1972 in the United States

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1972 in the United States
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Events from the year 1972 in the United States.


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February 21–28: Nixon visits China



  • April 10
  • April 16 – Vietnam War – Nguyen Hue Offensive: Prompted by the North Vietnamese offensive, the United States resumes bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong.
  • April 29 – The fourth anniversary of the Broadway musical Hair is celebrated with a free concert at a Central Park bandshell, followed by dinner at the Four Seasons. There, 13 Black Panther protesters and the show's co-author, Jim Rado, are arrested for disturbing the peace and for using marijuana.



June 17: Five men are arrested for burglarizing the offices of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate Complex (pictured).



  • August 1 – U.S. Senator Thomas Eagleton, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, withdraws from the race after revealing he was once treated for mental illness.
  • August 4 – A huge solar flare (one of the largest ever recorded) knocks out cable lines in U.S. It begins with the appearance of sunspots on August 2; an August 4 flare kicks off high levels of activity until August 10.
  • August 10 – A brilliant, daytime meteor skips off the Earth's atmosphere due to an Apollo asteroid streaking over the western US into Canada.[2]
  • August 12 – The last U.S. ground troops are withdrawn from Vietnam.
  • August 20 – One hundred thousand people attended the legendary Wattstax Black music concert in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in California.[3]
  • August 21 – The Republican National Convention in Miami Beach, Florida renominates U.S. President Richard Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew for a second term.
  • August 22 – John Wojtowicz, 27, and Sal Naturile, 18, hold several Chase Manhattan Bank employees hostage for 17 hours in Gravesend, Brooklyn, N.Y, an event later dramatized in the film Dog Day Afternoon.





December 7–19: Apollo 17, the last manned Moon mission





See also


  1. Mitchell K. Hall (2008). "Chronology". Historical Dictionary of the Nixon-Ford Era. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-6410-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Observation of Meteoroid Impacts by Space-Based Sensors astrosociety.org, 1998, 'Apollo asteroid about ten meters in diameter'
  3. The Summer Of Music Documentaries: 'Wattstax' National Public Radio, 2010-07-16.
  4. "Crash at Farrell's". Archived from the original on March 20, 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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