What Happened in February 1972

Historical Events

  • Feb 1 1st scientific hand-held calculator (HP-35) introduced ($395)
  • Feb 1 Wings release "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" in UK
  • Feb 1 Kuala Lumpur becomes a city by a royal charter granted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
  • Feb 1 British Prime Minister Edward Heath announces the appointment of Lord Chief Justice Lord Widgery to undertake an inquiry into the 13 deaths on 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972)
  • Feb 1 The Ministry of Defence also issues a detailed account of the British Army's version of events during 'Bloody Sunday'
  • Feb 1 1972 NFL Draft: Walt Patulski from University of Notre Dame first pick by Buffalo Bills
  • Feb 2 Lefty Gomez, Ross Youngs & William Harridge selected for Hall of Fame

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 2 Tom Stoppard's "Jumpers" premieres in London

Playwright Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard
  • Feb 2 Angry demonstrators burn the British Embassy in Dublin to the ground in protest at the shooting dead of 13 people on 'bloody sunday'
  • Feb 3 11th Winter Olympic games opens in Sapporo, Japan (1st in Asia)
  • Feb 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 4 6th round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks ends in Vienna Austria
  • Feb 4 Senator Strom Thurmond suggests John Lennon be deported
  • Feb 5 "Another Puff" by Jerry Reed peaks at #65
  • Feb 5 Bob Douglas is 1st African American elected to Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 5 US airlines begin mandatory inspection of passengers & baggage
  • Feb 5 Two IRA members are killed when a bomb they were planting exploded prematurely
  • Feb 6 A Civil Rights march is held in Newry, County Down; there is a very large turn-out for the march with many people attending to protest at the killings in Derry the previous Sunday

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Feb 6 29th Golden Globes: The French Connection, Gene Hackman, & Jane Fonda win

Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
Actor Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
  • Feb 8 Josh Gibson & Buck Leonard selected to Hall of Fame
  • Feb 9 British government declares state of emergency after month-long coal miners' strike
  • Feb 9 William Craig, who had been Northern Ireland Minister for Home Affairs, launches 'Ulster Vanguard' as an umbrella movement for the right-ring of Unionism
  • Feb 10 BBC bans "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" by Wings
  • Feb 10 Ras al Khaima joins United Arab Emirates
  • Feb 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 10 Two British soldiers are killed in a land mine attack near Cullyhanna, County Armagh; an IRA member is shot dead during an exchange of gunfire with RUC officers
  • Feb 13 "1776" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 1,217 performances
  • Feb 13 The Musical "Grease" 1st opens on Broadway
  • Feb 13 11th Winter Olympic games close at Sapporo, Japan

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Feb 14 John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-host "Mike Douglas Show" for entire week

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Feb 14 Luna 20 (Russia) launched to orbit & soft landing on Moon
  • Feb 14 CBS "Late Movie" premieres
  • Feb 14 Lord Widgery arrives in Coleraine, where the 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972) Tribunal was to be based, and holds a preliminary hearing
  • Feb 15 Bill Torrey becomes 1st Islander General Manager
  • Feb 15 Dimitrios Papadopoulos becomes metropolitan of Imbros/Tenedos
  • Feb 15 Pres Velasco Ibarra of Ecuador deposed for 4th time
  • Feb 15 Sound recordings are granted U.S. federal copyright protection for the first time.
  • Feb 16 German mass murderers "Three of Breda" freed
  • Feb 16 Test Cricket debut of Lawrence Rowe WI v NZ Kingston, 214 & 100

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Feb 16 Wilt Chamberlain hit 30,000 point mark during a game with Phoenix Suns

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Feb 17 British Parliament votes to join European Common Market

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Feb 17 US President Richard Nixon leaves Washington, D.C. for China

