What Happened in 1972 (Part 6)

Historical Events

Events 501 - 600 of 843

  • Jul 18 Egyptian president Anwar Sadat throws out 20,000 Russian military aids
  • Jul 18 Mike Procter 8-73 with hat-trick, plus 51 & 102, Gloucs v Essex
  • Jul 18 The 100th British soldier to die in the Northern Ireland "troubles" is shot by a sniper in Belfast
  • Jul 18 Leader of the British Labour Party Harold Wilson holds meeting with representatives of the Irish Republican Army
  • Jul 20 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 21 2 passenger trains collide head-on killing 76 (Seville, Spain)
  • Jul 21 27.5 cm rainfall at Fort Ripley, Minnesota (state record)
  • Jul 21 Dodgers release & end career of pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm
  • Jul 21 In New York 57 murders occur in 24 hours
  • Jul 21 Bloody Friday: within the space of seventy-five minutes, the Provisional Irish Republican Army explode twenty-two bombs in Belfast; six civilians, two British Army soldiers and one UDA volunteer were killed, 130 injured
  • Jul 22 10.84" (27.53 cm) of rainfall, Fort Ripley, Mn (state 24-hr record)
  • Jul 22 Venera 8 makes soft landing on Venus
  • Jul 22 2 Catholics are abducted, beaten, and shot dead in a Loyalist area of Belfast
  • Jul 22 59th Tour de France won by Eddy Merckx of Belgium
  • Jul 23 1st Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS) is launched
  • Jul 23 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Raleigh Golf Classic
  • Jul 24 Jigme Singye Wangchuk becomes king of Bhutan at 16
  • Jul 24 Bugojno group is caught by Yugoslav security forces.
  • Jul 25 43rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-3 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stad
  • Jul 25 All star MVP: Joe Morgan (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Jul 25 US health officials concede African American were used as guinea pigs in 40 year syphilis experiment
  • Jul 26 Rockwell receives NASA contract to construct Space Shuttle
  • Jul 27 The F-15 Eagle flies for the first time.
  • Jul 28 39th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Dallas 20, All Stars 7 (54,162)
  • Jul 29 France performs nuclear Test at Muruora Island
  • Jul 30 "Ain't Supposed to Die Death" closes at Barrymore NYC after 325 performances
  • Jul 30 Jan Ferraris wins LPGA Lady Pepsi Golf Open
  • Jul 31 Dick Allen is 7th to hit 2 inside-the-park homers in a game
  • Jul 31 Thomas Eagleton withdraws as Democratic VP candidate
  • Jul 31 Operation Motorman: the British Army use 12,000 soldiers supported by tanks and bulldozers to re-take the "no-go areas" controlled by the Provisional Irish Republican Army
  • Jul 31 Claudy bombing: nine civilians were killed when three car bombs exploded in County Londonderry, North Ireland; no group has since claimed responsibility
  • Aug 1 1st article exposing Wategate scandal (Bernstein-Woodward)
  • Aug 1 Nate Colbert of SD Padres hits record tying 5 HRs in a double header
  • Aug 2 Gold hits record $70 an ounce in London
  • Aug 3 British premier Edward Heath proclaims emergency crisis due to dock strike
  • Aug 3 Chozen-ji/Intl Zen Dojo founded by Omori Sogen Roshi, in Hawaii
  • Aug 3 U.S. Senate ratifies the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
  • Aug 4 Arthur Bremer jailed for 63 years for shooting Alabama Gov Wallace
  • Aug 5 Moody Blues release "Nights in White Satin"
  • Aug 5 Uganda president Idi Amin throws out all 80,000 Asians
  • Aug 5 Detroit shortstop Ed Brinkman errors ends record streak of 72 games & 331 total chances without a miscue
  • Aug 6 Garry Player wins PGA golf tournament

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 6 Hank Aaron hits 660th & 661st HRs for Braves (record for 1 team)

