” 

To NBC’s “Dean Martin Show” which NOW says “presents a very male’s-eye view of women as trivial, decoration and sex objects.”

To the ad agency who created the Winchester little cigar ad depicting a man smoking beneath the headline “No Woman Ever Says No To Winchester.”

More news - August 22, 1973

Putting to rest the false allegations that campaign funds were used to acquire certain properties – President Nixon releases a special audit on the purchase of his $1.5 million estate in San Clemente as well as his two Key Biscayne homes.


Prices at the Supermarket – August 22, 1973

Tampex tampons - ten count regular or super - .39...Aunt Jemima Blueberry Waffles - 10oz pkg .47...Chicken Of The Sea tuna 6 1/2oz can - .43...Wheaties - 18oz pkg - .58


Fashion “In” for men – August 22, 1973

The Cardigan sweater. The more leisurely garment is worn as if it were a jacket over a business shirt.


Sports news – August 22, 1973

 Wilt Chamberlain has a new book out – an autobiography. Look for “Wilt” written by David Shaw


Entertainment /Celebrity news – August 22, 1973

In Las Vegas, a car in which Johnny Carson was driving strikes a car, sending it into a third vehicle. No injuries were reported. Carson was cited for disregarding a stop signal and is ordered to appear in court on September 10. Currently, he’s appearing at the Sahara.

Passing – Michael Dunn (38) – the 3-foot 6-inch actor who won an Academy Award nomination for his 1965 role in “Ship of Fools.” Born Gary Neill Miller. he was best known to TV fans as Dr. Loveless – an antagonist to Jim West and Artemus Gordon on “The Wild Wild West.”

In a nationwide survey of filmgoers by Leslee Productions - the following films rank as the all-time top-5: “Casablanca,” “The Maltese Falcon,” “Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Wolf,” “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “The Treasure of Sierra Madre.”   


Television news – August 22, 1973

ABC-TV reports that Watergate-related material compiled for the network by correspondent Bill Gill was stolen from his third floor office in Washington, D.C. Included in the thefts were 5 audio cassette tapes, one of which had “sensitive” information, a manila envelope containing Gill’s confidential notes, a radio and two tape recorders.

NBC will broadcast a preview special of its Saturday morning kid’s programming on September 7. “NBC Starship” will feature Randolph Mantooth, Kevin Tighe, Johnny Whitaker and the characters from the world of Sid and Marty Kroft.

Julia Child is leaving her cooking show on public-TV and won’t be back this fall with new episodes of her French Chef series. The show has been on the network for 10 years. “Julia wants to take a sabbatical from the show and there is a possibility she might do occasional cooking specials or start her series again.”

ABC-TV reports that Watergate-related material compiled for the network by correspondent Bill Gill was stolen from his third floor office in Washington, D.C. Included in the thief’s were 5 audio cassette tapes, one of which had “sensitive” information, a manila envelope containing Gill’s confidential notes, a radio and two tape recorders.


Wednesday night Television – August 22, 1973

(CBS) Sonny & Cher, Dan August, Cannon...(NBC)Adam-12, Banecek, Search...(ABC)...Love They Neighbor, Movie, Owen Marshall.


Dan August stars Burt Reynolds and Norman Fell.

On Hollywood Squares (daytime-NBC) - Red Buttons, Charo, Michael Learned, Glen Ford, Kent McCord, Demond Wilson and Paul Lynde. 


Music news – August  22, 1973

Mick Jagger and the Stones will appear in the premiere of Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, a 90-minute biweekly series of musical specials beginning in the fall.

Touring in London - Paul McCartney says of his new group Wings: “The idea of Wings was simply to have a band. And it’s difficult to start a brand-new group. The Beatles used to work eight hours a day in Hamburg, solidly working before making any progress. (About Wings) - In the beginning, we had to swallow our pride and do some small, anonymous concerts. It was necessary to get the group used to the idea of being a band. It takes time for any five people to understand each other.” “Our features were a bit raw in the beginning, but the more the band plays the finer tunings are worked out. That’s the way we’ve done it. Of course, we still have places to go as a band. This is only our third tour.”  The group consists of Paul and Linda McCartney, Denny Laine (vocals, guitar), Henry McCullough (Lead guitar) and Denny Seiwell (Drums). Paul says all the personnel of Wings were all first choices.

Appearing at the Whiskey on the Sunset Strip – The New York Dolls.

Jethro Tull suspends concert appearances indefinitely to concentrate on the making of a movie. Last scheduled concert is September 29, the end of their U.S. tour. 

Funeral services are held for the Temptation’s Paul Williams, who was found dead slumped-over in his car on August 17 by a passerby. Williams died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds. The car was parked less than a block from the original Motown studios. Williams sang baritone and lead for the group - leaving the Temptations in 1971.

Stevie Wonder (23) is admitted back into the hospital for observation. Wonder was in a car wreck two weeks ago and was in intensive care for a week.

The Los Angeles City Council approves a $200,000 settlement of a $10.25 million assault and battery suit against the city by singer Jimmie Rodgers. The suit was filed after the singer suffered a near-fatal head injury in an incident involving three Los Angeles officers on December 1, 1967. In the incident, Rogers either fell or was knocked to the ground after being stopped by an off-duty police officer of suspicion of drunk driving. The off-duty officer and two others, who arrived shortly after the incident, left the singer bleeding in his car and did not call for medical assistance. He was treated for a severe skull fracture and a 16-square-inch plate was inserted in his head. 


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – August 22, 1973

“Let’s Get It On” - Marvin Gaye, “Live & Let Die” - Paul McCartney & Wings, “Touch Me In The Morning” - Diana Ross, “Get Down” - Gilbert O’Sullivan, “Halfbreed” - Cher, “Brother Louie” - Stories, “Delta Dawn” - Helen Reddy, ”Feelin’ Stronger Everyday” - Chicago, “The Morning After”- Maureen McGovern, “Loves Me Like A Rock” - Paul Simon.


Some top movies – August 22, 1973

The Day Of The Jackal - Edward Fox, Alan Badel, Tony Britton

Enter The Dragon - Bruce lee

Romeo & Juliet - Olivia Hussey, Leonard Whiting       

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