|<< - 1971|
|World Series Champions:
|Superbowl VI Champions:
Los Angeles Lakers
|Stanley Cup Champs:
|U.S. Open Golf:
Stan Smith/Billie Jean King
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Ilie Nastase/Billie Jean King
|NCAA Football Champions:
|NCAA Basketball Champions:
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
"Hey Mikey! He likes it!"
- Life cereal ad
"The mind is a terrible thing to waste"
" It takes a tough man to make a tender chicken"
"I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse"
"Nothing runs like a Deere"
"Nobody does it like 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
Laura Lea Schaefer (Bexley, OH)
Tanya Wilson (Hawaii)
The Scandals, Tragic & Odd News:
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 Maos gift of 50 grams of Da Hong Pao tea, until he was told it was half of Chinas entire crop and worth in todays 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.
1972 Pop Culture News:
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.
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."
Pong (arcade), Hacky Sacks.
Watching 'The Godfather' in theaters.
|1st appearances & 1972's Most Popular Christmas
gifts, toys and presents:
Pong, Dawn dolls, Hackey Sack, Seance Game , Nerf Football
|1972 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)
The biggest Pop Artists of 1972 include:
(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:
|Popular Music in 1972 - # 1 Hits of 1972|