What Happened in June 1972

Historical Events

  • 1st Dmitri Shostakovitch's 15th Symphony, Dutch premieres in West Berlin
  • 1st Tswanaland becomes Bophuthatswana in South Africa
  • 1st West German police arrest Red Army Faction leader Andreas Baader
  • 1st Iraq nationalizes Iraq Petroleum Company's (IPC) concession owned by British Petroleum, Royal Dutch-Shell, Compagnie Francaise des Petroles, Mobil and Standard Oil of New Jersey
  • 2nd Two British soldiers die in an IRA land mine attack near Rosslea, County Fermanagh
  • 3rd "Hot Rod Lincoln" by Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen hits #9
  • 3rd 1st female US rabbi installed, Sally J Priesand at 25
  • 3rd Yanks score 8 times in 13th beating White Sox 18-10
  • 4th Angela Davis, black activist, acquitted of killing a white guard
  • 4th Carol Mann wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • 4th Record 8 shutouts pitched in 16 major league games (AL=5, NL=3)
  • 4th 71st Men's French Open: Andres Gimeno beats Patrick Proisy (4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1)

Sport awardTennis Open

4th 71st Women's French Open: Billie Jean King beats Evonne Goolagong (6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 5th "If You Had Wings" opens
  • 5th UN Conference on Human Environment opens in Stockholm
  • 5th Yugoslav president Josip Tito visits USSR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

6th David Bowie releases "Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust"

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie
  • 6th Explosion at world's largest coal mine kills 427 (Wankie, Rhodesia)
  • 6th Gold hits record $60 an ounce in London
  • 6th US bombs Haiphong, North-Vietnam; 1000s killed
  • 7th Musical "Grease" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 3,388 performances
  • 7th German Chancellor Willy Brandt visits Israel
  • 7th Hsan Hua, Zen teacher, conducted 1st ordination ceremony in America
  • 7th Pirate's Gene Alley bases-loaded walk, beats Padres 1-0 in 18th
  • 8th Padres draft Dave Roberts #1, Indians draft Rick Manning #2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

8th Test Cricket debut of Tony Greig, v Australia at Old Trafford (57/62)

Cricketer and Commentator Tony Greig
Cricketer and Commentator
Tony Greig
  • 9th 14" of rain in 6 hrs burst Rapid City SD dam, drowns 237
  • 9th Bruce Springsteen signs a record deal with Columbia
  • 9th In a show of support for Iraq, OPEC moves to prevent companies whose interests were nationalized in Iraq from increasing production elsewhere
  • 10th 104th Belmont: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:28

Music releaseMusic Recording

10th Elvis Presley records a live album at NYC's Madison Square Garden

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

10th Hank Aaron's grandslammer (14) ties him for NL lead with Gil Hodges & moves him ahead of Willie Mays as #2 HR hitter (649)

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 11th 18th LPGA Championship won by Kathy Ahern
  • 11th 31°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in June
  • 11th KPAT-AM in Berkeley CA returns from KRE
  • 11th Gun battle between Loyalist and Republican paramilitaries break out in the Oldpark area of Belfast
  • 12th John Lennon's political "Sometime in NYC" released including "Woman is the Nigger of the World" "Attica State" & "Luck of the Irish"
  • 13th The Irish Republican Army invites Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Whitelaw to 'Free Derry'; Whitelaw rejects offer and reaffirms his policy to not "let part of the United Kingdom ... default from the rule of law"
  • 14th Tropical storm (later hurricane) Agnes forms over Yucatán Peninsula
  • 14th Members of the NI Social Democratic and Labour Party hold a meeting with representatives of the Irish Republican Army in Derry; the IRA representatives outline their conditions for talks with the British Government
  • 15th Rock fall inside Vierzy Tunnel (France) causes 2 train crash; 107 die
  • 15th West German police arrested RAF leader Ulrike Meinhof
  • 15th The Social Democratic and Labour Party meet Secretary of State for Northern Ireland W Whitelaw, to present the IRA's conditions for a meeting
  • 16th The largest single-site hydro-electric power project in Canada starts at Churchill Falls, Labrador.
  • 17th "Long Haired Lover From Liverpool" by Little Jimmy Osmond peaks at #38
  • 17th Chile president Allende forms new government
  • 17th Looking Glass releases "Brandy"
  • 17th Five men arrested after trying to bug Democratic National Committee office in Watergate Complex, Washington
  • 17th 9 firefighters are killed in the Hotel Vendome fire in Boston

Sport awardGolf Major

18th 72nd US Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 290 at Pebble Beach Calif

  • 18th BEA Trident crashes after takeoff from Heathrow killing 118
  • 18th US Supreme Court, 5-3, confirms lower court rulings in Curt Flood case, upholding baseball's exemption from antitrust laws
  • 18th 3 members of the British Army are killed by an Irish Republican Army (IRA) bomb in a derelict house near Lurgan, County Down
  • 18th UEFA European Championship: West Germany defeat Soviet Union 3-0 in Brussels
  • 19th -29] Tropical storm Agnes upgraded to a hurricane, makes landfall in Panama City (would kill 128)
  • 19th Hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers face flight delays and cancellations after pilots threaten to strike over hijack fears
  • 19th A Catholic civilian is shot dead by the Provisional Irish Republican Army in the Cracked Cup Social Club, Belfast
  • 19th Secretary of State for Northern Ireland William Whitelaw concedes 'special category' status, or 'political status' for paramilitary prisoners in Northern Ireland
  • 20th Secret Meeting Between IRA and British Officials held
  • 22nd "Man of La Mancha" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 140 performances
  • 22nd The Irish Republican Army announce that it would call a ceasefire from 26 June 1972 provided that there is a "reciprocal response" from the security forces
  • 23rd Hurricane Agnes becomes US's costliest natural disaster, effecting 15 states, with 119 deaths, $3 billion damage
  • 23rd US President Nixon & his Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman agree to use CIA to cover up Watergate
  • 23rd US President Nixon signs act barring sex discrimination in college sports
  • 23rd 45 countries leave the Sterling Area, allowing their currencies to fluctuate independently of the British Pound.
  • 23rd 22nd Berlin International Film Festival: "The Canterbury Tales" wins the Golden Bear
  • 24th "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" by Jimmy Castor Bunch peaks at #6
  • 24th Wake Island becomes unincorporated territory of US (US Air Force)
  • 24th Yvonne Braitwaite Burke becomes 1st black chair of a Democratic convention
  • 24th Danie Malan, South African athlete, sets a new world record in the 1000m event in Munich
  • 24th The Irish Republican Army (IRA) kill 3 British Army soldiers in a land mine attack near Dungiven, County Derry
  • 25th Bernice Gera becomes 1st female umpire in pro baseball
  • 26th Bob Massie takes 16 wickets (8-84 & 8-53) on Test cricket debut v Eng
  • 26th IRA proclaims resistant in North-Ireland
  • 26th The Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) begin a "bi-lateral truce" as at midnight
  • 26th The Irish Republican Army (IRA) kill two British Army soldiers in separate attacks during the day
  • 29th Supreme Court rules (5-4) that death penalty is cruel & unusual
  • 29th USSR launches Prognoz 2 into earth orbit (549/200,000 km)
  • 30th One leap second is added to the UTC time system; also 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985
  • 30th Cincinnati Reds are 11 games back in NL, & go on to win pennant
  • 30th Ulster Defence Association (UDA) begin to organise its own 'no-go' areas (this is a response to the continuation of Republican 'no-go' areas and fears about concessions to the IRA)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 128

  • 1st Cheryl Abplanalp, Bryn Mawr Penn, team handball wing (Olympics-1996)
  • 1st Jon Witman, fullback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1st Leta Lindley, Phoenix AZ, LPGA golfer (1995 State Farm Rail-3rd)
  • 1st Nicholas Porzig, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1st Scott Greene, fullback (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1st Daniel Casey, English actor
  • 2nd Brad Ottis, tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 2nd Dwayne Joseph, NFL cornerback (Chicago Bears)
  • 2nd Renee Heiken, Peoria IL, LPGA golfer (1994 Florida Women's Open)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2nd Wayne Brady, American actor and comedian (The Wayne Brady Show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?), born in Columbus, Georgia

  • 2nd Wentworth Miller, American actor
  • 2nd Simon Staho, Danish film director
  • 3rd Bryan Rekar, Oak Lawn IL, pitcher (Colorado Rockies)
  • 3rd Omar Douglas, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • 3rd Robert Kennedy, cricketer (New Zealand opening bowler 1996)
  • 4th Derian Hatcher, Sterling Heights MI, NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars)
  • 4th Nikka Costa, American singer
  • 4th Rob Huebel, American comedian
  • 5th Mike Bucci, American professional wrestler
  • 5th Chuck Klosterman, American journalist
  • 5th Pavel Kotla, Polish conductor
  • 6th Dulip Liyanage, cricketer (Sri Lanka righty fast-medium Test bowler)
  • 6th Erin Woodley, Canadian synchronized swimmer (Olympic-silver-96), born in Mississauga, Ontario
  • 6th Frankie King, NBA guard (LA Lakers)
  • 6th Gary Downs, running back (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 6th Jeff Williams, Australian baseball pitcher (Olympics-1996)
  • 6th Marko Kiprusoff, Turku FIN, NHL defenseman (Team Finland, Montreal)
  • 6th Cristina Scabbia, Italian singer (Lacuna Coil)
  • 7th Jeff Burris, NFL cornerback/punt returner (Buffalo Bills)
  • 7th Karl Urban, New Zealand actor
  • 8th David Sloan, NFL tight end (Detroit Lions)
  • 8th P[eter] J[ason] Farley, Hackensack, bass (Trixter-Give It To Me Good)
  • 8th Christian Mayrleb, Austrian footballer
  • 9th Bryan Strang, cricket pace bowler (brother of Paul Zimbabwe 1995- )
  • 9th Steven Salter, CFL offensive linebacker (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 9th Wardell Rouse, NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 9th Tomoe Hanba, Japanese voice actress
  • 9th Wesley Reid Scantlin, Kansas City Missouri, American guitarist and singer (Puddle of Mudd)
  • 10th C J Richardson, NFL safety (Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks)
  • 10th David Dunn, NFL wide receiver (Cin Bengals)
  • 10th Edward Reevey, St John NB, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 SC Intercol)
  • 10th Pat Johnson, NFL safety (Miami Dolphins)
  • 10th Radmila Šekerinska, Macedonian politician
  • 10th Steven Fischer, American film producer and director
  • 11th Andrew Peterson, NFL tackle (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers)
  • 11th Joe O'Brien, WLAF defensive tackle (Scottish Claymores)
  • 12th Inger Miller, 100m runner, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 12th Nathalie Baudone, Rocurt Belgium, tennis star (3rd round 1995 US Open)
  • 12th Patrick van Diemen, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht, NEC)
  • 12th Scott Dawes, Australian baseball catcher (Olympics-1996)
  • 12th Bounty Killer, Jamaican deejay
  • 13th Sale Isaia, OL (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 13th Natalie MacMaster, Canadian musician
  • 14th Jeff Kysar, NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 14th Rick Brunson, NBA guard (Portland Trailblazers)
  • 14th Matthias Ettrich, German computer scientist (KDE)
  • 14th Shaun Keaveny, British radio DJ
  • 15th Andrew Pettitte, Baton Rouge LA, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 15th DeWayne Patterson, CFL defensive tackle (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 15th Jean Francois Labbe, Sherbrooke, NHL goalie (Colorado Avalanche)
  • 15th Justin C G Leonard, PGA golfer (1994 Anheuser-Busch-3rd), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 15th Lianne Bennion, rower (Olympics-96), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 15th Ramiro Mendoza, Los Santos Panama, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 15th Sandy Mccarthy, NHL right wing (Calgary Flames), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 15th Tony Clark, Newton KS, infielder (Detroit Tigers)
  • 15th Hank Von Helvete, Turbonegro Frontman
  • 16th Shawnelle Scott, NBA center (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 16th John Cho, Korean-American actor
  • 16th Simon Khan, English golfer
  • 16th Ann Shoket, American magazine editor
  • 17th Dirk-Jan Derksen, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC)
  • 17th James McKnight, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 17th Sebastian White, musician and artist
  • 18th Otakar Vejvoda, Kladno CZE, hockey forward (Team Czech Rep)
  • 19th Andre Strode, CFL defensive back (BC Lions)
  • 19th Anna Van der Kamp, Abbotsford BC, rower (Olympics-96)
  • 19th Millard Coleman, CFL receiver (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 19th Poppy Montgomery, Australian actress
  • 19th Dennis Lyxzén, Swedish musician
  • 19th Robin Tunney, American actress (The Mentalist), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 19th Jean Dujardin, 1st French actor to win an Oscar for Best Actor (The Artist), born in Rueil-Malmaison, Île-de-France
  • 20th Jo Roberts, WLAF quarterback (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 20th Jozef Stumpel, Nitra CZE, NHL forward (Team Slovakia, Boston)
  • 20th Juan Castro, Sinaloa Mexico, infielder (LA Dodgers)
  • 20th Martin Keino, Nyeri Kenya, 1.5k runner
  • 20th Paras Mhambrey, Indian cricket pace bowler (Test v England 1996)
  • 20th Paul Bako, American baseball player
  • 21st Andrew Jordan, NFL tight end (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 21st Billy Milner, NFL tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • 21st Heath Rylance, CFL quarterback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 21st Jamal Ellis, NFL/WLAF cornerback (Denver Broncos, Rhein Fire)
  • 21st Marv Marshall, NFL/WLAF receiver (Buccaneers, Barcelona Dragons)
  • 21st Tony Berti, NFL tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 21st Alon Hilu, Israeli writer
  • 21st Neil Doak, former Irish cricketer
  • 23rd Cory Schlesinger, NHL running back (Detroit Lions)
  • 23rd Larry Whigham, NFL safety (NE Patriots)
  • 23rd Roell Preston, NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

