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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of May 8, 1971 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat charges that opposition leaders had planned a coup, bugged his office and tried to disrupt the orderly process of government. He names a new government to replace those members of his cabinet who resigned or were fired.

In a Gallup poll - here are the top choices for the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination. Senator Edward Kennedy disclaims any interest in seeking higher office, but he still comes out on top:

Edward Kennedy - 29%

Edmund Muskie - 21%

Hubert Humphrey - 18%

George McGovern - 5%

John Lindsay - 4%

Eugene McCarthy -  3%

Outside the gymnasium of public school P.S. 73 in the Bronx - three teenage girls set fire to the dress of teacher Georgette McNair (24). The attack came after the teacher phoned the parents of a friend of the girls, to let them know their daughter was doing poorly in class. The teacher managed to beat out the flames and is OK. 

Charles (Tex) Watson pleads innocent and innocent by reason of insanity to the seven Tate-La Bianca murders. Watson was not tried with Charles Manson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten. Instead, he successfully fought extradition from McKinney Texas for more than eight months after his December, 1969 indictment on seven counts of murder (and a charge of conspiracy of murder). Six weeks after returning to Southern California - he was declared incompetent to stand trial and committed to a state hospital.

Passing - Donald Franklin Duncan Sr. (71)  - gave us the Duncan Yo-Yo, creating a nationwide fad. He didn’t invent it, but his advertising ads created demand by showing us how to the “loop the loop,” go “around the world.” and “walk the dog.” 20 to 30 million Duncan Yo-Yo’s were sold in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. He also invented the parking meter.

Passing - Sir Tyrone Guthrie (70)- giant of the British theater. Once described himself as “hopelessly stage struck.”


Radio news – May 8, 1971

 28 newsman walk off the job of all-news radio station KFWB (980) in Los Angeles. The average radio newsman on competing station KNX makes $400 a week but KFWB is paying $316. KFWB does better in the ratings.  The newsman were joined by 16 engineers. The sudden strike caused the station to air a recorded documentary as it scrambled to get a staff of supervisors and non-striking personnel. The station is owned by Group W (Westinghouse Broadcasting). 

Also in Los Angeles - a warrant for the arrest of popular evening disc jockey (Humble) Harve Miller is issued along with an all-points bulletin. He’s wanted for the murder of his wife - Gladys, who was found shot to death in their home last week. Miller did the popular 6 to 9pm shift on 93-KHJ.  

Pirate radio station “Radio North Sea International” - anchored 10 miles off the Dutch coast is set afire and bombed. The crew and staff of 20 seaman, disc jockeys and engineers escape without injury. Witnesses say a launch raced alongside the ship and lobbed a firebomb through a porthole. Disc Jockeys suspended programming and broadcast mayday distress calls to their audience. The radio station played popular music and was a commercial broadcaster. It is being viewed as an attack from a competitor.   


Prices at the Supermarket – May 1, 1971

At the mart - Sara Lee Cakes - 12oz pke - .75 ... Del Monte Corn - 17oz can - .23 ... Hi-C drinks - 46oz can - .33 ... Del-Monte Fruit Cups - 4 can pack - .63


Best-selling books – May 8, 1971

“The New Centurions” - Joseph Wambaugh, “The Underground Man” - Ross Macdonald, “Passions of the Mind” - Irving Stone, “QB VII” - Leon Uris, “Summer of ‘42” - Herman Raucher, “The Sensuous Man” - M, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” - Dee Brown, “The Boss” - Mike Royko, “Future Shock” - Alvin Toffler, “Beautiful People’s Beauty Book” - Princess Pignatelli.  


Sports news – May 8, 1971

Defenseman Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins equals two National Hockey League records by winning the Hart Trophy as the league’s MVP for the second time. As if that wasn’t enough - he is given the James Norris Trophy as top defenseman - the fourth time.

Stranger than true - Carl Taylor - outfielder for the Kansas City Royals bundles his baseball equipment and uniform in front of his locker in the clubhouse in Baltimore and sets fire to it. Earlier, he took himself out of the game on top of the seventh inning and told manager Bob Lemon “You’ll have to get a new left fielder - I’m quitting.” “I’m not helping the team and I’m not helping myself. I’m quitting. 


Television news – May 8, 1971

NBC says as of April 1 - 46.8% of total TV households have a color television set.

CBS says that Sonny and Cher will star in a summer comedy-variety series debuting August 1.

NBC says it is semi-retiring the Peacock. The network says it is making the move in an effort by the network to remove on-air clutter. Through the sixties and up until now - each color program is proceeded by the colorful peacock - with a swirling flute and announcer “The Following Program Is Brought To You In Living Color On NBC.” Since 1967, every program on the network has been in color.   As of the beginning of next season - that’s all going away, with the following exceptions: The opening of the “Today” show, the “Johnny Carson” show, sports and special programs, and the first program in the afternoon portion of the network’s daytime schedule. NBC is also eliminating the animated chime NBC logo (in notes G-E-C) at the end of all programs. The network will also restrict opening and closing credits on programs - exclusive to main titles to 40 seconds. 


Thursday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – May 8, 1971

 CBS - Family Affair, The Jim Nabors Show, Movie ... NBC - Flip Wilson Show, Ironside, Adam-12, The Dean Martin Show ... ABC - Alias Smith and Jones, Bewitched, Danny Thomas, Dan August


Family Affair - Jody gets bad grades when he acts the “class clown” after collaborating with Uncle Bill’s friend - a nightclub comedienne.

Flip Wilson - guests Bill Cosby, Nancy Wilson and Claudine Longet.

Ironside - San Francisco police refuse to believe the murder confession of a leading financier (played by Carl Betz). Raymond Burr, Don Galloway star.

Dean Martin - Joey Heatherton, Eva Gabor, Paul Lynde, Nor Crosby and Joe Frasier guest.


Music news – May 8, 1971

Mary Travers performs solo for the first time - away from “Peter, Paul & Mary” at the Troubadour in Hollywood. Her first solo album “Mary” has just been released on Warner Brothers Records - the same label the trio stayed on all those years. “I didn’t want to be a solo performer. It bothered me when the group broke up. I didn’t know what I was about. For 10 years I had an edited viewpoint and I didn’t have to ask myself if I was talented. I just got up, sang and had a good time. The album will include material from Colorado singer/songwriter John Denver - who wrote the group’s big hit “Leavin’ On A Jet Plane.”

“The reason I think we lasted so long is that the three of us had been brought up with a sense of discipline. We were careful not to manipulate each other. When we give someone that freedom, you take away the structure for rebellion.” Mary says the reason why the group broke up is that Paul Stookey didn’t want to do any more concerts and that “he’s involved in Christ now and feels that performing is not relevant to anything.” During their heyday - they performed 125 concerts a year. Even though they had cut their appearances down to 40 a year, Paul found it wasn’t enough. She says that’s the real reason - the wrong reason being Peter Yarrow’s arrest on moral’s charges (see pop history now search). 

Marries  - Mick Jagger (27) of the Rolling Stones to Bianca Perez Morena de Macias (26) in St. Tropez, France. Guests included Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney. The couple was last seen getting into a white limo with a bottle of champagne. 

John Lennon and Yoko Ono present two of their motion pictures in Cannes, France - “Apotheosis” and “The Fly.”


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – May 8, 1971

Joy to the World - Three Dog Night

Put Your Hand In the Hand - Ocean

If - Bread

Never Can Say Goodbye - The Jackson 5

Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones

Bridge Over Troubled Water - Aretha Franklin

Love Her Madly - The Doors

Me and You and a Dog Named Boo - Lobo

Chick-a-Boom - Daddy Dewdrop

Stay Awhile - The Bells

I Am...I Said - Neil Diamond

She's a Lady - Tom Jones

Want Ads - The Honey Cone

Power to the People - John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

What's Going On - Marvin Gaye

Woodstock - Matthews Southern Comfort

I Don't Know How to Love Him - Helen Reddy

Funky Nassau - The Beginning of the End

It Don’t Come Easy - Ring Starr

Right On The Tip Of My Tongue - Brenda & The Tabulations

Sweet and Innocent - Donny Osmond

One Toke Over The Line - Brewer & Shipley 


Top Music Albums – May 8, 1971

Jesus Christ Superstar - various artists

Up to Date - The Partridge Family

Woodstock Two - soundtrack

Tea For The Tillerman - Cat Stevens

Golden Biscuits - Three Dog Night

Abraxas - Santana

Pearl - Janis Joplin

Survival - Grand Funk Railroad

4 Way Street - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Love Story - soundtrack

Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones

Love Story - Andy Williams 


Some top movies – May 8, 1971

Bananas - Woody Allen, Louise Lasser

Pretty Maids All In A Row - Rock Hudson, Angie Dickinson, Telly Savalas, Roddy McDowall, Keenan Wynn

Mad Dogs & Englishmen - Joe Cocker, Leon Russell

Summer of ‘42

 Husbands - Ben Gazzara, Peter Falk, John Cassavetes

Doctor’s Wives - Peter Sellers , Goldie Hawn

Percy - Hywell Bennett, Elke Sommer, Britt Ekland

Cromwell - Richard Harris, Alec Guinness

The Hard Ride - Robert Fuller, Sherry Bain, Tony Russel

Red Sky at Morning - Richard Crenna, Claire Bloom, Richard Thomas, Catherine Burns, Desi Arnaz Jr, Harry Guardino, Strother Martin

Francis Ford Cappola’s - “THX 1138” - Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence

Diary of a Mad Housewife - Richard Benjamin, Frank Langella, Carrie Snodgrass

They Might Be Giants - George C. Scott, Joanne Woodward

Love Story - Ali MacGraw, Ryan O’Neal

MASH - Elliot Gould, Donald Sutherland

The Reivers - Steve McQueen, Sharon Farrell, Will Geer, Michael Constantine

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