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



In The News

The last three months - the economy expanded at a rate of 8.9% - the largest real growth since 1965. Inflation for the same period was 2.1%, the lowest of any quarter since 1965, according to the Commerce Department.

Guerillas launch bombing attacks on civilian targets in the heart of Belfast killing 13 and leaving dozens wounded.

Ending months of speculation, President Nixon discloses he will retain Vice President Agnew on the Republican ticket. Agnew told newsman later – “I am not going into the campaign with any complacent attitude. I am going out as if this were a last ditch effort.”

It’s announced that President Nixon will fly to Hawaii in late August to meet with new Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka.

The Nixon Administration urges Congress to pull back their spending in the expanding economy. Spending must be controlled to prevent a rekindling of heavy demand-induced inflation. 

Chi-Chi the London’ Zoo’s cuddly giant female panda, who disappointed the world’s romantics by twice refusing to mate with An-An, the Moscow Zoo’s giant boy panda, dies at 15 years.

Bobby Fischer defeats Boris Spassky in 41 moves in the sixth game of their world championship chess match and takes a one-point lead in the 24-game series. He had threatened to quit the competition unless film cameras were removed from the playing hall.

Democratic Vice President nominee Senator Thomas Eagleton (42) discloses he has voluntarily admitted himself to the hospital three times between 1960 and 1966 “for nervous exhaustion and fatigue” but has since enjoyed “good sound, solid health.” Senator George McGovern - the Democratic presidential nominee says did not know about the hospitalizations when he picked Eagleton to be his running mate, but adds, “I am fully satisfied.”

As the week wears on, public and political reaction to Sen. Thomas Eagleton’s disclosure of past hospitalization for nervous disorders has been so negative that Senator George McGovern says he is convinced that Eagleton must withdraw from the Democratic ticket. Meanwhile, The Missouri Senator says he has abandoned any idea of withdrawing as Democratic nominee for Vice President. “You’re not going to get me off the ticket - never.”

Thousands of British army troops invade Londonderry’s barricaded “Free Derry” district and other strongholds of the Irish Republican Army. The army said its goal was to open them up to British control.  

Dr Benjamin Spock is chosen the People’s Party presidential candidate in St Louis at the party’s first national convention. Among planks approved by the 250 delegates were a minimum yearly family income of $6,500, an end to military involvement in Southeast Asia, amnesty for draft resisters, a 30-hour workweek and legalization of marijuana.

Hundreds of tourists stand in front of 10 Downing Street in London, but instead of getting a glimpse of Prime Minister Edward Heath at his official residence, they saw five naked girls jump out of a hired bus. With an entertainment troupe, they tried to hand in an invitation to the Prime Minister to play piano at a rock festival. Also appearing in front of 10 Downing with the girls - pop singer Screaming Lord Sutch - the star of the rock festival. He was wearing a leopard skin costume and top hat. The girls were hauled-off in a police van.

In Dallas, Winfred Jack Anderson is arrested for setting the famous Texas School Book Depository building on fire. The blaze was confined to the third, fourth and fifth floors. There was no damage to the sixth-floor room where Lee Harvey Oswald perched November 22, 1963 and fired the shots that killed President John F. Kennedy. The building was purchased last year by Aubrey Mayhew for $650 thousand, but he has since fallen behind on payments and has been threatened with foreclosure.

Boxer Jerry Quarry says he is quitting the ring to pursue a career in public relations. Quarry says he decided to retire after watching his brother Mike get knocked out by light heavyweight champion Bob Foster on June 27. “Watching my brother lose like he did was seeing him go through the same frustrations I’d gone through.” “The only regret I have is that I never attained the heavyweight championship, but everything else came out just beautiful.” 

Actress Jane Fonda returns to California after a two-week trip to Hanoi says she will not continue her acting career until after the November election. She says she’ll be working with the Indochina Peace Campaign to keep the war as the primary issue during and after the presidential election.

TeleCommunications Inc (TCI) is granted permission to build routes to transmit specialized voice and data services, primarily in the west. TCI now microwaves signals for 40 television stations, 120 cable TV systems and the three commercial television networks. The TCI microwave system is second only to AT&T’s. Its cable television division is the fourth largest in the country, serving 250 thousand subscribers. “We expect to have our first customers for data and voice by November of this year” says a spokesman. TCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Western TeleCommunications Inc.

Virginia Piper, a millionaire’s wife kidnapped in broad daylight - is found chained to a tree about 150 miles north of Minneapolis - 12 hours after her husband paid a $1 million ransom in $20 bills.