23rd Selma Blair, American actress (Cruel Intentions, Legally Blonde) born in Southfield, Michigan

Actress Selma Blair
Selma Blair
  • 23rd Ron Corning, American television anchor

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

1st Serial killer John Wayne Gacy (30) weds second wife Carole Hoff

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy

HeartWedding of Interest

26th NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas (39) weds second wife Sandra Lemon

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

26th NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas (39) divorces first wife Dorothy Hoelle after nearly 2 decades of marriage

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas

Famous Deaths

  • 2nd Franz Philipp, composer, dies at 81
  • 4th Godfried Devreese, composer, dies at 79
  • 8th Jimmy Rushing, US blues singer, dies at 68
  • 12th Edmund Wilson, US writer (To the Finland station), dies at 79
  • 12th Saul David Alinsky, radical writer (John L Lewis), dies at 63
  • 13th Clyde L Mcphatter, US singer (Drifters-Without Love), dies at 39
  • 13th Dündar Taşer, Turkish nationalist (b. 1925)
  • 20th Horst Salomon, writer, dies
  • 20th Howard Johnson, US restaurant/hotel founder, dies at 75
  • 21st Seth Bingham, composer, dies at 90
  • 23rd Elton Britt, country singer (Sat Night Jamboree), dies at 54
  • 26th David Lichine, [Lichtenstein], Russian/US choreographer, dies at 61