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1972 Trivia

<< - 1971
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:
NCAA Basketball Champions:
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 Quote"

"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

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:

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.

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

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.

Nerd News:

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

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.

Chrysler brought electronic ignition to automobiles.

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

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.

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

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:
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:
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