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Aug 6 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Knoxville Ladies Golf Classic
  • Aug 7 Hall of Fame inducts Berra, Sandy Koufax, Lefty Gomez & Early Wynn
  • Aug 8 NY Yanks sign 30-year lease to play in remodeled Yankee Stadium
  • Aug 9 There is widespread and severe rioting in Nationalist areas of Northern Ireland on the anniversary of the introduction of Internment
  • Aug 10 1 million kg meteorite grazes atmosphere above Canada
  • Aug 10 Paul & Linda McCartney are arrested in Sweden on drug possession
  • Aug 11 "Cheech & Chong Day" in San Antonio Texas
  • Aug 11 Two IRA members are killed when a bomb they were transporting exploded prematurely
  • Aug 12 "Funny Thing Happened..." closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 156 performances
  • Aug 12 "Oh! Calcutta!" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 1316 performances
  • Aug 12 Ian & Greg Chappell both scores centuries in same Test Cricket innings
  • Aug 12 Last American combat ground troops leave Vietnam
  • Aug 13 Dutch KRO-TV transmits 440th & last episode of "Bonanza"
  • Aug 13 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Pabst Ladies Golf Classic
  • Aug 14 2 British soldiers are killed by an IRA booby trap bomb in Belfast
  • Aug 14 A Catholic civilian is shot dead during an IRA attack on a British Army patrol in Belfast

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 16 54th PGA Championship: Gary Player shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills Mich

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player
  • Aug 16 Morocco King Hassan II's B727 shot at as part of a failed coup attempt by General Mohamed Oufkir. Reportedly, King Hassan grabbed the radio and told the rebel pilots "Stop firing! The tyrant is dead!". Fooled, the rebel pilots broke off their attack.
  • Aug 16 Philip Potter appointed sect-gen of World council of Churches
  • Aug 16 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 17 Phillies Steve Carlton wins his 15th straight game
  • Aug 18 Police fine Paul & Linda McCartney ś800 in Sweden cannabis possession
  • Aug 18 4th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • Aug 20 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Southgate Ladies Golf Open
  • Aug 20 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Aug 21 1st hot air balloon flight over Alps
  • Aug 21 British dock strike ends after dockers accept an amended Jones-Adlington Agreement
  • Aug 21 Grace Slick maced by police when a band official called cops, pigs
  • Aug 21 Republican convention opens in Miami Beach
  • Aug 21 US orbiting astronomy observatory Copernicus launched
  • Aug 21 33rd Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 22 Rhodesia is expelled by the International Olympic Committee for its racist policies.
  • Aug 22 IRA bomb explodes prematurely at a customs post at Newry, County Down - 9 people, including three members of the IRA and five Catholic civilians, are killed in the explosion
  • Aug 23 Republican convention (Miami Beach, Fla) renominates VP Agnew but not unanimous-1 vote went to NBC newsman David Brinkley)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 23 Chicago's Dick Allen is 4th (Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, & Alex Johnson) to homer into Comiskey Park's center field bleachers

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • Aug 23 4 civilians and 1 British soldier are injured in separate overnight shooting incidents in North Ireland
  • Aug 24 8th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks beat Mets 2-1
  • Aug 24 Dennis Amiss scores 1st one-day int century, 103 v Australia

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Aug 24 Gordie Howe & Jean Beliveau inducted in Hockey Hall of Fame

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
NHL Legend Jean Beliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Beliveau
  • Aug 26 20th Olympic games open at Munich German FR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 26 Leo Durocher replaces Harry Walker as manager of Astros

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Aug 26 NY Cosmos beat St Louis Stars, 2-1 to win NASL championship
  • Aug 26 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 27 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open
  • Aug 27 US bombs Haiphong, North Vietnam
  • Aug 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Aug 29 SF Giant Jim Barr retires 1st 20 batters he faces added to last 21 he retired 6 days earlier for record 41 in a row

