Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Back in the Day - 1972

Major News/Sporting Events

  • Richard Nixon (R) def. George McGovern (D) in the Presidential Election
  • The Watergate scandal begins when five men are arrested for trying to bug the Democratic HQ
  • The arcade version of Pong is released
  • Dallas def. Miami 24-3 in the Super Bowl
  • Oakland def. Cincinnati 4-3 in the World Series
  • Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Japan - Soviet Union 8 gold, US 3 gold
  • Summer Olympics in Munich, W. Germany - Soviet Union 50 gold, US 33 gold, West Germany 13 gold

  • Gas: $0.55
  • Rent: $165
  • Average Annual Income: $11,800
  • Wrangler Jeans: $12

Top Movies
  • The Godfather
  • Deliverance
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Dirty Harry
  • A Clockwork Orange

Top Books
  • Johnathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach (F)
  • The Word by Irving Wallace (F)
  • The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth (F)
  • I'm OK, You're OK by Thomas Harris (NF)
  • Harry S. Truman by Margaret Truman (NF)

Top Songs
  • American Pie by Don McLean
  • A Horse With No Name by America
  • Without You by Nilsson
  • Heart of Gold by Neil Young
  • Let's Stay Together by Al Green

Top Television Shows
  • The Brady Bunch
  • Hawaii Five-0
  • All in the Family
  • Maude
  • Sanford and Son

  • Nobel Prize for Literature: Heinrich Böll
  • Grammy for Record of the Year: Carole King's It's Too Late
  • Grammy for Best New Artist: Carly Simon
  • Oscar for Best Picture: The French Connection
  • Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner