World Events of 1972
- Nixon Visits with Mao Zedong (a.k.a. Mao Tse-Tung) in China.
- Britain takes over direct rule of Northern Ireland. Political tensions between Ireland and the UK continue.
- Nixon orders "Christmas bombing", as well as the mining of the Haiphong Harbour of North Vietnam.
- Eleven Israeli athletes are killed by Arab Militants in Munich. Before it is over another five guerrillas and one policeman also die.
- Watergate Scandal begins in Washington with the arrest of five men caught attempting to bug the Democratic National Committee Headquarters. This scandal will ultimately topple the Nixon administration.
- U.S. President Richard Nixon orders the development of a space shuttle program.
- Japanese soldier Shoichi Yokoi is discovered in Guam. He had spent 28 years in the jungle.
- First scientific hand-held calculator (HP-35) is introduced (price $395).
- Volkswagen Beetle sales exceed those of the Ford Model-T when the 15,007,034th Beetle is produced.
- Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney co-found Atari.
- U.S. actress Jane Fonda tours North Vietnam, during which she is photographed sitting on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun.
- Anwar Sadat expels 20,000 Soviet advisors from Egypt.
- Dictator Idi Amin declares that Uganda will expel 50,000 Asians with British passports to Britain within three months.
- The Mellow Yellow opens on the Amstel River in Amsterdam, pioneering the legal sale of cannabis in the Netherlands.
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