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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of September 1, 1975 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Ford narrowly escapes an assassination attempt by a woman follower of convicted murderer Charles Manson. Lynette (Squeaky) Fromme stepped from a crowd of onlookers and pointed a loaded .45 caliber pistol at Ford’s back from only several feet. A Secret Service agent grabbed the weapon and wrested it from the woman before any shots were fired.

A State Supreme Court justice in New York signs an order requiring billionaire Howard Hughes to appear personally in court or face the prospect of being declared legally dead. The order is an outgrowth of a suit in which two Manhattan shareholders contend that Hughes has been dead for an indefinite period. The suit contends that Hughes and some of his associates issued “false and misleading” statements designed to induce purchases and sales of Air West securities.

Police in Bognor Regis, England evacuate scores of families after a lovesick pilot armed with a shotgun, threatened to crash his single-engine plane on his girlfriend’s home. The pilot, identified only as Gary, repeatedly sent his stolen Piper Chereokee to screaming dives over the area. Witnesses said the plane skimmed rooftops as he pulled out of the dives. He eventually landed and offered no resistance when police arrested him.

The U.S. court of appeals rules that American Express may not cancel customers’ credit cards without notifying them in advance.


Prices at the Supermarket – September 1, 1975

At the mart - a carton of Salem cigarettes - $3.80...Pastrami - $1.60lb...Apples - 2 lbs - .49...Cooked shrimp - 1/2lb - $1.25


Sports news – September 1, 1975

The World Football League announces the immediate expulsion of the Chicago Winds and the dispersal of their players to the other 10 league members. The Winds have played two home games, one an exhibition, and drew less than 5,000 each game, failing to meet expenses. Two disillusioned investors withdrew $175 thousand they had on deposit with the league’s legal counsel. The 1,600 season ticket holders can get refunds by writing to the league office.

Pitcher Tom Seaver hits a record - pitching 200 plus strikeouts for 8 consecutive seasons, bringing this season’s total to 204 after pitching 10 strikeouts to St Louis... Nolan Ryan of the Angels will be out for the remaining season for bone chips in his pitching arm.   


 Television news – September 1, 1975

After 20 years on the network, Gunsmoke is broadcast for the last time on CBS.

NBC broadcasts the 55th Annual Miss America Pageant from Atlantic City with entertainment keyed to the Bicentennial theme “Travelin’ Freedom’s Road.”  Bert Parks hosts

Under development at Warner Brothers television is a talk show hosted by Julie Nixon Eisenhower. Mrs. Eisenhower’s work was spotted by a producer after she substituted for Barbara Walters on the syndicated “Not For Woman Only” last fall.

Jerry Lewis raises a record $18,868,499 in this year’s Labor Day Telethon against Muscular dystrophy. The telethon was carried on almost 200 stations across the U.S. and handily beat last year’s total of $16.1 million.


Wednesday night Television listings/programs/TV guide – September 1, 1975

(CBS) Tony Orlando & Dawn, Cannon, Eaton Presents - The American Parade -F.D.R....(NBC) (Special) Rich Little Show, Sandburg’s Lincoln, Petrocelli...(ABC) That’s My Mama, The Jim Stafford Show, Movie


ABC Movie - pilot for “Starsky & Hutch.”

Jim Stafford welcomes Robert Mitchum and Arte Johnson.

Sandy Duncan, Glen Campbell, George Burns & Peter Marshall join Ritch Little.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – September 1, 1975

“Fallin’ In Love” - Hamilton, Joe, Frank & Reynolds, “Get Down Tonight” - KC and the Sunshine Band, “Rhinestone Cowboy” - Glen Campbell, “At Seventeen” - Janis Ian, “Jive Talkin’” - Bee Gees, “Fame” - David Bowie, “Wasted Days & Wasted Nights” - Freddy Fender, “Could It Be Magic” - Barry Manilow, “Feelings” - Morris Albert.


Top music albums – September 1, 1975

“Red Octopus” - Jefferson Starship, “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy” - Elton John, “Cat Stevens Greatest Hits” - Cat Stevens, “One Of These Nights” - Eagles, “Between The Lines” - Janis Ian, “The Basement Tapes” - Bob Dylan, “Honey” - The Ohio Players.


Top movies – September 1, 1975

Love and Death - Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

Tidal Wave - Lorne Greene

Russian Roulette - George Segal

Tommy - Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Roger Daltrey

Beyond The Door - Juliet Mills, Richard Johnson

RollerBall - James Caan 

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