Dies - Lance Reventlow (36) - heir to the Woolworth dime store millions and the only child of Barbara Hutton is killed in the crash of a light plane in the Colorado Rockies near Aspen. He won considerable attention as a sport scar racer and builder in the late 1950’s but has been inactive in the sport in recent years.

Passing - Helen Traubel (73) - Metropolitan Opera diva who quit the famed opera house for a career as a nightclub singer and a movie and television comedienne. She was with the Met from 1937 to 1953. An avid baseball fan, she was also part-owner of the St Louis Browns baseball team.

Passing - Burlesque queen Rose LaRose (59) of cancer. She was showing X-rated double features at her theater in Toledo, hoping the public would demand a comeback for live burlesque someday.


Bestselling – July 22, 1972

The Winds of War - Herman Wouk

Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Richard Bach

The Terminal Man - Michael Crichton

The Word - Irving Wallace

My Name is Asher Lev - Chaim Potok

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

O Jerusalem - Larry Collins/ Dominique Lapierre

Open Marriage - George & Nena O’Neill

The Super Lawyers - Joseph C. Goulden

The Boys of Summer - Roger Kahn

The Call To Glory - Jean Dixon

George S. Kaufman, An Intimate Portrait - Howard Teichmann  


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 14 million domestic and foreign autos were recalled in the last year - the largest number of recalls for any 12-month period since the Motor Vehicle Safety Act was adopted in 1966. The largest individual campaign was the recall of 6,606,695 General Motors Chevrolet cars and trucks for possible engine mount defects.


Sports news – July 22, 1972

The National League squeaks by - beating the American League 4-3 in the All-Star game. The Red’s Joe Morgan hit a single driving-in Padres’ Nate Colbert for the victory. 


Pitcher Wayne Simpson of the Cincinnati Reds says that he received an anonymous telephone call offering him $2 thousand to throw a game with the Pittsburgh Pirates. “They guy called up and said he wanted me to throw the game. He said that if I came through, he’d make sure two $1 thousand bills were under  my door after the game.” “I figured it was just a crank call at first. I was laughing and joking about it, but then I started to get a little worried.”


Music news – July 22, 1972

Elvis Presley will be returning to perform at the Las Vegas Hilton next week. He’ll be performing in the Hilton’s huge Showroom Internationale.

 Confirmed reports say that Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla have separated. Friends in Memphis say the couple was having serious difficulties and that Mrs Presley had taken up residence in Los Angeles with the couple’s daughter Lisa Marie (4). Elvis’ dad Vernon says that no divorce action has been filed. The Presley’s were married on May 1, 1967.

The Rolling Stones play to a record crowd at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh this week. The group sneaked into the arena in a camper truck with an out-of-state license. Their North American tour ends this week in New York City.

Rod Stewart's LP “Never A Dull Moment” has 659 thousand advance orders ... Roy Wood leaves the Electric Light Orchestra. 

Johnny Cash goes to Washington to plead for prison reforms. He testified before the senate Judiciary Committee then went to see President Nixon. In their Oval room meeting, Cash talked about a visit to San Quentin in 1948. “These kids can be saved’ he told the President. 

New at Stores - “Chicago V” - featuring the hit “Saturday In The Park.” “Some of the most unrelenting and vibrant new music they’ve ever recorded. Nine songs for today. Included are individual color photos of the members of the band and a gigantic poster. New Chicago. An album that’s as exciting as all the other Chicago albums.” On Columbia records, cassettes and 8-track tapes.”


Make Sears your official Osmond headquarters - now at Sears, these Osmond albums:

To You With Love - Donny Osmond

Too Young - Donny Osmond

Donny Osmond Album

Homemade - Osmonds

Osmonds - Osmonds

Phase III - Osmonds

Portrait of Donny - Donny Osmond

Get each for just $3.99

Live - Osmonds for just $5.99


Prices at the Supermarket – July 22, 1972

At the the mart - Mr. Bubble Bath Powder - 12oz pkg - .44 ... Wisk - half-gallon $1.51 ... Kraft Cheez Whiz - 16oz box .89 ... Heinz Ketchup - 14oz - .29

New at the mart - High Protein Breakfast Squares from General Mills. A complete breakfast in two frosted bars 


Television news – July 22, 1972

CBS says three new game shows will debut in September - The Joker’s Wild, The Price Is Right and Gambit. Jack Barry hosts Joker’s Wild, Dennis James emcees The Price is Right and Wink Martindale presides over Gambit. All three are half-hour shows.

The Bobby Darin Amusement Co. debuts this week on NBC. The musical-variety show is a summer replacement for the Dean Martin Show. Guests this week are George Burns and Bobby Gentry.


