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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of December 15, 1972 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

Vietnam news - Heavy bombardment of the Hanoi-Haiphong area continues as the U.S. loses another B-52, and a fighter-bomber... Also- peace talks sour and bombing by the U.S. execelerates. 

Apollo 17, back from the moon - splashes down safely in the Pacific. Aboard - astronauts Eugene Cernan, Harrison Schmitt and Ronald Evans.

John Scali - a former newsman and now a Nixon aid, is named as U.N. Ambassador. He’ll succeed George Bush.

Lea Inc - a study and survey organization, reports that male sterilizations in the United States have reached a new annual peak - with 750,000 in 1970.


Fascinating Business news – Convertibles Are Back – December 15, 1972

Car news - the convertible, ruled as unsafe, gets a reprieve. Instead of looking convertibles as a whole, a Cincinnati court rules that safety depends on each class of car. But, it is too little too late. In 1966 - 57 convertible models were offered by manufacturers. For 1973, only 9 are offered. Nearly 70% of today’s U.S. built cars are ordered with air conditioning and more than 45% have vinyl tops for the “convertible look.” Chevrolet says it would like to “hang-on to the Corvette convertible model, but on other cars, demand is diminishing.” The record year for sales of U.S-made convertibles was 1965, when more than 500,000 were delivered. Even with the reprieve, a GM executive says that they will never again approach their heyday -  “Don’t forget - a few years ago about the only choice a customer had was between a four-door sedan and a convertible. Today, he’s got small cars, two-door hardtops, four-door hardtops and a raft of optional equipment.” 


Sports news – December 15, 1972

 The Atlanta Braves name Hoyt Wilhelm to manage their Class A farm club at Greenwood, S.C. Hoyt of course, has had a brilliant career as a pitcher - 21 years in the pros. Of his beginnings, he says - “Other clubs were unwilling to take a chance on me and I’ll always be grateful to (Leo) Durocher for bringing me up to the New York Giants.” In the next 20 years, Wilhelm was to pitch for 8 different major league teams. 

Goodbye Johnny -  Quarterback Johnny Unitas of the Baltimore Colts gets a standing ovation from a crowd of 80,000 plus, as he throws his last pass. “Yes, it’s definitely my last game for Baltimore as a player. Maybe in some other capacity, but I can’t say now. I haven’t made up my mind what I will do yet. I will give it plenty of thought in the off season.”

The Pittsburgh Steelers win their first National Football League division title in 40 years, defeating the San Diego Chargers 24-2. Owner Art Rooney handing out cigars in the Pittsburgh dressing room said - “It took a long time, but it was worth it. I’m not jumping up and down because that’s not the way I am. But inside, I’m bubbling like a volcano.” The Steelers, with QB Terry Bradshaw, finished their best record ever (so far) 11-3.  


Bestselling books – December 15, 1972

Jonathon Livingston Seagull - Richard Bach

On the Night of the Seventh Moon - Victoria Holt

Semi-Touch - Dan Jenkins

August 1914 - Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The Odessa File - Frederick Forstyh

Captains and the Kings - Taylor Caldwell

The Persain Boy - Mary Renault

The Winds of War - Herman Wouk

The Best and the Brightest - David Halberstam

Supermoney - Adam Smith

The Peter Prescription - Lawrence J. Peter

Open Marriage - George & Nena O’Neill

I’m Ok - You’re OK - Thomas A. Harris MD

Fire in the Lake - Frances Fitzgerald

Dr Atkins’ Diet Revolution - Robert Atkins


In a Gallup Poll - this question was asked:

If you could live anywhere in the United States that you wanted to, would you prefer a city, suburban area, small town or farm?

City - 13%

Suburbs - 31%

Small town - 32%

Farm - 23%

No opinion - 1% 


Music news – December 15, 1972

Just in time for Christmas - Apple Records re-releases “Phil Spector’s Christmas Album.” The album was originally released around Christmas, 1963, taking nine months to complete. The re-release contains a new album cover (Spector himself with shades with a “back to mono” button, dressed as Santa Clause).

