Historical Events in 1972

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  • Jan 1 "Company" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 690 performances
  • Jan 1 "On the Town" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 65 performances
  • Jan 1 "Promises Promises" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 1281 performances
  • Jan 1 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Jan 1 International Book Year begins
  • Jan 1 KDSD TV channel 16 in Aberdeen, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 1 Policewomen are enlisted as full members of South African Police Force for the first time.
  • Jan 1 58th Rose Bowl: #16 Stanford beats #4 Michigan, 13-12
  • Jan 1 38th Sugar Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #5 Auburn, 40-22
  • Jan 1 38th Orange Bowl: #1 Nebraska beats #2 Alabama, 38-6
  • Jan 2 "Rothschilds" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 505 performances
  • Jan 2 Mariner 9 begins mapping Mars
  • Jan 2 AFC Championship Game: Miami Dolphins beat Baltimore Colts 21-0
  • Jan 2 An anti-internment rally is held in Belfast, North Ireland
  • Jan 2 NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers 14-3
  • Jan 3 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) explodes a bomb in Callender Street, Belfast, injuring over 60 people

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 3 60th Men's Australian Open: Ken Rosewall beats Malcolm Anderson (7-6, 6-3, 7-5)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 3 60th Women's Australian Open: Virginia Wade beats Evonne Goolagong (6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Virginia Wade
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Virginia Wade
  • Jan 4 Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London.
  • Jan 5 Largest crowd at Cleveland Arena (Cavs vs Lakers-11,178)
  • Jan 5 NYC transit fare rises from 30 cents to 35 cents
  • Jan 5 US President Nixon signs a bill for NASA to begin research on a manned space shuttle
  • Jan 5 West-Pakistani sheik Mujib ur-Rahman freed
  • Jan 6 US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
  • Jan 6 US male Figure Skating championship won by Kenneth Shelley
  • Jan 6 Vladimir Bukovski is exiled from USSR
  • Jan 7 Iberian Airlines 'plane crashes into 800ft peak on island of Ibiza, 104 die
  • Jan 7 LA Lakers chalk up 33rd consecutive win (NBA record)
  • Jan 7 Lewis F Powell Jr becomes a US Supreme Court Justice
  • Jan 7 William Hubbs Rehnquist sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice
  • Jan 7 LA Lakers 33 straight win streak snapped, losing to Bucks 120-104
  • Jan 8 Dmitri Shostakovitch' 15th Symphony premieres in Moscow
  • Jan 8 NCAA announces freshman can play on teams starting in fall
  • Jan 9 Billionaire Howard Hughes says Clifford Irving's bio is a fake
  • Jan 9 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
  • Jan 9 Retired passenger liner Queen Elizabeth destroyed by fire in Hong Kong harbour
  • Jan 9 British coal miners begin a national strike, the first for half a century
  • Jan 10 Sheik Mujib ur-Rahman arrives in Dacca, East-Pakistan
  • Jan 10 Triple album set "Concert for Bangladesh" released in UK
  • Jan 11 East-Pakistan becomes independent state of Bangladesh
  • Jan 11 Abu Sayeed Chudhury becomes president & sheik Mujib ur-Rahman premier
  • Jan 12 Tigers sign a lease to build a $126M domed stadium (doesn't happen)
  • Jan 13 Former umpire, now housewife Bernice Gera wins her suit against baseball, initiated on March 15, 1971 to be allowed to umpire
  • Jan 13 An army commander stages a bloodless coup in Ghan, while the prime minister is in London
  • Jan 14 "Sanford & Son" starring Redd Foxx premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 14 WMAH TV channel 19 in Biloxi, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 14 WMAU TV channel 17 in Bude, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 14 WMAW TV channel 14 in Meridian, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 14 Margrethe II of Denmark becomes the first Queen of Denmark since 1412

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 15 Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Terry Daniels

