1972:  Twelve Years Before 1984!

-The first Leap Second was added

-Canada began domestic satellite service (ANIK)
http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/satcomhistory.html

-The Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS) was launched by NASA in July, 1972
http://chesapeake.towson.edu/data/all_landsat.asp

US launches Christmas bombing campaign against Hanoi, North Vietnam.

FBI director,
J. Edgar Hoover dies. Coincidence? We think not!

"Pong" introduces the video game craze.

SALT I treaty limiting nuclear arms signed by US and USSR.
 

bulletPresident Nixon makes unprecedented eight-day visit to Communist China and meets with Mao Zedong (Feb. 17).

 
bulletBritain takes over direct rule of Northern Ireland in bid for peace (March 24).

 
bulletEleven 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).

 
bulletNixon orders "Christmas bombing" of North Vietnam (Dec.). Background: Vietnam War

 

Watergate Scandal

bulletThe VW Beetle becomes the biggest selling car ever
bulletMark Spitz wins 7 Gold medals for swimming Was the timing accurate?
bulletThe pocket calculator is invented by Texas Instruments
bulletThe Godfather film is released  Coincindence?

Pink Floyd release "Dark Side of the Moon" Subliminal message?

First call was made with a cell phone (cellular phone) in New York.

In Rome, Laszlo Toth attacks Michelangelo's Pieta statue with a sledgehammer shouting that he is Jesus Christ Apocalyptic? Coincidence?

September 1 - Bobby Fischer defeats Boris Spassky in a chess match at Reykjavk, Iceland, and becomes the first American chess champion (see Match of the Century).

bullet October 16 - A plane carrying US congressman Hale Boggs of Louisiana and three other men vanishes in Alaska. The wreckage has never been found, despite a massive search at the time.
 
bullet December 7 - Apollo 17, the last manned mission to the moon, is launched.

 

 

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