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



In The News

Patty Hearst update – After a 17-day silence, a tape turns-up in which Ms. Hearst criticizes her parents and that the “FBI wants to murder me.”

H.R. Haldeman, John D. Erlichman and John N. Mitchell, plead not guilty to charges of conspiring to obstruct the Watergate investigation. 

Last POW bodies - A U.S. Air Force transport plane returns to Thailand from Hanoi carrying the remains of the last of a group of 23 American servicemen who died in North Vietnamese prison camps.

End of gas lines - Arab oil-producing nations reach an agreement to lift the embargo against the United States for two months and to restore full petroleum production.

A French court rules that Claude and Paloma Picasso, although illegitimate children of painter Pablo Picasso and Francoise Gilot, are legitimate heirs. 


Sports news – March 8, 1974

Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn says he disapproves of the Atlanta Braves’ plan not to start Hank Aaron in the season-opening series at Cincinnati, and expects Aaron to be in the game. Atlanta had announced that Aaron would be available as a pinch-hitter during the time the team is in Cincinnati, April 4-6-7, But Kuhn isn’t going for it. This puts a damper on Atlanta owner Bill Bartholoper, who wanted the big “714” to be hit at home in Atlanta, where they begin a home stand on April 8. 


Entertainment /Celebrity news – March 8, 1974

Ailing Frank Sinatra cancels his “Caesar’s Palace” engagement and will be replaced by Andy Williams. Son Frank Jr. though, is performing at the Frontier across town.

Two-Time… Last week, Mrs. Mona Frost, mom of talk show host David Frost, announced he was going to marry model Karen Graham, but this week, she’s married millionaire industrialist Del Coleman! Two years ago, he was supposed to marry singer-actress Diahann Carroll, but the engagement was called off at the last minute and she married another.

Actress Natalie Wood (Mrs. Roger Wagner) – gives birth to a baby girl – Courtney Brook.

Watergate book - Robert Redford will pay $450,000 for the film rights of “All The President’s Men” by Robert Woodward and Carl Bernstein. The book will be published June 8 by Simon and Schuster.


Television news – March 8, 1974

 TVS, an independent sports television network known for its college basketball broadcasts, will broadcast World Football League games.

Airing this week as a made-of-TV movie – “Wonder Woman” based on the comic book series. Cathy Lee Crosby, ex-U.S. tennis champ, plays her. Look for it on ABC-TV Tuesday night.


Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – March 8, 1974  

CBS – Special-We Live With Elephants, Cannon, Kojak, Late Movie

NBC – Adam-12, TV Movie, Tonight Show

ABC – The Cowboys, TV Movie, Doc Elliot, Wide World of Entertainment

PBS – Washington Connection, Theater in America


NBC TV Movie – “The Execution of Private Slovik” (1974) W/Martin Sheen, Mariclare Costello, Ned Beatty.

The story about the only WWII serviceman executed for desertion since the Civil War.

ABC TV Movie – “The Hanged Man.” (1974) – Steve Forrest, Cameron Mitchell, Sharon Acker, Dean Jagger, Will Geer, Barbara Luna. A former gunslinger is hanged, but comes back to life.

On the Tonight Show – Don Rickles is guest host to Jack Klugman, Myron Cohen and Charo. 


Music news – March 8, 1974

John Lennon makes a lot of trouble at the famed Troubadour in Hollywood. The Smothers Brothers were entertaining, but a drunk Lennon kept heckling the act. Estranged from wife Yoko, he was with companion May Pang and singer Harry Nilsson. According to college student Kevin Breslin, Peter Lawford was sitting behind Lennon and “told Lennon to shut up or get out.” More than once, the Beatle yelled “I’m John Lennon” as the Smothers did their act. Finally, Smothers’ manager Ken Fritz asked Lennon to stop, and John stood up to take a swing at him – Fritz swung back. Then Lennon picked up a glass and threw it, missing Fritz but hitting a waitress and overturning a table. She later filed charges against Lennon at a local police station.

According to Jack Haley Jr. – “I spent the first two thirds of the show with my hand over John’s mouth. Harry was the troublemaker. He was quiet but just kept egging John on. Lawford got steamed. We all did. I was with Pam Grier and she has a black belt in karate. I didn’t know what she’d do. The table fell on us and she broke, very painfully, three nails. They bled.”   

The place was packed with celebs including Leonard Nimoy, Helen Reddy, Peter Boyle, Cliff Robertson, Lily Tomlin and the Paul Newmans.

Phil Spector is said to be in another seclusion after a February 20 near-fatal car accident in Arizona. Surgery was performed on him, and he was listed in critical condition after the accident. He received multiple burns and suffered head and body injuries. All this according to an associate – Allen Stanton. Spector was working with John Lennon on an oldies album of cover songs before the accident. 

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