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1972 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
1972 History Snapshot
World Series Champions
Superbowl VI Champions
National Basketball Association Champions
|Los Angeles Lakers|
NHL Stanley Cup Champions
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|Stan Smith/Billie Jean King|
|Ilie Nastase/Billie Jean King|
|Sandy Koufax was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, the youngest player ever elected, at age 36.|
NCAA Football Champions
NCAA Basketball Champions
|Orange Bowl: January 1, 1972 - Nebraska over
Rose Bowl: January 1, 1972 - Stanford over Michigan
Sugar Bowl : January 1, 1972 - Oklahoma over Auburn
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
|Chinoe's Adamant James|
Time Magazine's Men of the Year
|Laura Lea Schaefer (Bexley, OH)|
|Tanya Wilson (Hawaii)|
Fashion Icons and Movie Stars
|Adrienne Barbeau, Carol Burnett, Dyan Cannon, Veronica Carlson, Diahann Carroll, Lynda Carter, Lola Falana, Karen Graham, Pam Grier, Margaux Hemingway, Beverly Johnson, Peggy Lipton, Sophia Loren, Mary Tyler Moore, Caroline Munro, Ingrid Pitt, Suzanne Pleshette, Maria Schneider, Cybill Shepherd, Naomi Sims, Carly Simon, Barbra Streisand, Shelia Roscoe, Diana Ross, Twiggy, Veruschka|
|"Hey Mikey! He likes it!"
- Life cereal ad
"The mind is a terrible thing to waste"
-United Negro College Fund
" It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken"
- Frank Perdue
"I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse"
- Marlon Brando, in The Godfather
"Nothing runs like a Deere"
- John Deere
"Nobody does it like Sara Lee"
- Sara Lee
Apollo 16 pilot Charles Duke left a plastic-encased photo portrait of his family on the surface of the moon with the message "This is the family of Astronaut Duke from Planet Earth. Landed on the Moon, April 1972."
The last person on the moon was Eugene Cernan as Commander of Apollo 17 in December 1972, the final Apollo lunar landing. His final words on the moon were, "We leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind. Godspeed the crew of Apollo 17."
1972 Pop Culture History
Denver was awarded the 1976 Winter Olympics, but in 1972 voted to reject hosting the games, becoming the first and only host to do so after being awarded the games. Innsbruck, Austria, was then chosen to host the 1976 Winter Olympics.
The rights to the original Captain Marvel have been owned by DC
Comics since 1972. However, trademark conflicts with Marvel have
resulted in DC marketing the hero under the name, "Shazam!"
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
Tuskegee syphilis experiment - the US Public Health Service withheld
penicillin treatment from hundreds of impoverished sharecroppers
to study the natural progression of untreated syphilis in rural
African-American men. The study continued until it was leaked to
the press in 1972.
A Scottish folk singer named Shelagh McDonald vanished in 1972.
After an article about her disappearance was published in 2005,
Shelagh turned up at The Scottish Daily Mail and explained
that a disastrous LSD trip had ruined her voice and mental health.
She'd been living off the grid in a tent.
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
Odyssey Game Console, Pong, Dawn dolls, Hackey Sack, Seance Game , Nerf Football
The Monster Times Magazine (1972-1976)
|Playing Pong on your home's television set
Reading Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
Watching The Godfather in theaters.
1972/73 Biggest Television Shows
|(according to Nielsen
1. All in the Family (CBS)
2. Sanford and Son (NBC)
3. Hawaii Five-O (CBS)
4. Maude (CBS)
5. Bridget Loves Bernie (CBS)
6. The NBC Sunday Night Mystery Movie (NBC)
7. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (CBS)
8. Gunsmoke (CBS)
9. The Wonderful World of Disney (NBC)
10. Ironside (NBC)
Popular Music Artists
|The Biggest Pop Artists of 1972 include
Al Green, America, Aretha Franklin, Betty Wright, Bill Withers, Billy Preston, Bobby Womack, Bread, The Carpenters, The Chi-Lites, Don McLean, Donny Hathaway, Donny Osmond, The Dramatics, Elton John, Gilbert O'Sullivan, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, The Jackson 5, James Brown, Joe Simon, Johnnie Taylor, Kurtis Mayfield, Looking Glass, Luther Ingram, Micheal Jackson, Millie Jackson, Neil Diamond, Nilsson, The O'Jays, The Osmonds, The Persuaders, Roberta Flack, The Spinners, The Staple Singers, Stevie Wonder, The Stylistics, The Temptations, Three Dog Night, Tyrone Davis, War
(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)
Number One Hits of 1972
|December 25, 1971 - January 14, 1972: Melanie - Brand
January 15, 1972 - February 11, 1972: Don McLean - American Pie
February 12, 1972 - February 18, 1972: Al Green - Let's Stay Together
February 19, 1972 - March 17, 1972: Nilsson - Without You
March 18, 1972 - March 24, 1972: Neil Young - Heart of Gold
March 25, 1972 - April 14, 1972: America - A Horse with No Name
April 15, 1972 - May 26, 1972: Roberta Flack - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
May 27, 1972 - June 2, 1972: The Chi-Lites - Oh Girl
June 3, 1972 - June 9, 1972: The Staple Singers - I'll Take You There
June 10, 1972 - June 30, 1972: Sammy Davis Jr. - Candy Man
July 1, 1972 - July 7, 1972: Neil Diamond - Song Sung Blue
July 8, 1972 - July 28, 1972: Bill Withers - Lean On Me
July 29, 1972 - August 25, 1972: Gilbert O'Sullivan - Alone Again (Naturally)
August 26, 1972 - September 15, 1972: Looking Glass - Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)
September 16, 1972 - September 22, 1972: Three Dog Night - Black and White
September 23, 1972 - October 13, 1972: Mac Davis - Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me
October 14, 1972 - October 20, 1972: Michael Jackson - Ben
October 21, 1972 - November 3, 1972: Chuck Berry - My Ding-a-ling
November 4, 1972 - December 1, 1972: Johnny Nash - I Can See Clearly Now
December 2, 1972 - December 8, 1972: The Temptations - Papa Was a Rollin' Stone
December 9, 1972 - December 15, 1972: Helen Reddy - I Am Woman
December 16, 1972 - January 5, 1973: Billy Paul - Me and Mrs. Jones
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