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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of May 15, 1970 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

More campus violence - In Jackson Ms. – Two male students are killed and 10 injured after police open fire on the all-black campus of Jackson State College. Police had been called to the campus shortly before midnight after reports of rocks and bottles being thrown at cars passing through the campus area.

South Vietnamese ground troops have crossed into Laos and are striking the enemy on the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

Israeli warplanes attack and sink an Egyptian destroyer and missile boat on the Red Sea.

President Nixon expresses sympathy in the death of two black Mississippi students by police gunfire and calls for greater “restraint and compassion” from all Americans.

President Nixon reports that a drop in tax revenues has lessened his hopes for a balanced budget this and next year. A $1.8 billion deficit is expected.

Federal Reserve chairman Arthur Burns suggests that the White House move directly to hold down wage and price increases and proposes new taxes if there is a budget shortfall (there is).

A fourth grade girl wrote a letter to President Nixon complaining she could “smell the sewage” when she went on a hike. And she criticized the antiballistic missile and the Vietnam War. The reply came from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and read this way – “Pay attention to your own learning activities and let the President take care of decisions on national and international affairs.” The letter was written as part of a class project. 

House Speaker John McCormack announces he would not seek reelection.

The cost of living goes up .6% in April.

A search of dormitory rooms vacated after four Kent State University students were shot to death, turn-up a number of guns, knives and drugs. Kent state has been closed since the May 4 shootings – which climaxed a violent campus antiwar protest. The campus is scheduled to reopen June 22.

The four Kent State University students killed in a campus demonstration May 4 were struck by military-type bullets, according to a coroner.

Dallas - About 50 persons, including singer Pat Boone, Texas Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes and several Dallas Cowboys football players are evacuated from the speaker’s platform at an anti-drug rally in the Cotton Bowl after officials received a bomb threat.


 Technology news – Drunk Driver Detection Device Unveiled –May 15, 1970

Drunk driving device - General Motors unveils a device called a physiological tester – a drunk driver tester. The device will use a spot on the car dashboard about the size of a radio. Still in development, when a driver turns on the ignition, the device will flash a series of random numbers, which change everytime it’s turned on. The driver will have six seconds to push a series of numbers in the same order. If he is right, the engine will start


Sports news – May 15, 1970

Quarterback Terry Bradshaw of the Pittsburgh Steelers – pro football’s No. 1 draft choice, undergoes minor surgery. He’ll have a calcium deposit removed from his right thigh. The Louisiana Tech star pulled a hamstring muscle during the North-South Shrine game in Miami on Christmas day.

Hank Aaron joins eight Hall of Famers in baseball’s 3000-hit club this week. He had two singles and the 570th homer of his career, but the Reds swept a double-header from the Braves.

In a Dodger game against the Giants, a foul ball hits 14-year-old Alan Fish in the head above the left ear. After taking tow aspirins at the stadium first aid station, he went back to his seat to watch the rest of the game. He went home, but was brought to a hospital and where he lapsed into a coma and died. 


Entertainment/Celebrity news – May 15, 1970

The movie MASH wins the International Grand Prix of the Cannes Film Festival. 

Passing – Actress Billie Burke (84) – Best known for her portrayal as the nice Witch of the East on the movie “Wizard of Oz.”

A painting of a can of Campbell’s vegetable beef soup by Pop artist Andy Warhol is auctioned for a record $60,000 to a European bidder who wished to remain anonymous.  It is the highest price ever paid for work by a living American artist. Warhol’s painting of the soup can, called “Campbell’s Soup Can With Peeling Label,” is 72x54inches and was painted in 1962.


Playing in Las Vegas –

5th Dimension, George Kirby – Caesars Palace

Sergio Franchi, Myron Cohen – Flamingo

Diana Ross – Frontier

Bobby Darin – Landmark

Englebert Humperdinck – Riviera

Jack Benny – Sahara


Television news – May 15, 1970

Screen Gems initiates a policy of hiring a certain number of minority student writers from the writer’s Guild. Two will help write a “Bewitched” episode.

David Canary requests a release from “Bonanza.” He’s been on the show for three years.

Tour Capital Hill - Buddy Ebsen, Max Baer, Irene Ryan and Donna Douglas receive a guided tour from their congressman - Rep. Barry Goldwater Jr. They’re in town to film two “Beverly Hillbillies.”

ABC says it will involve real teenage drug addicts in “One Life to Live.”  Look out.


Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 15, 1970

CBS – Gunsmoke, Here’s Lucy, Mayberry RFD, Doris Day show, Carol Burnett, Merv Griffin

NBC – My World and Welcome To It, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, NBC Monday Night at the Movies, Tonight

ABC – It Takes a Thief, Movie, Now Dick Cavett


It Takes A Thief – Monday is assigned to obtain a fortune in plutonium.

Laugh-In – Ringo Starr is in comedy bits!

Now – About the loss of one man in Vietnam and what it means to his community.

Merv Griffin – Sandler and Young.

On the Tonight Show w/Johnny Carson – Vicki Carr.


Some top movies – May 15, 1970


Paint Your Wagon



Goodbye Mr. Chips

The Adventurers

The Games

Jenny – Marlo Thomas

Liberation of L.B. Jones

Brotherly Love – Peter O’Toole

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