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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

Police Woman

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

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