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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1972 AD


January 1: China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
January 1: "Company" closes at Alvin Theater New York City after 690 performances
January 1: International Book Year begins
January 1: KDSD TV channel 16 in Aberdeen, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting
January 1: "On the Town" closes at Imperial Theater New York City after 65 performances
January 1: "Promises Promises" closes at Shubert Theater New York City after 1281 performances
January 2: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco '49ers 14-3 in NFC championship game
January 2: Mariner 9 begins mapping Mars
January 2: Miami Dolphins beat Baltimore Colts 21-0 in AFC championship game
January 2: "Rothschilds" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City after 505 performances
January 5: Largest crowd at Cleveland Arena (Cavs vs Lakers-11,178)
January 5: NASA announces development of space shuttle
January 5: New York City transit fare rises from 30 cents to 35 cents
January 5: President Nixon signs a bill for NASA to begin research on manned shuttle
January 5: West-Pakistani sheik Mujib ur-Rahman freed
January 6: U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
January 6: U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Kenneth Shelley
January 6: Vladimir Bukovski is exiled from U.S.S.R.
January 7: Iberian Airlines crashes into 800' peak on island of Ibiza, 104 die
January 7: Lewis F. Powell, Jr. becomes a Supreme Court Justice
January 7: Los Angeles Lakers chalk up 33rd consecutive win (NBA record)
January 7: William Hubbs Rehnquist, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
January 8: Dmitri Shostakovich' 15th Symphony, premieres in Moscow
January 8: NCAA announces freshman can play on teams starting in fall
January 9: Billionaire Howard Hughes says Clifford Irving's bio is a fake
January 9: Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
January 9: Passenger ship Queen Elizabeth destroyed by fire
January 10: Los Angeles Lakers 33 straight win streak snapped, losing to Bucks 120-104
January 10: Sheik Mujib ur-Rahman arrives in Dacca, East-Pakistan
January 10: Triple album set "Concert for Bangladesh" released in UK
January 11: Abu Sayeed Chudhury becomes president and sheik Mujib ur-Rahman premier
January 11: East-Pakistan becomes independent state of Bangladesh
January 12: Tigers sign a lease to build a $126M domed stadium (doesn't happen)
January 13: Former umpire, now housewife Bernice Gera wins her suit against baseball, initiated on March 15, 1971 to be allowed to umpire
January 14: "Sanford and Son" starring Redd Foxx premieres on NBC TV
January 14: WMAH TV channel 19 in Biloxi, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
January 14: WMAU TV channel 17 in Bude, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
January 14: WMAW TV channel 14 in Meridian, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
January 15: Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Terry Daniels
January 16: Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes European all-round lady skating champ
January 16: Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys-24, Miami-3 in New Orleans Superbowl MVP: Roger Staubach, Dallas, QB
January 17: Section of Memphis' Highway 51 South renamed Elvis Presley Blvd
January 19: Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra, and Early Wynn elected to Hall of Fame
January 21: Assam's North East Frontier Agency becomes Arunachal Pradesh terr
January 21: Belgium government of Eyskens-Cools forms
January 21: Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura become separate states of Indian union
January 21: Mizoram, formerly part of Assam, creates an Indian union territory
January 22: 22nd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 112-110 at LA
January 22: "Emergency" with Robert Fuller premieres on NBC TV
January 23: 2nd AFC-NFC pro bowl, AFC wins 26-13
January 23: Ard Schenk becomes European all-round skating champ
January 23: Bootlegger sells wood alcohol to wedding party-100 die-New Delhi
January 23: Entire population of Istanbul under 24 hour house arrest
January 23: NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 26-13
January 24: WRIP (now WDSI) TV channel 61 in Chattanooga, Tennessee (IND) 1st broadcast
January 25: 25th NHL All-Star Game: East beats West 3-2 at Minnesota
January 25: 7' Ohio State center Luke Witte is stomped in face during a brawl in a game with Minnesota
January 26: Stewardess Vesna Vulovic survives 10,160m fall without parachute
January 28: Oral Roberts' Eddie Woods grabs 30 rebounds for 2nd consecutive game
January 29: 5th ABA All-Star Game: East 142 beats West 115 at Louisville
January 30: Bloody Sunday: British soldiers shoot on catholics in Londonderry, 13 die
January 30: Pakistan withdraws from the British Commonwealth
January 31: Aretha Franklin sings at Mahalia Jackson's funeral
January 31: Birenda, becomes leader of Nepal
January 31: Military coup ousts civilian government of Ghana
January 31: U.S. launches HEOS A-2 for interplanetary observations (396/244,998)


February 1: 1st scientific hand-held calculator, the HP-35, introduced for $395
February 1: Wings release "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" in UK
February 2: Lefty Gomez, Ross Youngs and William Harridge selected for Hall of Fame
February 2: Tom Stoppard's "Jumpers," premieres in London
February 3: 11th Winter Olympic games opens in Sapporo, Japan (1st in Asia)
February 3: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
February 4: 6th round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks ends in Vienna Austria
February 4: Senator Strom Thurmond suggests John Lennon be deported
February 5: "Another Puff" by Jerry Reed peaks at #65
February 5: Bob Douglas is 1st black elected to Basketball Hall of Fame
February 5: U.S. airlines begin mandatory inspection of passengers and baggage
