Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of March 8, 1975 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Right-wing rebel forces bomb an army barracks and paratroops seize Lisbon’s civilian airport as the revolt fails against the leftist Portuguese government.
The New York Times quotes two former aides to the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy as saying Kennedy told them he stopped a CIA plan to use the Mafia to assassinate Cuban Premier Fidel Castro.
The Senate agrees to a rules change that will make it easier to shut off debate as it kills the two-thirds rule. A minimum of 60 senators will now be needed to silence a filibuster – three-fifths. The new rule contrasts with the two-thirds majority of those present and voting – 67 if all senators are on hand.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee rejects a $135.6 million in emergency U.S. military aid for Cambodia, but held out the slim possibility of a compromise on the controversy with President Ford.
The Central Intelligence Agency will not participate in political assassination attempts so long as Gerald ford is President, White House Press Secretary Ron Nessen says.
The Senate Finance Committee votes to give a tax cut of up to $2,000 to anyone who buys a home from April through December of this year.
Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, the former member of Parliament, disbands her faction of the Irish Republican Army in an effort to defuse a bloody feud. She dissolved the Belfast part of the militant Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP) following the shooting of Kevin Murphy (5) in Belfast last week. The boy is in serious condition.
Susan Ford has obtained her parents’ permission to hold her high school senior prom at the White House. Miss for has chosen a ruffled print floor length dress to wear to the prom. But as yes, she does not have a date.
John Kelly of Chicago – who is the father of 14 children says he will move his family to Ireland rather than pay federal income taxes which might in part, help pay for abortions.
Sports news – March 8, 1975
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar launches an attack on referee Jerry Loeber in defiance of a NBA gag rule, which bars public criticism of referees by players and coaches. “I’m tired that that rule, tonight I’m going to speak out. I’ll get the American Civil Liberties Union to defend my rights of free speech in court, said Jabbar.
Martina Navratilova of Czechoslovakia recovers from a mid-match slump to beat favored Australian Evonne Goolagong in the final of the $75,000 U.S. Women’s Indoor tennis championships in Boston.
In cast - Catcher Carlton Fisk of the Boston Red Sox, attempting a comeback after serious knee surgery, breaks a bone in his forearm when hit by a pitch in an exhibition game, will be out for at least six weeks.
Yes – Hank Aaron will be back this year – as designated hitter for the Milwaukee Brewers. Aaron is baseball’s home run king. He defeated Japan’s Sadaharu Oh in a home-run hitting contest last winter, broke Babe Ruth’s record of 714 last April and went on to raise his career total to 733 by hitting 20 home runs for Atlanta last season.
Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – March 8, 1975
Brigitte Bardot says her “dream” is to be 45 and able to walk around Paris without being mobbed by photographers and autograph hounds. “Maybe in five years, I’ll be forgotten, maybe not.” “I’d be 45 and I would be old and ugly. And maybe at least, I could live like everybody else. I wait for this moment you know. I dream about it. Then I’ll do what I like on my own responsibility. No longer a beautiful object you see, but a human being.”
More Bardot – controversy – a 45-minute film – an attack on the proliferation of private zoos in France, was shown on state-run TV there last week. Zookeepers say the Bardot-hosted film used intentionally used deceptive techniques about animals in captivity in order to turn public opinion against private zoos.
Passing – Director George Stevens (70) – whose films included “Giant,” “Shane,” and “A Place In The Sun.”?
Passing – Joseph Dunninger, the “Amazing Dunninger” – whose performances as a magician and mentalist delighted audiences for almost six decades. He was a longtime associate of the late Harry Houdini. Dunninger toured with the master magician in the 1920’s. He was also the first magician to have a TV show – “The Amazing Dunniger.” He was 82.
Playing in Las Vegas -
Andy Williams – Caesars Palace
Connie Stevens – Flamingo
Robert Goulet – Frontier
Helen Reddy – MGM Grand
Jerry Lewis – Sahara
Rich Little – Sands
Jack Jones – Thunderbird
Television news – March 8, 1975
Flip Wilson, who starred in a weekly variety series at NBC, signs with CBS for four specials during the 1975-1976 season.
Sammy Davis Jr. will headline a weekly late-night music-variety series, which will air on NBC-owned stations in New York, Los Angeles and Washington. It will be co-hosted by famed New York DJ William B. Williams of WNEW radio. Comedians Avery Schreiber and Johnny Brown will be regulars.
Martha Mitchell, estranged wife of former Atty. Gen. John N. Mitchell, tells a Memphis news conference she is tired of her role as “one woman, out fighting for America,” is quitting her Washington TV show and “that will be the end of Martha Mitchell.”
Frank Blair, the last original cast member of NBC’s Today show, bid an uncharacteristically emotional farewell to his fans and colleagues after more than 20,000 newscasts and 23 years on the show. Among the well-wishers was President Ford, who in a letter to Blair said, “Your integrity and responsibility set high standards for those who will succeed you. You will be greatly missed.” Blair, who is 59, will concentrate on commercials, lectures and documentary fills. Ironically – chimp J. Fred Muggs who was part of the early days of “Today,” appeared against the final Blair show on rival “AM America” on ABC-TV! Blair is being replaced by Lew Wood.
Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – March 8, 1975
CBS – Cher, Kojak, Mannix
NBC – Disney, McCloud
ABC – Barbra Streisand: Funny Girl to Funny Lady, Sunday Night Movie
PBS – Nova, Masterpiece Theater
Barbra Streisand – A live concert performance by Barbara Streisand at the Eisenhower Theater of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Dick Cavett also conducts an interview to talk about her new movie “Funny Lady.”
Music news – March 8, 1975
David Bowie’s “Young Americans” album is now in stores.
On Monday – Don’t miss “An Evening With John Denver” on ABC-TV. His special guests – Danny Kaye and Jacques Cousteau.
Roxy Music’s “Country Life” is out. It’s the band’s fourth album. The band, lead by Bryan Ferry, is touring in the States.
Phoebe Snow’s debut album is on a small label – “Shelter Records.” She recorded the album for Shelter, but walked-out after she accused the company of breaching her contract by underpaying her for the studio sessions. She signed with Columbia, but Shelter us suing Columbia from preventing her from recording over there. Her album, “Phoebe Snow” is in the top-10.
On “Midnight Special” this week – Clive Davis hosts with Loggins and Messina, Blood, Sweat & Tears plus tapes of Janis Joplin.