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • Jan 16 Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes European all-round lady skating champ
  • Jan 16 Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys-24, Miami-3 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Roger Staubach, Dallas, QB
  • Jan 17 Section of Memphis' Highway 51 South renamed Elvis Presley Blvd
  • Jan 17 Seven men who were held as internees escape from the prison ship HMS Maidstone in Belfast Lough, North Ireland
  • Jan 18 Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Brian Faulkner bans all parades and marches in Northern Ireland until the end of the year
  • Jan 18 The former Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia and his daughter, supporters of black majority rule in the country, are arrested

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 19 Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra, & Early Wynn elected to Hall of Fame

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • Jan 20 Six oil exporting countries conclude meetings with Western oil companies; an agreement is reached to raise the price of crude
  • Jan 20 Number of people out of work and claiming unemployment benefit in UK rises to over 1 million
  • Jan 21 Assam's North East Frontier Agency becomes Arunachal Pradesh terr
  • Jan 21 Belgian government of Eyskens-Cools forms
  • Jan 21 Manipur, Meghalaya & Tripura become separate states of Indian union
  • Jan 21 Mizoram, formerly part of Assam, creates an Indian union territory
  • Jan 21 Tripura becomes a full-fledged state in India.
  • Jan 22 "Emergency" with Robert Fuller premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 22 22nd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 112-110 at LA
  • Jan 22 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 23 Ard Schenk becomes European all-round skating champion
  • Jan 23 Bootlegger sells wood alcohol to wedding party-100 die-New Delhi
  • Jan 23 Entire population of Istanbul under 24 hour house arrest
  • Jan 23 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 26-13
  • Jan 24 WRIP (now WDSI) TV channel 61 in Chattanooga, TN (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 24 Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi is found hiding in a Guam jungle, where he had been since the end of World War II.
  • Jan 25 25th NHL All-Star Game: East beats West 3-2 at Minnesota
  • Jan 25 7' Ohio State center Luke Witte is stomped in face during a brawl in a game with Minnesota
  • Jan 26 Air stewardess Vesna Vulovic survives 10,160m fall without parachute
  • Jan 27 Two Royal Ulster Constabulary officers shot dead by IRA in an attack on their patrol car in the Creggan Road, Derry
  • Jan 27 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 28 Oral Roberts' Eddie Woods grabs 30 rebounds for 2nd consecutive game
  • Jan 28 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 29 5th ABA All-Star Game: East 142 beats West 115 at Louisville
  • Jan 30 Pakistan withdraws from the Commonwealth of Nations
  • Jan 30 '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 31 Aretha Franklin sings at Mahalia Jackson's funeral
  • Jan 31 Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev becomes 11th King of Nepal
  • Jan 31 Military coup ousts civilian government of Ghana
  • Jan 31 US launches HEOS A-2 for interplanetary observations (396/244,998)
  • Jan 31 British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling to House of Commons on '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 1 1st scientific hand-held calculator (HP-35) introduced ($395)
  • Feb 1 Wings release "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" in UK
  • Feb 1 Kuala Lumpur becomes a city by a royal charter granted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
  • Feb 1 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 1 The Ministry of Defence also issues a detailed account of the British Army's version of events during 'Bloody Sunday'
  • Feb 1 1972 NFL Draft: Walt Patulski from University of Notre Dame first pick by Buffalo Bills
  • Feb 2 Lefty Gomez, Ross Youngs & William Harridge selected for Hall of Fame

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 2 Tom Stoppard's "Jumpers" premieres in London

Playwright Tom Stoppard
Playwright
Tom Stoppard
  • Feb 2 Angry demonstrators burn the British Embassy in Dublin to the ground in protest at the shooting dead of 13 people on 'bloody sunday'
  • Feb 3 11th Winter Olympic games opens in Sapporo, Japan (1st in Asia)
  • Feb 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 4 6th round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks ends in Vienna Austria
  • Feb 4 Senator Strom Thurmond suggests John Lennon be deported
  • Feb 5 "Another Puff" by Jerry Reed peaks at #65
  • Feb 5 Bob Douglas is 1st African American elected to Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 5 US airlines begin mandatory inspection of passengers & baggage
  • Feb 5 Two IRA members are killed when a bomb they were planting exploded prematurely
  • Feb 6 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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Feb 6 29th Golden Globes: The French Connection, Gene Hackman, & Jane Fonda win

