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The 70's Datebook for December 25

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In 1971, On the cover of TV Guide: “Merry Christmas”. Other Articles: Lucille Ball, Bobby Sherman

In 1971, R.C., “(I Know) Iʹm Losing You” by Rod Stewart With Faces peaked at #24 on the pop singles chart.

In 1971, R.C., “Brand New Key” by Melanie peaked at number one on the pop singles chart.

In 1971, R.C., “Respect Yourself” by Staple Singers peaked at #12 on the pop singles chart.

In 1971, R.C., “Truckin'” by Grateful Dead peaked at #64 on the pop singles chart.

In 1971, R.C., “Turn Your Radio On” by Ray Stevens peaked at #63 on the pop singles chart.

In 1972, On As the World Turns, Frannie Hughes was born, but the story of her birth was later rewritten to make it 1968 due to the Rapid Aging Syndrome soap opera adjustment.

In 1973, On As the World Turns, Jennifer Hughes (Gillian Spencer) gave birth to a baby girl, Frannie.

In 1973, On Days of our Lives, "Marty Hanson" aka Mickey Horton (John Clarke) and Maggie Simmons (Suzanne Rogers) shared their first Christmas together.

In 1973, “The Sting” starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, and Charles Durning, and featuring Marvin Hamlischʹs clever adaptation of Scott Joplinʹs music, premiered in many New York theaters.

In 1976, On the cover of TV Guide: “Merry Christmas”. Other articles: General Hospital, Dick Van Dyke

In 1976, R.C., “More Than A Feeling” by Boston peaked at number five on the pop singles chart.

In 1976, The Eaglesʹ sixth album “Hotel California,” their first with Joe Walsh, goes platinum. It features the title song, a number one hit single for the California country-rock band in May 1977.

In 1977, Sir Charlie Chaplin, the U.S. star of silent comedy films, died in Switzerland at age 88.

In 1977, Harlemʹs Apollo Theater re-opens.

In 1978, Public Image, Limited, the group formed by John Lydon (Johnny Rotten), played their first public concert at Londonʹs Rainbow Theatre. This is not a love group.

In 1978, Science fiction fans “donʹt panic” when the miniseries “The Hitchhikerʹs Guide To The Galaxy” makes its British debut. The series wonʹt cross the Atlantic for two years.

In 1979, On All My Children, Ruth Martin (Mary Fickett) gave birth to a baby boy, Joseph "Jake" Henry Martin, Jr.

In 1973, "The Sting" was released in movie theaters in the U.S.A.

In 1973, "Magnum Force" was released in movie theaters in the U.S.A.

In 1974, "Abby" was released in movie theaters in the U.S.A.

In 1975, "Aaron Loves Angela" was released in movie theaters in the U.S.A.

In 1975, "The Black Bird" was released in movie theaters in the U.S.A.

In 1975, "Friday Foster" was released in movie theaters in the U.S.A.

In 1975, "The Hindenburg" was released in movie theaters in the U.S.A.

In 1975, "Hustle" was released in movie theaters in the U.S.A.

In 1975, "Lucky Lady" was released in movie theaters in the U.S.A.

In 1976, "The Eagle Has Landed" was released in movie theaters in the U.S.A.

In 1977, "The Duellists" was released by Paramount Pictures / Enigma Productions / National Film Finance Consortium; Ridley Scott (director); Gerald Vaughan-Hughes (screenplay); Keith Carradine, Harvey Keitel, Albert Finney, Tom Conti, Edward Fox, Cristina Raines, Robert Stephens, John McEnery, Arthur Dignam, Diana Quick, Alun Armstrong, Maurice Colbourne, Gay Hamilton, Meg Wynn Owen, Jenny Runacre, Alan Webb, Matthew Guinness, Dave Hill, William Hobbs, W. Morgan Sheppard, Liz Smith, Hugh Fraser, Michael Irving, Tony Matthews, Pete Postlethwaite, Stacy Keach; Historical, Drama; Live Action

