Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of May 1, 1974 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Asst. Atty. Gen. Henry Peterson, declaring, “I am not a whore,” defends his conduct of the initial Watergate investigation. This after White House-edited tape-recorded transcripts said that Petersen regularly informed President Nixon about the progress of the investigation and sometimes advised him about the ways to deal with top presidential aides implicated in the scandal. “You newspaper people are disappointed that I’m not a whore! I am not a whore. I walked through a minefield and came out clean”
In Israel, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger discuses proposals for troop separation on the Syrian front with Israeli leaders. In Egypt, President Anwar Sadat says he has “full confidence that my friend Dr. Henry A. Kissinger” will achieve military disengagement between Israel and Syria.
Gaullist era ends in France after 16 years as Socialist Francois Mitterrand and Finance Minister Valery Giscard d’Estaing run first and second in the country’s presidential election.
West German Chancellor Willy Brandt resigns, accepting full blame for a Communist spy scandal. He said in a short note of resignation: “I accept the political responsibility for negligence in connection with the Guillaume espionage affair and declare my resignation from the office of federal Chancellor.
Vice President Ford, shouted down by an angry outburst from a University of Michigan audience when he defended President Nixon during a commencement address. He was cheered when he said the transcribed conversations between Mr. Nixon and his aides (on tape), “to be honest, do not exactly confer sainthood on anyone concerned.”
These guys are bad news - In San Francisco, police arrest seven black men in the so-called Zebra slayings. Mayor Joeseph Alioto says some are ringleaders of a terrorist group called the “Death Angels.” Police say the group is composed of “fanatical believers in black separatism” and that the group’s alleged activities were obtained from an inside informant. The local group is a division of a larger organization dedicated to the murder and mutilation of whites and dissident blacks. “The pattern of killing is by random street shooting or hacking to death with a machete, cleaver or knife.” Police believe not only that the Death Angels were responsible for the 18 Zebra shootings, of which, 12 have been fatal.
In Phoenix, President Nixon tells a cheering Republican audience, “I intend to stay on the job.”
Fascinating Facts – No More Singing Telegrams – May 1, 1974
End of a trend – Western Union ends the “singing telegram” – in New York and there’s only one state you can now get a Western Union singing telegram – California. The service has been around since 1933.
Sports news – May 1, 1974
Bill Walton – the UCLA All-American center, says he’ll join the Portland Trailblazers of the NBA. The 5-year contract is estimated at around $3 million.
Entertainment/CelebrityHollywood news – May 1, 1974
A fire breaks-out during a taping of the children’s show “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters” at Goldwyn Studios and spreads quickly. Witnesses say the fire began from a spotlight on one of the soundstages. Damage was estimated at $10 million.
Television news – May 1, 1974
Passing – Agnes Moorehead (67) – best known as the acid-tongued mother-in-law on “Bewitched.”
Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 1, 1974
CBS – The Waltons, Movie, Late Movie
NBC – Ironside, Music Country U.S.A., Tonight Show
ABC – Chopper One, Firehouse, Kung Fu, Streets of San Francisco, Dick Cavett
PBS – Nova, War and Peace
Ironside – This two-hour special finds the Chief posing as a skid-row wino to catch a murderer.
Firehouse – Ryerson and his men fight a mansion fire.
Kung Fu – Caine’s a witness to an Army officer’s coward ness and becomes a hunted man.
Music Country U.S.A. – Charlie Rich hosts with Dionne Warwicke, Donna Fargo, Mac Wiseman and Tammy Wynette.
Dick Cavett – Guest Jan Morris – the British writer who underwent a successful transsexual operation.