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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of December 11, 1971 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
The Senate confirms the Supreme Court nomination of conservative William H. Rehnquist.
President Nixon warns the Russians to restrain India from attacking West Pakistan.
22 construction workers die when a natural gas explosion rips a tunnel being built 150 feet below Lake Huron. The workmen were pouring reinforcing concrete into the sides of the tunnel about 1-½ miles offshore when it blew up.
President Nixon lands in the ran-swept Azores for two days of mid-Atlantic talks on the money crisis and other world issues with French President Georges Pompidou and Portuguese Premier Marcello Caetano. He later announces the U.S. dollar will be de-valued.
Pakistan’s military command in East Pakistan accepts India’s surrender ultimatum unconditionally.
India declares a unilateral cease-fire on the West Pakistan front as its troops marched into Dacca to accept the unconditional surrender of the Pakistani army in East Pakistan
Former Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy discloses that he is a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, but would skip the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary, which catapulted his 1968 presidential ambitions.
A Cuban gunboat attacks a Miami-based freighter in Bahamian waters and took possession of the vessel after wounding the captain and two crewmen.
Cult leader Charles Manson, described by the judge as a, “whining, complaining delinquent and small-time card thief with an aversion to work” – is sentenced to life in prison for the 1969 slayings of Gary Hinman and Donald (Shorty) Shea.
Sen. Robert F. Kennedy left a gross estate of $1,606,438 but more than half went for debts and expenses according to court papers on file. Kennedy’s widow, Ethel, received $358,842, and $17,210 went to each of their 11 children; according to papers filed in Manhattan surrogate Court.
The Senate passes a compromise bill extending for a year President Nixon’s wage and price control powers and provides for payment of most raises caught in the pay freeze.
Congress votes to give Alaska natives $962.5 million and 40 million acres in settlement of their aboriginal land claims.
Health/Medical news – Sperm Bank Opens – December 11, 1971
Sperm Bank Opens - The Idant Corp officially opens the first of 20 frozen sperm banks it plans to start in 20 U.S. cities by the end of 1972. 23 deposits made within the previous 10 days were already in the bank’s nitrogen vault that is kept at 321 below zero. The average age of the first depositors was 25. The youngest is 21. The fee is $80 for freezing three semen evaluations and $100 additional for storage charges for 10 years.
Fascinating Business news – December 11, 1971
Passing - Maurice McDonald who turned a San Bernardino drive-in restaurant into the prototype for more than 1,500 McDonalds Golden Arches hamburger stands dies in his sleep in Palm Springs. He was 69.
Passing – Communications pioneer David Sarnoff, who broke the news of the Titanic disaster in 1912 and went on to become the head of the giant RCA organization. He was 80.
Sports news – December 11, 1971
After $900 worth of hair transplants, Bobby Hull’s golden locks are thick enough for him to qualify for a television shampoo commercial.
Christmas trend – the nostalgia wave is likely to mean rag dolls, trains and classic games under the Christmas tree this year.
Television news – December 11, 1971
“Brian’s Song” – the compassionate tale of the short, happy life of football player Brian Piccolo, receives the highest rating any movie made for television has ever had and higher than any movie shown on the networks this season. “Brian’s Song” drew a 32.9 rating.
Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – December 11, 1971
CBS – 60 Minutes, Movie, Cade’s County
ABC – Hallmark Hall of Fame, Bonanza, Bold Ones
ABC – The FBI, Movie
PBS – Civilisation, William F. Buckley Jr., Masterpiece Theater, An Hour With Pink Floyd. William F. Buckley
Hallmark Hall of Fame – Fred Gwynne and Johnnie Whitaker star in a musical adaption of Charles Tazewell’s “The Littlest Angel.”
ABC Sunday Night Movie – “Hurry Sundown” – Michael Caine.
Some top movies – December 11, 1971
The Railway Children – Dinah Sheridan
Play Misty for Me
See No evil – Mia Farrow
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Diamonds Are Forever – Sean Connery as James Bond
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate factory
Andy Warhol’s Women
Such Good Friends – Dyan Cannon, James Coco
The French Connection
Werewolves on Wheels
Hells Angels On Wheels – Jack Nicholson
Skin Game – James Garner
Ryan’s Daughter – Robert Mitchum
Walt Disney’s Lady and the Tramp
Chandler – Warrnen Oates, Leslie Caron