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




In The News

How to ease inflation - President Ford opens the first of 12 economic conferences in Washington. A group of the nation’s leading economists agree that the time has come for a reduction in interest rates and some easing in the supply of credit available to consumers and business.  

On nationwide TV and radio - President Ford grants former President Richard M. Nixon’s full, free and absolute pardon for “all offenses against the United States” that Mr. Nixon may have committed during his presidency.

Responding – Richard Nixon concedes he had made “mistakes and misjudgments” in the Watergate scandal but admitted no legal guilt. “That the way I tried to deal with Watergate was the wrong way is a burden I shall bear for every day of the life that is left to me,” said Mr. Nixon. Nixon also announces he is resigning from the California State Bar.  

President Ford says he’s giving consideration to pardon all Watergate defendants, saying the matter is “under study.”

Alan Greenspan (48) is sworn-in as chairman of President Ford’s Council of Economic Advisors. Greenspan is also an accomplished clarinet player.  

Busing non-gratis - Sen. Edward Kennedy is booed and splattered with a rotten tomato when he tried to address an estimated 10,000 protesting a court-ordered integration plan for Boston schools.

 Hurricane Carmen hits Louisiana’s coast with top wind speeds of 180 mph.

President Ford postpones “indefinitely” a decision on conditional amnesty for Vietnam War deserters and draft resisters.

 The big jump – About 50,000 people are expected to watch Evel Knievel’s jump across Snake River Canyon. And, the event is set to play in selected movie theaters via closed circuit television. 

President Ford names George Bush (50) - a chairman of the Republican National since January 1973, to head the U.S. liaison office in Peking that is the only U.S. link with the People ’s Republic of China.

President Ford conducts a pre-summit White House meting of 28 economists and heard a series of gloomy predictions of stubborn inflation and rising unemployment awaiting American throughout this year and 1975.

Former President appears to be in good health, but he is “not the happiest man in the world,” according to a supporter who said he has visited Nixon in San Clemente.

President Ford says, “Inflation is the cruelest kind of taxation without representation” and vowed to bring it under control by the nation’s 200th anniversary – July 4, 1976.

The nation’s unemployment edges up to 5.4% in August.

Lester G. Maddox one of the last of the South’s openly racist politicians, says goodbye – as he suffers a staggering defeat in his bid for a second term as governor of Georgia.

David Eisenhower – Nixon’s son-in-law, believes it would a good idea of the former President ran again for office, possibly the Senate.

Unprecedented - President Ford grants former President Nixon a full and unconditional pardon for all crimes he may have committed against the United States during his 5 ½ years in office. “I feel that Richard Nixon and his loved ones have suffered enough,” said Ford. Shortly after the announcement, Ford’s press secretary and old friend, J.F. terhorst resigns in protest over the pardon.

Richard Nixon, in response – released this – “In accepting this pardon, I hope that his (Ford’s) compassionate act will contribute to lifting the burden of Watergate from our country.” “That the way I tried to deal with Watergate was the wrong way is the burden I shall bear for every day of the life that is left to me.”

Betty Ford said the President had acted in “good faith” in granting an absolute pardon to Richard Nixon.

Nixon Pardon Reaction –

Democrat Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia complained that Ford’s action set “one standard for the former President of the United States and another standard for everybody else.”

Republican Sen. Barry Goldwater said it “was the only decent and prudent course for him to follow.”

Martha Mitchell, commenting on President Ford’s pardoning of Nixon said she did not feel sorry for the former President or his family because “they’re too stupid to know what they’re doing.’ “I knew Nixon had something up his sleeve when he left the White House.’

The pardon will not cover top aides – the six cover-up defendants including Atty. Gen. John N. Mitchell and H.R. Haldeman – all set to go on trial as scheduled – Sept. 30. 

A White House spokesman says that President Ford is studying the possibility of pardoning other persons involved in the Watergate scandal, just as he did former President Nixon. But wait - Among bitter protests – President Ford issues new explanations of the Watergate pardon policy – saying he would consider only individuals clemency pleas and not blanket pardons for all the defendants.

Also, President Ford postpones indefinitely his decision on conditional amnesty for Vietnam-era deserters and draft resisters because he was involved in pardon negotiations for former President Nixon.

Hurricane Carmen pounds the coast of Louisiana as tens of thousands flee. 

Sen. Edward Kennedy is booed off a stage and splattered with a tomato when he tried to address an angry crowd of antibusing demonstrators in Boston. 

69 persons are killed when an Eastern Air Lines jet crashed in flames near Douglas Municipal Airport in Charlotte, NC. Thirteen passengers and crewmembers survived.

First Lady Betty Ford indicates that her presidential husband no longer fixes his own breakfast.

Timothy Leary, serving California state prison terms for marijuana possession and escape, is spreading the word and tells radicals the “war is over” and wants to cooperate and has a desire now to “become a part of reconciliation this country so badly needs.”


Mr. Pop Culture’s coverage of Evel Knievel this week…  September 1, 1974

This is the week Evel Knievel attempts to jump over the Snake River Canyon in Twin Falls Idaho. Evel seems confident, but his dad feels otherwise: “it scares the hell out of me. All you have to do is look over the canyon wall and know what I mean.” Thousands of campers are now dotting the launching site.

Bobby Riggs has a $25,000 bet with Knievel that he can ride his small 715cc motorcycle 646 miles between Las Vegas and Twin Falls by the time Knievel attempts his ballyhooed jump across the Snake River Canyon on a steam powered “sky-cycle.” Riggs says he has never been on a motorcycle until a few hours before he left the Tropicana Hotel and termed the ride “a piece of cake.”

What’s all the fuss about? Well, a promotion firm has guaranteed Knievel $6 million. “He is going to make it with lots of room to spare,” said Bob Arum, president of the firm, Top rank, Inc. Evel Knievel’s given name is Robert Craig.

Evel’s steam-powered sky-cycle is 13 long and will weigh about 1,300 pounds with water and launch equipment at take off, and it has a tail and side fins. When it is shot – there will be 15 seconds for a parachute system to be activated. It can be set off mechanically, or manually by Knievel – just in case.

They’ll be a special two-hour telecast via cable TV. Total revenue from this alone is expected to be around $26 million. It’ll be seen in theaters across the country.

Evel Knievel toys abound… There’s the Evel Knievel stunt and Crash Car… the Evel Knievel Canyon Sky Cycle.. Evel Knievel flags for youngsters to fly from their bicycles and Evel Knievel radios in the shape of motorcycles.  

Pressure getting to him? - Knievel goes through a dry run at the jump site. When he walked to his van, several dozen newsmen wanted to interview him. He apparently intended to sit in the doorway and answer questions but a cameraman asked that he stand and smile. “All right!” Knievel yelled. “Out! Et him out of here! I mean it!” The cameraman, Jim watt of NBC made no move to leave. Knievel rushed at him and began pushing backward. “Damn it!” Watt said. “You’ve got my camera!” “Ill take it and stick it in your ear” Knievel said, pushing Watt back to the edge of the crowd, then returning to the van. The lens of Watt’s camera was twisted and the viewfinder broken, but Watt was not injured.

Back on the steps of the van, Knievel said he had been sitting in the rocketship a half hour, his feet elevated over his head. “All the blood went to my shoulders and head. I didn’t feel like standing and smiling.” “I think you al know now by looking at me that I wish I didn’t have to do this and wish I wasn’t here. But I’m  going to and I’m trying to keep my wits about me… and you’re al welcome to film whatever you want as long as you’re here to help me. If anybody doesn’t want to help me, I’ll go after them and throw them out just like I did the last guy.”

A DUD – Evel Knievel fails to jump the Snake River Canyon, but escaped serious harm when his parachute dropped him safely beside the river.  What happened? A small chute inadvertently opened just as his skycycle was fired from the launch ramp in a hissing cloud of team. The craft tilted sideways, turned over twice while Knievel frantically scrambled to get out, then the main chute caught. He stayed with the craft al the way to the bottom of the 600-foot deep canyon, where it slammed into the rocky wall, then caught on a ledge near the water Knievel was out of sight for several minutes, but then appeared in a motorboat. Once within range of the closed-circuit TV network that has earned him millions of dollars, he stood and waved to show that he was all right. 


Sports news – September 1, 1974

At Forest Hills – The crowd booed Chris Evert and cheered Jimmy Connors as Wimbledon’s love-bird champs led a strong advance by Americans in the U.S. Open tennis championships.

At Forest Hills, Jimmy Connors wins the men’s singles final of the U.S. Open, beating Ken Rosewall.

WFL changing the landscape. This year, the World Football League – taking a different tact- is not longer challenging the NFL for top draft choices. Most WFL players are instead – ex-NFL players.

Keith Jackson is the new prime play-by-play announcer for college football telecasts this fall on ABC-TV.

Goodbye Golden State Warriors - Cazzie Russell becomes the first in the NBA to play out his option and sign as a free agent. He signs with the Los Angeles Lakers this week.  


Entertainment /Celebrity news – September 1, 1974

Marry – Jack Haley Jr. and Liza Minnelli. Both parents starred in the classic “Wizard of Oz.” 

Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass at the Riviera in Las Vegas.


Playing in Las Vegas –

Tom Jones - Caesars Palace

Juliet Prowse/Jan Murray – Desert Inn

Robert Goulet/Foster Brooks – Frontier

Dean Martin – Grand

Bill Cosby/Temptations – Hilton

Smothers Brothers/John Davidson – Riviera

Jim Nabors/Charo – Sahara

Wayne Newton – Sands



Music news – September 1, 1974

Steppenwolf reunites. They had split in 1971.  

At bookstores –“It’s Too Late To Stop Now” by rock critic Jon Landau.


Television news – September 1, 1974

Wow – it’s Evel Knievel week! ABC features the movie “Evel Knievel” starring George Hamilton, plus, the network does a one-time special – “Evel Knievel: One Man. One Canyon” about his shot over Sky Canyon this week.

Evel Knievel appears on an Andy Williams NBC special this week.

Bill Beutel has been named host with Stephanie Edwards and Bob Kennedy co-hosts of ABC’s AM America – a two-hour news and topical affairs program set to debut Jan. 6. Beutel, an ABC foreign correspondent and bureau chief in London, currently co-anchors the WABC-TV Eyewitness news in New York with Roger Grimsby. Ms. Edwards Co-hosts Ralph Story’s AM program over KABC-TV Los Angeles and Bob Kennedy is known for his “Kennedy and Co.” over WLS-TV Chicago.

Marvin the Chimp goes ape – going on a rampage during the taping of a Mike Douglas show at the KYW Philadelphia studios. He had done quite a lot of damage to the studios before he was subdued by a tranquilizer dart. Douglas was dressed in an ape costume for a parody on the “Planet of the Apes” and took the incident almost in stride.


Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – September 1, 1974

CBS – All In The Family, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart Show, Barnaby Jones

NBC – Emergency, Andy Williams Vaudeville, Miss America Pageant

ABC – Movie, TV movie


ABC Movie – “Evel Knievel” (1971) with George Hamilton.

Andy Williams Vaudeville (Special) with guest Redd Foxx, Jim Stafford, Olivia Newton-John, Donny and Marie Osmond.

ABC TV Movie – “Night Slaves” (1970) with James Franciscus, Lee Grant and Leslie Nielsen. Vacationing in a small town, man and wife awaken to see local citizens being hauled away in trucks.


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

CBS – Gunsmoke, Maude, Rhoda, Medical Center

NBC – Born Free, Movie, Tonight Show

ABC – The Rookies, Monday Night Football.


Gunsmoke – Beginning of its 20th season on TV!

Monday Night Football – College football - Notre Dame vs. Georgia Tech.


Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide – September 1, 1974

CBS – The Waltons, Perry Como Special

NBC – Debut-Sierra, Ironside, Debut-Movin’ On, Tonight Show

ABC – That’s My Mama, The Odd Couple, Paper Moon, Streets of San Francisco, Harry O, Wide World Special – Geraldo Rivera

PBS – Evening at Pops


Debut – Paper Moon – Stars Christopher Connelly and Jodie Foster.


Some top movies – September 1, 1974


That’s Entertainment

Lords of Flatbush

For Pete’s Sake

The Exorcist

Return of the Dragon

Herbie Rides Again

Frankenstein in 3-D

California Split

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