Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of November 1, 1972 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
The White House says that President Nixon would resist deadline pressures that would “stampeded the United States” into signing less that the best possible peace settlement for Vietnam. President Nixon has insisted that some outstanding issues in the Vietnam peace settlement be solved before the United States signs it.
George McGovern dismisses a new reversal in the public opinion polls and challenges Mr. Nixon to “come out and face the American people in this campaign.” A recent Harris survey says Nixon is ahead of McGovern by 28%.
Sen. George McGovern says his wife had been bumped off the Dick Cavett show because ‘they couldn’t find a Republican to go on with her.” But the Cavett show says she was never booked.
Campaigning in Cincinnati – George McGovern vows that if defeated in the presidential race, he would continue to criticize the republicans and Mr. Nixon.
President Nixon says his Administration was helping to make the cities livable again by pouring in more money and giving city hall a greater voice in how it should be spent.
Vietnam – U.S. Intelligence sources report that North Vietnam is preparing military way stations along infiltration routes into South Vietnam to receive fresh enemy troops.
South Vietnam to be strengthened with more than 100 supersonic F-5 fighter planes. The Pentagon says this will help speed-up the cease-fire.
In a Television address - President Nixon expressed confidence that agreement to end the war in Vietnam would be reached soon and calls upon the voters to “help achieve that goal.” “By your votes you can send a message to those with whom we are negotiating and to the leaders of the world that you back the President of the United States as he insists that we seek peace with honor and never peace with surrender.”
Campaigning in Chicago – George McGovern, asserting he’s speaking as a patriot, not as a candidate,” said he wanted to warn the American people just as clearly as I can; don’t buy this Nixon line on peace. He has no plan for ending the war. He has not let go of Gen. (Nguyen Van) Thieu.”
Meantime, President Nixon is keeping a very low-profile campaign since the poll numbers favor him considerably. A final Gallup Poll before the election has Nixon at a 61% to McGovern’s 35%.
Sports news – November 1, 1972
Gaylord Perry, Cleveland right-hander accused by opponents of throwing spitballs, wins the 1972 Cy Young Award as the best pitcher in the American League. Perry had a 24-16 record and an era of 1.92, second to the league’s best, 1.91 by Luis Tiant of Boston.
The New York Mets announce the trade of pitchers Gary Gentry and Danny Frisella to the Atlanta Braves for second baseman Felix Millan and pitcher George Stone.
Entertainment news – November 1, 1972
Diahann Carroll announces her engagement to David Frost after a tumultuous two-year romance.
Radio news – November 1, 1972
Bill Balance TV pilot - ABC has made a pilot for a proposed series similar to his “Feminine Forum” radio talk show heard in Los Angeles. ABC says it will air the pilot in January. Both are about women airing their problems.
Music – November 1, 1972
CBS features “Jackson Five Show” on Sunday. 13-year-old Michael Jackson was called “amazing” by many critics. Guests were “Laugh-In” regular Johnny Brown and Jo Anne Worley. They performed a medley of their hits including “Ben,” “ABC” and “Never Can Say Goodbye.”
NBC will usher in 1973 with something called “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” a 90-minute special. The concert will originate from the Grand Ballroom of the Queen Mary in Long Beach (CA) and will headline Three Dog Night. Also participating – Blood, Sweat and Tears, Mary Travis, Al Green and Billy Preston. Dick Clark is the executive producer.
Oh NO!!! 14-year-old Donny Osmond is losing his youthful treble. His voice is changing into manhood. Says Donny – “I just can’t reach the high notes anymore.” “I’m almost 15 now and my voice is a whole octave lower.” The Osmonds are currently touring in Britain.
James Taylor walks on stage to begin a concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York. He showed-off a gold wedding band and announced his marriage, earlier in the evening, to singer Carly Simon, who took a bow with her husband. It’s the first marriage for each. Said Taylor – “I don’t know whether to be more nervous about the concert or the marriage.”
Television news – Novembe 1, 1972
NBC tops the ratings with its World Series coverage. For the week ending October 22 – NBC – 22.8 CBS – 19.2 and ABC – 17.2.
James Brolin is filming again after he took a spill on his motorcycle. Brolin’s motorcycle skidded on a dirt road while filming a “Marcus Welby” scene with guest star James Coco. He suffered a broken ankle and a broken leg bone and will be in a cast for six weeks. He’ll be photographed from the waist up in re-written scenes.
“Twiggy” will be featured in a Paris-originated segment of “Cole Porter In Paris – a Bell System Family Theater special starring Perry Como January 17 on NBC. She’ll be joined by Charles Aznavour, Diahann Carroll, Connie Stevens and Louis Jourdan in the musical.
Annette Funicello heads a salute to Mickey Mouse on the syndicated “The Mouse Factory” this week. She’ll introduce cartoons and reviews Mickey’s career.
Rod Serling will narrate “In Search of Ancient Astronauts” – a special examining the theory that phenomena in various parts of the world were created by other visitors. The program is based on the popular book “Chariots of the Gods?” by Erich Von Damken. Look for it January 5 on NBC-TV.