TODAY IN HISTORY
Union Pacific Railroad Co. began direct, daily railroad service between Chicago and Portland, Oregon, as well as Chicago and San Francisco.
NBC outraged football fans by cutting away from a New York Jets-Oakland Raiders game to begin the TV special “Heidi” on schedule.
President Richard Nixon told Associated Press managing editors in Orlando, Florida: “People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.”
Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini ordered the release of 13black and/or female American hostages being held at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.