Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of June 8, 1975 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
President Ford announce that he would release the Rockefeller commission report on the CIA’s secret domestic activities and sent it and all evidence on alleged assassination plots to the Justice department for possible prosecution. He declared in doing the deed there would be no cover-ups.
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is convicted of using corrupt practices to win her 1971 election to parliament and barred from holding any public office for six years.
Soviet Communist party leader Leonid I. Brezhnev proposes banning the development of new weapons of mass destruction in order to prevent emergence of weapons worse than nuclear bombs.
New York - Tourists were welcomed to “fear city” by off-duty policemen and firemen who handed them pamphlets emblazoned with a hooded skull and describing New York as a haven for murders, muggers and rapists. The “fear city” campaign was being waged to protest possible layoffs of more than 6,000 police officers and 3,000 firemen under Mayor Abraham Beame’s $11.89 billion crisis budget.
In California – SLA soldiers Joseph Remiro and Russell Little are convicted of first-degree murder in the ambush slaying of Oakland schools chief Marcus Foster.
Major banks across the country lower their prime rates to 7% from 71/4%.
Niagara Falls - A moonlight walk on a warm spring night near the brink of the famed Horseshoe Falls turned into a night of terror for a young couple. Two men hurled them over a railing that protects tourists from falling into the rapids. The couple survived with injuries.
The government reports that sales of new homes hit a 12-eyar high in April, indicating that the tax credit for home buyers is clearing out the backlog of unsold new houses.
U.S. car sales rose unexpectedly strong 9.4% in June over May.
51% approve of the job President Ford is doing in a Gallup Poll.
At Sears - Leisure Suits For Dad - Just $29.95
Sports news – June 8, 1975
“The Black Pearl” - Pele comes to New York to sign a soccer contract and triggered a near riot. More than 300 press and public relations personnel and gate-crashers jammed into the Hunt Room at the fashionable 21 Club and fought for position in front of the dais where the world’s greatest soccer player was introduced. The occasion was the formal signing of a contract to play with the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League. Pele says he wants to see the sport as popular here as the rest of the world.
Entertainment/Celebrity/Broadway news – June 8, 1975
The combined box-office grosses of Broadway theaters and road companies for the 1974-1975 season hit a record high of $108 million – 17.8% higher than the previous season. Speaking of which – opening this week – “Chicago” starring Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera and Jerry Orbach – at the 46th St. Theater.
Playing in Las Vegas –
Tom Jones – Caesars Palace
Bobbie Gentry – desert Inn
Lovelace Watkins – Flamingo
Wayne Newton – Frontier
Liza Minnelli – Riviera
Buddy Hackett – Sahara
Music news – June 8, 1975
In Hollywood - What – Doug Weston announces from the Troubadour stage this his place is closing at least temporarily because of money problems. One of the problems is competition from the nearby Roxy, a larger and plush club with a flexible one, two or three night a week booking policy which has attracted acts that would have played at the Troubadour.
Elvis Presley purchases a 100-passenger Convair 880 four-engine jet that once flew for Delta Airlines. He was going to purchase a used 707, but the deal got snagged.
More Elvis – At a concert in Memphis, the singer, clowning with the audience, bend down once too often to kiss a girl and split his pants. He asked the band if it was bad. It wasn’t and the show continued.
John Lennon Appears On A TV Special? From England – it’s - “Salute to Sir Lew – The Master Showman.” Honors the greatest showman, Sir Lew Grade. With John Lennon, Julie Andrews, Peter Sellers. Produced by ITC and airs over ABC-TV this week.
Television news – June 8, 1975
A suit is filed against Sally Struthers to prevent her from working in the entertainment business as long as she refuses to honor her contract and continue her role as Archie Bunker’s daughter Gloria in All in the Family. Ms. Struthers wants to do other projects. She earned $6,000 a week for her role as Gloria last season. She has a considerable raise coming this year, but money isn’t the only issue.
Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide - June 8, 1975
CBS – The Waltons, Movie
NBC – Sunshine, Bob Crane Show, Movie, Tonight, Tomorrow
ABC – Barney Miller, Karen, Streets of San Francisco, Harry O, Wide World Special
PBS – Bill Moyers Journal, What Makes A Good Father?
On the Tonight Show – John Davidson is guest host. Charo is the guest.
Top movies – June 8, 1975
Touch of Class
WW & The Dixie Dance King
Prisoner of 2nd Ave.
Land That Time Forgot