1972

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Millennium: 2nd millennium
Centuries:
Decades:
Years:
1972 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar 1972
MCMLXXII
Ab urbe condita 2725
Armenian calendar 1421
ԹՎ ՌՆԻԱ
Assyrian calendar 6722
Bahá'í calendar 128–129
Balinese saka calendar 1893–1894
Bengali calendar 1379
Berber calendar 2922
British Regnal year 20 Eliz. 2 – 21 Eliz. 2
Buddhist calendar 2516
Burmese calendar 1334
Byzantine calendar 7480–7481
Chinese calendar 辛亥(Metal Pig)
4668 or 4608
    — to —
壬子年 (Water Rat)
4669 or 4609
Coptic calendar 1688–1689
Discordian calendar 3138
Ethiopian calendar 1964–1965
Hebrew calendar 5732–5733
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 2028–2029
 - Shaka Samvat 1893–1894
 - Kali Yuga 5072–5073
Holocene calendar 11972
Igbo calendar 972–973
Iranian calendar 1350–1351
Islamic calendar 1391–1392
Japanese calendar Shōwa 47
(昭和47年)
Javanese calendar 1903–1904
Juche calendar 61
Julian calendar Gregorian minus 13 days
Korean calendar 4305
Minguo calendar ROC 61
民國61年
Nanakshahi calendar 504
Thai solar calendar 2515
Tibetan calendar 阴金猪年
(female Iron-Pig)
2098 or 1717 or 945
    — to —
阳水鼠年
(male Water-Rat)
2099 or 1718 or 946
Unix time 63072000 – 94694399

1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1972nd year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 972nd year of the 2nd millennium, the 72nd year of the 20th century, and the 3rd year of the 1970s decade.

Within the context of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) it was the longest year ever, as two leap seconds were added during this 366-day year, an event which has not since been repeated. (If its start and end are defined using mean solar time [the legal time scale], its duration was 31622401.141 seconds of Terrestrial Time (or Ephemeris Time), which is slightly shorter than 1908).[1]

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  • 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
    • Arthur Bremer is jailed for 63 years for shooting George Wallace.
    • Dictator Idi Amin declares that Uganda will expel 50,000 Asians with British passports to Britain within 3 months.
    • 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.[5]

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Richard Nixon's landslide victory in the electoral college during the 1972 Election.
The arcade version of Pong is released.

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