OCT. 29, 1971
Topping the best-sellers is The Day of the Jackal. A 1973 film of the assassin thriller would garner three Golden Globe nods; a 1997 update starring Bruce Willis will hit theaters Nov. 14.
The Flip Wilson Show begins its second season; again, the cross-dressing comic’s variety series will finish the year at No. 2. Wilson’s 1985-86 sitcom Charlie & Co. (on CBS) would star 9-year-old Jaleel White — later known as Steve Urkel.
Rod Stewart’s ”Maggie May” remains at No. 1 for a fifth week, while his album Every Picture Tells a Story tops the charts. It will be his last No. 1 until 1978’s Blondes Have More Fun, featuring ”Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?”
And in the real world, the NYPD’s Frank Serpico prepares to testify about corruption. (He’ll be played by Al Pacino in 1973’s film Serpico.) The ex-cop would speak out again in 1997, this time about police brutality.