Paul McCartney’s single “Hi Hi Hi” is banned by the BBC because of sexually suggestive lyrics. His “Give Ireland Back To The Irish” was also banned by the Beeb earlier this year.

What a week for singer Helen Reddy: She finalized arrangements for her to make her Las Vegas debut in March at the Riviera Hotel... She gives birth to her second child, Jordan Sommers Wald ... Her “I Am Woman” single is certified a million seller by the RIAA ... It’s announced that she’ll make her debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall in April.

Rock ‘n’ Roll - groups “Traffic” and “Free” will tour the U.S. early next year.


Radio news – December 15, 1972

Program direct Rick Sklar is promoted to director of operations for WABC-AM in New York – a position created by the board of directors at ABC Corp. He’ll be in charge of everything but sales at the ratings giant. 


Music on Television Update – December 15, 1972

This Friday night on ABC-TV - it’s “In Concert” - John Lennon and Yoko Ono Present the One to One Concert with Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack and Sha Na Na. It will be simulcast on FM stations as well (see your listings.) The concert - a benefit for mentally retarded children, was held at Madison Square Garden.

Elvis Presley’s satellite-live television concert, originating January 14 from Honolulu is expected to reach 1.5 billion people. Elvis will begin the concert at 12:30am.

Dick Clark is taking legal action against certain colleges and promoters for using illegitimate and illegal bootleg kinescopes of his early “Bandstand” TV shows. Look out!

ABC-TV’s first “In Concert” late night 90-minute rock special nearly doubled Dick Cavett’s regular overnight Nielsen ratings (November 24). Looks like ABC-TV will plan more of these specials – one is set for this week.


Saturday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – December 15, 1972

CBS - All In The Family, Bridget Loves Bernie, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart Show, Carol Burnett Show (just moved to Saturday night)

NBC - Emergency, Movie

ABC - Alias Smith & Jones, Streets of San Francisco, The Sixth Sense

PBS - Plot To Overthrow Christmas, Playhouse New York


Monday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide - December 15, 1972

CBS – Gunsmoke, Here’s Lucy, Doris Day Show, Special

NBC – Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, NBC Monday Night At The Movies

ABC – The Rookies, Monday Night Football


Wednesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – December 15, 1972

CBS – Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, Medical Center, Cannon

NBC – Adam-12, Banacek, Search

ABC – The Paul Lynde Show, ABC Wednesday Night Movie, Julie Andrews Show


Search – stars Doug McClure, Burgess Meredith and Albert Popwell.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – December 15, 1972

Me and Mrs. Jones - Billy Paul

Papa Was a Rollin' Stone - The Temptations

Clair - Gilbert O'Sullivan

It Never Rains in Southern California - Albert Hammond

If You Don't Know Me By Now -  Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes

I'm Stone In Love With You - The Stylistics

You're So Vain - Carly Simon

I Am Woman - Helen Reddy

Summer Breeze - Seals & Crofts                              

I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash

Operator - Jim Croce

Dialogue (Part I & II) - Chicago

Superstition - Stevie Wonder

Long Dark Road - The Hollies

Sunny Days - Lighthouse

Crazy Horses - The Osmonds

I'd Love You to Want Me - Lobo

Ventura Highway - America

You Ought to Be With Me - Al Green

I Wanna Be With You - The Raspberries

 Rockin' Pneumonia - Boogie Woogie Flu - Johnny Rivers

Something's Wrong With Me - Austin Roberts

Sweet Surrender - Bread

Angel - Rod Stewart

Funny Face - Donna Fargo

Walk On Water - Neil Diamond

Keeper of the Castle - The Four Tops

Your Mama Don't Dance -  Kenny Loggins & Jim Messina

Sitting - Cat Stevens

Superfly - Curtis Mayfield

In Heaven There Is No Beer - Clean Living

992 Arguments - The O’Jays


Top hit music singles in Britain – December 15, 1972

My Ding-A-Ling – Chuck Berry

Crazy Horse – The Osmonds

 Gudbye t’ Jane – Slade

Angel What Made Milwaukee Famous – Rod Stewart

Crocodile Rock – Elton John

Ben – Michael Jackson

Why – Donny Osmond

Long Haired Love From Liverpool – Jimmy Osmond

Rock Me Baby – David Cassidy

Solid Gold Easy Action – T Rex


Top Soul Hit Music – December 15, 1972

You Ought To Be With Me – Al Green

If You Don’t Know Me By Now – Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

