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




In The News

The Senate passes a tough air hijacking bill providing for a new airport security police force, screening of al airline passengers and the option of the death penalty for aircraft hijackers.

Trouble at the FBI as acting director L. Patrick Gray III removes Robert Kunkel, head of the bureau’s Washington DC field office and dispels 10 other agents. He found Kunkle had misrepresented an incident in which an FBI agent was overpowered by a mob of antiwar demonstrators and had to be rescued by several other agents.

Hijacker gets life - Frederiick Hahneman – the admitted hijacker of an airliner with 49 passengers aboard in Pennsylvania in May is sentenced to life imprisonment. His $300,000 ransom money though, is still missing.

Vice President Agnew, carrying the Republican word in Nashville, said that the republican Administration means to “have an end to this busing.”

 Vice President Agnew said after campaigning in nine states that he has found a great amount of complacency among Republicans but that, despite his own warnings against it, “there’s really nothing you can do about it.” He said he doesn’t feel people are as interested in the campaign “as they would be if they felt right now it was a real close campaign, but added that he expects interest to build as the Nov. 7 election approaches.

Presidential adviser Henry Kissinger’s senior aide, Maj. Gen. Alexander Haig Jr., is being sent to South Vietnam to report to President Nguyen Van Thieu on the Paris peace negotiations.

Britain asks the General Assembly to take action against Uganda’s decision to expel up to 80,000 Asians by November and gave support to the U.S. call for U.N. action against international terrorism.

President Nixon creates a special Cabinet committee to combat terrorism.

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos tells his people that he imposed martial law “to save the republic and to reform our society.” Marcos then ordered numerous arrests and proclaimed sweeping national reforms to lessen insurgent’s hold on peasants.

Three American pilot POW’s return to the U.S. from North Vietnam and were returned to military jurisdiction after tearful reunions with family and friends. One of them – Lt. Norris Charles – at a news conference just before the flight to Kennedy Airport (From Copenhagen) said – “If you really want to bring these men home you can do it. If you really want to end the war you can do it. I call on you to help me bring the men home.. I can’t feel too free when I consider the men who are left behind in North Vietnam.”

 Back in North Vietnam – Seven captured American pilots, most of whom were shot down over North Vietnam this year, met with members of an American peace delegation (antiwar activists) in Hanoi. One pilot – Capt. David Hoffman of San Diego – shared a cell with Lt. Norris Charles who is now home. “Charles probably told you already, and you can see I am in good health. Food is as good as they can possibly make it. I suffered a broken arm when I landed, and I received excellent medical attention. I think we are in far more danger from our own aircraft dropping bombs than we are from the Vietnamese. I want to go home.”    

A privately owned F-86 Sabre jet loses power and crashes into an ice cream parlor in Sacramento – killing 22.

Thousands of Cubans gave a rousing welcome to Angela Davis when she arrived from Eastern Europe. Ms. Davis is a member of the American Communist Party’s Central Committee. During a brief airport press conference, Ms. Davis said she felt as if Cuba were her “Socialist home."

 The New York Times announces its support of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. George S. McGovern, saying, “We believe he can restore a sense of purpose to the American people… and a sense of integrity in their government.”

Sargent Shriver calls President Nixon “the most fiscally irresponsible President in history” and said that under the Nixon Administration the country had become isolated and disliked.

Les Cooper – an American missionary who took a lone sea voyage to Cuba seeking “practical experience in socialism” says a number of airplane hijackers were negotiating their return to the United States. “Most are fed up with conditions there. They want to leave, even if it means taking their punishment in the United States. They are violently dissatisfied with their lives there. Some are negotiating through the Swiss Embassy their return to this country.” Cooper said most of the hijackers including a group of black revolutionaries from the U.S., have jobs paying them about $90 a month. They are fed and housed in dormitory-like rooms.

Jimmy the Greek Snyder – the Las Vegas odds maker – explains his techniques to a House subcommittee investigating public opinion polling. “My question are very close and right to the point – who are you going to vote for?” “People understand what 6-to-5 means better than something like 5%.” “I spent $17,000 polling down in Florida. I polled the state four different times.” Snyder then said, just for kicks – he also polled the first 700 people to wander into a restaurant and got the same results as his $17,000 polls. 

Danile Mingues – a 16-year-old suspect in the mugging death of Columbia University law Prof. Wolfgang G. Friedmann, a world-famed expert on international law, is arrested at his Harlem home. Two other youths are being sought.


