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



In The News

A United Air Lines jet carrying 61 crashes into a heavily populated neighborhood of Chicago’s southwest side killing at least 43.

Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt land successfully on the moon near a crater named Poppy, explore the lunar mysteries for nearly seven hours and prepare for another excursion.

First the Queen Mary, then the London Bridge, now there is a plan to dismantle the heart of one of London’s most colorful areas – Piccadilly Circus and bring it brick by brick to Teaneck, NJ. The Circus, which is suffering from urban blight, has been the subject of several redevelopment plans, none of which has come to fruition.

The United States wins a major victory in General Assembly voting that approves a cut in future U.S. contributions to the United Nations budget. The total U.S. share would be 25%.

Gov. Reubin Askew signs the death penalty into law, making Florida the first state in the nation to restore capital punishment.

President Nixon names William Clenents Jr., a Texas oil well and pipeline contractor, to be deputy secretary of defense.

President Nixon extends his second-term shakeup to the Republican Party and chooses George Bush, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to replace Sen. Robert Dole of Kansas as GOP National Committee chairman.

Reversing a relaxed policy in Oct and Nov – Russia is claming down once again on the flow of ethnic Germans to the West and re-imposes the diploma tax that dell heavily on Jews seeking emigration to Israel.

More than $10,000 in cash is found in a purse police say belonged to Dorothy Hunt, whose husband, E Howard Hunt, the man indicted in the break-in at Democratic national headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington.

After 36 years, Life magazine says it will fold. The final date is December 29.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – December 8, 1972

As soon as she is divorced from French movie director Roger Vidim, actress Jane Fonda plans to marry fellow antiwar campaigner Tom Hayden. Hayden (32), a former leader of Students for a Democratic Society, was one of five member so the “Chicago Seven” convicted in 1969 of crossing state lines to incite a riot at the Democratic National Convention. He was sentenced to five years in prison but a federal appeals court last month reversed the conviction.  

Passing - Louella Parsons, first of the Hollywood gossip queens. She was 91.


Television news – December 8, 1972

The Vin Scully Show, a new afternoon entertainment series will premier Jan 15 on CBS-TV.

NBC research says 37.3 million or 57.3% of all TV households have color TV.


Top TV shows – December 8, 1972

All in the Family

Sanford & Son


Bridget Loves Bernie


Marcus Welby


Flip Wilson

Hawaii 5-0


Mary Tyler Moore



Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – December 8, 1972

CBS – 60 Minutes, Anna and the King, MASH, Sandy Duncan, New Dick Van Dyke Show, Mannix

NBC – The Little Drummer Boy Christmas with the Bing Crosbys, Bob Hope Show, Night gallery

ABC – The FBI, Sunday night movie

PBS – French Chief, Masterpiece Theater


MASH – Hawkeye and Trapper John sneak into Major Burns’ quarters and steal a pint of blood, for an ailing POW.

Bell System Family Theatre presents Christmas with the Bing Crosbys.

Night Gallery – A writer and his wife inherit a farmhouse and an old attic trunk which is not to be move or opened. Stars Stuart Whitman and Barbara Anderson.


Some top movies – December 8, 1972

The Mechanic – Charles Bronson

The Thing With 2 Heads – Ray Milland and Rosy Gear

Baron Blood – Joseph Cotton, Elke Sommer

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