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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of May 22, 1972 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Eve of summit - The Kremlin puts down a violent riot in Lithuania, repressed Jewish dissidents and demotes a prominent party official in what may the beginning of a political shakeup.

Vietnam – South Vietnamese marines launch a combined amphibious and helicopter assault deep in enemy-held territory – nine miles northeast of Quang Tri city in northern South Vietnam.

 Soviet citizens try to give President Nixon a warm welcome to Moscow but were discouraged by hundreds of security guards.

Moscow – President Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev open their summit with an unscheduled meeting in the Kremlin.

A 23-year-old school janitor shooting at everything in site, Kills three persons and wounds eight others where Sen. B. Everett Jordan was campaigning.

Ready to endorse -  Sen. Edward Kennedy agrees to do anything he can to help Sen. George McGovern win the democratic presidential nomination. Eugene McCarthy said he was endorsing McGovern.

Cap of summit - President Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Breshnev sign a 12-point of ‘basic principles of relations” between the two superpowers aimed at peaceful coexistence and ultimately world disarmament.  

Moscow – President Nixon tells the Soviet people that the summit talks have “well begun the long journey which will lead us to a new way” to Soviet-American relations.

Hubert Humphrey tells a cheering crowd of union laborers “What you need is a modern Harry Truman in the White House that’ll tell it like it is and I’m the guy.”

 Dr. Wernher von Braun (60), the German-born scientist whose rockets helped make American space exploration a reality, is leaving NASA. He’s going Fairchild Industries.

Passing - The Duke of Windsor, the former King Edward VIII of England who gave up his throne for, “The woman I love.”


Sports news – May 22, 1972

Against Philadelphia - A homer by Willie Mays sparks the New York Mets to their 11th straight victory. Steve Carlton pitched for the Phillies and Tom Seaver got the 4-3 win. Mays has now played 4 games since joining the Mets May 2.


Music news – May 22, 1972

Cindy Birdsong is leaving “The Supremes” and replacing her is Lynda Laurence of Philadelphia. Ms. Birdsong, whose married name is Mrs. Charles Hewlett, had retired to her home in Las Vegas to have a baby. 

More than 150 persons filed into the Capitol and presented an antiwar petition to Congress. 94 were arrested later when they refused to leave the building Folk singer Judy Collins and actress Barbara Harris were among those arrested.


Entertainment news – May 22, 1972

Passing – Margaret Rutherford of the tweedy cloaks, who brought Agatha Christie’s amateur detective Jane Marple to eccentric life in a series of successful movies. She was 80.


Television news – May 22, 1972

Looks like Bobby Darin will have his own variety show. “Dean Martin Presents the Bobby Darin Amusement Co.,” will get a summer tryout.


Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – May 22, 1972 

CBS – O’Hara U.S. Treasury, Movie, Don Rickles Show, Late movie

NBC – Sanford and Son, Chronolog

ABC – Brady Bunch, Partridge Family, Room 222, Odd Couple, Love, American Style, Dick Cavett

PBS – Wall Street Week, Film Odyssey


The Brady Bunch – Peter decides he needs a new image.

The Partridge Family – Howard Cosell appears to help the Partridges preserve the whales.

The Odd Couple – After being taunted by Oscar as being soft, Murray arrests his poker-playing buddies during a game.

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