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



In The News

President Ford nominates Nelson Rockefeller to be his Vice President and “a good partner for me, for the country, and the world.” Rockefeller (66) said he was “optimistic about the long-term future” with Mr. Ford as president.

President Ford says that he favors leniency for youthful draft dodgers and declared: “These young Americans should have a second chance...” Ford has ordered a review on the status of 50,000 men convicted, charged or still sought for offenses loosely described as desertion and draft dodging.

A hoaxer slips several phony items including a recommendation to reinstate Richard Nixon into the Congressional Record, prompting double takes, angry disclaimers and a formal request for prosecution. The hoaxer falsely entered an item in the record, urging President Ford to pick Nixon as his Vice President and then resign, returning the Presidency to Nixon.

President Ford signs a law allowing U.S. citizens to own and deal in gold by the end of the year. Americans have been prohibited from owning gold, other than in the form of coins, jewelry or for industrial and artistic use since 1934.

Shirley Temple Black is appointed U.S. ambassador to Ghana.


Prices at the Supermarket – August 15, 1974

At the mart - Kimbies (overnight) diapers - 12 pkg - $1.01... Chef Boy Ar Dee “Beefaroni” - 15oz can - .43...Spareribs - $1.09lb...Cool Whip - 9oz - .65.


Technology news – August 15, 1974

AT&T says that it will soon allow some phone answering machines to be directly connected to Bell System lines. Until now, Bell has insisted that any phone equipment owned by its customers, be coupled to the phone cables via an interconnections device, for which Bell companies charge a monthly rental.

Dr. Israel Kleinberg, a biochemist and dentist develops an ultraviolet camera that photographs cavities before they become visible. Dr Kleinberg is the State University of New York at Stony Brook.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – August 15, 1974

In Norfolk, Shirley MacLaine leaves 1,500 people waiting when she fails to appear for a performance of the play “If They Could See Me Know.” She apparently was upset over the sound system.

George Hamilton is hospitalized with infectious hepatitis...John Wayne is signed in a rare TV appearance in the premiere episode of Maude to air September 9.

Dies - “Walking Tall” sheriff Buford Pusser in a car crash in Selmer Tennessee.


Top TV shows – August 15, 1974

 Kojak, M*A*S*H, All In The Family, Mary Tyler Moore, Cannon, Columbo, Bob Newhart, CBS News Analysis special report, Medical Center, CBS News Analysis special report #2.


Tuesday night Television programs/listings/TV guide – August 15, 1974

(CBS) Maude, Hawaii Five-O, Shaft...(NBC) Adam-12, The Snoop Sisters, Police Story...(ABC) Happy Days, Movie, Marcus Welby, M.D.

Adam-12 - Malloy’s new car is hit when he leaves it to pursue a purse-snatcher.

Police Story - Kurt Russell stars as a country boy who finds that the police academy is not quite as he expected.


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

 “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” - Elton John, “Feel Like Makin’ Love” - Roberta Flack, “The Night Chicago Died” - Paper Lace, (You’re) Having My Baby” - Paul Anka, “Sideshow” - Blue Magic, “Please Come To Boston” - Dave Loggins, “I Shot The Sheriff”- Eric Clapton, “Takin’ Care Of Business” - Bachman-Turner Overdrive.


Top music albums – August 15, 1974

“461 Ocean Blvd” - Eric Clapton, “Back Home Again” - John Denver, “Caribou” - Elton John, “Before The Flood” - Bob Dylan and the Band, “On Stage” - Loggins & Messina, “Bachman-Turner Overdrive II,” “Pretzel Logic” - Steely Dan, “Bridge Of Sighs” - Robin Trower.


Some top movies – August 15, 1974

Chinatown - Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway

Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid - Paul Newman, Robert Redford

The Girl From Petrovka - Goldie Hawn, Hal Holbrook.

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