Due to the unprecedented meltdown in recent years, Arctic sea ice coverage today is almost identical to the same date in 1974.
The image below overlays the maps.
NSIDC conveniently ignores pre-1979 satellite data, preferring to start their graphs right at the peak. This supports the impression that Arctic ice is declining due to evil humans.
Fortunately, the 1990 IPCC report captured the pre-1979 satellite data, revealing how NSIDC is cherry-picking their 1979 start date at a local maximum.