Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of March 23, 1974 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
In a nationwide radio address, President Nixon says he backs anti-busing moves and that segregated school systems over the past five years “have been dismantled in much of the nation with minimal forced busing.”
The U.S. embassy in Mexico City confirms the kidnapping of U.S. Envoy John Patterson.
President Nixon turns over a second batch of White House documents subpoenaed by White House prosecutor Jaworski.
Speaking at ceremonies commemorating the first Vietnam Veteran’s Day, President Nixon said the history would judge America’s involvement in Vietnam differently than “than “the instant analysis we hear today.” “The verdict of history, I am sure, will be quite different from the instant analysis that we presently see and sometimes hear.”
CREEP a bunch of Creeps - Speaking in Chicago, Vice President Ford brands the Committee for the Reelection (CREEP) of President Nixon “an arrogant elite guard of political adolescents.” Ford said the political lesson drawn from Watergate was that never again should such a group be allowed to take over the running of a national campaign from the regular party organization.
San Francisco – After 36 days, the $2 million Hearst food giveaway “People in Need” to gain release of kidnapped daughter is no more. The program was riddled with violence. It will resume if daughter Patricia Hearst is released.
Sports news – March 23, 1974
In Caracas – George Foreman smashes Ken Norton to the floor in the second round.
Entertainment/Celebrity news – March 23, 1974
Passing – Nathan Handwerker (83) – Founder of famous Nathan’s hotdog stands/ restaurants.
Sir Laurence Olivier ends 37 years at the Old Vic Theater in London. He’s taking some time off, but when he returns to the National Theater Company, it will be in new premises.
About 1,500 show-up at “An Evening With the Friends of Jim Stacy” in Hollywood. The actor recently lost an arm and a leg in a motorcycle accident. Seen – Desi Arnaz Jr., with girlfriend Liza Minelli: June Allyson, Demond Wilson, Tim Conway, Harvey Korman and Frank Sinatra.
After their rudeness at the Troubadour – John Lennon and Harry Nilsson sent The Smothers an apology.
Television news – March 23, 1974
This week (Tuesday), a man is seen streaking across the stage of the “Tonight” show, wearing nothing but a Johnny Carson facemask. It’s revealed the guy is one of Carson’s writers – Pat McCormack.
TV Sports – No more play-by-play - Chris Schenkel is been pulled from ABC college football broadcasts and instead, will be part of ABC’s Saturday sports coverage in studio. He’ll introduce games, with wrap-ups and scores. He’s replaced by Keith Jackson.
Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – March 23, 1974
CBS – Dirty Sally, Good Times, Pilot, CBS Reports
NBC – Sanford and Son, Lotsa Luck, Girl With Something Extra, Brian Keith Show, Dean Martin Comedy Hour, Tonight Show, Midnight Special
ABC – Brady Bunch, Six Million Dollar Man, Odd Couple, Toma, In Concert
PBS – Masterpiece Theater
CBS TV Pilot – “Aces Up” About two Puerto Ricans who operate a truck company on a limited budget. Stars Raul Julia, Jose Perez.
Odd Couple – After Felix lends an assist; Oscar wins a car in a radio contest.
On the Tonight Show – The Bee Gees and Charles Nelson Reilly.
In Concert – Melissa Manchester, Kiss Redbone, Foghat, Kool & The Gang.
Midnight Special – Wolfman Jack hosts with Sha Na Na, Stade, Wishbone Ash, Judi Pulver, Leo Kottke, David Essex.
Music news – March 23, 1974
Tens of thousands are expected in Ontario, CA for a 12-hour rock concert “California Jam Session” (California Jam). The show will feature Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Seals and Crofts, Rare Earth, Deep Purple, Eagles, Black Sabbath, Black Oak Arkansas and Earth, Wind & Fire.
Al Green – he’s one of the hottest pop acts around. His last seven singles have been million-sellers as has his last four albums. But, Green now says he wants to do more Gospel music and that’s where he is heading.
Mac Davis hosts “A Touch Of Gold” on NBC beginning this week. The music show features million-selling songs and interviews.
Radio news – March 23, 1974
KLOS (95.5) Los Angeles will broadcast 12 hours from the live “Jam” concert from suburban Ontario.
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – March 23, 1974
ROCK ON - David Essex
SUNSHINE ON MY SHOULDERS - John Denver
DARK LADY - Cher
MOCKINGBIRD - Carly Simon & James Taylor
JET - Paul McCartney & Wings
HOOKED ON A FEELING - Blue Swede
BENNIE AND THE JETS - Elton John
SEASONS IN THE SUN - Terry Jacks
ERES TU (Touch The Wind) - Mocedades
BOOGIE DOWN - Eddie Kendricks
THE LORD’S PRAYER - Sister Janet Mead
TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia) - MFSB
BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME - Gladys Knight & Pips
TRYING TO HOLD ON TO MY WOMAN - Lamont Dozier
ROCK AND ROLL, HOOCHIE KOO - Rick Derringer
MIGHTY LOVE (pt. 1) - Spinners
COME AND GET YOUR LOVE - Redbone
I’LL HAVE TO SAY I LOVE YOU IN A SONG - Jim Croce
THERE WON’T BE ANYMORE - Charlie Rich
Some top movies – March 23, 1974
Blazing Saddles – Mel Brooks
The Sting – Paul Newman, Robert Redford
Wilie Dynamite – Roscoe Orman, Diana Sands
Walking Tall – Joe Don Baker
Mame – Lucille Ball
The Last Detail – Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, Randy Quaid