Memory Lane: 1972

The year is marked as a black year in history due to the use of terrorism entering sport with the massacre of 11 Israel athletes by an Arab gunman.

This is the beginning of the biggest political scandal in modern times and the start of the Watergate scandal.

On the other side of the Atlantic a worsening of the problems between the IRA and the British government see wrongs from both sides and innocent lives are lost.

In The News

Munich Olympics terrorist attack

Mark Spitz 7 gold medals

Digital watches are introduced

Governor George Wallace is shot

First scientific hand-held calculator

Atari releases PONG

Antiwar demonstrations draw 100,000

Watergate scandal


Population/Economy

Population:

  • Wake County: 245,632
  • NC: 5,301,000
  • USA: 209,900,000

National Debt:

  • $427,260,460,940 (1972)
  • $18,152,809,942,589 (2015)

Value of a Dollar$1 in 1972 is $5.71 in 2015

Cost Of Living 1972:

  • Yearly inflation rate: 3.27%
  • Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average: 1020
  • Average cost of new house: $27,550
  • Average income per year: $11,800
  • Average monthly rent: $165
  • Cost of a gallon of gas: $0.55
  • Roxanne ladies swimsuit: $30
  • Kodak pocket camera: $28
  • Wrangler jeans: $12
  • Ladies Timex watch: $30
  • Ford Pinto: $2,078
  • Barbie Doll Designer Collection: $2.85
  • Frisbee: $0.94
  • White contemporary dinette set: $282.95
  • Hellmann’s Mayonnaise: $1.39
  • Fresh strawberries lb: $0.31 
  • Ground beef lb: $0.98 
  • Cheeseburger at McDonald’s: $0.28
  • Ticket to Disneyland: Admission and 15-ride Ticket Book: $5.95

Ounce of Gold Price:

  • The cost of an ounce of gold was $58.16
  • The inflation-adjusted price of an ounce of gold was $334.25


Going to the Movies

Cost of a movie ticket: $1.70

Inflation-adjusted price of a movie ticket: $9.77

The cost of a movie ticket in 2015: $7.92

Top 5 Movies:

  1. The Godfather 
  2. The Poseidon Adventure 
  3. What’s Up, Doc?
  4. Behind the Green Door 
  5. Deliverance

 

45th Academy Awards

  • Best Picture: The French Connection
  • Best Director: William Friedkin – The French Connection
  • Best Actor: Gene Hackman – The French Connection
  • Best Actress: Jane Fonda – Klute
  • Best Supporting Actor: Ben Johnson – The Last Picture Show
  • Best Supporting Actress: Cloris Leachman – The Last Picture Show


Top 10 TV Shows

  1. All in the Family – CBS – 21,578,400
  2. Sanford and Son – NBC – 17,884,800
  3. Hawaii Five-O – CBS – 16,329,600
  4. Maude – CBS – 16,005,600
  5. Bridget Loves Bernie – CBS – 15,681,600
  6. The NBC Sunday Mystery Movie – NBC – 15,681,600
  7. The Mary Tyler Moore Show – CBS – 15,292,800
  8. Gunsmoke – CBS – 15,292,800
  9. The Wonderful World of Disney – NBC – 15,228,000
  10. Ironside – NBC – 15,163,200

Top 20 Pop Songs

  1. Roberta Flack – The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  2. Gilbert O’Sullivan – Alone Again (Naturally)
  3. Don McLean – American Pie
  4. Nilsson – Without You
  5. Sammy Davis Jr. – Candy Man
  6. Joe Tex – I Gotcha
  7. Bill Withers – Lean On Me
  8. Mac Davis – Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me
  9. Melanie – Brand New Key
  10. Wayne Newton – Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast
  11. Al Green – Let’s Stay Together
  12. Looking Glass – Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)
  13. Chi-Lites – Oh Girl
  14. Gallery – Nice To Be With You
  15. Chuck Berry – My Ding-A-Ling
  16. Luther Ingram – If Loving You Is Wrong I Don’t Want To Be Right
  17. Neil Young – Heart Of Gold
  18. Stylistics – Betcha By Golly, Wow
  19. Staple Singers – I’ll Take You There
  20. Michael Jackson – Ben


Top 20 Country Songs

  1. Would You Take Another Chance On Me – Jerry Lee Lewis
  2. Carolyn – Merle Haggard
  3. One’s On The Way – Loretta Lynn
  4. It’s Four In The Morning – Faron Young
  5. Bedtime Story – Tammy Wynette
  6. My Hang-Up Is You – Freddie Hart
  7. Chantilly Lace – Jerry Lee Lewis
  8. Granma Harp – Merle Haggard
  9. (Lost Her Love) On Our Last Date – Conway Twitty
  10. The Happiest Girl On The Whole USA – Donna Fargo
  11. That’s Why I Love You Lie I Do – Sonny James
  12. Eleven Roses – Hank Williams Jr.
  13. Made In Japan – Buck Owens
  14. It’s Gonna Take A Little Bit Longer – Charley Pride
  15. Bless Your Heart – Freddie Hart
  16. If You Leave Me Tonight I’ll Cry – Jerry Wallace
  17. Woman – Don Gibson
  18. When The Snow Is On The Roses – Sonny James
  19. I Can’t Stop Loving You – Conway Twitty
  20. I Ain’t Never – Mel Tillis


This Year in Sports

ACC Football Champ: North Carolina

ACC Basketball Champs: North Carolina (UNC 73 – Maryland 64)

World Series Winner: Oakland A’s over the Cincinnati Reds

Heavyweight Boxing Champ: Joe Frazier

Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys (Cowboys 24 – Miami Dolphins 3)

NASCAR Season WinnerRichard Petty

Masters Winner: Jack Nicklaus (2 under – won $25,000)

Wimbledon Winners:

  • Men’s Singles: United States Stan Smith defeated Romania Ilie Năstase, 4–6, 6–3, 6–3, 4–6, 7–5
  • Women’s Singles: United States Billie Jean King defeated Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley, 6–3, 6–3
  • Men’s Doubles: South Africa Bob Hewitt / South Africa Frew McMillan defeated United States Stan Smith / United States Erik van Dillen, 6–2, 6–2, 9–7
  • Women’s Doubles: United States Billie Jean King / Netherlands Betty Stöve defeated France Françoise Dürr / Australia Judy Tegart, 6–2, 4–6, 6–3
  • Mixed Doubles: United States Rosemary Casals / Romania Ilie Năstase defeated Australia Evonne Goolagong Cawley / Australia Kim Warwick, 6–4, 6–4