Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of October 15, 1973 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Egyptian troops stage their biggest offensive of the Middle East war, attacking along the entire 102-mile Suez Canal front, Israel claims it has repulsed the assault.
In a farewell address – former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew denied all wrongdoing and expressed hope that his “nightmare come true” would spur reforms in the nation’s political and legal system.
Vice President-designate Gerald Ford had trouble recognizing his son, because he had grown a beard. Ford was making his way through a crowd of 300 well wishers in Utah, shaking hand and saying, “How are you”? “Good to see you,” when he reached his son, John (21). “Hello, how are you?” said the older Ford. I’m fine said his son, a Utah State University student. “Oh… I hardly recognized you.,” said his dad after a double take.
Special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox files charges against three corporations after they plead guilty to misdemeanor violations of federal campaign contribution laws in connection with donations to President Nixon’s reelection campaign. They are American Airlines, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co.
President Nixon announces that he will not appeal the Watergate tapes case to the Supreme Court and will, instead, release a summary of the conversations on the tapes to the senate Watergate committee and to U.s. dist. Judge John J. Sirica.
Special prosecutor Archibald Cox is fired on orders from President Nixon. Many say the President is in risk in an effort to end the tapes issue. In a letter to Solicitor General Robert Bork, the President ordered him to fire Cox for refusing to obey Mr. Nixon’s order that he stop seeking the Watergate tapes and other White House papers through the courts. “Clearly the government of the United states cannot function if employees of the executive branch are free to ignore in this fashion the instructions of the President.”
After Cox fired - Demands for impeachment of President Nixon or his resignation mount as official Washington prepares for a coming barrage of formal actions in the Watergate tapes confrontation.
United, American and Trans World – the three largest domestic airlines agree to cut as many as 63 flights each day from major routes to conserve fuel.
Eleven Arab oil states agree to cut back oil production 5% every month until Israel withdraws from occupied Arab lands and restores the “rights of the Palestinians.”
Also, Saudi Arabia, the largest U.S. oil supplier in the Middle East, cuts it soil production by 10% and threatens to halt the flow of oil to America unless the United States halts its military aid to Israel.
In Atlanta – Black challenger Maynard Jackson wins a bitterly contested mayoral runoff election against incumbent Sam Massell Jr. to become the first black mayor of a major Southern city in modern times.
Shapes of things to come? - Non-smoking section – Quality Inns is expanding a pilot program which sets aside whole areas of a motel for nonsmokers. Floors and blocks of rooms will set aside for persons who do not like the lingering odor of cigar, cigarette and pipe smoke, according to a company spokesperson.
The Cost of Living Council approves a second increase in retail gasoline prices to meet higher wholesale costs. The increases probably will range from 1 to cents a gallon.
Fashion news – October 15, 1973
Fashion for guys – The heavy knit Cardigan sweater (sweater jacket)
Sports news – October 15, 1973
The Oakland A’s win the World Series, beating the Mets 5-2 in the seventh game. Reggie Jackson, who drove in four runs the last two games and six altogether, was named player of the Series. The A’s become the first team since the 1961-62 Yankees to win two World Series consecutively.
Entertainment/Celebrity news – October 15, 1973
Passing – Gene Krupa (64) along with Buddy Rich, the world’s most celebrated jazz drummer.
Passing – Cartoonist Walt Kelly (60), whose comic strip Pogo, satirized the political and social foibles of the country for a quarter century.
Dean Martin has cosmetic lifts to his eyes. He checked into the hospital as “David Miller.”
Disney – “The Carousel of Progress” exhibit at Disneyland, presented by General Electric will be moved to Florida’s Walt Disney World this winter to make way for a new Disney musical exhibit at Anaheim – “America Sings.”
Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – October 15, 1973
All In The Family – 30.2
Sanford & Son – 27.9
Waltons – 26.9
Hawaii 5-0 – 26.2
Gunsmoke – 25.1
Here’s Lucy – 23.8
MASH – 23.4
Wonderful of Disney – 23.2
Barnaby Jones – 23.1
ABC Sunday Movie (Fuzz) – 23.1
Maude – 22.9
Bob Hope Special – 22.9
Dick Van Dyke – 22.8
Sonny and Cher – 22.3
Streets of San Francisco – 22.2
Mary Tyler Moore – 22.2
CBS Tuesday Movie (She Cried Murder) – 21.7
Kung Fu – 21.6
Bob Newhart – 21.5
NBC Monday Movie (Goundstar Conspiracy) – 20.7
CBS Friday Movie (Kelly’s Heroes) – 20.5
McMillan and wife – 20.5
Carol Burnet – 20.4
Medical Center – 20.3
Adam-12 – 20.0
Ironside – 20.0
Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – October 15, 1973
CBS – New Perry Mason, Mannix, Barnaby Jones
NBC – Wild Kingdom, Wonderful World of Disney, McMillan and Wife, NBC Reports
ABC – The FBI, Movie
PBS – Folk 1970, Masterpiece Theater
The FBI – Erskine poses as the head cashier of a race track which has been robbed.
Mannix – Mannix’s search for the pilot in a private plane leads him to a ghost town in the Rockies.
ABC Sunday Night Movie – “Love Story” (1970) – Ryan O’Neal, Ali McGraw.
Radio news – October 15, 1973
Washington- WWDC-AM personality Johnny Holliday will assist on play-byplay for the Capital Bullets this year. Johnny knows basketball. Also heard on WWDC – the Joy Boys (Ed Walker and Willard Scott).
Big turnover at KROQ Los Angeles (AM 1500 FM 106.7) as Charlie Tuna, Jimmy Rabbitt and Shadoe Stevens depart. Also in Los Angeles, Dave Hull departs KGBS.
