What Happened in December 1972

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Wings release "Hi, Hi, Hi" in UK
  • Dec 1 2 people killed and 127 injured when 2 car bombs explode in the centre of Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • Dec 2 "December Giant" largest sinkhole in US collapses (Alabama)
  • Dec 2 "Via Galactica" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Dec 2 60th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeats Saskatchewan, 13-10
  • Dec 2 In 1 of their worst trades Yanks get Rich McKinney for Stan Bahnsen
  • Dec 2 37th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 17-16 in Birmingham
  • Dec 3 Convair 990A charter crashes in Tenerife Canary Island, 155 die
  • Dec 5 38th Heisman Trophy Award: Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska (FL)
  • Dec 5 Australia Labour party wins parliamentary election
  • Dec 5 Joseph A Walker's "River Niger" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 7 Apollo 17 (US), final manned lunar landing mission, launched

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 7 Philippine's first lady Imelda Marcos stabbed & wounded by an assailant

First Lady and Politican Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politican
Imelda Marcos
  • Dec 8 United Airlines crashes at Chicago's Midway Airport killing 45
  • Dec 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 11 Astronauts Cernan & Harrison become 11th & 12th people on the Moon
  • Dec 11 Jets' Don Maynard becomes all time pro reception leader (632)
  • Dec 14 Eugene Cernan & Harrison Schmitt leave the Moon

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 14 Willy Brandt re-elected West German chancellor

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt
  • Dec 16 Bangladesh Constitution goes into effect
  • Dec 16 Miami Dolphins become 1st undefeated NFL team (14-0-0)
  • Dec 17 New line of control agreed to in Kashmir between India & Pakistan
  • Dec 17 WGVC (now WUCX) TV channel 35 in Grand Rapids, MI (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 18 US begins its heaviest bombing of North Vietnam
  • Dec 19 Apollo 17 (last of Apollo Moon landing series) returns to Earth

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 20 Neil Simons "Sunshine Boys" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Dec 20 Five civilians (four Catholics, one Protestant) killed in gun attack on the Top of the Hill Bar in Derry, North Ireland
  • Dec 21 Soviet Union signs a separate peace with East Germany
  • Dec 22 6.25 earthquake strikes Managua Nicaragua, 12,000+ killed
  • Dec 23 16 plane crash survivors rescued after 70d, survived by cannabalism
  • Dec 23 6.25 Earthquake destroys central Managua Nicaragua, 10,000 die
  • Dec 23 Chandrasekhar takes 8-79 India v England at Delhi
  • Dec 23 New York Islanders end 15 games winless streak
  • Dec 23 "Immaculate Reception" Steelers turns around a 7-6 defeat with a last second touchdown reception against Raiders to win 13-7
  • Dec 23 2nd Fiesta Bowl: #15 Arizona State beats Missouri, 49-35
  • Dec 25 England beat India by six wickets in the 1st Cricket Test in Delhi
  • Dec 27 "Purlie" opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 14 performances
  • Dec 27 Belgium recognizes German DR
  • Dec 27 LA Kings start Islanders on 12 game losing streak
  • Dec 27 New North Korean constitution comes into effect
  • Dec 28 Kim Il-song, becomes president of North Korea
  • Dec 28 Martin Bormanns skeleton found in Berlin (Hitlers deputy)
  • Dec 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 28 2 people are killed in a Loyalist bomb attack on the village of Belturbet, County Cavan, Republic of Ireland
  • Dec 29 Eastern Tristar Jumbo Jet crashes near Everglades killing 101
  • Dec 29 Life magazine ceases publication
  • Dec 29 Test Cricket debut of Jeff Thomson & Max Walker v Pakistan at MCG
  • Dec 29 President of Sinn Féin Ruairi O Bradaigh is arrested and held under new legislation in Republic of Ireland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 30 US President Richard Nixon halts bombing of North Vietnam & announces peace talks

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Dec 31 Leap second day; also in 1973-79, 1987
  • Dec 31 AFC Championship Game: Miami Dolphins beat Pittsburgh Steelers 21-7
  • Dec 31 Martin McGuinness is arrested and held under the new Republic of Ireland legislation
  • Dec 31 NFC Championship Game: Washington Redskins beat Dallas Cowboys 26-3
  • Dec 31 39th Sugar Bowl: #2 Oklahoma beats #5 Penn State, 14-0

