Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of July 1, 1974 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
In Atlanta, a crazed gunman shoots Mrs Martin Luther King Sr., mother of the slain civil rights leader - to death. Mrs King was slain while sitting at her church’s organ playing “The Lord’s Prayer.” Arrested was Marcus Chenault (21) of Dayton, Ohio. Atlanta police quoted as saying he really wanted to kill her husband, the pastor of the church.
A fire at a nightclub in Port Chester, New York kills 24 and injures at least 27. The fire at Gulliver’s Restaurant began next door in the shopping center on Boston Post Road, across from Greenwich, Connecticut. The rock band Creation was playing when they stopped the music to announce that there was a fire nearby and not to get excited. As the young crowd exited, the power went off, causing panic. Alfred Delbello, Westchester County executive called the fire “one of the worst tragedies in the history of the county. Fire departments from Port Chester, Rye, Greenwich and as far away as White Plains responded.
Soviet Party chief Brezhnev reaches an agreement with President Nixon to limit antiballistic missiles and underground nuclear tests at a summit meeting in Russia.
At the summit meeting in Russia, President Nixon gives Leonid Brezhnev a brand new Chevrolet Monte Carlo. It’s silver and white with a red interior.
John D. Ehrlichman takes the stand, saying he never approved the Ellsberg break-in ...Special prosecutor Leon Jaworski tells the Supreme Court that the nation’s constitutional form a government is in serious jeopardy if the President persists on holding back evidence and defying court orders to surrender Watergate information.
Passing - Del Webb (75) - construction tycoon and former owner of the New York Yankees.
Passing - Argentine President Juan Peron (78) - one of the most loved and hated figures in Latin-American history.
A family of five is rescued after being shipwrecked for 12 hours - all except one member. Son Billy (10) was already dead when helicopter arrived to the rescue. He was a few feet away from the rest of the family in the water when a shark struck and just about tore off his arm.
The FCC gives Howard University in Washington DC the go-ahead for the first black-controlled educational TV station in the U.S. A construction permit was issued for the university on channel 32. It owns and operates WHUR-FM (96.3).
Entertainment/Celebrity news – July 1, 1974
Frank Sinatra performs on the USS Aircraft Carrier Midway in Japan. 3000 sailors and the families got to hear the singer. “It’s really nice to spend at least part of the day with you during this Fourth of July holiday weekend while we’re all away from home.”
Funeral services are held for actor Frank Sutton (51). The actor suffered a heart attack and died just as was about to go on stage in the play “Luv” in Shreveport. He was best known as Sergeant Carter in the hit TV show “Gomer Pyle.” He leaves a wife, a son (20) and daughter (10).
Dean Paul Martin Jr. (22) - son of Dean Martin is fined $2,000 and placed on one year’s probation for illegal possession of a machine gun and an antitank gun.
Merle Haggard (37), who enters a Michigan hospital for stomach pains. Doctors say he is suffering from gastroenteritis and should be OK.
Prices at the Supermarket –July 1, 1974
A six-pac of 7-Up (The Uncola) is just .89 ... Del Monte Fruit Cocktaile - 17oz can .49 ... Q-Tips swabs - 408 count - .88 ... Birds Eye Cool Whip - 4.5oz ctn - .43
Monday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – July 1, 1974
CBS - Gunsmoke, Here’s Lucy, The New Dick Van Dyke Show, Medical Center ... NBC - Baseball ... ABC - The Rookies, Movie
On Johnny Carson - Tony Randall guests.
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – July 1, 1974
Pop music this week in 1974 - “Billy, Don’t Be A Hero” - Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods, “Rock The Boat” - The Hues Corporation, “Rock Your Baby” - George McCrae, “Sundown” - Gordon Lightfoot, “Be Thankful For What You Got’ - William DeVaughn, “Annie’s Song” - John Denver, “Rock And Roll Heaven” - The Righteous Brothers, “Hollywood Swingin” - Kool And The Gang, “If You Love Me Let Me Know” - Olivia Newton John, “The Air That I Breathe” - The Hollies, “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” - Steely Dan, “Sideshow” - Blue Magic.
Top Music Albums – July 1, 1974
“Band On The Run” - Paul McCartney, “The Sting” - soundtrack, “Sundown” - Gordon Lightfoot, “Caribou” - Elton John, “Maria Muldaur” - Maria Muldaur, “Greatest Hits” - John Denver, “Diamond Dogs” - David Bowie, “Good-Bye Yellow Brick Road” - Elton John, “Journey To The Center Of The Earth” - Rick Wakeman, “Buddah And The Chocolate Box” - Cat Stevens.
Some top movies – July 1, 1974
The Sting - Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw
My Name Is Nobody - Henry Fonda, Terence Hill
Thunderbolt & Lightfoot - Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges
The Groove Tube