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



In The News

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms says one of its undercover agents was approached by an individual who offered him $25 thousand to kill President Ford. The man was arrested after sufficient evidence was gathered.

Investigators call off the search for the body of former Teamsters President James R.  Hoffa. State policemen in Michigan spent 2 1/2 hours using a mechanical digger at half-dozen sites in a 29-acre field and adjacent woods before the operation was halted. Investigators hope to get more precise information from an underworld informant. 

With Opec recently raising the price of a barrel of oil from $10.46 to $11.51, government analysts fear new and perhaps larger increases by next summer or before. The current hike shouldn’t interfere seriously with the economy.

Patty Hearst and her former fugitive companions Emily and Bill Harris are indicted by the Los Angles Grand Jury for a series of charges that could find them in jail for life. The most serious charges against the trio are kidnapping for the purpose of robbery, which carries a life sentence. 

Industrialist Armand Hammer (77) pleads guilty to illegally disguising $54 thousand in contributions to former President Nixon’s 1972 reelection campaign and admits a scheme to cover up the crime. He could face prison time.

Want to buy a trailer? - Phillip Braff, operator of a mobile home company has a 10-by-40 foot trailer used by The Beatles as a dressing room during a 1966 concert. “It’s worth maybe $35 thousand to $50 thousand,” says Braff, who has ignored hundreds of letters from Beatles fans who claim the trailer should be a shrine. Braff says he was never a Beatles fan.

Trouble at the Washington Post - the paper shuts down after press machines are damaged and fire breaks out as pressman strike. The paper expects to resume publication as soon as possible. The paper says the dispute centers on the paper’s attempt to gain control over work practices which can be manipulated to give some employees extra work premium pay and which raise publishing costs.

 W.T. Grant - the sixth largest retailer in the nation, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company’s problems involve both massive amounts of money and the effects of years of mismanagement and even alleged fraud by some of Grant’s former executives. Grant operates 537 Grant variety stores and 533 Grant City discount department stores, with 62,000 employees. The company says all of its stores will remain open.

More trouble in Spain as terrorists shot and killed three policemen and gravely injured a fourth in Madrid – a few hours before 300,000 Spaniards roared their support in Generalissimo Franco on the 39th anniversary of his rise to power.


More News - October 1, 1975

President and Mrs. Ford welcome Japan’s Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako at the White House. Later – Emperor Hirohito placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns where the body of a U.S. serviceman rests from the war that pitted his forces against the Americans. 

Prince Charles who joined the navy four years ago, is given command of a British warship – the minesweeper HMS Bronington.

More Spain - A remote-controlled bomb flows up a Civil Guard jeep in the Basque country of northern Spain, killing three guardsmen and wounding two others.

Patty Hearst is indicted by the Los Angeles Grand Jury – along with her former companions Emily and Bill Harris. They could face years in prison.

Congress overrides President Ford’s veto of the $2.75 billion school lunch program.

Unemployment dropped to 8.3% in September, down from 8.4% in August and well below the 9.2% recorded in May.  

No secrets - Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger assures the senate Foreign Relations Committee that it has all the documents constituting a U.S. commitment in the Israeli-Egyptian Sinai agreements.

President Ford dedicates the new $126-million FBI headquarters named for the late J. Edgar Hoover who once called the building a monstrosity.

The House passes a $112 billion defense appropriation bill.

A Republican effort to remove federal controls from the price of domestically produced natural gas is rejected by the senate.

Spurred by sharp increases for food, fuels and metals, wholesale prices rose .6% in September.

Terence Hallinan, the radical attorney who has represented Patricia Hearst since the day of her arrest, withdraws from the case in an apparent dispute with other members of the defense team.

Ready for women - After months of studies, the army says that about all it needs to prepare West Point for its first women cadets is to change the bathrooms around.

Postage rates higher – to 13 cents for a first class letter from 10 cents. Look for it in late December.

Domestic car sales in September fell 4% from last year’s modest levels, making it the worst September sales record for U.s. automakers in five years. 


Sports news – October 1, 1975

Fullback Jim Braxton scores three TD’s and rushed for 102 years and O.J. Simpson scores once and explodes for 138 years to led the Buffalo Bills to a 38-14 route of the Denver Broncos.

Gene Mauch, unable to lead the Montreal Expos to better than a fourth-place finish in seven seasons, is fired by the club. He’s the only manager the expos have had since their creation in 1969.

