1972

In history, 1972 is known as a black year. It is the year that saw a great extermination of 11 Israeli athletes when at least 8 Arab terrorists invaded the Olympic Village in Munich, Germany.

1972

It is also the year that saw the beginning of the Watergate Scandal when police apprehend five men who attempted to bug the U.S. Democratic National Committee headquarters located in the Watergate complex of Washington D.C. It also witnessed the start of the greatest modern-day political scandal.

On the other hand, Britain finally managed to take over Northern Ireland’s direct rule in an attempt for peace. Alabamans also got a bad hit the same year when Gov. George C. Wallace was shot at a political rally at Laurel, Md. Furthermore, anyone who had received a death penalty had a reason to smile because this is the year that the US Supreme Court ruled against the death penalty and deemed it unconstitutional.

In the pop culture, women got an opportunity to shine when they dominated the Grammy Awards by taking all the four top categories.

1972 is also the year that saw the first pay cable network, HBO, being transmitted by Time Inc. MAS*H also premiered on CBS and to top it all up; it was this year that saw the debut of Gloria Steinem’s Ms magazine.

Video game lovers have this year to thank the gaming fraternity, as it was when the first video game, Pong’s arcade version, was introduced by Atari.

For the Scientists, 1972 was the development year of the Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT) scanning in England. Correspondingly, US’ RCA developed the compact disk almost during the same time. Then again, the Health and Nutrition sector saw the development of Prozac (fluoxetine) antidepressant by the Scottish Bryan B. Malloy and the American Klaus K. Schmiegel.

It was also the time when the last US ground troops were withdrawn from Vietnam while President Nixon signed in the Black Lung Benefits bill into law.

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Movies

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The Godfather

The Godfather

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

Country: United States of America

Amar Prem

Amar Prem

Directed by: Shakti Samanta

Starring: Rajesh Khanna, Sharmila Tagore, Sujit Kumar, Bindu

Sleuth

Sleuth

Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Starring: Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, Alec Cawthorne, John Matthews

Country: United States of America

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

Directed by: Luis Buñuel

Starring: Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Paul Frankeur, Bulle Ogier

Country: United States of America

Aguirre: The Wrath of God

Aguirre: The Wrath of God

Directed by: Werner Herzog

Starring: Klaus Kinski, Ruy Guerra, Helena Rojo, Del Negro

Country: United States of America

Books

Which were the most popular books released in 1972 ?
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Captains And The Kings by Taylor Caldwell

Captains And The Kings

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When Joseph Armagh first saw America in the early 1850s, he was a twelve-year-old Irish immigrant - a penniless orphan cast upon a hostile shore to make a home for himself.

The Winds Of War by Herman Wouk

The Winds Of War

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Like no other masterpiece of historical fiction, Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II is the great novel of America's Greatest Generation.Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events, as well as all the drama, romance, heroism, and …

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

The Exorcist

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Originally published in 1971, The Exorcist is now a major television series on FOX. It remains one of the most controversial novels ever written and went on to become a literary phenomenon: It spent fifty-seven weeks on the New York …

O Jerusalem! by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre

O Jerusalem!

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Now a major motion picture, this remarkable classic recounts, moment by moment, the spellbinding process that gave birth to the state of Israel.Collins

Open Marriage by Nena and George O'Neill

Open Marriage

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Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1972 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. Michael
  2. Christopher
  3. James
  4. David
  5. John
  6. Robert
  7. Jason
  8. Brian
  9. William
  10. Matthew
Top #10 female names
  1. Jennifer
  2. Michelle
  3. Lisa
  4. Kimberly
  5. Amy
  6. Angela
  7. Melissa
  8. Stephanie
  9. Heather
  10. Nicole
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Historical Events

Which were the important events of 1972?


