Do you remember:
¤ May 4 – Counting in the previous day’s British general election shows that the Conservatives have won and Margaret Thatcher becomes the country’s first female prime minister, ending the rule of James Callaghan’s Labour government
¤ March 8 – Philips demonstrates the Compact Disc publicly for the first time.
¤ June 28 – Felicia Day, American actress, writer, director, violinist, and singer is born.
¤ July 1 – Sweden outlaws corporal punishment in the home.
¤ July 8 – Los Angeles passes its gay and lesbian civil rights bill.
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A lot of serial killing going on this year.
¤ January 28 – Richard Chase, the “Vampire of Sacramento”, is arrested. He was an Americanschizophrenicserial killer who killed six people in a span of a month in Sacramento, California. He was nicknamed “The Vampire of Sacramento” because he drank his victims’ blood and cannibalized their remains.
¤ February 1 – Hollywood film director Roman Polanski skips bail and flees to France, after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl.
¤ February 15 – Serial killer Ted Bundy is captured in Pensacola, Florida.
¤ February 16 – The Hillside Strangler, a serial killer prowling Los Angeles, claims a tenth and final victim.
¤ March 6 – American porn publisher Larry Flynt is shot and paralyzed in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
¤ June 12 – Serial killer David Berkowitz, the “Son of Sam,” is sentenced to 365 years in prison.
¤ June 19 – Garfield, which eventually becomes the world’s most widely syndicated comic strip, makes its debut.
¤ December 22 – Chicago serial killer John Wayne Gacy, who was subsequently convicted of the murder of 33 young men, is arrested.
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¤ July 14 – Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden is born
¤ August 16- Elvis Presley, the “king of rock and roll”, dies in his home in Graceland at age 42. 75,000 fans line the streets of Memphis for his funeral.
¤ August 19 – Groucho Marx, comedic legend, star of stage and screen, dies of pneumonia at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, at the age of 86.
¤ October 17 – 18 – German Autumn: GSG 9 troopers storm a hijacked Lufthansa passenger plane in Mogadishu, Somalia; 3 of the 4 hijackers die.
¤ November 22- British Airways inaugurates regular London to New York City supersonic Concorde service.
Do you remember: ¤ January 18 – Super Bowl X: The Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Dallas Cowboys, 21-17, in Miami. ¤ April 1 – Apple Computer Company is formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak ¤ April 3 – The Eurovision Song Contest 1976 is won by Brotherhood of Man, representing the United Kingdom, with their song “Save Your Kisses for Me”. ¤ July 29 – In New York City, the “Son of Sam” pulls a gun from a paper bag, killing 1 and seriously wounding another, in the first of a series of attacks that terrorize the city for the next year. ¤ July 31 – NASA releases the famous Face on Mars photo, taken by Viking 1. ¤ September 6 – Frank Sinatra brings Jerry Lewis’s former partner Dean Martin onstage, unannounced, at the 1976 Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon in Las Vegas, reuniting the comedy team for the first (and only) time in over 20 years. ¤ December 1 – The Sex Pistols achieve public notoriety, as they unleash several 4-letter words live on Bill Grundy’s early evening TV show. ¤ November 29 – Anna Faris, American actress is born.
Do you remember: ¤ February 11 – Margaret Thatcher defeats Edward Heath for the leadership of the opposition UK Conservative Party. Thatcher, 49, is Britain’s first female leader of any political party. ¤ March 4 – Charlie Chaplin is knighted by Elizabeth II. ¤ July 17 – Apollo-Soyuz Test Project: A manned American Apollo spacecraft and the manned Soviet Soyuz spacecraft for the Soyuz 19 mission, docks in orbit, marking the first such link-up between spacecraft from the 2 nations. ¤ November 26 – The 1975 cult classic movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show is released in America. A great reason to get Dr Frank n furter into my blog ¤ December 17 – Milla Jovovich, Ukrainian-born American actress and model was born.
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¤ March 8 – Charles de Gaulle Airport opens in Paris, France.
¤ April 3–4 – An enormous outbreak of tornadoes strikes the central parts of the United States, killing around 319 people. Known as the “Super Outbreak”, the event is the largest and deadliest of its kind until the April 25–28, 2011 tornado outbreak.
¤ April 6 – Swedish pop group ABBA win the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo.
¤ April 24 – Stephen King publishes Carrie, his first novel under his own name.