Sports news – September 22, 1972

Joe Namath throws six touchdown passes and gained 496 yards while leading the New York Jets to a 44-34 win over the Baltimore Colts. “I know it sounds dumb, but I’ve had better days throwing the ball. Sometimes, I threw it short, sometimes I was long, and sometimes where I wanted to be,” said Namath. 


Entertainment /Celebrity news – September 22, 1972

Passing – Charles J. Correll – the voice for 32 years of Andy on the Amos and Andy radio show. He was 82.

Columbia Pictures acquires for distribution in the U.S. and Canada – Dino De Laurentiis production, “The Valachi Papers.”

Dean Martin (55) wins permission to purchase the $530,000 house he has leased since February in Bel-Air. He’s there because he filed for divorce last Feb. 14 from his wife, Jeanne (45), whom he married in 1949.

Swimmer Mark Spitz, appearing at a news conference at Bob Hope’s home, announces his acting debut, which will be on Bob Hope’s NBC comedy special Oct. 5. Hope said of the rehearsal – “Mark got along very well. I was surprised because this is the first time out for him. I think he’s got a real future in our business.”

Ticked off – The son of the late Will Rogers – Will Rogers Jr.  - sends President Nixon a telegram – and called the use of his father’s name in a Republican campaign slogan “a shocking insinuation against my father’s character.” The line is – “Will Rogers Never Meet McGovern.” which was a take-off from the famous line, “I never met a man I didn’t like.”


Radio news – September 22, 1972

 ABC-FM’s “Rock In Stereo” format is doing well – at least in Los Angeles over KLOS – especially with 18-34 year olds – its #1 in the last ratings book – giving KHJ-AM a run for it. Interesting – FM radio still has to prove itself. In New York – the format is on WPLJ and Detroit – WRIF and Chicago – WDAI at 94.7. 


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

Baby, Don’t Get Hooked On Me – Mac Davis

Black and White – Three Dog Night

Back Stabbers – O’Jays

Saturday in the Park – Chicago

Honky Cat – Elton John

Go All The Way – Rasberries

Rock and Roll part 2 – Gary Glitter

Everybody Plays the Fool – Main Ingredient

Alone Again – Gilbert O’Sullivan

Beautiful Sunday – Daniel Boone

My Ding-A-Ling – Chuck Berry


Top music albums this week – September 22, 1972

Never A Dull Moment – Rod Stewart

Chicago V – Chicago

Super Fly – Curtis Mayfield

Seven Separate Fools – Three Dog Night

Honky Chateau – Elton John

Trilogy – Emerson, Lake and Palmer

Moods – Neil Diamond

Carney – Leon Russell

Himself – Gilbert O’Sullivan

Big Bambu – Cheech & Chong


Top TV shows – September 22, 1972

ABC won the ratings week with a 21.0. NBC – 20.4 and CBS – 16.9.

ABC Movie – “Goldfinger”

Marcus Welby

All in the Family

 Bridget Loves Bernie

Daughters of Joshua Cabe (ABC Movie)

Paul Lynde

In The Heat of the Night (NBC Sat Movie)

The Longest Night (ABC Movie)

Owen Marshall

Flip Wilson





Sanford and Son

Here’s Lucy

Ghost Story/Rookies


Television news – September 22, 1972

Returning for its fifth season – “60 Minutes” reports on the alliance between the U.S. and the military dictatorship now ruling Greece/takes a look at fashion arbiter Women’s Wear Daily/and gets fifth grade opinion on the upcoming presidential election.

“The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine” special will air Nov 8. Look for the antics of the 18 Globetrotters plus special gust Teresa Graves.

In Los Angeles – Actor Bob Cummings (Love that Bob) and cosmetics magnate William Penn Patrick are charged with fraud and operation of an endless chain or pyramid scheme in a civil complaint. The suit is aimed at the selling practices of Bob Cummings Inc, which sells vitamins and food supplies.


Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – September 22, 1972

CBS – Sonny and Cher, Movie

 NBC – Sanford and Son, The Little People, Ghost Story, Banyon, Johnny Carson

ABC – Brady Bunch, Partridge Family, Room 222, Love American Style, Dick Cavett

PBS – Washington Week, Take Des Moines… Please


Sonny and Cher – Jerry Lewis guests.

CBS Friday Night Movie – “Valley of the Dolls.”


Some top movies – September 22, 1972


Clockwork Orange

Fritz the Cat

The Abductors

Thumb Tripping

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex

Joe Kid

The Godfather

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