This year, K-EARTH 101 is celebrating its 40th anniversary of playing the greatest hits on Earth since making the first switch on air in 1972.

A lot has changed in the world since then — fashion, politics, technology, and especially gas prices  (how about only 55 cents in 1972!) — but let’s take a trip back in time to the year 1972 to see what life was like 40 years ago in entertainment, sports, economy, and more!



  • Best Picture — The French Connection, Philip D’Antoni, producer (Twentieth Century-Fox)
  • Best Actor — Gene Hackman, The French Connection
  • Best Actress — Jane Fonda, Klute


  • Record of the Year –  “It’s Too Late,” [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Carole King[/lastfm]
  • Album of the Year — Tapestry, Carole King (Ode)
  • Song of the Year — “You’ve Got a Friend,” Carole King, songwriter
  • Best New Artist — Carly Simon

Popular TV:

  • Monty Python’s Flying Circus
  • Sesame Street
  • The Benny Hill Show
  • The Brady Bunch
  • Dad’s Army
  • Hawaii Five-O
  • Here’s Lucy

Highlights of entertainment in 1972:

  • Atari introduces the arcade version of PONG, making it the first video game
  • M*A*S*H premiered on CBS
  • HBO is debuted making it the first pay cable network
  • John and Yoko co-host “Mike Douglas Show” for entire week
  • Evil Knievel breaks 93 bones after successfully clearing 35 cars
  • Grease opens on Broadway

PAGE 2 Sports in 1972



  • The Big Game — Dallas defeated Miami (24-3)
  • World Series — Oakland A’s defeated Cincinnati (4-3)
  • NBA Championship — LA Lakers defeated New York (4-1)
  • Stanley Cup — Boston defeated NY Rangers (4-2)
  • Kentucky Derby Champion — Riva Ridge

PAGE 3 Cost of living in 1972

Average Cost of Living:

  • Average Cost of new house — $27,550.00
  • Average Income per year — $11,800.00
  • Average Monthly Rent — $165.00
  • Tuition to Harvard University – $2,800
  • Cost of a gallon of Gas — 55 cents
  • Movie Ticket – $1.75
  • Cost of a postage stamp — $.08
  • Eggs – $.45 per dozen

    PAGE 4 Technology, history and politics in 1972

Technology, History & Politics:

  • President — Richard Nixon (Republican) — Defeats George McGovern (Democratic) and John G. Schmitz (American) in the 1972 election


  • Eleven Israeli athletes were killed by Arab gunmen at the 1972 Munich Olympic games
  • The US Supreme Court rules that the death penalty is unconstitutional
  • Five men were apprehended by police in attempt to bug Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C.’s Watergate complex, which started the Watergate scandal
  • Apollo 16 lands on the moon, the Lunar Rover is tested, and Apollo 17 lands on the moon with the last men to walk on the moon being Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan


  • The Volkswagen Beetle becomes the most popular car ever, selling over 15 million
  • RCA develops the compact disc
  • Electronic mail (aka email) is introduced



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