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"American Pie" - Don McLean

January –  Actor Pete Duel (31), star of ABC-TV’s “Alias Smith and Jones” is found shot to death with his own gun in his Hollywood Hills home. Investigators say the death was a “probable suicide”… John Wayne is chosen No. 1 at the box office in steve mcqueen 1972 movie timeline news mrpopculture imagesurvey conducted by Motion Picture Herald. Other stars in the top 10 are Clint Eastwood, Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, George C Scott, Dustin Hoffman, Walter Matthau, Ali MacGraw, Sean Connery and Lee Marvin… NBC Saturday Night At The Movies - “Emergency!” - pilot movie for the NBC series debuting January 22. The head doctor of a big hospital doubts the need for a paramedical program. A series of accidents causes him the change his mind…. Passing - Ross Bagdasarian - (52) best known for the creation of Alvin and the Chipmunks… Teen girls calling a phone number published by Teens’ Star magazine, were supposed to hear greetings from a recorded Donny Osmond and David Cassidy, but the phone lines got so jammed, the  phone company cut if off… Top Music Album - Concert for Bangla Desh – George Harrison and Friends… Bobby Darin is back in his first nightclub appearance since his open-heart surgery last February. He’s appearing at the Desert Inn in Las Vegas  His fourth album - David Bowie’s first RCA album is out this week - “Honky Dory.” His first two were on Mercury and third on Deram. One of the terrific songs on the album - “Changes.” While his first three albums bombed here in the States, this one could take off…

"Day After Day" (Live) - Badfinger

steppenwolf quits february 1972 music history timeline facts mrpopculture imageFebruary - Ponderosa,” a weekly series of episodes selected from past “Bonanza” episodes will debut on NBC May 2. Bonanza will continue on its Sunday night time slot… CBS says it was to buy Steinway - the piano maker. The CBS Columbia Group includes a musical instruments division Tomorrow Entertainment announces that Bill Graham will produce a set of concerts for closed television transmission to arenas and auditoriums. The first of three is planned for May. Closed circuit may be the new thing. There has been speculation that Elvis and the Rolling Stones were going to perform closed circuit concerts, but so far nothing. The Graham concerts will be the first… The band Steppenwolf officially quits. At a Hollywood press conference, leader John Kay explained - “We were locked into an image and a style of music with Steppenwolf and there simply was nothing new for us to look forward to”… Appearing at the Whiskey on the Sunset Strip - “ Badfinger.” The group consists of Peter Ham, Joey Mollands, Tom Evans and Mike Gibbons…. Willie Mitchell is on an incredible roll after producing several hits for Al Green. Looks like “Let’s Stay Together” is going to be a huge hit after “Tired of Being Alone”… “The Concert For Bangladesh,” a filmed account of George Harrison’s Madison Square Garden concert is expected to open in seven major cities on Easter… Radio news - there’s a trend for progressive rock FM stations to air live concerts, Out in front are WABX-FM-Detroit, WNEW-FM-New York, KSAN-San Francisco, WNCR-FM, Cleveland and WMMR-FM, Philadelphia… Ray Charles will not make any personal appearances in concert or in clubs until after July 1. It’ll be the first major vacation for Charles in ten years… Desi Arnaz Jr. is making a name for himself. Outside of “Here’s Lucy” - he’s made the movie “Red Sky,” played a deaf mute on the “Mod Squad” and as a teen father in the high-rated Movie of the Week - “Mr. And Mrs. Bo Jo Jones.” He’s now making two movies and just won the Golden Globe as the most promising young actor in films and he’s going with singer- actress Liza Minelli. Arnaz just turned 19… The Jimmy Stewart Show is cancelled by NBC after just one season. He joins motion picture stars James Garner, Anthony Quinn, Shirley MacLaine and George Kennedy who failed to make it with series TV last season….

David Cassidy Perfoms On "The Partridge Family" February 1972

carole king 1972 grammy news music timeline history facts mrpopculture photoMarch - Merv Griffin returns his talk show to syndication. He’ll replace David Frost, who replaced him when he went to CBS-TV late nights to battle Dick Cavett and Johnny Carson. The show is produced and distributed nationally via taped syndicated by the Metromedia Producers Corporation and will begin its run with 47 TV stations. Griffin, left the show two years ago when it was produced by Westinghouse to join CBS…

14th Annual Grammy Awards - Some Winners:

Record of the year - “It’s Too Late” - Carole King

Song of the year - “You’ve Got A Friend” - written by Carole King

Album of the year - “Tapestry” – Carole King; New artist - Carly Simon Instrumental

"Theme From Shaft” - Isaac Hayes

At the Academy of Country & Western Music seventh annual awards ceremony - Freddie Hart got entertainer of the year

Best song (Easy Lovin’)

More March - Best album, best single records and best male vocalist. Loretta Lynn got best female vocalist; Glen Campbell - best TV personality… Ticket scalpers were getting as much as $150 a seat and plenty of takers for David Cassidy’s sold-out Madison Square Garden Concert! … Jerry Lewis opens his first motion picture theater in Europe and says he opens to be the biggest theater-owner in the world within five years… The Godfather Is Now Playing In Theaters (see ad)… Daredevil Evel Knievel is injured after losing control of his motorcycle in jumping over 13 cars at a motorcycle show at Michigan State fairgrounds. He suffered a broken collarbone after being dragged 80 feet by the bike, which skidded into a wall… Pat Collins, the hip-hypnotist, opens her own nightclub. “Celebrity Club” is located on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood…. Terry grand funk railroad 1972 music news timeline facts mrpopculture imageKnight - manager of the rock group “Grand Funk Railroad” sues the man who replaced him in the group for $35 million - New York attorney John L. Eastman. Eastman is the father-in-law of Beatle Paul McCartney. The papers say Knight is suing “for deliberate, wrongful and malicious interference with the contractual relationships which exist between Grand Funk Railroad and myself.” The  former disc jockey also says he has initiated arbitration proceedings, seeking to enjoin all three members of the group from “further breach of contract.” The three are Mark  Farner, Don Brewer and Mel Schacher…. Savoy Brown begins a U.S. tour next week and the Moody Blues are scheduled for a U.S. tour soon… A new single from a new artist - “Tomorrow is Today” back with “Everybody Loves You Now” is released by Family Productions records this week. The artist is Billy Joel…

"Horse With No Name" - America

April - Karen and Richard Carpenter cancel their engagement at the Roc Hotel in Miami, because the hotel failed to stop serving food while they and their band performed. They said the noisy waiters and clatter of dishes was too distracting… Jethro Tull’s next album - “Thick as a Brick” runs 45 minutes with no individual tracks… Creedence Clearwater Revival releases their seventh album. Called “ Mardis Gras ,” this one is different than the previous six - whose music was written, sung and largely arranged by John Fogerty… Opryland U.S.A., a $30 million entertainment-recreation park situated on 369 acres along the Cumberland River in Nashville, will open May 27. David Cassidy will make his Hollywood Bowl debut on August 4. He sold out Madison Square Garden last month… CBS ends radio show - Arthur Godfrey retires after 43 years in radio… Bob Smith (Wolfman Jack ) joins station KDAY (1580) Los Angeles 7- midnight. For the past six years, he was heard on station XERB (now XPRS) 1090, beamed out of Tijuana. Says Smith - “I never hid anything. I ran the campiest radio station around. We programmed what no one else wanted - preachers and rhythm and blues. Now I want to do my act rolling stones 1972 timeline music tour mrpopculture timeine facts music  photowhere I don’t have to worry about selling commercials, y’understand what I mean?... The Rolling Stones will begin a 31-city tour of the U.S. - their first tour in the United States in more than two years. It all begins June 3 in Vancouver and ends with a three-night stand July 24-26 at Madison Square Garden… The fourth Jim Henson Muppet special - “The Muppet Musicians of Breman” - adapted from the ancient German folk tale, will be shown next week over the Hughes Network and other stations. Jim Henson says - “These shows were made for the whole family to watch together, but since the prime-time access ruling has pushed network prime time back to 8 o’clock in much of the country, there’s no real market for family shows”…

