K-EARTH 101’s 40th Anniversary: A Look Back On The Year 1972

Technology, History & Politics:

  • President — Richard Nixon (Republican) — Defeats George McGovern (Democratic) and John G. Schmitz (American) in the 1972 election


  • Eleven Israeli athletes were killed by Arab gunmen at the 1972 Munich Olympic games
  • The US Supreme Court rules that the death penalty is unconstitutional
  • Five men were apprehended by police in attempt to bug Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C.’s Watergate complex, which started the Watergate scandal
  • Apollo 16 lands on the moon, the Lunar Rover is tested, and Apollo 17 lands on the moon with the last men to walk on the moon being Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan


  • The Volkswagen Beetle becomes the most popular car ever, selling over 15 million
  • RCA develops the compact disc
  • Electronic mail (aka email) is introduced


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