The Time Machine for Friday, August 23, 2013: Back in 1970
- Even though the Vietnam War was in full swing and American casualties were high, President Richard Nixon was riding high in the polls. Nixon's vice president, Spiro Agnew, was attacking not only Democrats, as he marched in and out of Republican rallies to the tune of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," but the news media as well. That seemed to be OK with the White House, where no disclaimer was made when the president's daughter, Tricia, said, "It's amazing what Agnew has done to reform the news media. You just can't underestimate the power of fear, I guess."
- In area politics, Trevorton businessman William Zurick was mounting what would turn out to be an unsuccessful run against Herman Schneebeli of Williamsport for the 17th District seat in the U.S. Congress.
- In California, the trial of Charles Manson, accused in the grisly murders of movie actress Sharon Tate and six others, was in its third week.
- In Mount Carmel, funeral services were held for Janet Morgan, killed by her husband, Harry, in Elysburg earlier in the year.
- A nationwide search was on for black militant Anglea Davis, the former UCLA teacher-turned communist, who was charged with a San Francisco murder.
- Diseases thought to be eradicated surfaced. In San Antonio, several cases of diptheria were reported, and in Sante Fe, N.M., bacteria, which turned out to be those of Bubonic Plague, were found on a pet dog. Neither of those cases ended in an epidemic.