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 and Demond Wilson premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 14 WMAH TV channel 19 in Biloxi, Mississippi (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 14 WMAU TV channel 17 in Bude, Mississippi (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 14 WMAW TV channel 14 in Meridian, Mississippi (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 15 TV drama "Emergency" with Randolph Mantooth and Robert Fuller premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 24 WRIP (now WDSI) TV channel 61 in Chattanooga, TN (IND) 1st broadcast

Theater Premiere

Feb 2 Tom Stoppard's play "Jumpers" premieres in London

Golden Globes

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

  • Feb 10 BBC bans "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" by Wings

Film Release

Feb 13 "Cabaret", directed by Bob Fosse, based on John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical of the same name, starring Liza Minnelli and Michael York, released

  • Feb 14 CBS "Late Movie" premieres
  • Mar 1 KHMA TV channel 11 in Houma, LA (IND) begins broadcasting

Music History

Mar 10 "What's Up, Doc?", Peter Bogdanovich's film homage to screwball comedies, starring Ryan O'Neal, Barbra Streisand, Madeline Kahn & Kenneth Mars premieres

Film Premiere

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)

Music Single

Mar 17 Ringo Starr releases single "Back off Boogaloo" in the UK

  • Mar 23 Geoge Harrison and Friends' "The Concert for Bangladesh" concert film, directed by Saul Swimmer released in the US
  • Mar 27 Wyoming officially names "Curt Gowdy State Park", in honor of the nationally recognized broadcaster

Music Premiere

Mar 30 Revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical-comedy "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", starring Phil Silvers, opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, NYC; runs for 156 performances and wins 2 Tony Awards

  • Apr 10 44th Academy Awards: "The French Connection", Gene Hackman & Jane Fonda win
  • Apr 15 Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Carole King & Quincy Jones perform at a benefit for George McGovern for President

Radio History

Apr 30 "Arthur Godfrey Time" ends a 27 year run on radio

  • May 14 24th Emmy Awards: "All in the Family", Carrol O'Conner & Jean Stapleton win

Theater Premiere

May 16 Melvin Van Peebles' musical "Don't Play Us Cheap" opens at Barrymore Theater, NYC; runs for 164 performances

  • May 18 "Me and The Chimp" an American TV sitcom last airs on CBS in the US
  • 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
  • May 19 WMAV TV channel 18 in Oxford, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting

#1 in the Charts

Jun 10 Sammy Davis Jr.'s cover of "The Candy Man" by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse (from the film "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory") goes to #1 on the charts - his biggest single

  • Jun 23 22nd Berlin International Film Festival: "The Canterbury Tales" wins the Golden Bear

Film & TV History

Jun 27 Legendary video game and home computer Atari, Inc. founded by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney in Sunnyvale, California

  • Jul 2 American pole vaulter Bob Seagren breaks world record for the 4th and final time with 5.63m in Eugene, Oregon
  • Aug 12 Revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical-comedy "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum", starring Phil Silvers, closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater, NYC, after 156 performances
  • Aug 13 Dutch KRO-TV transmits 440th & last episode of American western series "Bonanza"
  • Aug 18 4th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • Aug 21 33rd Venice Film Festival opens

Presidential Convention

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

  • Sep 4 "The Price is Right" - US's longest running games show debuts on CBS

Telethon

Sep 4 John Lennon and Yoko Ono perform three songs ("Imagine"; "Now Or Never"; "Give Peace A Chance") on Jerry Lewis' 7th Muscular Dystrophy telethon at the Americana Hotel, NYC

  • 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 12 TV sitcom "Maude", a spin-off of "All In The Family", starring Bea Arthur and Bill Macy premieres on CBS
  • Sep 14 "The Waltons" TV program premieres on CBS starring Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, and Will Geer
  • Sep 15 WMAO TV channel 23 in Greenwood, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 16 1st TV series about mixed marriage, "Bridget Loves Bernie" premieres

TV Show Appearance

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

Television Debut

Sep 17 TV comedy series "M*A*S*H", adapted from the movie, starring Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, Wayne Rogers, and McLean Stevenson debuts on CBS in the US; runs for 11 years garnering 14 Emmy and 1 Peabody Award

  • Sep 25 KAVT (now KSMQ) TV channel 15 in Austin, MN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 23 Stephen Schwartz' musical "Pippin", starring Ben Vereen; Irene Ryan, and Jill Clayburgh, and directed by Bob Fosse, opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 1944 performances, winning 5 Tony Awards
  • Oct 23 WNJS TV channel 23 in Camden, NJ (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 26 Ringo Starr and singer Lulu appear in non-speaking cameos on "Monty Python's Flying Circus" program
  • 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, Ireland

Pong

Nov 29 Co-founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell releases Pong, the 1st commercially successful video game, in Andy Capp's Tavern in Sunnyvale, California

  • Nov 30 BBC bans Wings' "Hi, Hi, Hi"

Film Premiere

Dec 12 "The Poseidon Adventure", starring Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters and Jack Albertson premieres in NYC

  • Dec 17 WGVC (now WUCX) TV channel 35 in Grand Rapids, MI (PBS) 1st broadcast

Film & TV History

Dec 20 Neil Simons "Sunshine Boys" premieres in NYC

  • Dec 29 "Aguirre, the Wrath of God" film written and directed by Werner Herzog, starring Klaus Kinski premieres in West Germany