How many years ago was 1972?

1972 was 52 years ago.

52 years have passed between April 16th, 1972, and April 16th, 2024. It was 18,993 days ago.

How long ago was 1972?

To put into perspective how long ago 1972 was:

  • A person who turned 21 in 1972 is now 73 years of age.
  • The teenagers that existed in 1972 are now 65–71 years old.
  • Five decades have passed since then.
  • Movies came on VHS tapes.
  • The United States was still embroiled in the Vietnam War.
  • In 1972, nobody knew that AIDS existed.
  • The Moon is moving away from Earth at roughly 1.49 inches per year. That means that it has moved away by about 77 inches since 1972.
  • There have been roughly 2,704 weekends since then.
  • Names such as ABBA, Aerosmith, John Travolta, Steven Spielberg, Ted Bundy, Bill Murray, Joe Biden, Stephen Hawking, Stephen King, and Robert De Niro were not famous at the time.
  • Popular songs that year included the likes of "Brand New Key" by Melanie, "American Pie" by Don McLean, "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green, "Without You" by Nilsson, "Heart Of Gold" by Neil Young, and "A Horse With No Name" by America.
  • Films such as "The Poseidon Adventure", "Man of La Mancha", "Lady Sings the Blues", "The Valachi Papers", "Deliverance", and "Slaughter" were playing at movie theaters in 1972.
  • The Earth has travelled 234 billion miles through space since 1972.
  • Post-it notes did not exist at the time.
  • Although microwave ovens existed, they were still too expensive for most homes.
  • The term "serial killer" hadn't been coined yet.
  • Bruce Lee was still alive.
  • Due to the expansion of the Atlantic Ocean, the distance between the United States and Europe has grown 130 centimeters since 1972.
  • A person who was born that year has had roughly 104–156 colds in their lifetime.
  • The world has gone through 208 seasons of weather.
  • The Sony Walkman didn't exist in 1972.
  • Camcorders weren't a thing yet. Video cameras were heavy and often had to be mounted on special supports.
  • The afro hairstyle was popular at the time.
  • "M*A*S*H", "Emergency!", "Maude", "The Waltons", "Sanford and Son", and "The Rookies" were among the TV shows that started airing that year.

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