Friday, December 3, 2010

News Highlights of 1972: The Year I Was Born

  • The Coca-Cola Bottling Company recalls 3 million cans of Coke because some of the aluminum lids are found to be contaminated.
  • The Winter Olympics are held in Sapporo, Japan.
  • Germany pays $5 million to hijackers of a jumbo jet for the release of passengers held hostage.
  • President Nixon becomes the first U.S. president to visit China.
  • The Pioneer 10 spacecraft takes a 21-month journey to Jupiter, beaming back to earth detailed photos of the planet and its moons.
  • President Nixon becomes the first U.S. president to visit Moscow. He spends one week there in talks with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.
  • Alabama Governor George Wallace, a controversial presidential candidate because of his white supremacist sympathies, is shot by a sniper and paralyzed from the waist down but plans to continue his quest for the White House.
  • Five burgulars are charged with breaking into the Washington, D.C., office of the Democratic National Committee, located in the Watergate complex.
  • President Nixon orders the biggest ever bombing raid on North Vietnam.
  • South Dakota Senator George McGovern chooses Sargent Shriver as his vice-presidential running mate on the Democratic ticket.
  • Arabs massacre 11 Israeli athletes at the Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany. The Olympic flag flies at half mast.
  • American swimmer Mark Spitz wins a record seven gold medals at the Munich Olympics.
  • President Nixon and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko sign a strategic arms limitation treaty.
  • Richard Nixon wins a second term in the White House.

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