Historical Events for Year 1972

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Jan 1st - "Company" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 690 performances
Jan 1st - "On the Town" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 65 performances
Jan 1st - "Promises Promises" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 1281 perfs
Jan 1st - China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
Jan 1st - International Book Year begins
Jan 1st - KDSD TV channel 16 in Aberdeen, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting
Jan 1st - Policewomen are enlisted as full members of South African Police Force for the first time.
Jan 1st - 58th Rose Bowl: #16 Stanford beats #4 Michigan, 13-12
Jan 1st - 38th Sugar Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #5 Auburn, 40-22
Jan 1st - 38th Orange Bowl: #1 Nebraska beats #2 Alabama, 38-6
Jan 2nd - "Rothschilds" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 505 perfs
Jan 2nd - Mariner 9 begins mapping Mars
Jan 2nd - AFC Championship Game: Miami Dolphins beat Baltimore Colts 21-0
Jan 2nd - An anti-internment rally is held in Belfast, North Ireland
Jan 2nd - NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers 14-3
Jan 3rd - The Irish Republican Army (IRA) explodes a bomb in Callender Street, Belfast, injuring over 60 people
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken RosewallTennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall Jan 3rd - 60th Men's Australian Open: Ken Rosewall beats Malcolm Anderson (7-6, 6-3, 7-5)
Jan 3rd - 60th Women's Australian Open: Virginia Wade beats Evonne Goolagong (6-4, 6-4)
Jan 4th - Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London.
Jan 5th - Largest crowd at Cleveland Arena (Cavs vs Lakers-11,178)
Jan 5th - NYC transit fare rises from 30 cents to 35 cents
Jan 5th - US President Nixon signs a bill for NASA to begin research on a manned space shuttle
Jan 5th - West-Pakistani sheik Mujib ur-Rahman freed
Jan 6th - US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
Jan 6th - US male Figure Skating championship won by Kenneth Shelley
Jan 6th - Vladimir Bukovski is exiled from USSR
Jan 7th - Iberian Airlines 'plane crashes into 800ft peak on island of Ibiza, 104 die
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Virginia WadeTennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Virginia Wade Jan 7th - LA Lakers chalk up 33rd consecutive win (NBA record)
Jan 7th - Lewis F Powell Jr becomes a US Supreme Court Justice
Jan 7th - William Hubbs Rehnquist sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice
Jan 7th - LA Lakers 33 straight win streak snapped, losing to Bucks 120-104
Jan 8th - Dmitri Shostakovitch' 15th Symphony, premieres in Moscow
Jan 8th - NCAA announces freshman can play on teams starting in fall
Jan 9th - Billionaire Howard Hughes says Clifford Irving's bio is a fake
Jan 9th - Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
Jan 9th - Retired passenger liner Queen Elizabeth destroyed by fire in Hong Kong harbour
Jan 9th - British coal miners begin a national strike, the first for half a century
Jan 10th - Sheik Mujib ur-Rahman arrives in Dacca, East-Pakistan
Jan 10th - Triple album set "Concert for Bangladesh" released in UK
Jan 11th - East-Pakistan becomes independent state of Bangladesh
Jan 11th - Abu Sayeed Chudhury becomes president & sheik Mujib ur-Rahman premier
Jan 12th - Tigers sign a lease to build a $126M domed stadium (doesn't happen)
Jan 13th - Former umpire, now housewife Bernice Gera wins her suit against baseball, initiated on March 15, 1971 to be allowed to umpire
Jan 13th - An army commander stages a bloodless coup in Ghan, while the prime minister is in London
Jan 14th - "Sanford & Son" starring Redd Foxx premieres on NBC TV
Jan 14th - WMAH TV channel 19 in Biloxi, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
Jan 14th - WMAU TV channel 17 in Bude, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
Jan 14th - WMAW TV channel 14 in Meridian, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Joe FrazierBoxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Joe Frazier Jan 15th - Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Terry Daniels
Jan 16th - Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes European all-round lady skating champ
Jan 16th - Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys-24, Miami-3 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Roger Staubach, Dallas, QB
Jan 17th - Section of Memphis' Highway 51 South renamed Elvis Presley Blvd
Jan 17th - Seven men who were held as internees escape from the prison ship HMS Maidstone in Belfast Lough, North Ireland
Jan 18th - Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Brian Faulkner bans all parades and marches in Northern Ireland until the end of the year
Jan 18th - The former Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia and his daughter, supporters of black majority rule in the country, are arrested
Jan 19th - Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra, & Early Wynn elected to Hall of Fame
Jan 20th - Six oil exporting countries conclude meetings with Western oil companies; an agreement is reached to raise the price of crude
MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi BerraMLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra Jan 20th - People out of work and claiming unemployment benifit in UK rises to over 1 million
Jan 21st - Assam's North East Frontier Agency becomes Arunachal Pradesh terr
Jan 21st - Belgian government of Eyskens-Cools forms
Jan 21st - Manipur, Meghalaya & Tripura become separate states of Indian union
Jan 21st - Mizoram, formerly part of Assam, creates an Indian union territory
Jan 21st - Tripura becomes a full-fledged state in India.
Jan 22nd - "Emergency" with Robert Fuller premieres on NBC TV
Jan 22nd - 22nd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 112-110 at LA
Jan 22nd - An anti-internment march is held at Magilligan strand, County Derry; as the march nears the internment camp it is stopped by members of the Green Jackets and the Parachute Regiment of the British Army, who used barbed wire to close off the beach
Jan 23rd - Ard Schenk becomes European all-round skating champ
Jan 23rd - Bootlegger sells wood alcohol to wedding party-100 die-New Delhi
Jan 23rd - Entire population of Istanbul under 24 hour house arrest
Jan 23rd - NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 26-13
Jan 24th - WRIP (now WDSI) TV channel 61 in Chattanooga, TN (IND) 1st broadcast
Jan 24th - Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi is found hiding in a Guam jungle, where he had been since the end of World War II.
Jan 25th - 25th NHL All-Star Game: East beats West 3-2 at Minnesota
Jan 25th - 7' Ohio State center Luke Witte is stomped in face during a brawl in a game with Minnesota
Jan 26th - Air stewardess Vesna Vulovic survives 10,160m fall without parachute
Jan 27th - Two Royal Ulster Constabulary officers shot dead by IRA in an attack on their patrol car in the Creggan Road, Derry
Jan 27th - The British Army and the Irish Republican Army engage in gun battles near County Armagh; British troops fire over 1,000 rounds of amunition
Jan 28th - Oral Roberts' Eddie Woods grabs 30 rebounds for 2nd consecutive game
Jan 28th - The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association place "special emphasis on the necessity for a peaceful incident-free day" at the next march on 30 January in an effort to avoid violence
Jan 29th - 5th ABA All-Star Game: East 142 beats West 115 at Louisville
Jan 30th - 'Bloody Sunday': 27 unarmed civilians are shot (of whom 14 were killed) by the British Army during a civil rights march in Derry; this is the highest death toll from a single shooting incident during 'the Troubles'
Jan 30th - Pakistan withdraws from the Commonwealth of Nations
Jan 31st - Aretha Franklin sings at Mahalia Jackson's funeral
Jan 31st - Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev becomes 11th King of Nepal
Jan 31st - Military coup ousts civilian government of Ghana
Jan 31st - US launches HEOS A-2 for interplanetary observations (396/244,998)
Jan 31st - British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling makes statement to the House of Commons on the events of 'Bloody Sunday' "The Army returned the fire directed at them with aimed shots and inflicted a number of casualties on those who were attacking them with firearms and with bombs"
Feb 1st - 1st scientific hand-held calculator (HP-35) introduced ($395)
Feb 1st - Wings release "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" in UK
Feb 1st - Kuala Lumpur becomes a city by a royal charter granted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
Feb 1st - 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 1st - The Ministry of Defence also issues a detailed account of the British Army's version of events during 'Bloody Sunday'
Feb 1st - 1972 NFL Draft: Walt Patulski from University of Notre Dame first pick by Buffalo Bills
Feb 2nd - Lefty Gomez, Ross Youngs & William Harridge selected for Hall of Fame
Playwright Tom StoppardPlaywright Tom Stoppard Feb 2nd - Tom Stoppard's "Jumpers" premieres in London
Feb 2nd - Angry demonstrators burn the British Embassy in Dublin to the ground in protest at the shooting dead of 13 people on 'bloody sunday'
Feb 3rd - 11th Winter Olympic games opens in Sapporo, Japan (1st in Asia)
Feb 3rd - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Feb 4th - 6th round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks ends in Vienna Austria
Feb 4th - Senator Strom Thurmond suggests John Lennon be deported
Feb 5th - "Another Puff" by Jerry Reed peaks at #65
Feb 5th - Bob Douglas is 1st African American elected to Basketball Hall of Fame
