Historical Events in June 1972

  • Jun 1 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 15th Symphony, Dutch premieres in West Berlin
  • Jun 1 Tswanaland becomes Bophuthatswana in South Africa
  • Jun 1 West German police arrest Red Army Faction leader Andreas Baader
  • Jun 1 Iraq nationalizes Iraq Petroleum Company's (IPC) concession owned by British Petroleum, Royal Dutch-Shell, Compagnie Francaise des Petroles, Mobil and Standard Oil of New Jersey
  • Jun 2 Two British soldiers die in an IRA land mine attack near Rosslea, County Fermanagh
  • Jun 3 "Hot Rod Lincoln" by Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen hits #9
  • Jun 3 1st female US rabbi installed, Sally J Priesand at 25
  • Jun 3 Yanks score 8 times in 13th beating White Sox 18-10
  • Jun 4 Angela Davis, black activist, acquitted of killing a white guard
  • Jun 4 Carol Mann wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • Jun 4 Record 8 shutouts pitched in 16 major league games (AL=5, NL=3)
  • Jun 4 71st Men's French Open: Andres Gimeno beats Patrick Proisy (4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 4 71st Women's French Open: Billie Jean King beats Evonne Goolagong (6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Jun 5 "If You Had Wings" opens
  • Jun 5 UN Conference on Human Environment opens in Stockholm
  • Jun 5 Yugoslav president Josip Tito visits USSR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 6 David Bowie releases "Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust"

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie
  • Jun 6 Explosion at world's largest coal mine kills 427 (Wankie, Rhodesia)
  • Jun 6 Gold hits record $60 an ounce in London
  • Jun 6 US bombs Haiphong, North-Vietnam; 1000s killed
  • Jun 7 Musical "Grease" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 3,388 performances
  • Jun 7 German Chancellor Willy Brandt visits Israel
  • Jun 7 Hsan Hua, Zen teacher, conducted 1st ordination ceremony in America
  • Jun 7 Pirate's Gene Alley bases-loaded walk, beats Padres 1-0 in 18th
  • Jun 8 Padres draft Dave Roberts #1, Indians draft Rick Manning #2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 8 Test Cricket debut of Tony Greig, v Australia at Old Trafford (57/62)

Cricketer and Commentator Tony Greig
Cricketer and Commentator
Tony Greig
  • Jun 9 14" of rain in 6 hrs burst Rapid City SD dam, drowns 237
  • Jun 9 Bruce Springsteen signs a record deal with Columbia
  • Jun 9 In a show of support for Iraq, OPEC moves to prevent companies whose interests were nationalized in Iraq from increasing production elsewhere
  • Jun 10 104th Belmont: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:28

Music releaseMusic Recording

Jun 10 Elvis Presley records a live album at NYC's Madison Square Garden

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 10 Hank Aaron's grandslammer (14) ties him for NL lead with Gil Hodges & moves him ahead of Willie Mays as #2 HR hitter (649)

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Jun 11 18th LPGA Championship won by Kathy Ahern
  • Jun 11 31°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in June
  • Jun 11 KPAT-AM in Berkeley CA returns from KRE
  • Jun 11 Gun battle between Loyalist and Republican paramilitaries break out in the Oldpark area of Belfast
  • Jun 12 John Lennon's political "Sometime in NYC" released including "Woman is the Nigger of the World" "Attica State" & "Luck of the Irish"
  • Jun 13 The Irish Republican Army invites Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Whitelaw to 'Free Derry'; Whitelaw rejects offer and reaffirms his policy to not "let part of the United Kingdom ... default from the rule of law"
  • Jun 14 Tropical storm (later hurricane) Agnes forms over Yucatán Peninsula
  • Jun 14 Members of the NI Social Democratic and Labour Party hold a meeting with representatives of the Irish Republican Army in Derry; the IRA representatives outline their conditions for talks with the British Government
  • Jun 15 Rock fall inside Vierzy Tunnel (France) causes 2 train crash; 107 die
  • Jun 15 West German police arrested RAF leader Ulrike Meinhof
  • Jun 15 The Social Democratic and Labour Party meet Secretary of State for Northern Ireland W Whitelaw, to present the IRA's conditions for a meeting
  • Jun 16 The largest single-site hydro-electric power project in Canada starts at Churchill Falls, Labrador.
  • Jun 17 "Long Haired Lover From Liverpool" by Little Jimmy Osmond peaks at #38
  • Jun 17 Chile president Allende forms new government
  • Jun 17 Looking Glass releases "Brandy"
  • Jun 17 Five men arrested after trying to bug Democratic National Committee office in Watergate Complex, Washington
  • Jun 17 9 firefighters are killed in the Hotel Vendome fire in Boston

