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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of January 8, 1974 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

In his effort for a disengagement of Israeli and Egyptian forces on the Suez front, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger says “considerable progress was made” after he conferred with ailing Prime Minister Golda Meir and other Israeli leaders. 

Curbing rationing - Federal energy officials are asking refineries to reduce gasoline production by 15% from original 1974 production plans.

Inflation spiral - Surging food and fuel costs drive wholesale prices 2.2% in December – giving 1973 an 18.2% rise in prices on average – the worst in 27 years. One stat says inflation added $1,100 last year to average middle-income family expenses.

President Nixon invites the foreign ministers of six major oil-consuming Western European nations to attend a February 11 Washington meeting on global energy problems.

Herb Klein, former White House communications director suggests that the television industry cut back on its broadcasting hours to help save energy. Klein also suggested that radio stations reduce broadcast power and newspapers cut back on editions to help save newsprint and the energy used to run presses.

Three youths are jailed after a kidnapping goes wrong. A teenage boy who was the victim of the kidnap, is found dead, tied to a tree in a wooded area near Jamestown, NY. The victim’s father paid $15,000 in ransom and most of it has been recovered. Under arrest are three teenagers from the area – and at least one is linked to a teen center where the victim, Daniel Ebersole, was last seen. 


Medical/Health news update – January 8, 1974

Health – The FDA approves the use of a test kit to help doctors detect cancer in checking patients’ blood. The test was developed in 1965 by two Canadian researchers who discovered that persons suffering from certain forms of cancer had higher than normal levels of a certain type of protein in their blood.

Danny McCoy of Ft. Worth has a new group to represent ugly people “Uglies Unlimited.” “The blacks the Chicanos and the American Indians have all had their day in the sun. Now it’s time for ugly people.”

Uglies Unlimited – now 200 strong has already picketed American Airlines in Ft. Worth to protest against alleged discrimination against ugly persons in their ads and application forms. 

According to Senate testimony, Dr. Timothy Leary’s Brotherhood of Eternal Love religious organization expanded to become the largest supplier of hashish and LSD in the USA.


Sports news – January 8, 1974

The National Collegiate Athletic Assn. votes to permit an athlete to be a professional in one sport and play at the college level in others.

The Miami Dolphins defeat the Minnesota Vikings 24-7 in Super Bowl VIII. With Quarterback Bob Griese, who directed the three touchdown drives, Fullback Larry Csonka scored twice and gained a Super Bowl record 145 years. 


Television news – January 8, 1974

Mia Farrow will join Jim Henson’s “Muppets Valentine Special” to air later this month on ABC-TV.

Jack Lord makes his directing debut in the Hawaii Five-0 episode “Death With Father.” Guest star is Andrew Duggan.


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – January 8, 1974

CBS – Maude, Hawaii 5-0, Made for TV Movie

NBC – Chase, The Magician, Police Story, Tonight Show

ABC – Temperatures Rising, Made For TV Movie, Marcus Welby MD, Wide World of Entertainment

PBS – War and Peace,


ABC Made for TV Movie – “Death Squad” with Robert Forster Melvyn Douglas, Michelle Phillips, Claude Akins.

CBS Made for TV Movie – “Nightmare” – Richard Crenna, Patty Duke Astin, Vic Morrow. A Manhattan resident believes he witnessed a crime and becomes involved in the investigation, placing he and his wife in jeopardy.

The Magician – Anthony Blake (Bill Bixby) helps a little girl, whose dad is wanted for the slaying of a gangster.

On the The Tonight Show – Johnny welcomes David Brenner and Helen Forrest.   


Music news – January 8, 1974

Bob Dylan is touring for the first time in 8 years and he has a new record album “Planet Waves” on a new label – David Geffen’s Asylum Records. Bill Graham is producing all 40 shows.

New – Joel Whitburn’s “Top Pop Records, 1955-1972.” Whitburn tells us Elvis Presley is the singles king, followed by the Beatles, Pat Boone, Rick Nelson, Connie Francis, Fats Domino, Ray Charles, Supremes, James Brown and Brenda Lee.

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