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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of November 8, 1973 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

President Nixon tells the nation he is determined not to bow to demands to resign. “I have no intention whatever of walking away from the job I was elected to do.”

Portions of the seven Nixon White House tapes turned over to the U.S. District court are inaudible and may not answer questions about Nixon’s role in Watergate. Presidential advisors fear this could further strain the credibility of the Nixon administration.

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader asks the United States District Court in Washington to prohibit X-ray machines from being used at airports. The suit contends that the FAA did not consider the environmental impact of the instruments, nor did it allow adequate time for public comment on their use.

Confessed Watergate conspirator E. Howard Hunt Jr. is given a final sentence of at least 30 months in prison with a $10,000 fine.

Egypt and Israel sign a truce worked out by Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, implementing a cease-fire.

The White House says that President Nixon will meet with every Republican representative and senator in a series of six sessions this week to discuss Watergate. They’ll be able to ask questions during the talks. 

Now Coca-Cola comes in a new 64oz bottle ... “It’s the real thing. Coke.”

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) begins service in San Francisco.

Malcom Forbes becomes the first person to cross the U.S. in a hot air balloon. Taking off from Coos Bay, Oregon October 4  - he landed at Chesapeake Bay this week. “We’ve gone from sea to shining sea.”

Appearing on the “Today” show, Julie Nixon Eisenhower said that when U.S. District Judge John Sirica finishes checking out the Watergate tapes “up and down” it is “going to lay to rest any suspicions.” She said that more favorable media comments about her father are needed balance out the unfavorable.    

Census Bureau changing job titles to avoid sex discrimination – In all,52 titles are being changed at the request of the Labor Department’s women’s bureau and manpower administration. So, the suffix “men” is being dropped from most occupational titles and replaced by “worker” or “operator.” Longshoremen will be longshore workers, printing pressmen will become printing press operators. Other revisions – Clergymen to Clergy, newsboys to newspaper carriers, office boys to office helpers, stewardesses to flight attendants, shoe repairmen to shoe repairers.


Best-selling news – November 8, 1973

 “The Hollow Hills” - Mary Stewart, “World Without Men-Amen” - Jimmy Breslin, “The Billion Dollar Sure Thing” - Paul E. Erdman, “How To Be Your Own Best Friend” - Mildred Newman, “In One Era and Out The Other” - Sam Levenson, “TheOnion Field” - Joseph Wambaugh


Sports news – November 8, 1973

The Oakland A’s beat the New York Mets in game 7 to win the World Series. Manager Dick Williams of the A’s says he’s quitting. Speculation says he’s had it with owner Charley Finley.

Catcher Johnny Bench of the Cincinnati Reds will sing eight contemporary songs while appearing with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

 Rookie Ben Crenshaw (21) shoots a four-under-par 67 winning the $125 thousand Texas Open Golf Tourney in two strokes.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – November 8, 1973

Marlene Dietrich (72) performing at the Shady Grove Music Fair in Washington DC finished up her famous “Falling In Love Again” - leaned over to shake hands with the conductor and fell off the stage. She was OK, but her tight dress split and she refused to be helped out of the orchestra pit. She asked everyone in the audience to go home. 

Murdered - Dave Akeman, the lanky country comedian best-known as “Stringbean” on TV’s “Hee Haw” is slain along with his wife, whey they surprised burglars at their home near Nashville. Stringbean had just returned from a “Grand Ole Opry” performance on Saturday night. Apparently, it was known he was carrying a huge amount of cash on him. 

Actor Dennis Weaver is the new President of the 26,000 member of the AFL-CIO Screen Actors Guild.


Top TV shows – November 8, 1973

CBS Friday Movie (Beneath the Planet of The Apes) - (32.6), All In The Family (32.1), Wonderful World OF Disney (29.0), The Waltons (28.8), Sanford & Son (28.5), MASH (27.4), Streets Of San Francisco (26.2), NBC Saturday Night Movie (26.0), Kojak (25.6), Hawaii Five-O (24.6), Mannix (24.5), Barnaby Jones (24.3), Cannon (24.3), Sonny & Cher (24.1), Adam-12 (23.7), Maude (23.3), Kung Fu (22.6), NBC Monday Movie (22.2), Ironside (21.3), Gunsmoke (20.9).


