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
Sonny & Cher
NBC Mystery Movie
ABC Sunday Night Movie
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
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