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 131

  • Dec 1 Andre Royal, linebacker (Carolina Panthers)
  • Dec 1 Charlie Jones, wide receiver (San Diego Chargers)
  • Dec 1 Norbert Wójtowicz, Polish historian and theologian
  • Dec 2 Alan Henderson, NBA forward (Atlanta Hawks)
  • Dec 2 Chris Burns, CFL tackle (Calgary Stampeders, Hamilton Tiger-Cats & Ottawa Renegades)
  • Dec 2 James Willis, linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Dec 2 Sunjith Somasunder, cricketer (Karnataka & India ODI opening bat 1996)
  • Dec 2 Zack Crockett, NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Dec 3 Eva Nemcova, WNBA forward/guard (Cleveland Rockers)
  • Dec 3 Peter Wright, US, 1500m freestyle (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 3 Bucky Lasek, American skateboarder
  • Dec 4 Damien Covington, NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • Dec 4 Howard Eisley, NBA guard (Utah Jazz)
  • Dec 4 Jassen Cullimore, Simcoe, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks)
  • Dec 4 Jude St John, CFL offensive linebacker (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Dec 4 Kerry Anne Guse, Brisbane Queensland, tennis star (1996 final Hobart)
  • Dec 4 Ted Johnson, NFL inside linebacker (NE Patriots)
  • Dec 4 Nikki Tyler, American actress
  • Dec 5 Cliff Floyd, outfielder/1st base (Montreal Expos), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 5 Kevin Sally, Richmond Hill Ontario, archer (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 5 Randolph Ross, Shelby NC, 110m hurdler
  • Dec 5 Roderick Mullen, NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Dec 5 Stanislav Jasecko, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia 1998)
  • Dec 5 Mike Mahoney, American baseball player
  • Dec 5 Angela Shelton, American actress & writer
  • Dec 6 Brendan Garard, Australian field hockey halfback (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 6 Gary Bandy, NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Dec 6 James Logan, NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Dec 6 Mike Gruttadauri, corner (St Louis Rams)
  • Dec 7 Bobby Schoonens, soccer player (RKC)
  • Dec 7 Clay Shiver, corner (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Dec 7 Jordi Buritlo, Spain, tennis star
  • Dec 7 Kevin Dogins, corner (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Dec 7 Sunny, [Tamara Fytch], WWF model
  • Dec 7 Hermann Maier, Austrian skier
  • Dec 7 Tammy Lynn Sytch, American professional wrestler
  • Dec 8 Marco Abreu, Angolan footballer
  • Dec 8 Frank Shamrock, American mixed martial artist
  • Dec 9 Fabrice Santoro, Tahiti, tennis star
  • Dec 9 Paul Greene, Australian 100m/200m/400m (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 9 Reiko Aylesworth, American actress
  • Dec 9 Tre Cool, German-born American drummer (Green Day)
  • Dec 10 Marcos di Palma, Argentine racing driver
  • Dec 10 Brian Molko, Belgian-born singer and songwriter (Placebo)
  • Dec 10 Dimitri Tikovoi, French-born record producer
  • Dec 11 Daniel Alfredsson, Grums Swe, NHL right wing (Ottawa Senators)
  • Dec 11 Francisco Rodriguez, pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 11 Robert Robinson, CFL defensive linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Dec 11 Dana Macsim, Romanian television news reporter
  • Dec 12 Greg Randolph, road cyclist (Olympics-74th-96), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Dec 12 Jamal Willis, NFL running back (SF 49ers)
  • Dec 12 John Walsh, NFL quarterback (Cin Bengals)
  • Dec 12 Kara Williams, Miss Texas USA (1996)
  • Dec 12 Missy Francis, actress (Little House on the Prairie), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 12 Oliver Quass, WLAF kicker (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Dec 12 Nicky Eaden, English footballer
  • Dec 12 Wilson Kipketer, Danish middle-distance runner
  • Dec 12 Kevin Parent, French Canadian singer and songwriter
  • Dec 12 Brandon Teena, American hate crime victim (d. 1993)
  • Dec 12 Yeoryios Theodoridis, Greek sprinter
  • Dec 13 Craig Sauer, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Dec 13 GiGi Gordon, Butler PA, Miss America-Pennsylvania (1997)
  • Dec 14 Johnny Mcwilliams, tight end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Dec 14 Eric Anderson, American musical theatre actor
  • Dec 14 Marcus Jensen, American baseball player
  • Dec 15 Rodney Harrison, NFL safety (San Diego Chargers)
  • Dec 15 Stanislav Jasecko, Spisska Nova Ves, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia)
  • Dec 15 Stuart Townsend, Irish actor
  • Dec 16 Angela Bloomfield, New Zealand actress
  • Dec 16 Charles Gipson, American baseball player
  • Dec 16 Željko Kalac, Australian soccer player
  • Dec 17 Brian Williams, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Dec 17 Dewayne Washington, cornerback (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Dec 17 Don Davis, linebacker (New Orleans Saints)
  • Dec 17 Ivan Pedroso, Cuba, long jumper (Olympics-4th-92)
  • Dec 17 John Abraham, Indian actor
  • Dec 17 Laurie Holden, American actress
  • Dec 18 Eric Unverzagt, NFL/WLAF linebacker (Sea Seahawks, Scotland Claymores)
  • Dec 18 Jeff Nelson, Prince Albert, NHL center (Washington Capitals)
  • Dec 18 Marcos Ondruska, South Africa, tennis star
  • Dec 18 Trevor Chowning, American Pop Artist
  • Dec 18 DJ Lethal, Latvian-born American DJ (House of Pain, Limp Bizkit)
  • Dec 18 Raymond Herrera, American drummer (Fear Factory) and businessman
  • Dec 19 Alyssa Jane Milano, actress (Samantha-Who's the Boss), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 19 Warren Sapp, NFL defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Dec 19 Waverly Jackson, DL (Carolina Panthers)
  • Dec 19 Rosa Blasi, American actress
  • Dec 20 Scott Slutzker, American football tight end (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Dec 20 Jan Caloun, hockey forward (Team Czech Oly-Gold-1998)
  • Dec 20 Jonathan Wyatt, 5000m (Olympics-96), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Dec 20 Anders Odden, Norwegian musician
  • Dec 21 Latroy Hawkins, American baseball player
  • Dec 21 Dustin Hermanson, American baseball player
  • Dec 21 Erwin Schrott, Uruguayan opera singer
  • Dec 22 Andrew Moore, WLAF tackle (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Dec 22 Anthony Edwards, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 22 Kirk Maltby, Guelph, NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers)
  • Dec 22 Mike Thompson, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Dec 22 Vanessa Paradis, France, model (Channel)/actress (White Wedding)
  • Dec 22 Big Tigger, television host