February 8: Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard selected to Hall of Fame
February 9: British Government declares state of emergency after month-long miners' strike
February 10: BBC bans "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" by Wings
February 10: Ras al Khaima joins United Arab Emirates
February 10: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
February 13: 11th Winter Olympic games close at Sapporo, Japan
February 13: "1776" closes at 46th St. Theater New York City after 1,217 performances
February 13: "Grease" opens on Broadway
February 14: John and Yoko co-host "Mike Douglas Show" for entire week
February 14: Luna 20 (Russia) launched to orbit and soft landing on Moon
February 15: Bill Torrey becomes 1st Islander General Manager
February 15: Dimitrios Papadopoulos becomes metropolitan of Imbros/Tenedos
February 15: President Velasco Ibarra of Ecuador deposed for 4th time
February 16: 1st NBA to score 30,000 points (Wilt Chamberlain in 940 games)
February 16: German mass murderers "Three of Breda" freed
February 16: Test Cricket debut of Lawrence Rowe WI vs. New Zealand Kingston, 214 and 100
February 16: Wilt Chamberlain hit 30,000 point mark during a game with Phoenix Suns
February 17: British Parliament votes to join European Common Market
February 17: President Nixon leaves Washington D.C. for China
February 18: California Supreme Court abolishes death penalty
February 18: Giulio Andreotti sworn in as premier of Italy
February 18: John and Yoko end a week of co-hosting Mike Douglas Show
February 19: Glenn Turner carries his bat for 223* vs. WI at Kingston
February 20: 1st time Cleveland Cavaliers beat New York Knicks (111-109)
February 20: Ard Schenk becomes world champ skater
February 20: Sicco Mansholt becomes chairman of European Committee
February 21: Michael Weller's "Moonchildren," premieres in New York City
February 21: Richard Nixon becomes 1st U.S. president to visit China
February 22: Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani becomes Amir and Prime Minister of Qatar
February 22: President Nixon, meets with Chinese Premier Chou En-Lai in Beijing
February 25: Lopsided trade, Cards trade Steve Carlton to Phillies for Rick Wise
February 25: Paul McCartney releases "Give Ireland back to the Irish" single
February 26: Slag heap dam collapses above Buffalo Creek, West Virginia, kills 125
February 27: President Nixon and Chinese Premier Chou En-lai issued Shanghai Communique
February 28: George Harrison is involved in a minor car accident
February 28: President Richard Nixon ends historic week-long visit to China
February 29: Hank Aaron becomes 1st baseball player to sign for $200,000 a year
February 29: Jack Anderson discloses Dita Beard (ITT) memo indicating antitrust charges were dropped for $400,000 contribution to Republican Party


March 1: Club of Rome publishes report "Boundaries on the Growth"
March 1: David Rabe's "Sticks and Bones," premieres in New York City
March 1: KHMA TV channel 11 in Houma, LA (IND) begins broadcasting
March 1: Wilt Chamberlain is 1st NBA player to score 30,000 points
March 2: Jean-Bedel Bokassa appoints himself President for life of Cent African Rep
March 2: Pioneer 10 launched for Jupiter flyby
March 3: Sculpted figures of Jefferson Davis, Robert E Lee, and Stonewall Jackson are completed at Stone Mountain Georgia
March 4: Erhard Keller (Germany) skates world record 1000m (1:18.5)
March 4: Last train run between Penrith to Keswick United Kingdom
March 4: Libya and U.S.S.R. signs cooperation treaty
March 5: Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis leaves Communist Party
March 6: Jack Nicklaus, passes Arnold Palmer as golf's all-time money winner
March 6: Keswick to Penrith railway officially closes
March 8: 1st airship flown over Britain in 20 years (Europa)
March 8: 1st flight of the Goodyear blimp
March 9: Players on White Sox vote 31-0 in favor of a strike, if necessary
March 10: 1st black U.S. political convention opens in Gary, Indiana
March 10: General Lon Nol becomes President and prince Sirik Matak premier of Cambodia
March 10: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
March 11: "Inner City" closes at Barrymore Theater New York City after 97 performances
March 12: Judy Rankin wins LPGA Lady Eve Golf Open
March 12: NHL great Gordie Howe retires after 26 seasons
March 14: NBA's Cincinnati Royals announce they are moving to KC
March 15: Danish airliner hit mountain in Sheikdom of Oman killing 112
March 15: NASA selects 3 part configuration for Space Shuttle
March 16: John and Yoko are served with deportation papers
March 17: Ringo releases "Back off Bugaloo" in UK
March 18: AIAW 1st basketball champs, Immaculata beats West Chester State 52-48
March 18: China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
March 18: Cornell NCAA hockey team shut out for 1st time in 225 games (Boston U)
March 18: Memphis' Larry Miller sets ABA record of 67 pts in a game
March 19: Carol Mann wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
March 19: India and Bangladesh sign friendship treaty
March 19: Los Angeles Lakers beat Golden State Warriors, 162-99, by then record 63 pts
March 19: "To Live Another Summer" closes at Helen Hayes New York City after 173 performances
March 20: 19 mountain climbers killed on Japan's Mount Fuji during an avalanche
March 20: S Mansholt succeeds Malfatti as chairman of European Committee
March 21: U.S. Supreme Court rules states can't require 1-yr residency to vote
March 22: Congress approves Equal Rights Amendment (never ratified)
March 22: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar named NBA MVP
March 22: Nick Mileti purchases Cleveland Indians for $9 million
March 22: "Selling of the President" opens at Shubert Theater New York City for 5 performances
March 22: Yankees trade Danny Cater to the Red Sox for Sparky Lyle
March 23: Evil Knievel breaks 93 bones after successfully clearing 35 cars
March 23: New York Yankees agree to continue playing ball in the Bronx
March 24: Great Britain imposes direct rule over Northern Ireland
