What Happened in 1972 (Part 4)

Historical Events

Events 301 - 400 of 843

  • May 2 Electrical fire in Sunshine Silver mine. 126 die (Kellogg, Idaho)
  • May 2 Lt General Vernon A Walters, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • May 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 4 Vietcong forms revolutionary government in Quang Tri, South Vietnam
  • May 4 The Don't Make A Wave Committee, a fledgling environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to "Greenpeace Foundation".
  • May 5 Alitalia DC-8 crashes west of Palermo Sicily; killing 115
  • May 6 98th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:01.8
  • May 6 Deniz Gezmiş, Yusuf Aslan and Hüseyin İnan are executed in Ankara for attempting to overthrow the Constitutional order.
  • May 7 26th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 1
  • May 7 Betty Burfeindt wins Sealy LPGA Golf Classic
  • May 8 Sabena aircraft at Lod International Airport, Tel Aviv, captured by Palestinians
  • May 10 Overloaded South Korean bus plunges into reservoir, killing 77
  • May 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 10 An Irish Republican Army bomb starts a fire that destroys the Belfast Co-operative store

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May 11 Giants trade Willie Mays to Mets for pitcher Charlie Williams & cash

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • May 11 John Lennon says his phone is tapped by FBI on Dick Cavett Show
  • May 11 Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins beat NY Rangers, 4 games to 2
  • May 11 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 12 Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (completed 5/13)

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May 12 Paul McCartney & Wings release "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • May 13 115 die in nightclub atop 7-story Sennichi dept store (Osaka Japan)
  • May 13 Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (started 5/12)
  • May 13 Battle at Springmartin: following a loyalist car bombing of a Catholic-owned pub in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast, clashes erupte between the PIRA, UVF and British Army
  • May 14 24th Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Carrol O'Conner & Jean Stapleton win
  • May 14 In Willie Mays 1st game as a NY Met his homer beats SF Giants, 5-4
  • May 14 14th Grammy Awards: It's Too Late, Carly Simon wins
  • May 14 A 13 year old Catholic girl is shot dead by Loyalist paramilitaries in Ballymurphy, Belfast

MurderAssassination Attempt

May 15 Assassination attempt on US Governor George Wallace of Alabama by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, Md

Politician and Segregationist George Wallace
Politician and Segregationist
George Wallace
  • May 15 "Hard Job Being God" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 6 performances
  • May 15 Bus plunges into Nile River killing 50 pilgrims. (Minia Egypt)
  • May 15 Ryukyu Is & Daito Is returned to Japan after 27 yrs of US control
  • May 15 The island of Okinawa, under U.S. military governance since its conquest in 1945, reverts to Japanese control.
  • May 16 "Don't Play Us Cheap" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 164 performances
  • May 16 Greg Luzinski's 500' HR hits Liberty Bell monument in Philadelphia Vet
  • May 16 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Suzuki Golf Internationale
  • May 17 Netherlands & China PR exchange ambassadors
  • May 17 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) fires on workers leaving the Mackies engineering works in west Belfast (Although the factory was sited in a Catholic area it had an almost entirely Protestant workforce)
  • May 18 "Me & The Chimp" last airs on CBS-TV
  • May 18 John Sebastian makes 63 consecutive free throws while blindfolded
  • May 19 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 19 WMAV TV channel 18 in Oxford, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 19 25th Cannes Film Festival: "The Working Class Goes to Heaven" directed by Elio Petri and "The Mattei Affair" directed by Francesco Rosi jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • May 20 "Different Times" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 24 performances
  • May 20 "Hard Job Being God" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • May 20 5th ABA Championship: Indiana Pacers beat NY Nets, 4 games to 2
  • May 20 97th Preakness: Eldon Nelson aboard Bee Bee Bee wins in 1:55.6
  • May 20 Cameroon adopts its constitution
  • May 20 Republic of Cameroon declared as constitution is ratified
  • May 21 "Heathen!" opens & closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 1 performance
  • May 21 "Lost in the Stars" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 39 performances
  • May 21 Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational

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May 21 Michelangelo's Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome is damaged by a vandal.

Painter Michelangelo
  • May 21 The Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA) kidnaps and shoots dead William Best (19), a soldier in the Royal Irish Rangers stationed in Germany whilst on leave at home
  • May 22 Ceylon becomes Republic of Sri Lanka as its constitution is ratified
  • May 22 Ton Sijbrands becomes world checkers champion
  • May 22 US president Nixon begins visit to Moscow
  • May 22 Over 400 women in Derry attack the offices of Official Sinn Féin in Derry, North Ireland, following the shooting of William Best by the Official Irish Republican Army
  • May 24 Glasgow Rangers of Scotland win 12th European Cup Winner's Cup against Dynamo Moscow 3-2 of the Soviet Union 3-2 in Barcelona
  • May 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 25 Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Ron Stander

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • May 25 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 26 Joe Frazier TKOs Ron Stander in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

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May 26 US President Richard Nixon & Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev sign SALT accord

