December 31st, 1972, was a Sunday. It was day 366 of 1972. The decade was the Seventies.
49 years, 7 months and 16 days have passed since December 31st, 1972.
The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.
Notable events that occurred on December 31st, 1972.
On December 31st, 1972, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK.
The following singles were dominating the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The top "Box Office" movie on this date was the film "The Poseidon Adventure".
These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on December 31st, 1972.
Between May of 1972 and April of 1973, serial killer Edmund Kemper (aka the "Co-ed Killer") was targeting female college students in California.
From about 1972 onward, audio cassettes started to become more widespread. Although they lacked the sound quality of vinyl records, they were far more convenient and portable.
Around this period, sales of color TV sets began to surpass sales of the older black-and-white sets. By this stage, almost all of the popular daytime networks were broadcasting in color.
During 1972, the war in Vietnam was still ongoing. However, the US had greatly reduced their presence in the country. Between 1971 and 1972, the number of US troops in Vietnam fell from 156,800 to 24,200. Instead of keeping soldiers on the ground, the US shifted its focus to providing air support while negotiators in Paris tried to hammer out a peace agreement.
The best NBA players in 1972 were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, John Havlicek, Spencer Haywood, Jerry West and Walt Frazier.
In 1972, the best soccer players were Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Müller, Günter Netzer, Johan Cruyff, Piet Keizer, Kazimierz Deyna, Gordon Banks, Barry Hulshoff, Włodzimierz Lubański and Bobby Moore.
"The Godfather" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1972.
"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack would go on to win a Grammy for 1972's Song of the Year.
Movies released in 1972 included The Godfather, The Poseidon Adventure, "What's Up, Doc?", Behind the Green Door, Deliverance, Super Fly, Cabaret, The Getaway, Fritz the Cat, The Legend of Boggy Creek, Jeremiah Johnson, Blacula and Silent Running.
U.S. President Richard Nixon and his National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger, were both named as the Time Person of the Year in 1972. Nixon and Kissinger had made history by travelling to China to "open up a dialogue."
The Billboard Charts in 1972 were dominated by Don McLean, Roberta Flack, Gilbert O'Sullivan, America, Joe Tex, Looking Glass and Al Green.
Around this time, the smiley face and phrases such as "Have a nice day!" and "Have a happy day!" were being plastered onto t-shirts, mugs and badges.
In the early 1970s, bell-bottoms started to take off in popularity.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the hippie counterculture was at its height in popularity. The movement, which sprung up in opposition to the Vietnam War, was centered around peace, psychedelic music, sexual liberation, bright colors and drugs such as LSD and marijuana.
In the late 1960s, sales of lava lamps took off. It wasn't until the second half of the 1970s that they started to go out of fashion.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the afro hairstyle was at its peak in popularity. Public figures such as Angela Davis, Pam Grier, Jimi Hendrix and the Jackson 5 were among those who sported the style.
During this period, push-button telephones started to replace the older rotary style landlines.
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News stories and other events that happened around December 31st, 1972.
Zodiac and birthstone information.
Television shows that people were watching in December, 1972.
TV series about an American military medical unit during the Korean War.
The Bob Newhart Show
Sitcom starring Bob Newhart as a psychologist called Dr. Robert Hartley.
Horror anthology series starring Sebastian Cabot.
TV series about a family living in rural Virginia during the Great Depression.
Sitcom starring Bea Arthur as Maude Findlay. Spin-off of All in the Family.
American police series.
TV series about a fire department in LA.
Sanford and Son
American sitcom starring Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson.
British drama series about the aristocratic Bellamy family and their household staff.
American music program that was dedicated to funk, soul and R&B music.
McMillan & Wife
TV show about a San Francisco police commissioner and his wife Sally.
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour
Variety show starring pop singers Sonny Bono and Cher.
The Two Ronnies
British comedy sketch show starring Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett.
All in the Family
American sitcom about the life of a working-class father and his family.
The Odd Couple
Starring Tony Randall as Felix Unger and Jack Klugman as Oscar Madison.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Sitcom about a career-oriented woman who moves to Minneapolis after separating from her partner.
The Flip Wilson Show
Variety show hosted by Flip Wilson.
A New Mexico deputy marshall gets assigned to Manhattan's 27th Precinct.
The Brady Bunch
Sitcom about a large family with six children.
American medical drama series starring James Daly, Chad Everett and Audrey Totter.
Marcus Welby, M.D.
Medical drama television program.
American comedy-drama series about a history class in an LA school.
The Main Chance
British TV series about a solicitor who moves from London to Leeds.
American variety show that featured country music and humor.
Sitcom starring Lucille Ball.
Police drama series that was set in LA.
Police drama series.
1972 saw the introduction of cars such as the Honda Civic, the Chevrolet LUV, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the BMW 5 Series, the Ford Thunderbird (sixth generation) and the Renault 5.
Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1972.
Lassie's Rescue Rangers
The Adventures of Black Beauty
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan
The Electric Company
Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch!
Archie's TV Funnies
The Funky Phantom
The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show
All in the Family
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Josie and the Pussycats
The Brady Bunch
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines
The Pink Panther Show
The Banana Splits
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Skippy the Bush Kangaroo
JOT the Dot
The Bugs Bunny Show
My Three Sons
Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1972.
Kenner SSP Racers
Big Jim (action figure)
Uno (card game)
The Rock Flowers dolls
VertiBird (toy helicopter)
G.I. Joe Adventure Team
Motorific (slot car toys)
The Easy-Bake Oven
Etch A Sketch
Popular video games that people were playing in December of 1972.
Table tennis game.
Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on December 31st.
National holidays and famous events that fall on the 31st of December.
Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on December 31st, 1972.
Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 31st, 1972.
Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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