March 25: 34th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Florida 81-76
March 25: America's LP "America" goes #1
March 25: Bobby Hull becomes the 2nd NHLer to score 600 goals
March 25: "Selling of the President" closes at Shubert Theater New York City after 5 performances
March 25: UCLA wins its 6th consecutive national basketball title
March 26: Betsy Cullen wins LPGA Sears Women's World Golf Classic
March 26: Los Angeles Lakers broke NBA record by winning 69 of 82 games (69-13)
March 26: "Only Fools Are Sad" closes at Edison Theater New York City after 144 performances
March 27: Adolph Rupp retires after 42 years of coaching University of Kentucky
March 27: Venera 8 launched to Venus
March 28: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
March 28: Wilt Chamberlain plays his last pro basketball game
March 30: "Funny Thing Happened..." opens at Lunt-Fontanne New York City for 156 performances
March 30: North Vietnamese troops enter South Vietnam
March 30: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
March 31: Official Beatles Fan Club, closes down


April 1: 30,000 attend Mar Y Sol rock concert, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
April 1: Major league baseball players stages 1st collective strike
April 2: 44th Academy Awards - "French Connection," G Hackman and Jane Fonda win
April 2: Tennessee Williams' "Small Craft Warnings," premieres in New York City
April 4: 1st electric power plant fueled by garbage begins operating
April 5: Baseball season is delayed due to a strike
April 5: Mets trade Ken Singleton to Expos for Rusty Staub
April 6: Egypt drops diplomatic relations with Jordan
April 8: Alvin Kallicharran scores 100* in his 1st Test Cricket innings vs. New Zealand
April 9: 36th Golf Masters Championship: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 286
April 9: Glenn Turner (259) and Terry Jarvis make 387 opening cricket stand vs. WI
April 9: "Sugar" opens at Majestic Theater New York City for 506 performances
April 9: U.S.S.R. and Iraq sign friendship treaty
April 10: 7.0 earthquake kills 1/5 of population of Iranian province of Fars
April 10: U.S., U.S.S.R. and 70 other nations agree to ban biological weapons
April 11: Benjamin L Hooks, named to FCC
April 11: U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
April 13: 1st baseball players' strike ends after 13 days
April 14: "That's Entertainment" opens at Edison Theater New York City for 4 performances
April 15: Barbra Striesand, James Taylor, Carole King and Quincy Jones perform at a benefit for George McGovern for President
April 16: 1st Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Jane Blalock
April 16: 2 giants pandas arrive in U.S., from China
April 16: Apollo 16 launched; 5th manned lunar landing (Decartes Highlands)
April 16: Chicago Cub Burt Hooton no-hits Phillies, 1-0
April 16: "That's Entertainment" closes at Edison Theater New York City after 4 performances
April 17: 1st Boston Women's Marathon won by Nina Kuscsik of New York in 3:10:26
April 17: 76th Boston Marathon won by Olavi Suomalainen of Finland in 2:15:39
April 17: Kiteman attempting to throw out 1st ball in Phillie Vet crashes into centerfield seats
April 17: Revised Dutch constitution proclaimed
April 18: "Lost in the Stars" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 39 performances
April 19: Bangladesh becomes a member of British Commonwealth
April 19: "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" opens at Playhouse New York City for 1,065 performances
April 19: Hungary revises constitution
April 19: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
April 20: Apollo 16's Young and Duke land on Moon with Boeing Lunar Rover #2
April 20: Kallicharran scores his 2nd Test century in his 2nd Test Cricket
April 21: John Young and Charles Duke explores Moon (Apollo 16)
April 21: Orbiting Astronomical Observatory 4 (Copernicus) launched
April 22: Apollo astronauts John Young and Charles Duke ride on Moon
April 23: 26th Tony Awards: Sticks and Bones and 2 Gentlemen of Verona win
April 23: Apollo 16 astronauts explores Moon surface
April 23: Betty Burfeind wins LPGA Birmingham Centennital Golf Classic
April 25: Hans-Werner Grosse glides 907.7 miles (1,461 km) in an AS-W-12
April 27: Apollo 16 returns to Earth
April 27: New York City Mayor John Lindsey appeals that John Lennon not be deported
April 28: Courts awarded Kentucky Derby prize money to 2nd place winner because winner was given drugs before race
April 30: "Arthur Godfrey Time" ends a 27 year run on radio
April 30: Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Alamo Ladies Golf Open


May 1: "Different Times" opens at ANTA Theater New York City for 24 performances
May 1: North Vietnamese troops occupy Quang Tri Activities Committee
May 1: Pulitzer prize awarded to Wallace Stegner (Angle of Repose)
May 1: Radio's Mutual Black Network premieres
May 2: Electrical fire in Sunshine Silver mine. 126 die (Kellogg Idaho)
May 2: Lt. General Vernon A Walters, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA
May 2: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
May 4: Vietcong forms revolutionary government in Quang Tri South Vietnam
May 5: Alitalia DC-8 crashes west of Palermo Sicily; killing 115
May 6: 98th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:01.8
May 7: 26th NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers beat New York Knicks, 4 games to 1
May 7: Betty Burfeindt wins Sealy LPGA Golf Classic
May 8: Sabena aircraft at Lod International, Tel Aviv, captured by Palestinians
May 10: Overloaded South Korean bus plunges into reservoir, killing 77
May 10: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
May 11: Giants trade Willie Mays to Mets for pitcher Charlie Williams and cash
May 11: John Lennon says his phone is tapped by FBI on Dick Cavett Show
May 11: Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 2
May 11: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
May 12: Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (completed 5/13)
