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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of December 25, 1974 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Pope Paul VI ushers in the 1975 holy year at midnight mass in St Peter’s Basilica.

A young man who recently indicated he would take “actions against the government” on Christmas Day rams his car through the closed northwest gate of the White House morning and, claims he was armed with explosives, kept police and Secret Service agents at bay for four hours only a few feet from the front door of the White House.

In a newspaper ad placed in Athens newspapers, Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis offers an $830,000 reward for proof that sabotage caused the crash of a private aircraft which killed his only son Alexander nearly two years ago.

President Ford and his economic advisers reach a substantial agreement on a tough program to bring long-term stability.

The Watergate cover-up case goes to jury on the 62nd day of trial. 

Cyclone Tracy bears down on the Australian city of Darwin, killing at least 50 persons and leaving half the city’s 40,000 inhabitants homeless. Guests to 175mph were reported.

Syndicated columnist Amy Vanderbilt either jumps or falls to death from a window at her Manhattan townhouse.

New York - Gold goes on sale in the United States for the first time in 41 years when Sen. James L. Buckley (R-NY) buys 2.5 ounces of the metal at 192 per ounce.

Gold passes the $200 per ounce mark.

The Census Bureau reports that more people moved out of the nation’s largest cities than moved in, during the first three years of this decade. The nation’s 15 largest metro areas lost 25 of their population during the period because of migration to the suburbs and smaller cities and towns.


Sports news – December 25, 1974

Bart Starr asks for “prayers and patience” and promises “no instant miracles” in accepting a three-year contract as head coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers.




Entertainment/Celebrity news – December 25, 1974

Passing – Jack Benny (80) – of stomach cancer. He was born Benjamin Kohbelsky.

Actress Stella Stevens files a $7 million invasion of privacy suit against Playboy magazine. She says the magazine exploited her after published unauthorized photographs taken during filming of the movie “Slaughter.” The magazine also used other unauthorized photos of her in the last 15 years which she says have “portrayed a false and misleading image of her and her talents as a motion picture actress and artist.”


Television news – December 25, 1974

G. Gordon Liddy will appear on “60 Minutes” January 5, when the show kicks-off its seventh season. In an exclusive interview with co-editor Mike Wallace, Liddy talks about the people whom he served in the Nixon administration.  

Johnny Cash rejects a chance to star in his own TV detective series, because he believes the scripts are too violent. The proposed series was called “Nashville 99” and featured Cash as a Nashville detective chief.

Fred Rogers who presides over “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood” will stop the show’s production after eight years. He’ll take a sabbatical before churning out specials. The show will end production in June. It’ll remain on PBS, but in re-runs of which some 500 shows have been produced. The show is produced at public station WQED, Pittsburgh.

Just signed – Last week, ABC-TV signed Billie Jean King as a TV sports commentator.  

ABC News Close-Up  – “In 1974, more people died in air crashes than ever before.”


Saturday night television listings/programs/TV shows – December 25, 1974

CBS – All In The Family, Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart, Carol Burnett

NBC – Emergency, Movie

ABC – Movie, Nakia


All in the Family – No show? -  Archie’s over due at a Buffalo lodge convention.

Emergency – The single guys at station 51 vie for a pretty nurse at the hospital.

Mary Tyler Moore – Phyllis’ date begins dating Mary at the same time. Guest stars John Saxon.

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