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 27 Actor Billy Dee Williams (35) weds Teruko Nakagami


Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Antonio Segni, Italian PM/pres (1955-57, 59-60, 62-64), dies at 81
  • Dec 2 Friedrich Christian Christiansen, German Luftwaffe general, dies
  • Dec 2 Jose Limon, Mexican/US dancer (moor's pavane), dies at 64
  • Dec 3 Bill Johnson, American musician (b. 1872)
  • Dec 5 Kenny Dorham [McKinley], American jazz trumpeter, dies at 48
  • Dec 6 Janet Munro, actress (Crawling Eye, Swiss Family Robinson), dies at 38
  • Dec 7 Adrian J Zoetmulder, author (God's Hour), dies at 91
  • Dec 8 George Collins, (Rep-Ill), dies at 47, in airplane crash
  • Dec 9 Louella Parsons, American gossip columnist (b. 1881)
  • Dec 10 Mark A Van Doren, US literary (Our Lady Peace), dies at 78
  • Dec 11 John Mills, cricketer (7 Tests for NZ in early 1930's, 241 runs), dies
  • Dec 11 Semjon I Kirsanov, Ukrainian poet (Zolushka), dies at 66
  • Dec 15 Edward Earle, actor (Charlie Chan-Meeting at Midnight), dies at 90
  • Dec 15 Herbert Eimert, German composer (Glockenspiel), dies at 75
  • Dec 17 Erwin Dressel, composer, dies at 63
  • Dec 21 Horace Mann Bond, president of Lincoln University (Pa), dies at 70
  • Dec 23 Andrej N Tupolev, Russian aircraft builder, dies at 84
  • Dec 23 Charles Atlas, [Angelo Siciliano], body builder, dies at 79
  • Dec 23 Abraham Joshua Heschel, Polish-born Jewish American rabbi and theologian dies in New York aged 65
  • Dec 24 Charles Atlas, bodybuilder, dies at 79
  • Dec 24 Ernst Kreuder, German writer (The Attic Pretenders), dies at 69

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 26 Harry Truman, 33rd US President (1945-53), dies in KC Mo at 88

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 27 Lester B. Pearson, 14th Canadian Prime Minister (Nobel 1957), dies at 75

Prime Minister of Canada Lester B. Pearson
Prime Minister of Canada
Lester B. Pearson
  • Dec 29 Fritz Behrend, composer, dies at 83

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 31 Roberto Clemente, slugger (Pitts Pirate), dies in a plane crash at 38

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente