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  Timeline: 1972  
By Barry Boyce, CyclingRevealed Historian
Date Race Winner Distance
March 19, 1972 Milan-San Remo Eddy Merckx (Bel) 288 km
April 9, 1972 Tour of Flanders Erik Leman (Bel) 250 km
April 16, 1972 Paris-Roubaix Roger De Vlaeminck (Bel) 272 km
April 20, 1972 Liege-Bastogne-Liege Eddy Merckx (Bel) 239 km
April 27-May 14, 1972 Vuelta a Espana Jose Mavel Fuente (Spa) 17 Stages, 3,079 km
May 21-June 11 1972 Giro d'Italia Eddy Merckx (Bel) 20 Stages, 3,725 km
July 1-July 23, 1972 Tour de France Eddy Merckx (Bel) 20 Stages, 3,845 km
August 6, 1972 World Championships Mariano Basso (Ita) Gap, France 272.6 km

October 7, 1972

Giro di Lombardia Eddy Merckx (Bel) Milan-Como, 266 km

•  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.



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