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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of October 23, 1973 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

17- Day War - Egypt and Israel halt their armies in compliance with a U.N. Security Council call for a cease-fire.

President Nixon faced with the possibility of contempt of court citation, announces that he will give chief U.S. Dist. Judge John Sirca the secret White House tapes. Some say this action will dampen any possible move to impeach.

Sen. Barry Goldwater backs President Nixon’s decision to fire special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox. He also said – “I can’t see anything that’s happened that would cause either body (House or Senate) to vote for impeachment.”

Later, President Nixon says that the administration would name a new special prosecutor next week to carry on the Watergate investigations. 

The U.N. Security Council votes to send a peace-keeping force to the Middle East without Soviet, American or other big power troops.

In Miami – Three young boys, a twelve year-old and 2 thirteen-year-old boys, are charged with first-degree murder in the death of a homeless derelict who was sprinkled with lighter fluid and set afire.

President Nixon assails the press about their “outrageous, vicious, distorted reporting” – especially the three TV networks. The White House later clarified, saying the editors should balance film footage more evenly between friends and foes of the President and commentators should tone down their commentaries on Mr. Nixon’s troubles.

Archibald Cox testifies that President Nixon’s attorneys once intervened to keep him from getting documents on massive campaign contributions from milk producers even though the records had been given to the Justice Department’s civil division.  

NBC news poll – 44% to 43% in a poll say they favor impeaching President Nixon.

A fog on the New Jersey Turnpike in Kearny, NJ causes a massive pileup. 10 are dead with 42 injured. 

Passing – Cellist Pablo Casals (96).  


Sports news – October 23, 1973

Coach Chuck Fairbanks of  The New England Patriots may have a problem this weekend when they play The Miami Dolphins. Female sports reporter Barbara Borin from Boston’s WNAC-TV wants in to the locker room. She says she needs the access in order to be competitive. “I have to conduct my interviews in the players’ parking lot now and this puts me an hour behind my competitors.” She says she is conducting interviews with other pro New England teams in training areas adjacent to locker rooms and she is just looking for a compromise in this situation.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – October 23, 1973

Playing in Las Vegas –

Harry Belafonte – Caesars Palace

Jimmy Dean – Desert Inn

Lettermen – Flamingo

Phyllis Diller – Fontier

Tony Bennett – Hilton

Shecky Greene – Riviera

Buddy Hackett – Sahara

Wayne Newton, Roy Clark - Sands


Television news – October 23, 1973

James Daley returns to “Medical Center” following a two-month bout with hepatitis. He plays Dr. Paul Lochner in the series.

Actress Sheila Scott, who left her baby son with a gate guard at MGM Studios with a note asking actor Chad Everett to take care of him, is arrested on a warrant for child abandonment. She left the infant at the studio gate earlier this month and apparently left town after she failed in a court case to prove Everett was the father of the child. 

Julie Andrews stars in “Julie On Sesame Street” in November.

Emergency’s Randolph Mantooth and Kevin Tighe will co-host NBC-TV’s “Junior Orange Bowl Parade” January 1. 


Music news – October 23, 1973

 “The Who” is on a U.S. concert tour and their new album “Quadrophenia” is about to be released. New albums set for release include John Lennon’s anticipated “Mind Games,” “Pin Ups” from David Bowie and “Ringo” from Ringo Starr.


Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – October 23, 1973

CBS - Gunsmoke, Here’s Lucy, New Dick Van Dyke Show, Medical Center

NBC – Lotsa Luck, Diana, Movie, Tonight Show

ABC – The Rookies, Monday night football

PBS – Wrinkles, Birthdays and Other Fables, Wiseman Film Festival


Medical Center – an aggressive widow is determined to push her daughter to athletic fame.

Wrinkles, Birthdays and Other Fables – Hosted by Flip Wilson. Looks at myths and stereotypes related to aging.  

On the Tonight Show – John Davidson guest hosts. Guest - Sally Field.

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