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




In The News

D.B. Cooper revisited - A pistol-welding hijacker with a hand grenade commandeers a United Airlines jetliner and collects $500,000 – the largest ransom paid in an American skyjacking – then parachutes from the plane over Provo. The plot was reminiscent of that of the infamous D.B. Cooper,’ who extorted $200,000 and parachuted from a hijacked Northwest airlines jet into a rugged area of Washington State last Thanksgiving eve. D.B. Cooper was never found.

Vietnam – waves of B-52 bombers batter a rubber plantation near An Loc in an unprecedented series of attacks to save the provincial capital north of Saigon from falling to the North Vietnamese.

Price control program – Donald Rumsfeld, director of the Cost of Living Council says that up to 23% of big U.S. companies covered in a government survey appear to have illegally raised their profit margins. He warned that these corporations might be subject to price rollbacks and civil or criminal penalties unless they could show that the profit increases were within the Price Commission’s rules. Under Price Commission regulations, a company is given permission to increase prices to cover higher costs – as long as those allowable price increases do not result in increasing the company’s profit margins above the average level of the best two of its last three years.

An amateur skydiver and law enforcement student is arrested at his home in Provo UT on suspicion of hijacking an airliner last week and bailing out with $500,000 cash ransom. Richard Floyd McCoy Jr. (29) a former Vietnam helicopter pilot now a junior at Brigham Young University was taken into custody by FBI agents.  

Katmandu - An avalanche swept over the camp of a South Korean mountaineering expedition on 26,700-ft Mt Manasiu in the northeastern Himalayas and killed 15 of the 18 members.

Amtrack will add to its Western service this summer with more long-distance trains including a new coast-to-coast route from New York to Los Angeles through Kansas City. Metroline service in the heavily traveled New York-Washington corridor will also be increased.


Sports news – April 8, 1972

The baseball strike ends in its 13th day when the owners and players agreed to begin the 1972 season on Saturday without rescheduling any of the 86 games postponed by the player-walkout.  

Bernice Gera emerges victorious from her fray with baseball officials and gets a contract to umpire in the Class A New York-Pennsylvania Baseball League. The long island housewife becomes the first-ever professional female umpire.

Dallas Cowboys - Tom Landry says coaching a professional football team is now a full year’s job. “It used to be one-half a year. The responsibilities just seem to keep piling up. My work just doesn’t seem to taper off. We’re extremely busy right now preparing for next year.” With the Dallas victory in Super Bowl VI, Landry was asked if he’d go out on top. “I will continue to coach as long as I enjoy it… this is my life.”


Entertainment/Celebrity news – April 8, 1972

Playing in Las Vegas –

Anthony Newley – Caesars Palace

 Bobbie gentry – desert Inn

Don Ho – Flamingo

Dale Robertson – Fremont

Robert Goulet – Frontier

Roger Miller – Landmark

Red Skelton – Hilton

Vikkie Carr/Jan Murray -  Riviera

Sonny & Cher – Sahara

Danny Thomas – Sands


Lake Tahoe –

Wayne Newton – Harrahs

Frank Gorshin – Sahara-Tahoe


Music news – April 8, 1972

Creedence Clearwater Revival releases their seventh album. Called “Mardis Gras,” this one is different than the previous six – whose music was written, sung and largely arranged by John Fogerty. Do to an agreement between the remaining three members of the band to let drummer Doug Clifford and bassist Stu Cook participate in the writing, singing and arranging – this album is different. It’s all three. But the album has more than $1 million in advance orders and it will be Creedence’s seventh gold album. Some say the highlight of the album is Fogerty’s “Someday Never Comes.”

John Kay, now free from Steppenwolf, has a new solo album. “Forgotten Songs and Unsung Heroes” features some country and blues tunes.


Television news – April 8, 1972

Shirley Temple Black will be Dick Cavet’s sole guest on his show May 5 on ABC. She’ll look back at her time as a child star, and clips fro her movies will be shown. 


Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – April 8, 1972

CBS - All in the Family, Mary Tyler Moore, New Dick Van Dyke Show, Arnie, Mission Impossible

NBC – Emergency, NBC Saturday Night At The Movies

ABC – Bewitched, Movie, The Sixth Sense.


All in the Family – A robber breaks into Archie’s home and gets into an argument about how to spend money from the family pot.

Bewitched – Visiting Scotland, Samantha discovers the Loc Ness monster is actually a warlock.

The Sixth Sense – Michael Rhodes is asked to help a girl who is frightened by an image of her recently drowned husband whom she believes was accidentally killed. Guest stars Will Gear, Henry Silva, Mary Ann Mobley, Joanette Nolan. Gary Collins stars.

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