"Taxi" - Harry Chapin

david cassidy cover rolling stone may 1972 timeline music history factsMay -  David Cassidy gets on the cover of Rolling Stone, and candidly reveals some things about business and other matters. But 16 magazine is saying David is a has-been and Donny Osmond is the new idol… Stevie Wonder getting more progressive? “I don’t think my new album is any big change. It is more of a progression. You have to move forward, you have to reach into new areas I think music goes through a natural evolution”Johnny Carson begins broadcasting from his permanent home base of Burbank. His guests for the first “official” show from the West Coast are Nancy Reagan, Raquel Welch, Don Rickles, Bob Newhart and Carol Wayne… A British record firm is considering whether to release a song called “The Pope Smokes Dope” by John Lennon and his wife Yoko. A spokesman for EMI says the song is one of an album of 12, all dealing with drugs, sex and violence. The record is subtitled “Record Lies on the streets of the Vatican”… Talk show host Dick Cavet tells a deportation hearing that Beatle John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, are “an example to young people of what they should do with their lives.” Another witness, Lennon’s business manager Allen Klein said Lennon’s business interests and holdings amounted to $50 million and said that up to 150 families depend of the Lennon for their livelihood… Passing - Dan Blocker - beloved actor known as “Hoss” on Bonanza. He was 43. Death was attributed to a blood clot in the lung… Frank Sinatra comes out of “retirement” one more time – at a Republican fund-raising dinner and salute to Vice President Agnew in Baltimore. “I feel like I haven’t worked in years,” he told the audience… Cindy Birdsong is leaving “The Supremes” and replacing her is Lynda Laurence of Philadelphia. Ms. Birdsong, whose married name is Mrs. Charles Hewlett, had retired to her home in Las Vegas to have a baby…

"I'll Take You There" - Staple Singers

sean connery 1972 james bond news timeline trivia facts mrpopcultureJune - For the second time - Sean Connery (41) says he will no longer play James Bond. “I’ve had my whack at it: let someone else try.” Bond says he was amused to learn the ads for potential “Bonds” were placed in army journals. “The producers seem to think that anyone can play Bond - even themselves if they dropped a few pounds”… Grease” the rock ‘n’ roll musical celebration of the 1950’s has moved from off-Broadway to the Broadhurst Theater on Broadway. The show is set as a flashback to the class of 1959 at Rydell high. The songs are by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. “Grease” began in Chicago last year…  Elvis Presley says his actions on stage in the infancy of rock were tame compared to what some performers are doing now. “Man, I was tame compared to what they do now. I didn’t do anything but jiggle.” Asked by a reporter to jiggle a little, Elvis replied - “I can’t do it sitting down. Anyway, I’m saving it for the show.” Elvis will be performing at Madison Square Garden. It’s the first time he’s ever appeared in New York… Cynthia Lennon claims that John hasn’t exercised his visitation rights. They have a 9-yer-old son named Julian. “John hasn’t seen Julian since he went to America,” Cynthia said recently in London. It’s a rather long time (eight months). But he seems to be occupied with Yoko’s daughter now”…

Top music albums – June 15, 1972

Joplin in Concert – Janis Joplin

thick as a brick june 1972 album music billboard timeline rockThick as a Brick – Jethro Tull

Exile on Main Street – Rolling Stones

A Lonely Man – Chi-Lites

Manassas - Stephen Stills

Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway

First Take – Roberta Flack

America – America

Harvest – Neil Young

More June 1972 mrtimeline - New York attorney John L. Eastman says Grand Funk Railroad is back on track, even though they’re in a legal dispute with manager Terry Knight. But Knight says the group will not perform or record until his $60 million lawsuit against it is settled in the courts… Smokey Robinson and the Miracles perform their last concert tour – as Smokey is leaving the group… Motown is moving from Detroit to Los Angeles, so announces Amos Wilder - the newly appointed Motown v/p. “Our expansion into motion pictures as well as establishing new record labels such as MOWEST, makes it mandatory for us to make the movie at this time”… The Jerry Reed “When Your Hot You’re Hot Hour” debuts this week. Guests will be Arte Johnson and the Lennon Sisters. It’s a five-week summer replacement for Glen Campbell’s show…

"Lean On Me" - Bill Withers

July – Frank & Peggy - Actress Peggy Lipton of “The Mod Squad” tells an interviewer about Frank Sinatra: “He turns me on ... He’s got more charm than any man I have ever been out with before.” Frank and Peggy met at a Hollywood party given by producer Aaron Spelling. She was just about to walk out when Frank walked up to her and said, “Would you let an old man buy you a cup of coffee?” That led to dinner a short time later at an Italian restaurant. “Frank’s the kind of person who wouldn’t dream of letting you light your own cigarette. I feel very special, protected and pampered when I’m with him. I wouldn’t give it up for the world”… Bob Crane goes back to radio - but only for one week. He’ll be filling in for Dick Wittinghill - his former archrival on KMPC (710) in Los Angeles beginning July 5. Wittinghill and Crane battled it out for the morning ratings in Los Angeles from 1956 to 1965, when Crane, then on KNX Radio -  left to star in “Hogan’s Heroes”… “Bonanza” will begin its 14 th season with a two-hour segment titled “Forever.” Written and directed by Michael Landon, it features the marriage of Ben Cartwright and Bonnie Bedelia… New England - Mick Jagger and Keith Richard are among five arrested at Green International Airport after a fracas with a photographer.   They plead innocent to charges of assault or obstructing a police officer and were released to go to a concert in Boston… Plans elvis presley 1972 news timeline music history mrpopculture imageare being made by Elvis Presley for a 60-minute worldwide television program that will originate from Hawaii In October or November. Honolulu was selected as the site for the show because of its time zone which is closer to Japan and the far Eastern countries… Radio Chicago - Larry Lujack is joining WCFL from rival WLS… Don Kirshner , says oldies being revived on the singles chart by contemporary artists are a result of the increase in writer-artists and the economics of today’s industry. “The market place has turned heavily to the writer-artist who is now doing so well financially that it is only necessary to turn out two LP’s a year, so they write for themselves.” This Kirshner feels, has caused a death of contemporary material for the non-writing artist. Hence, the backward glances…. New at Stores - “Chicago V” - featuring the hit “Saturday In The Park”… Rod Stewart's LP “Never A Dull Moment” has 659 thousand advance orders ... CBS says three new game shows will debut in September - The Joker’s Wild, The Price Is Right and Gambit. Jack Barry hosts Joker’s Wild, Dennis James emcees The Price is Right and Wink Martindale presides over Gambit. All three are half-hour shows…

"Too Late To Turn Back Now" - Cornelius Bros. Sister Rose

roger moore 1972 timeline history facts news mrpopculture photoAugust - Roger Moore will play the new and third James Bond in the next three movies - first of which is “Live and Let Die.” Moore has starred in five TV series - Ivanhoe, the Alaskans, Maverick, the Saint and the Persuaders. “It’s a tough shake to follow Sean, but I won’t give an imitation”… On “American Bandstand” this week - Luther Ingram sings “If Loving You Is Wrong. plus “The Looking Glass” sing “Brandy”… Neil Diamond says that after this current tour, he’s taking a concert sabbatical for a few years… Would you believe it? The Osmonds break a record for the group with the biggest amount of gold records in a year (to this point). From March 1971 to March 1972, they had a   total of 10 gold albums and singles. Up to this month, it’s now 12 with Donny’s latest album, “Too Young.” The year sum compares to the Beatles - with nine and Elvis Presley  with eight… Did you see John & Yoko’s “One-to-One’ Concert in Madison Square Garden? Also appearing - Roberta Flack, the cast of Godspell, Sha-Na-Na Stevie Wonder, Elephant’s Memory, Allen Ginsburg and Abbie Hoffman. The concert benefited retarded children… The Robert Stigwood production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” has grossed over $62 million in both box office receipts and the sale of original cast albums in the U.S. alone. The original concert version of the show has played 454 performances in 155 cities across the U.S… The Robert Stigwood organization is planning to launch its own label, RSO in September. The label will be introduced with music from Eric Clapton and the Bee Gees…. WCBS-FM is switching to a rock-n-roll oldies format. Crosstown WOR-FM, which use to program up to 50% oldies, has backed off somewhat, and WCBS-FM feels there’s a nice hole here…

"Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)" - Looking Glass

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September - Ms. World USA - She’s Lynda Carter of Tempe Arizona. Ms Carter is 21 with the stats of 38-26-38… David Cassidy is in England where he’s become as popular. He’ll be back for more live concerts and of course, he’ll resume shooting on “The Partridge Family”… The Today Show’s Barbara Walters debuts “Not for Women Only” in syndication. She points the program is designed to interest men as well… George Lucus just put out his second movie - “American Graffiti” which is much different than his first - the thriller “THX 1138.” Lucus says his first movie, despite critical acclaim, only broke even. “I got tagged as a cold director because THX didn’t have any humor in it” said the director… Swimmer Mark Spitz, appearing at a news conference at Bob Hope’s home, announces his acting debut, which will be on Bob Hope’s NBC comedy special Oct. 5… Radio - ABC-FM’s “Rock In Stereo” format is doing well - at least in Los Angeles over KLOS - especially with 18-34 year olds - its #1 in the last ratings book - giving  KHJ-AM a run for it. Interesting - FM radio still has to prove itself…

