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




In The News

United Airlines suspends all flights through Christmas Eve after talks with the striking machinists union break down.

A panel of scientists say that evidence shows the artificial sweetner cyclamate is not a strong cancer causing agent as was feared in 1969 when it was ordered off the market.

The Supreme Court gives police permission to resume interrogating a suspect after he has once exercised his/her constitutional rights to remain silent.

Gov. Hugh Carey of New York asks a special session of the Legislature for a one-year freeze on the salaries of all 200,000 state employees and to pass an economic package designed to return the state to firmer financial footing.

The United States vetoes a Security Council condemnation of Israel for raids on Palestinian refugee caps in Lebanon last week. 100 died in the raids.

Egypt has hired U.S. Steel Corp to boost production and solve maintenance problems at a huge iron and steel complex built with Soviet aid and technical assistance.

In New Orleans - The FBI arrests Clarence Medlin, a tipster who collected nearly $10,000 from CBs by promising information about the location of the body of former Teamsters president James Hoffa and then vanished. He had tried to sell the same Hoffa story to the New Orleans Times-Picayune and it turned him down.

Sara Jane Moore declares that she “willfully and knowingly” attempted to assassinate President Ford and asks a federal judge to change her plea to guilty.

A fire believed to be the work of an arsonist sweeps through a five-story apartment building in San Francisco, killing 12. Separately – California state Sen. George Mascone becomes the city’s new mayor.


Sports news – December 8, 1975

NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle says consideration will soon be given to using television instant replays to settle disputed calls in pro football games


Television news – December 8, 1975

People magazine is planning a TV series for fall ’76 with each show devoted to one of the magazine’s cover subjects.


Some best-selling books – December 8, 1975

Ragtime – E.I. Doctorow

Curtain  - Agatha Christie

The Greek treasure – Irving Stone

Looking for Mr. Goodbar – Judith Rossner

The Eagles Has Landed – Jack Higgins

Humboldj’s Gift – Saul Bellow

Sylvia Porter’s Money Book – Sylvia Porter

Power – Michael Korda

Relaxation Response – Herbert Benson

Winning Through Intimidation – Robert Ringer

Bring on the Empty Horses – David Niven

Angels – Billy Graham


Entertainment/Celebrity news – December 8, 1975

Now at bookstores -  Star Trek related book – “Star Fleet Technical Manual” – a compendium of art and information detailing federation treaties, charts of the galaxy, costume designs, flags and musical instruments.


Playing in Las Vegas –

Sammy Davis Jr. – Caesars Palace

Wayne Newton - sands


Music news – December 8, 1975

Bernie Leadon leaves the Eagles and he is replaced by Joe Walsh. Leadon, it’s reported, didn’t like to tour and it isn’t known if he’ll still record with the band.

Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue officially ends this week with a Rubin (Hurricane) Carter benefit ant Madison Square Garden. Appearing at the concert – Muhammad Ali and Joni Mitchell. The concert was expected to gross $200,000 to “Freedom for All Forever,” the committee working for a new trial or pardon for Carter.

Richard Pryor hosts “Saturday Night Live” this week.

Don’t Miss John Denver Rocky Mountain Christmas On ABC-TV This Week.


Top movies – December 8, 1975

Driver’s Seat

Cooley High


A Woman Under the Influence

Gone in 60 Seconds


Let’s Do It Again

92 in the Shade


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