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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of July 1, 1971 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

At the Paris peace talks - The Vietnamese Communists announce that they are ready to free all U.S. prisoners of war - step-by-step, by the end of the year if all U.S. troops are gone from Vietnam by then. The United States says it will study the plan. The Saigon government simultaneously would have to release the thousand of Viet Cong and North Vietnamese prisoners. 

President Nixon witnesses official certification of the 26th Amendment lowering the voting age to 18 in all U.S. elections. The amendment became part of the constitution last week when Ohio ratified it and provided the 38-state majority required for adoption into the constitution. The ceremony was held in the East Room of the White House. 

Thirty-nine Marine Corps recruits at Parris Island, SC are hospitalized with minor kidney trouble, because DI’s forced them to do pushups for as long as half an hour without rest. The recruits had been there for less than a week. The three DI’s (Drill Instructor) were transferred to non-training duties pending an investigation of the incident.

Scientists a the M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston and Tumor Institute of the University of Texas say they have isolated a virus from human cancer - a major discovery in the research of the disease. In the finding, scientists now say they have a human cell culture that constantly produces virus particles in great numbers. The virus particles sought by scientists have been seen in some human tumors by electron microscope, but they play a game of hide and seek.  

The Vietnamese Communists announce there are ready to free all U.S. prisoners of war step-by-step by the end of this year if all U.S troops are gone from Vietnam by then. 

The Supreme Court frees the New York Times and Washington Post to resume publishing articles on the Pentagon’s top secret Vietnam War study. It rejected the government’s contention of an imperiled national security.

Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird orders the Air Force to take control of all secret defense documents at Rand Corp, thus beginning a security crackdown resulting from the leak of the top-secret Pentagon study on the Vietnam War. 

National security adviser Henry Kissinger meets five Vietnamese political figures on the final day of his visit to Saigon.

Dist. Atty. Jim Garrison, who became an international figure with his probe of JFK’s assassination, is arrested by federal agents and charged with taking bribes to protect illegal pinball machines.

President Nixon, launching America’s 200th birthday party five years ahead of time, declares his goal is, “The building of an open world.”

In a Gallup Poll - The nation’s Democratic county chairmen were asked to list the issues they think will dominate the 1972 race. Over 1500 responded:

The economy - inflation, unemployment - 69%

Vietnam War - 39%

Crime and lawlessness - 7%

General lack of confidence in Nixon Administration - 4%

High Taxes - 3%

Domestic situation in general - 3%

Pollution - the environment - 2%

The Nixon welfare proposals - 2%

Racial Troubles - 2%

Other - no answer - 2%


Sports news – July 1, 1971

Pete Rozelle warns the announcers of all three networks that they can’t talk to athletes during the progress of NFL exhibitions and games this year. He doesn’t want athletes interviewed during games, even if the action is interrupted.


Technology news – July 1, 1971

A Motorola 8-Track car tape deck - Loads from the side instead of the front. This under-dash-mounted tape deck has the tape cartridge slot on the left side- facing the driver. All the control knobs are located on the front panel of the unit.  ... “Side Track Stereo - It Keeps the cartridge out of the way. No more bruised knees or ganged up cartridges. This auto stereo loads from the side. It’s safer too, because to load it, you never have to take your eyes off the road. It also lights up in the dark and comes with an optional tool steel lock that defies hacksaws.” - $99.95.


Television news – July 1, 1971 

 Next television season - “60 Minutes” is being moved from Tuesday nights to Sunday Nights and will air once each week, not every two weeks as it has been since its debut.  Mike Wallace - who has been co-host since the first program in 1968, says that doubling the content may weaken the show: “One of the great advantages was to have two weeks between shows. It gave us time to go out and do a pretty solid job of investigating and reporting the story. I think we’ll lose something with that weekly deadline staring at us.” Mike Wallace co-hosts the show with Harry Reasoner and the newest addition - Morely Safer. Both Wallace and Executive Producer Don Hewitt favor the Sunday move - they won’t be against Marcus Welby, MD. “But.” says Wallace - “we’ll be up against the tail end of football games on other networks. Nothing is worse than bucking a football game, particularly in the closing minutes.”

