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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of July 1, 1972 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

The Supreme Court strikes down as “cruel and unusual punishment” most of the nation’s death penalty laws. In California - the decision raised the question of the legality of an initiative on the November ballot to restore the death penalty. The decision by the Supreme Court spares the lives of 600 condemned prisoners.  

John N. Mitchell resigns as director of President Nixon’s reelection campaign. “...I have found, however, that I can no longer do so on a full-time basis and still meet the one obligation which must come first: the happiness and welfare of my wife and daughter. They have patiently put up with my long absences for some four years, and the moment has come when I must devote more time to them.” Mitchell’s successor is Clark MacGregor, a former five-term Minnesota congressman who has served as counsel to the President for congressional relations.

President Nixon announces that there will be no new draftees assigned to duty in Vietnam and that 10,000 more U.S. troops will be withdrawn from South Vietnam during July and August, bringing forces there to a total of 39,000 by September 1.

In downtown Anchorage, Alaska - a car is observed going around in circles. When the car was stopped, a fellow popped out and said - “Hi, I’m Steve McQueen and I’m having a good time in your little two-bit town.” A cop arrested the actor, who was booked for reckless driving and posted a $250 bail.

New - the Volkswagen Baja Beetle ... looks like a Beetle but comes with these extras:

Mag-type wheel covers ... Halogen fog lamps ... Baja racing stripe .. . Walnut dash kit ... Bumper guards ... steering wheel cover ... “superior speed shifter ... tapered tipped exhaust pipe. “And with all these extras, the Baja is only slightly more than the basic Beetle or Super Beetle.”


Health/Medical news – July 1, 1972

The Health Insurance Institute recommends a new treatment for insect bites - meat tenderizer. “A solution of a quarter teaspoon of tenderizer and a tablespoon of water rubbed into the skin at the site of the sting stops virtually all pain within minutes.”  

President Nixon says this week that he does not favor use of “Ms” in place of Mrs or Miss when referring to woman. “I don’t like it.”


Entertainment/Celebrity news – July 1, 1972

Actor Elliot Gould is ordered to pay $6,501 in damages to a Hollywood freelance photographer in a battery suit. “I never struck or hit him in any way” said the actor in a non-jury trial. “I was very careful to put him down as gently as I could.” The photographer had sought $200 thousand damages in the civil battery suit. He had testified that Gould grabbed him by the neck strap of his camera, hit and bounced him against a parked car.

Actress Peggy Lipton of “The Mod Squad” tells an interviewer about Frank Sinatra: “He turns me on ... He’s got more charm than any man I have ever been out with before.” Frank and Peggy met at a Hollywood party given by producer Aaron Spelling. She was just about to walk out when Frank walked up to her and said, “Would you let an old man buy you a cup of coffee?” That led to dinner a short time later at an Italian restaurant. “Frank’s the kind of person who wouldn’t dream of letting you light your own cigarette. I feel very special, protected and pampered when I’m with him. I wouldn’t give it up for the world.”  


Sports news – July 1, 1972

Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hammers his 653rd career home in. The home gives Aaron 1,992 runs batted in - passing Lou Gehrig for second place on the all-time list (Gehrig with 1,991)... Willie McCovey of the San Francisco Giants hits grand slammer #14 in a game against the Dodgers.

American challenger Bobby Fischer ends his boycott of the world chess championship and flies to Reykjavik, Iceland for the first match against Russia’s Boris Spassky.


Bestselling books – July 1, 1972

The Word - Irving Wallace

My Name is Asher Lev - Chaim Potok

Captains and the Kings - Taylor Caldwell

Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Richard Bach

The Winds of War - Herman Wouk

O Jerusalem! Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre

I’m OK - You’re OK - Thomas A Harris MD

The Boys Of Summer - Roger Kahn

A World Beyond - Ruth Montgomery


Tuesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – July 1, 1972

CBS - Jerry Reed Show, Hawaii 5-0, Cannon

NBC - The Ponderosa, NBC Action Playhouse, Special-Stars and Stripes Show

ABC - The Mod Squad, Movie, Marcus Welby, MD

PBS - Debut-Evening At Pops, Forsyte Saga. Doin It


The Ponderosa - Candy is jailed in the small town of Stillwater as a prime suspect in the murder of a rancher and his family. Lorne Green, Dan Blocker, Michael Landon and David Canary.



