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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of December 23, 1975 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

The Austrian government gives in to terrorists who shot their way into the headquarters of the OPEC and seized about 70 hostages. After Austria agreed to fly the terrorists and 11 hostage oil ministers to an undisclosed location, a bus let OPEC headquarters building for the airport carrying the terrorists and hostages. Later, the hostages were given up and all are safe.

President Ford signs into law – a comprehensive energy bill that will phase out oil-price controls during the next 40 months.

The Federal Trade Commission accuses the American Medical Association of illegally restraining competition by prohibiting its 170,000 members from advertising their services and prices.  The FTC accusation is based on the AMA’s principles of medical ethics which prohibit member physicians from advertising or soliciting business or from engaging in price competition.

Civil war in Lebanon continues as Christian and Muslim armies fought for the ninth month.

President Ford spends Christmas day on the ski slopes of Vail, exchanging gifts with his family. He had asked for a turtleneck sweater and everyone in the family took him at his word – so now he has four new sweaters! He also received black leather after-hour shoes and a blue suede shirt jacket from members of his family.

An explosion designed to “kill and maim” blasts a baggage area at New York’s LaGuardia Airport – killing at least 11 and injuring 75. Within hours, 300 FBI agents mounted a search for whoever planted the time bomb. President Ford ordered top administration officials to improve airport security measures in view of the New York bombing.

Hundreds are feared dead after a mine explosion in New Delhi, India.

The Supreme Court refused to block payments of $1.85 million or more in government subsidies to political parties and presidential candidates in the next two weeks.

General Motors Corp. is recalling 39,000 current model cars and light trucks that have a potential breaking defect.

Richard S. Welch – An American attaché whom intelligence sources in Washington identified as chief of all CIA operations in Greece, is shot to death by three gunmen in Athens.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld indicates that he has persuaded President ford to drop a plan by White House budge officials to cut troop strength by 37,000.


Sports news – December 24, 1975

The European Boxing Union won’t let Belgian Jean-Pierre Coopmans fight Muhammad Ali for the world heavyweight title because “we can’t want Coopmans getting killed.”

The National Football League plans to beef up security in the championship playoffs and Super Bowl.  This after Armen Terizan a field judge was hit in the head by a bottle thrown from nearby bleachers in a game between Dallas and Minnesota.

Minnesota Viking Frank Tarkenton is named NFC player of the year. Tarkenton won the first passing title of his 15-year career this season, pushing Johnny Unitas of the top of the list. He completed 273 passes in 425 attempts for a 64% completion, an NFC high 2,994 yards and an NFL best of 25 touchdowns last season.


Time Magazine names “Women of the Year for 1975” and they are –

Mrs. Betty Ford

Carla Hills

Gov Ella Grasso

Rep. Barbara Jordan

Susie Charp

Jill Ker Conway

Alison Cheek

Carol Sutton

Kathleen Byerly

Billie Jean King

Susan Brownmiller

Adie Wyatt


Entertainment/Celebrity news – December 24, 1975

Anne Murray wants to stop singing long enough to make a movie and she has her eye on Columbia’s “Outlaw Blues.” 

Fire sweeps through the sound stages where “Cannon” is filmed, causing an estimated $3 million damage to the Samuel Goldwyn movie studios.

It’s revealed that Superman and Lois Lane are having an affair. The romance burst forth in the latest Superman comic book titled “Clark Kent forever – Superman Never!”


Television news – December 24, 1975

Big trend - Videotape in TV productions has “suddenly” blossomed. Over the past five years, videotape has been used extensively for television productions. One of the reasons is – the format is no longer just an engineer’s medium. Set technicians have learned how to light for tape to soften the hard, cold look it can give. Lenses have been adapted from film cameras to provide more photographic variety. Cameras have been made less bulky and the editing process had been refined even as it has been made speedier. A big problem of the past was that videotape cameras were unwieldy in size and were of little use outside a studio. They always had to be connected by cord to a recording device, unlike a self-contained film camera. Today, they still do, but the size of both camera and recorder has been reduced.


WMAQ-TV (Chicago) anchor Jane Pauley recently subbed on NBC’s “Today’ Show. Some say she’s headed for a network post. 


Wednesday night television – listings/programs/TV Guide – December 24, 1975

CBS – Tony Orlando and Dawn, Cannon, Blue Night

NBC – Little House on the Prairie, Doctor’s Hospital, Petrocelli, Christmas ’75 Rome

ABC – When Things Were Rotten, That’s My Mama, Baretta, Starsky and Hutch, Wide World Special


Tony Orlando – Carroll O’Connor and the International Children’s Choir join Tony and his singing partners – Telma Hoplins and Joyce Vincent Wilson.

Wide World Special – Christmas in New York with John Lindsay and Diahann Carroll.


New Year’s Eve Television (December 31, 1975)

CBS – New Year’s Eve With Guy Lombardo

ABC – New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Dick Clark. Neil Sedaka hosts from the Ambassador Hotel in Hollywood. With Freddy Fender. Average White Band, K.C. and the Sunshine Band and Melissa Manchester.

PBS – New Year’s Eve At Pops – Arthur Fielder conducts the Boston Pops Orchestra in a live, special New Year’s Eve celebration.

NBC – Tonight Show – special New Year’s Eve show as Johnny Carson welcomes Joan Rivers, Orson Bean, and Charles Nelson Reilly.  


Some top movies – December 23, 1975


Lucky Lady




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