May 12: Paul McCartney and Wings release "Mary Had a Little Lamb"
May 13: 115 die in nightclub atop 7-story Sennichi department store (Osaka Japan)
May 13: Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (started 5/12)
May 14: 24th Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Carrol O'Conner and Jean Stapleton
May 14: In Willie Mays 1st game as a New York Met his homer beats San Francisco Giants, 5-4
May 15: Assassination attempt on governor George Wallace of Alabama
May 15: Bus plunges into Nile River killing 50 pilgrims. (Minia Egypt)
May 15: George Wallace shot and left paralyzed by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, Maryland
May 15: "Hard Job Being God" opens at Edison Theater New York City for 6 performances
May 15: Ryukyu Is and Daito Is returned to Japan after 27 years of U.S. control
May 16: "Don't Play Us Cheap" opens at Barrymore Theater New York City for 164 performances
May 16: Greg Luzinski's 500' home run hits Liberty Bell monument in Philadelphia Vet
May 16: Jane Blalock wins LPGA Suzuki Golf Internationale
May 17: Netherlands and China exchange ambassadors
May 17: Tottenham Hotspur wins 1st UEFA Cup in London
May 18: John Sebastian makes 63 consecutive free throws while blindfolded
May 18: "Me and The Chimp," last airs on CBS-TV
May 19: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
May 19: WMAV TV channel 18 in Oxford, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
May 20: 5th ABA Championship: Indiana Pacers beat New York Nets, 4 games to 2
May 20: 98th Preakness: Eldon Nelson aboard Bee Bee Bee wins in 1:55.6
May 20: "Different Times" closes at ANTA Theater New York City after 24 performances
May 20: "Hard Job Being God" closes at Edison Theater New York City after 6 performances
May 20: Republic of Cameroon declared as constitution is ratified
May 21: "Heathen!" opens and closes at Billy Rose Theater New York City for 1 performance
May 21: Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational
May 21: "Lost in the Stars" closes at Imperial Theater New York City after 39 performances
May 22: Ceylon becomes Republic of Sri Lanka as its constitution is ratified
May 22: Ton Sijbrands becomes world checker champion
May 22: U.S. president Nixon begins visit Moscow
May 24: Glasgow Rangers wins 12th Europe Cup II at Barcelona
May 24: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
May 25: Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Ron Stander
May 25: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
May 26: Joe Frazier TKOs Ron Stander in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
May 26: Nixon and Brezhnev signs SALT accord
May 26: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
May 27: "Applause" closes at Palace Theater New York City after 900 performances
May 29: Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
May 30: 3 Japanese PFL terrorists kills 24, wound 72 at Tel Aviv's Lod International airport
May 31: Ajax wins Europe Cup 1 in Rotterdam


June 1: Dmitri Shostakovich's 15th Symphony, Dutch premieres in West Berlin
June 1: Tswanaland becomes Bophuthatswana in South Africa
June 1: West German police arrest RAF-leader Andreas Baader
June 3: 1st female U.S. rabbi installed, Sally J Priesand at 25
June 3: "Hot Rod Lincoln," by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen hits #9
June 3: Sally J Priesand becomes 1st female U.S. rabbi
June 3: Yankees score 8 times in 13th beating White Sox 18-10
June 4: Angela Davis, black activist, acquitted of killing a white guard
June 4: Carol Mann wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
June 4: Record 8 shutouts pitched in 16 major league games (AL=5, NL=3)
June 5: "If You Had Wings" opens
June 5: U.N. Conference on Human Environment opens in Stockholm
June 5: Yugoslav president Tito visits U.S.S.R.
June 6: David Bowie releases 'Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust'
June 6: Explosion at world's largest coal mine kills 427 (Wankie Rhodesia)
June 6: Gold hits record $60 an ounce in London
June 6: U.S. bombs Haiphong, North-Vietnam; 1000s killed
June 7: German Chancellor Willy Brandt visits Israel
June 7: "Grease" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 3,388 performances
June 7: Hsan Hua, Zen teacher, conducted 1st ordination ceremony in America
June 7: Pirate's Gene Alley bases-loaded walk, beats Padres 1-0 in 18th
June 8: Padres draft Dave Roberts #1, Indians draft Rick Manning #2
June 8: Test Cricket debut of Tony Greig, vs. Australia at Old Trafford (57/62)
June 9: 14" of rain in 6 hours burst Rapid City, South Dakota dam, drowns 237
June 9: Bruce Springsteen signs a record deal with Columbia
June 10: 104th Belmont: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:28
June 10: Elvis Presley records a live album at New York's Madison Square Garden
June 10: Hank Aaron's grandslammer (14) ties him for NL lead with Gil Hodges and moves him ahead of Willie Mays as #2 home run hitter (649)
June 11: 18th LPGA Championship won by Kathy Ahern
June 11: 31 degrees F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in June
June 11: KPAT-AM in Berkeley, California returns from KRE
June 14: Hurricane Agnes kills 117
June 15: Rock fall inside Vierzy Tunnel (France) causes 2 train crash; 107 die
June 15: West German police arrested RAF leader Ulrike Meinhof
June 17: 5 arrested for burglarizing Democratic Party HQ at Watergate
June 17: Chile president Allende forms new government
June 17: "Long Haired Lover From Liverpool" by Little Jimmy Osmond peaks at #38
June 17: Looking Glass releases "Brandy"
June 17: White House "plumbers" break into Democratic National headquarters at the Watergate Hotel
June 18: 72nd U.S. Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 290 at Pebble Beach California
June 18: BEA Trident crashes after takeoff from Heathrow killing 118
June 18: U.S. Supreme Court, 5-3, confirms lower court rulings in Curt Flood case, upholding baseball's exemption from antitrust laws
June 18: West Germany wins soccer world championship
June 19: 40,000 pilots strike against naval officer
