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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of September 20, 1974 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts abruptly removes himself from the 1976 Democratic presidential race because of obligations to the family. “This decision is firm, final and unconditional. There is absolutely no circumstance or event that will alter the decision. I will not accept the nomination.”

 President Ford warns the world’s major oil producing countries against trying to turn oil prices or production restrictions into a political weapon: “It is difficult to discuss the energy problem without lapsing into doomsday language. The danger is clear. It is severe. Nations are forced to choose between conflict and cooperation.” “Throughout history, nations have gone to war over natural advantages such as water or food, or convenient passages on land or sea. But in the nuclear age, when any local conflict may escalate to global catastrophe war brings unacceptable risks for all mankind. Now, more than any other time in the history of man, nations must accept and live peacefully with the fact that they need each other. Nations must turn to international cooperation as the best means for dealing with the uneven distribution of resources.”

Vice President Nominee Nelson A. Rockefeller discloses that his immediate personal fortune is $62.5 million “to keep the record straight.” In addition, he says he receives the income from two trust funds with assets totaling $120 million. “I shall give a frank and open statement of my background, my career, my associations, my purposes, my finances and anything else the committee and the Congress quite properly want to know.” Rockefeller resides in Pocantico Hills-North Tarrytown, NY and maintains an office on W 55th street in Manhattan.

A blood clot from former President Richard Nixon’s leg moves to his right lung according to his doctor and poses “a potentially dangerous situation.” His condition is not critical at this time and the doctor says he has a “very good chance for recovery.”

President Ford’s summit conference on inflation opens in Washington. More than 1,200 participants and observers jammed the convention hall of a Washington hotel for the conference, the culmination of more than a dozen previous sessions involving unionists, businessmen, farmers, financiers, members of congress and others. 

First lady Betty Ford enters Bethesda Naval Hospital for surgery to determine whether she is suffering from breast cancer. A lump was discovered last week after a regular checkup.


Fascinating Business news – September 20, 1974

General Motors says it is shelving plans to introduce a rotary engine as an option in a Chevrolet sporty car. GM President Edward Cole said that “the lack of relief from very stringent 1977 federal anti-pollution standards, which we are not sure can be achieved even with current production engines, makes it especially impractical to put into production any new engine which doesn’t presently have the potential to meet those standards.” The Mazda, which used the rotary engine, has consistently bettered U.S. emissions standards since it went on sale in 1970. Sales of Mazdas have dropped sharply since U.S. environmental Protection Agency tests showed that the cars get significantly poorer fuel economy than similar size vehicles offered by other auto makers.   

More auto news - GM says it plans to introduce a redesign group of smaller full-size cars in the Chevrolet, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Buick and Cadillac lines at the beginning of the 1977 model year. The plans reveal that despite a long-term energy problem in the country, Americans will still want a variety of car sizes and types rather than turning completely to small autos.


Sports news – September 20, 1974

Al Kaline of the Detroit Tigers gets his 3,000th hit - the 12th player in major league history to reach that number. The Orioles wound up beating the Tigers in a close one - 5-4.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – September 20, 1974

Passing - beloved character actor Walter Brennan (80). A three-time Academy Award winner, he passed after a long battle with emphysema.

Passing - Jacqueline Susann (53) - former actress turned author. Best known as the author of “Valley of the Dolls,” The Love Machine” and “Once is Not Enough.” She told no one outside her family about the lung cancer she had been battling since 1962. She was married to television and movie producer Irving Mansfield for 30 years.  As an actess, she appeared in 21 Broadway plays.

Passing - Cliff Arquette - better known as Charlie Weaver (68). A veteran comedian, he could be seen regularly as a panelist on “The Hollywood Squares.” He has been part of the show since it debuted in 1966.


Technology news – September 20, 1974

At Lafayette Radio stores - get a Unitrex 8-digit Pocket-Size Calculator with Square Root and % Keys. Gets lightning-quick results. Features square root and % keys, fixed and floating decimal, constant, + - sign change key, overflow indicator and much more - just $39.95. A/c Adapter just $4.95  

Now at bookstores - “The Hawkline Monster” a gothic western by Richard Brautigan. Combines wildness and wit; mystery and maturity, sensuality and suspense.


Bestselling books – September 20, 1974

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - John Le Carre

Dogs of War - Frederick Forsyth

Centennial - James Michener

Jaws - Peter Benchley

Watership Down - Richard Adams

House of 1000 Lanterns - Victoria Holt

Cashelmara - Susan Howatch

All The President’s Men - Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

The Woman He Loved - Ralph G. martin

The Memory Book - Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas

You Can Profit From The Monetary Crisis - Harry Browne

Miss Rona - Rona Barrett

Cavett - Dick Cavett and Chris Porterfield


Top TV shows – September 20, 1974

 Chico and the Man, All in the Family, Sanford & Son, Rhoda, The Waltons, ABC Movie-The Sex Symbol, Rockford Files, Mary Tyler Moore, Maude, Police Story


Television news - September 20, 1974

“The Sonny Comedy Revue” debuts this Sunday night on ABC. Hosted by Sonny Bono with regulars Murry Langston, Sandy Roveta, Freeman King, Ted Zeigler and Charlene Weaver.

