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1972 Trivia, Year In Review & Fun Facts

US Patents

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
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):

Ilie Nastase/Billie Jean King
Wimbledon (Men/Women):

Stan Smith/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, 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
Best Film Oscar Winner:The Godfather
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)
1972 Billboard Number One Songs:

December 25, 1971 - - January 14, 1972:

Brand New Key - Melanie

January 15 - February 11:

American Pie - Don McLean

February 12 - February 18:

Let's Stay Together - Al Green

February 19 - March 17:

Without You - Nilsson

March 18 - March 24:

Heart of Gold - Neil Young

March 25 - April 14:

A Horse With No Name - America

April 15 - May 26:

The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack

May 27 - June 2:

Oh Girl - Chi-Lites

June 3 - June 9:

I'll Take You There - The Staple Singers

June 10 - June 30:

The Candy Man - Sammy Davis, Jr.

July 1 - July 7:

Song Sung Blue - Neil Diamond

July 8 - July 30:

Lean on Me - Bill Withers

July 29 - August 25:

Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O' Sullivan

August 26 - September 1:

Brandy (You're A Fine Girl) - Looking Glass

September 2 - September 15:

Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O'Sullivan

September 16 - September 22:

Black and White - Three Dog Night

September 23 - October 13:

Baby, Don't Get Hooked On Me - Mac Davis

October 14 - October 20:

Ben - Michael Jackson

October 21 - November 3:

My Ding-A-Ling - Chuck Berry

November 4 - December 1:

I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash

December 2 - December 8:

Papa Was a Rollin' Stone - The Temptations

December 9 - December 15:

I Am Woman - Helen Reddy

December 16, 1972 - January 5, 1973:

Me and Mrs. Jones - Billy Paul


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