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • May 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 26 The British state-owned travel firm Thomas Cook & Son is sold to a consortium of private businesses headed by the Midland Bank.
  • May 26 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) plant a bomb in Oxford Street, Belfast, killing a 64 year old woman
  • May 26 In the Republic of Ireland, the Special Criminal Court is re-instituted to deal with crimes arising out of the Northern Ireland conflict; as part of the measures trial by jury is suspended.
  • May 27 "Applause" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 900 performances
  • May 27 Jimmy Castor Bunch's "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" hits #6
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Mark Donohue wins in 3:04:23.851 (262.262 km/h)
  • May 28 White House "plumbers" break into the Democratic National Headquarters at Watergate in Washington D.C.
  • May 28 Four Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers and four civilians killed when a bomb they were preparing exploded prematurely at a house in Belfast
  • May 29 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • May 29 The Official IRA announce a ceasefire
  • May 30 3 Jap PFL terrorists kills 24, wound 72 at Tel Aviv's Lod Intl airport
  • May 30 The Angry Brigade goes on trial over a series of 25 bombings throughout Britain.
  • May 31 16th European Cup: Ajax beats Internazionale 2-0 at Rotterdam
  • Jun 1 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 15th Symphony, Dutch premieres in West Berlin
  • Jun 1 Tswanaland becomes Bophuthatswana in South Africa
  • Jun 1 West German police arrest Red Army Faction leader Andreas Baader
  • Jun 1 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
  • Jun 2 Two British soldiers die in an IRA land mine attack near Rosslea, County Fermanagh
  • Jun 3 "Hot Rod Lincoln" by Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen hits #9
  • Jun 3 1st female US rabbi installed, Sally J Priesand at 25
  • Jun 3 Yanks score 8 times in 13th beating White Sox 18-10
  • Jun 4 Angela Davis, black activist, acquitted of killing a white guard
  • Jun 4 Carol Mann wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • Jun 4 Record 8 shutouts pitched in 16 major league games (AL=5, NL=3)
  • Jun 4 71st Men's French Open: Andres Gimeno beats Patrick Proisy (4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 4 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
  • Jun 5 "If You Had Wings" opens
  • Jun 5 UN Conference on Human Environment opens in Stockholm
  • Jun 5 Yugoslav president Josip Tito visits USSR

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

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie
  • Jun 6 Explosion at world's largest coal mine kills 427 (Wankie, Rhodesia)
  • Jun 6 Gold hits record $60 an ounce in London
  • Jun 6 US bombs Haiphong, North-Vietnam; 1000s killed
  • Jun 7 Musical "Grease" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 3,388 performances
  • Jun 7 German Chancellor Willy Brandt visits Israel
  • Jun 7 Hsan Hua, Zen teacher, conducted 1st ordination ceremony in America

