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March 08, 1999 12:00 PM

Week of March 8-14, 1974

Martha Mitchell, outspoken wife of Nixon Attorney General and Watergate felon John Mitchell, told PEOPLE why they split. She died in 1976, he in 1988.

Ex-Beatle Mania

Imagine: John Lennon, 33, drunk and heckling the Smothers Brothers at the Troubadour, a West Hollywood nightclub. The March 13 scene led to his ejection. Drinking buddy Harry Nilsson, 33 (left), got tossed, too, and apologized for both the next day. A heart attack felled Nilsson in 1994; Mark David Chapman shot and killed Lennon in 1980.

Hollywood Shore Leave

Prince Charles, 25, spent the week in California as a crew member of HMS Jupiter. Among his non-naval maneuvers: meeting Barbra Streisand, 32, at Universal Studios.

THE HOTTEST!

Author Merle Miller’s Plain Speaking inter views with salty former President Harry S Truman—”I don’t think the son of a bitch [Richard Nixon] knows the difference between telling the truth and lying”—topped bestseller lists. Miller’s Lyndon Johnson bio came out in 1980.

Prime-Time Sunshine

John Denver, 30, rhapsodized about fresh air and Rocky Mountain highs on his March 11 ABC special. “Nice television,” The New York Times deemed the show. Denver was killed when the small plane he was piloting crashed in 1997.

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