What Happened on February 17, 1972

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • British Parliament votes to join the European Common Market
  • Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle model exceed those of Ford Model T

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

  • Lloy Ball, Ft Wayne Ind, volleyball setter (Olympics-96)
  • Richard MacQuire, Australian canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Stephen Robinson, rower (Olympics-1996), born in Arlington, Virginia
  • Taylor Hawkins, American musician (Foo Fighters)
  • Tony Lawson, NSA Australia, diver (Olympics-96)
  • Valeria Mazza, Argentinian model
  • Vladimir Vujtek, NHL forward (Team Czech Oly-Gold-1998, Tampa Bay)
  • William Floyd, full back (San Francisco 49ers)
  • Yuki Isoya, Japanese singer (formerly Judy and Mary)

Famous Deaths

  • Gavril Nikolayevich Popov, composer, dies at 67