Me & Mrs. Jones – Billy Paul

I’m Stone In Love With You – Stylistics

One Night Affair – Jerry Butler

Why Can’t We Live Together – Timmy Thomas

Papa Was A Rolling Stone – Temptations

Corner of the Sky – Jackson 5


Top Country Hit Music Singles – December 15, 1972

Got The All Overs For You (All Over Me) - Freddie Hart

Heaven Is My Woman’s Love – Tommy Overstreet

She’s Got To Be A Saint – Ray Price

Pretend I Never Happened – Waylon Jennings

She’s Too Good To Be Ture – Charley Pride

White Silver sands – Sonny James

Soul Song – Joe Stampley

A Picture of Me (Without You) – George Jones


Top Music Albums – December 15, 1972

Living In The Past - Jethro Tull                      

Seventh Sojourn - The Moody Blues                

Catch Bull at Four - Cat Stevens                      

All Directions - The Temptations                     

Close To The Edge - Yes

Superfly - Curtis Mayfield/soundtrack

Caravanserai - Santana

No Secrets - Carly Simon                           

Rhymes & Reasons - Carole King                       

Summer Breeze - Seals & Crofts

I’m Still In Love With You - Al Green

Phoenix - Grand Funk Railroad

Rock Of Ages - The Band

Ben - Michael Jackson 

Anthology - Duane Allman

Black Sabbath IV - Black Sabbath

Rocky Moutain High - John Denver

Homecoming - America

Toulose Street - The Doobie Brothers

Class Clown - George Carlin

Never A Dull Moment - Rod Stewart

Days of Future Passed - Moody Blues

One Man Dog - James Taylor

Baby, Gon’t Get Hooked On Me - Mac Davis

The Slider - T Rex

The World Is A Ghetto - War

Guitar Man - Bread

Moods - Neil Diamond

Trilogy - Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Live - Barbra Streisand

For The Roses - Joni Mitchell

Honky Chateau

Chicago V - Chicago

Live - Full House - J. Geils Band

Old Dan’s Records - Gordon Lightfoot

Dos - Malo

Talking Book - Stevie Wonder

Carney - Leon Russell

Good Feelin’ To Know - Poco

Joe Cocker

Still Bill - Bill Withers

Can’t Buy a Thrill - Steely Dan

Loggins & Messina

No Secrets - Carly Simon  

Come Softly To Me - The New Seekers

The Divine Miss M - Bette Midler


Some top movies – December 15, 1972

The Getaway - Steve McQueen Ali McGraw

You’ll Like My Mother - Patty Duke, Richard Thomas, Rosemary Murphy

Marigolds - Joanne Woodward, Neil Potts, Robert Wallach

The King Of Marvin Gardens - Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, Ellen Burstyn

Across 110th Street - Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto, Anthony Franciosa 

Under Milk Wood - Richard Burtain, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter O’Toole

Pete ‘n’ Tillie - Walter Matthau, Carol Burnett

The Poseidon Adventure (Hell Upside Down) - Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowall, Stella Stevens, Shelly Winters, Jack Albertson, Leslie Nielsen                                

Fuzz - Burt Reynolds, Yul Brynner, Raquel Welch

The Valachi Papers - Charles Bronson

The Hospital - George C. Scott, Diana Rigg

Man of La Mancha - Peter O’Toole, Sophia Loren, James Coco

Play It As It Lays - Tuesday Weld, Anthony Perkins

Child’s Play (You only lose once) - James Mason, Robert Preston, Beau Bridges

The New Centurians - George C. Scott, Stacy Keach

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