 “The Thrilla in Manila” - Muhammad Ali TKO’s Joe Frazier in the 14th round in Manila. It was the third meeting between the bitter rivals.

Passing - baseball great Casey Stengal (85). He began is pro-career playing with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies and then to the New York Giants and Boston Braves. After managing several minor league teams, he returned to the majors as head coach of the Dodgers, but returned to minor league teams as a coach until he began his incredible coaching career with the Yankees in 1948. In his 12 seasons as manager of the Yankees, he never finished lower than third place and all but two years; he led the Yankees to winning pennants. He was fired from the Yankees in 1960 for being “too old” at 70. He went on to coach the Mets in 1962 when they debuted.  

Passing - Joan Payson (72) principal owner of the New York Mets. She helped bring National League baseball back to New York (in 1962) after the city lost the Giants and Dodgers at the end of the ‘57 baseball season. She also co-owned with her brother - the famous Greentree Stable at Aiken S.C. She was known in horse racing circles as “a queen in the sport of kings” and in baseball as “the first lady of baseball.” The Mets were coached for the first five years by Casey Stengal.

Passing - baseball’s Larry MacPhail - (85) - built pennant winners in Cincinnati, Brooklyn and the New York Yankees. He was a big part of baseball from 1932 to 1947.

Wilt Chamberlain is obligated to play for the Lakers for another full season if he returns to the NBA. The Knicks are eager to make a deal for him if he resumes after a two-year layoff. 


Entertainment /Celebrity news – October 1, 1975

Actor-singer Fabian Forte (32) is arrested and booked on suspicion of wife beating following an altercation with his estranged wife in Los Angeles.  Fabian allegedly struck his wife in the face, chest, neck and ribs and hit his mother-in-law in the mouth, then left the house.

Elton John is sued by his former Beverly Hills landlady for $70,000 in lost rent and damages. John, who presumably wasn’t wearing his glasses indoors, was alleged to have left rings on the furniture, cigarette-burned upholstery and marred floors and drilled holes in the walls before he moved out in May.

Charlie Brown turns 25-years-old this week.

Singer-actress Marlene Dietrich falls and fractures her left leg at the opening of her one-woman show in Sydney. The audience saw her clutch the curtain as she came on stage, take a step and fall.


Television news - October 1, 1975

In syndication – The Shari Show with Shari Lewis. It’s the first situation comedy performed by puppets.

TVN – which has billed itself as an independent television news network since it began in May, 1973, says it would all but go out of business October 31. The major stockholder in TVN Inc. is the Adolph Coors Co. of Golden, Colo.

Johnny Carson marks his 13th anniversary with a special “Tonight” show. Don’t miss it. 

Actor Elliot Gould (36) is divorced by his second wife, Jennifer Bogari (22) and ordered to pay $2,500 a month alimony and $700 a month in child support

“McCoy” becomes the latest addition to the NBC Mystery Movie rotation. The series stars Tony Curtis as a down-and-out con man and Roscoe Lee Browne as his cohort.

TVN, a company which provided news coverage for independent television stations since May 1973 - says it will shut that operation down on October 31st. A spokesman cited the high cost of producing and distributing news for the TVN demise, but a film division - TVN Enterprises, will remain in operation. Adolph Coors Co. of Golden, Colo is a major stockholder in the company. 

The cast of ABC’s “Happy Days” will join “The Dinah Shore” show on October 21st. Look for Ron Howard, Tom Bosely, Henry Winkler, Erin Moran and Pat Morita to salute the show and its theme - the 50’s. 

This Wednesday night at 11:30pm Eastern and Pacific - Johnny Carson celebrates his 13th Anniversary show. It’s going to be two hours long and among its highlights will be clips of the most hilarious moments of the past 13 seasons. Involved in these riotous reprises will be such celebrated guests as Mel Brooks, Art Carney, Dom Deluise, George Gobel, Bob Hope, Cloris Leachman, Dean Martin, Burt Reynolds and Jack Webb.”


Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide – October 1, 1975

CBS – The Waltons, Fear on Trial

NBC – The Montefuscos, Police Woman, Medical Story, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Barney Miller, On the Rocks, Streets of San Francisco, Harry O, World Wide Mystery

PBS – Classic Theater


Radio news - October 1, 1975

A popular format is Beautiful  music or Elevator music in cities around the country. Here’s a snapshot on some of the artists heard on these stations  -

Billy May

101 Strings

Boston Pops

Roger Williams

Andre Kostelantz


Frank Pourcel

Paul Mauriat

Ray Charles Singers

Hollyridge Strings

Frank Chacksfield

Bert Kaempfert

Michele Legrand

Anita Kerr

 Lawrence Welk

Lenny Dee

Astro Strings

Henry Mancini

Peter Nero

Andre Kostelanetz

Ferrante & Teicher

Perry Botkin Jr.

Herb Alpert

James Last

Floyd Cramer

Living Voices

Ronnie Aldrich

Living Strings

The King Sisters


Music news – October 1, 1975

Singer Elton John is sued by his former Beverly Hills landlady, Iris Schirmer for $70 thousand in lost rent and damages. The singer was alleged to have left rings on the furniture, cigarette-burned upholstery and marred floors and to have drilled holes in the walls before he moved out last May.

Singer Jackie Wilson (42) is in critical condition in a Cherry Hill, NJ hospital after suffering a heart attack and collapsing on stage at a local nightspot.

Country music performer Earl Scruggs (51) is injured when his single-engine Cessna 172 overshoots a runway at a private airport and flips over in a soybean field. He suffered a broken nose, broken ankle and multiple cuts and bruises.

Music On Television – The Bay City Rollers on “Saturday Night Live With Howard Cosell.”


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

I’m Sorry - John Denver

 Run Joey Run - David Geddes

Mr. Jaws - Dickie Goodman

Games People Play - Spinners

Fame - David Bowie

Bad Blood - Neil Sedaka

Lyin’ Eyes - Eagles

Feelings - Morris Albert

Dance With Me - Orleans

Ain’t No Way To Treat A Lady - Helen Reddy

Calypso - John Denver

Miracles - Jefferson Starship

Fight The Power Part 1 - The Isley Brothers

Ballroom Blitz - Sweet

Get Down Tonight - K.C. and the Sunshine Band

Wasted Days and Wasted Nights - Freddie Fender

Could It Be Magic - Barry Manilow

Rocky - Austin Roberts

Feel Like Makin’ Love - Bad Company

(I Believe) There’s Nothing Stronger Than Our Love - Paul Anka/Odia Coates

Solitaire - The Carpenters

Daisy Jane - America

Theme From Jaws - John Williams

7-6-5-4-3-2-1 (Blow Your Whistle) - Gary Toms Empire

It Only Takes A Minute - Tavares

Brazil - The Ritchie Family


Top Music Albums – October 1, 1975

Windsong - John Denver

Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

Win, Lose or Draw - The Allman Brothers

Between the Lines - Janis Ian

Prison In Disguise - Linda Ronstadt

One of These Nights - The Eagles

Minstrel In The Gallery - Jethro Tull

Pick of the Litter - Spinners

Red Octopus - Jefferson Starship

Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen

Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy - Elton John

Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac

The Heat Is On - The Isley Brothers

Honey - The Ohio Players

Why Can’t We Be Friends - War

 Initiation - Todd Rundgren

Return To Fantasy - Uriah Heep

Trouble in Paradise - The Souther, Hillman and Furay Band

The Original Soundtrack - 10 C.C.

Cut the Cake - Average White Band

Reheaded Stranger - Willie Nelson

Horizon - The Carpenters

Inseparable - Natalie Cole (features “This Will Be”)


Some top movies – October 1, 1975

3 Days of the Condor - Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, Max Von Sydow

Jaws - Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton

The Rocky Horror Picture Show - Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick

Monty Python and the Holy Grail - Eric Idle, Graham Chapan, Michael Palin, John Cleese

Give ‘Em Hell Harry - James Whitmore

Undercover Hero - Peter Sellers, Curt Jurgens

A Boy and his Dog - Don Johnson, Susanne Benton, Alvy Moore

The Other Side of The Mountain - Marilyn Hasett, Beau Bridges

Rancho Deluxe - Jeff Bridges, Sam Waterson, Elizabeth Ashley

 Black Christmas - Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon

The Happy Hooker - Lynn Redgrave

The Hiding Place - Julie Harris, Eileen Heckart, Arthur O’Connell

The Master Gunfighter - Tom Laughlin, Ron O’Neal, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Barbara Carrera, Geo Anne Sosa

Nashville - David Arkin, Barbara Baxley, Ned Beatty, Karen Black, Keith Carradine, Jeff Goldblum, Barbara Harris, Lily Tomlin, Keenan Wynn

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