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1972

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U.S. Facts

  • President: Richard M. Nixon
  • Population: 209,896,021
  • Life Expectancy: 71.2 years
  • Unemployment: 5.9%
  • Average Annual Salary: $12,625
  • Minimum Wage: $1.60 per hour

What Things Cost

  • Automobile: $3,879
  • Gasoline: $0.36 per gallon
  • House: $30,500
  • Bread: $0.25 per loaf
  • Milk: $1.33 per gallon
  • Postage Stamp: $0.08

Major U.S. Events

  • Gov. George C. Wallace of Alabama is shot by Arthur H. Bremer at Laurel, Md., political rally
  • 5 men are apprehended by police in an attempt to bug Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C.'s Watergate complex. Start of the Watergate scandal

Major World Events

  • Britain takes over direct rule of Northern Ireland in bid for peace
  • U.S. President Richard M. Nixon makes an unprecedented eight-day visit to the People's Republic of China and meets with Mao Zedong
  • USA & Soviet Union join some 70 nations in signing an agreement to ban biological warfare

January-March

  • Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman elected to US Congress, announces her candidacy for U.S. president
  • Anti-British riots throughout Ireland take place. The British Embassy in Dublin is burned to the ground as are several British owned businesses
  • The Eastertide Offensive begins after North Vietnamese forces cross into the Demilitarized Zone of South Vietnam

April-July

  • Prompted by the North Vietnamese offensive, the U.S. resumes bombing of Hanoi & Haiphong
  • U.S. President Richard M. Nixon and White House chief of staff H. R. Haldeman are taped talking about using the Central Intelligence Agency to obstruct the Federal Bureau of Investigation's investigation into the Watergate break-ins
  • U.S. president Nixon announces that no new draftees will be sent to Vietnam.

August-December

  • Last U.S. ground troops withdrawn from Vietnam
  • White House Press Secretary Ron Ziegler tells the press that there will be no more public announcements concerning American troop withdrawals from Vietnam due to the fact that troop levels are now down to 27,000

Top Songs

  • Alone Again (Naturally) by Gilbert O'Sullivan
  • Schools Out by Alice Cooper
  • My Ding-A-Ling by Chuck Berry
  • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack
  • American Pie by Don McLean

Other New Songs

  • Brandy by Looking Glass
  • I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash
  • Let's Stay Together by Alm Green
  • Morning Has Broken by Cat Stevens
  • Long Cool Woman by The Hollies

Top Movies

  • The Godfather
  • Cabaret
  • Butterflies Are Free
  • Deliverance
  • Play It Again, Sam

Top Books

  • The Word by Irving Wallace
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  • Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl
  • Two from Galilee by Marjorie Holmes
  • Watership Down by Richard Adams

Top TV Shows (1971-72)

  • All in the Family
  • Sanford and Son
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show
  • Mannix
  • The Flip Wilson Show
  • Adam 12

Major League Baseball: World Series

  • Oakland Athletics d. Cincinnati Reds

Pro Football: Championship

  • Super Bowl: Dallas Cowboys d. Miami Dolphins

Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup

  • Montreal Canadiens d.Chicago Black Hawks

Pro Basketball: Championship

  • L.A. Lakers d. New York Knicks

NCAA Champions

  • Football: University of Southern California Trojans
  • Basketball: UCLA Bruins

Other Champions

  • Summer Olmypics: Munich, Germany
  • Winter Olmypics: Sapporo, Japan
  • Boxing: wins heavyweight title
  • Golf: Jack Nicklaus is PGA player of the year
  • Tennis: Ilie Nastase abd Arthur Ashe win the U.S. Open
  • Horse Racing: Riva Ridge wins Kentucky Derby
  • Auto Racing: Mark Donohue wins Indianapolis 500
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