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


In The News

Calling Watergate “one of America’s most tragic happenings” - the Senate Watergate committee issues a three-volume report criticizing alleged abuses of presidential power and recommends legislation to “to safeguard the electoral process.”

 In Washington - President Nixon tells more than 2,000 supporters at a dinner that past Presidents had never quit “when quitting would have been easier ... “we are going to win.”

Watergate - John D. Ehrlichman files a motion for either a new trial or acquittal in the Ellsberg break-in case on the ground that the presiding judge made “facial expressions and other gestures” that reflected unfavorably on Ehrlichman’s credibility. Ehrlichman, formerly President Nixon’s domestic adviser, faces sentencing at the end of the month. 

A terrorist bomb explodes in the Tower of London killing one woman and injuring at least 41 others.

 A Greek-led national guard seizes control of the island of Cyprus, overthrown Archbishop Makarios as president and installed newspaper publisher Nicholas Sampson as the new president, according to Cyprus radio. Clandestine radio monitors say a broadcast by a man claiming to be Archbishop Makarios assured listeners he was still alive and called on his supporters to rally against the rebels.

Turkey attacks Cyprus by land, sea and air, bombing the northern port of Kyrenia and drooping paratroops into Turkish-Cypriot areas near the capital. Cyprus Radio broadcast an appeal to all Greek Cypriots with weapons to take up arms against the Turkish invaders. 


Medical/Health news – July 15, 1974

Wow - Debi Horn - the first woman to have her jaws wired shut by her dentist to lose weight - gets her jaws unlocked this week after seven months. She’s lost 73 pounds. She now says she plans to shed her husband. “I’ve found someone else.”. 


Sports news – July 15, 1974

Passing - Hall of famer Dizzy Dean (63) - last National League pitcher to win 30 games. Dean suffered two heart attacks. He later became a baseball announcer for radio and television. He made English teachers cringe as he described games with words like “ain’t,” slud” and “threwed.”

Gary Player of South Africa wins his eighth major golf championship taking the British Open for the third time with a one-under par 70 for a 72 hole total of 282. Britain Peter Oosterhuis finishes second with a 71-286.

Texas Ranger manager Billy Martin is suspended for three games and fined an undisclosed amount by American League president Lee MacPhail for remarks he made at home plate that triggered a bean ball battle between his club and the Milwaukee Brewers.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – July 15, 1974

Frank Sinatra tells an audience of 5000 in Sydney that a friend in the U.S. had told him President Nixon had been delighted with the press coverage of his troubled Australian tour. The reason? It had kept Watergate off the front pages.

The London tabloid - The Sun - prints nude pictures on the front page for the very first time. The pictures are that of Brigitte Bardot with the caption - “she still has the smooth, unlined face, the slender body of a girl half her age. This after 20 years living in the grueling life of a world-class film star.” The paper said the pictures came from her boyfriend - Laurent Vergez and “more remarkable pictures” of the French star were promised.

Disney in Tahoe? - Walt Disney Productions firms up plans to develop a major summer and winter resort on Independence Lake, north of the Lake Tahoe area. At the earliest, Disney says the resort could be ready by 1978.

Passing - actor Joe Flynn (49) - best known for his appearances in Disney films and co-star of television’s “McHale’s Navy.” He was found dead in the swimming pool of his Bel-Air home. His wife said he decided to go swimming before retiring and appeared to be in good spirits.

Marries - singer Alan Osmond (25) of the Osmond Brothers to former Brigham Young University cheerleader Suzanne Pinegar (21).


Fascinating Business news – July 15, 1974

Car news - Volkswagen of America Inc, with between five and six months worth of unsold cars in inventory, says it is launching “them most concentrated merchandising program we have ever made.” It introduces a specially equipped, lower priced “Beetle” called “The Love Bug.” The model will carry a suggested retail price of $2,499, about $150 less than the cheapest VW now available. “Love Bugs” will come in two colors - red and green and will have special interior and exterior trim. ... GM says the mini-Cadillac will go on sale next March. Fuel injection will be offered as an option on all 1975 Cadillac’s except the limousine model beginning later this year.


 Radio news – July 15, 1974

 WKLS-FM in Atlanta changes to album rock this week... KNEW-AM in San Francisco just changed to country ... Cousin Bruce Morrow is leaving WABC-New York to take the spot vacated by Wolfman Jack on rival WNBC. Rick Sklar, head of  programming for ABC AM stations says he has narrowed a replacement down to four or five people... Wink Martindale of KMPC Radio in Los Angeles (and gameshow host), is signed for a three-hour syndicated radio show - “Music Scene-U.S.A.” The show is produced by American Radio Programs... Don Imus - WNBC-AM disc jockey, is booked for six consecutive weekends at Jimmy’s in New York, following a recent record breaking 10-day stint at the club. His third comedy album is due out on RCA in September. Imus does a ton of comedy on his daily radio show. 


 Television news – July 15, 1974

Johnny Carson of the “Tonight Show” suffers back and neck injuries when he slips and falls while exercising on a slant board at his home. Producer Fred de Cordova says Burt Reynolds will fill-in for him Monday night.

Former New York City mayor John V. Lindsay is signed to be a regular special guest commentator on “AM America” - the new two-hour early morning series set to premiere on the ABC Television network in January. He is the first member of the AM cast to be named.

Archie Bunker will be missing from the cast of “All In The Family” for at least one show. He’s embroiled in a legal row with Tandem and so far, the first show of the new season has been tapped without him. O’Connor filed suit against the production company for clarification of his contract. He also demanded $64,017 he said is due him in back salary.

 Who’s the hottest sitcom factory in TV Land? Why it’s Mary Tyler Moore’s company - MTM. This September, they’ll have five half-hour comedies on the air. With Mary Tyler Moore going into her fifth year, Bob Newhart his third, Valerie Harper is about to begin her new series “Rhoda” on CBS. Other new series - Paul Sand in “Friends and Lovers” and a comedy starring Bob Crane as a 40-year-old insurance executive who goes back to medical school. MTM is headed by Moore’s husband - Grant Tinker.


Top TV shows – July 15, 1974

Medical Center

Bob Newhart

All in the Family


Mary Tyler Moore

Barnaby Jones

Marcus Welby, MD


The New Dick Van Dyke Show

Hawaii Five-O

Sanford & Son


The Rookies

Here’s Lucy

The Odd Couple

ABC Sunday Movie “The Silencers”


Six-Million-Dollar Man

Happy Days


Monday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide –July 15, 1974

CBS - Gunsmoke, Here’s Lucy, New Dick Van Dyke Show, Medical Center

NBC - Baseball World of Joe Garagiola, Baseball

ABC - The Rookies, Movie

PBS - Special-Coming Asunder of Jimmy Bright, How Can I Not Be Among You, Behind The Lines


Gunsmoke - Anne Francis guests as an old girlfriend of Matt Dillon’s Whom he meets again as he trails a band of outlaws to their sanctuary.

Here’s Lucy - Joan Rivers guests as Lucy’s fellow juror who feels her romantic life is ruined when Lucy’s vote deadlocks the jury and locks them up for the night.

Medical Center - An aggressive widow is determined to push her daughter to athletic fame - no matter the cost.


Music news – July 15, 1974

The Board of Immigration Appeals tells Beatle John Lennon to leave the United States by September 10 or face deportation. Lennon is challenging a federal immigration judge’s 1973 order requiring him to leave the country because of his conviction in 1968 in Britain for possession of marijuana. Lennon’s wife, Yoko Ono, has permission to stay as a permanent resident alien. 

Meanwhile Paul McCartney, wife Linda, their three daughters and members of his group “Wings” are leaving Nashville after an extended stay. They came to the area just to rehearse, but wound-up recording their next album. Says Paul “Nashville is one of the world’s musical cities.” He may stop off in New York to see his old friend John Lennon.

More music news - Mike Curb becomes the exclusive producer for all Osmond family records. The former MGM Records president has been working with the Osmonds for six years. He left the label in September of 1973.

Nothing to do? - Go to the Ozark Music Festival in Sedlaia, Mo. this weekend. Scheduled to perform - the Eagles, America, Bachman-Turner-Overdrive, Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes, Elvin Bishop, REO Speedwagon, Jimm Spherris, Joe Walsh. As if that weren’t enough - there’re more artists on the bill: Jim Stafford, Earl Scruggs Review, Bob Seger, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Leonard Skinner, Leo Kottke, Electric Flag, Cactus, David Bromberg, Locomotive GT, Bill Quateman, Babe Ruth, Furay-Hellman-Slater.  

Audio - Ampex releases six Moody Blues albums on quad (4 channel) tape.    


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – July 15, 1974

ROCK YOUR BABY - George McCrae

ANNIE’S SONG - John Denver

 ROCK THE BOAT - Hues Corporation


ROCK AND ROLL HEAVEN - Righteous Brothers



YOU WON’T SEE ME - Anne Murray


ON AND ON - Gladys Knight & Pips


SIDESHOW - Blue Magic

BILLY, DON’T BE A HERO - Bo Donaldson & Heywoods


RADAR LOVE - Golden Earring

IF YOU LOVE ME (Let Me Know) - Olivia Newton-John

CALL ON ME - Chicago

TAKIN’ CARE OF BUSINESS - Bachman-Turner Overdrive



SUNDOWN - Gordon Lightfoot

MACHINE GUN - Commodores

FINALLY GOT MYSELF TOGETHER (I’m A Changed Man) - Impressions

THIS HEART - Gene Redding




HANG ON IN THERE BABY - Johnny Bristol


MY THANG - James Brown



KEEP ON SMILIN’ - Wet Willie



FISH AIN’T BITIN’ - Lamont Dozier


COME MONDAY - Jimmy Buffett

SURE AS I’M SITTIN’ HERE - Three Dog Night



Top Soul Music Singles – July 15, 1974

On and On - Gladys Knight & The Pips

Finally Got Myself Together (I’m A Changed Man) - The Impressions

Rock Your Baby - George McCrae

Rock The Boat - Hues Corporation

Machine Gun - Commodores

You’ve Got My Soul On Fire - Temptations

You’re Welcome, Stop On By - Bobby Womack

How Do You Feel The Morning After - Millie Jackson

Jive Turkey (part 1) - Ohio Players

Feel Like Making Love - Roberta Flack


Top Country Hit Music Singles – July 15, 1974

This Song is Driving Me Crazy - Tom T. Hall

Marie Laveau - Bobby Bare

You Can’t Be A Beacon (If Your Light Don’t Shine) - Donna Fargo

Stomp Them Grapes - Mel Tillis

The Man That Turned My Mama On - Tanya Tucker

He Thinks I Still Care - Anne Murray

If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - Olivia Newton John

As Soon As I Hang Up The Phone - Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty

Help Me/If You Talk In Your Sleep - Elvis Presley


Top Music Albums – July 15, 1974

Back Home Again - John Denver

Journey To The Centre Of The Earth - Rick Wakeman

Caribou - Elton John

Buddah & THe Chocolate Box - Cat Stevens

Band on the Run - Paul McCartney & Wings

II - Bockman-Turner Overdrive

Greatest Hits - John Denver

Tres Hombres - ZZ Top

Sundown - Gordon Lightfoot

Diamond Dogs - David Bowie

Soundtrack - The Sting


More Top Music Albums – July 15, 1974

On Stage - Loggins & Messina

Let’s Put It All Together - The Stylistics

Muria Muldaur

Before The Wind - Bob Dylan & The Band

Court and Spark - Joni Mitchell

Shock Treatment - Edgar Winter Group

Apostrophe(!) - Frank Zappa

 Body Heat - Quincy Jones

Goodbye Yellowbrick Road - Elton John

Moontan - Golden Earring

Shinin’ On - Grand Funk

Bridge of Sighs - Robin Trower

On The Border - The Eagles

Stop All That Jazz - Leon Russell

If You Love Me Let Me Know - Olivia Newton John

Claudine Soundtrack - Gladys Knight & The Pips.

Open Our Eyes - Earth, Wind & Fire

Skin Tight - Ohio Players


Top movies – July 15, 1974

 Herbie Rides Again - Helen Hayes, Ken Berry, Stefane Powers, John McIntire, Keenan Winn

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot - Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, George Kennedy

Blazing Saddles - Harvey Korman, Mel Brooks

The Exoricist - Ellen Burstyn, Max Von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Jack MacGowran, Jason Miller, Linda Blair

Daisy Miller - Cybill Shepherd, Barry Brown, Mildred Natwick, Eileen Brennan, Cloris Leachman, Duilio Del Prete

Chinatown -  Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway

My Name is Nobody - Henry Fonda, Terence Hill

The Terminal Man - George Segal

Ken Shapiro’s The Groove Tube

Mr. Majestyk - Charles Bronson, Al Lettieri, Linda Cristal, Lee Purcell

That’s Entertainment

The Nightcomers - Marlon Brando

Zandy’s Bride - Gene Hackman, Liv Ullmann

The Parallax View - Warren Beatty, Hume Cronyn, William Daniels, Paula Prentiss

The Mysterious Island of Captain Nemo - Omar Sharif

The Wanderers

The Sting - Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw

Summer Run - Andrew Parks, Dennis Redfield, Tina Lund, Judith Nugent, Gail Joy, Juliet Berto

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