The 37th President of the United States Richard Milhouse Nixon directs
NASA to begin the development of the Space Shuttle.
The Dallas Cowboys defeat the Miami Dolphins, 24 to 3, to win Super
Bowl VI in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The Winter Olympics opening ceremony is held in Sapporo, Japan.
basketball player Wilt Chamberlin scores his 30,000th point.
18: The Soviet Union
launches unmanned lunar sample return mission Luna 20 towards the Moon.
US President Nixon begins a visit to China. The objective of this
diplomatic trip is a normalization of relations with the communist
Soviet spacecraft Luna 20 successfully lands on the Moon at Mare
22: The ascent stage from
Luna 20 lifts off from the Moon carrying 30 grams of lunar geological
25: The Luna 20 return
capsule returns to Earth and lands in the Soviet Union.
NASA launches space
probe Pioneer 10 towards the outer solar system.
Apollo 16 lunar
module Orion with astronauts John Young and Charles Duke lands at the
Descartes region of the Moon. I am 13 years old. For my
photographic diary of the Apollo 16 mission follow
the Apollo 16 TV links on this page. AP 16 TV1 AP 16 TV2 AP 16 TV3 AP 16 TV4
16: Apollo 16 spacecraft
Orion with astronauts John Young and Charles Duke lands at the
Descartes region of the Moon.
Arthur Bremer attempts to assassinate US Presidential candidate George
Wallace. Wallace survives, but is paralyzed and confined to a wheel
chair for the rest of his life.
27: Mark Donahue wins the
56th running of the Indianapolis 500.
An episode in American politics known as the Watergate Scandal
commences with the arrest of five White House operatives who were
caught burglarizing the Democratic National Committee offices.
26: The Summer Olympics
opening ceremony is held for the XXth Olympiad in Munich, West Germany.
US chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer defeats Soviet chess grandmaster
Boris Spasky for the world chess title in Reykjavik, Iceland.
5: A Palestinian terrorist
group known as "Black September" takes Israeli athletes and coaches
hostage at the Olympic village.
6: During a botched
hostage rescue attempt by West German Police, Israeli Olympic athletes
and coaches are killed.
The Soviet Union defeats the United States in Olympic basketball. The
outcome of the game is controversial and it marks the first
international defeat for a US basketball team.
7: Republican incumbent
President Richard Nixon defeats Democrat George McGovern in the 1972
7: Apollo 17, the final
manned mission to the Moon, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center
Apollo 17 lunar module Challenger with astronauts Gene Cernan and
Harrison Schmitt lands at the Taurus-Littrow region of the Moon.
I am 14 years old. For my photographic diary of the Apollo 17
the Apollo 17 TV links on this page. AP
17 TV1 AP 17 TV2
19: Apollo 17 command
module America returns to Earth with its crew of Cernan, Evans, and
In an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Oakland
Raiders, Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw completes the "Immaculate
Reception" pass to Steeler running back Franco Harris.