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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of September 8, 1972 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Scores of Israeli warplanes Arab guerrilla bases in Lebanon and Syria in what’s described as the heaviest raids of their kind in the Arab-Israeli conflict. 

The Bodies of 10 of Israel’s 11 murdered Olympic delegation members are returned home to grieving families and a grieving nation.

President Nixon makes a surprise one-hour visit to flood-damaged Wilkes-Barre PA. He promised that the area would be restored with the help of a “government that cares.” As he was touring, he noticed a bridal party at church and stopped to congratulate the bride and groom.

Richard J. Daley, Ted Kennedy and George McGovern get together in Chicago in a show of unity designed to put Illinois in the Democratic column in November.

It’s the first morning rush for people in San Francisco, as they use BART for the first time. More than 15,000 persons crowded aboard after the noon opening.

A year later, it’s determined that the Attica prison riot was not planned in advance by any group of militant inmates and began as a spontaneous burst of anger. 

Sen. Edward Kennedy is heckled repeatedly by La Raza Unida Party members as he spoke to a predominantly Mexican-American crowd at a McGovern rally. Chants of “Chicano Power” could be heard.

Most turbulent of them all - The Munich games close with Soviet Russia replacing the U.S. as medal-winning champion, 50 golds to 33 and overall, 99 to 94.

Prime Minister Golda Meir declares, “The far-flung dangerous and vital front line” against Arab terrorists must now include “every site where people from Israel are to be found and whose blood is shed.”

Watergate related - Martha Mitchell, wife of former Atty. Gen. John N. Mitchell, identifies the man who allegedly tore the telephone from the wall during her conversation with a reporter last June. He’s Steve King, the new head of security for the Committee for the re-election of the President. She also accused the new security chief of throwing her to the floor and kicking her when she resisted the efforts of a doctor to giver he an injection. Also reports the Washington Evening Star and News, King was assigned as a bodyguard to Mrs. Mitchell at the time. He later was elevated to head of security after his boss, James McCord Jr., was arrested with four other persons in the alleged bugging attempt at Democratic National Committee headquarters. The incident occurred the weekend before Mrs. Mitchell told a reporter she had given her husband an ultimatum to either resign as head of President Nixon’s reelection campaign or lose her. 

Watergate Inquiry Over (really?) – The Justice Department completes its criminal investigation of the Watergate case without implicating any present official of either the White House or the Committee for the Reelection of the President. A federal grand jury is expected to hand down indictments within 10 days that will be confined to suspects involved in the June 17 break-in at Democratic national headquarters in the Watergate office building. Five men were arrested inside the Democrat offices and two former White House aides have since been reported to have been inside the Watergate the same morning. 

More Watergate – Newly discovered telephone records support allegations that suspects in the Democratic national Committee bugging case maintained a listening post across the street from the Committee’s Washington offices. Telephone records show that calls made to the residence of Virgilio Gonzales, a Miami locksmith and one of the five arrested in the break-in, were made from across the street of the Watergate complex, from a Howard Johnson motel. Lawrence O’Brien, national campaign manager for Sen. George McGovern, has accused the Committee for the reelection of the President of bugging the Democratic offices and of maintaining a listening post in the motel. McGovern has charged that the bugging suspects made an abortive effort to bug his Washington campaign offices May 27. Those arrested June 17 were Gonzalas were James McCord Jr., who at the time was security director for CREEP and three Miamians – Bernard Barker, Frank Sturgis and Eugene Martinez. 

Watergate – The FBI has shown renewed interest in another facet of Watergate. Recent testimony by Michael Richardson, operator of a Miami photo shop. Said he processed film of Democratic committee documents for Barker and Sturgis on June 10 a week before their arrests. He said the film consisted of 38 close-up shots of documents held in hands covered by surgical gloves. All five bugging suspects ore surgical gloves when arrested. 


Sports news – September 8, 1972

 Billie Jean King wins the U.S. Open of the women’s singles at Forrest Hills. 

Munich games – Olympic officials boot American 400-meter medallists Vince Matthews and Wayne Collett out of the Games for “insulting” behavior when they chatted and fidgeted on the victory stand during the National Anthem.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – September  8, 1972

Ann-Margret takes a 22-foot plunge when scaffolding on which she made her entrance at Tahoe’s Sahara Hotel gave way. She suffered a concussion and multiple fractures including her left elbow and facial bones on the left side of her face. She then had reconstructive surgery done at UCLA. She is recovering and it looks like they’ll be no scarring. Said a spokesperson – “Her jaw has been wired, the broken bones in her face have been fixed and her left arm has been placed in a cast.” 

Passing – William Boyd (77) – Played Hopalong Cassidy for 25 years.

 Author Jackie Susann is called back to New York by her publisher, William Morrow and wants her to finish the manuscript of her next novel under way, “Once Is Not Enough.”


Playing in Las Vegas –

Andy Williams/Lennon Sisters – Caesars Palace

Marty Allen/Leslie Uggams – Flamingo

Bobby Darin – Hilton

5th Dimension – Riviera

Frank Gorshin/Lou Rawls – Sahara

Wayne Newton - Sands


Radio news – September 8, 1972

Country KBBQ (1500) Burbank changes to KROQ top-40 that’ll play album cuts of the hits. 


Television news – Saturday TV – September 8, 1972

ABC debuts “The Osmonds – an animated version of the singing brothers and their adventures.

CBS debuts Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids – animated adventures of the comic’s childhood friends with Cosby introducing them.

NBC introduces “Runaround” with Paul Winchell as host of this kid’s quiz.

Tuesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – September 8, 1972

CBS – Maude, Hawaii Five-O, TV Movie-The Family Rico, late movie

NBC – Bonanza, NBC Reports – Tonight Show

ABC – Temperatures Rising, Movie, Marcus Welby MD, Dick Cavett


Debut-Maude – Starring Archie Bunker’s cousin Maude (Bea Arthur) – a liberal with a sharp wit who makes her home a battleground with her fourth husband, Walter (Bill Macy), divorced daughter Carol (Adrienne Barbeau) and her  8-year-old son Phillip.

Debut – Temperature’s Rising – Stars Cleavon Little in his first television series. Series is described as the strange practice of medicine in Washington DC. Also stars James Whitmore and Joan van Ark.

CBS TV Movie – “The Family Rico” – A crime syndicate chief is torn by his love for a brother and his job. Stars Ben Gazzara, Jack Carter, Dane Clark, James Farentino and Sal Mineo. 

On the Tonight Show – Karen Valentine guests.

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