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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of January 1, 1974 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Rose Parade violence – the worst violence in the 85-year history of the Rose Parade is recorded with two murders, a near-fatal stabbing and 245 arrests, according to local police.

President Nixon signs legislation aimed at forcing states to reduce their speed limits to 55mph, saying the lower limit would save 200,000 barrels of fuel a day. The President praised states for their voluntary efforts and “the response of so many Americans to my request that they slow down on the highways even when the sped limits have not officially been lowered.”

A Western White House spokesperson says President Nixon’s appointment of his wife to serve on a national advisory council was illegal – there’s a law that prohibits the President from appointing his wife to a governmental position.

The Skylab 3 astronauts say that their views of themselves, of other humans and the possibility of life existing elsewhere in the universe had changed as a result of their pace mission. Gerald Carr, William Pogue and Edward Gibson, responded to questions prepared by newsmen and read to them by a Mission Control communicator.

Personally rejecting Senate Watergate committee subpoenas for nearly 500 White House tapes, President Nixon says he views the subpoenas “as an overt attempt to intrude into the executive to a degree that constitutes an unconstitutional usurpation of power.” “To produce the material you now seek would unquestionably destroy any vestige of confidentiality of presidential communications, thereby irreparably impairing the constitutional function of the office of the presidency.”

Special prosecutor Leon Jaworski says that the Watergate grand juries have enough evidence to begin considering major indictments this month and into February.

Energy chief William Simon says that oil companies and independent distributors have agreed to limit customers to 10 gallons of gasoline at service stations.

Companies could enforce this as policy at service stations they own directly but could only urge it upon franchised stations. The sales limit, if enforced, would still allow motorists to drive on and purchase another 10 gallons at another service station, but as gas supplies dwindle and lines get longer, that would be discouraged.

Daylight savings time returns early - this Saturday to save energy. It’s the first time since WWII.

Passing - Errett Lobban Cord - maker of the famous Cord 810 automobile in 1932 


Fascinating Facts – January 1, 1974

On New Year’s Day, the U.S. population will be 211.7 million, a net gain of 1.5 million from last year according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

In Bordeaux, France - a professional snake handler agrees to spend four hours in a closed room with 250 poisonous names in an experiment to find out how the snakes react to the human body. The handler, Marc Loubeau, will only be clad in swimming shorts. The room will be heated to 77 degrees to ensure the snakes smell his body.

The first school of its kind for homosexuals opens in San Francisco. The courses at “Lavender U” offer no degrees and the school has no campus. Instead, the school will offer courses proposed by persons with a specialty they want to share. Fees will be established by the instructors and classes often held in the teacher’s home. “There are very few places where gays can go to meet other gays except bars,” says Jill Griblin, one of the organizers.

Near San Francisco, in Palo Alto - a police dog trying to track down a suspected prowler catches the wrong scent and falls off the roof of a Palo Alto department store. The dog first landed on an awning and then fell to the ground, suffering a broken jaw.


Advertising/Media news – January 1, 1974

At the request of the Federal Energy Office, the Advertising Council has come up with the theme “Don’t Be Fuelish” in the face of the energy shortage. The ads will run on TV, Radio and print.

A new emergency all media public-service campaign is being launched at the request of the Federal Energy Office. The campaign “Don’t Be Fuelish” will promote voluntary citizen action to help with the energy crisis. Actor George C. Scott and Miami Dolphin Marv Fleming are featured in a series of TV ads. In one, Scott stands in an empty classroom and urges viewers to turn off unnecessary lights and appliances so that there will be enough energy available for vital public buildings such as schools. 

According to the annual Helene Curtis Guild of Professional Beauticians - the 10 best “coiffed” woman of 1973 are: Karen Valentine, Mary Tyler More, socialite Besty Bloomingdale, Eva Gabor, Boston TV hostess Janet Langhart; fashion designer Carinali, Barbara Walters, Denise Nicholas, Valerie Harper and Jean Stapleton.


Top TV show – January 1, 1974

All In The Family (31.0), The Waltons (30.8), Sanford & Son (26.7), MASH (25.2), Hawaii Five-O (24.7), Sonny & Cher (24.7), Maude (24.6), Kojak (24.0), The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas (22.8), NBC Monday Night Movie (22.6), Mary Tyler Moore (22.4), Cannon (22.3), Adam-12 (22.2), Gunsmoke (21.8), Bob Newhart (21.6), Movie - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (21.6), Dean Martin Show (21.5), Walt Disney (21.4), Columbo (21.3), Streets Of San Francisco (21.1), Kung Fu (20.7).


Television news – January 1, 1974

Wednesday Night Television/iistings/programs/TV guide – January 1, 1974

CBS Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, Cannon, Kojak

NBC Adam 12, Tenafly, Love Story

ABC Dick Clark Presents, Movie, Owen Marshall


The syndicated Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, now a biweekly show, will become a weekly show beginning January 18. 


Music news – January 1, 1974

Bob Dylan opens his first tour in eight years at Chicago Stadium. The six-week tour will extend to 21 cities. Dylan just made the recent jump to Asylum Records (David Geffon) from Columbia Records. Dylan still is granting no interviews.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – January 1, 1974

“Time In A Bottle” - Jim Croce, “Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)” - Helen Redy, “Show & Tell” - Al Wilson, “The Most Beautiful Girl” - Charlie Rich, “Living For The City” - Stevie Wonder, “Helen Wheels” - Wings, “Smokin’ In The Boys Room” - Brownsville Station, “Hello It’s Me’ - Todd Rundgren, “You’re Sixteen’ - Ringo Starr, “The Joker’ - Steve Miller.


Top music albums – January 1, 1974

“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” - Elton John, “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim’ - Jim Croce, “The Singles’ - The Carpenters, “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” - Neil Diamond, “Quadrophenia” - The Who, “Ringo” - Ringo Starr, “I Got A Name” - Jim Croce. “Bette Midler” - Better Midler


Top movies – January 1, 1974

The Exorcist - Ellen Burstyn, Max Von Sydow, Lee J Cobb, Linda Blair.

The Sting - Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw

The Way We Were - Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford

American Graffiti - Richard Drefuss, Ronny Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charlie Martin Smith

Alfred Hitchcock’s “Frenzy” - Joe Finch, Alec McCower

Ash Wednesday - Elizabeth Taylor, Helmut Berger, Keith Baxter, Henry Fonda

Breezy - William Holden, Kay Lenz.


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