"Saturday In The Park" - Chicago

October - Michelle Phillips , formerly of the group “The Mamas & The Papas” makes her film debut in “Dillinger”… Marries - Johnny Carson (47) to Joanna Holland, a long-time girlfriend. It’s his third marriage… Neighbors in the St. John’s Wood district of London are complaining about Paul McCartney’s barking English sheep dog and her eight pups. McCartney commented, “They’re all mad around here. They’re a load of colonels. I don’t care what they say. Wife Linda added - “We’re going to start a zoo next”… Barbara Hershey delivers a son by natural birth at her Laurel Canyon home. The father is David Carradine. The parents have lived together for three years, but reject the idea of marriage. His name is Free Carradine… Johnny Carson celebrates his 10th anniversary on his Monday night show broadcast at 11:30p (eastern). Guests include Jack Benny, Sammy Davis Jr. Joey Bishop, Dean Martin, Dinah Shore, George Burns, Jerry Lewis, Don Rickles, Rowan & Martin & Gov Ronald Reagan…. Singer /actress Barbara McNair (37) is arrested at the Playboy Club in New Jersey on charges of possession of heroin. She was arrested with her husband Rick Manzie… Singer Joe Cocker and his entourage are arrested in Australia and charged for possessing India hemp. Each will be fined $360… Flip Wilson says  jim croce 1972 music news timeline facts history trivia mrpopculture photohe’ll introduce a new character on his TV show - “Jiva Koolit” – a guru from Tibet. Jiva will premiere on November 9… Jim Croce is getting known around the music circles. His most popular song - “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” is about a pool hustler in a bar who had a way of making up sayings about how tough he was. Croce spends most of his time in Lyndell, PA, just south of Lancaster. He lives with his wife, Ingrid and their new son, Adrian in a home dating back before the American Revolution…. Rick Nelson says he is encouraged by the response to “Garden Party” and the recent reaction he and his group – the stone Canyon Band - have been receiving at colleges. “We’re playing to a whole new generation of people who have never even seen the old television show and they are applauding for the new songs as well as ‘Mary Lou”… EMI Records says the Beatles have sold the equivalent of 545 million records. EMI says the Beatles’ top selling album is “Abbey Road” at 7.6 million, followed by Sgt Pepper at 6.3 million. Top Beatles single - is “Hey Jude” at 7.5 million. Most recorded Lennon-McCartney song - “Yesterday” with 1,186 different versions. “Michelle” is second with 629 recorded versions…. Finalists in the male star-of-the year at the second annual Las Vegas entertainment Awards completion are – Sammy Davis Jr., Engelbert Humperdinck, Tom Jones, Liberace, Anthony Newley and Elvis Presley. Davis was the winner last year. For females - Ann-Margret, Shirley Bassy, Liza Minnelli, Juliet Prowse, Debbie Reynolds and Barbra Streisand. Miss Prowse won last year…

"Burning Love" - Elvis Presley

November - Diahann Carroll announces her engagement to David Frost after a tumultuous two-year romance… CBS presented the Jackson Five Show.” 13-year-old Michael Jackson was called “amazing” by many critics. Guests were “Laugh-In” regular Johnny Brown and Jo Anne Worley. They performed a medley of their hits including “Ben,” “ABC” and “Never Can Say Goodbye”… ABC will usher in 1973 with something called “ New Year’s Rockin’ Eve ,” a 90- minute special. The concert will originate from the three dog night music news 1972 dick clark timeline trivia mrpopcultureGrand Ballroom of the Queen Mary in Long Beach (CA) and will headline Three Dog Night. Also participating - Blood, Sweat and Tears, Mary Travis, Al Green and Billy Preston. Dick Clark is the executive producer… 14-year-old Donny Osmond is losing his youthful treble. His voice is changing into manhood. Says Donny - “I just can’t reach the high notes anymore.” “I’m almost 15 now and my voice is a whole octave lower.” The Osmonds are currently touring in Britain… NBC is canceling “Bonanza” after a 14-year run and the final show is shot this week at Burbank Studios. Although the show slipped to 48 th in a recent Nielsen rating, the cancellation came quickly - no one knew it was coming. Said star Lorne Greene : “If we had known this was coming we would have gone out with a bang and not a whimper.” Many say the beginning of the end came with the death of Dan Blocker last year…. Lorne Green and Betty White will again host NBC’s coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade…In Concert” begins this week - seenFriday Nights on ABC. The audio track will be simulcast in stereo with FM stations around the country. ABC will use its co-owned FM stations including - Chicago - WDAI at 94.7 ... In Los Angeles - KLOS-95.5 ... In New York - WPLJ - 95.5. In San Francisco - KGO- FM at 103.7. This week features Alice Cooper, Curtis Mayfield, Seals and Crofts...

"I Can See Clearly Now" - Johnny Nash (Midnight Special)

paul mccartney 1972 music timeline news history facts  trivia mrpopculture photoDecember - The BBC bands Paul McCartney’s latest record “Hi Hi Hi” because it was too sexy. “We were shocked,” said McCartney. “We were just making music and having fun. There is naughtier stuff on television every evening”… Cass Elliott hosts the Tonight Show this Friday… What a week for singer Helen Reddy : She finalized arrangements for her to make her Las Vegas debut in March at the Riviera Hotel... She gives birth to her second child, Jordan Sommers Wald ... Her “I Am Woman” single is certified a million seller by the RIAA ... It’s announced that she’ll make her debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall in April… Radio news - Program direct Rick Sklar is promoted to director of operations for WABC-AM in New York - a position created by the board of directors at ABC Corp. He’ll be in charge of everything but sales at the Top-40/ ratings giant…

"Me And Mrs. Jones" - Billy Paul

WABC Radio Quick Sample - End Of 1972! Dan Ingram

 

The Year 1972 In News Headlines And Information 

January  1 – Vietnam -  Communist troops violate a common New Year’s cease-fire in the Vietnam War -18 times in the first 12 hours. Meantime, the U.S Army in Saigon decreed that GI’s had to celebrate New Year’s Eve at 11pm. Local command said military bars would be closed at 11:30 local time… President Nixon, claiming a 5-day air strike was “very very effective,” announces he will continue withdrawing U.S. troops at the same rate - 22,500 a month or possibly a higher rate… David Beven, former Finance chairman of the bankrupt Penn Central Co. and two of his business associates are charged in criminal warrants with illegally diverting more than $21 million from America’s largest railroad…. President Nixon gives the go-ahead for a space shuttle. The cost is expected to be $5.3 billion…

CBS News - Space Shuttle

president nixon 1972 january news facts mrpopcultureJanuary 8 – A letter telling of a plot to free “political prisoners” reveals bombs have been planted in banks in California, Chicago and New York. Eight are found in safe deposit boxes at individual banks… President Nixon announces that U.S. forces in Vietnam would be halved from 139,000 men to 69,000 over the next three months… 

January 15 – More than 100 women are evicted from the House galleries on the first day of the reconvened 92 nd Congress when they demonstrated in behalf of a move to censure President Nixon. They stood up and held banners after rep Bella Abzug (D-NY) made a speech explaining her resolution to censure the President for not fixing a date to withdraw troops from Indochina… In Chicago - Two college students – Allen Schwander and Steve Pera are charged with conspiracy to commit murder in what was a plot to poison water supplies in the Midwest with typhoid and deadly bacteria…

January 22 -  Britain, Denmark, Ireland and Norway join the European Common Market this week - expanding the community to 10 members - and the world’s largest trading power. President Nixon submits a $246.3 billion budget, while revenue would reach only $220.8 billion - a $25 billion deficit. Combined with a $23 billion deficit last year, that equals deficit financing amounting to more than $87 billion…. President Nixon makes public, a secret plan for peace in Vietnam which includes the withdrawal of all U.S. forces in all Indochina, cease fire and the release of all prisoners of war. Also included - new elections in South Vietnam six months after an agreementRep. Shirley Chisholm , the nation’s first black congresswoman, announces her candidacy form the Democratic presidential nomination…

State of the Union - 1972

gov ronald reagan california 1972 news mrpopculture timeline imageFebruary 1 – North Vietnam publishes for the first time, a nine-point peace plan it presented to President Nixon’s special envoy Henry Kissinger in secret talks last June in Paris, but the plan is very different than Nixon’s - like day and night... In an article in Life Magazine, Henry Kissinger who was President Nixon’s secret peace negotiator in Paris says that Mr. Nixon wants badly to end the Vietnam War “but not in a way that breaks the American spirit… in a way that his country can preserve its confidence in itself,” said Kissinger… In Washington - Gov. Ronald Reagan of California calls on Congress to require all employable welfare recipients to work for their communities without additional compensation…

