On This Day

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, 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

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

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 John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical of the same name, starring Liza Minnelli and Michael York, released

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand

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
  • Mar 23 Geoge Harrison and Friends: "The Concert for Bangladesh" 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

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Radio and TV Host Arthur Godfrey
Radio and TV Host
Arthur Godfrey
  • May 14 24th Emmy Awards: "All in the Family", Carrol O'Conner & Jean Stapleton win
  • May 18 "Me and The Chimp" an American TV sitcom last airs on CBS in the US
  • 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
  • Jun 23 22nd Berlin International Film Festival: "The Canterbury Tales" wins the Golden Bear
  • 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 unanimously: 1 vote went to NBC newsman David Brinkley

Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew
Vice President of the United States
Spiro Agnew
NBC News Anchor and Journalist David Brinkley
NBC News Anchor and Journalist
David Brinkley
  • 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 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

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

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

Actor and Director Penny Marshall
Actor and Director
Penny Marshall
Comedian and Actor Bob Newhart
Comedian and Actor
Bob Newhart

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Sep 17 TV comedy "M*A*S*H", adapted from the movie, starring Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, Wayne Rogers, and McLean Stevenson debuts on CBS in the US

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