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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of January 1, 1972 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

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.

Frank L. Rizzo, former police commissioner, is sworn in as mayor of Philadelphia and called for a return to the “old fashioned quest of jobs, not relief, confidence, not fear; a clean city and honesty in government.”

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.

A 17-year-old girl, one of 92 persons aboard an airliner that crashed Christmas Eve is found alive in the jungle of eastern Peru.

President Nixon gives the go-ahead for a space shuttle. The cost is expected to be $5.3 billion.

A well-dressed bandit team rolled p to the exclusive Hotel Pierre in a limo subdued security guards, employees and three guests and rifled 47 safe deposit boxes. They got away with about $1 million - $800,000 from one guest. 


Disneyworld Facts – January 1, 1972

Wow – AVAC! That’s right. Disneyworld in Florida boasts a two-mile network of underground ducts which link 16 garbage collection points throughout the park with a central collection station. The trash is whisked though 20-inch pipes to the terminal where it is compressed into bundles and hauled to an incineration plant. The system is called Avac – automated vacuum collection. The day after Thanksgiving was its biggest – 56,000 pounds of trash. 


Sports news – January 1, 1972

Bowl Games:

Rose Bowl – Stanford 13  Michigan 12

Cotton Bowl – Penn State 30  Texas 6

Orange Bowl – Nebraska 38  Alabama 6

Cotton Bowl – Oklahoma 40  Auburn 22



Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news –  January 1, 1972

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.” It was reported that Duel, who spent Thursday night at home with a girlfriend watching his show and a basketball game on TV, had been despondent over a drinking problem. Last June, Duel entered a plea of guilty to a felony drunken driving charge stemming from an accident in West Hollywood, in which two were injured. His girlfriend, Diane Ray, an unemployed secretary, said she was in a bedroom of the two-bedroom home, when Duel came in, took a .38 caliber pistol from a drawer and said, “I’ll see you later.” A short time later, she heard a shot.  The death was reported, Friday (New Year’s Eve). He leaves a brother, Geoffrey, sister Pamela, his parents and a grandmother. 

Passing – Maurice Chevalier (83).

John Wayne is chosen No. 1 at the box office in a survey 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.

In 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

Spiro T. Agnew

Ralph Nader

Pope Paul VI

Bob Hope

George C. Wallace


Music news – January 1, 1972

Blood, Sweat & Tears is breaking away from lead singer David Clayton Thomas.


Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – January 1, 1972

CBS – Carol Burnette, Medical Center, Mannix, Merv Griffin

NBC – Adam-12, McMillan and Wife, Rod Serling’s Night Gallery, Tonight

ABC – Bewitched, Courtship of Eddie’s Father, Smith Family, Man and the City, Dick Cavett

PBS – French Chief, This Week, Great American Dream Machine, Soul


Carol Burnette – Paul Lynde and Peggy Lee guest.

Courtship of Eddie’s Father – Eddie gets sick, but his doctor turns out to be a good looking blonde and Tom’s real interested.

Man and the City – A hospital official offers to resign, after a reporter’s expose of drug thefts at the hospital. Stars Anthony Quinn, Mike Farrell, Mala Powers.

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