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Movie history events from 1972

A Uruguayan college rugby team's chartered airplane crashes deep in the icy mountains. (Andes) (Alive)

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover Watergate. (Washington DC) (All the President's Men)

A year on a gravestone. (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Martin Sylvester Huggins is born. (Pine Crest, North Carolina) (The Campaign)

Zola receives a terminal diagnosis. (Captain America: The Winter Soldier)

Malachi starts leading the biggest boys. (Gatlin, Nebraska) (Children of the Corn)

Young Frankie Maguire witnesses the murder of his father. (Belfast, Ireland) (The Devil's Own)

President Nixon hires Betsy Jobs and Arlene Lorenzo as dog walkers for Checkers. (The White House) (Dick)

Deena Jones and The Dreams have another No 1 hit record. (Dreamgirls)

3 talking apes from the future travel back in time and land off the coast of California. (Los Angles, Ca.) (Escape from the Planet of the Apes)

M.K.Silvery-Marmoset is Whack Bat Most Valuable Player of the Fox-Year of '72. (Fantastic Mr. Fox)

Jeff Spicoli starts getting stoned. (Ridgemont, CA) (Fast Times at Ridgemont High)

Moonlight Graham dies. (Field of Dreams)

Lts. Jake Grafton, and Virgil Cole, make an illegal bombing run over Hanoi. (Hanoi, North Vietnam) (Flight of the Intruder)

Walt Kowalski gets his Gran Torino car. (Gran Torino)

George Madison is born. (How Do You Know)

Eileen and Frank get married. (Tipperary, Ireland) (Leap Year)

Bill Django is shot by an enemy. (Bihn Duong Province, Vietnam) (The Men Who Stare at Goats)

Bill gets lost in the New Age movement. (United States) (The Men Who Stare at Goats)

A colonel visits the north pole on an expedition. (North Pole) (Miracle on 34th Street)

Steve Carlton plays for the Philadelphia Phillies. (Moneyball)

11 Israeli athletes are killed at the Olympics by terrorists; a group of Mossad agents track down the Black September group responsible. (Munich) (Munich)

Richard Nixon makes a state visit. (China) (Nixon)

Astronaut Landon graduates college, as 'the golden boy'. (Planet of the Apes)

Brigadier General Francis X Hummel fights in the Vietnam War. (Vietnam) (The Rock)

Johnny Smalls, David Durango, and friends try to get a model rocket back from Mr.Myrtle's dog, Goliath, son of Hercules. (Sawyer Valley, California) (The Sandlot 2)

Garry meets Bennings. (The Thing)

Nixon wins by a landslide. (Timecop)

George W Bush drink-drives. (W.)

Trask and Nixon take a secret meeting for 18 1/2 minutes. (Washington, D.C.) (X-Men: Days of Future Past)

Monday 3rd January: Gary King is born. (Newport Haven, UK) (The World's End)

Monday 10th January: Former Vice President Hubert Humphrey criticizes President Richard Nixon, saying that it was taking longer for President Nixon to withdraw U.S. troops from Vietnam than it did to defeat Hitler. (Nixon)

Thursday 13th January: U.S. President Richard M. Nixon announces that 70,000 U.S. troops will leave South Vietnam over the next three months, (Nixon)

Friday 14th January: Astronauts Dodge, Landon, Stewart, and Taylor leave Cape Kennedy aboard Liberty 1 and go through a Hasslein Curve. (Planet of the Apes)

Sunday 30th January: Thirteen civil rights protesters are killed by British paratroopers during a non-violent protest march. (Derry, Northern Ireland) (Bloody Sunday)

February: Bolivar Trask is on the cover of this month's issue of Popular Mechanics. (X-Men: Days of Future Past)

Sunday 13th February: Earl Malcolm Spellman is born. (Chicago, Illinois) (Wanted)

Monday 21st February: President Richard Nixon takes a dramatic first step toward normalizing relations with the communist People's Republic of China (PRC) by traveling to Beijing for a week of talks. (Nixon)

Saturday 26th February: Alice Cooper performs at the Winnipeg Arena. (Winnipeg, California) (Dark Shadows)

March: Larry's girlfriend wants to have an abortion but changes her mind after they have pizza. (Los Angeles, California) (This Is 40)

Wednesday 1st March: John Mitchell begins his job as Nixon's campaign manager. (All the President's Men)

Wednesday 15th March: Earliest phone call made to the GOP from Watergate burglars. (All the President's Men)

Wednesday 15th March: Actor Edward Lionheart comes out of retirement and murders critic George Maxwell. (London) (Theatre of Blood)

Monday 10th April: Date of incriminating cashiers check written out to Kenneth H Dahlberg. (All the President's Men)

Monday 10th April: Charlie Chaplin accepts an honorary Academy Award for his "incalculable" contribution to the art of filmmaking. (Los Angeles, California) (Chaplin)

Monday 10th April: The U.S. table tennis team begins a weeklong visit to the People's Republic of China at the invitation of China's communist government. (Forrest Gump)

Sunday 23rd April: Adrian Franklin is born. (The Adjustment Bureau)

May: Richard Collier is given an old pocket-watch by an old woman who whispers "Come back to me". (Somewhere In Time)