ABC’s “Room 222” has a new producer - Bill D’Angelo (Love American Style). The show is going back to the idea of the pilot - which favored comedy on light drama. “Still important issues, but a more light-hearted approach.”

NBC finalizes its Saturday morning schedule for this fall ... in order: Doctor Dolittle, Woody Woodpecker, Deputy Dawg, Pink Panther Meets Ant and Aardvark, Barrier Reef, Take a Giant Step, The Bugaloos, Mr. Wizard, The Jetsons.


Radio news – July 1, 1971

Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty - fills in for morning man Dick Wittinghill on KMPC Radio (710) for two days. More folksy than slick, everyone said he did a good job reading commercials and playing music.   


Consumer news – July 1, 1971

At Montgomery Ward - First Time at This Low Price - Wards Signature Electronic (Microwave Oven) - now $299.00! Check these cooking times - Home Made Beef Stew - 8 min ... Scalloped Chicken - 6-7 Min ... Chocolate Brownies - 5 Min ... 14 Lb Turkey - 90 minutes ... 5-lb Roast Beef - 36 Minutes ... Bacon - 1 minute, 45 seconds!

“Short on what you pay ... Long on what you get  - Ford Pinto - $1919. $149 less than Vega ... $130 less than VW113.”

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader charges that some toothpastes stain teeth rather than clean them and urges the government to warn the public. Nader says toothpaste containing stannous fluoride causes extrinsic staining of the teeth. He also said, “Crest with Fluoristan” is the most widely sold toothpaste with stannous fluoride. “Several other stannous fluoride toothpastes on the market include Stripe, Pepsodent and Peoples” he added

Prices At Sears – July 1, 1971

At Sears - All Weather 10W-30 Motor oil - 1qt - .39 ... Sears 12-Volt car battery - $11.99 ... Battery Booster Cable - .99 ... Heavy Duty Oil Filter - $1.99 ... Spark Plugs - .47 each.


Bestselling books – July 1, 1971

The Exorcist - William Blatty

The New Centurions - Joseph Wambough

Passions of the Mind - Irving Stone

The Other - Tom Tryon

QB VII - Leon Uris

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee - Dee Brown

The Female Eunuch - Germaine Greer

The Greening of America - Charles A. Reich

The Sensuous Man - “M”

Stilwell and the American Experience in China - 1911-45 - Barbara W. Tuchman

Tarantula - Bob Dylan


Entertainment/Celebrity news – July 1, 1971

Passing - Ub Iwerks (70) - pioneer in the animated cartoon field and director of technical research for Walt Disney Productions. Supervised many Disney cartoon shorts and movies. He completely animated the first Mickey Mouse short “Plane Crazy” and took part in launching Walt Disney’s earlier series of cartoons entitled the “Silly Symphony.” He won two Oscars - first in 1959 for technical contributions in design of an improved optical printer for special effects and matte shots. His second was in 1965 for advancements in the traveling matte system. He also designed some of Disneyland’s most enduring attractions - It’s A Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion.  

Marries - actor Bill Bixby from ABC’s “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father” to actress Brenda Benet. It’s the first marriage for both.

Divorced - A Dominican Republic civil court grants a divorce to actor Elliot Gould and singer Barbra Streisand, ending their seven-year marriage. Gould could be seen with his pregnant girlfriend, Jennifer Bogart.

At a luncheon - The U.S Senate honors Frank Sinatra upon his retirement from show business Sinatra sat in the second row of the Senate’s family gallery near Gregory Peck.

Andy Warhol says he’s going make a movie parody of Women’s Lib. The name of it - “Tuff.”


Playing in Las Vegas –

Andy Griffith – Caesars Palace

Bob Newhart, Abbe Lane – Desert Inn

Robert Goulet – Frontier

Pat Boone – Fremont

Nancy Sinatra, Frank Sinatra Jr. – International

Buck Owens – Landmark

Englebert Humperdinck – Riviera 


Television news – July 1, 1971

CBS says “60 Minutes” will go to a weekly edition beginning in September. Up until now, it’s been shown twice per month. Look for it on Sunday nights.

 Bill Cullen will return to a new gameshow – “Three on a Match” on August 2.

Howard Cosell has been signed to appear on an episode of “The Partridge Family.” He’ll be seen as a commentator in “Whatever Happened to Moby Dick?”


Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – July 1, 1971

CBS – Mission: Impossible, My Three Sons, Arnie, Mary Tyler Moore, Mannix

NBC – Andy Williams, Saturday Night at the Movies

ABC – Lawrence Welk, Val Doonican


Mission: Impossible – The IMF is called to expose a nuclear arms treaty secretly signed by a previously friendly country.

Andy Williams – Dusty Springfield, Bob Hope, Ray Stevens.


Monday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – July 1, 1971

CBS - Gunsmoke, Here’s Lucy, Mayberry RFD, The Doris Day show, Suspense Playhouse

NBC - From a Bird’s-Eye View, Comedy Theater, Movie

ABC - Let’s Make A Deal, Special-Conversation With the Chief Justice, It Was A Very Good Year, Movie

NET - World Press, Realities, “Cash”


David Frost show (Syndicated) David interviews Mrs Joseph P. Kennedy (80), who talks on behalf of the mentally retarded; also, about the possibility of her son, Sen. Edward Kennedy running for the Presidency and the national problems.

It Was A Very Good Year - Hosted by Mel Torme for a look at 1953.

“Cash” - Reprise portrait of Johnny Cash as he performs at San Quentin Prison, an Indian reservation, the Grand Ole Opry, Carnegie Hall and in a recording session with Bob Dylan. 

The Tonight Show - Joan Rivers guest hosts with guest James Coco.  


Music news – July 1, 1971

Passing - Singer Jim Morrison (26) of the “Doors.” Press releases say the lead singer/songwriter died from a heart ailment in Paris (later changed to complications from a drug overdose). Funeral arrangements will be held on Thursday of this week. The death release was delayed for some reason. Bob Gibson, spokesman for the group, could give no explanation for the delay in announcing the death. “Unofficially, I can tell you Mr. Morrison is dead.” Morrison leaves his parents and a brother.

More than 1,000 persons crowd into St Peter’s Lutheran Church and on the sidewalk outside for the funeral of King Curtis (37), jazz and soul saxophonist. Some of those attending – Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Dizzy Gillespie and Herbie Mann. His real name was Curtis Ousley.

Paul McCartney hit her? - Carolyn Mitchell, originally from Utah - who says she came to Britain from her home in Salt Lake City several years ago just to be near the Beatles, says she clashed with Paul McCartney while she was watching his house from a hillside in Cambeltown, Scotland. She has filed a complaint saying the Beatle punched her on the nose, but will drop the charges if Paul apologized to her personally. Says Paul: “There’s nothing to apologize about. I admit I was rude and the words I used were very rough, but there was no rough stuff.”

Paul says the American girl had been pestering him for two years. “You know the movie scene where someone looks out their window to see a spy under a lamppost. He is there the next night, the next and the next again until it gets on your nerves.” Paul said he finally got fed up when he caught her peering at him from a rock overlooking his house. Miss Mitchell said Paul drove up in his jeep and began cursing and screaming. “He started hitting me and my nose began to bleed. He then pulled my hair.”

Speaking of Paul McCartney - both he and Linda announce that they expecting their second child in September. 

Beatle Manger Allen Klein throws a party in his swank Riverdale (Bronx) Apartment. Attending - John and Yoko Lennon, Andy Warhol, Jack Nicholson, Producer Ely Landau and musician Miles Davis.


More music news – July 1, 1971

A turnaway crowd of 2,000 paid a farewell to Fillmore West at the corner of market and van Ness in San Francisco. They came to see Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger service and Tower of Power. Bill Graham planned to keep Fillmore West operating during the summer, but a dispute with police following an LSD-sippng incident during one of his concerts at another auditorium “helped me move the date up.” The Fillmore West opened on Dec. 10, 1965. Graham says – “I want to get out of the grasp of the monster I created, But I’m not getting out of the business.”

The Rolling Stones are coming back to the U.S. for a concert tour. Plans are now being laid for a three-week November tour.

Did you miss teen-idol David Cassidy? He’ll be appearing at Marine Land near Los Angeles this week. One of the Partridge Family episodes is being filmed there as well. 

