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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of November 8, 1972 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Unprecedented - President Nixon sweeps 49 states and is elected to a second term as President. Holdouts were Massachusetts and DC.

Acceptance speech – President Nixon calls for national unity after the campaign, declaring, “A huge landslide margin means nothing at all unless it is a victory for America.”

President Nixon turns immediately to a shakeup of his Cabinet and White House staff for his second term.

President Nixon rules out new massive social programs. “Nothing could be further from the mark,” said the President “This country has enough on its plate in the way of whole huge new spending programs, social programs, throwing dollars at problems… The average American is just like the child in the family. You give him some responsibility and he is going to amount to something. He is going to do something.” 

A Southern Airways jetliner carrying 27 passengers and a crew of four and 3 hijackers with a $2 million ransom, skids safely down the runway at Havana airport. The hijackers were arrested.

Back in Miami – 31 captives who were held 28 hours under the guns of three hijackers return from Havana. 4 were hurt in the incident including the copilot.

 Cuban Premier Fidel Castro is reported to have told the pilot of the hijacked southern Airways DC-9 that the three hijackers of the aircraft would spend the rest of their lives behind bars in Cuba.

U.S is concerned that without Fidel Castro’s cooperation, there could be a rash of aircraft hijackings by criminals fleeing arrests.

The Pentagon says it is planning to close down or cut back operations at a number of military bases across the country next year and will eliminate thousands of civilian defense jobs.

The 19th century official city accounting records of Boss Tweed are found in a city warehouse by Leo Hershkowitz – Queens College history professor. The Tweed books had been thought destroyed because most of the records apparently did not surface at Tweed’s trials for fraud and graft.

Reputed underworld financial genius Meyer Lansky, denied asylum by six countries is arrested in Miami by FBI agents and later released on a $650,000 bond.


Sports news – November 8, 1972

Cincinnati catcher Johnny Bench is named the National League’s Most Valuable Player for the second time in three seasons. Bench had a .238 batting average last year.


Music news – November 8, 1972

Elvis Presley performs a concert at the Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino, CA.

Hank Williams Jr., Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett will be performing at President Nixon’s inauguration ball in January. 


Radio news – November 8, 1972

KMET-FM Los Angeles re-creates the sound of KFWB when it was top-40 “Color Radio” during the late 1950’s and 1960’s. The seven original KFWB deejays were part of the weekend special – Ted Quillan, Joe Yocam, Gene Weed, Elliot Field, B. Mitchell Reed, Bill Balance and Gary Owens.


Television news – November 8, 1972

NBC is canceling “Bonanza” after a 14-year run and the final show is shot this week at Burbank Studios. Although the show slipped to 48th in a recent Nielsen rating, the cancellation came quickly – no one new it was coming. Said star Lorne Greene: “If we had known this was coming we would have gone out with a bang and not a whimper.” Many say the beginning of the end came with the death of Dan Blocker last year. On the final show – newcomer Tim Matheson in the role of undercover agent Griff King.     


Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – November 8, 1972

CBS – Special-The Harlem Globetrotters Popcorn Machine, Medical Center, Cannon, Late movie

NBC – Adam-12, Madigan, Search, Tonight

ABC – Paul Lynde, TV Movie, Julie Andrews, Dick Cavett

PBS – Playhouse New York


Special-the Harlem Globetrooters Popcorn Machine – With Teresa Graves.

ABC TV Movie – “The Crooked Harts” with Rosalind Russell, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Ross Martin, Michael Murphy, Maureen O’Sullivan, Kent Smith. 

Search – Grover is called upon to come up with a billionaire recluse involved in Las Vegas .

Julie Andrews – Robert Goulet and Joel Grey.

On the Tonight Show – Johnny Carson welcomes Suzanne Pleshette, Dom deLuise, Jose Feliciano.

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