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




In The News

Gov. George C. Wallace is shot and wounded as he walked into a crowd of supporters to shake hands at a political rally in Laurel, MD. A suspect - Arthur Herman Bremer (21) - a white man from Milwaukee was captured. Physicians say Wallace could be paralyzed permanently from the hips down.

President Nixon offers Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts temporary Secret Service protection after the attempted assassination of Gov George Wallace. Kennedy accepted on a temporary basis. President Nixon released this statement: “In deep concern for Gov. Wallace’s condition, I ask all Americans to join me in praying for his speedy and full recovery and also for that of the others who were wounded in this senseless and tragic incident. Our nation has suffered more than enough already from the intrusion of violence into its political processes. We must all stand together to eliminate its vicious threat from our public; we must not permit the shadow of violence to fall over our country again.”

 Both Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey of Minnesota and Sen. George S. McGovern of South Dakota suspend campaign activities upon learning about the assassination attempt of fellow presidential contender George Wallace.

Taken off the critical list - Gov Wallace gets good news - he wins primaries in Michigan and Maryland. His press aid said “Gov Wallace will campaign in a wheelchair if necessary and predicted he will be a strong, healthy and viable candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. 

An explosion rips through a women’s restroom on the fourth floor of the Pentagon’s E-Ring. A short time before the blast, a caller told the New York Post - “We have just bombed the office of the secretary of the Air Force in the Pentagon.” The caller identified himself as “Weatherman Underground No. 12” - an antiwar organization.    

President Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid I. Brezhnev open their summit meeting in Moscow. World problems - not bilateral affairs are stressed.

A man wielding a 12-pound sledgehammer breaks off the left arm and disfigures the face of the Madonna in Michelangelo’s Pieta in Vatican City. The man was identified as a Hungarian-born geologist.


Prices At Toys R Us – May 15, 1972

 Malibu Barbie - $2.56 ... Busy Barbi - $3.97 ... Barbi Country Campers - $8.48.

“General Electric introduces the only portable air conditioner portable enough to have a handle. New Carry-Cool portable, at 43 pounds - it’s the world’s lightest portable room air conditioner. Light enough to carry from store to home. Room to room. Or wherever it’s hot.” Only $99.95


Fascinating Facts – May 15, 1972

The Rev. W.L. Jenkins - a nondenominational minister, calls-off plans to “walk on water” in Jackson, Miss, reporting that he got shot in the leg. He said two men pulled along side of him in a van and yelled “Jesus, Jesus” and fired two shots. His planned walk had attracted a ton of publicity.


Sports news – May 15, 1972

Pitcher Denny McLain gets bounced from the Oakland Athletics into the minor leagues. He’s sent to Birmingham of the Class AA Southern League. McLain was the major leagues’ only 30-game winner in more than three decades. Manager Dick Williams says the pitcher is just ineffective. McLain says he took pills to lose weight, but lost his strength and fastball... Since joining the New York Mets last week - Willie Mays is on a hot streak. So far he’s played 4 games since joining the team and has been instrumental in four straight wins. He’s hit two homers, knocked the ball out of the catcher’s hand and doubled and scored twice. “I’m glad I was able to help. But this is a 25-man roster. I’m just doing my part. Yogi (Berra) has used me wisely.”  


Entertainment/Celebrity news – May 15, 1972

In Durban, South Africa - Eartha Kitt says she was ousted from a seaside amusement park bumper car by attendant because she was nonwhite. Miss Kitt is in the area for a singing tour. “It’s so funny. Here we sit in our luxurious hotel drinking champagne and dining on caviar and then we go down there and get rejected.” ... Later on the park apologizes, saying the Indian attendant who kicked her out of the bumper car was just obeying the country’s apartheid laws.  

Frank Sinatra comes out of “retirement” one more time - at a Republican fund-raising dinner and salute to Vice President Agnew in Baltimore. “I feel like I haven’t worked in years,” he told the audience. He vowed afterwards that it was his last public performance. The singer read lyrics from a typed sheet - a rework of,  “The Lady Is A Tramp” ... “Shyness of speech sure is no quirk of his. He likes to tell it like it is. That’s why the gentleman is a champ.”   

