Mark Spitz becomes the first athlete to win seven medals at the one Olympic Games.
The comedy actor Charlie Chaplin returns to the United States for the first time after being labeled a communist during the Red Scare in the early 1950s.
An Aeroflot Ilyushin Il-62 crashes outside Moscow. All 174 on board are killed.
The Eltham Well Hall rail crash kills six people and injures 126. The driver was intoxicated
Black September terrorists hijack Sabena Flight 571.
Apollo 16 launches from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Easter Offensive during the Vietnam War with American forces beginning sustained air strikes and naval bombardments.
The Soviet unmanned spaceship Luna 20 lands on the Moon.
Apollo 17 becomes the last Apollo mission to land on the Moon.
The World Chess Championship 1972 between challenger Bobby Fischer and champion Boris Spassky starts.