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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of October 8, 1975 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

President Ford asks Congress to end much of the government’s regulation of domestic airline operations, saying true competition is needed because "for many Americans, air travel has become a luxury too expensive to afford.”

Vice President Rockefeller calls for speedy congressional action to help New York City avoid a financial catastrophe.

Explosions ripped pipelines and flames shot nine stories high as fire raged out of control in an oil refinery along the Schuylkill River. Authorities report no serious injuries, but Mayer Frank Rizzo broke his right thigh when a fireman ran into him. The fireman and the mayor collided as they were running away from gas line explosion.

The National Association Of Broadcasters announce that its Code Review Board has acted to restrict the advertising of feminine personal products to specific time periods. Beginning Jan.1 the advertising of sanitary napkins, tampons and douches will be allowed from 9am to 4pm and after 10pm on weekends.

The nation’s auto industry, beginning the 1976 model year on a strong note, reports early October car sales rose 13% from last year to the highest tempo for an early-month period since November 1973.

W.T Grant, now operating under chapter 11 BK, will close down 201 stores with 9,000 jobs affected.

Andrei D. Sakharov, the physicist who helped produce the Russian hydrogen bomb and later became the leading domestic critic of the Soviet system, wins the 1975 Nobel Peace Prize for his vigorous campaign for human rights.


Sports news – October 8, 1975

Dan Pastorini threw to Mack Alston for three touchdowns. Billy Johnson returned the second half kickoff 81 years for a score and Skip Butler kicked four field goals as the Houston Oilers explode for a 10-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns.

Lynn Swann makes two acrobatic touchdown catches of Terry Bradshaw passes to key a first-half surge that helped the Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Denver Broncos 20-9.


Music news – October 8, 1975

On the “Midnight Special” – Joan Baez, Elivis Presley salute, Guests – Ike and Tina Turner, Bee Gees, Mel Tillis, Billy Joel.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono become the parents of an 8-pound, 10-ounce son, Sean Ono Lennon.

On “NBC Saturday Night” – Art Garfunkel will perform music from his new album “Breakaway.”


Television news – October 8, 1975

 Get Married – Freddie Prince to Kathrine Cochran. He met her last march at Jackson Hole, Wyo.

Debuting this week – “Saturday Night” – a comedy-variety series from New York, This week - George Carlin hosts with musical guests Janis Ian and Billy Preston. Regular features of the new show include Jim Henson and the Muppets and short comedy films with Albert Brooks. It’ll also include a repertory company to perform topical comedy subjects. The show will air live every Saturday except the first one each month.  Paul Simon will host next week and his guest will be Art Garfunkle. 

CBS pulls ahead with a 19.1 rating for the week. ABC got an 18.1 and NBC with 17.1.


Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – October 8, 1975

CBS – Big Eddie, MASH, Hawaii Five-O, Barnaby Jones

NBC – Sanford and Son, Chico and the Man, Rockford Files, Police Woman, Johnny Carson, Midnight Special.


Johnny Carson – Joey Bishop is guest host. Guests – Ricardo Montalban, Dr. Carlfred Broderick, Stephanie Edwards, Peggy Lee.

ABC – Mobile One, Made for TV Movie (Sweet Hostage).


Top movies – October 8, 1975

Hiding Place

Rancho Deluxe

Happy Hooker

A Boy & His Dog


Beyond the Door


Sidecar Racers 

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