February 8 – President Nixon claimed that “1971 was a watershed year” by his foreign policy and outlines “reasonable expectations” for his coming summits in Peking and Moscow. His first principle in dealing with Chinese rulers, he said, is that “a peaceful and prospering China is in our own national interest”…  New school integration plan involving massive bussing is put into effect in Richmond county (Georgia) triggering a widespread boycott by whites. Richard Anderson, a leader in a local school group, said he believed the boycott would help President Nixon “make up his mind on the anti-bussing amendment. The President knows this kind of thing is not right…

Nixon Trip To China (Video)

February 15 – Historic trip to China - President Nixon leaves for Peking on a “journey for peace.” He told a large crowd - “If we can make progress toward that goal on this trip, the world will be a much safer world”… President Nixon lands in Peking and is greeted by Premier Chou En-Lai. It’s the first visit to the country by an American Chief of State since WWII. The reception was quiet - so quiet reporters were able to hear what Mr. Nixon said to Chou as they walked toward the place where the President was to receive his honors… Three Arabs hijack a West German Boeing 757 jet on which Joseph P. Kennedy III (19) is a passenger. He’s the son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. Kennedy had been touring in India for a week after a visit to Bangladesh…

ralph  nader 1972 news timeline mrpopcultureFebruary 22 - President Nixon begins his last day in Peking and visits the Forbidden City. “I don’t want to see it all today. I want to leave something to come back and see.”   Consumer advocate Ralph Nader loses a suit to require air bags in cars before 1976. As it now stands regulations require that beginning with 1974 models, auto makers must install either passive restraints or a device that won’t allow the car to be started until all from seat passengers have fastened their seat and shoulder belts…

March 1 – The outlook for the nation’s economy this year appears highly favorable, says the Federal Reserve Board. But the board said effective administration of President Nixon’s wage-price controls will be critical in maintaining public confidence and the containment of inflation…. Buffalo - A Mohawk Airlines propjet carrying 47 crashes into a residential neighborhood near the downtown area while attempting a landing in a light snowfall. At least 18 are dead… Charles Spurgill - the only person with a successful transplanted lung, is doing well some 55 days after the operation…

March 8 – The National Population Commission says that a two- child family would ease the ills of society and believes the government should adopt policies that would give Americans a real choice in bringing to a halt – the growth rate of the U.S… The last battalion of Indian soldiers leaves Bangladesh - and at last, it’s on its own. This comes some 87 days after the surrender of the Pakistan Army…. President Nixon, decrying “vicious extortion plots’ against the nation’s airliners, pledges that the federal government would mobilize all resources “until the current threat is crushed”… The Federal Aviation Administration says that the sky marshal program as such, will end April 1. On that date, all but 220 of the 1,300 customs security officers who have been serving as sky guards will be taken off flight status and placed on ground duty. Flights thereafter will be monitored by armed guards only on a selective basis. Officers will be used in the screening of passengers for would-be hijackers…

george wallace 1972 news trivia timeline mrpopcultureMarch 15 – President Nixon formally asks Congress to block temporarily all further pupil busing orders by the federal courts while it wrestles with long-range proposals to equalize the quality of education in all schools… President Nixon calls for an immediate halt to all new busing orders by federal courts and orders the department of Justice to intervene in selected cases to try to turn back federal court orders to bus children to achieve a racial balance in schools… Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace riding a tide of opposition to school busing – wins in Florida’s Democratic presidential primary. Muskie - the national frontrunner - came in a distant fourth… The population commission proposes that American adults and teens be given easy access to contraceptives and to abortions if they want them…

March 22 - AFL-CIO President George Meany along with two other leaders walks off the federal Pay Board, charging that it had been turned into a tool of the Nixon Administration and “the interests of big business.” President Nixon let it be known that he would not let the labor walkout “sabotage” his anti- inflation program… Congers, NY - a Penn Central freight train rams a school bus loaded with children. Three high school students are killed and 47 others are injured. Penn Central said the road was a private crossing with no warning gates, lights or bells…

April 1 – Orlando - Seven Air Force crewman die and at least eight civilians are injured when a burnigB-52 bomber nose-dived into a residential neighborhood and sprayed homes with a sheet of blazing jet fuel… Vietnam - North Vietnamese forces hammer South Vietnamese positions below the DMZ in the bloodiest fighting since the Tet offensive in 1968… President Nixon announces the formal U.S. recognition of Bangladesh. More than 50 nations have already recognized the newly independent country formed from East Pakistan after the Indian-Pakistan war last December… Sen. George McGovern of South Dakota wins the Wisconsin primary… Joey Gallo , a member of the Gallo Brothers underworld gang, is shot to death in the Little Italy section of lower Manhattan while celebrating his 47th birthday…

April 8 – D.B. Cooper revisited - A pistol-welding hijacker with a hand grenade commandeers a United Airlines jetliner and collects $500,000 - the largest ransom paid in an American skyjacking - then parachutes from the plane over Provo. The plot was reminiscent of that of the infamous D.B. Cooper. Richard Floyd McCoy Jr. (29) a former Vietnam helicopter pilot now a junior at Brigham Young University was taken into custody by FBI agents…  Vietnam - waves of B-52 bombers batter a rubber plantation near An Loc in an unprecedented series of attacks to save the provincial capital north of Saigon from falling to the North Vietnamese…

April 15 – Apollo 16 takes off from Cape Kennedy… About 800 antiwar demonstrators staged a peaceful two-mile sidewalk march on the White House. About 150 were   arrested when they sat down and refused to leave Lafayette Park, across the street from the executive Mansion…. Another hijacking - A man demanding $500,000 takes over a Miami-to-Chicago jet carrying 91 persons and demanded to be flown to the Bahamas Islands. The aircraft landed at Chicago to refuel and FBI agents arrested the man – William Green of Ohio…

NBC News - Apollo 16 Coverage

ed muskie 1972 april news timeline facts history mrpopculture imageApril 22 - President Nixon announces that the United States will withdraw 20,000 more troops from South Vietnam during May and June, but that air and naval attacks on the north will continue until Hanoi stops the offensive. Meantime, despite the U.S. air buildup to blunt North Vietnam’s offensive, Hanoi is moving supplies southward along the Ho Chi Minh trail more effectively than it had since the U.S. began concentrating its air attacks to the supply line…  Sen. Edmund Muskie says he is dropping out of the presidential primary competition while remaining nominally a candidate for the democratic nomination…

May 1 - President Nixon says the North Vietnamese “Are taking a very great risk” if they continue their drive and serves renewed notice that U.S air and naval bombardment of military targets “throughout North Vietnam” would continue as long as Communist regulars persist in their assault on South Vietnam… Dies - J. Edgar Hoover, 77 . Hoover would have celebrated his 48th anniversary as head of the FBI next week. His housekeeper found his body beside his bed…. A 14-inch high-pressure steam pipe explodes in a wall on the 36 th floor of a Wall St. skyscraper scalding to death seven office workers, including 4 women. The victims were trapped in the spewing steam while working in three  partitioned offices next to the wall …

May 8 – Getting tough - President Nixon announces that North Vietnam is being cut off from the sea and rail supplies - its harbors mined and blockaded to deprive it any weapons of war… More Vietnam - 8 MIG’s are shot down in heaviest U.S. raids on North Vietnam in 4 years… Yippie leader Jerry Rubin vows to put 100,000 protesters in the streets of Miami Beach for the 1972 political conventions, but promised, “It won’t be another Chicago”…

May 15 – Gov. George C. Wallace is shot and wounded as he walked into a crowd of supporters to shake hands at a political rally in Laurel, MD. A suspect – Arthur Herman Bremer (21) - a white man from Milwaukee was captured. Physicians say Wallace could be paralyzed permanently from the hips down… An explosion rips through a women’s restroom on the fourth floor of the Pentagon’s E-Ring. A group called, “Weatherman Underground No. 12” - an antiwar organization took responsibility…

May 22 - Soviet citizens try to give President Nixon a warm welcome to Moscow but were discouraged by hundreds of security guards… Moscow - President Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev open their summit with an unscheduled meeting in the golden-spired Kremlin… Ready to endorse - Sen. Edward Kennedy agrees to do anything he can to help Sen. George McGovern win the democratic presidential nomination. Eugene McCarthy said he was endorsing McGovern…

angela davis news 1972 june timeline facts history mrpopculture imageJune 1 – President Nixon stops in Warsaw on the last stop of his summit trip with crowds estimated to be up to 300,000. The President called out to them “Long live Polish-American freedom!”… In San Jose - Angela Davis is found innocent of murder, kidnapping and conspiracy in the Marin Civic Center kidnap attempt back in August of 1970. In that event, a judge was killed and three of his abductors were shot fatally. “This is the happiest day of my life”… United Farm Workers leader Cesar Chavez ends a 24-day fast in Phoenix. Chavez was protesting a new Arizona law forbidding strikes at harvest time (and boycotts) by workers…

