From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 23, 1972:
- Five persons had been injured when the car in which they were traveling had left County Road 458 and plunged into Washington Creek near its intersection with U.S. Hwy. 59 on the previous night. The occupants were injured, but none of them seriously, when their car had hit a slick spot, leading to the driver losing control.
- Former president Harry S. Truman had lapsed into critical condition early this morning and his family had been notified of his condition, according to a spokesman for Research Hospital and Medical Center in Kansas City. Truman, 88, was experiencing "increased lung congestion [and] waning resiliency," according to the hospital bulletin. Truman's wife Bess, 87, had arrived at the hospital about 15 minutes after her husband's condition had worsened.