120 Years: 1972

FEB 9 1968, NOV 22 1985 . . . And, In Some Coses, Grow Some The message of this billboard at Grand Junction, Colo., obviously wasn't intended for the gentleman MIDWEST LEADERS AGREE Credit: AP Wirephoto



The year 1972 was a topsy-turvy one. Colorado voters reject funding for the 1976 Winter Olympics and Gov. Lamm supports the Games going elsewhere.

Sales of the VW Beetle exceed those of the Ford Model T, with more than 15 million sold. The Watergate scandal outrages the nation when Richard Nixon abuses his presidential power.

The first Rainbow Gathering takes place in Colorado and the Roach Festival takes place in Unaweep Canyon.

Apollo 17 lands on the moon and Eugene Cernan walks on the lunar surface. The first female students are allowed into Dartmouth College, and Shirley Chisholm becomes the first woman to run for president.

Bobby Fischer is the first American to become a World Chess Champion and Atari introduces the video game Pong. The Lincoln Park stadium is renamed in honor of former Parks and Recreation Director Ralph Stocker.

The grand old Masonic Temple at 438 Rood is torn down and the new one opens off First Street. The Western Colorado Audubon Society is founded.

To view an ongoing photo gallery of The Daily Sentinel’s 120 years project, go to GJSentinel.com.


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