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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of May 8, 1975 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

In Cuba – Sen. George McGovern tours Cuba with Premier Fidel Castro. He told American newsmen that even a small gesture for the United States would help their relations – that is - to lift some of its economic blockade. 

The Laotian government appeals to its citizens to remain calm and denies bloodshed as a communist takeover rumors loom.  

An unarmed U.S. freighter, the Mayaguez, is fired on and seized in the Gulf of Thailand by a Cambodian gunboat that then took the vessel and her crew of 39 into port. President Ford denounced the seizure as ‘an act of piracy” and ordered the state Department to demand that Cambodia’s new revolutionary government immediately release the freighter, or face, “the most serious consequences.”

U.S. Air Force fighter planes sink three Cambodian gunboats and damaged four others in the Gulf of Siam when President Ford learned the Communists might remove crewmen from the captured American merchant ship Mayaguez.

The House fails to override President Ford’s veto of a one-year emergency farm bill that critics said could increase food prices to consumers and bring back production controls.

Over strong opposition from his advisers, President Ford orders construction of a swimming pool at the edge of the White House south lawn near the Oval Office. The size of the heated pool will be roughly 20 by 50 feet and sources say it’ll be built with voluntary funds.

Alger Hiss, the central figure in a spy case a quarter-century ago, that vaulted a young congressman named Richard Nixon to prominence, seeks reinstatement as  lawyer.


Sports news – May 8, 1975

Don Sutton pitches for his 39th career shutout – 7-0 as the LA Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates. 


Some best-selling books – May  8, 1975

The Moneychangers – Arthur Hailey

The Centennial – James A. Michener

Dreadful Lemon Sky – John MacDonald

Promise of Joy – Allen Drury

The 7% Solution – Nicholas Meyer

Here at the New Yorker – Brendan Gill

The Bermuda Triangle – Charles Berlitz

The Ascent of Man – Jacob Bronowski

Helter Skelter – Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry


Music news – May 8, 1975

Frank Sinatra wins a libel suit against the BBC which suggested in a television program he had connections with the Mafia. BBC’s “24 Hours” on June 7, 1972 showed a segment suggesting that Sinatra got his role as Joe Maggio in the 1953 movie, “From Here To Eternity’ because of Mafia influence.  


Music news – May 8, 1975

Stevie Wonder’s harmonica will be heard on Billy Preston’s new album, “It’s My Pleasure.” And, Preston will be playing keyboards for the Rolling Stones during their upcoming tour.

Concert touring – Lisa Colter and Waylon Jennings.

Music On Television  Opryland USA with hosts Dennis Weaver and Sandy Duncan. Guest stars – Tanya Tucker, Jim Stafford and Jonelle Allen. On ABC-TV


Television news – May 8, 1975

Jenny Arness, the 14-year-old daughter of actor James Arness, is found dead in her Malibu home from an overdose of sleeping pills.

Wayne Rogers, costar of MASH, says he is leaving the series at the end of this season. Rogers was supposed to have an equal costarring role in the series and that never happened.


Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 8, 1975

CBS – Made for TV movie

NBC – Sanford and Son, Chico and the Man, The Rockford Files, Police Woman, Johnny Carson, Midnight Special

 ABC – The Night Stalker, Hot L Baltimore, Get Christie Love, (late night) American Bandstand’s 23rd Anniversary on ABC’s Wide World Special.

PBS – Washington Week in Review,  Wall St. Week


CBS Made for TV movie – “Shell Game” starring John Davidson, Tommy Atkins, Robert Sampson, Marie O’Brien.

On the Tonight Show – Johnny Carson welcomes David Brenner and Dr. William Nolen.

Midnight Special – Ohio Players, Roxy Music, Graham Central Station, Strawbs, Larry Gatlin.


Some top movies – May 8, 1975

The Towering Inferno

Woman under the Influence

Prisoner of 2nd Ave

Aloha Bobby & Rose


The 4 Musketteers


Harry & Tonto

Escape to Witch Mountain

Young Frankenstein

Janis (Janis Joplin)

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