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



In The News

Getting tough - President Nixon announces that North Vietnam is being cut off from the sea and rail supplies – its harbors mined and blockaded to deprive it any weapons of war.

More Vietnam – 8 MIG’s are shot down in heaviest U.S. raids on North Vietnam in 4 years.

A presidential panel’s study reports that 46% of all unmarried American females have had sexual intercourse by age 19.

A bomb wrecks a Belfast bar crowded with Roman Catholics and hidden gunmen snips at people who gathered outside, killing a British soldier and tree civilians.

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s wife, Joan will discuss her experiences in psychotherapy in a magazine article by an author who was written her husband’s biography and is now working on hers.

Yippie leader Jerry Rubin vows to put 100,000 protesters in the streets of Miami Beach for the 1972 political conventions, but promised, “It won’t be another Chicago.”


Sports news – May 8, 1972

Lakers defeat the Knicks - After 12 years, the Los Angeles Lakers become the National Basket Assn. champs. Seen celebrating – Wilt Chamberlain  and Jerry West. Final was 114-100.


Music news – May 8, 1972

A British record firm is considering whether to release a song called “The Pope Smokes Dope” by John Lennon and his wife Yoko. A spokesman for EMI says the song is one of an album of 12, all dealing with drugs, sex and violence. The record is subtitled “Record Lies on the streets of the Vatican.” The record was given to 300 American radio stations – all but 2 have rejected it.  

Melanie, Richie Havens, Joe Cocker, the Beach Boys and Sha Na Na will headline “Good Vibrations ’72.

Talk show host Dick Cavet tells a deportation hearing that Beatle John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, are “an example to young people of what they should do with their lives.” Another witness, Lennon’s business manager Allen Klein said Lennon’s business interests and holdings amounted to 450 million and said that up to 150 families depend of the Lennon for their livelihood.


Television news – May 8, 1972

David Frost and Westinghouse Broadcasting enter into an agreement whereby Frost will drop his syndicated nightly program after the current run. Instead, Frost will be featured in six worldwide public affair shows.

Passing – Dan Blocker – beloved actor known as “Hoss” on Bonanza. He was 43. Death was attributed to a blood clot in the lung. 

With the shift of “The Tonight Show” to Burbank, orchestra leader Doc Severinson is working with a whole different bunch of musicians. “I’ll miss those guys. Just a week before the program left New York, we gave what turned out to be our farewell concert at Philharmonic Hall.”


Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 8, 1972

CBS – Carol Burnett Show, Medical Center, Mannix, Movie

NBC – Adam 12, McCloud, Rod Serling’s Night Gallery, Tonight

ABC – Courtship of Eddie’s Father, Smith Family, Marty Feldman

 Marty Feldman – Art Carney and Jo Ann Pflug guest


Night Gallery – After she takes a new position in a rural area, a schoolteacher begins seeing visions of a small boy. Stars Elizabeth Hartman.

Tonight Show – Kenny Rogers, Jim Fowler and Karen Valentine join Johnny.


Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 8, 1972

CBS – Basketball

NBC – Flip Wilson, Ironside, Dean Martin, Tonight

ABC – Alias Smith and Jones, Longstreet, Owen Marshall, Dick Cavett


Alias Smith and Jones – Heyes and Curry help two nuns whose wagon has broken down and their act of kindness leads to trouble. Stars Pete Duel and Ben Murphy. Guest stars – Jane Wyatt, Jane Morrow, J.D. Cannon.

Longstreet – Mike acts as a go-between when a thoroughbred racehorse is stolen for $100,000 ransom.

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