June 19: Hurricane Agnes, kills 118 in New York and Florida
June 22: "Man of La Mancha" opens at Beaumont Theater New York City for 140 performances
June 23: Hurricane Agnes is costliest natural disaster in American history
June 23: Nixon and Haldeman agree to use CIA to cover up Watergate
June 23: President Nixon signs act barring sex discrimination in college sports
June 24: 'Troglodyte' by Jimmy Castor Bunch peaks at #6
June 24: Wake Island becomes unincorporated territory of U.S., U.S. Air Force
June 24: Yvonne Braitwaite Burke becomes 1st black chair in Dem convention
June 25: Bernice Gera becomes 1st female umpire in pro baseball
June 25: Juan Peron elected president of Argentina
June 26: Bob Massie takes 16 wickets (8-84 and 8-53) on Test cricket debut vs. Eng
June 26: IRA proclaims resistant in North-Ireland
June 29: Supreme Court rules (5-4) that Death Penalty is cruel and unusual
June 29: U.S.S.R. launches Prognoz 2 into earth orbit (549/200,000 km)
June 30: 1st leap second day; also 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985
June 30: Cincinnati Reds are 11 games back in NL, and go on to win pennant


July 1: "Follies" closes at Winter Garden Theater New York City after 524 performances
July 1: "Hair" closes at Biltmore Theater New York City after 1750 performances
July 1: Ms. magazine begins publishing
July 2: 27th U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship won by Susie Maxwell Berning
July 2: Bob Seagren pole vaults world record 5.63m
July 2: "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Imperial Theater New York City after 3242 performances
July 2: India and Pakistan sign peace accord
July 5: Pierre Messmer appointed French premier
July 7: 1st women FBI members sworn in (Susan Lynn Roley and Joanne E Pierce)
July 7: 79th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Billie Jean King beats Goolagong (63 63)
July 7: Dutch Minister of Agt decides to ignore soft drug usage
July 8: English prince Richard marries Birgitte of Deurs (Henriksen)
July 8: U.S. sells grain to U.S.S.R. for $750 million
July 9: 1st tour of Paul McCartney and Wings, France
July 9: 86th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: S Smith beats I Nastase (46 63 63 46 75)
July 9: Kathy Ahern wins LPGA George Washington Golf Classic
July 9: U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
July 10: Democratic convention opens in Miami Beach Florida, McGovern
July 10: Herd of stampeding elephants kills 24, Chandka Forest India
July 13: Los Angeles Rams (Irsay) and Baltimore Colts (Rosenbloom) swap owners
July 14: Jean Westwood is 1st woman chosen to head Democratic National Committee
July 14: Plate ump and catcher in a game are brothers. Bill Haller is ump and Tom Haller is Tigers catcher, Kansas City Royals win 1-0
July 14: U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear Test
July 15: 101st British Golf Open: Lee Trevino shoots 278 at Muirfield Gullane
July 15: Sandra Palmer/Jane Blalock wins Angelo's Four-Ball Golf Championship
July 16: Dimitrios Papadopoulos becomes 269th patriarch of Constantinople
July 16: Smokey Robinson and Miracles final live performance
July 18: 200,000 attend Mount Pocono rock festival in Pennsylvania
July 18: Egypt president Sadat throws 20,000 Russian military aids out
July 18: Mike Procter 8-73 with hat-trick, plus 51 and 102, Gloucs vs. Essex
July 20: U.S. performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
July 21: 2 passenger trains collide head-on killing 76, Seville, Spain
July 21: 27.5 cm rainfall at Fort Ripley, Minnesota, state record
July 21: Bloody Friday: 22 IRA-bombs explode in Belfast
July 21: Dodgers release and end career of pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm
July 21: In New York, 57 murders occur in 24 hours
July 22: 10.84" (27.53 cm) of rainfall, Fort Ripley, Mn (state 24-hour record)
July 22: Venera 8 makes soft landing on Venus
July 23: 1st Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS) is launched
July 23: Eddy Merckx (Belgium) wins his 4th consecutive Tour de France
July 23: Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Raleigh Golf Classic
July 24: Jigme Singye Wangchuk becomes king of Bhutan at 16
July 25: 43rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-3 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stad
July 25: All star MVP: Joe Morgan (Cincinnati Reds)
July 27: NHL star Maurice "Rocket" Richard signs with WHL Quebec Nordiques
July 28: 39th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Dallas 20, All Stars 7 (54,162)
July 29: France performs nuclear Test at Muruora Island
July 30: "Ain't Supposed to Die Death" closes at Barrymore New York City after 325 performances
July 30: Jan Ferraris wins LPGA Lady Pepsi Golf Open
July 31: Dick Allen is 7th to hit 2 inside-the-park homers in a game
July 31: Thomas Eagleton withdraws as Democratic Vice Presidential candidate


August 1: 1st article exposing Wategate scandal (Bernstein-Woodward)
August 1: Nate Colbert of San Diego Padres hits record tying 5 home runs in a double header
August 2: Gold hits record $70 an ounce in London
August 3: British premier Heath proclaims emergency crisis due to harbor strike
August 4: Arthur Bremer jailed for 63 years for shooting Alabama Governor Wallace
August 5: Detroit shortstop Ed Brinkman errors ends record streak of 72 games and 331 total chances without a miscue
August 5: Moody Blues release "Nights in White Satin"
August 5: Uganda president Idi Amin throws out all 80,000 Asians
August 6: Garry Player wins PGA golf tournament
August 6: Hank Aaron hits 660th and 661st home runs for Braves, record for 1 team
August 6: Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Knoxville Ladies Golf Classic
August 7: Hall of Fame inducts Berra, Sandy Koufax, Lefty Gomez and Early Wynn
August 8: New York Yankees sign 30-year lease to play in remodeled Yankee Stadium
August 9: Rockwell receives NASA contract to construct Space Shuttle
August 10: 1 million kg heavy meteorite grazes atmosphere above Canada