June 8 – The House opposes a $21.3 billion education bill containing the strongest anti-busing provision ever approved by Congress. Its busing provision would halt for 18 months any school desegregation ordered by the federal courts until all appeals have henry kissinger june 1972 news vietnam timeline mrpopculture trivia been exhausted… The White House announces that Henry A. Kissinger will meet with Chinese leaders in Peking next week for talks on world issues and some say, Vietnam… Desegregation of schools in Detroit and 53 suburbs are ordered by U.S. Dist. Judge Stephen B. Roth in a decision involving a 300-square-mile area with 750,000 school children… The Supreme Court rules that no person may be sentenced to jail, even for a day, unless he has a lawyer at his trial or has waived that right…

June 15 – Airline pilots begin a 24-hour worldwide strike to dramatize demands for tighter security against airborne hijackers… President Nixon welcomes President Luis  Echeverria Alvarez of Mexico to the White House as “a world leader of first rank and a personal friend”… Federal sky marshals made more arrests at airports and aboard aircraft during the first four months of this year than in all of 1971: 626 persons. Sky marshals were placed aboard jetliners on Jan. 1, 1971 as part of President Nixon’s order to federal agencies to take action against air piracy….  Five men, one a former employee of the CIA and three who are natives of Cuba, are arrested in an  elaborate plot to bug the office of the Democratic National Committee in Washington in the Watergate building. The men, all wearing rubber surgical gloves, were surprised at gunpoint at 2:30am by three plainclothes offers of the Metropolitan Police Department’s tactical squad. They were captured in a small office on the sixth floor of the building - of which the Democratic National Committee occupies the entire floor. The arrests occurred about 40 minutes after a security guard at the Watergate complex noticed that a door connecting a stairwell with the hotel’s basement garage had been taped so it would not lock. The guard removed it, but when he passed the door 10 minutes later, another tape had been put in its place…

Initial Watergate Break-In Report (CBS)

June 22 - John Mitchell’s days are numbered - Martha Mitchell says she is “sick and tired” of politics and has threatened to leave her husband unless he gets out of the political arena. “I gave him an ultimatum”… An undetermined number of federal troops will be stationed in the Miami area during the Democratic and republican conventions...

john mitchell creep news july 1972 trivia timeline mrpopculture imageJuly 1 – John N. Mitchell resigns as director of President Nixon’s reelection campaign. “...I have found, however, that I can no longer do so on a full-time basis and still meet the one obligation which must come first: the happiness and welfare of my wife and daughter. They have patiently put up with my long absences for some four years, and the moment has come when I must devote more time to them”… The Supreme Court strikes down as “cruel and unusual punishment” most of the nation’s death penalty laws...

NBC News - July 4, 1972 

July 8 – Fourth of July address - President Nixon urged Americans to reach outward to the world and inward to themselves in celebration of the nation’s 200 th birthday in 1976…  A hijacker seizes a Pacific Southwest Airlines jet with 58 aboard as it approached Sacramento airport for a landing and was diverted to San Diego. Landing at Lindbergh Field, the hijacker demanded and received $450,000 in ransom. The hacker allowed all passengers accept two to disembark. The Boeing 727 then took off for Oakland… President Nixon announces a $750 million, three-year agreement between the U.S. and the Soviet Union for purchase of grain…

Democrat Convention in Miami - George McGovern

July 15 –  Eight Greeks are under arrest for plotting the abduction of John F. Kennedy Jr., 11-year-old son of the late President. They are also charged with planning to bomb the U.S. embassy and to overthrow the Greek regime. …A Roman Catholic priest leads 2,000 people from their homes in West Belfast in protest against British troop concentrations as five more persons lost their lives in the bloody conflict of Northern Ireland…

thomas eagleton 1972 july news trivia timeline mrpopculture imageJuly 22 -  The last three months - the economy expanded at a rate of 8.9% - the largest real growth since 1965. Inflation for the same period was 2.1%, the lowest of any quarter since 1965, according to the Commerce Department… Democratic Vice President nominee Senator Thomas Eagleton (42) discloses he has voluntarily admitted himself to the hospital three times between 1960 and 1966 “for nervous exhaustion and fatigue” but has since enjoyed “good sound, solid health”… 

CBS News - Interview Thomas Eagleton

August 1 – Gold jumps to a record $70 per ounce on Europe’s free markets… Sen. Thomas Eagleton agrees to withdraw as George McGovern’s running mate - saying the step was to keep party unity…. The House Foreign Affair Committee approves an end-the-war amendment calling for total U.S. withdrawal from Indochina by Oct 1… Sen.  George McGovern selects former Peace Corps Director and Ambassador to France - R. Sargent Shriver as his new vice presidential running mate…

August 8 – Northern Ireland ’s children of hate kill a British Soldier. They stoned his car, smashed him on the head with a brick and cheered as he died when his car crashed. The children (actually 5 to 6 teenagers) learn how to make nail bombs, scout for the gunmen, carry messages from the IRA’s command and learn avidly the hate and abuse…. President Nixon sends White House advisor Henry Kissinger to Saigon for talks with President Nguyen Van Thieu amid rumors of progress at secret sessions of the Vietnam peace talks…

August 15 – Henry Kissinger and President Nguyen Van Thieu confer for more than two hours on secret peace talks that the george mcgovern watergate 1972 august trivia timeline mrpopculture factspresidential adviser held with the North Vietnamese in Paris… Sen. George McGovern says he believes President Nixon was “at least indirectly” responsible for the June 1 break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington. He said he was disappointed that the news media and the public had not paid more attention to the June break-in…. Clark MacGregor, chairman of the Committee for the reelection of the President accuses Sen. George McGovern of character assassination for the (above) comment. McGovern had charged that Mr. Nixon was “at least indirectly” responsible for the break-in at the Democratic headquarters at Watergate…

August 22 - Republican Convention - Miami - President Nixon is nominated for a second term and makes an appeal to the millions of youthful voters. “I don’t think the youth vote is in anyone’s pocket. I think they will be independent. They are casting their first vote. We have just as good a shot at it as the other side and we’re going to get it”… Republican National Convention - Police in Miami quell an unruly demonstration with 212 arrests…

ABC-TV Olympics Massacre With Howard K. Smith

September 1 – Bulletin - Nine Israeli hostages and four Arab terrorists die in hail of gunfire and explosions, climaxing an episode in which the Arabs seized the Israeli team’s residence in the Olympic Village… Millions watched live coverage of the chilling drama at building 31 - the Israeli quarters at the Olympic village in Munich, where the commandos first killed two Israelis and held none other hostage for hours. ABC-TV, who has been covering the Olympics, brought it all home to Americans and others around the world… The Munich Olympics honors the death of the 11 fallen Israelis. At Olympic Stadium, some 80,000 visitors from abroad and Germans, led by their president and chancellor, filed solemnly in for the memorial ceremony…

golda meir 1972 olympics news timeline facts history mrpopcultureSeptember 8 – Scores of Israeli warplanes Arab guerrilla bases in Lebanon and Syria in what’s described as the heaviest raids of their kind in the Arab-Israeli conflict… The Bodies of 10 of Israel’s 11 murdered Olympic delegation members are returned home to grieving families and a grieving nation… Prime Minister Golda Meir declares “the far-flung dangerous and vital front line” against Arab terrorists must now include ‘every site where people from Israel are to be found and whose blood is shed”… The Justice Department completes its criminal investigation of the Watergate case without implicating any present official of either the White House or the Committee for the Reelection of  the President. A federal grand jury is expected to hand down indictments within 10 days that will be confined to suspects involved in the June 17 break-in at Democratic national headquarters in the Watergate office building…. Newly discovered telephone records support allegations that suspects in the Democratic national Committee bugging case maintained a listening post across the street from the Committee’s Washington offices. Telephone records show that calls made to the residence of Virgilio Gonzales, a Miami locksmith and one of the five arrested in the break-in, were made from across the street of the Watergate complex, from a Howard Johnson motel…

spiro agnew 1972 news september timeline facts history mrpopcultureSeptember 15 – George McGovern promises that as President, he would abolish the present system of price and wage controls and replace it with a semi-voluntary program of guidelines focused on the nation’s biggest companies and unions… Responding to charges from Sen. George McGovern, President Nixon defends his war against illegal   drug traffic and warns foreign governments against participation in the movement of dangerous drugs into the United States… Vice President Agnew says that the FBI has been ordered to investigate the $750 million sale of U.S. wheat to Russia. Agnew is accusing Democrats of trying to use the wheat deal as “another Watergate.” “… to investigate the profits of these big grain exporters that you refer to; to see whether anyone has taken any undue profit, due to any misinformation or improperly revealed information on the part of the federal government…

