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




In The News

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.” He said there had been major disappointments as well as significant achievements in Soviet-American relations last year. 

President Nixon says he was considering backing a constitutional amendment to bar school bussing to achieve racial balance, if legislation won’t to the job.

Manuscript a fraud - Author Clifford Irving and his research assistant Richard Susskind, admit in to federal authorities that they never met Howard Hughes, the subject of the purported autobiography.

A power shortage in Britain is causing a crisis there. The government is calling on citizens to conserve the country’s dwindling supplies caused by a five-week-old miner’s strike. Many are calling it the worst industrial crisis since WWII.

A 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.”

The United States concludes its best showing ever in a Winter Olympics by taking a silver medal in hockey. The U.S. grabbed eight medals – breaking a previous record of seven set at Genoble.


Sports news – February 8, 1972

Olympic games in Sapporo, Japan – Speed Skater Dianne Holum gives America its first gold medal and skater Anne Henning brings the United States its second gold medal. Skater Barbara Cochran of Vermont gives the United States its first Olympic gold medal in Alpine skiing since 1952. Both are from the small town of Northbrook, ILL.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – February 8, 1972

In Eau Claire - Cartoonist Al Capp was fined $500 and costs on one of three morals charges resulting from accusations made by a university coed. Two other charges were dropped. Capp of Cambridge, MA, pleads guilty to a charge of attempted adultery shortly after his arraignment. He also had been charged with sodomy and indecent exposure. He was arrested last April after a lecture at the University of Wisconsin. He had asked university officials to name three students representing different political points of view and have them come to his motel room for discussions. A married woman student who went to the room made the accusations that resulted in the charges. 

Divorces – Rhonda Fleming from her third husband – producer Hall Bartlett.

At some theaters – “The Films of John and Yoko Lennon.” The four are named – “Erection,” “Fly,” Apotheosis” and “Rape II.”


Television news – February 8, 1972

“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. Steinway, founded in 1853, has produced some 420,000 pianos. 

Broadcasters have a new code to restrict the length number and kind of commercials during weekend television programs designed mainly for children. The new provisions will: Establish a new children’s weekend programming time between 7a and 2p Saturdays and Sundays… Reduce by 25% the time devoted to commercials and other non-program material during children’s programming in those time periods… Reduce from 16 to 12 minutes the amount of non-program time in children’s programming during any given hour within the Sat-Sun period. 


Music news – February 8, 1972

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.

Interesting rumor - Reports that John Lennon may buy a mansion once owned by William Randolph Hearst and remodeled into a replica of the White House, touches off a vigil by dozens of Lennon fans. Lennon apparently signed a million-dollar bank draft to negotiate for the estate, but no purchase has been made. The mansion, built in 1870, is located in Hillsborough, south of San Francisco.

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.” The group calls it quits after selling some $40 million in sales.


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – February 8, 1972  

CBS – Glen Campbell, Hawaii Five, Cannon, Merv Griffin

NBC – Hallmark Hall of Fame, XI Winter Olympic games, James Garner as Nichols, Olympic Games, Tonight Show

ABC – Mod Squad, Movie, Marcus Welby, MD, Dick Cavett

PBS – Black Journal

Glen Campbell – Sally Struthers, Dom DeLuise, Roger Miller


ABC Made For TV Movie – “Second Chance” – Brian Keith, Elizabeth Ashley, Juliet Prowse.

Nichols – Nichols enlists the aid of a down-on-his-luck pilot to locate the hideaway of a gang of cutthroats.

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