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda
Actor Gene Hackman
Actor
Gene Hackman
  • Feb 8 Josh Gibson & Buck Leonard selected to Hall of Fame
  • Feb 9 British government declares state of emergency after month-long coal miners' strike
  • Feb 9 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 10 BBC bans "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" by Wings
  • Feb 10 Ras al Khaima joins United Arab Emirates
  • Feb 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 10 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 13 "1776" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 1,217 performances
  • Feb 13 The Musical "Grease" 1st opens on Broadway
  • Feb 13 11th Winter Olympic games close at Sapporo, Japan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 14 John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-host "Mike Douglas Show" for entire week

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Feb 14 Luna 20 (Russia) launched to orbit & soft landing on Moon
  • Feb 14 CBS "Late Movie" premieres
  • Feb 14 Lord Widgery arrives in Coleraine, where the 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972) Tribunal was to be based, and holds a preliminary hearing
  • Feb 15 Bill Torrey becomes 1st Islander General Manager
  • Feb 15 Dimitrios Papadopoulos becomes metropolitan of Imbros/Tenedos
  • Feb 15 Pres Velasco Ibarra of Ecuador deposed for 4th time
  • Feb 15 Sound recordings are granted U.S. federal copyright protection for the first time.
  • Feb 16 German mass murderers "Three of Breda" freed
  • Feb 16 Test Cricket debut of Lawrence Rowe WI v NZ Kingston, 214 & 100

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 16 Wilt Chamberlain hit 30,000 point mark during a game with Phoenix Suns

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Feb 17 British Parliament votes to join European Common Market

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 17 US President Richard Nixon leaves Washington, D.C. for China

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Feb 17 Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle model exceed those of Ford Model T
  • Feb 18 California Supreme Court abolishes death penalty
  • Feb 18 Giulio Andreotti sworn in as premier of Italy for the 1st time
  • Feb 18 John Lennon and Yoko Ono end a week of co-hosting Mike Douglas Show
  • Feb 19 Glenn Turner carries his bat for 223* v WI at Kingston
  • Feb 19 The Asama-Sanso hostage standoff begins in Japan.
  • Feb 20 1st time Cleveland Cavaliers beat NY Knicks (111-109)
  • Feb 20 Ard Schenk wins world championship for speed skating
  • Feb 20 Sicco Mansholt becomes chairman of European Committee
  • Feb 20 14th Daytona 500: A.J. Foyt wins (161.55 MPH)
  • Feb 21 Michael Weller's "Moonchildren" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 21 Richard Nixon becomes 1st US president to visit China
  • Feb 21 The first session of the Widgery Tribunal, investigating the events of 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972), is held in Coleraine, County Derry
  • Feb 22 Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani becomes Emir & Prime Minister of Qatar
  • Feb 22 US President Richard Nixon, meets with Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai in Beijing
  • Feb 22 The Official IRA bombs Aldershot military barracks, the headquarters of the British Parachute Regiment, killing seven people; thought to be in retaliation for Bloody Sunday.
  • Feb 25 Lopsided trade, Cards trade Steve Carlton to Phillies for Rick Wise

Music releaseMusic Single

Feb 25 Paul McCartney releases "Give Ireland back to the Irish" single

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Feb 25 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)
  • Feb 26 Slag heap dam collapses above Buffalo Creek West Virginia, kills 125

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 27 US President Richard Nixon & Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai issued Shanghai Communique

Premier of the People's Republic of China Zhou Enlai
Premier of the People's Republic of China
Zhou Enlai
37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 28 George Harrison is involved in a minor car accident

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 29 Hank Aaron becomes 1st baseball player to sign for $200,000 a year

