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




In The News

President Nixon returns from a summit meeting in Paris and aides say the world leaders he met still consider him as a key force in the quest for global stability. None of the meetings discussed the Watergate scandal. Nixon spent time with Soviet President Nokolai Podgorny, Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka plus officials from Great Britain, West Germany, Italy, Denmark and France.   

The House Judiciary Committee gives President Nixon until this Tuesday to surrender tapes of 41 presidential conversations or face subpoena. The Committee warns that its patience with the President is wearing thin.

Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who broke Watergate say two Nixon aides helped them break the story: Hugh W. Sloan Jr. (former treasurer of the Finance Committee to Reelect the President) and an executive branch employee they call “Deep Throat.” Woodward and Bernstein say “Deep Throat” was especially important in confirming or discounting leads that they had obtained elsewhere. He’s described as holding an” extremely sensitive” executive branch job and who had access to information from the White House, the FBI, the Justice Department and the Committee for the Reelection of the President (CREEP).

Kidnapped newspaper heiress Patty Hearst - speaking on a tape recording says she has decided to join the terrorist Symbionese Liberation Army, the group which abducted her. “I have been given the choice of being released in a safe area or joining the forces of the Symbionese Liberation Army and fighting for my freedom and the freedom of all oppressed people. I have chosen to stay and fight. One thing which I learned is that the corporate ruling class will do anything in their power in order to maintain their position of control over the masses, even if it means the sacrifice of one of their own.” 

Randolph A. Hearst says he believes his kidnapped daughter Patty has been brainwashed and denounces any notion of her as joining the group, or her being a party to any abduction as “idiotic.”


Bestselling books  - April 1,1974

 “Jaws” - Peter Benchley, “Watership Down” - Richard Adams, “Burr’ - Gore Vidal, “You and Me, Babe” - Chuck Barris, “The Other Side of Midnight” - Sidney Sheldon, “Times to Remember” - Rose Kennedy, “The Secret Life of Plants” - Peter Tompkins, “You Can Profit From A Monetary Crisis” - Harry Browne, “Plain Speaking” - Merle Miller,


 Sports news – April 1, 1974

Henry (Hank) Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits home run # 714, tying Babe Ruth’s Record for all-time home runs. Vice-President Ford through-out the first pitch at Cincinnati‘s Riverfront Stadium. The Reds beat the Braves 7-6 in the 11th inning...

Later on this week - he hits homer #715, breaking the all-time record. It came in the fourth inning in a game against the Dodgers in Atlanta, who beat the Dodgers 7-4.  

A federal grand jury indicts George Steinbrenner III - owner of the New York Yankees and Board Chairman of American Shipbuilding Co, of making illegal corporate campaign contributions and directing subordinates to lie about them in federal investigations. “I’m a fighter, not a quitter, I am totally innocent and we will prove it in court where the case belongs.” 


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie/Hollywood news – April 1,1974

Near the end of the Academy Awards - presenter David Niven was just about to announce the selection for the best picture when a male streaker ran across the stage. The streaker, identified as Robert Opel (33 - an advertising man) was nabbed by security guards at the end of the stage.  Niven noted the man had shown “his shortcomings.”


At the Academy Awards -

Best picture - “The Sting”

Best actor - Jack Lemmon - “Save the Tiger

Best actress - Glenda Jackson - “A Touch of Class”

Best supporting actor - John Houseman - “The Paper Chase”

Best supporting actress - Tatum O’Neal - “Paper Moon”

Director - George Roy Hill - “The Sting”

Best Song - Marvin Hamlisch/Marilyn and Alan Bergman - “The Way We Were”

Best Scoring - Marvin Hamlisch - “The Sting”


Television news – April 1, 1974

CBS cancels the top-rated Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour. It was impossible to keep the show on the air after the couple announced the end of their 9 ½ year marriage last February. Fred Silverman - head of programming said “There won’t be a show and we’re sorry. They’re a couple of great talents.”


Friday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – April 1, 1974

CBS - Dirty Sally, Good Times, TV Pilot Movie ... NBC - Sanford and Son, Lotsa Luck, The Girl With Something Extra, The Brian Keith Show, Dean Martin Comedy Hour ... ABC - The Six Million Dollar Man, Special -  Alan King’s Energy Circus, Special - Portrait - A Man Whose Name Was John,

Alan King’s Energy Crisis - Rising Prices and Assorted Vices Comedy Hour  (special)  finds guests poking at the nation’s problems. Guests James Coco, Cass Elliot, Barbara Feldon, Morgan Freeman, Jack Klugman, David Steinberg.

Dean Martin Roast - Joe Namath is roasted as the man of the week. Guests - Angie Dickinson, David Janssen, Joey Bishop, Joyce Brothers, Rich Little, Corbett Monica.

Midnight Special (later on) - The Righteous Brothers host with Paul Williams and New Riders of the Purple Sage. 


Music news – April 1, 1974

200,000 attend “California Jam” in Ontario, CA. Each paid $10.00 for the 12-hour event, which included the sounds of Rare Earth, Earth, Wind and Fire, The Eagles, Black Oak Arkansas, Seals and Crofts, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. 


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

 Pop music this week in 1974 - “Hooked On A Feeling” - Blue Swede, “Bennie & The Jets” - Elton John, “Dark Lady” - Cher, “Sunshine On My Shoulder” - John Denver, “TSOP” - MFSB, “Mockingbird” - Carly Simon & James Taylor, “The Lord’s Prayer” - Sister Janet Mead, “”The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me” - Gladys Knight & The Pips, “Seasons In The Sun” - Terry Jacks, “Eres Tu” - Mocedades, “Come And Get Your Love” - Redbone, “Oh My My” - Ringo Starr, “I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song” - Jim Croce, “Dancing Machine” - The Jackson 5,  “I Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely” - Main Ingredient, “A Very Special Love Song” - Charlie Rich, “The Loco Motion” - Grand Funk Railroad


Top music albums – April 1, 1974

“John Denver’s Greatest Hits” - John Denver, “The Way We Were” - Barbra Streisand, “Court and Spark” - Joni Mitchell, “Band on the Run” - Paul McCartney & Wings, “Planet Waves” - Bob Dylan and the Band, “Tubular Bells” - Mike Oldsfield, “Goodbye Yellowbrick Road” - Elton John, “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” - Jim Croce, “Hotcakes” - Carly Simon, “Love Is The Message” - MFSB, “Rhapsody in White” - Love Unlimited Orchestra


Some top movies – April 1, 1974

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

Conrack - Jon Voight, Paul Winfield, Hume Cronyn

Walking Tall - Joe Don Baker, Elizabeth Hartman, Rosemary Murphy

Serpico - Al Pacino

Papillon - Steve McQueen Dustin Hoffman

McQ - John Wayne, Eddie Albert, Diana Muldaur, Colleen Dewhurst, Clu Gulager, David Huddleston, Al Lettieri

Day For Night - Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Valentina Cortese, Jean Champion

The Sugarland Express - Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson, Michael Sacks, William Atherton

The Sting - Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw,

Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles - Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, David Huddleston, Claude Ennis Starrett Jr., Mel Brooks, Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn

Badlands - Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek

The Great Gatsby - Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Karen Black, Scott Wilson, Sam Waterson, Lois Chiles, Bruce Dern

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

Mame - Lucille Ball, Beatrice Arthur, Bruce Davison, Joyce Van Patten, Robert Preston   

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