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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of April 15, 1972 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

The battle for An Loc rages into a third day as a tank led North Vietnamese infantry column launched a new attempt to seize the bitterly defended provincial capital 60 miles north of Saigon.

Several hundred American warplanes make their northernmost raid of the war – in the vicinity of the North Vietnamese port of Haiphong. About 20 B-52’s were part of the action. Later, the Soviet Union protests, saying four Soviet merchant ships were damaged in the bombing raids.

Secretary of State William Rogers defends the bombing of Haiphong on three grounds and says there will be no further peace negotiations as long as the Communist offensive against S. Vietnam continues.

The third-largest diamond ever found – weighing almost half a pound and valued at $11.7 million – has been discovered in the West African republic of Sierra Leone.

President Nixon and Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau sign an agreement to clean up the Great Lakes. The program will cost about $3 billion over the next five years.

Communist MIG’s attack U.S. warships off North Vietnam for the first time in the war. A destroyer is damaged.

Apollo 16 takes off from Cape Kennedy.

Julie and David Eisenhower and Tricia and Edward Cox have ringside VIP seats for the Apollo 16 launching at Cape Kennedy.

About 800 antiwar demonstrators staged a peaceful two-mile sidewalk march on the White House. About 150 were arrested when they sat down and refused to leave Lafayette Park, across the street from the executive Mansion.

Trouble? – Mission Control orders Apollo 16’s lunar module pilots to delay touchdown on the moon and considered canceling the landing because of failure in the engine of the separately flying command ship.

Another hijacking - A man demanding $500,000 takes over a Miami-to-Chicago jet carrying 91 persons and demanded to be flown to the Bahamas Islands. The aircraft landed at Chicago to refuel and FBI agents arrested the man – William Green of Ohio. 

More Vietnam – Waves of enemy troops seize a 50-mile stretch of Highway 1 in eastern Cambodia, posing another threat to Saigon – 40 miles away.

Belfast – Roving bands of gunmen kill a taxi driver and wound two British soldiers and two teenagers in continuing escalation of violence in Northern Ireland.

More Apollo 16 – Astronaut John Young makes a misstep – and ruins one of the most important tests of the Apollo 16 mission. The $1.2 million heat-flow experiment was put out of action when he caught his foot in a wire stretching across the ground an jerked it out of its connection. “God I’m sorry. I guess we can forget about the heat-flow experiment now.’ “God damn. It (the coiled wire) looks like a bunch of spaghetti.” The test was second-most important of the entire mission. Oh well!

The Supreme Court sweeps aside a suit by the Sierra Club attempting to block construction of a Walt Disney ski resort at Mineral King in California’s Sierra Nevada.

Since 1960 – the annual number of divorces has risen by 80%, while the annual number of remarriages has increased by 40%.

Secretary of the Army Robert Forehkle admonished or reprimanded a major general and two other veteran officers for “substandard performance of duty” in connection with an enemy attack which killed 33 U.S. soldiers in Vietnam last year.


Sports news – April 15, 1972

Teenager Chris Evert foils vet Billie Jean King with a win in the finals of the Virginia Slims Masters tournament in Florida.

Jerry Quarry KO’s Eduardo Corletti – 2 seconds before the end of the first round at a bout in Los Angeles.

Manager Billy Martin of the Detroit Tigers is involved in a fight with a baseball fan outside Memorial Stadium after the Tigers lost 5-2 to Baltimore. “I wasn’t mad about losing or mad about anything, but this guy was blocking my way to the team bus,” said Martin. “He was swearing and I told him to get away and I pushed him. He called me a name, dove at me and knocked me against the bus.”

Gaylord Perry, a veteran of 10 seasons with the National League, gets his first American League victory when he itched the Cleveland Indians to a 3-1 decision over Boston.


Music news – April 15, 1972

Opryland U.S.A., a $30 million entertainment-recreation park situated on 369 acres along the Cumberland River in Nashville, will open May 27.

David Cassidy will make his Hollywood Bowl debut on August 4. He sold out Madison Square Garden last month.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – April 15, 1972

Rockin’ Robin – Michael Jackson

First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack

 I Gotcha – Joe Tex

In The Rain – Dramatics

Horse With No Name – America

A Cowboy’s Work Is Never Done – Sonny & Cher

Day Dreaming – Aretha Franklin

Doctor My Eyes – Jackson Browne

Heart of Gold – Neil Young

I Didn’t Get To Sleep – 5th Dimension

Family of Man – 3 Dog Night

Suavecito – Malo

Betcha By Golly Wow – Stylistics


Top music albums  – April 15, 1972

Nilsson Schmilsson

Eat a Peach – Allman Brothers

First Take – Roberta Flack

Let’s Stay Together – Al Green

America – America

Harvest – Neil Young

F ragile – Yes

American Pie – Don McLean

Baby I’m A Want You – Bread

Paul Simon 


Television news – April 15, 1972

Creep? - Second banana Ed McMahon leaves his wife of 27 years and will live in California when the Tonight show moves to Burbank next month. She is described as devastated and their four kids hurt. The family split began with Carson’s successful fight to have NBC movie the show to LA. Mrs. McMahon and the kids were extremely excited, but Ed said he wanted to move alone. Ed told his wife he was “trapped by success” and as a result, was never home anyway. The McMahons have two daughters – 26 and 18 and two sons – 21 and 12.


Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – April 15, 1972

CBS – Gunsmoke, Here’s Lucy, Doris Day, Sonny & Cher

NBC – Laugh-IN, Movie, Johnny Carson

ABC – In Search of Lost World, Movie, Dick Cavett

PBS – Special of the Week


Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In – Liza Minnelli.

Special of the Week – Chuck Mangione.

Sonny & Cher – Burt Reynolds.


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – April 15, 1972

CBS – Special-What’s New in School?, Hawaii Five-O, Cannon, The Golddiggers

NBC – Special-Thou Shall Not Kill, James Garner as Nichols, Monty Nash, Johnny Carson

ABC – Jacques Cousteau, Movie, Marcus Welby, Dick Cavett


Cousteau explores the Mediterranean and the Pacific.

Johnny Carson – David Brenner.

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