Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of July 24, 1975 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Defeat for President Ford as the House rejects his Administration’s effort to lift the six-month-old embargo on arms shipments to Turkey.
President Ford attempts to break the impasse with Congress over energy by proposing a new oil pricing plan that would mean motorists will pay an additional 6 cents a gallon for gasoline by the end of 1978. The President said the decontrol plan would place a limit of $11.50 a barrel on Sept 1 on the cost of domestic oil produced since 1973. The current level of such oil is around $13 a barrel. The $11.50 ceiling world gradually increase by a nickel each month for the next 39 months – allowing oil prices to gradually creep back to the level of world prices.
A coalition of underground political and labor groups call on Spaniards to join in efforts to overthrow the authoritarian regime of Gen. Francisco Franco and replace it with a democratic system.
A fire fighter was only seconds away from completing a successful rescue when a fire escape collapsed, sending a young woman and a 2-year-old child plunging five floors to the ground. The woman was killed and child was injured.
The final Apollo and its three-man crew end a history-making flight with the Russians and closing a pioneering chapter in the U.s. space program. Astronauts Thomas Stafford, Vance Brand and Donald Slayton splashed down in the Pacific about 200 miles west of Hawaii.
President Ford begins a 10-day swing through Europe – first stop is Bonn than on to Warsaw. He laid a wreath on a monument of Auschwitz, Poland.
The Army suspends the testing of chemical compounds on human volunteers. It said its inspector general had been ordered to check on what is called “some possible adverse information” about Dr. Van Sim, who has headed such testing programs for 19 years.
The U.S. and 15 other nations of the Organization of American States vote to lift mandatory economic and political sanctions they imposed 11 years ago against Cuba.
The House hands President Ford his first veto defeat of the year, voting to override his rejection of a $2 billion health service authorization bill.
Jimmy Hoffa - former Teamsters President is reported missing after his car is found abandoned outside a restaurant in Michigan ... Authorities are concentrating on his last reported engagement - a luncheon date 48 hours earlier with a reputed Mafia kingpin and close friend (Anthony Giacalone).
In Helsinki, leaders of 35 nations sign a broad-East-West security agreement as the final act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe. The 100-page document recognizes Europe as its map emerged after World War II and forswears forcible changes of boundaries while calling for increased East-West cooperation. German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt signed first. Also signing - President Ford, Leonid I Brezhnev and President Tito (83) of Yugoslavia - the senior Communist leader in Europe. President Ford said past agreements have been made a mockery and that this one must be different if détente is to be permanent. “The people of both Europe and the United States are thoroughly tired of having their hopes raised and then shattered by empty words and unfulfilled pledges. We had better say that we mean and mean what we say or we will have the anger of our citizens to answer. Every signatory should know that if these agreements are to be more than the latest chapter in a long and sorry volume of unfulfilled declarations, every party must be dedicated to making them come true.”
Still overseas, President Ford visits Auschwitz, Poland to pay tribute to an estimated 4 million Jews who died there. The death camp has been an international monument for years.
The nation posed a trade surplus of $1.7 billion in June - the largest monthly surplus in history (so far) according to the Commerce Department. It was the fifth straight month that U.S. exports had exceeded imports of foreign goods. Government trade analysts said the record June surplus was largely the result of lower U.S. imports of foreign oil at 118.2 million barrels.
Three members of Ireland’s best-known pop band “The Miami Show” are slain and one injured when Protestant extremists ambushed the group while they were traveling in Northern Ireland. Survivors say they were flagged down by a man in army-style uniform waving a red light. “A member of the gang then approached the vehicle and asked the occupants for their names and addresses. The band members were told to get out of their bus for what they thought was an official search.” “Then two men, both wearing military uniforms, took a bomb from a nearby parked car, but it exploded prematurely, killing them both. The other guerrillas panicked and shot four of the band members.”
Now at bookstores – “Nice Guys Finish Last” by Leo Durocher.
Technology news – July 24, 1975
At Montgomery Ward – Phone Answering Machine – “Phone-mate 400. Reel-to-reel recorder – stores up to 30 incoming calls! Just $139.50.
Television news – July 24, 1975
Debuting Thursday – “Almost Anything Goes” – a competitive event show in which teams compete in a round of games reminiscent of three-legged races of old-fashioned family picnics. Lynn Shackelford, Charlie Jones and Dick Whittington reports.
The heads of five national broadcasting organizations launch a campaign to improve the UHF television picture – that is – to make television receivers better at receiving those channels between 14 and 69. There are 195 commercial UHF stations and 147 public TV stations. They want TV receivers to get better UHF reception by lowering noise and improved antennas.
On ABC-TV this week – “Tune In America” a Democratic National Telethon. With Alan Alda, Edward Asner, Lauren Bacall, Roy Clark, Jackie Cooper, Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, Lorne Greene, Jack Lemmon Freddie Prince, Tony Orlando, Helen Reddy, Cliff Robertson, Dinah Shore Robert Wagner, Natalie Wood and more.
ABC says Harry Reasoner will become the solo anchor of its nightly network newscast. Reasoner had been co-anchoring with Howard K. Smith - who will remain on the newscast as commentator. The change comes official in September. Total network news numbers are up - more people are watching all three networks for news. Since 1970 - the ABC Evening news increased its national audience 77%, from 3.5 million homes to 6.2 million homes. That compares to CBS with a 14% increase and NBC with a 9% increase over the same period.
Actress Ann Francis will make her TV musical debut on an episode of “Barnaby Jones.” She’ll perform her own singing and dancing.
Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – July 24, 1975
CBS- Made for TV movie, Made for TV movie
NBC – Sanford and Son, Chico and the Man, Rockford Files
ABC – College All-Star Football
PBS – Washington Week, Wall St. Week
CBS Movie #1 – “The Family Kovack” with James Sloyan, Sarah Cunningham, Andy Robinson.
CBS Movie #2 – “Catholics” – Trevor Howard, Martin Sheen, Cyril Cusack, Andrew Keir.
Thursday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – July 24, 1975
CBS - The Waltons, TV Movie “The FBI Story” (1974)
NBC - Gladys Knight and the Pips, Movie
ABC - Debut-Almost Anything Goes, TV Movie - “Smile Jenny, You’re Dead (1974)
PBS - Philadelphia Folk Festival, Hollywood Television Theater
Almost Anything Goes - Teams compete in off-the-wall competition. Charlie Jones, Lynn Shackelford and Dick Whittington host.
The Waltons - Mary Ellen buys a second-hand purse and finds an antique ring in its compartment.
Merv Griffin show (syndicated) guests Sonny Bono, Charles Nelson Reilly, Richard Lewis, David Groh.
On The Tonight Show - McLean Stevenson guest hosts
The Tomorrow show w/Tom Snyder - An airline pilot discusses hazards in flying.
Music news – July 24, 1975
On the syndicated Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert this week – Labelle, Guess Who and the Average White Band.
“The Midnight Special” will feature less rock and more variety.
Col. Tom Parker who manages Elvis Presley learns that the singer just bought him his very own airplane for $1.2 million and is on his way to pick him up in Las Vegas. The plane is a Grumman Gulf stream and only seats 12. The colonel doesn’t like to fly in big planes.
Elvis is at it again ... In Memphis - Mennie Person (33) is caught by surprise while she admired Presley’s custom-made Cadillac outside a dealer. “He said, that one’s mine, but’ I’ll buy you one.” The car she selected was a gold and white Cadillac, listing for $11,500. When Elvis found out it was her birthday, he wished her Happy Birthday and told an aide to writer her a check “to buy some clothes to go with the car.”
Singer Dionne Warwick sues compser Burt Bacharach and lyricist Hal David for $5.5 million claiming they failed to produce two record albums under a contract with Warner Brothers Records. Miss Warwick says the contract was made in 1971 while the pair acted as her managers.
New albums this week are released from Graham Central Station, Fleetwood Mac, Gary Wright, B.T. Express and Conway Twitty.
Check these albums, available from the new record company - Arista Records:
Manilow I - Barry Manilow - features “Could It Be Magic”
Greatest Hits - Tony Orlando & Dawn
Melissa - Melissa Manchester - features “Midnight Blue”
Monty Python’s Matching Tie and Handkerchief album - Monty Python
Funny Lady - original soundtrack album w/ Barbra Streisand
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – July 24, 1975
Swearin' to God - Frankie Valli
Listen to What the Man Said - Wings
Love Will Keep Us Together - The Captain & Tennille
The Hustle - Van McCoy
One of These Nights - The Eagles
Please Mr. Please - Olivia Newton-John
Jive Talkin' - The Bee Gees
Someone Saved My Life Tonight - Elton John
Rockin' Chair - Gwen McCrae
I'm Not In Love - 10cc
Midnight Blue - Melissa Manchester
Why Can't We Be Friends? - War
Get Down Tonight - KC & the Sunshine Band
Rhinestone Cowboy - Glen Campbell
At Seventeen - Janis Ian
Love Won't Let Me Wait - Major Harris
Magic - Pilot
How Long - Ace
The Way We Were/Try to Remember - Gladys Knight & the Pips
Mornin' Beautiful - Tony Orlando & Dawn
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) - James Taylor
Fallin' In Love - Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
Before the Next Teardrop Falls - Freddy Fender
Wildfire - Michael Murphy
Thank God I'm a Country Boy - John Denver
When Will I Be Loved - Linda Ronstadt
The Rockford Files - Mike Post
Dynomite-Part I - Tony Camillo’s Bazuka
Saturday Night Special - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith
Top Music Albums – July 24, 1975
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy - Elton John
One Of These Nights - Eagles
Love Will Keep Us Together - The Captain & Tennille
Cut The Cake - Average White Band
The Heat Is On - The Isley Brothers
Gorilla - James Taylor
Metamorphosis - The Rolling Stones
Venus and Mars - Paul McCartney and Wings
Made in the Shade - The Rolling Stones
That’s The Way Of The World - The Rolling Stones
Cat Stevens Greatest Hits - Cat Stevens
The Basement Tapes - Bob Dylan and the Band
Stampede - The Doobie Brothers
Desolation Boulevard - The Sweet
Redheaded Stranger - Willie Nelson
Some top movies – July 24, 1974
The Return of the Pink Panther - Peter Sellers, Christopher Plummer, Catherine Schell, Herbert Lom
Tommy - Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Roger Daltrey, Elton John, Eric Clapton, John Entwistle, Keith Moon, Paul Nicholas, Jack Nicholson, Robert Powell, Peter Townshend, Tina Turner
The French Connection -
Return to Macon County – Nick Nolte
Rebel Rousers - Jack Nicholson
Shampoo - Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn
Funny Lady - Barbra Streisand, James Caan
Journey Back To Oz
Bit The Bullet – Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen
The Fortune – Jack Nicholson
Once Is Not Enough – All Star Cast
Love and Death – Woody Allen, Diane Keaton