Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of March 15, 1972 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
President Nixon formally asks Congress to block temporarily all further pupil busing orders by the federal courts while it wrestles with long-range proposals to equalize the quality of education in all schools.
President Nixon calls for an immediate halt to all new busing orders by federal courts and orders the department of Justice to intervene in selected cases to try to turn back federal court orders to bus children to achieve a racial balance in schools.
Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace riding a tide of opposition to school busing – wins in Florida’s Democratic presidential primary. Muskie – the national frontrunner – came in a distant fourth.
The population commission proposes that American adults and teens be given easy access to contraceptives and to abortions if they want them.
King Hussein proposes the establishment under his rule of a semi autonomous state of Palestine on the West Bank of the Jordan River, since Israeli occupation forces withdraw.
About 300 prisoners at Walpole State Prison in Massachusetts break out of their cells into a prison yard and set small fires as fireman battled to put them out. The trouble began just after an inmate was stabbed.
President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan arrives in Moscow and begins talks with Premier Alexi N. Kosygin on patching up relations strained by the India-Pakistan war over Bangladesh.
Belfast - Two British army bomb experts are blown to bits by a bomb they were trying to defuse. In Newry, civil rights leader Bernadette Devlin, a member of Britain’s Parliament, got a suspended sentence for defying a ban on parades. Authorities in the Irish Republic to the south began a crackdown on guerrilla leaders.
Two persons die in more violence in Northern Ireland. The deaths on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day brought Ulster’s toll in 31 months of bloodshed to 378.
In Gallup Poll - the death penalty is favored 5-4.
Hubert H. Humphrey launches his Wisconsin primary campaign by criticizing President Nixon’s busing stand.
President Nixon continuing to focus on efforts to curb drug addiction - says there are signs of progress in the federal fight against “our most vicious and dehabilitating social problem.”
The Supreme Court agrees to reconsider the “hypertechnical requirements” of the 166 Miranda decision limiting use of confessions at criminal trials.
More than 50 U.S. warplanes attacked enemy troops for 24 hours to cover the dramatic rescue of three American pilots downed on the Ho Chi Minh trail in Southern Laos.
Communist forces slam 200 rockets and artillery shells into Phnom Penh and its outskirts in the heaviest attack against the capital since the war in Cambodia began two years ago.
Growth of American church membership which soared in the 1950’s and slowed in the 1960’s, now has come to a virtual standstill, according to the 1972 Yearbook of American Churches.
Vice President Agnew says that rather than “agonize” over the causes of crime, he prefers to concentrate on the need for “diligent law enforcement.”
The Supreme Court strikes down Tennessee’s One-year residence requirement for voting in state and congressional elections.
The Supreme Court rules that a state cannot bar dissemination of birth control devices to single persons if it permits married couples to obtain them.
Three AFL-CIO members of President Nixon’s Pay Board resign, saying they could no longer cooperate in a control program they viewed as slanted against the nation’s workers. They are AFL-CIO President George Meany; Untied Steelworkers President I.W. Abel and Machinists President Floyd Smith. They are all quitting the board immediately.
Dr. Jesse Steinfeld - The U.S. surgeon general, declaring there is ample evidence to show a clear link between televised violence and actual aggressive behavior says that the most violence on TV was in children’s cartoons. He suggested a TV rating system similar to the movie code.
Technology news – March 15, 1972
Bell Telephone companies are pushing new “Touch Tone” phones.
Sports news – March 15, 1972
Vida Blue says he is leaving baseball to become a public relations man. He said he considered the $50,000 salary offer by A’s owner Charles O. Finley “unfair judged by existing standards in baseball.”
Bobby Unser wins the Phoenix 150.
Entertainment /Celebrity news – March 15, 1972
Found dead – singer-actress Marilyn Maxwell (49) – is found dead in the bedroom of her Beverly Hills home.
Music news – March 15, 1972
At the Academy of Country & Western Music seventh annual awards ceremony –
Freddie hart got entertainer of the year, best song (Easy Lovin’”), best album, best single records and best male vocalist. Loretta Lynn got best female vocalist; Glen Campbell – best TV personality; Tony Booth – new male vocalist (who?) and Barbara Mandrell best female vocalist.
Ticket scalpers were getting as much as $150 a seat and plenty of takers for David Cassidy’s sold-out Madison Square Garden Concert! Promoter Ray Delesner said Cassidy packed the 20,000-seat Garden. He’s now on his way to Houston to play two shows.
On “American Bandstand” this Saturday – Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds and Denise Lasalle.
Some Grammy Awards This Week:
Record of the year – “It’s Too Late” – Carole King
Song of the year – “You’ve Got A Friend” – written by Carole King
Album of the year – “Tapestry” – Carole King
New artist – Carly Simon
Instrumental – “Theme From Shaft” – Isaac Hayes
Male pop – James Taylor for “You’ve Got A Friend”
Group/duo pop – The Carpenters for “Carpenters” album
Female pop – Carole King for “Tapestry”
Country male vocal – Jerry Reed for “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot”
Femlae country vocal – Sammi Smith for “Help Me Make It Through the Night”
R&B song – Ain’t No Sunshine” – Bill Withers
Radio news – March 15, 1972
More and more FM stations are going stereo (better) – 4-channel quad! Beautiful Music FM station KPSA Los Angeles does an hour a day!
WLS – The Rock Of Chicago.
Television news – March 15, 1972
Merv Griffin moves to syndication this week. Guest this week – Lennon Sisters, Jack Jones, Charo, Sergio Mendes Brasil ’77, Maxine Weldon.
The U.S. Supreme Court declines to delay the transfer and WHDH Inc – a subsidiary of the Herald Traveler Corp – who has lost the license to the $50 million property. The newspaper says the TV station was carrying it financially – and it may shut down. That’s Boston’s channel 5.
Jerry Lewis opens his first motion picture theater in Eroe and says he opens to be the biggest theater-owner in the world within five years. “At the minimum I hope to have 3,000 theaters within five years, which would make the biggest chain in the world.” Lewis already owns 150 theaters in the U.S.
Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – March 15, 1972
CBS – Gunsmoke, Here’s Lucy, Doris day Show, Sonny and Cher
NBC – Laugh-In, Movie – Banacek, Tonight
ABC – Jacques Cousteau, Movie, Dick Cavett
Laugh-In – Jean Stapleton, Sandy Duncan, Jo Ann Pflug, Charles Nelson Reilly, Joe Namath.
Doris Day – While in Rome, Doris falls in love with an Italian.
Sonny and Cher – Merv Griffin guests.
Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – March 15, 1972
CBS – Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, Hawaii Five-O, Cannon
NBC – Comedy Special, Variety Special Nichols, Tonight
ABC – Mod Squad, Made for TV Movie, Marcus Welby, MD, Dick Cavett
PBS – The Advocates, Black Journal
Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour – Don DeLuise, Anne Murray, Jerry Reed, Mr. and Mrs. Wes Campbell (his parents).
Hawaii Five-O – Vic Morrow stars as an island tourist who, after being mugged and hospitalized, becomes the object of McGarrett’s suspicions when he refused to press charges and disappears from the hospital.
On the Tonight Show – Diahann Carroll guest hosts.