Events

  • 01 Jan Company closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 690 performances
  • 02 Jan Rothschilds closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 505 performances
  • 04 Jan Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London.
  • 05 Jan NASA announces development of space shuttle
  • 06 Jan US male Figure Skating championship won by Kenneth Shelley.
  • 07 Jan William Hubbs Rehnquist sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice.
  • 08 Jan Kenneth Patchen, American writer (See You in the Morning), dies at age 60.
  • 09 Jan Passenger ship Queen Elizabeth destroyed by fire
  • 10 Jan Triple album set Concert for Bangladesh released in the UK
  • 11 Jan East-Pakistan becomes independent state of Bangladesh.
  • 13 Jan Former umpire, now housewife Bernice Gera wins her suit against baseball, initiated on March 15, 1971 to be allowed to umpire.
  • 14 Jan Sanford & Son starring Redd Foxx premieres on NBC TV
  • 15 Jan Heavyweight Joe Frazier knocks out Terry Daniels.
  • 16 Jan Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys-24, Miami-3 in New Orleans; Most Valuable Player: Roger Staubach, Quarterback.
  • 17 Jan Section of Memphis, Tennessee, Highway 51 South renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard.
  • 19 Jan Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra, and Early Wynn elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 20 Jan Pakistan launched its Nuclear detterent program few weeks after its defeat in Bangladesh Liberation War and Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.
  • 21 Jan Mizoram, formerly part of Assam, creates an Indian union territory
  • 22 Jan Emergency with Robert Fuller premieres on NBC TV
  • 23 Jan 2nd AFC-NFC pro bowl, AFC wins 26-13
  • 24 Jan WRIP (now WDSI) TV channel 61 in Chattanooga, TN (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 25 Jan 25th NHL All-Star Game: East beats West 3-2 at Minnesota.
  • 26 Jan Stewardess Vesna Vulovic survives 10,160m fall without parachute.
  • 27 Jan Magnavox begins production of the Odyssey video game. The Odyssey is a primitive video game system, with no processors or integrated circuits. It plugs into a home TV set, displaying a moving white block that can be bounced by rotating remote paddles.
  • 28 Jan Richard Chanfray claims he is the Count of St Germain on French television.
  • 29 Jan 5th ABA All-Star Game: East 142 beats West 115 at Louisville.
  • 30 Jan Pakistan withdraws from the Commonwealth of Nations.
  • 31 Jan US launches HEOS A-2 for interplanetary observations (396/244,998).
  • 01 Feb Wings release Give Ireland Back to the Irish in the UK
  • 02 Feb Lefty Gomez, Ross Youngs and William Harridge selected for Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 03 Feb 11th Winter Olympic games opens in Sapporo, Japan (1st in Asia)
  • 04 Feb Sen Strom Thurmond suggests John Lennon be deported
  • 05 Feb Another Puff by Jerry Reed peaks at #65
  • 08 Feb Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard selected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 09 Feb President of Ecuador José María Velasco Ibarra is deposed for the fourth time.
  • 10 Feb BBC bans Give Ireland Back to the Irish by Wings
  • 13 Feb 1776 closes at 46th Steet Theater in New York City after 1,217 performances.
  • 14 Feb John andYoko co-host Mike Douglas Show for entire week
  • 15 Feb Dimitrios Papadopoulos becomes metropolitan of Imbros / Tenedos
  • 16 Feb Wilt Chamberlain hit 30,000 point mark during a game with Phoenix Suns
  • 17 Feb President Nixon leaves Washington DC for China
  • 18 Feb John andYoko end a week of co-hosting Mike Douglas Show
  • 19 Feb The Asama-Sanso hostage standoff begins in Japan.
  • 20 Feb 1st time Cleveland Cavaliers beat the New York Knicks (111-109)
  • 21 Feb Richard Nixon becomes 1st US President to visit China
  • 22 Feb Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani becomes Amir and Prime Minister of Qatar.
  • 23 Feb Angela Davis is released from jail. A Caruthers, California farmer, Rodger McAfee, helps her make bail.
  • 24 Feb North Vietnamese negotiators walk out of the Paris Peace Talks to protest U.S. air raids.
  • 25 Feb Paul McCartney releases Give Ireland back to the Irish single
