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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of October 23, 1972 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Presidential adviser Henry Kissinger returns to Washington and is optimistic about a quest for peace in Vietnam. Because of the news, President Nixon orders some easing in the bombing of North Vietnam, particularly around Hanoi and Haiphong.

North Vietnam says Hanoi and Washington have agreed on terms for ending the Vietnam War. Included in the agreement were a cease-fire and an exchange of prisoners of war. A Source close to South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu said, “I don’t believe it can be true. I can’t believe it will happen all of a sudden like this.”

Arab terrorists Hijack a German airliner over the Mediterranean and force the West German government to free three Palestinian guerrillas charged in the Olympic massacre seven weeks ago. 11 Israelis died in the massacre.

On Long Island - On the Campaign trail - President Nixon pledges to end the Vietnam War, “with honor and not surrender” to keep the United States “second to none” in military strength and to provide “full prosperity” and full employment without war” in his second term.


Technology news – October 23, 1972

United Airlines drops options to purchase 6 Concorde (SST) airplanes. To date, only two airlines - British Overseas Airways Corp and Air France and the Chinese government have placed firm orders for a total of 12 Concords.

For the first time ever - Scientists at Caltech say they believe they have found a “black hole” in space. Black holes have been predicted by Albert Einstein and other physicists but have never been located. The apparent black hole is Cygnus X-1.


Bestselling – October 23, 1972

Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Richard Bach

August 1914 - Alexander Solzhensnitsyn

The Winds of War - Herman Wouk

On the Night of the Seventh Moon - Victoria Holt

Captains and Kings - Taylor Caldwell

Dark Horse - Fletcher Knebel

I’m Ok - You’re Ok - Thomas A Harris, MD

O’ Jerusalem - Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre

Open marriage - George & Nena O’Neill

Super Monday - Adam Smith

A Nation of Strangers - Vance Packard

The Peter Prescription - Lawrence J. Peter

Eleanor - The years Alone - Joseph P. Lash


Sports news - October 23, 1972

World Series - The Oakland A’s defeat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 in the seventh game.

Passing - Igor I. Sikorsky (83) - revolutionized flying by developing the helicopter. On Sept 14, 1939, Mr. Sikorsky successfully flew the VS-300 at Stratford, Conn - the world’s first practical helicopter.

Passing - Baseball great Jackie Robinson (53). In 1947, he became the first black to play major league baseball (The Brooklyn Dodgers)... Of a heart attack.

The Milwaukee Bucks rally from a halftime deficit, defeating the Buffalo Braves 109-92. Kareem Abdul Jabbar scored 15 and rookie Micky Davis scored 6.


Fascinating business news – October 23, 1972

 At your Chevrolet dealer now - the Vega GT. “You’d dig the cornering, the acceleration - the stability, the steering, the stopping. We think that Vega goes beyond the old ‘fun to drive’ cliché. The car feels alive, responsive, right. And capable of giving you an elevated feeling. Get the feeling soon. At your Chevrolet dealer’s.”  


Entertainment/Celebrity news – October 23, 1972

Finalists in the male star-of-the year at the second annual Las Vegas entertainment Awards completion are - Sammy Davis Jr., Engelbert Humperdinck, Tom Jones, Liberace, Anthony Newley and Elvis Presley. Davis was the winner last year. For females - Ann-Margret, Shirley Bassy, Liza Minnelli, Juliet Prowse, Debbie Reynolds and Barbra Streisand. Miss Prowse won last year.

Marries - Pantomimes Robert Shields to Lorene Yarnell. They said nothing throughout the ceremony - held at San Francisco’s Union Square for all to see.

Andy Warhol is asked why he now only paints two portraits a year after his Campbell’s Soup can painting set a record in 1960 - selling for $60 thousand - the highest price ever paid for an American artist: “Art isn’t now, it’s ephemeral. It hangs on a wall. Movies are three-dimensional. They’re now and tangible, like a painting with sound.”    

CBS announces that “The Waltons” has been picked up for a full season on the network. Starring Richard Thomas, the hour-long series is based on novelist earl Hamner’s reminiscences of growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia during the depression. The series costars Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Will Geer, and Ellen Corby. Earl Hamner will be the series narrator and story editor.  

A new Peanuts special arrives on CBS-TV this week - “You’re Elected Charlie Brown.”