August 10: Paul and Linda McCartney are arrested in Sweden on drug possession
August 11: "Cheech and Chong Day" in San Antonio Texas
August 12: "Funny Thing Happened..." closes at Lunt-Fontanne New York City after 156 performances
August 12: Ian and Greg Chappell both scores centuries in same Test Cricket innings
August 12: Last American combat ground troops leave Vietnam
August 12: "Oh! Calcutta!" closes at Belasco Theater New York City after 1316 performances
August 13: Dutch KRO-TV transmits 440th and last "Bonanza"
August 13: Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Pabst Ladies Golf Classic
August 14: Bloody Sunday: British soldiers fire into crowd, kill 13
August 14: East German Aeroflot Illyushin 62 crashes near Moscow, killing 156
August 16: 54th PGA Championship: Gary Player shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills, Michigan
August 16: Morocco King Hassan II's B727 shot at
August 16: Philip Potter appointed Secretary-General of World council of Churches
August 16: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
August 17: Phillies Steve Carlton wins his 15th straight game
August 18: Police fine Paul and Linda McCartney 800 pounds in Sweden cannabis possession
August 20: Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Southgate Ladies Golf Open
August 20: U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
August 21: 1st hot air balloon flight over Alps
August 21: British harbor strike ends
August 21: Grace Slick maced by police when a band official called cops, pigs
August 21: Republican convention opens in Miami Beach, Florida
August 21: U.S. orbiting astronomy observatory Copernicus launched
August 22: International Olympic Committee exspells Rhodesia
August 23: Chicago's Dick Allen is 4th (Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, and Alex Johnson) to homer into Comiskey Park's center field bleachers
August 23: Republican convention (Miami Beach, Florida) renominates Vice President Agnew but not unanimous - 1 vote went to NBC newsman David Brinkley
August 24: 8th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yankees beat Mets 2-1
August 24: Dennis Amiss scores 1st one-day int century, 103 vs. Australia
August 24: Gordie Howe and Jean Beliveau inducted in Hockey Hall of Fame
August 26: 20th Olympic games open at Munich, West Germany
August 26: Leo Durocher replaces Harry Walker as manager of Astros
August 26: N.Y. Cosmos beat St. Louis Stars, 2-1 to win NASL championship
August 26: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
August 27: Sandra Haynie wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open
August 27: U.S. bombs Haiphong North Vietnam
August 28: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
August 29: San Francisco Giant Jim Barr retires 1st 20 batters he faces added to last 21 he retired 6 days earlier for record 41 in a row
August 30: John Lennon and Yoko Ono perform at Madison Square Garden
August 31: Lasse Viren runs Olympic/world record 10,000m (27:38.4)
August 31: Olga Korbut, U.S.S.R., wins olympic gold medal in gymnastics


September 1: Bobby Fischer (U.S.) defeats Boris Spassky (U.S.S.R.) for world chess title
September 1: Egypt and Libya form federation
September 2: Chicago White Sox Milt Pappas no-hits San Diego Padres, 1-0
September 2: Renate Stecher runs 100m European female record (11.07 sec)
September 2: Rod Stewart's 1st #1 hit (You Wear it Well)
September 2: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
September 4: U.S. swimmer Mark Spitz becomes 1st athlete to win 7 olympic gold medals
September 4: U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
September 5: 11 Israeli athletes are slain at Munich Olympics by terrorists
September 5: Chemical spill with fog sickens hundreds in Meuse Valley Belgium
September 5: Jerry Lewis' 7th Muscular Dystrophy telethon, John and Yoko appear
September 6: John and Yoko appear on Jerry Lewis' Muscular Dystrophy Telethon
September 6: Summer Olympics resume in Munich Germany after massacre
September 8: Chicago Cub Ferguson Jenkins wins his 20th game for 6th straight year
September 8: Jim Ryan (U.S.) and Billy Fordjour (Ghana) collide and fall in qualifying competitions for 1,500m finals, ending Ryan's chances for gold
September 9: 86th U.S. Womens Tennis: Billie Jean M King beats K Melville (63 75)
September 9: Terry Anne Meeuwsen (Wisc), 23, crowned 45th Miss America 1973
September 10: 20th Olympic games close at Munich, West Germany
September 10: 92nd U.S. Mens Tennis: Ilie Nastase beats Arthur Ashe
September 10: Emerson Fittipaldi is youngest to win an auto race World Championship
September 10: Frank Shorter wins 17th Olympic marathon (2:12:19.8)
September 10: Jane Blalock wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
September 10: U.S. Men's olympic basketball teams 1st lose, 51-50 to U.S.S.R. (disputed)
September 10: WKAR TV channel 23 in East Lansing, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting
September 11: BART begins service with a 26-mi (42-km) line from Oakland to Fremont
September 12: Lord Michael Killanin succeeds Avery Brundage as head of Olympics
September 13: 1st TV broadcast of "Waltons" on CBS
September 14: Jason Miller's "That Championship Season," premieres in New York City
September 14: "Waltons" TV program premieres
September 14: West Germany and Poland establish diplomatic relations
September 15: WMAO TV channel 23 in Greenwood, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
September 16: 1st TV series about mixed marriage-Bridgit Loves Bernie
September 16: Penny Marshall appears on Bob Newhart Show in "Fly Unfriendly Skies"
September 17: "M*A*S*H," premieres on NBC TV
September 17: Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Quality First Golf Classic
September 17: Tanzania troops march in to Uganda
September 18: 1st black NL umpire (Art Williams-Los Angeles vs San Diego)
September 20: Police find cannabis growing on Paul and Linda McCartney's farm
September 21: Marcos declares martial law in Philippines
September 21: U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