¤ August 8 – Watergate scandal: U.S.President Richard Nixon announces his resignation
¤ October 30 – The Rumble in the Jungle takes place in Kinshasa, Zaire, where Muhammad Ali knocks out George Foreman in 8 rounds to regain the Heavyweight title, which had been stripped from him 7 years earlier.
¤ Rubik’s Cube puzzle is invented by Hungarian architectureprofessorErnő Rubik. Damn I hated that cube.
¤ And just to get a reason to post pictures of her, Alyson Lee Hannigan was born March 24, 1974. You probably know her as Willow from the buffy tv series.
¤ January 14 – Elvis Presley’s concert in Hawaii is the first worldwide telecast by an entertainer, that is watched by more people than watched the Apollo moon landings. It was never shown in the Eastern Bloc Countries because of Communism
¤ January 5 – Diamond Foxxx, American pornographic actress was born.
¤ January 27 – U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War ends with the signing of the Paris Peace Accords.
¤ April 5 – Rincewind was born. Yay me. 🙂
¤ August 23 – The Norrmalmstorg robbery occurs, famous for the origin of the term Stockholm syndrome.
¤ October 20 – The Saturday Night Massacre: U.S. President Richard Nixon orders Attorney General Elliot Richardson to dismiss Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox. Richardson refuses and resigns, along with Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus. Solicitor General Robert Bork, third in line at the Department of Justice, then fires Cox. The event raises calls for Nixon’s impeachment.
¤ November 17 – Watergate scandal: In Orlando, Florida, U.S. President Richard Nixon tells 400 Associated Press managing editors “I am not a crook.”
¤ Lite Beer is introduced in the U.S. by the Miller Brewing Company.
If 1972 felt long for you it was due to two leap seconds were added during this 366-day year, an event which has not since been repeated.
¤ January 14 – Queen Margrethe II of Denmark succeeds her father, King Frederick IX, on the throne of Denmark.
¤ January 30 – Bloody Sunday: The British Army kills 14 unarmed nationalist civil rights marchers in Derry, Northern Ireland.
¤ June 17 – Watergate scandal: Five White House operatives are arrested for burglarizing the offices of the Democratic National Committee.
¤ September 1 – Bobby Fischer defeats Boris Spassky in a chess match in Reykjavík, Iceland, becoming the first American world chess champion.
¤ October 25 – The first female FBI agents are hired.
¤ December 14 – Apollo program: Eugene Cernan is the last person to walk on the moon, after he and Harrison Schmitt complete the third and final Extra-vehicular activity (EVA) of Apollo 17. This is the last manned mission to the moon of the 20th Century.
¤ Worship of Norse gods is officially approved in Iceland.
¤ March 4 – The southern part of Quebec, and especially Montreal, receive 16½” (42 cm) of snow in what becomes known as the Century’s Snowstorm (la tempête du siècle).
¤ March 28 – The Ed Sullivan Show airs its final episode.
¤ April 18 – David Tennant, Scottish actor is born and had to have him on this list due to being the coolest Dr Who in my eyes.
¤ September 9 – September 13 – Attica Prison riots: – A revolt breaks out at the maximum-security prison in Attica, New York. In the end, state police and the United States National Guard storm the facility; 42 are killed, 10 of them hostages.
¤ November 15 – Intel releases the world’s first microprocessor, the Intel 4004.
¤ November 24 – During a severe storm over Washington State, a man calling himself D. B. Cooper parachutes from the Northwest Orient Airlines plane he hijacked, with US$200,000 in ransom money, and is never seen again (as of March 2008, this case remains the only unsolved skyjacking in history).
¤ Ray Tomlinson sends the first ARPAnete-mail between host computers.
¤ October 29 – Winona Ryder, American actress. Oh my all time favourite crush back in the days.
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¤ January 14 – Diana Ross and The Supremes perform their farewell live concert together at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas. Ross’s replacement, Jean Terrell, is introduced onstage at the end of the last show.
¤ February 13 – Black Sabbath’s eponymous debut album is released; often regarded as the first true heavy metal album.
¤ Apollo program: Apollo 13 (Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, Jack Swigert) is launched toward the Moon.
April 13 – An oxygen tank in the Apollo 13 spacecraft explodes, forcing the crew to abort the mission and return in 4 days.
April 17 – Apollo program: Apollo 13 splashes down safely in the Pacific.
¤ September 13 – The first New York City Marathon begins.
¤ October 12 – Vietnam War: U.S. President Richard Nixon announces that the United States will withdraw 40,000 more troops before Christmas.
¤ December 23 – The North Tower of the World Trade Center is topped out at 1,368 feet (417 m), making it the tallest building in the world.