Tuesday 2nd May: J. Edgar Hoover dies at his home. (Washington, D.C. ) (J. Edgar)

Tuesday 2nd May: FBI Director J Edgar Hoover dies. (The Rock)

Friday 5th May: J Edgar Hoover dies. (Washington DC) (Nixon)

Thursday 11th May: Forrest Gump appears on the Dick Cavett show with John Lennon. lennons appearance on the dick cavett show was originally with yoko ono. forrest appeared on the show instead of yoko in the movie. original footage: (dick cavett show) (Forrest Gump)

Monday 15th May: George Wallace is shot by Arthur Bremer. (Laurel, Maryland) (George Wallace)

Friday 19th May: 'Too Much Spring' by Richard Collier opens; Elise McKenna visits him and presents him with a watch, before dying that same night. (Somewhere In Time)

Monday 22nd May: Richard Nixon arrives in Moscow for a summit with Soviet leaders. (Moscow) (Nixon)

June: A fourteenth civil rights protester dies 4 1/2 months after thirteen others are killed by British paratroopers. (Derry, Northern Ireland) (Bloody Sunday)

June: Class of 1972 graduates. (Boston, MA) (Good Will Hunting)

Saturday 17th June: The break-in at the Democratic National Committee occurs. (All the President's Men)

Saturday 17th June: Forrest witnesses the Watergate break-in and facilitates the burglars' arrest. (Washington, D.C.) (Forrest Gump)

Wednesday 28th June: U.S. President Nixon announces that no more draftees will be sent to Vietnam unless they volunteer for such duty. (Nixon)

July: Theatre Monthly prints an article entitled 'Elise McKenna: The Final Years'. (Somewhere In Time)

Monday 24th July: Story in the New York Times published about calls to the GOP offices linked to Watergate. (All the President's Men)

August: The Washington Post publishes the Dahlberg story. (All the President's Men)

Friday 4th August: Dictator Idi Amin gives Uganda's 50,000 Asians 90 days to leave the country thanks to a dream. (Uganda) (The Last King of Scotland)

Friday 18th August: Life magazine headline: "SURGE TO OLYMPICS." (New York City, New York) (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty)

Tuesday 22nd August: A bank robbery to afford a transexual operation becomes a siege. (Dog Day Afternoon)

September: The Washington Post publishes the Mitchell story. (All the President's Men)

Monday 4th September: The Five Heartbeats perform with Flash as their new lead singer and Eddie King makes an impromptu visit after the show. (Beacon Theatre New York City) (The Five Heartbeats)

Tuesday 5th September: Palestinian terrorists storm the Olympic Village apartment of the Israeli athletes killing two and taking nine others hostage. (Munich, West Germany) (Munich)

October: The Washington Post learns Ken Clawson is alleged to have written the Canuck letter. (All the President's Men)

October: Barnabas Collins' coffin is discovered by construction workers. He makes his way to Collinwood Manor, where he meets his new family. (Collinsport, Maine) (Dark Shadows)

Thursday 5th October: Artist/Poet Chrsity Brown marries Mary Carr. (County Kerry, Ireland) (My Left Foot)

Friday 13th October: Angelique tries to buy out the Collins fish company. She and Barnabas have sex, which he later regrets. (Collinsport, Maine) (Dark Shadows)

Wednesday 25th October: The White House orders a suspension of bombing above the 20th parallel as a signal of U.S. approval of recent North Vietnamese concessions at the secret peace talks in Paris. (Nixon)

Tuesday 31st October: Art Snepenger is killed by a bomb planted on Mike Frato's car. (Cleveland, OH) (Kill The Irishman)

Tuesday 31st October: Art Snepenger is killed by a bomb planted on Mike Frato's car. (Cleveland, OH) (Kill The Irishman)

Friday 17th November: Wealthy socialite Barbara Baekeland is stabbed to death with a kitchen knife by her 25-year-old son, Antony, in her penthouse. (London, England) (Savage Grace)

December: Derek Huff is born. (Sacramento, CA) (Step Brothers)

Tuesday 5th December: Debbie is born. (Los Angeles, California) (This Is 40)

Thursday 7th December: Apollo 17, the final official lunar mission, lands on the Moon. (Apollo 18)

Saturday 9th December: Louella Parsons dies of arteriosclerosis. (Santa Monica, California) (The Cat's Meow)

Saturday 9th December: Pete is born. (Los Angeles, California) (This Is 40)

Tuesday 12th December: Teena Brandon born. (Lincoln, Nebraska) (Boys Don't Cry)

Tuesday 12th December: Teena Brandon born. (Lincoln, Nebraska) (Boys Don't Cry)

Monday 18th December: Following the breakdown of peace talks with North Vietnam just a few days earlier, President Richard Nixon announces the beginning of a massive bombing campaign to break the stalemate. For nearly two weeks, American bombers pounded North Vietnam. (Nixon)

Monday 25th December: Michael J. Lander receives a photo of his wife Margaret and their kids. He wonders who took the picture. (Black Sunday)

Tuesday 26th December: Former U.S. President Harry S. Truman dies. (Independence, Missouri) (Truman)

Sunday 31st December: Forrest Gump celebrates New Year in New York. (New York) (Forrest Gump)

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