Jan. 5, 1972: U.S. President Richard Nixon announces that NASA is developing a reusable launch vehicle, the space shuttle.
Atari was founded on June 27, 1972.
Computers built after 1972 are often called “fourth-generation” computers.
The programming language C developed at The Bell Laboratories in the USA.
Intel introduced the 8008 processor on April 1, 1972.
The first video game console called the Magnavox Odyssey is demonstrated on May 24, 1972, and later released by Magnavox and sold for USD 100.00.
The first scientific pocket calculator, the HP-35, is introduced.
Atari released Pong, the first commercial video game, on November 29, 1972.
Dec. 19, 1972: Apollo 17, the last mission to the moon, returns to Earth.
1972: The first broadcast of M*A*S*H, Emmerdale, Mastermind, The Bob Newhart Show, Great Performances, and Maude.
Home Box Office (HBO) launched at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on November 8, 1972. The service’s inaugural program and event telecast, a National Hockey League (NHL) game between the New York Rangers and the Vancouver Canucks from Madison Square Garden (part of a long-term agreement to broadcast sports events based at the Manhattan arena), was transmitted that evening over channel 21—its original assigned channel on the Teleservice system—to its initial base of 365 subscribers in Wilkes-Barre.