September 22: Dictator Idi Amin throws 8,000 Asians out of Uganda
September 23: Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos declares martial law
September 23: President Marcos ends emergency crisis in Philippines
September 24: Antique F86 Sabrejet fails to takeoff at air show, kills 22
September 24: Jack Tatum, Oakland, returns a fumble 104 yards vs Green Bay (rec)
September 24: N.Y. Jet Joe Namath passes for 6 touchdowns vs. Baltimore Colts (44-34)
September 25: Dutch air force drives away Russian Tupolev-bomber
September 25: KAVT (now KSMQ) TV channel 15 in Austin, MN (PBS) begins broadcasting
September 25: Norway votes to join common market
September 25: Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Lincoln-Mercury Golf Open
September 26: American Museum of Immigration dedicated
September 26: Norway rejects membership in European Common Market
September 27: 1st game at Nassau Coliseum, Rangers beat Islanders 6-4 (exhibition)
September 28: David Bowie sells out his 1st show in New York's Carnegie Hall
September 28: Japan and Communist China agree to re-establish diplomatic relations
September 29: Japan and People's Republic of China begin diplomatic relations
September 30: Passenger train derails killing 48 (Rust Stasie South Africa)
September 30: Roberto Clemente, is 11th to get 3,000 hits


October 1: 1st games of World Hockey Association
October 1: 2nd New York City Women's Marathon won by Nina Kuscsik in 3:08:41
October 1: 3rd New York City Marathon won by Sheldon Karlin in 2:27:52
October 1: "Don't Play Us Cheap" closes at Barrymore Theater New York City after 164 performances
October 1: Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Portland Ladies Golf Classic
October 2: Aeroflot Il-18 crashes near Black Sea resort of Sochi, kills 105
October 2: Bill Stoneman of Montreal pitches his 2nd no-hitter, beating Mets, 7-0
October 2: Danish population votes for European Common Market membership
October 2: "From Israel with Love" opens at Palace Theater New York City for 8 performances
October 2: Mont Expos Bill Stoneman 2nd no-hitter beats New York Mets, 7-0
October 2: Ron Johnson becomes 1st New York Giant to score 4 touchdowns vs. Philadelphia
October 3: Baltimore Roric Harrison is last AL pitcher to homer until interleague play 25 years later
October 3: Indians set a team record for lowest team batting avg .234
October 3: Spaceflight 71-2 launched; 1st flexible substrate photovoltaic flown
October 3: Steve Carlton wins 27th game for Phillies
October 3: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test
October 4: Ted Williams manages his final game as Rangers lose to Royals, 4-0
October 6: 22-car train carrying 2,000 pilgrims derails, kills 208 in Mexico
October 7: 1st season game at Nassau Coliseum, Flames-3, Islanders-2
October 8: "From Israel with Love" closes at Palace Theater New York City after 8 performances
October 8: Harold Carmichael begins NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions
October 8: In Game 2 of ALCS, A's Bert Campaneris fires his bat at Det pitcher
October 8: Lerrin LaGrow Campy, who had been hit by a pitch, is fined and suspended
October 9: "Dude" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 16 performances
October 10: Judy Rankin wins LPGA Heritage Village Golf Open
October 11: Panama adopts constitution
October 11: Prison uprising at Washington D.C. jail
October 11: Reads beat Pirates in NLCS
October 12: 46 sailors injured in race riot on aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk
October 12: Billy Harris failed in 1st Islander penalty shot
October 12: "Hurry, Harry" opens at Ritz Theater New York City for 2 performances
October 12: Mariner 9 takes pictures of Martian north pole
October 13: Aeroflot Il-62 crashes in large pond outside Moscow, 176 die
October 13: Commish Bowie Kuhn allows Bert Campaneris to play in World Series
October 13: "Hurry, Harry" closes at Ritz Theater New York City after 2 performances
October 13: Uruguay to Chile plane crashes in Andes Mountain, (12 of 23 rescue)
October 14: Oakland A Gene Tenace is 1st to homer in 1st 2 World Series at bats
October 15: 61st Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Bucharest (3-2)
October 15: Omni in Atlanta opens - Hawks beat New York Knicks 109-101
October 16: Creedence Clearwater Revival breaks up
October 16: "Pacific Paradise" opens at Palace Theater New York City for 5 performances
October 17: 1st time Islanders shut-out-5-0 vs Penguins
October 17: Bob Randall's "6 Rooms Riv Vu," premieres in New York City
October 17: Chuck Berry's "My Ding-a-ling," is #1
October 19: "Mother Earth" opens at Belasco Theater New York City for 12 performances
October 20: Queen Juliana visits Yugoslavia
October 21: "Dude" closes at Broadway Theater New York City after 16 performances
October 21: "Man of La Mancha" closes at Beaumont Theater New York City after 140 performances
October 21: "Pacific Paradise" closes at Palace Theater New York City after 5 performances
October 22: Betsy Rawls wins LPGA GAC Golf Classic
October 22: Oakland A's 1st championship; beat Reds, 4 games to 3 in World Series
October 23: Access credit cards introduced in Great Britain
October 23: "Pippin" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 1944 performances
October 23: WNJS TV channel 23 in Camden, New Jersey (PBS) begins broadcasting
October 25: Eddy Merckx (Belgium) covers 30 miles, 1,258 yards in 1 hour
October 25: Nobel prize for economy awarded to Kenneth J Arrow and John R Hicks
October 26: Guided tours of Alcatraz (by Park Service) begin
October 26: Henry Kissinger declares "Peace is at hand" in Vietnam
October 27: Golden Gate National Recreation Area created
October 28: "Mother Earth" closes at Belasco Theater New York City after 12 performances
October 29: Don Cockroft of Cleveland Browns kicks 57-yard field goal
October 29: Jo Ann Prentice wins LPGA Corpus Christi Civitan Golf Open
October 30: 45 die in a train crash in Chicago, Illinois
October 30: Worst U.S. rail accident in 14 years; 45 die in Chicago