Robert W. Morgan flies to New York to do a weekend NBC Monitor stanza and gets together with his friend Don Imus of WNBC.
Music news – October 15, 1973
David Bowie will make his American TV debut on NBC’s “Midnight Special” November 16. Taped in the UK, it will also feature Marianne Faithful, Amanda Lear, Carmen, and the Troggs.
Elvis Presley is admitted to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis suffering from recurring pneumonia. Carried on a stretcher, Elvis had been plagued by illness throughout recent engagements in Las Vegas and lake Tahoe. He’ll recuperate at Graceland.
David Cassidy is in London as is Dawn, who will appear on the UK’s “Top of the Pops” TV show.
Richie Furay leaves as singer-songwriter of Poco to go solo.
New TV show? Wes Ferell and TV producer Pierre Cossette had a number of wannabe’s turn out for a pilot called “Singing Cowboys.”
Dick Clark is named executive producer of “In Concert” handling 20 of the next 22 shows. Clark takes over the title most recently held by the network. The original producer was Don Kirshner. The first six Clark shows will be part of the network’s “Wide World of Entertainment.” Look for the show to look less like a rock “concert” with slicker production.
Dick Clark insight – in taking-over “In Concert” Dick Clark has this observation: “An important change that I’ve noticed in the past year is the calls I’m now getting from artists’ managers and agents asking what kind of vehicles we can fashion for their acts. We began a year ago hammering away at music people, telling them to do more TV in order to reach more than just a concert audience. True, an act can make more doing one nighters, but most can only do this for a few years before they burn out and everyone has seen all their tricks. A new audience must be developed,” said Clark.
Helen Reddy, after she and her husband narrowly missed death in the stormy nosedive of their chartered seven-passenger jet while returning home, says she is halting one-night appearances for now. The plane was trying to avoid a thunderstorm, but hit another part of the storm not shown on radar. It plunged 15,000 feet in a little more than two minutes. The “G” forces lifted them from their seats.
Top music albums – October 15, 1973
Goats Head Soup – Rolling Stones
Innervisions – Stevie Wonder
Los Cochinos – Cheech & Chong
Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
Killing Me Softly – Roberta Flack
Angel Clare – Garfunkel
We’re An American Band – Grand Funk
Deliver the Word – War
The Smoker You Drink The Player You Get – Joe Walsh
3 & 3 – Isley Brothers
The Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
The Captain & Me – Doobie Brothers
Long Hard Climb – Helen Reddy
Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concert – Eric Clapton
Houses of the Holy – Led Zepplin
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid – Bob Dylan/Soundtrack
Eddie Kendricks – Eddie Kendricks
VI – Chicago
Life & Times – Jim Croce
The Pointer Sisters – The Pointer Sisters
Foreigner – Cat Stevens
Diamond Girl – Seals & Crofts
Touch Me In The Morning – Diana Ross
American Graffiti – Soundtrack
There Goes Rhymin’ Simon – Paul Simon
Hank Wilson’s Back – Hank Wilson
Top Soul Hit Music – October 15, 1973
Midnight Train To Georgia – Gladys Knight & The Pips
Get It Together – Jackson 5
Hey Girl (I Like Your Style) – Temptations
Keep On Truckin’ - Eddie Kendricks
Never Let You Go – Bloodstone
Sex, Sexy, Sexy/Theme From Slaughter – James Brown
Funky Stuff – Kool & The Gang
Check It Out – Tavaras
I Can’t Stand The Rain – Ann Peebles
Yes We Can – Pointer Sisters
Nutbush City Limits – Ike & Tina Turner
Top Country Hit Music Singles – October 15, 1973
Ridin’ My Thumb to Mexico – Johnny Rodriquez
You’ve Never Been This far – Conway Twitty
We’re Gonna Hold On – George Jones & Tammy Wynette
Don’t Give Up On Me – Jerry Wallace
Sunday Sunrise – Brenda Lee
Rednecks, White Socks & Blue Ribbon Beer – Johnny Russell
The Midnight Oil – Barbara Mandrell
Sawmill – Mel Tillis
Paper Roses – Marie Osmond
Kid Stuff – Barbara Fairchild
Top Pop Hit Music Singles in Britain – October 15, 1973
Eye Level – Simon Park Orchestra
My Friend Stan – Slade
Ballroom Blitz – Sweet
Nutbush City Limits – Ike & Tina Turner
The Laughing Gnome – David Bowie
Monster Mash – Bobby Boris Picket
For The Good Times – Perry Como
Caroline – Status Quo
Joy Bringer – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
Angle Fingers – Wizzard
Top Pop Hit Music Singles(top-40) USA – October 15, 1973
HIGHER GROUND - Stevie Wonder
HALF-BREED - Cher
RAMBLIN’ MAN - Allman Brothers Band
ANGIE - Rolling Stones
KEEP ON TRUCKIN’ (pt. 1) - Eddie Kendricks
THAT LADY (pt. 1) - Isley Brothers
MY MARIA - B.W. Stevenson
CHINA GROVE - Doobie Brothers
MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO GEORGIA - Gladys Knight & Pips
FREE RIDE - Edgar Winter Group
HEARTBEAT--IT’S A LOVEBEAT - DeFranco Family
LET’S GET IT ON - Marvin Gaye
LOVES ME LIKE A ROCK - Paul Simon
ROCKY MOUNTAIN WAY - Joe Walsh
YES WE CAN CAN - Pointer Sisters
ALL I KNOW - Garfunkel
WE’RE AN AMERICAN BAND - Grand Funk
BASKETBALL JONES FEATURING TYRONE SHOELACES - Cheech & Chong
KNOCKIN’ ON HEAVEN’S DOOR - Bob Dylan