Music concertMusic Concert

Aug 30 John Lennon and Yoko Ono perform at Madison Square Garden

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Aug 31 Lasse Viren runs Olympic/world record 10,000m (27:38.4)
  • Aug 31 Olga Korbut, USSR, wins olympic gold medal in gymnastics

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 1 Bobby Fischer (US) defeats Boris Spassky (USSR) for world chess title

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • Sep 1 Egypt & Libya form federation
  • Sep 2 Chicago White Sox Milt Pappas no-hits SD Padres, 1-0
  • Sep 2 Renate Stecher runs 100m European female record (11.07 sec)

Music release#1 in the Charts

Sep 2 Rod Stewart's 1st #1 hit (You Wear it Well)

Singer Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart
  • Sep 2 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 2 The headquarters of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) in Belfast is severely damaged by an IRA bomb

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 501 - 600 of 1,409

  • May 9 Daniela Silivaş, Romanian gymnast
  • May 10 Akili Johnson, NFL defensive back (Atlanta Falcons)
  • May 10 Emma Ridley, Hanpstead England, actress (Return to Oz)
  • May 10 Farrell Duclair, CFL fullback (Calgary Stampeders)
  • May 10 Stuart Carlisle, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman 1995-)
  • May 10 Radosław Majdan, Polish footballer
  • May 11 Andrew Bonhomme, Australian golfer, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • May 11 Hicham El-Mashtoub, NFL center (Houston Oilers)
  • May 11 Stefen Reid, CFL linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • May 11 Anita Hegh, Australian actress
  • May 12 Annette Albertson, Reno Nevada, Miss America-Nevada (1997)
  • May 12 David Oaks, 100m/200m runner
  • May 12 Jason Kyle, NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks)
  • May 12 Michelle Kahn, Miss Universe-Trinidad & Tobago (1996)
  • May 12 Paul Stout, Saugus California, actor (Phillip-Scarecrow & Mrs King)
  • May 13 Darryl Sydor, Edmonton, NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars)
  • May 13 Josh Heinrich, NFL/WLAF defensive end (Lions, Barcelona Dragons)
  • May 13 Stefaan Maene, Belgian swimmer
  • May 14 Chad Cascadden, NFL linebacker (NY Jets)
  • May 14 Gabriel Mann, American actor
  • May 14 Mark Ruskell, England-born Scottish politician
  • May 15 David Charvet, actor (Melrose Place)
  • May 15 Patrick Pothuizen, soccer player (Vitesse)
  • May 15 Tirrell Greene, WLAF guard (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • May 15 Troy Drake, NFL tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • May 16 Keith Burns, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • May 16 Matthew Hart, cricketer (NZ lefty spinner 1994- )
  • May 16 Khary Payton, American actor
  • May 17 Elena Wagner, Sofia Bulgaria, tennis star (1996 ITF/Redbridge-GBR)
  • May 17 John Burrough, NFL defensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • May 18 Turner Stevenson, Prince George, NHL right wing (Montreal Canadiens)
  • May 19 Ronald Williams, CFL running back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • May 19 Willie Brown, NFL/WLAF linebacker (Seattle Seahawks. Rhein Fire)
  • May 19 Jenny Berggren, Swedish singer (Ace of Base)
  • May 20 Michael Cox, Hannibal Missouri, 1.5k runner
  • May 21 Alesha Oreskovich, playmate (Jun, 1993), born in Tampa, Florida
  • May 21 Liliko Ogasawara, middleweight judoka (Olympics-96), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • May 21 Adriano Cintra, Brazilian musician (CSS)
  • May 21 The Notorious B.I.G. [Christopher Wallace], American rapper (Life After Death), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • May 22 Alison Eastwood, daughter of actor Clint/actress (Tightrope)
  • May 22 Mike Hollis, NFL kicker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • May 22 Rich Owens, NFL defensive end (Washington Redskins)