October 31: Gaylord Perry wins AL Cy Young award


November 1: 1st gay theme TV movie - "That Certain Summer"
November 1: Germaoin Gagnon scores 1st Islander hat trick
November 2: Construction begins on Kingdome, Seattle
November 2: Phillies' Steve Carlton wins unanimous NL Cy Young Award
November 2: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
November 4: Bangladesh adopts constitution
November 4: Kings score 3 goals within 45 seconds against Islanders
November 5: Jane Blalock wins LPGA Lady Errol Golf Classic
November 7: President Nixon (R) re-elected defeating George McGovern (D)
November 9: U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
November 11: Dow Jones Index moves above 1,000 for 1st time
November 11: U.S. Army turns over Long Bihn base to South Vietnamese army
November 14: Dow Jones closes above 1,000 for 1st time (1003.16)
November 15: Circle-in the-Square Theater opens at 1633 Broadway New York City
November 15: Small Astronomy Satellite Explorer 48 launched to study gamma rays
November 15: White Sox Dick Allen wins AL MVP
November 16: "Dear Oscar" opens at Playhouse Theater New York City for 5 performances
November 17: Juan Peron returns to Argentina
November 19: "Ambassador" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City for 9 performances
November 19: "Dear Oscar" closes at Playhouse Theater New York City after 5 performances
November 19: Gershwin Theater (Uris) opens at 1633 Broadway New York City
November 19: KFIZ TV channel 34 in Fond du Lac, WI suspends broadcasting
November 19: Willy Brandts SPD wins West German election
November 21: Red Sox Carlton Fisk wins AL Rookie of Year, Mets Jon Matlack wins NL
November 22: Belgium government of Eyskens resigns
November 22: Flyers start Islanders on 15 game winless streak
November 22: Pitts Penguins set NHL record for scoring fastest 5 goals (2:07)
November 22: U.S. ends 22 year travel ban to China
November 24: U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
November 25: "Ambassador" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City after 9 performances
November 26: Pete Gogolak scores New York Giant record 8 pts after a touchdown
November 27: Pierre Trudeau forms Canadian government
November 27: Yankees trade Ellis, Torres and Spikes to Indians for Nettles and Moses
November 28: Los Angeles Dodgers trade Frank Robinson to California Angels
November 28: "Via Galactica" opens at Uris Theater New York City for 7 performances
November 30: BBC bans Wings "Hi, Hi, Hi"
November 30: Illegal fireworks factory explodes killing 15 (Rome Italy)


December 1: Wings release "Hi, Hi, Hi" in UK
December 2: 60th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeats Saskatchewan, 13-10
December 2: "December Giant" largest sinkhole in U.S. collapses (Alabama)
December 2: In 1 of their worst trades Yankees get Rich McKinney for Stan Bahnsen
December 2: "Via Galactica" closes at Uris Theater New York City after 7 performances
December 3: Convair 990A charter crashes in Tenerife Canary Island, 155 die
December 5: 38th Heisman Trophy Award: Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska (FL)
December 5: Australia Labour party wins parliamentary election
December 5: Joseph A Walkers "River Niger," premieres in New York City
December 7: Apollo 17 (U.S.), final manned lunar landing mission, launched
December 7: Philippine's 1st lady Imelda Marcos stabbed and wounded by an assailant
December 8: United Airlines crashes at Chicago's Midway Airport killing 45
December 10: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
December 11: Astronauts Cernan and Harrison become 11th and 12th on Moon
December 11: Jet's Don Maynard becomes all time pro reception leader (632)
December 14: Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt leave the Moon
December 14: Willy Brandt re-elected West German chancellor
December 16: Bangladesh Constitution goes into effect
December 16: Miami Dolphins become 1st undefeated NFL team (14-0-0)
December 17: New line of control agreed to in Kashmir between India and Pakistan
December 17: WGVC (now WUCX) TV channel 35 in Grand Rapids, MI (PBS) 1st broadcast
December 18: U.S. begins its heaviest bombing of North Vietnam
December 19: Apollo 17, last of Apollo Moon landing series, returns to Earth
December 20: Neil Simons "Sunshine Boys," premieres in New York City
December 21: Soviet Union signs a separate peace with East Germany
December 22: 6.25 earthquake strikes Managua Nicaragua, 12,000+ killed
December 23: 16 plane crash survivors rescued after 70d, survived by cannabalism
December 23: 6.25 Earthquake destroys central Managua Nicaragua, 10,000 die
December 23: Chandrasekhar takes 8-79 India vs. England at Delhi
December 23: "Immaculate Reception" Steelers turns around a 7-6 defeat with a last second touchdown reception against Raiders to win 13-7
December 23: Islanders end 15 games winless streak
December 25: England beat India by six wickets in the 1st Test Cricket at Delhi
December 27: Belgium recognizes East Germany
December 27: Los Angeles Kings start Islanders on 12 game losing streak
December 27: New North Korean constitution comes into effect
December 27: "Purlie" opens at Billy Rose Theater New York City for 14 performances
December 28: Kim Il-song, becomes president of North Korea
December 28: Martin Bormanns skeleton found in Berlin (Hitlers deputy)
December 28: U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
December 29: Eastern Tristar Jumbo Jet crashes near Everglades killing 101
December 29: Life magazine ceases publication
December 29: Test Cricket debut of Jeff Thomson and Max Walker vs. Pakistan at MCG
December 30: Nixon halts bombing of North Vietnam and announces peace talks
December 31: 39th Sugar Bowl: Oklahoma 14 beats Penn State 0
December 31: Leap second day; also in 1973-79, 1987
December 31: Miami Dolphins beat Pittsburgh Steelers 21-7 in AFC championship game
December 31: Washington Redskins beat Dallas Cowboys 26-3 in NFC championship game
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