What Happened on December 31, 1972

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Chris Parker, running back (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Cole Ford, NFL kicker (Oakland Raiders)
  • Joseph Mulrey McIntyre, rocker (New Kids-Lovin' You Forever)
  • Kelvin Kinney, defensive end (Washington Redskins)

Famous Deaths

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente