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



In The News

Watergate negotiations dead – President Nixon, refusing to provide additional Watergate evidence to either the House Judiciary Committee or the special Watergate prosecutor, breaks-off all matters relating to Watergate.

Canada – Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s Liberal government, in power since 1968, gets toppled as the House of Commons condemns Trudeau’s $24 billion budget.

Calling his daughter’s abductors “a bunch of criminals,” William Randolph Hearst posts a $50,000 reward and says he will do anything in his power to secure her release. “I think they have pretty well proven they’re not too interested in the people. They have just turned out to be a bunch of criminals and I want my daughter away from them if I can get her. This is one way. It is simply that we want to get our daughter back.”

F.B.I. Director Clarence Kelley acknowledges that the FBI is “stumped” in the Patricia Hearst kidnapping case and says the Symbionese Liberation Army has “found the key” to eluding the bureau “up to this point.”

Daughter Julie Nixon Eisenhower tells the press that her father said he would carry his battle against impeachment “down to the wire,” even if one U.S. senator believes in him.


Fascinating Facts – Gas Rationing Program Blunder – May 8, 1974

Blunder - The Federal Energy Administration acknowledges that the 4.8 billion standby gasoline-rationing coupons printed by the government could be used to activate machines that give change for $1 bills. The coupons bear the same image of George Washington as dollar bills and could be used in any standard bill-changing machine in the country and will return $1 worth of change. But, the FEA says it believes “it would not be advantageous to use the coupons in the dollar bill machines” should they be put on the market under rationing, because their probable value “would be in excess of $1 on the open market.” 


 Sports news – May 8, 1974

The Boston Celtics defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 102-87 for the NBA championship. Coach Tom Heinsohn said the decision to use high-scoring John Havlicek as a decoy paved the way to the Celtics 12th championship in the NBA’s 28-year history. 


Television news – May 8, 1974

ABC’s new “Today” show competition is ready to go, with a debut date of January 6. “AM America” will air opposite NBC’s “Today” show – Mon-Fri.


Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 8, 1974  

CBS – Dirty Sally, Good Times, NBA Basketball (Milwaukee vs. Boston)

NBC – Sanford and Son, Lotsa Luck, Girl With Something Extra, Brian Keith Show, Glen Campbell-The Campbell’s Are Coming, Tonight Show, Midnight Special

ABC – The Brady Bunch, Six Million Dollar Man, The Odd Couple, Toma, In Concert 


NBA Basketball – Pat Summerall, Rick Barry and Rod Hundley report the action.

Sanford and Son – Fred buys a hot television set.

Six Million Dollar Man – Steve faces a robot programmed to kill.

Glen Campbell – Fun and music with Glen, his parents and guests Buddy Hackett, Steve Lawrence, Peter Sellers, Omar Sharif and Dinah Shore. 

In Concert – Rare Earth, Eagles, Seals and Crofts, Earth Wind and Fire, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Black Oak Arkansas.

Midnight Special – George Carlin hosts with Buffy Sainte-Marie, Leo Sayer, The Dramatics, Livingston Taylor and Waylon Jennings. 


Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 8, 1974

CBS – All In The Family, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart Show, Miss U.S.A Beauty Pageant

NBC – Emergency, Movie

ABC – Partridge Family, TV Movie, Owen Marshal, Counselor At Law


All In The Family – Everyone seems bored at the 4077th.

Partridge Family – Smitten by a cute girl, Keith writes a concerto for a Jr. college orchestra.

Mary Tyler Moore – Lou tells the newsroom he’s having marital problems.

 Bob Newhart – Bob refuses to wear a gift-watch from his wife, because it’s just too expensive.

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