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




In The News

Under pressure from President Ford, Continental Grain Co and Cook Industries - two grain exporting companies, agree to cancel a $500 million sale of corn and wheat to the Soviets.

The Watergate cover-up trial begins this week. H.R. Haldeman arrives at court, sporting newly sprouted sideburns and longer hair.  He’s Nixon’s former chief of staff. The trial caps one of the most celebrated conspiracy cases of modern times. Richard Nixon isn’t expected to appear in the three to four month trial.

Doctors say First Lady Betty Ford’s breast cancer has spread to her lymph nodes. The first lady underwent an operation on Saturday. Only two of 30 lymph nodes contain cancer cells. She has a good chance of survival.

Turning 60, Jack LaLanne celebrates by swimming the chilly waters from Alcatraz to Fisherman’s Warf - hands and feet bound, towing a 1,000 boat. “I practice what I preach ... but it was rough. The fact that I don’t have a lot of fat on my body to protect me from the cold made it worse.”

Hoping to lift sales, Chrysler says that its 1975 model cars will carry a 12-month unlimited mileage guarantee covering all parts against defects.

Senator Edward Kennedy, speaking to 2,000 students at Southern Illinois University tells them “I wouldn’t back a Democratic ticket with Governor Wallace.”

Archibald Cox - the first Watergate special prosecutor, who was fired by Richard Nixon, leaves the states to teach American History at England’s Cambridge University for a year.

Passing - Pulitzer Prize winning poet Anne Sexton (45). Police think she committed suicide. She won the 1967 Pulitzer Prize for the poem “Live or Die.” 

New - Winston Lights! - Good taste in a whole new light.


Bestselling books – October 1, 1974

 “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” - John Le Carre, “The Dogs of War” - Frederick Forsyth, “Jaws” - Peter Benchley, “Centennial” - James Michener, “The Memory Book” - Harry Larayne/Jerry Lucus, “All The President’s Men” - Bob Woodward/Carl Bernstein, “Miss Rona” - Rona Barrett.




Toys R Us – Prices – October 1, 1974

At Toys R Us (The Children’s Bargain Town) - Aurora Air Hockey - $28.96 ... Kenner’s Baby Alive doll - $9.87 - she really eats and drinks with real life-like mouth action ... Parker Bros “Clue” game - $3.78


Sports news – October 1, 1974

The Cleveland Indians name Frank Robinson manager - major league baseball’s first black field boss... The baseball playoffs continue this week. For the National League - The Dodgers and the Pirates. In the American League, The Oakland A’s and the Baltimore Orioles.   


Entertainment/Celebrity news – October 1, 1974

Liza Minnelli and producer Jack Haley Jr. arrive in London to continue their two-week honeymoon. Says Liza - “We’re feeling great.”

Dick Van Dyke appears on “Columbo” this week. He plays a henpecked photographer with a plan to eliminate his wife.

Jack Webb and his “Mark VII Productions” joins 20th-Century Fox Television as an independent production company to develop new projects for 20th-Fox TV. Ironically, Mark VII is located on the lot of rival Universal. And, that’s Webb’s hand!

Singer Jose Feliciano will make his acting debut, signing on as a guest on “McMillan and Wife.” He’ll play a classical guitarist whose expertise on tobacco brands helps to solve a case.


Top TV shows – October 1, 1974

All In The Family, Sanford and Son, MASH, Chico and the Man, Hawaii Five-O, Good Times, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, ABC movie-The California Kid, The Waltons, Rhoda, Little House on the Prairie, Wonderful World of Disney, Maude, Kojak, CBS Movie-Bonnie and Clyde, Bob Hope special, McMillan and Wife, The Carol Burnette Show, The Streets Of San Francisco.


Thursday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – October 1, 1974

 CBS - The Waltons, Movie ... NBC - Sierra, Ironside, Movin’ On ... ABC - The Odd Couple, Paper Moon, The Streets Of San Francisco, Harry O


The Odd Couple - Oscar goes west to Hollywood play the role of a sportswriter in a movie.

The Tonight Show - Don Rickles guest hosts w/ guests Lorne Green and Billy Jean King. 


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – October 1, 1974

“Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe” - Barry White, “Then Came You” - Dionne Warwick and the Spinners, “I Honestly Love You” - Olivia Newton John, “(You’re) Having My Baby” - Paul Anka, “Earache My Eye” - Cheech & Chong, “Rock Me Gently” - Andy Kim, “You Haven’t Done Nothin’” - Stevie Wonder, “Beach Baby” - First Class, “Who Do You Think You Are” - Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods, “Hang In There Baby” - Johnny Bristol, “Another Saturday Night” - Cat Stevens, “Sweet Home Alabama” - Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Do It (Till Your Satisfied)” - BT Express


 Top Music Albums – October 1, 1974

“Endless Summer” - The Beach Boys, “Bad Company’ - Bad Company, “If You Love Me Let Me Know” - Olivia Newton John, “Caribou” - Elton John, “Can’t Get Enough” - Barry White, “Back Home Again” - John Denver, “Welcome Back My Friends” - Emerson, Lake & Palmer, “Chicago VIII” - Chicago, “Body Heat” - Quincy Jones


Some top movies – October 1, 1974

Claudine - James Earl Jones, Diahann Carroll

The Outfit - Robert Duvall, Karen Black

Return Of The Dragon - Bruce Lee

Juggernaut - Richard Harris, Omar Shariff

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Longest Yard - Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert

Cabaret - Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey

The Groove Tube

Death Wish - Charles Bronson,

The Parrallax View - Warren Beaty, Paula Prentiss

Harold and Maude - Ruth Gordon

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