Information for the Year 1972
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- # President Nixon makes unprecedented eight-day visit to Communist China and meets with Mao Zedong (Feb. 17).
- Britain takes over direct rule of Northern Ireland in bid for peace (March 24).
- Eleven Israeli athletes at Olympic Games in Munich are killed after eight members of an Arab terrorist group invades Olympic Village; five guerrillas and one policeman are also killed (Sept. 5).
- Nixon orders "Christmas bombing" of North Vietnam (Dec.).
- Population: 3.860 billion
- Nobel Peace Prize: The prize money for 1972 was allocated to the Main Fund.
- Gov. George C. Wallace of Alabama is shot by Arthur H. Bremer at Laurel, Md., political rally (May 15).
- Five men are apprehended by police in attempt to bug Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C.'s Watergate complex—start of the Watergate scandal (June 17).
- US Supreme Court rules that death penalty is unconstitutional (June 29).
- President: Richard M. Nixon
- Vice President: Spiro T. Agnew
- Population: 209,896,021
- Life expectancy: 71.2 years
- US GDP (1998 dollars): $1,237.30 billion
- Federal spending: $230.68 billion
- Federal debt: $435.9 billion
- Median Household Income(current dollars):$9,697
- Consumer Price Index: 41.8
- Unemployment: 5.9%
- Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.08
- Super Bowl Dallas Cowboys defeated Miami Dolphins (SCORE 24-3)
- World Series of Baseball Oakland A's defeated Cincinnati
- National Basketball Association Championship Los Angeles Lakers defeated New York
- National Hockey League Stanley Cup Boston Bruins defeated New York Rangers
- Women Wimbledon Tennis Billie Jean King defeated Evonne Goolagong (6-3 6-3)
- Men Wimbledon Tennis Stan Smith defeated I. Nastase (4-6 6-3 6-3 4-6 7-5)
- Kentucky Derby Horse Race Champion Riva Ridge II
- National College Athletic Association Basketball Championship UCLA defeated Florida St. (SCORE 81-76)
- National College Athletic Association Football Champions USC (RECORD 12-0-0)
- 1972 Summer Olympics held in Munich, Germany
- 1972 Winter Olympics held in Sapporo, Japan
- Time Inc. transmits HBO, the first pay cable network.
- Women dominate the 1971 Grammy Awards, taking all four top categories.
- The National Institute of Mental Health and the surgeon general issue a report that claims exposure to violence on television fosters aggression in children.
- M*A*S*H premieres on CBS.
- Atari introduces the arcade version of Pong, the first video game. The home version comes out in 1974.
- Academy Award, Best Picture: The French Connection
- Grammy Award - Record of the Year It's Too Late by Carole King
- Emmy Award - Best Television Comedy All In The Family - CBS
- Miss America: Laurie Lea Schaefer (Ohio)
- CAT (Computerized Axial Tomography) scanning is developed in England.
- The compact disk is developed by RCA (US).
- The video disk is introduced by Philips Company (Netherlands).
- Electronic mail is introduced. Queen Elizabeth will send her first email in 1976.
- Apollo XVII, the last manned moon landing to date, returns to Earth with 250 pounds of lunar samples
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