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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of September 15, 1973 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

 

 

In The News

A federal appeals court calls on President Nixon and special prosecutor Archibald Cox to agree on which of the Watergate tapes should be heard by a federal grand jury. In the unexpected last-ditch effort to avoid a constitutional clash, the court said it would decide the issue if the two sides could not compromise.

More than 127,000 U.S. and Canadian employees of Chrysler Corp go on strike after negotiators failed, in a final daylong session to reach an agreement on a final contract.

Chile’s armed forces overthrow Salvador Allende, the Western Hemisphere’s first freely elected Marxist president. Allende committed suicide as tanks and fighter-bombers stormed the presidential palace. Before his death, eyewitnesses quoted him as saying to Chileans “trust your leaders ... continue to trust the people.”

On NBC - The Democrats throw an 8-hour telethon to raise money to pay a lingering debt. “America Goes Public” was the name of the event. Henry Fonda and Steve Allen served as MC’s. Also appearing, the 5th Dimension, Florence Henderson, Tony Randall and Jack Klugman (performing an Odd Couple sketch); James Garner, Jack Lemmon, Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner, Robert Goulet and Tom Smothers. Senators Edward Kennedy, Henry Jackson and Lloyd Benson - all 1976 presidential possibilities were on the broadcast. They raised about $5 million but still have another $3 million in debt. 

The Consumer Product Safety Commission warns that 12,000 Zenith 19-inch color televisions are potential fire hazards and advises owners to unplug them immediately. The commission said it had learned of the problem from Zenith after a fire in Milwaukee. The sets, manufactured between late June and mid-August last year carry the model numbers D-4030W5, D-4030W6, T-2838W6, D-4032W5 or D-4034P6 and identifying numbers 226C or 227C

Passing - Marjorie Merriweather Post (86) - the cereal heiress who became the grande dame of American society and one of the world’s wealthiest women. Her fortune came from her father - Charles William Post who invented Postum, a coffee substitute. He later invented Grape Nuts and other breakfast cereals.

 

Sports news – September 15, 1973

 O.J. Simpson runs for a record 250 yards as the Buffalo Bills beat the New England Patriots 31-34 in Foxboro. Said New England Coach Chuck Fairbanks: “It looked like a track meet. We’d have a hole blocked up, but O.J’s natural ability got him away from the hole. We were helpless and couldn’t slow him down. Give Simpson’s blocking a lot of credit. And we gave him a lot too.” Said Simpson - “I was tired, but when they said 15 more yards, I went back in and they kept calling my number. I don’t think anybody will ever criticize our line again. They were just blowing them out of there. The guys have been telling me they are going to get me 1,700 yards this season. They certainly went out and played like they meant it.” Simpson carried 29 times and scored on an 80-yard sprint in the first period and on a 22-yeard run in the third.

Terry Bradshaw throws touchdown passes to John McMakin and Ron Shanklin in the final period to snap a 10-10 tie and propel Pittsburgh to a 24-10 victory over Detroit. 

Baseball great Willie Mays of the New York Mets announces his retirement from baseball after his 23rd season.  Mays (42) was acquired by the Mets from the San Francisco Giants on May 11 of last year.

Also in sports - the new NFL Sellout TV law goes into effect this week and nine cities got to watch their hometown games (because they sold-out) for the first time under the rules.

Pitcher Nolan Ryan of the Angels sets an American League one-season strikeout record, hitting 355 by the end of a game with the Texas Rangers. He’s only 27 strikeouts short of the major league record set by the Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax in 1965.

 

Bestselling books – September 15, 1973

Harvest Home - Thomas Tryon

The Hollow Hills - Mary Stewart

Breakfast of Champions - Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Once is Not Enough - Jacqueline Susann

Facing the Lions - Victoria Holt

Sybil - Flora Rheta Schreiber

The Joy of Sex - Alex Comfort

Dr Atkins’ Diet Revolution - Robert Atkins, MD

How To Be Your Own Best Friend - Mildred Newman

My Young Years - Arthur Rubinstein

 

Music news – September 15, 1973

Passing - musical conductor and arranger Hugo Winterhalter (64). Was musical director of RCA Records from 1950 until 1963. He did the same for Columbia in ‘48 and ‘49 where he was one of the first to arrange music for the new long-playing record.