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Feb 29 Jack Anderson discloses Dita Beard (ITT) memo indicating antitrust charges were dropped for $400,000 contribution to Republican Party
  • Mar 1 Club of Rome publishes report "Boundaries on the Growth"
  • Mar 1 David Rabe's "Sticks & Bones" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 1 KHMA TV channel 11 in Houma, LA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 1 Wilt Chamberlain is 1st NBA player to score 30,000 points
  • Mar 1 Two Catholic teenagers shot dead by the Royal Ulster Constabulary while 'joy riding' in a stolen car in Belfast
  • Mar 2 Jean-B├ędell Bokassa appoints himself pres for life of Cent African Rep
  • Mar 2 NASA launches its Pioneer 10 space probe to Jupiter

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 3 Sculpted figures of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, & Stonewall Jackson are completed at Stone Mountain Georgia

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson
  • Mar 4 Erhard Keller (Germany) skates world record 1000m (1:18.5)
  • Mar 4 Last train run between Penrith to Keswick UK
  • Mar 4 Libya & USSR signs cooperation treaty
  • Mar 4 Abercorn Restaurant bombing: a bomb explodes in a crowded restaurant in Belfast, killing two civilians and wounding 130
  • Mar 5 Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis leaves communist party

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 6 Jack Nicklaus, passes Arnold Palmer as golf's all-time money winner

  • Mar 6 Keswick to Penrith railway officially closes
  • Mar 8 1st airship flown over Britain in 20 years (Europa)
  • Mar 8 1st flight of the Goodyear blimp
  • Mar 9 Players on White Sox vote 31-0 in favor of a strike, if necessary
  • Mar 9 Four members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) die in a premature explosion at a house in Clonard Street, Lower Falls, Belfast
  • Mar 10 1st black US political convention opens (Gary Indiana)
  • Mar 10 Gen Lon Nol becomes pres & prince Sirik Matak premier of Cambodia
  • Mar 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 11 "Inner City" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 97 performances
  • Mar 11 OPEC threatens "appropriate sanctions" against companies that "fail to comply with . . . any action taken by a Member Country in accordance with [OPEC] decisions."
  • Mar 11 19th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Maryland, 73-64
  • Mar 12 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Lady Eve Golf Open

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 12 NHL great Gordie Howe retires after 26 seasons

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe

Music awardsMusic Awards

Mar 13 7th Academy of Country Music Awards: Freddie Hart and Loretta Lynn win

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Singer-songwriter
Loretta Lynn
  • Mar 14 NBA's Cincinnati Royals announce they are moving to KC
  • Mar 14 Two IRA members shot dead by British soldiers in the Bogside area of Derry
  • Mar 15 Danish airliner hit mountain in Sheikdom of Oman killing 112
  • Mar 15 NASA selects 3 part configuration for Space Shuttle

Film release premierFilm Premier

Mar 15 "The Godfather", based on the book by Mario Puzo, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, premieres in NYC (Best Picture 1973)

Actor Al Pacino
Actor
Al Pacino
Actor Marlon Brando
Actor
Marlon Brando
Novelist Mario Puzo
Novelist
Mario Puzo
  • Mar 15 Two British soldiers killed when attempting to defuse a bomb in Belfast; an RUC officer iskilled in an IRA attack in Coalisland, County Tyrone
  • Mar 16 John Lennon and Yoko Ono are served with deportation papers
  • Mar 17 Ringo releases "Back off Bugaloo" in UK
  • Mar 18 AIAW 1st basketball champs, Immaculata beats West Chester State 52-48
  • Mar 18 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Mar 18 Cornell NCAA hockey team shut out for 1st time in 225 games (Boston U)
  • Mar 18 Memphis' Larry Miller sets ABA record of 67 pts in a game
  • Mar 18 Ulster Vanguard hold a rally of 60,000 people in Belfast; William Craig tells the crowd: "if and when the politicians fail us, it may be our job to liquidate the enemy"
  • Mar 19 "To Live Another Summer" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 173 performances
  • Mar 19 Carol Mann wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • Mar 19 India & Bangladesh sign friendship treaty