Florence Henderson - The Brady Bunch mom makes her singing debut in Las Vegas at Howard Hughes’ Landmark Hotel. In one number, she brought out her four children.

Engagement - Desi Arnaz Jr. (19) to Liza Minnelli (23). Arnaz said they would be married within a short period.

Buried - Actor Dan Blocker, the man millions knew as “Hoss Cartwright” on Bonanza. He was buried between his father and sister near DeKalb, Texas. Blocker died last Saturday in Los Angeles. 


Best-selling books – May 15, 1972

“The Winds Of War” - Herman Wouk, “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” - Richard Bach, “The Exorcist” - William Blatty, “The Word” - Irving Wallace, “The Blue Knight” - Joseph Wambaugh, “Report From Engine Co. 82” - Dennis Smith, “The World Beyond” - Ruth Montgomery, “Open Marriage” - George & Nena O’Neill, “The Boys of Summer” - Roger Kahn, “The Game of the Foxes” - Ladislas Farago


Thursday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – May 15, 1972

CBS - Me and the Chimp, My Three Sons, Movie ... NBC - The Flip Wilson Show, Ironside, The Dean Martin Show ... ABC - Alias Smith and Jones, Longstreet, Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law


Me and the Chimp - Mike teaches Buttons (the chimp) to ring a bell whenever he sees a stranger enter the house. Except when the intruder has candy. Ted Bessell and Anita Gillette star.

Longstreet - Mike uncovers a conspiracy involving friend and foe while investigating a series of armored car robberies. Series stars James Franciscus, Marilyn Mason.

The Tonight Show w/Johnny Carson - Comedian Ronnie Schell, Don Davis and John Cassavetes.


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

I'll Take You There - The Staple Singers

First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack

Oh Girl - The Chi-Lites

Look What You Done For Me - Al Green

I Gotcha - Joe Tex

Rockin' Robin - Michael Jackson

Back Off Boogaloo - Ringo Starr

Betcha By Golly, Wow - The Stylistics

Tumbling Dice - The Rolling Stones

Morning Has Broken - Cat Stevens

Doctor My Eyes - Jackson Browne

Taxi - Harry Chapin

Outta Space - Billy Preston

Nice to Be With You - Gallery

Candy Man - Sammy Davis, Jr.

Walking In the Rain With the One I Love - Love Unlimited

I Saw the Light - Todd Rundgren

Hot Rod Lincoln - Commander Cody & his Lost Planet Airmen

Slippin’ Into Darkness - War                                           


Top Music Albums – May 15, 1972                                                                 

Harvest - Neil Young

First Take - Roberta Flack

Paul Simon - Paul Simon 

America - America                         

Fragile - Yes

Nilsson Schmilsson - Nilsson

Baby I’m-A-Want You - Bread

Eat a Peach - Allman Brothers

Malo - Malo

Graham Nash/David Crosby - Graham Nash and David Crosby

Manassas - Stephen Stills

Tapestry - Carole King

Lets Stay Together - Al Green

Smokin’ - Humble Pie    

Billy Joe - B.J. Thomas

Got To Be There - Michael Jackson

All I Ever Need Is You - Sonny & Cher


Some top movies – May 15, 1972

The Godfather

Fritz The Cat - (X-Rated)

The French Connection - Gene Hackman

ZY & Zee - Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine, Susannah York

Is There Sex After Death? - Buck Henry, Robert Downey

Cabaret - Liza Minnelli, Michael York

ZPG (Zero Population Growth) - Oliver reed, Geraldine Chaplin, Diane Cilento

The Pied Piper - Donald Pleasence, John Hurt

Kelly Heroes - Clint Eastwood, Carroll O’Connor, Telly Salvalas, Don Rickles, Donald Sutherland

The Boyfriend - Twiggy, Christopher Gable

 Buck And The Preacher - Sidney Poitier, Harry Belefonte, Ruby Dee, Cameron Mitchell

Klute - Jane Fonda

What’s Up Doc? - Barbra Streisand, Ryan O’Neal

The Other - Uta Hagen, Diana Muldaur

Chato’s Land - Charles Bronson, Jack Palance, Richard Basehart, James Whitmore

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