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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of December 1, 1972 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

Canary Islands - A chartered Spanish jettier flying to Munich crashes on takeoff – killing 155.

Transportation Secretary John Volpe says that the government was planning to order airports to post armed guards at all boarding gates in an effort to stop hijackings. The new security system is expected to take effect within six months.

President Nixon names George P. Shultz his assistant for economic affairs.

Key Biscayne - President Nixon relaxes over a gourmet dinner after a hard week at the White House, advised Americans to keep their spirits “up, up, up,” and ended a rare night out on the town by eating a coconut ice cream sundae topped with pineapple as he rode home.

A Senate Subcommittee reports that abuse of barbiturate drugs by Americans had reached epidemic proportions and was second only to alcohol as the most abused depressant.

President Nixon names Donald Rumsfield, the present director of the cost of Living Council, to be permanent U.S. representative to the North Atlantic treaty Organization.

The Supreme Court, dealing a blow to nudity in bars, will allow California to suspend the liquor licenses of bars that feature nude dancing, sexually explicit films: if the show is too explicit.

Imelda Marcos, the Philippines First Lady, is attacked by an assassin wielding a foot-long bolo knife, She survived requiring 75 stitches. She was badly cut on both arms and hands when attacked during a beautification awards ceremony in Pasay City. Thousands of TV viewers saw the attack. President Nixon telephone Marcos to officer his sympathy and any possible assistance. 

The U.S. fertility rate for the first nine months of this year dropped below the zero population growth barriers for the first time in the nation’s history. The rate was 2.04 births per woman over a theoretical lifetime, compared with 2.28 last year. 

Apollo 17 – America’s last scheduled manned moon flight – takes off from Cape Kennedy after a nearly 3-hour delay.

Watergate bugging trial taking shape – Around 50 prosecution witnesses will testify during the upcoming Watergate bugging trial. The trial is scheduled to begin January 8.  The key government witness is expected to be Alfred Baldwin III – a former FBI agent and republican campaign worker who has said that he monitored many bugged phone conversations from a listening post across the street from Democratic Headquarters. 


Sports news – December 1, 1972

The Pittsburgh Steelers trounce the Cleveland Browns 30-0. Both teams were 8-3 before the game.

Jack Nicklaus wins the Walt Disney World Open at Lake Buena Vista Florida.

Jean Peters (Howard Hughes’ ex), who quit Hollywood in 1957, says she’s going to be an actress again. And, she’s been a recluse since then – as this week is her first interview since 1957.


Music news – December 1, 1972

The BBC bands Paul McCartney’s latest record “Hi Hi Hi” because it was too sexy. “We were shocked,” said McCartney. “We were just making music and having fun. There is naughtier stuff on television every evening.”

Members of 3 Dog Night and Guess Who were ordered to strip on their arrival at Sydney Airport as part of their customs search for drugs. Singer Danny Hutton said, “We didn’t worry because we new were clean.”

Wow – Cass Elliott hosts the Tonight Show this Friday!


Top TV shows – December 1, 1972

All in the Family – 34.5 rating – 54 share

ABC Movie – “Brian’s Song” – 30.4

Columbo – 29.0

Maude – 28.8

Sanford & Son – 27.7

Hawaii 5-0 – 27.7

ABC Wednesday movie – 25.9

Disney – 25.9

CBS Movie – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang  - 25.5

Bridget Loves Bernie – 24.4

Marcus Welby – 24.4

Miss Teenage America – 23.9

NBC Movie – Barefoot in the Park – 23.9

Mary Tyler Moore – 23.0

Gunsmoke – 22.7

Adam 12 – 22.1

Here’s Lucy – 22.0

ABC Monday Night Football – 21.9

The FBI – 21.7

Julie Andrews – 21.4

Bob Newhart – 21.3

Partridge Family – 19.6


Television news listings/programs/TV guide – December 1, 1972

NBC is accused of violating Johnny Carson’s freedom of speech by editing off the air part of his Tonight show monolog. They deleted the word “crest’ from a joke about excessive lead content in toothpaste tubes.

ABC-TV News Special – Apollo 17: Last Voyage To The Moon.

“Truman Capote Behind Prison Walls. An ABC Late Night Special. Truman Capote interviews a member of the Manson family, a rapist, a burglar and two convicted murderes.


Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – December 1, 1972

CBS – Sonny and Cher, Movie

NBC – Sanford and Son, The Little People, Ghost Story, Banyon, Johnny Carson

ABC – Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, Room 222, Odd Couple, Love American style, Late Night Special, Jamison’s Kids

PBS – Masterpiece Theater


Sonny and Cher – Andy Griffith guests.

Odd Couple – Allen Ludden invites Oscar to guest on “Password.”

Johnny Carson – Cass Elliott hosts – Howard Cosell and Pat Henry guest.


Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – December 1, 1972

CBS – Dr Suess How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, Perry Como Winter Show, Bill Cosby Variety show

NBC – Laugh-In, Movie, Johnny Carson

ABC – ABC News Special, Monday Night Football


On Laugh-In – Jack Klugman.

On Johnny Carson – Don Rickles, Don Ho.

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