Radio news – July 1, 1972

Bob Crane (standing) goes back to radio - but only for one week. He’ll be filling in for Dick Wittinghill - his former archrival on KMPC (710) in Los Angeles beginning July 5. Wittinghill and Crane battled it out for the morning ratings in Los Angeles from 1956 to 1965, when Crane left to star in “Hogan’s Heroes.” His radio listeners still talk about him. Crane’s interest is still acting “I’d never go back to radio full time. What I’d eventually like to do is my own TV talk or variety show, but I’ll always act.” Crane says he doesn’t need the money - “I’ve got 25% of Hogan’s Heroes and I’ve already made a lot of money out of it. I’m in good shape. It’s just that I have to plunge into what I want - all the way.”  This is the first time Crane has been back on the radio since he left station KNX in the summer of 1965. Crane said he began taking a liking to Wittinghill when he left his own morning radio show and the two today are good friends.

Casey Kasem counts down the biggest hits of the rock era (1955 to present) on the syndicated “American Top 40.” Here are the top in order:

 The Twist - Chubby Checker

Hey Jude - The Beatles

Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin

I Want to Hold Your Hand - The Beatles

I’m a Believer - The Monkees

All Shook Up - Elvis Presley

Don’t Be Cruel - Elvis Presley

Love Letters In the Sand - Pat Boone

Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley

16 Tons - Ernie Ford


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – July 1, 1972

Song Sung Blue - Neil Diamond

Outa-Space - Billy Preston

Lean On Me - Bill Withers

Troglodyte - Jimmy Castor Bunch

Candy Man - Sammy Davis Jr.

Too Late to Turn Back Now - Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose

Rocket Man - Elton John

Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast - Wayne Newton

I Need You - America

Sylvia’s Mother - Dr Hook and the Medicine Show

(Last Night) I Didn’t Get To Sleep At All - The Fifth Dimension

Brandy - The Looking Glass

I’ll Take You  There - Staple Singers

 How Do You Do - Mouth and MacNeil

Nice To Be With You - Gallery

Amazing Grace - The Royal Scots Dragon Guards

It’s Going To Take Some Time - the Carpenters

I Saw The Light - Todd Rundgren

Someday Never Comes - Creedance Clearwater Revival

Isn’t Life Strange - The Moody Blues


Top Music Albums – July 1, 1972

Exile On Main Street - The Rolling Stones

 Harvest - Neil Young

Thick As A Brick - Jethro Tull

Joplin in Concert - Janis Joplin

America - America

First Take - Roberta Flack

Manassas - Stephen Stills

Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway - Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway

Eat A Peach - The Allman Brothers Band

Graham Nash/David Crosby - Graham Nash, David Crosby

A Lonely Man - The Chi-Lites

History Of Eric Clapton - Eric Clapton

Procol Harum Live In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra - Procol Harum


Top movies – July 1, 1972

Play It Again, Sam - Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Jerry Lacy  

Prime Cut - Lee Marvin & Gene Hackman

Hannie Caulder - Raquel Welch, Robert Culp, Ernest Borgnine, Strother Martin, Jack Elam, Christopher Lee

The Possession of Joel Delaney - Shirley MacLaine

The Other - Uta Hagen Diana Muldaur

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes - Roddy McDowall, Don Murray, Ricardo Montalban

Alfred Hithcock’s Frenzy - Jon Finch, Alex McCowen, Barry Foster, Billie Shitelaw, Anna Massey

What’s Up Doc? - Barbara Streisand, Ryan O’Neil, Kenneth Mars, Austin Pendleton and introducing Madeline Kahn


Clockwork Orange 

Walt Disney’s Bedknob’s and Broomsticks - Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, Roddy McDowall

Junior Bonner - Steve McQueen, Robert Preston, Ida Lupino, Joe Don Baker, Barbara Leigh, Ben Johnson

Duck, You Sucker - Rod Steiger, James Coburn

Shaft’s Big Score! - Richard Roundtree, Moses Gunn

The War Between Men and Woman - Jack Lemmon, Barbara Harris, Jason Robards

Slaughterhouse Five - Michael Sacks, Ron Liebman, Valerie Perrine

Skyjacked - Charlton Heston, Yvette Mimieux, James Brolin, Jeanne Crain, Roosevelt Grier, Walter Pidgeon, Leslie Uggams

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