Guam - 28 years after the end of WW2, a Japanese soldier, Shoichi Yokoi, was discovered in the jungle of Guam.
Space - President Richard Nixon orders the development of a Space Shuttle program.
Watergate - June 17, 1972, the Democratic National committee office at the Watergate office complex in Washington, DC was the site of an illegal break-in.
Munich - September 1972, Munich Olympic Games massacre: Arab terrorists kill 2 Israeli delegates and took 9 hostages at the athlete's village. At the airport all 5 terrorists, all 9 Israeli hostages, and 1 police officer were killed.
Munich Olympic Games - American Mark Spitz wins seven Gold Medals in swimming.
Notable Deaths -
* World Road Race Champion: Karel Kaers (Bel), 1914-1972, the World Champion in 1934.
Jackie Robinson, 1919-1972, American baseball hall of fame member who in 1947 broke the baseball's color barrier, died in Stamford, Connecticut.
Roberto Clemente, 1934-1972, American baseball hall of fame member helped turn a hapless Pittsburgh Pirates team into a contender. He died in a plane crash while delivering relief to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
Harry S. Truman, 1884-1972, the 33rd President of the US, famous for the phrase “the buck stops here”, died of heart failure.