Sunday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – November  8, 1973

 CBS - New Perry Mason, Mannix, Barnaby Jones ... NBC - Wonderful World Of Disney, Columbo ... ABC - The FBI, Movie


Columbo ... hunts the trail of a senatorial candidate who murders his campaign manager to hide a love triangle. Stars Peter Falk. Guest star - Jackie Cooper.

This Thursday evening at 11:30pm (eastern/pacific) - ABC Wide World of Entertainment features a golden anniversary salute to Walt Disney. Hosted by Dean Jones and featuring Julie Andrews, Fred MacMurray, Annette Funicello and Buddy Ebsen.

“In Concert” this Friday night on ABC - Cat Stevens makes his American TV debut.

“Midnight Special” this week - Jerry Lee Lewis hosts with the Ike and Tina Turner Revue, Flash, B.B. King, Ballin’ Jack and Dalton Dubarri. 


Television news – November 8, 1973

Seen on McDonald’s commercials – “The Hamburglar.”

“Find out why more and more people are watching.” The ABC evening news with Howard K. Smith and Harry Reasoner.

CBS announces the first cancellation of the season - “The New Perry Mason” starring Monty Markham. Executive Producer Cornwell Jackson says he feels ‘it takes longer than five or six weeks for audiences to identify with a new show, particularly one like ours which had to work against the image of the old Perry Mason programs. We anticipated that at the beginning of course, but thought we would have more time to overcome it.” 

NBC cancels four shows - Diana, Needles and Pins, Love Story and NBC Follies.

Burt Reynolds who is starring in six late-night NBC specials, is signed by the network for a series of prime-time specials.


Music news – November 8, 1973

The oil shortage is having an impact on the record industry. Many new releases are either being delayed or cancelled because of a shortage of the polyvinyl chloride used for the making of records. But companies will still put most of their resources on the top-selling artists – and they’ll be no shortage there.  

In Los Angeles, Phillip Kaufman (38) and Michael Martin (26) are charged with stealing a coffin containing the body of rock singer Gram Parsons. Both were fined $300. The pair picked-up the coffin from a loading dock where it was being shipped to Parsons’ family in New Orleans. In a hearse, they drove the coffin inland about 100 miles to Joshua Tree National Monument where they set it on fire. Parsons died of a drug overdose near the area September 19. Kaufman said he was told by Parsons that he wanted to be laid to rest in the desert area he loved. Parsons use to play with the Byrds.  


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – November 8, 1973  

“Midnight Train To Georgia” - Gladys Knight & The Pips, “Heartbeat, It’s A Love Beat” - the Defranco Family, “Angie” - The Rolling Stones, “Photograph” - Ringo Starr, “I Got A Name” - Jim Croce, “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” - Bob Dylan, “All I Know” - Art Garfunkle, “Keep On Truckin’” - Eddie Kendricks, “Top Of The World” - The Carpenters, “Paper Roses” - Marie Osmond, “Space Race” - Billy Preston, “Yes We Can Can” - The Pointer Sisters, “Ramblin’ Man” - The Allman Brothers


Top music albums – November 8, 1973

“Goats Head Soup” - The Rolling Stones, “Los Cochinos” - Cheech and Chong, “Brothers and Sisters” – The Allman Brothers, “Angel Clare” Art Garfunkel, “The Smoker You Drink The Player You Get” - Joe Walsh, “3 Plus 3” - The Isley Brothers “Deliver The Word” - War, “Let’s Get It On” - Marvin Gaye, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” - Elton John”


Some top movies – November 8, 1973

Westworld - Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin

A Touch Of Class - George Seagal, Glenda Jackson

Charley Varrick - Walter Matthau,  Joe Don Baker

Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Richard  Bach, Hall Bartlett

Enter The Dragon  - Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Anna Capri

Your Three Minutes Are Up - Beau Bridges, Ron Leibman

Executive Action - Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, Will Geer.

Paper Moon - Ryan & Tatum O’Neal

Cabaret - Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey

ElectraGlide In Blue - Robert Blake, Bill (Green) Bush

The Paper Chase - Timothy Bottoms, Lindsay Wagner, John Houseman

Scalawag - Kirk Douglas, Mark Lester, Neville Brand, George Eastman  


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