  • 26 Feb Dam break in WV kills 107
  • 27 Feb US President Richard Nixon and Chinese Premier Chou En-lai issue Shanghai Communique.
  • 28 Feb George Harrison is involved in a minor car accident
  • 29 Feb Jack Anderson discloses Dita Beard (ITT) memo indicating antitrust charges were dropped for $400,000 contribution to the Republican Party
  • 01 Mar Club of Rome publishes report Boundaries on the Growth
  • 02 Mar Pioneer 10 launched for Jupiter flyby.
  • 03 Mar Sculpted figures of Jefferson Davis, Robert E Lee, and Stonewall Jackson are completed at Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA.
  • 04 Mar Last train run between Penrith and Keswick, United Kingdom.
  • 05 Mar Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis leaves communist party.
  • 06 Mar Keswick to Penrith railway officially closes.
  • 08 Mar 1st flight of the Goodyear blimp
  • 09 Mar Players on Chicago White Sox vote 31-0 in favor of a strike, if necessary.
  • 10 Mar 1st black US political convention opens (Gary Indiana)
  • 11 Mar Inner City closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 97 performances
  • 12 Mar NHL great Gordie Howe retires after 26 seasons.
  • 14 Mar Italian publisher and former partisan Giangiacomo Feltrinelli is killed by an explosion near Segrate.
  • 15 Mar NASA selects three-part configuration for Space Shuttle.
  • 16 Mar John andYoko are served with deportation papers
  • 17 Mar Ringo releases Back off Bugaloo in the UK
  • 18 Mar Cornell NCAA hockey team shut out for first time in 225 games (Boston University).
  • 19 Mar To Live Another Summer closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 173 performances
  • 21 Mar US Supreme Court rules states can't require one-year residency to vote.
  • 22 Mar Selling of the President opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 23 Mar Evil Knievel breaks 93 bones after successfully clearing 35 cars.
  • 24 Mar Great Britain imposes direct rule over Northern Ireland.
  • 25 Mar Selling of the President closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • 26 Mar Only Fools Are Sad closes at Edison Theater NYC after 144 performances
  • 27 Mar Venera 8 launched to Venus.
  • 28 Mar Wilt Chamberlain plays his last pro basketball game.
  • 30 Mar Funny Thing Happened... opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 156 performances
  • 31 Mar Official Beatles Fan Club closes down.
  • 01 Apr Major league baseball players stage first collective strike.
  • 02 Apr 44th Academy Awards - French Connection, Gene Hackman and Jane Fonda win.
  • 03 Apr Official US gold price raised from $35 per ounce to $38.
  • 04 Apr Adam Clayton Powell Jr, American politician (Representative-Democrat-New York), dies at age 63.
  • 05 Apr Baseball season is delayed due to a strike.
  • 06 Apr Egypt drops diplomatic relations with Jordan.
  • 07 Apr Vietnam War veteran Richard McCoy, Jr. hijacks a United Airlines jet and extorts $500,000 he is later captured.
  • 09 Apr Sugar opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 506 performances
  • 10 Apr 7.0 earthquake kills 1 / 5 of population of Iranian province of Fars
  • 11 Apr Benjamin L Hooks is named to the US Federal Communications Commission.
  • 13 Apr The Universal Postal Union decides to recognize the People's Republic of China as the only legitimate Chinese representative, effectively expelling the Republic of China administering Taiwan.
  • 15 Apr Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Carole King, and Quincy Jones perform at a benefit for George McGovern for President.
  • 16 Apr 2 giants pandas arrive in US, from China
  • 17 Apr 76th Boston Marathon won by Olavi Suomalainen of Finland in 2:15:39.
  • 18 Apr Lost in the Stars opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 39 performances
  • 19 Apr US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 20 Apr Apollo 16 with John Young and Charles Duke lands on Moon with Boeing Lunar Rover #2.
  • 21 Apr John Young and Charles Duke explores Moon (Apollo 16)
  • 22 Apr Vietnam War: Increased American bombing in Vietnam prompts anti-war protests in Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco.
  • 23 Apr 26th Tony Awards: Sticks and Bones and Two Gentlemen of Verona win.
