Whilst my diary entries in 1972 touched on some “world news” – like the minors strike, Prime Minister Edward Heath’s ineptitude and TV ‘events’ – there was a LOT more that I failed to mention about 1972.
I make no excuses for not writing at least a line or two about some of these – I guess for this particular 14-year-old boy they simply failed to register on my personal radar…
• “Bloody Sunday” – a terrible day in Northern Irish history where British troops opened fire on demonstrators, killing 14 of them. Later to be eulogised by U2.
• The State-owned travel company, Thomas Cooks, was privatised.
• A British Airways flight crashed near Staines in Essex killing 118 people. It remains the worst air crash in English aviation history.
• The dockers went on strike, creating yet another state of emergency!
• The infamous Munich Olympics, and the whole Black September/terrorist massacre thingie.
• The government imposed price and pay freezes to try and counter inflation.
• Richard Adams’ soon-to-be-classic novel “Watership Down” is published