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 18 72nd US Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 290 at Pebble Beach Calif

  • Jun 18 BEA Trident crashes after takeoff from Heathrow killing 118
  • Jun 18 US Supreme Court, 5-3, confirms lower court rulings in Curt Flood case, upholding baseball's exemption from antitrust laws
  • Jun 18 3 members of the British Army are killed by an Irish Republican Army (IRA) bomb in a derelict house near Lurgan, County Down
  • Jun 18 UEFA European Championship: West Germany defeat Soviet Union 3-0 in Brussels
  • Jun 19 -29] Tropical storm Agnes upgraded to a hurricane, makes landfall in Panama City (would kill 128)
  • Jun 19 Hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers face flight delays and cancellations after pilots threaten to strike over hijack fears
  • Jun 19 A Catholic civilian is shot dead by the Provisional Irish Republican Army in the Cracked Cup Social Club, Belfast
  • Jun 19 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland William Whitelaw concedes 'special category' status, or 'political status' for paramilitary prisoners in Northern Ireland
  • Jun 20 Secret Meeting Between IRA and British Officials held
  • Jun 22 "Man of La Mancha" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 140 performances
  • Jun 22 The Irish Republican Army announce that it would call a ceasefire from 26 June 1972 provided that there is a "reciprocal response" from the security forces
  • Jun 23 Hurricane Agnes becomes US's costliest natural disaster, effecting 15 states, with 119 deaths, $3 billion damage
  • Jun 23 US President Nixon & his Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman agree to use CIA to cover up Watergate
  • Jun 23 US President Nixon signs act barring sex discrimination in college sports
  • Jun 23 45 countries leave the Sterling Area, allowing their currencies to fluctuate independently of the British Pound.
  • Jun 23 22nd Berlin International Film Festival: "The Canterbury Tales" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jun 24 "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" by Jimmy Castor Bunch peaks at #6
  • Jun 24 Wake Island becomes unincorporated territory of US (US Air Force)
  • Jun 24 Yvonne Braitwaite Burke becomes 1st black chair of a Democratic convention
  • Jun 24 Danie Malan, South African athlete, sets a new world record in the 1000m event in Munich
  • Jun 24 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) kill 3 British Army soldiers in a land mine attack near Dungiven, County Derry
  • Jun 25 Bernice Gera becomes 1st female umpire in pro baseball
  • Jun 26 Bob Massie takes 16 wickets (8-84 & 8-53) on Test cricket debut v Eng
  • Jun 26 IRA proclaims resistant in North-Ireland
  • Jun 26 The Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) begin a "bi-lateral truce" as at midnight
  • Jun 26 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) kill two British Army soldiers in separate attacks during the day
  • Jun 29 Supreme Court rules (5-4) that death penalty is cruel & unusual
  • Jun 29 USSR launches Prognoz 2 into earth orbit (549/200,000 km)
  • Jun 30 One leap second is added to the UTC time system; also 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985
  • Jun 30 Cincinnati Reds are 11 games back in NL, & go on to win pennant
  • Jun 30 Ulster Defence Association (UDA) begin to organise its own 'no-go' areas (this is a response to the continuation of Republican 'no-go' areas and fears about concessions to the IRA)