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What happened in 1972? - USA

Apollo 17: James Irwin beside the Lunar Module and Lunar Rover
Eugene Cernan (above) together with Harrison Schmitt were the last humans on the moon
Project Apollo Archive, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

We look at events, films and music from 1972 in the USA.

In the news

President Richard Nixon Shaking Hands with Chairman Mao Zedong
President Richard Nixon shaking hands with Chairman Mao Zedong
Series: Nixon White House Photographs, 1/20/1969 - 8/9/1974 Collection: White House Photo Office Collection (Nixon Administration), 1/20/1969 - 8/9/1974, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Facts

Source: Statistical Abstract of the United States 1973 or 1974, except where another reference is given

Films

Marlon Brando starred in the Godfather, the highest-grossing movie of 1972
Marlon Brando starred in the Godfather, the highest-grossing movie of 1972
Sipuede7, CC BY-SA 4.0 Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0), via Wikimedia Commons (cropped)

The top twenty grossing films released in 1972 were:

Source: Box office report - retrieved from Wayback Machine

Television

Maude: Maude Findlay (Beatrice Arthur) and Walter Findlay (Bill Macy)
Maude, a spin-off from All in the Family debuted in 1972: Maude Findlay (Beatrice Arthur) and Walter Findlay (Bill Macy) CBS Television, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The top-rated TV shows of the 1972 to 1973 season were:

Source: US TV Nielsen Ratings 1972-1973

Other notable shows that started in 1972 included:

The largest TV audience for any program in 1972 was for the Super Bowl VI.

'Year by Year in the Rock Era' by Herb Hendler, published by Greenwood Press, 1983

TV facts

Source: Statistical Abstract of the United States 1973 or 1974

Music

Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack's single 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' was the best-selling single of 1972 in the USA CMA-Creative Management Associates, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The best-selling pop records of 1972 in the USA were:

Source: USA Top 1000 Singles compiled by Joe Whitburn, published by Guinness in 1986

Music facts

Sport

Baseball: The Oakland Athletics beat the Cincinnati Reds to win the 1972 World Series.

American Football: The Dallas Cowboys beat the Miami Dolphins to win the sixth Super Bowl on January 16 1972.

Boxing: Joe Frazier defended WBC and WBA World Heavyweight titles in 1972 defeating Terry Daniels and Ron Stander

Golf: Jack Nicklaus won the US Open in 1972.

Horse racing: Riva Ridge won the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes in 1972.

Source: Encyclopedia Year Book 1972, published by Grolier

Fashion news

'Year by Year in the Rock Era' by Herb Hendler, published by Greenwood Press, 1983

Products

Magnavox Odyssey, 1972
The Magnavox Odyssey launched in 1972 was the first home video game system Evan-Amos, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

References

[1]'The Guinness Book of Records 1974', published by Guinness Superlatives, page 260

[2] 'Year by Year in the Rock Era' by Herb Hendler, published by Greenwood Press, 1983, page 152

[3] 'Collectable Technology from retro to 21st Century gadgets' by Pepe Tozzo, published by Carlton books, 2005, page 80

[4] 'Collectable Technology from retro to 21st Century gadgets' by Pepe Tozzo, published by Carlton books, 2005, page 113

[5] 'Collectable Technology from retro to 21st Century gadgets' by Pepe Tozzo, published by Carlton books, 2005, page 79

More on 1972

See also

More on the 1970s

By Steven Braggs, August 2021

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