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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of December 25, 1972 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

So far, 80 out of 177 persons survive a crash of a Lockheed L-1011 in the Everglades. Eastern Airlines flight 401 originated at JFK airport in New York and was on approach to Miami. It’s the first fatal accident of any wide-body plane. A preliminary investigation says the crew may have been occupied with a stuck landing gear. There was no word from the pilot that the craft was in danger. None of the crew made it.  

The Democratic National Committee says it is leaving the Watergate building after its seven-year lease is up this month. Chairman Mary Lou Burg says that the party is looking for smaller, less luxurious quarters, although they might stay on a month-to-month basis if suitable quarters can’t be found.  Watergate is an expensive office-hotel-apartment complex. The Democrats leased about 8000 square-feet of office space. The complex also housed an apartment for former attorney General John Mitchell. Five men were arrested last June 17 inside the Democratic offices for either bugging or de-bugging telephones. Out of the seven awaiting trial - two are former employees of President Nixon’s reelection campaign.

President Nixon arrives at his office on New Years Day to find himself locked-out. He had spent the holiday weekend at Camp David. He found a uniformed member of the Executive Protection Service - who found a passkey.    


Sports news – December 25, 1972

Baseball great Roberto Clemente (38) of the Pittsburgh Pirates and four companions are killed in the crash of a cargo plane after taking off from San Juan International airport. The group was on a mercy mission with supplies to Nicaragua - which was hit by a devastating earthquake.  Clemente headed Puerto Rico’s earthquake relief operation - raising over $150 thousand in cash, food and supplies. The plane was a four-engine DC-7. 

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw lands in the hospital with the flu. He says he’ll be ready for Sunday’s AFC championship game “I’ll play, you can bet on it. “I’ll probably stay in until Saturday morning, mainly to get some rest.” 


Entertainment/Celebrity news – December 25, 1972

Passing - Harry S. Truman - 33rd President of the United States. President Nixon called him a man of” vision and guts” and proclaims Thursday of this week a national day of mourning.

Marries - Actress Jo Ann Pflug to writer-composer Charles (Chuck) H. Woolery in Winter Park, FL. The bridegroom’s biggest hit was his Advante-Garde’s “Naturally Stoned” in 1968.

In A Gallup Poll - President Nixon leads the list of most admired men. It’s his fourth time on top. The Rev Billy Graham is second, Harry S. Truman - third, Henry Kissinger - fourth and Senator Edward Kennedy - fifth. The rest of the top-10 in order - George C Wallace, Vice President Agnew, Pope Paul VI, Senator George McCovern and West German Chancellor Willy Brandt.

Most admired woman  - Pat Nixon tops the list followed by Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower. 

Mick Jagger and wife Bianca head to Managua, Nicaragua to search for her mother. She owned a store in downtown Managua, but the area was devastated by an earthquake. So far, they haven’t heard from her.

Actress/comedian Imagene Coca undergoes partial face reconstruction after a car accident in Florida. The procedure included repair of the right eye, reconstruction of the right side of her face and placing her right leg in a cast. Her husband ran a red light and his car struck another.


Best-selling books – December 25, 1972

 “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” - Richard Bach, “Semi-Tough” - Dan Jenkins, “August 1914” - Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Odessa File” - Frederick Forsyth, “Harry S. Truman” - Margaret Truman, “The Best and the Brightest” - David Halberstom, I’m Ok - You’re OK” - Thomas Harris MD, “The Peter Prescription” - Lawrence J. Peter.


Prices at the Supermarket – December 25, 1972

At the mart - Ragu Spaghetti Sauce - 15 1/2oz jar .40 ... Bayer Aspirin 50 tablets - .46 ... Old Spice Stick Deodorant - 2.5oz - .85


Top TV shows – December 25, 1972

All In The Family (34.9), Sanford & Son (28.1), Charlie Brown’s Christmas (27.3), Bridget Loves Bernie (26.7), Ironside (25.9), Mary Tyler Moore (25.8), Cannon (25.50, Gunsmoke (25.4), Marcus Welby, Md (24.0), Hec Ramsay (23.9), Monday Night Football (23.6), Flip Wilson Show (23.2), Wonderful World Of Disney (23.0), Here’s Lucy (22.6), Bob Newhart (22.2), The FBI (21.4), The Doris Day Show (21.1), Carol Burnette Show (20.9), Harlem Globetrotters (20.7) 


Wednesday night Television listings/programs/TV guide – December 25, 1972

CBS- Sonny and Cher, Medical Center, Cannon

NBC - Adam-12, Banecek, Search

ABC - Paul Lynde, Movie, Julie Andrews Show.


“New Years Rockin’ Eve” on NBC features Three Dog Night.  


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – December 25, 1972

“Me and Mrs Jones” - Billy Paul, “Clair” - Gilbert O Sullivan, “It Never Rains In Southern California” - Albert Hammond, “You’re So Vain” - Carly Simon, “I Am Woman’ - Helen Reddy, “You Ought To Be With Me’ - Al Green, “Rockin’s Pneumonia, Boogie Woogie Flu” - Johnny Rivers, “Superstition” - Stevie Wonder, “Superfly” - Curtis Mayfield, “Dancing In The Moonlight” - King Harvest, “Your Mama Don’t Dance” - Loggins & Messina.  


Top music albums – December 25, 1972

“Seventh Sojourn” - The Moody Blues, “Living In The Past” - Jethro Tull, “I’m Still In Love With You” - Al Green, “Summer Breeze” - Seals and Crofts, “Rhymes & Reasons”- Carole King, “All Directions” - The Temptations,”Caravanseral” - Santana, “One Man Dog” - James Taylor, “Rocky Mountain High” - John Denver.


Some top movies – December 25, 1972

Judge Roy Bean - Paul Newman, Jacqueline Basset, Tab Hunter, John Huston, Stacy Ketch, Ruddy McDowall, Anthony Perkins

The Getaway - Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Ben Johnson, Sally Struthers.

Up The Sandbox - Barbra Streisand, David Selby

The Poseidon Adventure - Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowall, Stella Stevens, Shelly Winters, Jack Albertson

Sleuth - Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine

The Heartbreak Kid - Charles Grodin, Cybill Shepherd, Jeanne Berlin Audra Lindley

Sounder - Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Kevin Hooks

Marigolds - Joanne Woodward, Nell Potts, Roberta Wallach.

Deliverance - Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds

Lady Sings The Blues - Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams.

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

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