In 1977, "High Anxiety" was released by 20th Century Fox; Mel Brooks (director/screenplay); Ron Clark, Rudy De Luca, Barry Levinson (screenplay); Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Korman, Ron Carey, Howard Morris, Dick Van Patten, Jack Riley, Charlie Callas, Ron Clark, Rudy De Luca, Barry Levinson, Lee Delano, Richard Stahl, Darrell Zwerling, Murphy Dunne, Albert J. Whitlock, Eddie Ryder, Sandy Helberg, Billy Sands, Ira Miller, Beatrice Colen, Hunter von Leer, Frank Campanella, Arnold Soboloff, Bernie Kuby; Comedy; Live Action

In 1977, "Opening Night" was released by Universal Pictures / Faces Distribution; John Cassavetes (director/screenplay); Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara, Joan Blondell, Paul Stewart, Zohra Lampert, John Cassavetes, John Tuell, Laura Johnson, Lady Rowlands, John Finnegan, Fred Draper, Katherine Cassavetes, Louise Lewis, Carol Warren, Ray Powers; Drama; Live Action

In 1979, "Going in Style" was released by Warner Bros.; Martin Brest (director/screenplay); George Burns, Art Carney, Lee Strasberg, Charles Hallahan, Pamela Payton-Wright, Siobhan Keegan, Brian Neville; Comedy, Crime, Drama, Caper; Live Action

U.S. 1970s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1971, ✪ “Turn Your Radio On” by Ray Stevens peaked at number 63 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1971, “(I Know) I'm Losing You” by The Faces And Rod Stewart peaked at number 24 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1971, “All I Ever Need Is You” by Sonny And Cher peaked at number 7 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1971, “Brand New Key” by Melanie peaked at number 1 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1971, “Can I Get A Witness?” by Lee Michaels peaked at number 39 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1971, “Cherish” by David Cassidy peaked at number 9 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1976, “Do What You Want, Be What You Are” by Daryl Hall And John Oates peaked at number 39 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1976, “Heart On My Sleeve” by Bryan Ferry peaked at number 86 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1976, “Hey Baby” by J.J. Cale peaked at number 96 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1976, “I Can't Ask For Anymore Than You” by Cliff Richard peaked at number 80 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1976, “If Not You” by Dr. Hook peaked at number 55 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1976, “Love Me” by Yvonne Elliman peaked at number 14 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1976, “Lucky Man” by Starbuck peaked at number 73 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1976, “Mademoiselle” by Styx peaked at number 36 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1976, “More Than A Feeling” by Boston peaked at number 5 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1971, “No Good To Cry” by The Poppy Family peaked at number 84 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1971, “Nothing To Hide” by Tommy James And The Shondells peaked at number 41 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1971, “Respect Yourself” by The Staple Singers peaked at number 12 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1976, “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” by Elton John peaked at number 6 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1976, “St. Charles” by Jefferson Starship peaked at number 64 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1971, “Tightrope Ride” by The Doors peaked at number 71 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1971, “Truckin'” by Grateful Dead peaked at number 64 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1976, “What Can I Say” by Boz Scaggs peaked at number 42 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1971, “Where Did Our Love Go?” by Donnie Elbert peaked at number 15 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1976, “You're My Driving Wheel” by The Supremes peaked at number 85 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