Monday night television listings/programsTV guide – July 22, 1972

CBS – Gunsmoke, Here’s Lucy, Doris Day, Suspense Playhouse

NBC – Laugh-In, TV Pilots, Tonight

ABC Monday night special, Movie, Dick Cavett


Laugh-In – Encore of the 100th show reuniting Judy Carne Henry Gibson Teresa Graves, Arte Johnson, Tiny Tim, Jo Ann Worley and John Wayne.

NBC TV Pilots – “Ghost Story” – Sebastian Cabot, Barbara Parkins

“Movin’ On” – Story of two young men who hit the road on their motorcycles. Stars Geoffrey Deuel, Patrick Wayne.


Wednesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – July 22, 1972

CBS - The David Steinberg Show, Medical Center, Mannix

NBC - Adam-12, Columbo, Night Gallery

ABC - The Super, Corner Bar, Marty Feldman Show, The Comedy Hour, Special-ABC News Inquiry

PBS - Election ‘72, Film Odyssey,  Masterpiece Theater


Columbo - Columbo investigates a corporation executive’s murder. James Gregory guest stars.

The Comedy Hour - features The Kopycats with Orson Welles hosting. Features impressionists Rich Little, Marilyn Michaels, Frank Gorshin, George Kirby and Charlie Callas. Featured  - a Nixon monolog and a Galloping Gourmet spoof.

Night Gallery - 1) A couple hires a new domestic robot that comes with a warning against destruction. 2) An 18th Century “sin-eater” hired to purify the dead is revolted by a lavish meal. Series hosted and produced by Rod Serling. 


Late night talk -

Tonight Show w/Johnny Carson - guests Earl Holliman, Jim Ahern, Albert Brooks.

Dick Cavett show - guests John Huston, Muddy Waters, Kahn-Teneta Horn


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – July 22, 1972

Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O'Sullivan

Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) - The Looking Glass

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

I'm Still In Love With You - Al Green

If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right - Luther Ingram

Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress) - The Hollies

Lean On Me - Bill Withers   

School's Out - Alice Cooper

Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast - Wayne Newton

How Do You Do - Mouth & MacNeal

Where Is the Love - Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway                                       

Layla - Derek and the Dominos

Day By Day - Godspell   

Sealed With a Kiss - Bobby Vinton

You Don't Mess Around With Jim - Jim Croce

The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A. - Donna Fargo

Happy - The Rolling Stones

Conquistador - Procol Harum

Hold Your Head Up - Argent

Rocket Man - Elton John

Take It Easy - The Eagles

Hold Her Tight - The Osmonds

I Wanna Be Where You Are - Michael Jackson

Gone - Joey Heatherton

Mary Had A Little Lamb - Wings

Candy Man - Sammy Davis, Jr. 


Top  Music Albums – July 22, 1972

Exile on Main Street - The Rolling Stones

Honky Chateau - Elton John

Still Bill - Bill Withers

Thick as a Brick - Jethro Tull

Amazing Grace - Aretha Franklin

Roberta Flack and Donney Hathaway - Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway

Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits - Simon and Garfunkel

Lookin’ Through The Windows - Jackson Five

A Song For You - The Carpenters

Joplin In Concert - Janis Joplin

Lonely Man - The Chi-Lites                                                   


Top movies – July 22, 1972

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

Fillmore - A Bill Graham Movie - Santana, Grateful Dead, Hot Tuna, Quicksilver, It’s A Beautiful Day, Boz Scaggs, Elvin Bishop Group, New Riders of the Purple Sage

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes -

 The Burglars - Omar Sharif, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Dyan Cannon

The New Centurions - George C. Scott, Stacy Keach

Night of the Lepus - Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh, Rory Calhoun

Dulcima - Carol White, John Mills

Fuzz - Burt Reynolds, Jack Weston, Tom Skerritt, Yul Brynner, Raquel Welch

Red Sun - Charles Bronson, Ursula Andress, Toshiro Mifune, Alain Delon, Capucine

The Other - Uta Hagen, Diana Muldaur

Butterflies Are Free - Goldie Hawn, Eileen Heckart, Edward Albert

Joe Kidd - Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall, John Saxon, Don Stroud, Stella Garcia

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

Come Back Charleston Blue - Godfrey Cambridge, Raymond St Jacques

The Candidate - Robert Redford

The Godfather

Stand Up And Be Counted - Jacqueline Bisset, Stella Stevens, Steve Lawrence, Gary Lockwood

Portnoy’s Complaint -

Walt Disney’s “Now You See Him, Now You Don’t-

Junior Boner - Steve McQueen

The Public Eye - Mia Farrow, Topol, Michael Jayston                                                                                           


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