Historical Events in August 1972

  • 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