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”
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