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Feb 17 Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle model exceed those of Ford Model T
  • Feb 18 California Supreme Court abolishes death penalty
  • Feb 18 Giulio Andreotti sworn in as premier of Italy for the 1st time
  • Feb 18 John Lennon and Yoko Ono end a week of co-hosting Mike Douglas Show
  • Feb 19 Glenn Turner carries his bat for 223* v WI at Kingston
  • Feb 19 The Asama-Sanso hostage standoff begins in Japan.
  • Feb 20 1st time Cleveland Cavaliers beat NY Knicks (111-109)
  • Feb 20 Ard Schenk wins world championship for speed skating
  • Feb 20 Sicco Mansholt becomes chairman of European Committee
  • Feb 20 14th Daytona 500: A.J. Foyt wins (161.55 MPH)
  • Feb 21 Michael Weller's "Moonchildren" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 21 Richard Nixon becomes 1st US president to visit China
  • Feb 21 The first session of the Widgery Tribunal, investigating the events of 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972), is held in Coleraine, County Derry
  • Feb 22 Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani becomes Amir & Prime Minister of Qatar
  • Feb 22 US President Richard Nixon, meets with Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai in Beijing
  • Feb 22 The Official IRA bombs Aldershot military barracks, the headquarters of the British Parachute Regiment, killing seven people; thought to be in retaliation for Bloody Sunday.
  • Feb 25 Lopsided trade, Cards trade Steve Carlton to Phillies for Rick Wise

Music releaseMusic Single

Feb 25 Paul McCartney releases "Give Ireland back to the Irish" single

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • Feb 25 Attempted assassination of Irish Minister of State for Home Affairs John Taylor who is shot a number of times (the Official Irish Republican Army later claimed responsibility)
  • Feb 26 Slag heap dam collapses above Buffalo Creek West Virginia, kills 125

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Feb 27 US President Richard Nixon & Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai issued Shanghai Communique

Premier of the People's Republic of China Zhou Enlai
Premier of the People's Republic of China
Zhou Enlai
37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

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Feb 28 George Harrison is involved in a minor car accident

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

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Feb 29 Hank Aaron becomes 1st baseball player to sign for $200,000 a year

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Feb 29 Jack Anderson discloses Dita Beard (ITT) memo indicating antitrust charges were dropped for $400,000 contribution to Republican Party

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 102

  • Feb 1 Geoff Sanderson, Hay River, NHL left wing (Hartford Whalers)
  • Feb 1 Richard Becker, Aurora IL, outfielder (Minnesota Twins)
  • Feb 1 [Thomas] Carlton Bruner, US, 1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • Feb 1 Yoshi DeHerrera, American TV personality
  • Feb 1 Kami (musician), drummer of Japanese visual kei band Malice Mizer (d. 1999)
  • Feb 2 Charlie Williams, NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Feb 2 Ivan Droppa, Liptovsky Mikulas CZE, NHL defenseman (Chicago)
  • Feb 2 Lance Brown, NFL defensive back (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Feb 2 Dana International, Israeli singer
  • Feb 2 Tego Calderón, nominated reggaeton singer/rapper.
  • Feb 3 Jermaine Smith, NFL defensive tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Feb 3 Keith Elias, NFL running back (NY Giants)
  • Feb 3 Tyrone Poole, NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers)
  • Feb 3 Mart Poom, Estonian football player
  • Feb 4 Kelvin Anderson, CFL running back (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Feb 4 Giovanni Silva De Oliveira, Brazilian footballer
  • Feb 5 Chris Bailey, ice hockey defenseman (USA, Oly-98)
  • Feb 5 Erin Phillips, Mexico Missouri, Miss America-Missouri (1996)
  • Feb 5 Tony Johnson, tight end (New Orleans Saints)
  • Feb 5 Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark
  • Feb 5 Koriki Chōshū, Japanese comedian
  • Feb 6 David Binn, NFL safety (San Diego Chargers)
  • Feb 6 Mark Labbrook, Australian 200m/400m runner (Olympics-96)
  • Feb 6 Shawn Respert, NBA guard (Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors)
  • Feb 7 Aftab Habib, cricketer (Leicestershire righty batsman 1996)
  • Feb 7 John Slaney, St John's, NHL defenseman (LA Kings)
  • Feb 7 Essence Atkins, American actress
  • Feb 7 Alex Bassi, American race car driver
  • Feb 7 Robyn Lively, American actress
  • Feb 8 Adrian Rollins, cricketer (Derbyshire batsman, bro of Robert of Essex)
  • Feb 8 Marcus Pollard, NFL tight end (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Feb 9 Jason George, actor (Michael Bourre-Sunset Beach)
  • Feb 9 Norbert Rosza, Hungarian swimmer (100m freestyle record)
  • Feb 9 Crispin Freeman, American voice actor
  • Feb 9 Darren Ferguson, Scottish footballer
  • Feb 10 Michael Kasprowicz, cricketer (Australian Test fast bowler v WI 1996)
  • Feb 10 Nancy Christian, Scottsdale Az, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-17th-1995)
  • Feb 10 Sara Simmons, Belmont Mass, rower (Olympics-96)
  • Feb 10 Torey Hunter, NFL cornerback (Houston Oilers)
  • Feb 11 Dennis Iliohan, Dutch soccer player (FC Lisse, ADO Den Haag)
  • Feb 11 Steve Mcmanaman, English footballer
  • Feb 11 Kelly Slater, American surfer
  • Feb 12 Andrew Cassesse, actor (Revenge of Nerds II, TV 101)
  • Feb 12 Dulip Samaraweera, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test opening batsman 1993-)
  • Feb 13 Charlie Garner, NFL running back (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Feb 13 Juha Ylonen, Helsinki FIN, NHL forward (Oly-Bronze-1998, Phoenix)
  • Feb 14 Bruno Heppell, CFL full back (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Feb 14 Drew Bledsoe, NFL quarterback (NE Patriots)
  • Feb 14 Erika Rachael Schwarz, Folsom La, Miss America (Louisiana-2nd-1997)
  • Feb 14 Mayne One, rocker (Young Nation)
  • Feb 14 Raymond Beerens, Dutch soccer player (PSV, FC Groningen)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 14 Rob Thomas, lead singer of pop band Matchbox Twenty

Rocker Rob Thomas
Rob Thomas
  • Feb 14 Big Daddy V, American professional wrestler
  • Feb 14 Hiroshi, Japanese comedian
  • Feb 14 Najwa Nimri, Spanish actress
  • Feb 15 Jaromir Jagr, Kladno Cze, NHL right wing (Penguins, Czech Oly-G-1998)
  • Feb 15 Lance Scott, NFL offensive linesman (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Feb 16 Jerome Bettis, running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 17 Billie Joe Armstrong, singer/musician (Green Day), born in Oakland, California

  • Feb 17 Lloy Ball, Ft Wayne Ind, volleyball setter (Olympics-96)
  • Feb 17 Richard MacQuire, Australian canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Feb 17 Stephen Robinson, Arlington Va, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • Feb 17 Tony Lawson, NSA Australia, diver (Olympics-96)
  • Feb 17 Vladimir Vujtek, NHL forward (Team Czech Oly-Gold-1998, Tampa Bay)
  • Feb 17 William Floyd, full back (San Francisco 49ers)
  • Feb 17 Taylor Hawkins, American musician (Foo Fighters)
  • Feb 17 Valeria Mazza, Argentinian model
  • Feb 17 Yuki Isoya, Japanese singer (formerly Judy and Mary)
  • Feb 18 Lubomir Rybovic, Kosice CZE, hockey forward (Team Slovakia)
  • Feb 18 Marc Lillibridge, WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Feb 18 Shani Lynn Nielsen, New Albany IN, Miss America (Indiana-Top 10-1997)
  • Feb 19 Andrey Pchelyakov, hockey forward (Team Kazakhstan Oly-1998)
  • Feb 19 Francine, American professional wrestler
  • Feb 20 Corinna Harney, Bremerhaven Germany, playmate (Aug, 1991)
  • Feb 20 K-OS, Canadian musician/rapper
  • Feb 21 Karl DeWolf, hockey defenseman (Team France 1998)
  • Feb 21 Seo Taiji, Korean musician
  • Feb 22 Christin Didier, Miss USA-Montana (1997)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 22 Michael Chang, Hoboken New Jersey, tennis star (1989 French Open)

