Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of August 15, 1975 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
President Mujibur Rohman of Bangladesh, hero for his country’s struggle for independence from Pakistan 3 ½ years ago, is killed in a military coup.
Secretary of State Henry Kissinger arrives in Tel Aviv with high hopes that his shuttle diplomacy would achieve a new Israeli-Egyptian agreement and a warning that failure could mean a new Middle East war.
Just before he leaves, Kissinger fires W. Beverly carter Jr., the ambassador to Tanzania who played a role in helping free three Stanford University students and a Dutch woman kidnapped from Tanzania by Zaire rebels.
FBI agents free whisky heir Samuel Bronfman II from a Brooklyn apartment in which he had been held bound and gagged since he was abducted eight days earlier. Two men – Mel Patrick Lynch and Dominic Byrne have been arrested. Hours later agents recovered a $2.3 million ransom – one of the largest ever paid in the U>S. – in small bills that had been crammed into two garbage bags and hidden in an apartment nearby.
Secretary of State Henry Kissinger speaks hopefully of an early Sinai agreement with his talks with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in Egypt this week.
A pipe bomb shatters windows and smashes the front door of the home of San Francisco mayor Joseph Alioto. The city is in the middle of a strike of police officers.
Rich Clarkson – the photo director of the Topeka Capital-Journal called President Ford’s family the strongest he has seen and criticized Kansans who he said harassed Susan Ford during her summer newspaper internship. Ms. Ford just left the internship to join her parents on vacation at Vail, Colorado.
Former President Richard M. Nixon says he will make his presidential tapes public ‘as expeditiously as possible” if he is awarded ownership, but hat he, not the government, will select the ones to release.
Rep John Dingell, chairman of the House energy and power subcommittee declares that gasoline prices will rose to 75 cents a gallon almost immediately and could reach 90 cents a gallon by New Year’s day if oil price controls are allowed to expire Aug. 31.
Sports news – August 15, 1975
Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame – Ralph Kiner, Judy Johnson, Earl Averill, Billy Herman and Bucky Harris.
Willie Davis leaves the St. Louis Cardinals before the club swept a doubleheader from the Braves and he was placed on the disqualified list. He said he left to keep his ex-wife from garnishing his salary. “If she’s gonna get all my money, let her play. That’s how I feel about it.” He said he would try to get together with her to find a solution – one that will get him back to baseball.
Bruce Devlin and 20 other pro golfers are fined and still another was slapped with a two-stroke penalty in a mass disciplinary move by the tournament Players Division of the PGA.
Chicago Cubs third baseman Bill Madlock, the National League’s top hitter, is fined $200 by the NL president Charles Feeney for an incident at Houston when he was ejected from the game.
Race driver Mark Donahue who once retired and vowed he never would race again, dies of complications from surgery he underwent to remove a blood clot from his brain.
Music news – August 15, 1975
Singer Elvis Presley who canceled a Las Vegas Hilton engagement and was hospitalized because of fatigue, has no ‘serious or life-threatening illness,” said Dr. George Nichopoulos – his personal physician. Presley cut short a scheduled two-week Las Vegas engagement (see ad) at the suggestion of his doctors and flew back to Memphis for a checkup. He reportedly had been on a series of crash diets to prepare for the engagement.
Entertainment/Celebrity news – August 15, 1975
Bugs Bunny voice Mel Blanc is promoting a new toy – The Bugs Bunny Birthday Call Kit. For $5 – a parent buys the kit, fills in postcard with child’s name and birthday, mails it at least a week ahead of time and then – bugs calls them. Of course it’s Blanc on a pre-recorded message. He spent a few days last summer recording 2,5000 to be dropped in according to the name on the card. Just in case he didn’t record an abstract name – a nonpersonalized message is available.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton have reconciled after 14 months of divorce and are together “somewhere in Switzerland.”
Television news – August 15, 1975
Television Digest reports that CBS-TV was the most profitable of the three national television networks last year. Profits, before taxes were $110 million, up 24.7% on revenues of $650 million, which were up 30.7%. ABC-TV profits were up 33.5% to $49 million on revenues of $550 million, up 26%. NBC’s 1974 profit of $66 million was up 10% on revenues of $590 million, up 25.2% said the magazine.
First of its kind - Teleprompter Corp. announces plans for a national system of pay cable television and says the service will be available to 870,000 homes. Teleprompter said it signed an agreement with Home Box Office to provide pay cable programs to Teleprompter cable systems throughout the country. Teleprompter Chairman Jack Kent Cooke says the company has signed an agreement with Scientific Atlanta to purchase 24 earth stations needed to pick up the pay cable signal from a space satellite.
Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – August 15, 1975
CBS – Tony Orlando and Dawn, Cannon, Mannix
NBC – Little House on the Prairie, Lucas Tanner, Petrocelli, Tonight, Tomorrow
ABC – That’s My Mama, Made for TV movie, Jim Stafford Show, Wide World Special
In syndication – The Beverly and Vidal Sassoon Show (talkshow).
ABC Made for TV movie – “The Trial of Chaplain Jensen.” James Franciscus, Joanna Miles, Charles Durning, Lynda Day George.
Jim Stafford Show – Karen Valentine and Bill Daily guest.
Wide World Special – “Stanley Kramer: Triumphs and Defeats of a Hollywood film maker.”
Some top movies – August 15, 1975
Beyond the Door
The Dragon Flies
Brother Can You Spare a Dime
Return of the Pink Panther
Apple Dumpling Gang
Day of the Locust
Other Side of the Mountain
Farwell My Lovely