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




In The News

President Nixon returns from a sudden summit in Paris and aids say they are optimistic about the upcoming Moscow summit. 

 Prime Minister Golda Meir stuns the nation by announcing she will resign, a move she was quoted as saying is “irrevocable.”

The House Judiciary Committee issues a subpoena for President Nixon to produce tapes and other records of 42 presidential conversations for it s impeachment inquiry.

The Mona Lisa flies to Japan for exhibition.


Fascinating Facts – April 8, 1974

In Dallas – 8-year-old Carrie Crossman’s right to be a cub scout is being asserted by her mother and the Dallas branch of the American Civil Liberties Union and the Women’s equity Action League.

Skydiver survives - Jeff Wetzell of Rock Falls, Ill falls 7,200 feet into a muddy field and survives after his chute failed more than halfway down. It finally opened - some 400 feet above ground.  He broke both ankles and suffered a broken vertebra after he landed in a wet, newly plowed field.

Federal marshals move to evict radio evangelist Curtis Howe Springer from federal land on which he built his Zzyzx Mineral Springs near Baker, CA (off I-15 on the way to Las Vegas). It climaxed after years of litigation over his right to occupy and develop the federal property on the basis of mining claims he obtained in 1944. The government says he did everything but mine. The land contains a 60-room hotel, food processing plant, lake, church and radio studio. Springer is heard on some 300 radio stations, where his religious programs also hawk his health foods produced at Zyyzx. He says he’ll reside in Las Vegas.

Science - A report says the first indirect evidence supporting the theory that the strength of gravity on earth and throughout the universe is slowly weakening.


Sports news – April 8, 1974

Owner Ray Kroc of the San Diego Padres, apparently frustrated by his team’s poor play, uses the public address system at San Diego Stadium to assail the Padres for “stupid baseball” in their game again the Houston Astros. Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn and National League president Charles Feeney urged Kroc to apologize to his players for the public scalding. 

 Hank Aaron tops home run king Babe Ruth with his 715th home run in Atlanta. The Braves won 7-4 in a game against the Dodgers. “It is a happy moment and I’m glad it’s over with. I feel I can relax now and that my teammates can relax and that I can go on to have a great year, a year comparable to my last one,” said Aaron. He did so on the first swing of the game.  


Entertainment/Celebrity news – April 8, 1974

Playing in Las Vegas –

Petula Clark – Caesars Palace

Bobby Gentry – Desert Inn

Robert Goulet/Foster Brooks – Frontier

Shecky Green – MGM Grand (Jackson’s debut mid-week)

Tony Bennett – Hilton

Englebert Humperdinck – Riviera

Jim Nabors/Charo – Sahara

Wayne Newton – Sands

Tony Martin/CydCarisse – Thunderbird


Television news – April 8, 1974

CBS-TV program director Fred Silverman announces that the top-rated Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour has been canceled. It was reported that ever since Sonny Bono (39) and his wife Cher announced the end of their 9 ½ year marriage last February, there have been negotiations between their representatives and CBS to keep the show on the air.


Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – April 8, 1974

CBS – Gunsmoke, Here’s Lucy, New Dick Van Dyke Show, Special-Women of the Year, Late movie.

NBC – Baseball, Tonight Show

ABC – The Rookies, Movie

PBS – Much Ado About Nothing


ABC Movie “Once Upon A Time in the West” (1969) with Henry Fonda, Claudia Cardinale, Jason Robards, Charles Bronson. 3 ½ hours.

Women of the year – honors eight women of achievement: Barbara Walters, Katherine Hepburn, Bill Jean King, Martha Griffiths, Patricia Roberts Harris, Dr. Dixy Lee Ray, Dorothy Height and Barbara McDonald


Music news – April 8, 1974

Frank Sinatra begins a 13-concert tour of eight cities at Carnegie Hall. It was his first personal appearance in New York City since 1957.

The Jackson 5 makes their Las Vegas debut this week. The act is now expanded to six with the addition of 11-year-old Randy.


Some top movies – April 8, 1974

 The Conversation – Gene Hackman

The Great Gatsby – Robert Redford, Mia Farrow

Serpico – Al Pacino

The Three Musketeers – Oliver Reed Raquel

Conrack – Jon Voight

The Exoricist – Ellen Burstyn, Max Von Sydow

Blazing Saddles – Cleavon Little

Sleeper – Woody Allen

Cops & Robbers

Sugerland Express – Goldie Hawn

American Graffiti

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