Friday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – October 23, 1972

CBS - Sonny and Cher, Movie

NBC - Sanford and Son, The Little People, Ghost Story, Banyon

ABC - The Brady Bunch, Partridge Family, Room 222, The Odd Couple, Love, American Style

PBS - Wall Street Week, Washington Week in Review w/Paul Drew, Citywatchers, Masterpiece Theater


Sonny and Cher - William Conrad and singer/actor Rick Springfield.

The Brady Bunch - The Brady kids try to out frighten each other as they haunt their own house.

Partridge Family - Shirley’s parents, after a marathon group therapy session, attempt to institute a policy of total honesty in the family. Can Danny survive? Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Danny Bonaduce star.

Ghost Story - A Wheelchair victim creates an imaginary playmate that becomes the evil side of his personality.

Room 222 - Pete reverses a student’s attitude toward school, by steering him toward a subject he enjoys - aviation. Stars Lloyd Haynes, Denis Nicholas, Michael Constantine, Karen Valentine.


Late night TV talk -

The Tonight Show w/ Johnny Carson (NBC) - Jo Anne Worley, Ethel Waters, Artie Shaw, Mickey Rooney.

Dick Cavatt (ABC) - Jack Klugman guest hosts with Brett Somers, Ethel Merman, Dan Jenkins  


Top pop hit music single(top-40) – October 23, 1972 

My Ding-A-Ling - Chuck Berry

Nights in White Satin - Moody Blues

Use Me - Bill Withers

Freddie’s Dead - Curtis Mayfield

Burning Love - Elvis Presley

 Garden Party - Rick Nelson

I Am Woman - Helen Reddy

Witchy Woman - Eagles

Listen to The Music - The Doobie Brothers

I’ll Be Around - The Spinners

Summer Breeze - Seals & Crofts

Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues - Danny O’Keefe

Convention ‘72 - The Delegates

Tight Rope - Leon Russell

If I Could Reach You - 5th Dimension

Thunder & Lightening - Chi Coltrane

Starting All Over Again - Mel & Tim

I Believe in Music - Gallery

All The Young Dudes - Mott The Hoople


Top Music Albums – October 23, 1972

Super Fly - Curtis Mayfield

Never a Dull Moment - Rod Stewart

Chicago V - Chicago

Carney - Leon Russell

Days of Future Passed - Moody Blues

All Directions - Temptations

Rock of Ages - The Band

Ben - Michael Jackson - Ben

Honky Chateau - Elton John

The London Chuck Berry Sessions - Chuck Berry

Big Bambu - Cheech & Chong


Top Country Hit Music

Funny Face - Donna Fargo


Top movies - October 23, 1972

The Godfather - Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Al Pacino

Lady Sings the Blues - Diana Ross, Billy D. Williams

Deliverance - Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox

The Valachi Papers - Charles Bronson, Lino Ventura, Joseph Wiseman, Jill Ireland, Walter Chiari, Gerald. S. O’Loughlin

The Candidate - Robert Redford, Peter Boyle, Melvyn Douglas

Cabaret - Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem

Andy Warhol presents “Heat”

Savage Messiah - Dorothy Tutin, Scott Antony, Helen Mirren

Woody Allen’s “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid To Ask” - John Carradine, Lou Jacobi, Louise Lasser, Anthony Quayle, Tony Randall, Lynn Redgrave, Burt Reynolds, Gene Wilder

The New Centurions - George C. Scott, Stacy Keach, Jane Alexander, Scott Wilson, Rosalind Cash

The Emigrants - Max Von Sydow, Liv Ulmann

The French Connection - Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider

Blacula - William Marshall, Denise Nicholas, Vonetta McGee, Gordon Pinsent 

 Asylum - Peter Cushing, Britt Ekland, Herbert Lom, Patrick Magee, Barry Morse, Barbara Parkins, Robert Powell, Charlotte Rampling, Sylvia Syms, Richard Todd, James Villiers

Butterflies Are Free - Goldie Hawn, Eileen Heckart and introducing Edward Albert

Superfly - Ron O’Neal, Carl lee, Julious Harris Sheila Frazier, Charles McGregor

Bad Company - Jeff Bridges, Barry Borwon

The Ruling Class - Harry Andrews, Coral Browne, Michael Bryant

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