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
A Woman Under the Influence
Gone in 60 Seconds
Let’s Do It Again
92 in the Shade