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



In The News

President Nixon says that Justice Lewis Powell’s ruling in the Supreme Court test of the two-month-old anti-busing law proved that the new federal measure was totally inadequate. The President want a high priority to congressional passage of his own proposals to outlaw any new busing plans and establish uniform national standards for school desegregation.

Bulletin –  Nine Israeli hostages and four Arab terrorists die in hail of gunfire and explosions, climaxing an episode in which the Arabs seized the Israeli team’s residence in the Olympic Village. The bloodbath began after West German police opened fire on the Arabs as they were in the process of transferring the hostages from helicopters to a waiting transport plane. Two other Israelis died earlier in shooting at the village.

Millions watched live coverage of the chilling drama at building 31 – the Israeli quarters at the Olympic village in Munich, where the commandos first killed two Israelis and held none other hostage for hours. ABC-TV, who has been covering the Olympics, brought it all home to Americans and others around the world. 

North Vietnam’s army orders the release of three captured American pilots.

The Munich Olympics honors the death of the 11 fallen Israelis. At Olympic Stadium, some 80,000 visitors from abroad and Germans, led by their president and chancellor, filed solemnly in for the memorial ceremony. 


More news – September 1, 1972

Eight Americans are shot to death and three other persons are injured when robbers burst into the lobby of a plush golf course in Charlotte Amalie. The golf course, part of Rockresorts Inc., is owned by Laurance Rockefeller and his brother David, head of Chase Manhattan bank.

 New TV star? – The debut of Lester Maddox’s new show, “Lester Maddox U.S.A.” over WSB-TV. Maddox, the lieutenant governor of Georgia, says he would like to syndicate the program.


Sports news – September 1, 1972

Spassky a no-show. Bobby Fischer wins the 21st game of the world championship chess match in Reykjavik, Iceland. The victory gave Fischer the 12 ½ points he needed to wrest the title for Boris Spassky, who has held it for three years and ending a 24-year dominance in chess by the Soviet Union. Spassky didn’t even bother to show up. Fischer later said he wanted a rematch with Spassky, whom he called “the best player I’ve met. 

Munich - Mark Spitz becomes the greatest swimmer in Olympic Games history receives his fourth, fifth, then sixth gold medal.

Mark Spits wins an unprecedented seventh gold medal and promptly announces his retirement from swimming.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – September 1, 1972

Ms. World USA – She’s Lynda Carter of Tempe Arizona. Ms Carter is 21 with the stats of 38-26-38. Is there a TV show in her future?

Prescilla Presley has left the singer for karate expert Mike Stone. And Elvis is being seen with Sandra Zancan – a singer-dancer.

Actor Robert Ryan (61) has just completed his 76th movie, “The Lolly Madonna War” at MGM. The actor as been at it for some 30 years.

Dick Crenna, who swore off television after the cancellation of “Slattery’s People” in 1965, says people think you’ve disappeared if they don’t see you on television. He’ll be appearing on a CBS TV movie soon.


Radio news – September 1, 1972

Breaks record - DJ Mike Kelly of WIXY Cleveland (WIXY 1260) spends 21 days, 3-hours and 58-minutes on a Ferris wheel at nearby Cedar Point Amusement park.


Music news – September 1, 1972

John Lennon and Yoko Ono perform a benefit concert for retarded children in New York. John and Yoko were on for 75 minutes with the seven-man hard rock band, Elephant’s Memory. Others who appeared where Shan-Na-Na and Stevie Wonder and his band – Wonderlove. The concert was the idea of WABC-TV news reporter Geraldo Rivera and actress Geraldine Fitzgerald.

David Cassidy is in England where he’s become as popular. He’ll be back for more live concerts and of course, he’ll resume shooting on “The Partridge Family.”


Television news – September 1, 1972

The Today Show’s Barbara Walters debuts “Not for Women Only” in syndication. She points the program is designed to interest men as well.

20-hour telethon Jerry Lewis raises $9,200,754 for Muscular Dystrophy.

Steve Allen is set to host “I’ve Got A Secret.” The new version will be shown once-a-week in syndication. 

ABC’s Olympic Games coverage is tops with one night (Wednesday) getting 57 share in New York, easily the most-watched Olympics ever on television.  


Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – September 1, 1972

CBS – Gunsmoke, Here’s Lucy, Doris Day, Cade’s County, late movie

NBC – Baseball, Tonight

ABC – Olympic Games From Munich, Dick Cavett

PBS – Journey To Eldorado


Gunsmoke – Victor French guests as a gunslinger that kills the sheriff and a priest of a small Kansas town. 

Doris Day – Peter Lawford guests as a doctor who presses Doris into service as a “nurse” when he is required to perform and emergency operation

Tonight – Guest host – Joey Bishop with Victor Buono, Joannie Sommers and Professor Backwards.

Dick Cavett – Peter O’Toole is the guest. 


Some top movies – September 1, 1972

The Godfather

What’s Up Doc?

Slaughter! – Jim Brown

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex…” – Woody Allen

Concert For Bangladesh

Kansas City Bombers – Kevin McCarthy

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