Feb 5th - US airlines begin mandatory inspection of passengers & baggage
Feb 5th - Two IRA members are killed when a bomb they were planting exploded prematurely
Feb 6th - 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
Actress Jane FondaActress Jane Fonda Feb 6th - 29th Golden Globes: The French Connection, Gene Hackman, & Jane Fonda win
Feb 8th - Josh Gibson & Buck Leonard selected to Hall of Fame
Feb 9th - British government declares state of emergency after month-long miners' strike
Feb 9th - 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 10th - BBC bans "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" by Wings
Feb 10th - Ras al Khaima joins United Arab Emirates
Feb 10th - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
Feb 10th - 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 13th - "1776" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 1,217 performances
Feb 13th - The Musical "Grease" 1st opens on Broadway
Feb 13th - 11th Winter Olympic games close at Sapporo, Japan
Feb 14th - John & Yoko co-host "Mike Douglas Show" for entire week
Feb 14th - Luna 20 (Russia) launched to orbit & soft landing on Moon
Feb 14th - CBS "Late Movie" premieres
Feb 14th - Lord Widgery arrives in Coleraine, where the 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972) Tribunal was to be based, and holds a preliminary hearing
Feb 15th - Bill Torrey becomes 1st Islander General Manager
Feb 15th - Dimitrios Papadopoulos becomes metropolitan of Imbros/Tenedos
Feb 15th - Pres Velasco Ibarra of Ecuador deposed for 4th time
Feb 15th - Sound recordings are granted U.S. federal copyright protection for the first time.
Feb 16th - German mass murderers "Three of Breda" freed
Feb 16th - Test Cricket debut of Lawrence Rowe WI v NZ Kingston, 214 & 100
NBA Legend Wilt ChamberlainNBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain Feb 16th - Wilt Chamberlain hit 30,000 point mark during a game with Phoenix Suns
Feb 17th - British Parliament votes to join European Common Market
Feb 17th - US President Richard Nixon leaves Washington, D.C. for China
Feb 17th - Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle model exceed those of Ford Model-T.
Feb 18th - California Supreme Court abolishes death penalty
Feb 18th - Giulio Andreotti sworn in as premier of Italy
Feb 18th - John & Yoko end a week of co-hosting Mike Douglas Show
Feb 19th - Glenn Turner carries his bat for 223* v WI at Kingston
Feb 19th - The Asama-Sanso hostage standoff begins in Japan.
Feb 20th - 1st time Cleveland Cavaliers beat NY Knicks (111-109)
Feb 20th - Ard Schenk becomes world champ skater
Feb 20th - Sicco Mansholt becomes chairman of European Committee
37th US President Richard Nixon37th US President Richard Nixon Feb 20th - 14th Daytona 500: A.J. Foyt wins (161.55 MPH)
Feb 21st - Michael Weller's "Moonchildren" premieres in NYC
Feb 21st - Richard Nixon becomes 1st US president to visit China
Feb 21st - The first session of the Widgery Tribunal, investigating the events of 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972), is held in Coleraine, County Derry
Feb 22nd - Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani becomes Amir & Prime Minister of Qatar
Feb 22nd - President Nixon, meets with Chinese Premier Chou En-Lai in Beijing
Feb 22nd - Aldershot bombing: seven people killed by an Official IRA car bomb at Aldershot Barracks in England; thought to be in retaliation for Bloody Sunday
Feb 22nd - The Official Irish Republican Army explodes a bomb at Aldershot military barracks, the headquarters of the Parachute Regiment, killing seven people
Feb 25th - Lopsided trade, Cards trade Steve Carlton to Phillies for Rick Wise
Feb 25th - Paul McCartney releases "Give Ireland back to the Irish" single
Feb 25th - 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)
Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartneyMusician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney Feb 26th - Slag heap dam collapses above Buffalo Creek West Virginia, kills 125

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