  • 25 Apr Hans-Werner Grosse glides 907.7 miles (1,461 km) in an AS-W-12.
  • 26 Apr The Lockheed L-1011 Tristar enters service with Eastern Airlines.
  • 27 Apr New York City Mayor John Lindsey appeals that John Lennon not be deported
  • 29 Apr The fourth anniversary of the Broadway musical ''Hair'' is celebrated with a free concert at a Central Park bandshell, followed by dinner at the Four Seasons. There, 13 Black Panther protesters and the show's co-author, Jim Rado, are arrested for disturbing the peace and for using marijuana.
  • 30 Apr Arthur Godfrey Time ends a 27-year run on radio.
  • 01 May Different Times opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • 02 May Electrical fire in Sunshine Silver mine - 126 die (Kellogg, Idaho, USA).
  • 04 May Vietcong forms revolutionary government in Quang Tri, South Vietnam.
  • 05 May Alitalia Flight 112 crashes into Mount Longa near Palermo, Sicily, killing all 115 aboard, making it the deadliest single-aircraft disaster in Italy.
  • 06 May 98th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:01.8.
  • 07 May Betty Burfeindt wins Sealy LPGA Golf Classic.
  • 08 May Sabena aircraft at Lod International airport, Tel Aviv, Israel, captured by Palestinians.
  • 10 May Overloaded South Korean bus plunges into reservoir, killing 77.
  • 11 May John Lennon says his phone is tapped by FBI on Dick Cavett Show
  • 12 May Milwaukee Brewers beat Minn Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (completed 5 / 13)
  • 13 May Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (started May 12).
  • 14 May In Willie Mays' first game as a New York Mets player, his homer beats the San Francisco Giants, 5-4.
  • 15 May Hard Job Being God opens at Edison Theater NYC for 6 performances
  • 16 May Jane Blalock wins LPGA Suzuki Golf Internationale.
  • 17 May Tottenham Hotspur wins first UEFA Cup in London, England.
  • 18 May Me & The Chimp, last airs on CBS-TV
  • 19 May WMAV TV channel 18 in Oxford, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 20 May Different Times closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 24 performances
  • 21 May Heathen! opens and closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 1 performance
  • 22 May Ton Sijbrands becomes world checker champion.
  • 23 May The Tamil United Front (now known as Tamil United Liberation Front), a pro-Tamil organization, is founded.
  • 24 May Glasgow Rangers wins 12th Europe Cup II at Barcelona, Spain.
  • 25 May Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Ron Stander
  • 26 May Nixon and Brezhnev signs SALT accord
  • 27 May Applause closes at Palace Theater NYC after 900 performances
  • 28 May White House "plumbers" break into Democratic National headquarters at Watergate.
  • 29 May Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship.
  • 30 May The Angry Brigade goes on trial over a series of 25 bombings throughout Britain.
  • 31 May Ajax wins Europe Cup 1 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
  • 01 Jun Tswanaland becomes Bophuthatswana in South Africa
  • 02 Jun Andreas Baader, Jan-Carl Raspe, Holger Meins and some other members of Red Army Faction are arrested in Frankfurt am Main after a shootout.
  • 03 Jun Hot Rod Lincoln, by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen hits #9
  • 04 Jun Angela Davis, black activist, acquitted of killing a white guard
  • 05 Jun If You Had Wings opens
  • 06 Jun David Bowie releases Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust
  • 07 Jun Grease opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 3,388 performances
  • 08 Jun Padres draft Dave Roberts #1, Indians draft Rick Manning #2
  • 09 Jun 1st all-nite grad parties
  • 10 Jun 104th Belmont: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:28
  • 11 Jun 18th LPGA Championship won by Kathy Ahern
  • 12 Jun George P. Shultz begins term as 60th Treasury Secretary of the US.
  • 14 Jun Hurricane Agnes kills 117
  • 15 Jun West German police arrested RAF leader Ulrike Meinhof
  • 16 Jun Red Army Faction member Ulrike Meinhof is captured by police in Langenhagen.
  • 17 Jun Long Haired Lover From Liverpool by Little Jimmy Osmond peaks at #38
  • 18 Jun 72nd US Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 290 at Pebble Beach, California
