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



In The News

 In Sacramento, President Ford is called as the first witness in the defense of Lynette (Squeaky) Fromme in the trial of her alleged assassination attempt. He’s the first President ever to testify in a criminal trial. Testifying on video tape, Ford said that he did not recall hearing the click from her .45 caliber pistol - never noticed her thumb on the gun’s handle or finger on the trigger. “I stopped because I had the impression she wanted to speak to me or shake my hand and as I moved to either shake hands or speak to her, I then noticed the gun, as I indicated, in her hand, which was approximately two feet from me.”

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal in San Francisco refuses to overturn a lower court judge’s order that the documentary film “Manson” not be shown in theaters in much of Northern California. The court said the issue was moot because the jury in the trial of Manson family member Lynette (Squeaky) Fromme had been sequestered in Sacramento. Fromme is accused of trying to assassinate Ford in September. The ACLU sought the appeal after a judge banned showing the film in 26 counties in which potential jurors lived. The film shows Fromme caressing a rifle and saying; “You have to make love with it. You have to know every part of it and know it so that you could pick it up any second and shoot.”  

In Miami while announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, Ronald Reagan is the target of a mock assassination attempt by a man with a toy pistol. When Mark Carvin displayed the plastic gun within a few feet of the Governor, he was taken down by a warm of secret service agents and arrested.

The FBI reports a record 18% rise in crime in 1974. Criminals killed more than 20,000 people and made off with loot valued at more than the Justice Department’s annual budget and more than twice what it asks to run the city of Chicago for a year.

Dies - General Francisco Franco (82) - Europe’s last dictator. Franco ruled Spain for 36 years. According to law, Prince Juan Carlos de Borbon must be named successor within eight days.

Dies - Phillip Rogers Mallory (90) - founder of P.R. Mallory & Co (Battery and electrical supplies). The battery division is best known for the “Duracell” coppertop battery.

In Los Angeles, marijuana charges against Linda McCartney (33) are dismissed upon her successful completion of a six-month drug diversion program. Her attorney said that she had taken drug counseling from a psychiatrist in England to comply with the program conditions. Stopped for a traffic violation earlier this year, the small amount of pot was found in her purse.


Fascinating Facts – November 15, 1975

In Milwaukee - beer is now cheaper than milk at the supermarket. The change occurred over the last week when grocers raised the price of whole milk by 10 cents a gallon to $1.42 or 1.1 cents an ounce. Some popular priced cases of beer go for $2.99 or 1.04 cents per ounce.

In London, Caroline Kennedy (17) throws a cup of water in a cameraman’s face. Freelancer Mike Daines and four other photographers were waiting for Caroline when she emerged after taking a break from an art course at Sotheby’s. Annoyed, she drank a cup of coffee and ate a bun. Getting a cup of water, she walked past Daines, turned around and hit him with the water.


Toys And Supermarket Prices – November 15, 1975

 Countdown to Christmas - Ideal’s “Mouse Trap” game - $6.79 ... Kenner “Smash-up Derby set - $7.99 .... Girls Colorforms - Raggedy Ann or Barbie dress-up kit - $1.49 each ...  Milton-Bradley’s game of “Life” - $5.79/game of “Stratego” - $4.97/ “Twister” - $4.96

At the mart - Turkey - .53lb ... Cranberries - .28lb can ... Potatoes  10lb bag - .59


Sports news – November 15, 1975

Second baseman Joe Torre of the Cincinnati Reds gets the National League’s MVP award. Runner’s up were outfielder Greg Luzinski of the Phillies, outfielder Dave Parker of the Pirates, catcher Johnny Bench and third baseman Pete Rose of Cincinnati.

 NBC shelves play-by-play announcer Curt Gowdy - dropping him as a baseball and basketball broadcaster. Dick Enberg from Los Angeles is being brought in to handle play-by-play college basketball and Joe Garagiola will handle baseball. NBC says that Gowdy will continue with the network but that “his 1976 assignments are yet to be determined.”

Howard Cosell is the busiest he’s ever been with ABC, but his “Saturday Night With Howard Cosell” variety show is doing poorly in the ratings. Says Cosell: “The Saturday night time slot that ABC placed my variety show in has a deathly history. I inherited a cemetery.” Besides the variety show, Cosell does Monday Night Football, 12 ABC radio network commentaries, a network radio talk show, a television sports magazine show and one assignment for ABC’s “Wide World Of Sports.” He also does a once-a-day local sports commentary heard on WABC Radio in New York. 

Neil Sedaka is named as the star-host of Dick Clark’s third “Rockin’ New Years Eve.”

The FCC says that any TV station broadcasting old Ronald Reagan movies will be liable for equal time demands by other Republican presidential candidates. The same would apply to the TV series “Death Valley Days” in which Reagan appeared as the host.     


Top TV shows – November 15, 1975

 All In The Family, Sanford and Son, Chico and the Man, Six Million Dollar Man, The Waltons, Maude, Starsky and Hutch, MASH, Good Times, Donny and Marie Osmond special, Happy Days, Rhoda, Little House on the Prairie, Jeffersons, ABC Sunday Movie - “The Great Gatsby,” CBS Thursday Night Movie - “Foster and Laurie,” Phyllis, Baretta and Kojak.


 Friday night Television listings/programs/TV guide – November 15, 1975

 (CBS) Special - Dr Seuss on the Loose, MASH, Hawaii Five-O, Barnaby Jones... (BC) Sanford and Son, Chico and the Man, The Rockford Files, Police Story ...(ABC) Barbary Coast, Movie.


ABC Movie - “Murder on Flight 502

Police Story - guests Kurt Russell and Clu Gulager as clashing rookie and veteran cops.

First Lady Betty Ford guests on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” this Saturday.   


Bestsellers include “The Choirboys” - Joseph Wambaugh, “The Greek Treasure” - Irving Stone, “Bring On The Empty Horses” - David Niven, and “Powers of Mind” - Adam Smith.


Top Pop Hit Music Charts(top-40) – November 15, 1975

“That’s The Way (I Like It)” - K.C. and the Sunshine Band, “Fly Robin Fly” - Silver Convention, “Let’s Do It Again” - Staple Singers, “Island Girl” - Elton John, “Lyin’ Eyes” - The Eagles, “The Way I Want To Touch You” - The Captain & Tennille, “They Just Can’t Stop It (The Games People Play)” - The Spinners, “I Love Music” - The O’Jays, “Who Loves You” - The Four Seasons, “Miracles” - Jefferson Starship, “My Little Town” - Simon & Garfunkle.


Top Music Albums – November 15, 1976

“Red Octopus” - Jefferson Starship, “Still Crazy After All These Years” - Paul Simon, “Rock Of The Westies” - Elton John, “Sindsong” - John Denver, “Wish You Were Here” - Pink Floyd.


Top Country Hit Music Singles – November 15, 1975

Top Country - “I’m Sorry” - John Denver, (Turn Out The Light) Love Me Tonight” - Don Williams, “Rocky” - Dickey Lee, “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” - Waylen Jennings, “San Antonio Stroll” - Tanya Tucker.


Top movies – November 15, 1975

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nes” - Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, William Redfield.

Mahogany - Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams

Rollerball - James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams

The Human Factor - George Kennedy, John Mills

Mr. Quilp - Anthony Newley, David Hemmings

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