Events in Film & Television in 1972

  • Jan 1 KDSD TV channel 16 in Aberdeen, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 14 "Sanford & Son" starring Redd Foxx premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 14 WMAH TV channel 19 in Biloxi, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 14 WMAU TV channel 17 in Bude, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 14 WMAW TV channel 14 in Meridian, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 22 "Emergency" with Robert Fuller premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 24 WRIP (now WDSI) TV channel 61 in Chattanooga, TN (IND) 1st broadcast

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Feb 6 29th Golden Globes: "The French Connection", Gene Hackman, & Jane Fonda win

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda
Actor Gene Hackman
Actor
Gene Hackman
  • Feb 10 BBC bans "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" by Wings

Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 13 "Cabaret", directed by Bob Fosse, based on the musical of the same name and starring Liza Minnelli and Michael York, is released

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli
  • Feb 14 CBS "Late Movie" premieres
  • Feb 17 TV comedy M*A*S*H, adapted from the movie, starring Alan Alda, Loretta Swit and Wayne Rogers debuts on CBS in the US
  • Mar 1 KHMA TV channel 11 in Houma, LA (IND) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Premier

Mar 15 "The Godfather", based on the book by Mario Puzo, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, premieres in NYC (Academy Awards Best Picture 1973)

Actor Al Pacino
Actor
Al Pacino
Actor Marlon Brando
Actor
Marlon Brando
Novelist Mario Puzo
Novelist
Mario Puzo
  • Apr 10 44th Academy Awards: "The French Connection", Gene Hackman & Jane Fonda win

Music concertMusic Concert

Apr 15 Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Carole King & Quincy Jones perform at a benefit for George McGovern for President

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr
  • May 14 24th Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Carrol O'Conner & Jean Stapleton win
  • May 18 "Me & The Chimp" last airs on CBS-TV
  • May 19 WMAV TV channel 18 in Oxford, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 19 25th Cannes Film Festival: "The Working Class Goes to Heaven" directed by Elio Petri and "The Mattei Affair" directed by Francesco Rosi jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • Aug 13 Dutch KRO-TV transmits 440th & last episode of "Bonanza"
  • Aug 18 4th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • Aug 21 33rd Venice Film Festival opens

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 23 Republican convention (Miami Beach, Fla) renominates Vice President Spiro Agnew but not unanimous: 1 vote went to NBC newsman David Brinkley

Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew
Vice President of the United States
Spiro Agnew
  • Sep 4 "The Price is Right" - US's longest running games show debuts on CBS

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 5 Jerry Lewis' 7th Muscular Dystrophy telethon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Sep 9 Terry Anne Meeuwsen (Wisc), 23, crowned 45th Miss America 1973
  • Sep 10 WKAR TV channel 23 in East Lansing, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 13 1st TV broadcast of "Waltons" on CBS
  • Sep 14 "Waltons" TV program premieres
  • Sep 15 WMAO TV channel 23 in Greenwood, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 16 1st TV series about mixed marriage-Bridgit Loves Bernie

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Sep 16 Penny Marshall appears on Bob Newhart Show in "Fly Unfriendly Skies"

Comedian and Actor Bob Newhart
Comedian and Actor
Bob Newhart
  • Sep 17 "M*A*S*H," premieres on NBC TV
  • Sep 25 KAVT (now KSMQ) TV channel 15 in Austin, MN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 23 WNJS TV channel 23 in Camden, NJ (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 1 1st gay theme TV movie - "That Certain Summer"
  • Nov 19 KFIZ TV channel 34 in Fond du Lac, WI suspends broadcasting
  • Nov 26 Bomb explosion at the Film Centre Cinema, in O’Connell Bridge House in Dublin
  • Nov 30 BBC bans Wings' "Hi, Hi, Hi"
  • Dec 17 WGVC (now WUCX) TV channel 35 in Grand Rapids, MI (PBS) 1st broadcast