Cher signs an exclusive contract with CBS Television. Robert Wood, president of the network says the pact calls for her to star in an hour-long variety special next February and also to star in a full hour comedy-variety music series set to begin next fall. The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour was dropped from the network lineup when the couple’s marriage broke-up earlier this year.


Wow! Look At ABC Now! ... Friday Nights -

Kodiak (New show) - starring Clint Walker ... The big man is back, helping people in trouble in the Alaskan Wilderness.

Six Million Dollar Man (New Season) - Nothing can stop the superhuman hero who takes on any challenge. Lee Majors stars.

 The Texas Wheelers (New Show) - The Wheeler kids have their hands full trying to civilize Papa. Stars Jack Elam, Gary Busey and Mark Hamill.

The Night Stalker (New Show) - Television’s greatest chiller movie becomes a weekly series! Tonight - a zombie hit man terrorizes Chicago.  Darren McGavin stars.


Friday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – September 20, 1974

CBS - Planet of the Apes, Movie

NBC - Sanford and Son, Chico and the Man, The Rockford Files, Police Woman

ABC - Kodiak, Six Million Dollar Man, The Texas Wheelers, The Night Stalker

PBS - Washington Week In Revue, Wall Street Week, Masterpiece Theater


CBS Movie - “Willard.”

Later on - The Midnight Special (NBC) - The Righteous Brothers, Paul Williams, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Staple Singers.


Music news - September 20, 1974

Top Country Hit Music – September 20, 1974

I Wouldn’t Want To Live If You Didn’t Love Me - Don Williams 


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – September 20, 1974

Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love Babe - Barry White

I Honestly Love You - Olivia Newton John

I Shot The Sheriff - Eric Clapton

Then Came You - Dionne Warwick & The Spinners

Rock Me Gently - Andy Kim

You’re Having My Baby - Paul Anka

Earache My Eye - Cheech and Chong

Beach Baby - First Class

Nothing From Nothing - Billy Preston

Hang On In There Baby - Johnny Bristol

Lets Put It All Together - The Stylistics

Clap For The Wolfman - The Guess Who

Love Me For A Reason - The Osmonds

Skin Tight - The Ohio Players

Who Do You Think You Are - Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods

It’s Only Rock and Roll (But I Like It) - The Rolling Stones

Fallin’ In Love - The Souther, Hillman, Furay Band

Free Man In Paris - Joni Mitchell

You Little Trustmaker - The Tymes


Top Music Albums – September 20, 1974

Swan Song - Bad Company

Endless Summer - The Beach Boys

Fulfillingness’ First Finale - Stevie Wonder

If You Love Me Let Me Know - Olivia Newton John

461 Ocean Blvd - Eric Clapton

Marvin Gaye Live - Marvin Gaye

Back Home - John Denver

Rags to Rufus - Rufus

Bachman-Turner Overdrive II - Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Chicago VII - Chicago

Caribou - Elton John


Other top music albums – September 20, 1974

The Entertainer - Marvin Hamlisch

Rub It In - Billy Crash Craddock

Before the Flood - Bob Dylan

Pussy Cats - Nilsson

On The Beach - Neil Young

Slow Flux - Steppenwolf

Journey To The Center of the Earth - Rick Wakeman

Mirror Image - Blood, Sweat & Tears

Greatest Hits - Alice Cooper

Hell - James Brown

Avalanche - Mountain

The History Of the Bonzos - The Bonzo Dog Band

Too Much Too Soon  - The New York Dolls

Who’s Next - The Who

The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle - Bruce Springsteen

David Live - David Bowie

Bad Company  - Bad Company

I Can Stand A Little Rain - Joe Cocker

Loving & Free - Kiki Dee


Top movies – September 20, 1974

The Godfather - Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Richard Castellano, Robert Duvall, Sterling Hayden, John Marley, Richard Conte, Diane Keaton

The Lords of Flatbush (Stanley had a leather jacket and Franny had acne. In  1958, they found each other).

Jesus Christ Superstar - Ted Neely, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman, Barry Dennen (music by Andrew Lloyd Webber)

Macon County Line - Alan Vint, Cheryl Waters, Geoffrey Lewis Joan Blackman, Jesse Vint and Max Baer

The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob -

The Internecine Project (A Fancy Name For Multiple Murder) - James Coburn, Lee Grant, Harry Andrews, Ian Hendry, Michael Jayston, Keenan Wynn

Papillon - Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman

California Split - George Segal, Elliott Gould

Cold Sweat - Charles Bronson, Liv Ullmann, James Mason, Jill Ireland

 The Tamarind Seed - Julie Andrews, Omar Sharif

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz - Richard Dreyfuss

The Last Picture Show - Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Ellen Burstyn, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman and introducing Cybill Shepherd

Uptown Saturday Night - Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Harry Belafonte, Flip Wilson, Richard Pryor, Paula Kelly, Johnny Sekka, Roscoe Lee Brown

A Very Natural Thing - Robert Joel, Curt Gareth, Bo White 

Chinatown - Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston

Christina - Barbara Parkins, Peter Haskell

Harry & Tonto - Art Carney, Ellen Burstyn, Larry Hagman, Chief Dan George

Big Halsy - Robert Redford, Michael J.Pollard, Lauren Hutton, Noah Berry, Lucille Benson

(Written by Ken Shapiro) - The Groove Tube

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