September 22 - Vice President Agnew, carrying the Republican word in Nashville, said that the Republican Administration means to “have an end to this busing”… Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos tells his people that he imposed martial law “to save the republic and to reform our society.” Marcos then ordered numerous arrests and proclaimed sweeping national reforms to lessen insurgent’s hold on peasants… Thousands of Cubans gave a rousing welcome to Angela Davis when she arrived from Eastern Europe. Ms. Davis is a member of the American Communist Party’s Central Committee…

john sirica 1972 october news timeline facts watergate history mrpopcultureOctober 1 – The Senate votes to cut the Social Security retirement age from 52 to 60 and to reduce from 60 to 55, the age at which widows can draw benefits… Watergate bugging - U.S. dist. Judge John Sirica issues an order barring principals in the case from making any statements to the press…. Democratic National Chairman Jean Westwood says new evidence makes it impossible for President Nixon and his reelection campaign staff to deny their implication in the Watergate bugging case….

October 8 – The Justice Department proposes that IBM break-up in order to aid computer competition. IBM. Last year, IBM had sales of $8.27 Billion and earnings of $1.08 billion. On the campaign trail in Chicago, Democratic presidential nominee George S. McGovern spells out his plan to end the Vietnam War. He said he would  begin with an immediate halt of bombing and the start of a 90-day “orderly withdrawal” of all U.S. forces from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Presidential advisor Henry Kissinger is back in Washington after four days of secret talks with the North Vietnamese. Kissinger declines to reveal the contents of the talks or how far they went…

john mitchell october 1972 watergate facts history timeline mrpopculture trivia imageOctober 15 – Henry Kissinger departs from Paris to Saigon after a day of secret talks. A sudden turn in the Paris peace talks has been indicated… In his first interview granted since his July 1 resignation as President Nixon’s campaign director, John Mitchell again firmly denies any prior knowledge of or role in the break-in and bugging of Democratic National Committee headquarters at Watergate…

October 22 - Presidential adviser Henry Kissinger returns to Washington and is optimistic about a quest for peace in Vietnam. Because of the news, President Nixon orders some easing in the bombing of North Vietnam, particularly around Hanoi and Haiphong… North Vietnam says Hanoi and Washington have agreed on terms for ending the Vietnam War. Included in the agreement were a cease-fire and an exchange of prisoners of war. A Source close to South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu said, “I don’t believe it can be true. I can’t believe it will happen all of a sudden like this”…

November 1 – The White House says that President Nixon would resist deadline pressures that would “stampeded the United States” into signing less that the best possible peace settlement for Vietnam. President Nixon has insisted that some outstanding issues in the Vietnam peace settlement be solved before the United States signs it…

CBS News Coverage Election '72

richard nixon wins november 1972 timeline facts trivia history mrpopcultureNovember 8 – Unprecedented - President Nixon sweeps 49 states and is elected to a second term as President. Holdouts were Massachusetts and DC… Acceptance speech - President Nixon calls for national unity after the campaign, declaring, “A huge landslide margin means nothing at all unless it is a victory for America”… A Southern Airways jetliner carrying 27 passengers and a crew of four and 3 hijackers with a $2 million ransom, skids safely down the runway at Havana… airport. The hijackers were arrested… Back in Miami - 31 captives who were held 28 hours under the guns of three hijackers return from Havana. 4 were hurt in the incident including the copilot…

November 15 – The fourth phase in meetings to end the Vietnam War begin in Paris between Presidential advisor Henry Kissinger and North Vietnam’s Politburo-representative Le Duc Tho… 

November 22 - Paris Peace talks - suspended for nine days. Both sides are looking at the current cease-fire and will go from there. The talks between presidential adviser Henry A. Kissinger and Hanoi’s representatives have not dampened Administration expectations that a Vietnam peace settlement will be signed about mid-December… Fresh violence in Northern Ireland - 4 are dead and the IRA threatened to extended guerrilla action to Ireland in retaliation for the jailing of underground leader Sean MacStlofain…

December 1 – Transportation Secretary John Volpe says that the government was planning to order airports to post armed guards at all boarding gates in an effort to stop hijackings. The new security system is expected to take effect within six months… President Nixon names George P. Shultz his assistant for economic affairs… A Senate Subcommittee reports that abuse of barbiturate drugs by Americans had reached epidemic proportions and was second only to alcohol as the most abused depressant… President Nixon names Donald Rumsfield, the present director of the cost of Living Council, to be permanent U.S. representative to the North Atlantic treaty Organization… Apollo 17 - America’s last scheduled manned moon flight - takes off watergate bugging trial december 1972 news trivia timeline mrpopculturefrom Cape Kennedy after a nearly 3-hour delayWatergate bugging trial taking shape - Around 50 prosecution witnesses will testify during the upcoming Watergate bugging trial. The trial is scheduled to begin January 8. The key government witness is expected to be Alfred Baldwin III - a former FBI agent and republican campaign worker who has said that he monitored many bugged phone conversations from a listening post across the street from Democratic Headquarters…

December 8 – A United Air Lines jet carrying 61 crashes into a heavily populated neighborhood of Chicago’s southwest side killing at least 43. ..  Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene  Cernan and Harrison Schmitt land  successfully on the moon near a  crater named Poppy, explore the  lunar mysteries for nearly seven  hours and prepare for another  excursion…. Gov. Reubin Askew signs the death penalty into law,  making Florida the first state in the nation to restore  capital punishment… After 36 years, Life magazine says it will fold. The final date is December 29…

December 15 – Vietnam news - Heavy bombardment of the Hanoi-Haiphong area continues as the U.S. loses another B-52, and a fighter-bomber... Also- peace talks sour and bombing by the U.S. execelerates… Apollo 17, back from the moon - splashes down safely in the Pacific. Aboard - astronauts Eugene Cernan, Harrison Schmitt and Ronald Evan…

harry truman 1972 december dies timeline history facts mrpopcultureDecember 22 - The U.S. command says two more American B-52’s were shot down over North Vietnam - the ninth and tenth that the command has acknowledged have been shot down since last week… Soviet Communist Party chief Leonid I. Brezhnev accused the United States of barbarism in its bombing of North Vietnam and says further U.S.-Soviet détente would depend largely on a Vietnam settlement… The United States suspends air strikes in North and South Vietnam for the Christmas holiday… So far, 80 out of 177 persons survive a crash of a Lockheed L-1011 in the Everglades. Eastern Airlines flight 401 originated at JFK airport in New York and was on approach to Miami. It’s the first fatal accident of any wide-body plane. A preliminary investigation says the crew may have been occupied with a stuck landing gear. There was no word from the pilot that  the craft was in danger. None of the crew made it…. Passing - Harry S. Truman - 33rd President of the United States…

CBS News - December 26, 1972

Year 1972  In Technology News And Information

January - Panacolor, the portable cassette projector system, does not involve television sets. Film can be stopped at any time in the projector which has a two-hour film.

New York’s Commodore Hotel says now offers a dial-a-movie service.  A projector and loaded cassette is wheeled into guest’s room for an uninterrupted feature length showing for $4.50… Home Video -  On the French Riviera (month of March) - the second international conference (Vidca) on video cassette formats for home viewing. Everyone seemed optimistic that the format will someday take off. Likely is Cartridge television which has developed a magnetic tape system for the home called Cartrivision that it says will go on sale in three months… Bell Telephone pushing touch-tone phones… TeleCommunications Inc (TCI) will build routes to transmit specialized voice and data services, primarily in the west. TCI microwaves signals for 40 television stations, 120 cable TV systems and the three commercial television networks…

March - State of home video - On the French Riviera this week - the second international conference (Vidca) on video cassette formats for home viewing. Everyone seemed optimistic that the format will someday take off. Separately, there are four different technologies presently striving for acceptance in home video records - magnetic tape, photographic film, disks and holographic tape. The first entry in the lists is Cartridge television which has developed a magnetic tape system for the home called Cartrivision that it says will go on sale in three months. Cartrivision will be sold by sears at its Chicago stores in June at an opening price of $16,00 for a complete system - 25-inch TV set, video tape unit containing a player and recorder and a black and white camera. But there are plans to sell these accessories separately. The recorder/play unit would sell for $750.Both pre-recorded and blank tapes will sell for $12.98 to $39.98. Other producers of magnetic film systems include Sony, Ampex and Phillips, but none  has developed any full-scale marketing. Sony has a system it calls U-Matic and sells for $995 for a playback unit - $1385 for a record/playback unit. The film home market has Kodak and CBS, but CBS is having doubts with its electronic video recording (EVR ) system after pouring some $35 million into it. A third home video technology is discs led by Teldec - owned by Telefunken and Decca. By the end of next year, they will have a playback system on the market which utilizes 7-inch polyvinyl foil disks, each of which plays 5 minutes on each side…

touchtone telephone 1972 tech history timeline facts mrpopcultureApril - Touch Tone phones are being pushed by local bells... RCA announces plans to produce and market a color cartridge videotape machine which will allow viewers to record and playback broadcast programs. The device will use a tape cartridge - about the size of a book and will contain enough tape to view an hour’s worth of programming. RCA says it should be on the market by late 1973 and will retail at a price “significantly below that of any other video recorder-player to date.”

June -  Sears Cartridge TV - Sears introduces the first integrated videotape cartridge recording playback unit for consumers. It can record programs off the air onto blank cartridges and allows playback at the viewer’s convenience. It uses cartridges running from 15 to 114 minutes. Cost is from $12 to $40. More than 600 prerecorded cartridges from a library of movies, programs and educational programs will be available for rental or purchase. The total system costs $1,600 including video camera, but the price should drop…

July - TeleCommunications Inc (TCI) is granted permission to build routes to transmit specialized voice and data services, primarily in the west. TCI now microwaves signals for 40 television stations, 120 cable TV systems and the three commercial television networks. The TCI microwave system is second only to AT&T’s. Its cable television division is the fourth largest in the country, serving 250 thousand subscribers. “We expect to have our first customers for data and voice by November of this year” says a spokesman. TCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Western TeleCommunications Inc….

November - The American Stock Exchange (AMEX) says it will use computers to monitor its listings for the first time…

Year 1972 In Sports News And Other Fascinating Facts

 

JanuaryIn A Gallup Poll - President Nixon tops the list of most admired men. Followed by: Billy Graham, Edward M. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Hubert H. Humphrey… Howard Hughes - a recluse for 15 years comes out of hiding. From the Bahamas, he declares his health “tolerable” and discloses he is planning to give up his life as a recluse “in order not to be an oddity.” He said he would like to get back to living in Las Vegas… In a grooming survey of 370 companies, a female employee in miniskirt and boots or a pantsuit is acceptable, but no-bra and hot pants styles are not. A male worker can grow a beard, long hair, mustache and sideburns and wear bellbottom slacks, but sandals are out and a tie and jacket are essential…. Joe Frazier TKO’s Terry Daniels in the fourth round of a bout in New Orleans… Super Bowl halftime show – as Tommy Walker presents “it’s  roger staubach superbowl 1972 sports nfl history football timeline mrpopculture imageNew in ’72.” It’ll salute Transpo ’72 - the history of transportation… Roger Staubach and the Dallas Cowboys win Super Bowl VI, beating the Miami Dolphins 24-3… Jerry West gets MVP in the NBA All-Star game as the West beats the East 112-110… Sandy Koufax is voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame – the youngest inductee ever. Also in - Yogi Berra and early Wynn. Koufax is 36… The firing of Angela Davis from the UCLA faculty because of her membership in the Communist Party is ruled unconstitutional by the California state Court of Appeal… Mrs. Joan Scully (35) wife of Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, is found dead in her home in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. A doctor says she died of natural causes. She had been suffering from a severe cold and bronchitis and was taking medication to help her rest… Passing - Mahalia Jackson (60) – renowned gospel singer. Her she left an estate of $1 million. She was said to be in failing health the last few years…  The New York Giants send quarterback Fran Tarkenton back to Minnesota in exchange for Vikings’ All Pro wide receiver Bob Grim and their No. 1 draft choice…. Wilt Chamberlain sets an NBA rebound record -boosting his lifetime total to 21,722, surpassing the record set by Boston’s Bill Russell…

a.j. foyt 1972 daytonna history facts racing timeline mrpopculture imageFebruary - A bomb planted by an extortionist demanding $90,000 is found on the grounds of Disney World - in Frontierland. The park opened on time. Tied up in New York (Staten Island) for liberty call - the British Royal Navy’s Ark Royal aircraft carrier warned its sailors of the perils of NY City - that last year - some 1,400 were murdered. Try not to venture west of 8 th Ave or north of 42 nd street (It should have read 92 nd street). “No areas are out of bounds. It should be noted, however, that New York is a dangerous city and many parts are extremely dangerous”… Manuscript a fraud - Author Clifford Irving and his research assistant Richard Suskind, admit in to federal authorities that they never met Howard Hughes, the subject of the purported autobiography… Killed - Racecar driver Friday Hassler is killed in a bloody 13-car pileup during a 125-mile qualifying race for this week’s Daytona 500... A few days later on Sunday, Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt scores an easy one-lap victory in the Daytona 500 stock car race as smashups and engine failures wipe-out most of the top contenders…

March - A domestic relations court rules that Yoko Ono Lennon could have temporary custody of daughter Kyoko (8). She and her father Tony Cox have not been seen since last December when Cox was released from jail after yoko ono custody 1972 march news facts history timeline music mrpopculture photorefusing to allow Mrs. Lennon to visit her daughter. When asked if she were addicted to drugs or used marijuana, she replied “no.” Said John Lennon, “We’re happy but it’s like when you survive an accident. We still have to find the girl”… In New York - Federal and county indictments are filed against Clifford Irving, his wife Edith and his researcher - Richard Suskind - in connection with one of history’s great literary hoaxes - the now discredited autobiography of Howard Hughes… In France - Protests mounted over the short-lived sale by a supermarket of grotesquely fashioned dolls labeled “Jew.” The German-made dolls, displayed along with others marked “Devil,” “Witch” and “Monkey,” were withdrawn from sale in Dijon and in several other supermarkets in the French provinces… Rod Gilbert scores his 40 th goal of the season in the opening minutes of play to help set a NHL record… Vida Blue says he is leaving baseball to become a public relations man. He said he considered the $50,000 salary offer by A’s owner Charles O. Finley “unfair judged by existing standards in baseball”… Bobby Unser wins the Phoenix 150… WHDH-TV (Channel 5) in Boston is ordered off the air after a long license battle with the FCC. After another appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to delay the inevitable license transfer and so, WHDH, owned by the Herald Traveler Corp was ordered to give up the channel to WCVB-TV…

April – Baseball - Major league baseball players go on strike for the first time in history. It’s shocking to fans all over the country. Players want team owners either consent to the player’s pension benefit demands or agree to binding arbitration… Dies yogi berra 1972 mets news april baseball sports trivia timeline mrpopculture- New York Mets manager Gil Hodges (47), former star of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, collapses and dies. He just returned from a golf match and was strolling back to his motel room with companions in West Palm Beach… Yogi Berra accepts a contract to manage the New York Mets… A new rescue tool is being demonstrated in fire departments around the country - the Hurst tool – better known as “ the jaws of life .” It can crunch, spread, twist and tear the frame of a car that has trapped a passenger in a crash… The baseball strike ends in its 13 th day when the owners and players agreed to begin the 1972 season … Jerry Quarry KO’s Eduardo Corletti - 2 seconds before the end of the first round at a bout in Los Angeles… Manager Billy Martin of the Detroit Tigers is involved in a fight with a baseball fan outside Memorial Stadium after the Tigers lost 5-2 to Baltimore. “I wasn’t mad about losing or mad about anything, but this guy was blocking my way to the team bus,” said Martin…

May - The National Enquirer is going strong. Its circulation is 2.6 million - only TV Guide sells more on the newsstands. About 60 tightly edited stories are packed into each 32-page edition… WHA - the president of the World Hockey Assn. vows the new league will have 12 teams when it gets underway next fall, even though two teams were canceled for failure to post performance bonds of $100 thousand… Oakland A’s pitcher Vida Blue ends a long holdout and signs a new contract for $63,000 a whopping raise. Blue, who received $14,750 last year as he won the American League’s Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards in his first full season with the A’s is happy…. Found dead - actress Gia Scala (36) is found dead in her home in the Hollywood Hills… Muhammad Ali turns George Chuvalo into a bloody mess after 5 rounds. It was Ali’s fifth victory on his comeback trail. Ali wants to fight champ Joe Frazier this summer…. Lakers defeat the Knicks - After 12 years of their existence – First Time - The Los Angeles Lakers become the National denny mclain 1972 baseball trivia timeline mrpopculture Basket Assn. champs. Seen celebrating - Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West. Final was 114-100…. Pitcher Denny McLain gets bounced from the Oakland Athletics into the minor leagues. He’s sent to Birmingham of the Class AA Southern League. McLain was the major leagues’ only 30-game winner in more than three decades. Manager Dick Williams says the pitcher is just ineffective… Florence Henderson - The Brady Bunch mom makes her singing debut in Las Vegas at Howard Hughes’ Landmark Hotel… Against Philadelphia - A homer by Willie Mays sparks the New York Mets to their 11 th straight victory. Steve Carlton pitched for the Phillies and Tom Seaver got the 4-3 win. Mays has now played 4 games since joining the Mets May 2…

