*World Series Champions: Oakland Athletics
*Superbowl Champions: Dallas Cowboys
*NBA Champions: Los Angeles Lakers
*Stanley Cup Champs: Boston Bruins
*U.S. Open Golf: Jack Nicklaus
*U.S. Tennis: Ilie Nastase/Billie Jean King
*Wimbledon (Men/Women): Stan Smith/Billie Jean King
*NCAA Football Champions: USC
*NCAA Basketball UCLA
*Kentucky Derby: Riva Ridge
Raquel Welch, Pam Grier.
Other Facts (1972)President Nixon makes unprecedented eight-day visit to Communist China and meets with Mao Zedong.
*Jane Fonda visited North Vietnam, supporting the communist side of the war, earning the nickname "Hanoi Jane".
*Eleven Israeli athletes at Olympic Games in Munich are killed after eight members of an Arab terrorist group invades Olympic Village; five guerrillas and one policeman are also killed.
*Time Inc. transmits HBO, the first pay cable network.
*Sandy Koufax was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, the youngest player ever elected, at age 36.
*Women dominate the 1972 Grammy Awards, taking all four top categories. Carole King won Record, Album and Song of the Year, while Carly Simon takes the Best New Artist award.
*Atari introduces the arcade version of Pong, the first video game. The home version comes out in 1974.
*On June 17,agents of the Richard Nixon (Republican) White House and the Nixon reelection campaign were arrested while breaking into the office of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which at the time was located in Washington D.C.'s Watergate Complex.
*While initial planning started in the 1920s, household dish cleaner 'Dawn' was released in 1972.
*Clothes had a lot less static cling in 1972, thanks to the introduction of Bounce dryer sheets.
*Movies in 1972 include The Godfather, Deliverance, Cabaret, Sleuth, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie.
*Singer and guitarist Chuck Berry's only number one single was a live recording of a raunchy New Orleans tune called "My Ding-a Ling."
*The 'Battle of the Sexes' was over once and for all when Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in three straight tennis sets.
*Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg introduced her knit jersey dress style.
*Time Magazine's Man Of The Year: Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger
*Miss America: Laura Lea Schaefer (Bexley, OH)
*Miss USA: Tanya Wilson (Hawaii)
*Most Popular Christmas Gifts: Pong, Dawn dolls, Hackey Sack, Seance Game , Nerf Football.
What Was On TV:All in the Family (CBS), Sanford and Son (NBC), Hawaii Five-O (CBS), Maude (CBS), Bridget Loves Bernie (CBS), The Mary Tyler Moore Show (CBS) , Gunsmoke (CBS), The Wonderful World of Disney (NBC), Ironside (NBC), Adam 12 (NBC).
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