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Michael Chang
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Michael Chang
  • Feb 23 Greg Hill, NFL running back (KC Chiefs)
  • Feb 23 Jamie Watson, NBA forward (Utah Jazz)
  • Feb 23 Ryan Grigson, NFL guard/tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • Feb 23 Steve Papin, WLAF running back (Scotland Claymores)
  • Feb 23 Steve Holy, American country singer
  • Feb 24 Larry Amar, Camarillo California, field hockey midfielder/captain (Oly-96)
  • Feb 24 Manon Rheaume, Lac Beauport Quebec, 1st female NHLer (Tampa Bay)
  • Feb 24 Patricia Regan Leines, Medford Or, Miss America (Oregon-3rd-1997)
  • Feb 24 Ron Davis, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Feb 25 Chris Harrison, guard (Detroit Lions)
  • Feb 25 Erwin van de Looi, soccer player (Vitesse)
  • Feb 25 Sean Harris, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • Feb 26 Clint McDaniel, NBA guard (Sacramento Kings)
  • Feb 26 Scott Turner, NFL cornerback/safety (Washington Redskins)
  • Feb 28 Melisa Moses, diver (Olympics-4th-96), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Feb 28 Scott Gragg, NFL tackle (NY Giants)
  • Feb 28 Rory Cochrane, American actor
  • Feb 29 Antonio Sabato Jr, actor (Jagger Cates-General Hospital)
  • Feb 29 Chris Devine, Allentown Pa, diver (Olympics-96)
  • Feb 29 Cyrus Beasley, Rowe NY, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • Feb 29 Fabien Bownes, NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 11 Playwright Tom Stoppard (34) weds doctor/author Miriam Moore-Robinson (34)

Playwright Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 2 Jessie Royce Landis, actress (North by Northwest), dies at 67
  • Feb 2 Natalie Clifford Barney, American writer (b. 1876)
  • Feb 3 John Litel, actor (Big Boss, Crime Doctor, My Buddy), dies at 79
  • Feb 5 Marianne Moore, US poetess (Pulitzer 1951), dies at 84
  • Feb 6 Julian H Steward, US anthropologist (South American), dies at 70
  • Feb 8 Markos Vamvakaris, Greek musician and songwriter (b. 1905)
  • Feb 11 Jan Wils, architect (Olympian Stadium, Amsterdam), dies at 80
  • Feb 14 Lambertus "Bertus" van Lyre, composer/conductor (Dike), dies at 65
  • Feb 15 Edgar P Snow, US author/journalist (Battle for Asia), dies at 66
  • Feb 15 Jef [Josephus CF] Last, Dutch poet/Indonesian politician, dies at 73
  • Feb 17 Gavril Nikolayevich Popov, composer, dies at 67
  • Feb 19 John Grierson, Scottish documentary filmmaker (b. 1898)
  • Feb 19 Tedd Pierce, American animator (b. 1906)
  • Feb 20 Herbert Menges, composer, dies at 69
  • Feb 20 Walter Winchell, writer/actor (Dondi, Love & Hisses), dies at 74
  • Feb 21 Bronislava Nijinska, Polish-Russian ballet dancer (b. 1891)
  • Feb 21 Eugène Tisserant, French Catholic candinal (b. 1884)
  • Feb 22 Walter Sande, actor (Adventures of Tugboat Annie), dies at 65
  • Feb 23 Michael Taube, composer, dies at 81
  • Feb 26 Tom Manders, Dutch cabaret artist (Dorus), dies at 50
  • Feb 27 Pat Brady, American actor and singer (b. 1914)
  • Feb 28 Victor Barna, table tennis champ, dies