Rock promoter Bill Graham’s Fillmore West in San Francisco ends its five-year run as a rock and roll venue. The weeklong sendoff was performed by bands from the area - Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Tower of Power and others. Graham - put on his first rock concert there on December 10, 1965 and began weekly shows two months later. He closed the Fillmore East in New York just a week ago. Graham (40), sites the changing rock scene, both among musicians and audiences, and his personal desire to relax. “You become a victim of your own creation. I want to get out of the grasp of the monster I created. But, I’m not getting out of the business.”   

Passing - Beloved jazz great Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong (71) of heart failure. Died in his sleep.

David Geffen, the Rolling Stones American representative - says it looks like Mick and the boys will be touring North America in November. The heart of this tour will be closed-circuit television feeds shown in color-stereo in theaters and auditoriums around the country on a regional basis. Says Geffen, “They’ll try to line up as many top rock acts as possible to make it the most exciting concert ever.” “They’re going to spend a month rehearsing in France before coming over here.” The closed circuit feeds will be shown on successive Saturday nights - East Coast, Midwest and West Coast. Right now, there isn’t enough quality color stereo equipment available for a single telecast that would reach as many theaters as will be needed to meet the demand for tickets. Geffen stresses that each closed-circuit concert will be live.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – July 1, 1971

It’s Too Late - Carol King

Treat Her Like A Lady - Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose

Indian Reservation - Raiders

Rainy Days and Mondays - Carpenters

You’ve Got A Friend - James Taylor

Mr. Big Stuff - Jean Knight

Don’t Pull Your Love - Hamilton, Joe, Frank & Reynolds

Want Ads - Honey Comb

That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be - Carly Simon

When You’re Hot, You’re Hot - Jerry Reed

Funky Nassau - part I - The Beginning of the End

Never Ending Song of Love - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends

Watching The River Flow - Bob Dylan

High Time We Went - Joe Cocker

Draggin’ The Line - Tommy James

Nathan Jones - The Supremes

Albert Flasher - The Guess Who

Ajax Liquor Store - Hudson & Landry


Top music albums – July 1, 1971

Tapestry - Carole King

Jesus Christ Superstar - soundtrack

Carpenters - Carpenters

Sticky Fingers - Rolling Stones

Ram - Paul and Linda McCartney

4 Way Street - Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

Aqualung - Jethro Tull

Survival - Grand Funk Railroad

Mud Slide Slim - James Taylor

Aretha Live At the Fillmore West - Aretha Franklin

Up to Date - The Partridge Family


Some top movies – July 1, 1971

Shaft - Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn (music by Isaac Hayes)

Love Story - Ali MacGraw, Ryan O’Neal, John Marley, Ray Milland

Villain - Richard Burton, Ian McShane, Nigel Davenport

Tora, Tora, Tora

The Anderson Tapes - Sean Connery, Dyan Cannon

Murphy’s War - Peter O’Toole, Sian Phillips, Philippe Noiret,  Horst Janson

Summer of ‘42 - Jennifer O’Neil, Gary Grimes, Jerry Houser, Oliver Conant.

Support Your Local Gunfighter - James Garner, Suzanne Pleshette, Harry Morgan, Joan Blondell, John Hehner, Jack Elam

Escape From The Planet Of the Apes - Roddy McDowal, Kim Hunter, Bradford Dillman, Natalie Trundy, William Windom, Salm Mineo, Ricardo Montalban

Plaza Suite - Walter Matthau, Maureen Stapleton, Barbara Harris, Lee Grant

Bananas - Woody Allen, Louise Lasser

The Andromeda Strain - Arthur Hill, David Wayne, James Olson, Kate Reid

The Beguiled - Clint Eastwood, Geradine Page, Elizabeth Hartman,

Klute - Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Roy Scheider

Death In Venice - Dirk Bogarde

LeMans - Steve McQueen

Who Is Harry Kellerman and why is he saying those terrible things about me! - Dustin Hoffman, Barbara Harris

Big Jake - John Wayne, Richard Boone, Maureen O’Hara

Drive He Said (Directed by Jack Nicholson) - William Tepper, Karen Black, Bruce Dern, Michael Margotta.

The Mephisto Waltz - Alan Alda, Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Parkins, Brad Dillman, William Windom, Curt Jurgens

Ryan’s Daughter - Robert Mitchum, Trevor Howard, Christopher Jones, John Mills

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