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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


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


FREE RIDE - Edgar Winter Group


LET’S GET IT ON - Marvin Gaye



YES WE CAN CAN - Pointer Sisters

ALL I KNOW - Garfunkel




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