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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of October 10, 1972 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

On the campaign trail in Chicago, Democratic presidential nominee George S. McGovern spells out his plan to end the Vietnam War. He said he would begin with an immediate halt of bombing and the start of a 90-day “orderly withdrawal” of all U.S. forces from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.   

Presidential advisor Henry Kissinger is back in Washington after four days of secret talks with the North Vietnamese. Kissinger declines to reveal the contents of the talks or how far they went.

Near Chappaquiddick Island, George J. Jaeger swims for 12 hours with his three boys in tow after their boat sinks. All three boys had life preservers on. When he reached the beach, he fell unconscious. All three boys, despite wearing jackets, were dead, apparently drowned after falling into sleep and slipping under.


Technology news – October 10, 1972

The Justice Department proposes that IBM break-up in order to aid computer competition. IBM. Last year, IBM had sales of 8.27 Billion and earnings of $1.08 billion.


Best-selling books – October 10, 1972

 “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” - Richard Bach, “August 1914” - Alexander Solzhennitsyn, “Captains and Kings” - Taylor Caldwell, “I’m OK - You’re OK” - Thomas A. Harris MD, “The Peter Prescription” - Lawrence J. Peter, “Open Marriage” - George and Nena O’Neil


Sports news – October 10, 1972

The Oakland A’s beat the Detroit Tigers as Vida Blue pitches a 2-1 defeat, clinching baseball’s American League Championship. It’s been 41 years since the Athletics (formally of Kansas City), had a shot at the World Series. They’ll begin the series in Cincinnati this Saturday. During the playoffs, Oakland shortstop Bert Campaneris was suspended for the remainder of the American League playoffs for throwing his bat at Detroit pitcher Lerrin LaGrow.

John Havlicek scores 29 points as the Boston Celtics defeat the Detroit Pistons 121-108.

Wilt Chamberlain (36) settles his contract dispute and joins the Lakers in play. Both he and Laker’s owner Jack Kent Cooke seemed to be pleased with the deal. Figures were not quoted.   


Entertainment/Celebrity – October 10, 1972

Singer /actress Barbara McNair (37) is arrested at the Playboy Club in New Jersey on charges of possession of heroin. She was arrested with her husband Rick Manzie.

Marries - Singer Art Garfunkle (30) to Linda Marie Grossman (26). She’s a graphic designer. Despite being split-up, Paul Simon did attend the small wedding.

Singer Joe Cocker and his entourage are arrested in Australia and charged for possessing India hemp. Each will be fined $360. 

Flip Wilson says he’ll introduce a new character on his TV show - “Jiva Koolit” - a guru from Tibet. Jiva will premiere on November 9.

Bryant Gumbel - editor of Black Sports Magazine, joins KNBC-TV (channel 4) in Los Angeles as a weekend sportscaster.

“Columbo” is filming in London this week. The episode stars Richard Basehart and Honor Blackman.

Debuting this week - “Kung-Fu” with David Carridine.  In the first episode, Carridine’s character befriends a young boy (played by Brandon Cruz). His father has been killed and mother was carried off by Indians.

Passing - actor Leo G. Carroll - stage, TV and film star (85). Known to millions as “Topper” and Mr. Waverly in the Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Passing - Miriam Hopkins (69) - major stage and screen performer of the ‘20’s, ‘30’s, and ‘40’s.

At the toy store - Hasbro Inchworm Rider - “re-schoolers love him. He inches along as fast as the rider wants him to”- $9.77 ... “indoor Puff Basketball - The puff ball kids can throw indoors without breaking a thing. Rainy day fund maker”- $1.33

For the first time in its 40-year history- Radio City Hall in New York shuts down. Several days later, management says it will open this week on Saturday, temporarily. At issue is a contract dispute with their 77 musicians.


Top TV shows – October 10, 1972

TV rankings - Movie-Love Story, All In The Family, Marcus Welby, Movie-Cactus Flower, Bridget Loves Bernie, The FBI, Sanford & Son, Maude, Movie-Moon Of The Wolf, Ironside, Hawaii Five-O, Gunsmoke, Banecek, Movie-See No Evil, here’s Lucy, Flip Wilson, Walt Disney, Adam-12, Cannon, The Rookies


Friday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – October 10, 1972

CBS - Sonny And Cher Comedy Hour, Movie ... NBC - Sanford and Son, The Little People, Ghost Story, Banyon ... ABC - The Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family, Room 222, The Odd Couple, Love, American Style


Sonny and Cher - Jimmy Durante and Gilbert O’Sullivan guest

The Brady Bunch - Marcia panics about becoming a high school student and signs up for every club on the school campus.

The Little People stars Brian Keith and Shelly Fabares.

Banyon - Banyon tries to find a prize fighter. Stars Robert Forster, Richard Jaeckel and Joan Blondell.  


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – October 10, 1972

“My Ding a Ling” - Chuck Berry, “Nights In White Satin” - The Moody Blues, “Listen To The Music” - The Doobie Brothers, “Garden Party” - Rick Nelson, “Black And White” - Three Dog Night, “Popcorn” - Hot Butter, “Ben” - Michael Jackson, “Burning Love’ - Elvis Presley, “I’ll Be Around” - The Spinners, “Use Me” - Bill Withers, Baby, Don’t Get Hooked On Me” - Mac Davis, “You Wear It Well” - Rod Stewart, “Go All The Way” - The Raspberries, “Back Stabbers” - The O’Jays, “Tightrope” - Leon Russell, “Speak To The Sky” - Rick Springfield.


Some top movies – October 10, 1972

Slaughterhouse Five - Michael Sacks, Ron Leibman, Valerie Perrine

Superfly - Ron O’Neal

The Man - James Earl Jones, Martin Balsam, Burgess Meredith

The Godfather - Marlon Brando

Klute - Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, “Sounder” - Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Kevin Hooks

Cancel My Reservation - Bob Hope, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Bellamy

The New Centurions - George C. Scott, Stacy Keach

Hickey & Boggs - Robert Culp, Bill Cosby

Where Does It Hurt - Peter Sellers,

Butterflies Are Free - Goldie Hawn, Eileen  Heckart

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