June - Tom Seaver becomes the National League’s first 9-game winner and to boot, hits a home run in a game against Cincinnati. Final was 3-2… Orlando Cepeda, claiming he’s fed up with the situation in Atlanta, left the club just prior to the Braves game against the Montreal Expos. He was suspended indefinitely by Braves manager Luman Harris… TKO - Muhammad Ali takes Jerry Quarry out in the 7 th round at a bout in Las Vegas. “After they fight me, they are ready to retire,” said Ali… London - Pancho Gonzales is disqualified on court by a woman referee in a stormy episode. It was all over disputed line calls. At one point, Gonzales put his hand on the referee’s shoulder and pushed her away… Bobby Hull jumps to the WHA by signing a 10-year contract to become player and coach of the Winnipeg Jets of the new World Hockey Assn. Hull said he had no regrets in leaving the Chicago Black Hawks. The deal is for $2.5 million. Hull (33) was the leading active goal scorer in the NHL… ABC says it has acquired exclusive rights to televise the world chess championship between Bobby Fischer of the United States and Russia’s Boris Spassky in Iceland. Highlights of the championship games are scheduled to begin next Sunday in Iceland, will be shown on “Wide World of Sports"…

July - American challenger Bobby Fischer ends his boycott of the world chess championship and flies to Reykjavik, Iceland for the first match against Russia’s Boris Spassky… Colorado - Brandon de Wilde (30) dies after suffering injuries after is van truck frank sinatra july 1972 news facts timeline trivia music mrpopculture imagewent out of control on wet pavement and struck a parked flatbed truck… Frank Sinatra accuses the House Select Committee on Crime of “indecent” and “irresponsible” action in permitting Joseph (The Baron) Barboza, an admitted murderer to deliver hearsay testimony linking him with members of organized crime. In testimony, Barboza, confessed killer of 25 persons, said Sinatra was a front in two hotels for Raymond Patriarca, a New England crime boss. Sinatra denied any underworld connections and demanded to know why the committee had not challenged Barboza’s testimony…. Bobby Fischer defeats Boris Spassky in 41 moves in the sixth game of their world championship chess match and takes a one-point lead in the 24-game series. … Boxer Jerry Quarry says he is quitting the ring to pursue a career in public relations. Quarry says he decided to retire after watching his brother Mike get knocked out by light heavyweight champion Bob Foster on June 27… Dies - Lance Reventlow (36) - heir to the Woolworth dime store millions and the only child of Barbara Hutton is killed in the crash of a light plane in the Colorado Rockies near Aspen…. Passing - Helen Traubel (73) - Metropolitan Opera diva who quit the famed opera house for a career as a nightclub singer and a movie and television comedienne… The National League squeaks by - beating the American League 4-3 in the All-Star game

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August – Under free speech - The FCC says it will not censor the radio/TV ads of J.E. Stoner, who is running for the U.S. Senate in Georgia. Among other things, the ads say, “The main reason why niggers want integration is because niggers want our white women”… Dies - Walter Botts (72). Walter was the model for the infamous Uncle Sam poster (I want you for U.S. Army)…. Edith Irving – confessed conspirator in the Howard Hughes autobiography hoax, is released from jail after serving two months. Her husband, Clifford Irving will be going to prison to begin serving a 2 ½ term later this month…. Jane Fonda and Dehlia Alvarez, the sister of the first American captured by North Vietnam - announce that they will go to Miami next week to john madden oakland raiders timeline august 1972 facts history sports mrpopcultureparticipate in antiwar activities scheduled to coincide with the opening of the Republican National Convention… John Madden of Oakland is the NFL’s youngest head coach and after three years in that position, he remains the most inconspicuous of the raiders, despite a remarkable record of 28-9-5…

 

September – Munich Summer Games - Munich - Mark Spitz becomes the greatest swimmer in Olympic games history receives his fourth, fifth, then sixth gold medal… Mark Spits wins an unprecedented seventh gold medal and promptly announces his retirement from swimming… The Munich games close with Soviet Russia replacing the U.S. as medal-winning champion, 50 golds to 33 and overall, 99 to 94… Ann-Margret takes a 22-foot plunge when scaffolding on which she made her entrance at Tahoe’s Sahara Hotel gave way. She suffered a concussion and multiple fractures including her left elbow and facial bones on the left side of her face. She then had reconstructive surgery done at UCLA. She is recovering and it looks like they’ll be no scarring. Said a spokesperson - “Her jaw has been wired, the broken bones in her face have been fixed and her left arm has been placed in a muhammad ali september 1972 paterson fight timeline boxing history mrpopculture imagecast”…Passing - William Boyd (77) - Played Hopalong Cassidy for 25 yearsMuhammad Ali gets a 7 th round KO in a bout with Floyd Paterson at Madison Square Garden. It was their second bout since 1965. In that first match, Ali retained his heavyweight championship when Patterson, suffering from a  slipped disc, was unable to finish the 12th round… Walt Disney World in Florida hits its 10 millionth visitor just before it hits its first anniversary… Joe Namath throws six touchdown passes and gained 496 yards while leading the New York Jets to a 44-34 win over the Baltimore Colts…

Mark Spitz Munich Olympics Gold Medal Winner

October - Passing - actor Leo G. Carroll - stage, TV and film star (85). Known to millions as “Topper” and Mr. Waverly in the Man From U.N.C.L.E… The Oakland A’s beat the Detroit Tigers as Vida Blue pitches a 2-1 defeat, clinching baseball’s American League Championship. It’s been 41 years since the Athletics (formally of Kansas City), had a shot at the World Series… World Series - The Oakland A’s defeat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 in the seventh game… Passing - Baseball great Jackie Robinson (53). In 1947, he became the first black to play major league baseball (The Brooklyn Dodgers)... Of a heart attack…

Nielsen Top TV Shows - October 10, 1972:

Movie-Love Story

All In The Family

Marcus Welby

Movie-Cactus Flower

Bridget Loves Bernie

The FBI

Sanford & Son

Maude, Movie-Moon Of The Wolf

Ironside

Hawaii Five-O

Gunsmoke

Banecek

Movie-See No Evil,

Here’s Lucy

Flip Wilson

Walt Disney

Adam-12

Cannon

The Rookies


 

November - Sen. George McGovern says his wife had been bumped off the Dick Cavett show because ‘they couldn’t find a Republican to go on with her.” But the Cavett show says she was never booked… Gaylord Perry , Cleveland right-hander accused by opponents of throwing spitballs, wins the 1972 Cy Young Award as the best pitcher in the American League. Perry johnny bench 1972 november baseball news facts history timeline sports mrpopculturehad a 24-16 record and an era of 1.92, second to the league’s best, 1.91 by Luis Tiant of Boston… Cincinnati catcher Johnny Bench is named the National League’s Most Valuable Player for the second time in three seasons. Bench had a .238 batting average last year… Passing - Don Loper (65) Hollywood fashion designer…. Pepsi announces that it will become the “exclusive international cola” to be bottled and distributed in the Soviet Union…  Dick Allen of the Chicago White Sox is voted Most Valuable Player in the American League - his fourth consecutive with a different team… Muhammad Ali knocks out light-heavyweight champion Bob Foster in the 8th round of a scheduled 12 round bout… 

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December - Jack Nicklaus wins the Walt Disney World Open at Lake Buena Vista Florida… The Vin Scully Show, a new afternoon entertainment  series will premier Jan 15 on CBS-TV…  NBC research says 37.3 million or 57.3% of all TV households have color TV… Quarterback Johnny Unitas of the Baltimore Colts gets a standing ovation from a crowd of 80,000 plus, as he throws his last pass. “Yes, it’s definitely my last game for Baltimore as a player…”… Arthur Knight, a film professor at USC, testifies in defense of the movie “Deep Throat,” says the pornographic film does have redeeming social value, that the movie demonstrates that a woman’s sexual gratification was an important as a man’s… Baseball great Roberto Clemente (38) of the Pittsburgh Pirates and four companions are killed in the crash of a cargo plane after taking off from San Juan International airport...

 

 

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