Canada 1970s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1976, ✪ “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” by The Beatles peaked at number 26 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1976, ✪ “Sixteen Reasons” by Laverne And Shirley peaked at number 72 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1976, ✪ “The Rubberband Man” by The (Detroit) Spinners peaked at number 7 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1971, “An Old-Fashioned Love Song” by Three Dog Night peaked at number 2 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1976, “Baby, Baby, I Love You” by Terry Cashman peaked at number 84 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1971, “Behind Blue Eyes” by The Who peaked at number 23 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1976, “Dog Eat Dog” by Ted Nugent peaked at number 73 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1976, “Every Face Tells A Story” by Olivia Newton-John peaked at number 58 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1976, “Heart On My Sleeve” by Gallagher And Lyle peaked at number 90 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1976, “Hello Old Friend” by Eric Clapton peaked at number 37 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1971, “Hey Big Brother” by Rare Earth peaked at number 20 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1971, “I'm Gonna Be A Country Girl Again” by Buffy Sainte-Marie peaked at number 86 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1971, “Lonesome Mary” by Chilliwack peaked at number 9 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1971, “Pain” by The Ohio Players peaked at number 91 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1976, “So Sad The Song” by Gladys Knight And The Pips peaked at number 63 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1976, “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” by Elton John peaked at number 3 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1971, “Stones” by Neil Diamond peaked at number 15 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1971, “Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are)” by The Temptations peaked at number 26 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1971, “Tightrope Ride” by The Doors peaked at number 56 on the Canada pop singles chart.

U.K. 1970s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1976, ✪ “Bionic Santa” by Chris Hill peaked at number 10 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1976, “Fairytale” by Dana peaked at number 13 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1976, “Ring Out Solstice Bells” by Jethro Tull peaked at number 28 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1976, “Sing Me An Old-Fashioned Song” by Billie Jo Spears peaked at number 34 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1976, “When A Child Is Born” by Johnny Mathis peaked at number 1 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

Australian 1970s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1976, ✪ “Disco Duck (Part I) / Disco Duck (Part II) (Instrumental)” by Rick Dees And His Cast Of Idiots peaked at number 4 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1971, ✪ “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” by Paul McCartney peaked at number 5 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1976, “(Don't Fear) The Reaper / Tattoo Vampire” by Blue Öyster Cult peaked at number 64 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1976, “Anyway You Want It / Can't Control Myself” by Punkz peaked at number 99 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1976, “Christmas Time Again (I Wanna Walk You Home) / A Time Of The Year” by The 1010 Men peaked at number 87 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1976, “Coming Home / Good Loving Gone Bad” by David Essex peaked at number 30 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1971, “Gonna See My Baby Tonight” by The La De Da's peaked at number 10 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1976, “Heart On My Sleeve / Northern Girl” by Gallagher And Lyle peaked at number 58 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1976, “It's So Nice (To Have You Home) / Hey, Look High” by The New Seekers peaked at number 72 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1976, “Nadia's Theme (The Young And The Restless) / Down The Line” by Barry DeVorzon And Perry Botkin, Jr. peaked at number 71 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1976, “Popsicle Toes / I Don't Know Why I'm So Happy I'm Sad” by Michael Franks peaked at number 93 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1971, “The D.C.E.P. (EP) / Lollipop / Flip / Three O'Clock Thrill” by Daddy Cool peaked at number 12 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1976, “The Entertainer / The Mexican Connection” by Billy Joel peaked at number 89 on the Australian pop singles chart.

Netherlands 1970s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1976, “Don't Take Away The Music” by Tavares peaked at number 5 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1971, “Fireball” by Deep Purple peaked at number 24 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1976, “Livin' Thing” by Electric Light Orchestra peaked at number 4 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1976, “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” by Elton John peaked at number 14 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1976, “The Last Apache” by Bolland And Bolland peaked at number 24 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1971, “Ze zeggen...” by Jan Boezeroen peaked at number 11 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

Sweden 1970s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1976, “Farväl till sommaren” by Sven-Ingvars peaked at number 14 on the Sweden pop singles chart.

In 1976, “Le matin sur la rivière” by Ève Brenner peaked at number 19 on the Sweden pop singles chart.

In 1976, “Spinning Rock Boogie” by Hank C. Burnette peaked at number 17 on the Sweden pop singles chart.

In 1976, “White Christmas” by Lena-Maria And Sweet Wine peaked at number 9 on the Sweden pop singles chart.

Norway 1970s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1971, “Soley Soley” by Middle Of The Road peaked at number 1 on the Norway pop singles chart.

Switzerland 1970s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1971, “Akropolis adieu” by Mireille Mathieu peaked at number 1 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

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