• Nixon was re-elected and goes to the Soviet Union…the first president to do so.
• Nixon orders the development of a space shuttle program.
• US forces resume the bombing of North Viet Nam just in time for Christmas.
• The program code for something called “E-Mail” was written
• U.S. airlines begin mandatory inspection of passengers and baggage.
• The Pioneer 10 spacecraft is launched and is the first man-made satellite to leave the solar system.
• Munich Massacre takes place in the Olympic compound during the summer Olympics.
• George Wallace is shot.
• The last executions in Paris, France were guillotined at La Sante Prison.
FADS and ENTERTAINMENT
• MOVIES: “The Godfather” “Deliverance” and “Deep Throat”
• T.V.: Bob Barker hosts the first episode of The Price Is Right on CBS and M*A*S*H began an eleven season run, eight years longer than the Korean War which provided its setting.
• The first scientific hand-held calculator (HP-35) is introduced (price $395).
• Bobby Fisher becomes a Chess Champ.
• The first cellular phone call is made in New York City
• McLean recorded his first album, Tapestry, in 1969 in Berkeley, California during the student riots. After being rejected by 34 labels, the album was released by Mediarts and attracted good reviews but little notice outside the folk community.
• American Pie is inspired partly by the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J. P. Richardson (The Big Bopper) in a plane crash in 1959.
• It is also the longest song to reach No. 1 with a running time of 8:36. Some stations played only part one of the original split-sided single release.
• In 1991, Don McLean returned to the UK top 20 with a re-issue of "American Pie".
• Don McClean and “American Pie” your #1@1 from January 1972…