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1972 Trivia, Facts & History

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World Series Champions

Oakland Athletics

Superbowl VI Champions

Dallas Cowboys

NBA Champions

Los Angeles Lakers

Stanley Cup Champs

Boston Bruins

U.S. Open Golf

Jack Nicklaus

Wimbledon (Men/Women)

Stan Smith/Billie Jean King

U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies)

Ilie Nastase/Billie Jean King

NCAA Football Champions

USC

NCAA Basketball Champions

UCLA

Kentucky Derby

Riva Ridge

Sports Highlights

Sandy Koufax was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, the youngest player ever elected, at age 36.

The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons

Adrienne Barbeau, Dyan Cannon, Veronica Carlson, Lynda Carter, Pam Grier, Peggy Lipton, Caroline Munro, Ingrid Pitt, Maria Schneider, Carly Simon, Barbra Streisand, Shelia Roscoe, Diana Ross

"The Quotes"

"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."

Time Magazine's Men of the Year

Richard Nixon
Henry Kissinger

Miss America

Laura Lea Schaefer (Bexley, OH)

Miss USA

Tanya Wilson (Hawaii)

The Scandals, Tragic & 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.

The only dissenting member of the Warren Commission on JFK's assassination, Senator Hale Boggs, disappeared on a flight over Alaska

On June 17,agents of the Richard Nixon (Republican) White House and the Nixon reelection campaign were arrested while breaking into the office of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which at the time was located in Washington D.C.'s Watergate Complex.

Richard Nixon was insulted by Chairman Mao’s gift of 50 grams of Da Hong Pao tea, until he was told it was half of China’s entire crop and worth in today’s money, about $250,000.

MLB player Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while trying to deliver food and relief supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. He had exactly 3,000 hits in his professional career.

A biologist named Ivan Terence Sanderson identified twelve geographic areas around the world known as Vile Vortices and published "The Twelve Devil's Graveyards Around the World". One of the area is where Malaysian MH370 is suspected to be.

Jane Fonda visited North Vietnam, supporting the communist side of the war, earning the nickname "Hanoi Jane".

There was a minor political scandal in Washington State when an assistant to then Governor Dan Evans posed as a college student to follow around his opponent during the campaign and report information back to the Governor. The assistant was Ted Bundy, the serial killer.

Lyle Snider, a Quaker who didn't want his tax dollars going to fund war, was arrested for claiming 3 billion dependents, the population of the Earth, on his W-4 form. Snider was charged with filing a false and fraudulent withholding form, and sentenced to 9 months in prison.

Bloody Sunday in Derry, Northern Ireland, 14 unarmed proestors and civilians were shot by British paratroopers. U2's 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' was based on this event.

The Iran Blizzard, which caused approximately 4,000 deaths, was the deadliest blizzard in recorded history. Dropping as much as 26 feet (7.9 m) of snow, it completely covered 200 villages. After a snowfall lasting nearly a week, an area the size of Wisconsin was entirely buried in snow.

The Stanley Cup Champions 1963 Toronto Maple Leafs, 1972 Boston Bruins and 1981 New York Islanders have their engravings misspelled as Leaes, BQSTQN and Ilanders, respectively. There are also several player name errors.

1972 Pop Culture News

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.

Mark Spitz, nine time olympic champion, jokingly told the Russian swim team coach in 1972 that his moustache increased his speed in the water, deflecting water away from his mouth. The next year, every Russian swimmer was sporting one.

Due to the inclusion of a leap day and two leap seconds, 1972 is the longest year in history.

While initial planning started in the 1920s, household dish cleaner 'Dawn' was released in 1972.

Rodney Dangerfield's signature line "I can't get no respect" came to him after watching The Godfather. "All I heard was the word 'respect'. You've got to give me respect, or 'Respect him.' I thought to myself: It sounds like a funny image — a guy who gets no respect."

The 'Battle of the Sexes' was over once and for all when Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in three straight tennis sets.

HBO (Home Box Office) was launched by Time-Warner.

Franken Berry cereal included dye that turned some children's feces pink due to an inability to break down the heavily-dyed breakfast food, a symptom sometimes referred to as "Franken Berry Stool.

Robert Shields wrote in a diary every waking five minutes of his life from 1972 until a stroke disabled him in 1997.

TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson was given the first ever Paddington Bear toy when his parents Shirley and Eddie Clarkson created it in 1972.

Chrysler brought electronic ignition to automobiles.

Dieter Meier of the band Yello unveiled a plaque at a railway station in Germany which read: "On 23 March 1994, from 3 to 4 pm, Dieter Meier will stand on this plaque". He honored the promise 22 years later.

Samuel L. Jackson's debut film, Together for Days (1972), is considered lost and has no known copies in circulation.

You could not buy a glass of liquor in Texas until 1972. It was only legal to sell the entire bottle. Bars would offer beer, wine, or a set up where you could bring your own bottle of liquor and they would "set up" the drink for you.

Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg introduced her knit jersey dress style.

Bill Cosby signed a $1.00 lifetime contract with the Harlem Globetrotters. In 1986, his pay was increased to $1.05.

Clothes had a lot less static cling in 1972, thanks to the introduction of Bounce dryer sheets.

Doritos first sold nationally as a basic corn tortilla chip in 1967, Nacho Cheese wasn't sold until 1972, and Cool Ranch entered the market in 1986.

1972 was when Carnival Cruise Lines began sailing.

TLC, "The Learning Channel" was originally founded in 1972 by the Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare and NASA. In 1980, it was privatized.

The first commercial home video game console began in 1966. There was a working prototype completed by 1968, and it was released in 1972 as the Magnavox Odyssey.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1972: $86,000

North Korea claims to have sunk the heavy cruiser USS Baltimore and even preserved the ship that "sunk it" in a museum. The USS Baltimore was never deployed to Korea and was scrapped in 1972.

Singer and guitarist Chuck Berry's only number one single was a live recording of a raunchy New Orleans tune called "My Ding-a Ling."

The Habit s

Playing Pong on your home's television set
Hacky Sacks
Reading Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
Watching The Godfather in theaters.

1972's Most Popular Christmas Gifts

Pong, Dawn dolls, Hackey Sack, Seance Game , Nerf Football

1972's Most Popular TV Shows

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 Mary Tyler Moore Show (CBS)
7. Gunsmoke (CBS)
8. The Wonderful World of Disney (NBC)
9. Ironside (NBC)
10. Adam 12 (NBC)

Popular Music

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.)

The Number One Hits Of 1972

December 25, 1971 - January 14, 1972: Melanie - Brand New Key

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

Popular Movies:

Caberet, The Candidate, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Deliverance, Fat City, Frenzy, The Heartbreak Kid, The Godfather, Godzilla vs Megalon, Last Tango in Paris, Play it Again Sam, Pink Flamingos, The Ruling Class, Silent Running, Slaughterhouse Five, Sleuth, Solaris, Sounder, Super Fly, What's Up Doc?

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