Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of February 1, 1972 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
London – Bernadette Devlin scratches and pounds Home Secretary Reginald Maudling as he gave the government’s version of what happened in Londonderry when British paratroopers and Irish demonstrators battled last Sunday, leaving 13 civilians dead.
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.
Cigarette makers agree to print prominent black-bordered health warnings in all their advertisements, climaxing an 8-year battle with government anti-smoking forces.
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.
Eight countries now recognize the new nation of Bangladesh, formerly East Pakistan.
The national disease center says it had reports from across the country of outbreaks of staph infection among newborn infants after discontinuance of the practice of bathing them with products containing hexachlorophene.
In Paris – the Communists reject the Nixon peace plan in the 143rd session of the Vietnam peace talks, but they are ready to negotiate directly with Saigon on the political future.
President Nixon cautioned against any expectations of instant peace from his Peking and Moscow visits, but urged the nation to pray he will be “on God’s side” during the missions.
Britain orders a 550-man battalion of army reinforcements to Northern Ireland as defiant civil-rights leaders refused to call off an illegal protest march set near the border with the Irish Republic.
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 8th Ave or north of 42nd street (It should have read 92nd 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.”
Lois Russell Jr., the longest-surviving heart transplant patient says some people are afraid of him because he has another person’s heart. “They still don’t believe what has happened. They think I’m an incarnated devil."
Television news – February 1, 1972
NBC TV’s 1972 Winter Olympics Coverage – From Japan. Curt Gowdy, Jim Simpson, Jay Randolph, Al Michaels, Jack Perkins, Robert Riger. And, ex-Olympians Peggy Fleming, Bill Kidd, Terry McDermott and Art Devlin.
Entertainment /Celebrity news – February 1, 1972
Actor George C. Scott and Colleen Dewhurst divorce for the second time. They were first divorced in 1965, but remarried in 1967. Oh well!
Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – February 1, 1972
CBS – 60 Minutes, Movie, Cade’s County
NBC – Disney, Jimmy Stuart Show, Bonanza, Bold Ones, (late night) – XI Winter Olympic Games
ABC – The FBI, ABC Sunday night movie
PBS – William F. Buckley, Masterpiece Theater
Wonderful World of Disney – “Justin Morgan had a Horse” with Don Murray.
Top TV shows – February 1, 1972
All in the Family – gets a 38.4 rating and a whopping 59 share.
Bob Hope Christmas
Mary Tyler Moore
Sanford & Son
Peggy Fleming Special
Dick Van Dyke
ABC Monday Night Movie – “Harm’s Way.’
ABC Sunday Night Movie – “Duel in the Sun.”