Historical Events in 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 performances
  • 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 performances
  • 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

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 3rd 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 3rd 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 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
  • 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
  • Jan 14th Margrethe II of Denmark becomes the first Queen of Denmark since 1412

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 15th Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Terry Daniels

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 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

Hall of fameHall of Fame

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

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • Jan 20th Six oil exporting countries conclude meetings with Western oil companies; an agreement is reached to raise the price of crude
  • Jan 20th Number of people out of work and claiming unemployment benefit 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 Pakistan withdraws from the Commonwealth of Nations
  • 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 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Playwright Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard
  • 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

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

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

Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
Actor Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
  • Feb 8th Josh Gibson & Buck Leonard selected to Hall of Fame
  • Feb 9th British government declares state of emergency after month-long coal 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 14th 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 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • 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 for the 1st time
  • Feb 18th John Lennon and Yoko Ono 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
  • 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 US President Richard Nixon, meets with Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai in Beijing
  • Feb 22nd 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 25th Lopsided trade, Cards trade Steve Carlton to Phillies for Rick Wise

Music releaseMusic Single

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

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • 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)
  • Feb 26th Slag heap dam collapses above Buffalo Creek West Virginia, kills 125

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 27th 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 28th George Harrison is involved in a minor car accident

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 3rd 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 4th Erhard Keller (Germany) skates world record 1000m (1:18.5)
  • Mar 4th Last train run between Penrith to Keswick UK
  • Mar 4th Libya & USSR signs cooperation treaty
  • Mar 4th Abercorn Restaurant bombing: a bomb explodes in a crowded restaurant in Belfast, killing two civilians and wounding 130
  • Mar 5th Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis leaves communist party

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 12th NHL great Gordie Howe retires after 26 seasons

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • Mar 13th 7th Academy of Country Music Awards: Freddie Hart and Loretta Lynn win
  • Mar 14th NBA's Cincinnati Royals announce they are moving to KC
  • Mar 14th Two IRA members shot dead by British soldiers in the Bogside area of Derry
  • Mar 15th Danish airliner hit mountain in Sheikdom of Oman killing 112
  • Mar 15th NASA selects 3 part configuration for Space Shuttle

Film release premierFilm Premier

Mar 15th "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
Al Pacino
Actor Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
Novelist Mario Puzo
Mario Puzo
  • Mar 15th 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 16th John Lennon and Yoko Ono are served with deportation papers
  • Mar 17th Ringo releases "Back off Bugaloo" in UK
  • Mar 18th AIAW 1st basketball champs, Immaculata beats West Chester State 52-48
  • Mar 18th China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Mar 18th Cornell NCAA hockey team shut out for 1st time in 225 games (Boston U)
  • Mar 18th Memphis' Larry Miller sets ABA record of 67 pts in a game
  • Mar 18th 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 19th "To Live Another Summer" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 173 performances
  • Mar 19th Carol Mann wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • Mar 19th India & Bangladesh sign friendship treaty