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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of October 22, 1974 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

In New Delhi, Henry Kissinger says there is a reasonable chance of an agreement next year between the United States and the Soviet Union to limit offensive nuclear weapons.

Scheduled for surgery, doctors are trying to stop movement of a blood clot in Richard Nixon. Doctors consider it a threat to his life.

After the surgery, former President Nixon goes into shock and is listed in critical condition. Later, doctors say he is improving.

The Washington Post reports that the Federal Energy Administration believes the United States can never again be free of foreign oil because no good substitutes for oil are anywhere near development.

The oil import drop reduces the U.S. trade deficit last month by nearly $1 billion. A 28-million barrel reduction in oil imports saved about $350 million, according to the Commerce Department.

Happy Rockefeller escorted by her husband, Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, leaves Memorial Hospital in New York, a week after surgery in which her cancerous left breast was removed. “All I can say is that there are two very grateful people here,” said Mr. Rockefeller. Recently, President Ford’s wife underwent similar surgery for removal of her right breast.

Chicago - Police and federal agents arrest Ralph Marrera on a federal warrant charging him in the largest cash burglary in the nation’s history – an estimated $4.3 million theft from the vault of an armored express company.

In his first press interview on the Chappaquiddick tragedy, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy terms his conduct after the fatal accident five years ago “irrational and indefensible and inexcusable and inexplicable.”

The Nepalese Foreign Ministry says expeditions to the top of Mt Everest – the tallest mountain in the world, are booked solid through 1978. At 29,028 feet, climbing expeditions are booked for each of the two climbing seasons each year, through autumn, 1978. The mountain was first scaled in 1953.   


Fascinating Facts – ESP Geller – October 22, 1974

ESP - Two scientists, writing in the prestigious British scientific journal Nature, say many people may have the ability to receive and send information in a way other than the known normal sense. In experiments, Israeli magician Uri Geller was isolated in a sealed room with metal walls blacking out all sights, sounds and electrical impulses. Geller repeatedly came up with the right responses with scores far higher than by chance. He was asked to reproduce 13 drawings while physically separated from his experiments, not knowing who made the drawings and such. Geller’s drawings corresponded to the pictures, most of them showing remarkable similarity.


Sports news – October 22, 1974

Regains title – In Zaire – Muhammad Ali connects with George Foreman in the 8th round and knocks him out. Later in a press conference, Ali said – “I told you that his man had no class. I told you he don’t hit hard. He don’t hit hard, not if you can movie… He shot his load. He lost his confidence. I let him take all his shots… he punched like a sissy.”

Jim (Catfish) Hunter of the Oakland A’s – wins the American League Cy Young award.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – October 22, 1974

 Brigitte Bardot, who just turned 40 Sept. 28, makes her first media appearance since her birthday. On a Paris TV talkshow, she said, “One magazine nearly had me buried… Well, I’m not dead. To become 40 is nothing. One day you’re 39 and the next you’re 40. You just don’t wake up with white hair, plenty of wrinkles and a decomposed face one fine morning.”


Television news – October 22, 1974

During a Giants-Redskins football game, CBS’s Brent Musberger introduces Jane Chastain – the first female sports reporter hired by a network. She joined Musberger and Pat Summerall and gave scores of other games.

ABC-TV begins its third season of “made-for-TV” movies which the network airs Tuesday and Wednesday nights. ABC says it will air 46 such movies and 12 of those are pilots for new TV series. Most run 76 minutes (90 with commercials).

NBC re-entered the made-for-TV genre in September.

Dyan Cannon says she’s made her first (and last) TV movie –saying the experience was devastating. In “The Virginia Hill Story,” Ms. Cannon says producers had to leave out key scenes because of time constraints.  

Marries – The Walton’s Michael Learned to Glenn Chadwick. He is a master carpenter for the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

The Smothers Brothers will return to a weekly variety series – this time on NBC.

Lucille Ball is set to star in her second TV special “Lucy Gets Lucky” which is set in Las Vegas. Appearing – Dean Martin, Art Carney, Peter Marshall and Nanette Fabray.

Kung Fu’s David Carridine is sued for $1.1 million by a woman who says he attacked her, the same night he ransacked a Laurel Canyon neighbor’s home.


Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – October 22, 1974

CBS – Planet of the Apes, 2-hour TV movie

NBC – Sanford and Son, Chico and the Man, Rockford Files, Police Women, Tonight Show

ABC – Movie (Hatari) 1962 with John Wayne, Wide World: In Concert

PBS – Washington Week, Wall Street Week, Masterpiece Theater


Sanford and Son – Fred holds out selling to a land development company.

On the Tonight Show – Johnny’s guest are Charlton Heston, Ashley Montague, Madeline Rahn

In Concert – From London – David Bowie with the Spiders From Mars. 


Music news – October 22, 1974

 Country music’s Jimmy Dean (46) says he will retire from show business. “It’s been good to me.”


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – October 22, 1974

I HONESTLY LOVE YOU - Olivia Newton-John

CAN’T GET ENOUGH - Bad Company

BEACH BABY - First Class





JAZZMAN - Carole King

WHATEVER GETS YOU THRU THE NIGHT - John Lennon/Plastic Ono Nuclear Band

NEVER MY LOVE - Blue Swede

SKIN TIGHT - Ohio Players


YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHING YET - Bachman-Turner Overdrive


EARACHE MY EYE (Featuring Alice Bowie) - Cheech & Chong

THEN CAME YOU - Dionne Warwicke & Spinners

TIN MAN - America


LIFE IS A ROCK (But The Radio Rolled Me) Reunion




Some top movies – October 22, 1974

The Odessa File

Harry & Tonto – Art Carney

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz – Richard Dreyfuss

The Dove – Joseph Bottoms

Juggernaut – Richard Harris, Omar Sharif

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three – Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsom

Summer of ‘42

The Devil’s Triangle

Flesh Gordon

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