Remember what made news in 1972?
Remember what made news in 1972?

Our class was special and the years we spent at school was a unique time in history.
This page is dedicated to popular culture of the time. Go back in time with;
Music, TV, Movies, Sports, Fashion, Technology, Politics, Personalities and more.

World Changing Event: Intel invented the single-chip microprocessor.


The Top Song was The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack.


The Movies to Watch include The Godfather, The Getaway, What’s Up Doc and The Poseidon, Adventure.


Price of Peter Max sneakers in 1972: $4.44


US Life Expectancy: Males: 67.4 years, Females: 75.1 years


The Funny Guy was: Martin Mull

The Funny Girl was Lily Tomlin


“The Quotes:”

  • “Hey, Mikey! He likes it!” – Life cereal ad
  • “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse” – Marlon Brando, in The Godfather
  • “Nothing runs like a Deere” – John Deere

Here are two oddly related facts from 1972: Ray Tomlinson invented internet-based email.  AND, the word ‘spam’ used in reference to e-communications (commonly emails) comes from a 1972 Monty Python sketch in which two customers are lowered into a restaurant and everything on the menu contains spam.  The connection is that no matter what you want, you can’t get away from the unwanted spam.


In 1972, Nolan Bushnell founded Atari with an investment of $250.

The first commercial home video game console was the Magnavox Odyssey. It was released in 1972 and cost $100. An individual game price: $5.49.


HBO (Home Box Office) was launched by Time-Warner.


1972 was when Carnival Cruise Lines began sailing.


In 1972, there were only 12 paramedic units in North America. The TV show Emergency! Starring Randolph Mantooth as Johnny Gage introduced people to the concept of pre-hospital care and CPR.


While initial planning started in the 1920s, household dish cleaner ‘Dawn’ was released in 1972.


In 1972, Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad formed a pop music group in Sweden. They used their first initials to name their band… ABBA.


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 U.S. Men’s Basketball team was 63-0 in Olympic History going into the finals of the 1972 Munich Olympic finals.  The loss, by one point to the Soviet team in one of the most controversial events in Olympic history. The U.S. team never accepted their silver medals in protest.


The Dallas Cowboys hired the NFL’s first professional cheerleading squad in 1972.


Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1972: $86,000


1st appearances & 1972’s Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents: Pong, Dawn dolls, Hacky Sack, Seance Game, Nerf Football