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




In The News

The Supreme Court orders a mid-summer hearing on President Nixon’s right to withhold Watergate tapes needed at the upcoming conspiracy trial of his former aides.

Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski says he has evidence that indicates certain large contributors to Nixon’s presidential campaign promised to contribute to the fund if they were considered for federal jobs... The Supreme Court orders a hearing on Nixon’s right to withhold Watergate tapes needed at the upcoming trials of his former aids.

The Supreme Court clears the way for James Earl Ray to withdraw his guilty plea the slaying of Martin Luther King, opening the door for a retrial. The court’s decision was based on the grounds that Ray’s attorneys, “could have been” influenced his decision because of a planned book about the assassination.

Joan Kennedy (38), Wife Of Senator Edward Kennedy, checks into a private psychiatric hospital in Connecticut. A family spokesman said “Mrs. Kennedy has been under continuous strain because of the serious illness of the Kennedy’s son Edward Jr., which required the amputation of his leg last November and has required regular preventative treatments since the surgery.”

A New York dealer purchases Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales” at an auction for $216 thousand.


Sports news – June 1, 1974

Dick Butkis has the first of two operations to repair his mangled right knee; his surgeon said, “He’d be foolish to try to play football again.”.... NFL votes to expand to Seattle, adding a 28th franchise for the 1976 season. The franchise price is $16 million...Terry Bradshaw signs a new multi-year contract with the Steelers after considering an offer with the New York Stars of the World Football League.


Entertainment /Celebrity/Movie news – June 1, 1974

Warner Brothers and the National Student Film Corp file a suite to block ABC from proceeding with a new fall series called “Nakia.” The suit claims the show plagiarizes the Box office hit “Billy Jack.” Thom Laughlin, the film’s screenwriter, says there are 43 identical incidents in his screenplay and the plot of the TV pilot film and 9 identical characters. ABC has approached Laughlin 3 times for the rights of Billy Jack. Laughlin has held out because he feared there might be less interest in a planned squeal “The Trial Of Billy Jack.”

Robert Redford signs with Warner Brothers to develop and eventually produce a number of films for the company.

Jack Nicholson is signed by Producers Saul Zaentz and Michael Douglas to star in “One Flew Over Cuckoo’s Nest.” Shooting begins this fall. Shirley Jones and Husband Jack Cassidy will star in a new musical show called “The Marriage Band” in Las Vegas.

The Jackson 5 will make their film debut, costarring with Raymond St. Jacques in “Isoman Cross and Sons.”

Premiering on TV - Dean Martin’s Comedy World on NBC with hosts Jackie Cooper, Barbara Felden and Nipsey Russell.


Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – June 1,1974

CBS – Gunsmoke, Here’s Lucy, New Dick Van Dyke Show, CBS Report

NBC – Baseball, Tonight Show

ABC – The Rookies, Movie

PBS -  Video: The New Wave


Here’s Lucy – Daughter Kim enters a Lucille Ball Look-alike contest.

ABC Movie – “No Way To Treat A Lady” with Rod Steiger, George Segal, Lee Remick (1969). 


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

Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods - “Billy, Don’t Be A Hero,” Paul McCartney & Wings - “Band On The Run,”  Stylistics - “You Make Me Feel Brand New,”  Gordon Lightfoot - “Sundown” and Maria Muldaur - “Midnight At The  Oasis” Joni Mitchell - “Help Me,”  O’Jays - “For The Love Of Money,” Cat Stevens - “Oh Very Young,” Ray Stevens - “The Streak”


Some top/pop movies – June 1, 1974

Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges in “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot.”

Barbara Streisand and Ryan O’Neal in “What’s Up Doc,”

Jack Palance and Diana Dors in “Craze.”

“Deep Throat” with Linda Lovelace,

That’s Entertainment

Blazing Saddles

Three Musketeers


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