  • May 22 Anna Belknap, American actress
  • May 22 Annabel Chong, Singapore actress
  • May 23 Isabelle Fijalkowski, WNBA center/forward (Cleveland Rockers)
  • May 23 Marco van Hoogdalem, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC)
  • May 23 Rene Ingoglia, running back (Buffalo Bills)
  • May 23 Shannon Brown, NFL defensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • May 23 Rubens Barrichello, Brazilian formula one driver
  • May 24 Danny Bautista, Santo Domingo Dom Rep, outfielder (Atlanta Braves)
  • May 24 Petra Schwarz-Ritter, Vienna Aus, tennis star (1988 Futures-Bari-ITA)
  • May 24 Tito Paul, NFL defensive back (Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals)
  • May 24 Viktor Ujcik, Jihlava CZE, hockey (Team Czech Rep)
  • May 24 Greg Berlanti, American television writer and producer
  • May 25 Antonio Lang, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • May 25 Tony Ronaldson, Adelaide SA Australia, basketball forward (Oly-96)
  • May 26 Patsy Palmer, British actress
  • May 27 Antonio Freeman, NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • May 27 Karen Hecox, US 1500m runner
  • May 27 Troy Sienkiewicz, NFL tackle/guard (San Diego Chargers)
  • May 27 Ivete Sangalo, Brazilian singer
  • May 27 Todd Demsey, American golfer
  • May 28 Cheryl Demkowski, dance skater (& Gregory Maddalone), born in Syracuse, New York
  • May 28 Michael Boogerd, Dutch cyclist
  • May 28 Guidoni Junior Doriva, Brazilian footballer
  • May 29 Bill Curley, NBA forward (Portland Trail Blazers, Minn Timberwolves)
  • May 29 David Hendrix, NFL strong safety (San Diego Chargers)
  • May 29 Kenny McEntyre, WLAF cornerback (London Monarchs)
  • May 29 Kevin McDougal, CFL quarterback (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • May 29 Közi, Japanese visual kei artist
  • May 29 Stanislas Renoult, French singer
  • May 30 Allen Aldridge, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • May 30 Anthony Cook, NFL defensive end/defensive tackle (Tenn Oilers)
  • May 30 Jeff Jones, NFL tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • May 30 Manny Ramirez, Santo Domingo Dom Rep, outfielder (Cleveland Indians)
  • May 30 Renita Farrell, Townsville Qld Aust, field hockey midfielder (Oly-96)
  • May 30 Terry Wilburn, WLAF running back (Barcelona Dragons)
  • May 30 Soichiro Hoshi, Japanese seiyuu
  • May 31 Bryan Walker, safety (Washington Redskins)
  • May 31 Eileen Richetelli, Milford Conn, diver (Olympics-96)
  • May 31 Karl Geary, Irish actor
  • May 31 Dave Roberts, American baseball player
  • Jun 1 Cheryl Abplanalp, Bryn Mawr Penn, team handball wing (Olympics-1996)
  • Jun 1 Jon Witman, fullback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Jun 1 Leta Lindley, Phoenix AZ, LPGA golfer (1995 State Farm Rail-3rd)
  • Jun 1 Nicholas Porzig, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • Jun 1 Scott Greene, fullback (Carolina Panthers)
  • Jun 1 Daniel Casey, English actor
  • Jun 2 Brad Ottis, tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Jun 2 Dwayne Joseph, NFL cornerback (Chicago Bears)
  • Jun 2 Renee Heiken, Peoria IL, LPGA golfer (1994 Florida Women's Open)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

  • Jun 2 Wentworth Miller, American actor
  • Jun 2 Simon Staho, Danish film director
  • Jun 3 Bryan Rekar, Oak Lawn IL, pitcher (Colorado Rockies)
  • Jun 3 Omar Douglas, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • Jun 3 Robert Kennedy, cricketer (New Zealand opening bowler 1996)
  • Jun 4 Derian Hatcher, Sterling Heights MI, NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars)
  • Jun 4 Nikka Costa, American singer
  • Jun 4 Rob Huebel, American comedian

Famous Weddings

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Famous Divorces

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Famous Deaths

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