 

Top pop hit music singles(top-40)USA – September 15, 1973

Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye

Touch Me In the Morning - Diana Ross

Brother Louie - The Stories

Delta Dawn - Helen Reddy

Monster Mash - Bobby "Boris" Pickett & the Crypt Kickers

Live and Let Die - Wings

We're an American Band - Grand Funk

Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder

Loves Me Like a Rock - Paul Simon

Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose - Dawn featuring Tony Orlando

Half-Breed - Cher

Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting - Elton John

That Lady, Part 1 - The Isley Brothers

Free Ride - The Edgar Winter Group

The Morning After - Maureen McGovern

My Maria - B.W. Stevenson

Get Down - Gilbert O'Sullivan

Uneasy Rider - Charlie Daniels

Feelin' Stronger Every Day - Chicago

 

Top music albums – September 15, 1973

Brothers and Sisters - The Allman Brothers Band  

We're an American Band - Grand Funk Railroad                

Killing Me Softly - Roberta Flack                 

Innervisions - Stevie Wonder

Chicago VI - Chicago

Touch Me In The Morning - Diana Ross

Foreigner - Cat Stevens

Los Cochinos - Cheech & Chong

A Passion Play - Jethro Tull

The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd

We’re An American Band - Grand Funk Railroad

Greatest Hits - Janis Joplin

Goat’s Head Soup - The Rolling Stones

New York Dolls - New York Dolls

Soundtrack - American Graffiti

Blue Ridge Rangers - Blue Ride Rangers (John Fogerty)

 

Television news – September 15, 1973

CBS, NBC and ABC will continue rotating live coverage of the Senate Watergate hearings for next week. Their agreement covers only the next week’s sessions. Under the plan, only one network pre-empts its daytime programming each day.

ABC begins “Grammar Rock” for kids on Saturday mornings. The series is a companion series to the 11 Multiplication Rock segments that have been part of ABC’s Saturday and Sunday morning children’s programming since January. Like Multiplication Rock, Grammer Rock is 3 1/2 minutes in length.  One segment will be called “Conjunction Junction” and will be sung by jazz trumpeter Jack Sheldon. Segments from both series will air five times each Saturday and twice on Sunday.

Actor Roger C. Carmel is signed to provide the voice for Harry Mudd, the serio-comic villain he portrayed on the original Star Trek for NBC’s new animated Star Trek series on Saturday mornings. Carmel will portray Mudd in an episode entitled “Mudd’s Passion” - a story about the intergalactic trader’s discover of a love potion that really works. He beams aboard the Enterprise and tricks Nurse Chapel into using the potion on Spock.  

 

For the new 1973 TV season - these are the network campaigns:

“The Best Is Right Here On CBS”

“This is the place to Be - ABC”

“NBC73”

 

Wednesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – September 15, 1973

CBS - Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, Cannon (2-hour season premiere)

NBC - Adam-12, Movie

ABC - Love They Neighbor, TV Movie, Owen Marshall, Counselor At Law

PBS - Narukami-The Thunder God, Man Builds, Man Destroys

 

Sonny & Cher - guests - Miss Universe, Miss U.S.A., Howard Cosell and Chuck Connors.

Johnny Carson - Guests Bette Midler, David Steinberg

 

Top movies – September 15, 1973

The Stone Killer - Charles Bronson

The Daring Dobermans - Charles Knox Robinson, Tom Considine, David Moses, Claudio Martinez

Dillinger - Warren Oates, Ben Johnson, Michelle Phillips, Cloris Leachman, Harry Dean Stanton, Richard Drefuss

Slaughterhouse Five -

American Graffitti (Where Were You in ‘62?) - Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Cindy Williams, Wolfman Jack

The Slams - Jim Brown

The Getaway - Steve McQueen, Ali Macgraw, Ben Johnson, Al Letteri, Sally Struthers

The Life And Times of Judge Roy Bean -  Paul Newman, Jacqueline Bissett, Tab Hunter, John Huston, Stacy Keach, Roddy McDowall, Anthony Perkins, Victoria Principle, Ava Gardner.

 Enter The Dragon - Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Ahma Capri, Bob Wall, Shih Kien, Jim Kelly

Harry In Your Pocket - James Coburn, Michael Sarrisin, Trish Van Devere, Walter Pidgeon

Paper Moon -

The Mackintosh Man - Paul Newman, Dominique Sanda, James Mason

Blume In Love -

Bang the Drum Slowly - Robert DeNiro, Michael Moriarty, Vincent Gardena

Beyond Atlantis - John Ashley, Patrick Wayne, Lenore Stevens

Electra Glide in Blue - Robert Blake

 
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