On This Day

What Happened on October 26, 1972

Historical Events


InventionHistoric Invention

Edwin Land introduces the first truly instant camera the Polaroid SX-70 camera at an event in Miami, Florida

Scientist and Inventor Edwin Land
Scientist and Inventor
Edwin Land

Murder of InterestClosure of Alcatraz

Guided tours of the former prison at Alcatraz by the National Park Service begin

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The last prisoners walk down Broadway as Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary closes
The last prisoners walk down Broadway as Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary closes
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

Henry Kissinger declares "Peace is at hand" in Vietnam

US Secretary of State and Political Scientist Henry Kissinger
US Secretary of State and Political Scientist
Henry Kissinger

Famous Birthdays

  • Hamdi Ulukaya, Kurdish founder and CEO of Chobani, born in Erzincan, Turkey

Famous Deaths


Person of interestIgor Sikorsky

Igor Sikorsky, Russian-American aviation pioneer and helicopter builder, dies at 83

Aviator Igor Sikorsky
Aviator
Igor Sikorsky

1972 Highlights

About October 26, 1972

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 47 years, 10 months and 28 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Scorpio