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




In The News

Sen. Thomas Eagleton agrees to withdraw as George McGovern’s running mate – saying the step was to keep party unity. 

The House Foreign Affair Committee approves an end-the-war amendment calling for total U.S. withdrawal from Indochina by Oct 1.

Sen. George McGovern selects former Peace Corps Director and Ambassador to France – R. Sargent Shriver as his new vice presidential running mate.

Enraged Roman Catholics storm a British army post in Belfast, tear down a high Iron fence with their hands and set an armored car ablaze and fought with troops.

President Nixon’s new $500,000 armor-plated limousine rolls out of a closed shop. One workman was quoted – “It’s as strong as a tank. It is so strong that a bomb would only roll it over.”

The Army announces plans to nearly double the size of the Women’s Army Corps by 1978 to give the WACS almost any type job except combat and maybe to put them in pantsuits.

Queen Elizabeth II, vacationing at sea, proclaims a state of national emergency throughout Great Britain due to food riots in the British dock tie-up. It armed the government with special powers – and possible use of troops to keep vital supplies moving and prevent economic chaos in a nationwide ports shutdown.  

Several hundred British troops move into a Roman Catholic enclave in east Belfast in break up clashes between rival mobs.

Egypt and Libya agree to “complete union between the two countries” but said it would take at least a year to work out the merger.

Gov. Edwin Edwards of Louisiana appoints his wife, Elaine as a temporary successor to U.S. Sen. Allan Ellender, who died last week.

Rennie Davis – one of the Chicago Seven announces “the most massive sit-in in American history” will be staged at the Republican convention in Miami Beach this month. 

Wholesale prices rose .8% in July – the sharpest rise in five months.

Under free speech - The FCC says it will not censor the radio/TV ads of J.E. Stoner, who is running for the U.S. Senate in Georgia. Among other things, the ads say, “The main reason why niggers want integration is because niggers want our white women.”

Gold jumps to a record $70 per ounce on Europe’s free markets.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – August 1, 1972

Over six years - “There’s A Girl In My Soup” ends its long London run – the longest-running comedy in the history of British theater at 2,500 performances and seen by 1.75 million people. 

Roger Moore will play the new and third James Bond in the next three movies – first of which is “Live and Let Die.” Moore has starred in five TV series – Ivanhoe, the Alaskans, Maverick, the Saint and the Persuaders.  “It’s a tough shake to follow Sean, but I won’t give an imitation.”


Sports news – August 1, 1972

Gary Player hits what is considered a great shot with a 9-iron blind approach from the rough, across he lake-guarded 16th hole – and sinks it – and wins the PGA tournament by 2 strokes.


Music news – August 1, 1972

She’s a hit songwriter – now a singer – Valerie Simpson is seen performing solo at venues.

On “American Bandstand” this week – Luther Ingram sings “If Loving You Is Wrong. plus “The Looking Glass” sing “Brandy.”


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

Alone Again – Gilbert O Sullivan

Brandy – Looking Glass

Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast – Wayne Newton

Where Is the Love – Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway

How Do You Do – Mouth and McNeil

Long Cool Woman – Hollies

Layla – Derek & The Dominos

 I Don’t Want to Be Right – Luther Ingram

School’s Out – Alice Cooper

Goodbye to Love – Carpenters


Top music albums – August 1, 1972

Honky Chateau – Elton John

Greatest Hits – Elton John

Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway

Big Bambu – Cheech & Chong

Lookin’ Through the Windows – Jackson 5

Thick as a Brick – Jethro Tull

Exile on Main Street – Rolling Stones

A Song For You – Carpenters

School’s Out – Alice Cooper


Television news – August 1, 1972

ABC extends Dick Cavett’s late night talkshow for this year, but beginning next, it will rotate with Jack Paar and a variety of other entertainment shows. 

Two unidentified men knocked out two teeth out of Alan Sues mouth and stole a courtesy car the comedian was driving in Columbus Ohio.

 CBS debuts the John Byner Comedy Hour. 


Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – August 1, 1972

CBS – John Byner Show, Hawaii Five-O, Cannon

NBC – Ponderosa, NBC Action Playhouse, James Garner as Nichols, Johnny Carson

ABC – Mod Squad, Movie, Marcus Welby, MD, Dick Cavett

PBS – Evening at Pops


(Debut) John Byner Comedy Hour – John’s monolog recalls his many appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Ponderosa – Alone, little Joe is kicked by a wild horse and may die. Or will he?

Johnny Carson – Joan Rivers, Flip Wilson Joseph Wambaugh.

Dick Cavett – Buddy Rich, George Peppard and Richard Harris guest.


Some top movies – August 1, 1972

Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy

The Godfather


Clockwork Orange

Joe Kidd

The Burglars

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