What Was Happening In 1972 You Ask?
Well - for some of you, yes - I am old! Some, not so much. I think it's interesting to take a look at what was going on in the world the year you were born. Here it goes:
- President of the United States Richard Nixon orders the development of a space shuttle program.
- British embassy in Dublin destroyed in protest over Bloody Sunday
- Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle model exceed those of Ford Model-T.
- The Soviet unmanned spaceship Luna 20 lands on the Moon.
- Hank Aaron becomes the first pla
yer in the history of Major League Baseball to sign a $200,000 contract.
- The first ever Mobile phone call is placed by Martin Cooper, in New York City
- Vietnam War: North Vietnamese forces invade Binh Long Province, launching a second front of the Nguyen Hue Offensive.
- Vietnam War: Increased American bombing in Vietnam prompts antiwar protests in New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
- In Laurel, Maryland, Arthur Bremer shoots and paralyzes Alabama Governor George Wallace while Wallace is campaigning to be American President.
- The United States and the Soviet Union sign the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
- David Bowie releases the classic album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
- Watergate scandal: Five White House operatives are arrested for burglarizing the offices of the Democratic National Committee, in an attempt by some members of the Republican party to illegally wiretap the opposition.
- ATARI is established by Nolan Bushnell.
- The United States Democratic Party nominates George McGovern for president at its convention in Miami Beach, Florida but, because of an impassioned platform dispute, McGovern does not give his acceptance speech until the early morning hours of the 14th
- The United States launches Landsat 1, first Earth-resources satellite.
- Games of the XX Olympiad open in Munich, Germany.
- In Reykjavík, Iceland, American Bobby Fischer beats Russian Boris Spassky and becomes the world chess champion.
- Munich Massacre: A Palestinian terrorist group called "Black September" attack Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games.
- En route to her station in the Gulf of Tonkin, a racial brawl involving more than 100 sailors breaks out aboard the United States Navy aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk
- Andes flight disaster: Fairchild passenger plane transporting a rugby team crashes in Andes. They are found alive December 20 but they have had to resort to cannibalism to survive, as chronicled in the 1993 film '.
- Vietnam War: In Saigon, Henry Kissinger and South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu meet to discuss a proposed cease-fire that had been worked out between Americans and North Vietnamese in Paris. Thieu rejects the proposal and accused the United States of conspiring to undermine his regim
- US President Richard Nixon approves legislation to increase Social Security spending by US$5.3 billion.
- Nixon defeats Democratic Senator George McGovern.
- Professional Wrestler Ric Flair has his first match against against George "Scrap Iron" Gadaski. It was a 10 minute draw.
- Apollo 17, the last manned lunar flight, returns to Earth.
- Vietnam War: The US halts heavy bombing of North Vietnam.
- An Eastern Airlines Lockheed Tristar crashed on approach to Miami International Airport, Florida, killing 101