  • 19 Jun 40,000 pilots strike against naval officer
  • 22 Jun Man of La Mancha opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 140 performances
  • 23 Jun Nixon and Haldeman agree to use CIA to cover up Watergate
  • 24 Jun Troglodyte (Cave Man) by Jimmy Castor Bunch peaks at #6
  • 25 Jun Bernice Gera becomes 1st female umpire in pro baseball
  • 26 Jun IRA proclaims resistant in North-Ireland
  • 28 Jun U.S. President Richard Nixon announces that no new draftees will be sent to Vietnam.
  • 29 Jun Supreme Court rules (5-4) that Death Penalty is cruel and unusual
  • 30 Jun 1st leap second day; also 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985
  • 01 Jul Follies closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 524 performances
  • 02 Jul Fiddler on the Roof closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 3242 performances
  • 04 Jul The first Rainbow Gathering is held in Colorado.
  • 05 Jul Pierre Messmer appointed French Premier
  • 07 Jul 1st women FBI members sworn in (Susan Lynn Roley and Joanne E Pierce)
  • 08 Jul English Prince Richard marries Birgitte of Deurs (Henriksen)
  • 09 Jul 1st tour of Paul McCartney andWings (France)
  • 10 Jul Democratic convention opens in Miami Beach, Florida (George McGovern wins).
  • 11 Jul The first game of the World Chess Championship 1972 between challenger Bobby Fischer and defending champion Boris Spassky starts.
  • 12 Jul Democrats nominated George McGovern for President in Miami Florida
  • 14 Jul Jean Westwood is 1st woman chosen to head Democratic National Committee
  • 15 Jul 101st British Golf Open: Lee Trevino shoots 278 at Muirfield Gullane
  • 16 Jul Dimitrios Papadopoulos becomes 269th patriarch of Constantinople
  • 17 Jul 1st 2 women begin training as FBI agents at Quantico
  • 18 Jul Egypt President Sadat throws 20,000 Russian military aids out
  • 21 Jul 27.5 cm rainfall at Fort Ripley, Minnesota (state record)
  • 22 Jul 10.84 (27.53 cm) of rainfall, Fort Ripley, Mn (state 24-hr record)
  • 23 Jul Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Raleigh Golf Classic
  • 24 Jul Jigme Singye Wangchuk becomes king of Bhutan at age 16.
  • 25 Jul 43rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-3 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
  • 27 Jul NHL star Maurice "Rocket" Richard signs with WHL Quebec Nordiques.
  • 28 Jul 39th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Dallas 20, All Stars 7 (54,162)
  • 29 Jul A national dock strike begins in Britain.
  • 30 Jul Jan Ferraris wins LPGA Lady Pepsi Golf Open
  • 31 Jul Dick Allen is 7th to hit 2 inside-the-park homers in a game
  • 01 Aug First article appears exposing Watergate scandal (Bernstein-Woodward).
  • 02 Aug Gold hits record US$70 an ounce in London, England.
  • 03 Aug British Premier Heath proclaims emergency crisis due to harbor strike
  • 04 Aug Arthur Bremer jailed for 63 years for shooting Alabama Gov Wallace
  • 05 Aug Detroit shortstop Ed Brinkman errors ends record streak of 72 games and 331 total chances without a miscue
  • 06 Aug Garry Player wins PGA golf tournament
  • 08 Aug New York Yanks sign 30-year lease to play in remodeled Yankee Stadium
  • 09 Aug Rockwell receives NASA contract to construct the Space Shuttle.
  • 10 Aug 1 million kg heavy meteorite grazes atmosphere above Canada
  • 11 Aug Vietnam War: the last United States ground combat unit departs South Vietnam.
  • 12 Aug Funny Thing Happened... closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 156 performances
  • 13 Aug Dutch KRO-TV transmits 440th and last Bonanza
  • 14 Aug Bloody Sunday: British soldiers fire into crowd, kill 13
  • 16 Aug 54th PGA Championship: Gary Player shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills, Michigan
  • 20 Aug Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Southgate Ladies Golf Open
  • 21 Aug British harbor strike ends
  • 22 Aug International Olympic Committee exspells Rhodesia
  • 23 Aug Republican convention (Miami Beach, Florida) re-nominates Vice President Spiro Agnew but not unanimous - one vote given to NBC newsman David Brinkley.
  • 24 Aug Dennis Amiss scores 1st one-day int century, 103 vs. Australia
  • 26 Aug 20th Olympic games open at Munich German FR
  • 27 Aug Sandra Haynie wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open
