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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of January 8, 1972 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

 

In The News

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. The anonymous letter explained: “Kidnapping people and demanding property or money in exchange for their lives exemplifies the anti life property values of a sick and brutal society. The movement in Amerika would do better to kidnap property and offer it in exchange for the freedom of our people.”

After 20- years of shipping Indians to the melting pot of cities, the federal government renounces its “relocation” policy and concedes that most Indians refuse to “be melted down.” Instead, the government will focus on training and job assistance on or close to reservations.  

Republican National Chairman Robert Dole (48) is divorced by his wife, Phyllis – after 23 years of marriage.

President Nixon announces that U.S. forces in Vietnam would be halved from 139,000 men to 69,000 over the next three months. He promises another statement “with regard to a further withdrawal” by May 1.

The once-great passenger liner Queen Elizabeth goes up in flames and sinks in a Hong Kong port. 200 workers were onboard but no one was injured. 

King Frederik IX dies after nearly 25 years as Denmark’s democratic monarch. His 31-year-old daughter Margrethe becomes the queen. 

 

Fashion news – January 8, 1972

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.

 

Entertainment/Celebrity news – January  8, 1972

Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis testifies to support her $1.5 million lawsuit against a free lance photographer she says has so terrified her with his zeal that he should be kept 50 years from her at all times. She is charging Ron Galella with harassment.

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. He lashed-out at Robert Maheu, discharged head of his Nevada operations as a “no-good… son of a bitch” and revealed that the bulk of his estate will go for medical research, better health and better living facilities throughout the world.

 

Playing in Las Vegas –

Milton Berle/Henny Youngman – Caesar’s Palace

Juliet Prowse – Desert Inn

Wayne Newton – Frontier

Barbra Streisand – International

Abbe lane – landmark

Phyllis Diller – Riviera

Johnny Mathis – Sahara

Louis Prima/Al Martino – Sands

Jack Jones/Myron Cohen - Flamingo

 

 

Television News – January 8, 1972

The ABC Comedy Hour, a series of comedy-variety specials alternating with The KopyKats makes its debut with a “Friars Club” roast of quarterback Joe Namath. Participating in the roast – Buddy Hackett, Gov. Ronald Reagan, Burt Reynolds, Tony Curtis, Pat Henry, Totie Fields, Howard Cosell, Don Meredith and fellow New York Jet Emerson Boozer.

 

Top Television shows – January 8, 1972

All In the Family

Ironside

Flip Wilson

Hawaii Five-O

Orange Bowl

 Gunsmoke

Bold Ones

Bonanza

Here’s Lucy

Dean Martin

Disney

Sonny & Cher

Mannix

Doris Day

NBC Mystery Movie

ABC Sunday Night Movie

The FBI

 

 

From Hollywood – Lucille Ball breaks her right leg after skiing at Aspen. 

 

Saturday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – January  8, 1972

CBS – All In The Family, Mary Tyler Moore, New Dick Van Dyke Show, Arnie, Mission: Impossible

NBC – NBC Saturday Night At the Movies, (Special) – Lights Out

ABC – Bewitched, Made For TV Movie, The Sixth Sense

 

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. Stars Robert Fuller, Julie London, Jack Kruschen, Kevin Tighe, Bobby Troupe.

Bewitched (New time) – Samantha develops a condition which makes her weight almost 500 lbs. just before she’s to model at a charity bazaar.

Arnie – Arnie’s boss hides out at Arnie’s for the weekend to avoid one of his marriage minded girlfriends. Stars Herschel Bernardi, Sue Ane Langdon and Roger Brown as Hamilton Majors (Arnie’s boss).  

Debut – The Sixth Sense – Stars Gary Collins as Dr. Michael Rhodes, who explores psychic phenomena and ESP. Catherine Ferrar plays his research assistant.

 

Music news – January 8, 1972

Mike Nesmith, formally with the Monkees, appears at the Ice House in Pasadena, CA – as a solo artist. One of the songs performed was “Joanne” – his biggest post-Monkee hit so far.

 

Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – January 8, 1972

AMERICAN PIE - Don McLean

BRAND NEW KEY - Melanie

CHERISH - David Cassidy

GOT TO BE THERE - Michael Jackson

FAMILY AFFAIR - Sly & Family Stone

LET’S STAY TOGETHER - Al Green

SCORPIO - Dennis Coffey & Detroit Guitar Band

SUNSHINE - Jonathan Edwards

HEY GIRL - Donny Osmond

SUGAR DADDY - Jackson 5

ALL I EVER NEED IS YOU - Sonny & Cher

CLEAN UP WOMAN - Betty Wright

DROWNING IN THE SEA OF LOVE - Joe Simon

YOU ARE EVERYTHING - Stylistics

AN OLD FASHIONED LOVE SONG - Three Dog Night

I’D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING - (In Perfect Harmony) - New Seekers

IT’S ONE OF THOSE NIGHTS (Yes Love) - Partridge Family

ONE MONKEY DON’T STOP NO SHOW (pt. 1) - Honey Cone

DAY AFTER DAY - Badfinger

HAVE YOU SEEN HER - Chi-Lites

THEME FROM “SUMMER OF ’42” - Peter Nero

I’D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING - (In Perfect Harmony) -         Hillside Singers

RESPECT YOURSELF - Staple Singers

NEVER BEEN TO SPAIN - Three Dog Night

ANTICIPATION - Carly Simon

HEY BIG BROTHER - Rare Earth

NOTHING TO HIDE - Tommy James

KISS AN ANGEL GOOD MORNIN’ - Charley Pride

HALLELUJAH - Sweathog

GEORGE JACKSON - Bob Dylan

WHITE LIES, BLUE EYES – Bullet

ONCE YOU UNDERSTAND - Think

LEVON - Elton John

STONES - Neil Diamond

(I Know) I’M LOSING YOU - Rod Stewart with Faces

MAKE ME THE WOMAN THAT YOU GO HOME TO -

Gladys Knight & Pips

FRIENDS WITH YOU - John Denver

BEHIND BLUE EYES - The Who

WITHOUT YOU - Nilsson

THE WITCH QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS - Redbone

 

Some top movies – January 8, 1972

Kotch – Walter Matthau

The French Connection

Billy Jack

Dirty Harry

Lawman – Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan

The Hellstrom Chronicle

Dollars – Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn

The Anderson Tapes – Sean Connery

Drive He Said – William Tepper, Karen Black

Diamonds Are Forever – Sean Connery, Jill St. John

The Hospital – George C. Scott

 
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