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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of February 12, 1974 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

Fuel shortage - An Associated Press sampling of 92 major cities throughout the U.S. shows that gasoline lines are nonexistent in 52 of them. But if you live in New York, Chicago, Bridgeport, Hartford, Portland (Ore), Eugene (Ore), Baltimore or Tucson, you are likely to wait an hour or more before getting any gas for your car. Overall, the eastern section of the country seems to have the longest lines. . The Midwest is trouble free with Chicago a major exception.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the Soviet Union’s greatest living writer, is stripped of his citizenship and spirited out of his native land by the secret police to an unwilling exile in West Germany.

Watergate - Special Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski says that President Nixon had cut him off from dozens of tape recordings and documents that he needed to complete his investigations and that those negotiations are at an impasse... Meanwhile, a federal judge criticizes Jaworski for discussing the veracity of ousted White House counsel John W. Dean III during a February 3 television interview. “It seems to me your good sense ought to keep you off talk shows.” “Any further lapse” from the court’s rules against commenting on the case outside the courtroom “will have increasingly serious consequences.” The judge said any prejudice cause by Jaworski’s televised comments could be cured by excluding from the jury, those who heard the special prosecutor’s statement or read about it.

White House police shoot down a stolen military helicopter on the south lawn of the White House. Jack Warner of the secret Service says the stolen aircraft buzzed the White House around 1am and returned at 2am, at which time it was fired upon by officers with shotguns. The helicopter landed on its own after it was hit by the shotgun blast. The unhurt pilot, Pfc. Robert Preston, was arrested. 

The British government announces a record 20% increase in food prices in the past year and Labour opposition leaders promptly accuse Prime Minister Edward Heath of “cheating the people.” Labour party leader Harold Wilson accuses the government of letting prices soar while trying unfairly to hold down wages. The figure was coupled with a record 12% jump in the cost of living. 

Former Vice President Spiro Agnew visits Frank Sinatra at his Rancho Mirage, California home (near Palm Springs). He is expected to take part in a celebration of Jack Benny’s 80th birthday. The continued assignment of Secret Service agents to the former Vice President is raising eyebrows by some in congress. The General Accounting Office two weeks ago questioned the legality of Secret Service protection for Agnew. It is being provided at President Nixon’s request... A few days later, Controller General Elmer Staats informs the Treasury that he would not allow any further use of federal funds to provide Secret Service protection for Spiro T. Agnew.

Julie Nixon Eisenhower (25) undergoes a major operation for removal of a benign ovarian cyst. Doctors stopped the internal bleeding, which had led to the operation. They are calling her condition satisfactory.  


Fascinating Facts – Pop Trends – February 12, 1974

Pop Trends - Ouija Boards are selling briskly these days. Parker Bros, which gained all rights eight years ago, reports 1973 sales topped 400,000 up 10% from the previous year. The boards retail for about $3. The invention of the Ouija board is credited to William Fuld, a customs inspector from Baltimore, who took out a patent in 1892.  


Best-selling books – February 12, 1974

Burr - Gore Vidal

The First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders

Postern of Fate- Agatha Christie

Theophilus North - Thornton Wilder

The Honorary Consul - Graham Greene

 Beulah Land - Lonnie Coleman

The Hollow Hills - Mary Stewart

Plain Speaking - Merele Miller

How to Be Your Own Best Friend - Mildred Newman

The Onion Field - Joseph Wambaugh

In One Ear and Out the Other - Sam Levenson

Alistair Cooke’s America - Alistair Cooke

The Joy of Sex - Alex Comfort

Portrait of a Marriage - Nigel Nicholson

The Onion Field - Joseph Wambaugh

The Best of Life - David E. Scherman


Radio news – February 12, 1974

Maureen Reagan leaves her Mon-Sat shift on KABC radio in Los Angeles. She held forth the 6-8pm shift on the talk station. She’s leaving to costar in a Jack Webb NBC movie of the week - “Vector” and hopes that it will become a fulltime series. The departure was described “very sudden and amicable.” She’s the daughter of California Governor Ronald Reagan and actress Jane Wyman. 