  • 30 Aug John Lennon andYoko Ono perform at Madison Square Garden
  • 31 Aug Lasse Viren runs Olympic / world record 10,000m (27:38.4)
  • 01 Sep Egypt and Libya form federation
  • 02 Sep Renate Stecher runs 100m European female record (11.07 seconds)
  • 04 Sep US swimmer Mark Spitz becomes first athlete to win seven Olympic gold medals.
  • 05 Sep 11 Israeli athletes are slain at Munich Olympics by Black Sept
  • 06 Sep Summer Olympics resume in Munich Germany after massacre
  • 08 Sep Chicago Cubs' Ferguson Jenkins wins his 20th game for 6th straight year.
  • 09 Sep 86th US Womens Tennis: Billie Jean M King beats K Melville (63 75)
  • 10 Sep 20th Olympic games close at Munich, German FR
  • 11 Sep BART begins service with a 26-mi (42-km) line from Oakland to Fremont
  • 12 Sep Ciod War: Icelandic gunboats sink 2 British trawlers in North Sea
  • 13 Sep 1st TV broadcast of Waltons on CBS
  • 14 Sep Waltons TV program premieres
  • 15 Sep WMAO TV channel 23 in Greenwood, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 16 Sep 1st TV series about mixed marriage-Bridgit Loves Bernie
  • 17 Sep M*A*S*H, premieres on NBC TV
  • 18 Sep 1st black NL umpire (Art Williams-Los Angeles vs. San Diego)
  • 19 Sep A parcel bomb sent to Israeli Embassy in London kills one diplomat.
  • 21 Sep Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos issues Proclamation No. 1081 placing the entire country under martial law.
  • 22 Sep Dictator Idi Amin throws 8,000 Asians out of Uganda
  • 23 Sep Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos announces over television and radio the implementation of martial law.
  • 24 Sep New York Jets' Joe Namath passes for six touchdowns versus Baltimore Colts (44-34).
  • 25 Sep Dutch air force drives away Russian Tupolev-bomber
  • 26 Sep Norway rejects membership in European Common Market
  • 27 Sep The Joint Communique of the Government of Japan and the Government of the People's Republic of China is signed in Beijing.
  • 28 Sep David Bowie sells out his 1st show in New York Carnegie Hall
  • 29 Sep Sino-Japanese relations: Japan establishes diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China after breaking official ties with the Republic of China.
  • 30 Sep Roberto Clemente records the 3,000th and final hit of his career.
  • 01 Oct 3rd NYC Marathon won by Sheldon Karlin in 2:27:52
  • 02 Oct From Israel with Love opens at Palace Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 03 Oct Baltimore Roric Harrison is last AL pitcher to homer until interleague play 25 years later
  • 04 Oct Ted Williams manages his final game as Rangers lose to Royals, 4-0
  • 05 Oct Herbert Mullin, serial killer, first kills, claiming to prevent earthquakes.
  • 06 Oct 22-car train carrying 2,000 pilgrims derails, kills 208 in Mexico.
  • 08 Oct From Israel with Love closes at Palace Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 09 Oct Dude opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • 10 Oct Judy Rankin wins LPGA Heritage Village Golf Open
  • 11 Oct Panama adopts constitution
  • 12 Oct Hurry, Harry opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 2 performances
  • 13 Oct Hurry, Harry closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 2 performances
  • 14 Oct Oakland A Gene Tenace is 1st to homer in 1st 2 World Series at bats
  • 15 Oct 61st Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Bucharest (3-2)
  • 16 Oct Pacific Paradise opens at Palace Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 17 Oct 1st time Islanders shut-out-5-0 vs. Penguins
  • 19 Oct Mother Earth opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 20 Oct Queen Juliana visits Yugoslavia
  • 21 Oct Dude closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 22 Oct Betsy Rawls wins LPGA GAC Golf Classic
  • 23 Oct Pippin opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 1944 performances
  • 25 Oct Nobel prize for economy awarded to Kenneth J Arrow and John R Hicks
  • 26 Oct Guided tours of Alcatraz (by US Park Service) begin.
  • 27 Oct Golden Gate National Recreation Area created.
  • 28 Oct Mother Earth closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • 29 Oct Jo Ann Prentice wins LPGA Corpus Christi Civitan Golf Open
