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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of May 15, 1975 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

Cambodian forces return the 40 captured crewmen of the American cargo ship Mayaguez after U.S. marines recaptured the ship and fought their way onto a tiny island off the Cambodian coast where the American seamen were believed held.

President Ford welcomes Mohammad Reza Pahlavi to Washington. Mr. Ford said Iran “is an amazing country’ combining the respect for ancient traditions and making at the same time “remarkable progress serving as a model’ for other countries.

The last Marines on a tiny island off the Cambodian coast are helicoptered to safety.

The crew of the Cambodian patrol boat that seized the U.S. merchant ship Mayaguez, later overwhelmed the patrol boat’s Khmer Communist officer, threw him overboard and sailed to Thailand seeking asylum.

The United States flies 160 American wives and children out of Laos in a stepped-up evacuation of most of the 1,000 Americans in the country being steadily taken over by the Communists.

Gulf Oil Corp admits that it made $4 million in illegal payments to South Korea’s ruling political party and channeled political funds to Bolivia and Italy and helped finance an Arab public relations campaign in the United States.

75 members of the senate sign a letter to President Ford that in effect, demands that the U.S. continue its strong support of Israel.

Up. .6% - The cost of living accelerated in April at the fastest rate since January, the Labor department announces. The government also said the number of initial claims for unemployment benefits rose for the first time in several weeks. 

Update - 15 Servicemen are killed in the actual rescue of the freighter Mayaguez and 23 others were killed in the crash of a helicopter in Thailand who were en route to Utapao Air Base for possible use in the operation.

Abbie Hoffman who went underground a year ago to escape charges of selling cocaine, says he has a new wife, has undergone plastic surgery and is enjoying his life as a fugitive.

 U.S. car companies fail to climb out of their deepest slump since WWII during early May as auto sales fell 21% from a year ago to a 17-year-low for the period.


Radio news – May 15, 1975

Don’t miss Charles Osgood – the poet-in residence for Newsbreak – a six-minute network program heard twice in the morning over the CBS radio network. 


Sports – May 15, 1975

All-American running back Anthony Davis of USC signs a multi-year, multimillion dollar contract with the Southern California Sun of the World Football League.

Muhammad Ali retains his title with a TKO in the 11th round against Ron Lyle.


Music news – May 8, 1975

Mick Jagger requires 20 stitches in his right hand and wrist after putting his hand through a Montauk restaurant window. He was leaning on the glass and it gave way. 

Singer Frank Sinatra wins “substantial” libel damages and an apology from the BBC because of a 1972 broadcast linking him with the Mafia.


Television news - May 15, 1976

Emmy Awards – May, 1975

Moments before Lucille Ball went on stage to present award for the best series of the season, an usher told her there was an emergency telephone call. Her husband, Gary Morton took the call. The woman caller identified herself as a nurse at the UCLA Medical Center and said that Ms. Ball’s son Desi Arnaz Jr. had been critically injured in an auto accident. While Morton was getting details, Desi’s sister, Lucie Arnaz, made a hurried call to her brother and found him at home watching the telecast. A hoax! Lucy went on stage and left the audience laughing like the trooper she is.


Some Emmy Award Winners This Week:

Drama Series – Police Story

Actor – Drama Series – Peter Falk – Columbo

Actress – Drama Series – Michael Learned – Waltons


More Television news – May 15, 1975

Howard K. Smith – is no longer a co-anchor and instead, will become sole commentator for the ABC nightly news.

Dean Martin roasts Michael Landon. On NBC-TV.


Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 15, 1975

CBS – All in the Family, the Jeffersons, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart, Miss USA Pageant

NBC – Emergency, Movie, Weekend

ABC – Where’s the Fire? Movie


Mary Tyler Moore – Ted Baxter meets Walter Cronkite!


Some top movies – May 15, 1975

Funny Lady



W.W. & The Dixie Dance Kings

Peter proud

Cornbread Earl and Me

Towering Inferno




Day of the Locust

Wind & Lion


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