The first successful manned Apollo mission launches, John Lennon releases the song "Imagine," George Washington gets a posthumous promotion, and Anita Hill accuses Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, all on this day.
1972: The World Hockey Association, started to compete with the NHL, makes its official debut when the Alberta Oilers defeat the Ottawa Nationals 7-4 at the Ottawa Civic Centre. The league would last for seven seasons before ceasing operations in 1979, with four teams, the Edmonton Oilers, New England Whalers, Quebec Nordiques and Winnipeg Jets, merging with the NHL for the 1979–80 season.
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