  • 30 Oct 45 die in a train crash in Chicago, Illinois
  • 31 Oct Gaylord Perry wins AL Cy Young award
  • 01 Nov 1st gay theme TV movie - That Certain Summer
  • 02 Nov Construction begins on the Kingdome, Seattle, Washington, USA.
  • 04 Nov Bangladesh adopts constitution
  • 05 Nov Jane Blalock wins LPGA Lady Errol Golf Classic
  • 07 Nov US President Richard Nixon (Republican) re-elected defeating George McGovern (Democrat).
  • 10 Nov Southern Airways Flight 49 from Birmingham, Alabama is hijacked and, at one point, is threatened with crashing into the nuclear installation at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After two days, the plane lands in Havana, Cuba, where the hijackers are jailed by Fidel Castro.
  • 11 Nov Dow Jones Index moves above 1,000 for 1st time
  • 14 Nov Dow Jones closes above 1,000 for 1st time (1003.16)
  • 15 Nov Circle-in the-Square Theater opens at 1633 Broadway, New York City
  • 16 Nov Dear Oscar opens at Playhouse Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 19 Nov Ambassador opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • 21 Nov Red Sox Carlton Fisk wins AL Rookie of Year, Mets Jon Matlack wins NL
  • 22 Nov Flyers start Islanders on 15 game winless streak
  • 25 Nov Ambassador closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • 26 Nov Pete Gogolak scores New York Giants record 8 points after a touchdown.
  • 27 Nov Pierre Trudeau forms Canadian government
  • 28 Nov Via Galactica opens at Uris Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • 29 Nov Atari releases the Pong coin-operated arcade video game system. Nolan Bushnell and Al Alcorn developed the game at Atari, partly based on the Magnavox Odyssey system.
  • 30 Nov BBC bans Wings Hi, Hi, Hi
  • 01 Dec Wings release Hi, Hi, Hi in the UK
  • 02 Dec Via Galactica closes at Uris Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • 03 Dec Convair 990A charter crashes in Tenerife, Canary Island, 155 die.
  • 05 Dec Joseph A Walkers River Niger, premieres in New York City
  • 07 Dec Apollo 17 (US), final manned lunar landing mission (last of Apollo Moon series), is launched.
  • 08 Dec United Airlines Flight 553 crashes after aborting its landing attempt at Chicago Midway International Airport, killing 45.
  • 11 Dec Astronauts Cernan and Harrison become 11th and 12th on Moon
  • 13 Dec Apollo program: Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt begin the third and final Extra-vehicular activity (EVA) or ''Moonwalk'' of Apollo 17. This is the last manned mission to the moon of the 20th century.
  • 14 Dec Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt leave the Moon
  • 16 Dec Bangladesh Constitution goes into effect
  • 17 Dec WGVC (now WUCX) TV channel 35 in Grand Rapids, MI (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • 18 Dec Vietnam War: President Richard Nixon announces that the United States will engage North Vietnam in Operation Linebacker II, a series of Christmas bombings, after peace talks collapsed with North Vietnam on the 13th.
  • 19 Dec Apollo 17 (last of Apollo Moon landing series) returns to Earth
  • 20 Dec Neil Simons Sunshine Boys, premieres in New York City
  • 21 Dec Soviet Union signs a separate peace with East Germany.
  • 22 Dec 6.25 earthquake strikes Managua Nicaragua, 12,000+ killed
  • 23 Dec 6.25 Earthquake destroys central Managua Nicaragua, 10,000 die
  • 24 Dec Swedish Prime minister Olof Palme compares the American bombings of North Vietnam to Nazi massacres. The U.S. breaks diplomatic contact with Sweden.
  • 25 Dec The Christmas bombing of North Vietnam causes widespread criticism of the U.S. and President Richard Nixon.
  • 26 Dec Vietnam War: As part of Operation Linebacker II, 120 American B-52 Stratofortress bombers attacked Hanoi, including 78 launched from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, the largest single combat launch in Strategic Air Command history.
  • 27 Dec Purlie opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 14 performances
  • 28 Dec Martin Bormann's skeleton found in Berlin (Adolf Hitler's deputy).
  • 29 Dec Life magazine ceases publication.
  • 30 Dec US President Richard Nixon halts bombing of North Vietnam and announces peace talks.
  • 31 Dec Leap second day; also in 1973-79, 1987