Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos begins authoritarian rule by declaring martial law.
A Palestinian terrorist group called “Black September” attacks and takes hostage 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games. Two die in the attack and nine are murdered the following day.
U.S. President Richard M. Nixon and White House Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman are taped talking about illegally using the Central Intelligence Agency to obstruct the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the Watergate break-ins.
The 16 survivors of the Andes flight disaster are rescued after 73 days, surviving by cannibalism.
Watergate scandal: Five White House operatives are arrested for burgling the offices of the Democratic National Committee during an attempt by members of the administration of President Richard M. Nixon to illegally wiretap the political opposition as part of a broader campaign to subvert the democratic process
Vietnam War: The Battle of An L?c begins.
East Pakistan renames itself Bangladesh.
Vietnam War: Operation Linebacker II ends.
Aeroflot Flight 217 crashes outside Moscow, killing 174.
A race riot occurs on the United States Navy aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk off the coast of Vietnam.