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