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 1,409

  • Mar 21 Large Professor, hip hop artist
  • Mar 21 Chris Candido, professional wrestler (d. 2005)
  • Mar 22 Elvis Stojko, Richmond Hill Ontario, (Oly-silver-94)
  • Mar 22 John Farquhar, tight end (New Orleans Saints)
  • Mar 22 Mikhail Sloutsky, WLAF LB (Scotland Claymores)
  • Mar 22 Pieter Christiaan, Prince of Netherlands
  • Mar 22 Shawn Bradley, NBA center (Dallas Mavericks, NJ Nets, Space Jams)
  • Mar 23 Jennifer K Chapman, Miss USA-Massachusetts (1997)
  • Mar 23 Jonas Bjorkman, Vaxjo Sweden, tennis star (Davis Cup 1994)
  • Mar 23 Ryan Kuwabara, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)
  • Mar 23 Joe Calzaghe, Welsh boxer
  • Mar 23 Judith Godrèche, French actress and author
  • Mar 24 Steve Karsay, American baseball player
  • Mar 25 Demet Edwards, WLAF defensive tackle (Barcelona Dragons)
  • Mar 25 Howard Battle, Biloxi MS, infielder (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Mar 25 Lawrence Moten, NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • Mar 26 Naoko Kijimuta, Japanese tennis star (1996 Jakarta), born in Yokohama, Japan
  • Mar 26 Steve Anderson, CFL defensive linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Mar 26 Jon Reep, American comedian and actor
  • Mar 27 Kirby Dar Dar, wide receiver (Miami Dolphins)
  • Mar 27 Charlie Haas, professional wrestler
  • Mar 27 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Dutch footballer
  • Mar 28 Derek West, offensive tackle (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Mar 28 Jonathan Edwards, doubles luger (Olympics-1994), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 28 Keith Tkachuk, Melrose MA, NHL left wing (Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix, USA)
  • Mar 28 Michael Smith, NBA forward (Sacramento Kings)
  • Mar 28 Mike Morton, linebacker (Oakland Raiders)
  • Mar 28 Shannon Mitchell, NFL tight end (San Diego Chargers)
  • Mar 28 Nick Frost, English comedian and actor
  • Mar 29 Alex Ochoa, outfielder (NY Mets), born in Miami, Florida
  • Mar 29 John Rothell, Titusville Florida, 400m hurdler
  • Mar 29 Paul Michael Kent, Australia, NZ breastroker (Olympics-96)
  • Mar 29 Trevor Kidd, Dugald, NHL goalie (Calgary Flames)
  • Mar 29 Michel Ancel, French game designer
  • Mar 29 Rui Costa, Portugal footballer
  • Mar 29 Junichi Suwabe, Japanese voice actor
  • Mar 30 Brenden Stai, NFL guard (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Mar 30 Matt Joyce, NFL/WLAF guard/tackle (Cardinals, Seahawks, Claymores)
  • Mar 30 Peggy Zlotkowski, Miss France-Universe (1989)
  • Mar 31 John Godina, Fort Sill Oklahoma, shot putter/discus thrower (Oly-silver-96)
  • Mar 31 Kelly O'Leary, Halifax Nova Scotia, kayaker (Olympics-96)
  • Mar 31 Alejandro Amenábar, Spanish film director
  • Mar 31 Andrew Bowen, American actor
  • Mar 31 Hristos Polihroniou, Greek hammer thrower
  • Apr 1 Kenny Gales, NFL/WLAF cornerback (Chicago Bears, Barcelona Dragons)
  • Apr 1 Mike McCoy, WLAF quarterback and coach, born in San Francisco, California
  • Apr 1 Allen and Albert Hughes, American film directors
  • Apr 1 Jesse Tobias, American musician
  • Apr 2 Graham Hood, Winnipeg Manitoba, 1.5k runner (Olympics-9-92, 96)
  • Apr 2 Chico Slimani, Moroccoan-British singer
  • Apr 3 Jennie Garth, Champaign Ill, American actress (Kelly Taylor-Beverly Hills 90210)
  • Apr 3 Sandrine Testud, Lyon France, tennis star (1993 Strasbourg)
  • Apr 4 Chad Eaton, defensive tackle (New England Patriots)
  • Apr 4 Jim Werland, Ventura California, American canoeist (alt-Olympics-96)
  • Apr 4 Matt Wagner, Cedar falls IA, pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • Apr 4 Jill Scott, American soul singer
  • Apr 4 Magnus Sveningsson, Swedish musician (The Cardigans)
  • Apr 5 Shigemasa Ito, WLAF offensive linebacker (Rhein Fire)
  • Apr 5 Krista Allen, American actress
  • Apr 5 Tom Coronel, Dutch racing driver
  • Apr 5 Paul Okon, Australian former footballer
  • Apr 6 Dickey Simpkins, NBA forward (SF Warriors, Chicago Bulls)
  • Apr 6 Donald Blair, CFL slot back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Apr 6 Hurvin McCormack, NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Apr 6 Jason Hervey, actor (Wayne Arnold-Wonder Years)
  • Apr 7 Greg Clark, tight end (San Francisco 49ers)
  • Apr 7 Joanne Brown, Australian softball catcher/1st baseman (Olym-bronze-96)
  • Apr 7 Lovett Purnell, wide receiver (New England Patriots)
  • Apr 7 Malcolm Huckaby, NBA guard (Miami Heat)
  • Apr 7 Shana Williams, Bridgeton NJ, long jumper/heptathlete
  • Apr 8 Damon Watts, NFL center (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Apr 8 Isaac Davis, NFL guard (San Diego Chargers)
  • Apr 8 Katrina Powell, Canberra Australia, field hockey striker (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 8 Paul Gray, American bassist (Slipknot)
  • Apr 9 Brian DeMarco, NFL tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Apr 9 Craig Jones, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 9 Jeffrey van As, soccer player (MVV)
  • Apr 9 Karen Clark, synchronized swimmer (Olympics-silver-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Apr 10 Maurice Harrell, NFL tight end (San Diego Chargers)
  • Apr 10 Richard Wearne, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • Apr 10 Sue Merz, ice hockey defenseman (USA, Oly-98)
  • Apr 11 Avo Avetisyan, WLAF defensive linesman (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Apr 11 Dietrich Jells, wide receiver (New England Patriots)
  • Apr 11 Kunihiko Sakurai, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)
  • Apr 11 Nicole Levesque, WNBA guard (Charlotte Sting)
  • Apr 11 Ted Johnson, linebacker (New England Patriots)
  • Apr 11 Balls Mahoney, American professional wrestler
  • Apr 12 Sebnem Ferah, Turkish singer
  • Apr 12 Paul Lo Duca, American baseball player
  • Apr 13 Dave Wohlabaugh, NFL center/guard (NE Patriots)
  • Apr 13 Jeroen Thesseling, pop bassist (Pestilence, Spheres)
  • Apr 13 Mariusz Czerkawski, Radomsko Pol, NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers)
  • Apr 13 Mike Kennedy, NHL left wing (Dallas Stars), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • Apr 13 Aaron Lewis, American singer (Staind)
  • Apr 14 Jason Mallett, CFL safety (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Apr 14 Zev Lumelski, WLAF guard (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Apr 14 Paul Devlin, England-born Scottish footballer
  • Apr 14 Dean Potter, American free climber and BASE jumper, born in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas (d. 2015)
  • Apr 15 Melvin Johnson, NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Apr 15 Peter Billingsley, actor (Real People), born in NYC, New York

Famous Weddings

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Famous Divorces

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Famous Deaths

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