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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of April 15, 1974 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

U.S. District Judge John Sirica orders President Nixon to turn over tapes and records of 64 more conversations.

In San Francisco - Members of the Symbionese Liberation Army, accompanied by kidnapped heiress Patricia Hearst, rob a bank of almost $11,000 and escape in a flurry of gunfire. Ms. Hearst was photographed holding an automatic rifle. Two bystanders were wounded.

Atty. Gen. William Saxbe says he has concluded that newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was “not a reluctant participant” in the commando-style bank robbery staged by the SLA. He said he formed his personnel view on the basis of testimony from witnesses and photographs taken from the robbery.

For the first since the October war for control of Mt. Hermon, Israeli troops fight hand-to hand with Syrian forces.

The White House provides a long statement (100’s of pages) composed of verbatim transcripts of most of the 42 taped conversations subpoenaed by the House Judiciary Committee – which is considering impeachment for President Nixon.

Citing mitigating circumstances, Secretary of the Army Howard Callaway suspends half of Lt. William Calley Jr.’s 20-year prison sentence imposed for the massacre of Vietnamese civilians at My Lai. He will be eligible for parole in less than six months say Army officials. 


Sports – April 15, 1974

In Augusta - Gary Player wins his second Masters championship.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – April 15, 1974

Actress Melina Mercouri says she has become “totally anti-American” because of apathy in this country about conditions in Greece. “So many things have happened to me. And the thing that is terrible for me too is that I am married to an American man and I hate Americans. True, although I have many fine friends here.”

Former movie queen Betty Hutton, who converted to Catholicism and is now a housekeeper at a rectory in Rhode Island, says she has made a private “farewell” recording at a friend’s studio in Massachusetts. She says it’s the best recording she’s ever made. In it, she describes her rise to stardom in what she thought would be “a world of lights” only to discover it was “a world of terror.”


Television news – April 15, 1974

Passing – Frank McGree – NBC newsman and host of the “Today” show from complications of bone cancer. He was 52.

The Today Show pays tribute to Frank McGee for its entire two-hours on Thursday. Barbara Walters, who worked side-by-side with McGee on the show, was on vacation when she received the news. She also hosts the syndicated “Not For Women Only.”

Hal Holbrook will portray Abraham Lincoln in six one-hour dramas titled “Sandburg’s Lincoln” on NBC, as part of the network’s participation in the Bicentennial celebration.

NBC cancels these shows:

Flip Wilson, Tuesday Mystery Movies: (“Banaceck,” “Snoop Sisters,” “Tenafly,” “Farraday & Co.”), Dean Martin, The Magician, Music Country, Chase, Lotsa Luck, Brian Keith Show, Girl With Something Extra and the Wednesday Night Movie.  NBC is adding “The Rockford Files” starring James Garner, from the World Premiere movie shown March 27. Also being added – “Little House on the Prairie” from the recent high-rated TV movie and Lucus Tanner with David Hartman

CBS is dropping Here’s Lucy, The New Dick Van Dyke Show, the Tuesday Night Movies (which included the rotating series “Shaft” and “Hawkins”). “Rhoda” – a spinoff of Mary Tyler Moore will replaces Dick Van Dyke.

CBS is also adding a weekly “Planet of the Apes” series, “The Paul Sands Show” and “We’ll Get By” produced by Alan Alda and starring Paul Sorvino and Mitza Hoag. 


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – April 15, 1974

CBS – NBA Basketball, Hawaii Five-0, Late movie

NBC – Adam-12, Faraday and Company, Police Story, Tonight Show

ABC – Happy Days, Made-for-TV-movie, Marcus Welby, MD, Wide World of Entertainment

PBS – Bill Moyers’ Journal Black Journal


Happy Days – Richie has a new girlfriend, but finds out she’s pregnant.

Adam-12 – There’s a new voice on the police radio that intrigues officers Malloy and Reed.  

ABC TV Movie – “The Last Angry Man” with Pat Hingle, Lynn Carlin Tracy Bogart, Andrew Duggan, Sorrell Booke, Frankie Parelli. Story of a doctor who practices medicine in a poor section of Brooklyn.

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