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – February 12, 1974

Dean (Paul) Martin Jr. (22) is formally indicted on two federal firearms violations by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles. He is charged with unlawful possession of eight machine guns and an antitank gun and transferring firearms in violation of federal law. Currently a student at UCLA, Martin was arrested on January 16 and faces 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine if convicted. He’s the oldest son of singer/actor Dean Martin.

Movie news controversy - dispute over terminology and actual on-screen credit - Eileen Dietz (22) says she was paid $16,000 “to be invisible” in “The Exorcist.” She claims she worked on film six months and that the demon-possessed character of Regan is a composite performance by herself, Mercedes McCambridge and Linda Blair, who won the Golden Globe for the role. Petitioning the Screen Actors Guild, Ms Dietz claims she was unfairly forced to sign a gag order preventing her from publicizing the fact that she was Linda Blair’s double in the movie. Warner Brothers contends that Ms Dietz’s charges are untrue and that Linda Blair played every scene in the movie herself. “I feel like John Dean at Watergate. I am only asking someone to listen to me. I have nothing to gain by lying and being found out, except a whole mess and an end to my career.” In her grievance petition she continued - “To my knowledge Linda Blair did not shoot the (vomiting scene) because the appliance did not fit her mouth. I also shot the spitting, shrieking and struggling scenes, the levitation scene, the crucifix scene, just about all the possession scenes. I understood when I was hired by Billy (Friedkin) that he wanted a strong, experienced actress on the set and just to leave it at that.”  


Top TV shows – February 12, 1974

All in the Family

Hawaii Five-O

Sanford and Son


Sonny and Cher

Marcus Welby, MD



Dean Martin Show


Country Music Hit Parade

Kansas City Bomber

Mitzi Gaynor

Six Million Dollar Man

Mary Tyler Moore

ABC Sunday Movie - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly


ABC Monday movie - Big Bounce

Good Times


Sunday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – February 12, 1974

CBS - Apple’s Way, Mannix, Barnaby Jones

NBC - Wonderful World of Disney, McMilian and Wife

ABC - The FBI, Movie

PBS - Children of China, Religious America, Masterpiece Theater


Apple’s Way - George Apple is hired to build a hone gym for a crippled high school boy. Stars Ronnie Cox, Lee McCain.

Wonderful World of Disney - “The Ugly Dachshund” - part 2.

ABC Movie - The Ten Commandments - part 1.

Masterpiece Theater - “Upstairs, Downstairs” 


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – February 12, 1974 

Americans - Byron MacGregor

Love’s Theme - Love Unlimited

Let Me Be There - Olivia Newton John

The Way We Were - Barbra Streisand

Seasons In The Son - Terry Jacks.

Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do) -  Aretha Franklin     

Jungle Boogie - Kool & the Gang

Spiders and Snakes - Jim Stafford

You're Sixteen - Ringo Starr

Boogie Down - Eddie Kendricks

Last Time I Saw Him - Diana Ross

Smokin' in the Boys' Room - Brownsville Station

The Joker - The Steve Miller Band

Rock On - David Essex

Put Your Hands Together - The O'Jays

Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) - The Rolling Stones                        

Eres Tu (Touch the Wind) - Mocedades

Let Me Be There - Olivia Newton-John

Love Song - Anne Murray

Midnight Rider - Greg Allman

Dark Lady - Cher

Mockingbird - Carly Simon & James Taylor

Jet - Paul McCartney & Wings

I Shall Sing - Garfunkel

Energy Crisis ‘74 - Dickie Goodman


Music news – February 12, 1974

Mick Jagger, who was heard on Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” can also be heard on some of her “Hotcakes” tracks.

The Wes Farrell Organization is searching for new songs for use as theme music for “The Singing Cowboy,” a TV pilot. Music must be original and unpublished.

Songwriter and Columbia artist Bruce Springsteen has joined ASCAP. He’s currently recording material for a new single.

Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert is now in 120 markets. The show has taped appearances by Billy Preston, Todd Rundgren, Brownsville Station, Chambers Brothers, Wishbone Ash, Climax Blues Band, Al Wilson, Dr. John and Graham Central Station.


Top music albums – February 12, 1974

Planet Waves – Bob Dylan

Under The Influence Of – Love Unlimited

Greatest Hits – John Denver

Tales From Topographic Oceans – Yes

You Don’t Mess Around With Jim – Jim Croce

Court and Spark – Joni Mitchell

Ship Ahoy – O’Jays

The Joker – Steve Miller Band

Soundtrack – American Graffiti

Behind Closed Doors – Charlie Rich

Hotcakes – Carly Simon

Goodbye Yellowbrick Road – Elton John

Sabbath Bloody Sabbath – Black Sabbath

Band On The Run – Paul McCartney & Wings

I Got A Name – Jim Croce

The Joke – Steve Miller


Top Pop Hit Music Singles In Britain – February 12, 1974

Tiger Feet – Mud

Devil Gate Drive – Susi Quatro

Teenage Rampage – Sweet

The Man Who Sold The World – Lulu

Dance With The Devil – Cozy Powell

Solitaire – Andy Williams

All of my Life – Diana Ross

The Show Must Go On – Leo Sayer

Wombling Song – Wombies

Rockin’ Roll Baby – Stylistics

How Come – Ronnie Lane


Top Country Hit Music Songs – February 12, 1974

Another Lonely Song – Tammy Wynette

Daddy, What If – Bobby Bare

That’s The Way Love Goes – Johnny Rodriquez

Sweet Magnolia Blossom – Billy Crash Craddock

I’m Still Loving You – Joe Stampley

A Love Song – Anne Murray

World of Make Believe – Bill Anderson

I Love You, I Love You – David Houston & Barbara Mandrell

There’s A Honkey Tonk Angel – Conway Twitty


Top Soul Hit Music – February 12, 1974

Jungle Boogie – Kool & The Gang

Put Your Hands Together – O’Jays

Boogie Down – Eddie Kendricks

Mighty Love Part 1 – Spinners

I’ll Be The Other Woman – Soul Children

Sexy Mama – Moments

We’re Getting Careless With Our Love – Johnnie Taylor

Trying To Hold On To My Woman – Lamont Dozier

I Like To Live The Love – B.B. King

Joy – Isaac Hayes

You’re So Unique – Billy Preston


Top Jazz albums – February 12, 1974

Spectrum – Billy Cobham

Head Hunters – Herbie Hancock

Don’t Mess With Mr. T. – Stanley Turrentine

2 – Deodato

Soul Box – Grover Washington Jr.

Supersax Plays Byrd – Supersax

Sweetnighter – Weather Report

Hymn of the seventh Galaxy – Chick Corea 

Unsung Heroes – The Crusaders


Top movies – February 12, 1974

The Last Detail - Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, Randy Quaid, Clifton James, Carol Kane

The Exoricist - Ellen Burstyn, Max Von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran, Jason Miller, Linda Blair

Busting - Elliott Gould, Robert Blake

Sleeper - Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

The Serpent - Yul Brynner, Henry Fonda, Dirk Bogarde

Night Watch - Elizabeth Taylor, Laurence Harvey, Billie Whitelaw

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

Zardoz - Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling

Magnum Force - Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry, Hal Holbrook, Mitchell Ryan, David Soul

The Day of the Dolphin - George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Paul Sorvino, Fritz Weaver

The Seven-Ups - Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, Larry Haines

American Graffiti - Richard Dreyfuss, Ronny Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charlie Martin Smith, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Cindy Williams, Wolfman Jack

Papillon - Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman

Chariots of the Gods

The Way We Were - Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford

The Sting - Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw

A Touch of Class - George Segal, Glenda Jackson

Blazing Saddles - Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, David Huddleston, Mel Brooks, Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn

Black Belt Jones - Jim Kelly  

Hell Up In Harlem - Fred Williamson (The Black Godfather is back and he’s takin’ over the town!)

The Arena - Pam Grier

Happy New Year - Uno Ventura

Serpico - Al Pacino

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