Historical Events in October 1972

  • Oct 1 "Don't Play Us Cheap" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 164 performances
  • Oct 1 1st games of World Hockey Association
  • Oct 1 2nd NYC Women's Marathon won by Nina Kuscsik in 3:08:41
  • Oct 1 3rd NYC Marathon won by Sheldon Karlin in 2:27:52
  • Oct 1 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Portland Ladies Golf Classic
  • Oct 2 "From Israel with Love" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Oct 2 Aeroflot Il-18 crashes near Black Sea resort of Sochi, kills 105
  • Oct 2 Bill Stoneman of Montreal pitches his 2nd no-hitter, beating Mets, 7-0
  • Oct 2 Danish population votes for membership of the European Common Market
  • Oct 2 Mont Expos Bill Stoneman 2nd no-hitter beats NY Mets, 7-0
  • Oct 2 Ron Johnson becomes 1st NY Giant to score 4 TDs (vs Philadelphia)
  • Oct 3 Indians set a team record for lowest team batting avg .234
  • Oct 3 Spaceflight 71-2 launched; 1st flexible substrate photovoltaic flown
  • Oct 3 Steve Carlton wins 27th game for Phillies (almost ½ of their 59 wins)
  • Oct 3 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Oct 3 Balt Roric Harrison is last AL pitcher to homer until interleague play 25 years later

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Oct 4 Ted Williams manages his final game as Rangers lose to Royals, 4-0

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Oct 5 Herbert Mullin 1st kills, claiming it was to prevent earthquakes
  • Oct 6 22-car train carrying 2,000 pilgrims derails, kills 208 in Mexico
  • Oct 6 Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Jack Lynch closes the Sinn Féin office in Dublin
  • Oct 7 1st season game at Nassau Coliseum, Flames-3, Islanders-2
  • Oct 8 "From Israel with Love" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Oct 8 Harold Carmichael begins NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions
  • Oct 8 In Game 2 of ALCS, A's Bert Campaneris fires his bat at Det pitcher
  • Oct 8 Lerrin LaGrow Campy, who had been hit by a pitch, is fined & suspended
  • Oct 8 23rd Formula One WDC: Emerson Fittipaldi wins by 16 points
  • Oct 9 "Dude" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Oct 10 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Heritage Village Golf Open
  • Oct 10 3 members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) die in a premature explosion in a house in Balkan Street, Lower Falls, Belfast
  • Oct 11 Panama adopts constitution
  • Oct 11 Prison uprising at Washington, D.C. jail
  • Oct 11 MLB National League Championship: Cincinnati Reds beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 12 "Hurry, Harry" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 2 performances
  • Oct 12 46 sailors injured in race riot on American aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk
  • Oct 12 Billy Harris failed in 1st Islander penalty shot
  • Oct 12 Mariner 9 takes pictures of Martian north pole
  • Oct 12 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Detroit Tigers, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 13 "Hurry, Harry" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 2 performances
  • Oct 13 Aeroflot Il-62 crashes in large pond outside Moscow, 176 die
  • Oct 13 Commish Bowie Kuhn allows Bert Campaneris to play in World Series
  • Oct 13 Uruguay to Chile plane crashes in Andes Mountains, (passengers eat crash victims to survive, 16 of 45 rescued 2 months later)
  • Oct 14 Oakland A Gene Tenace is 1st to homer in 1st 2 World Series at bats
  • Oct 14 North Irish Loyalist paramilitaries raid Headquarters of the 10 Ulster Defence Regiment in Belfast and stole rifles and ammunition
  • Oct 15 61st Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Bucharest (3-2)
  • Oct 15 Omni in Atlanta opens - Hawks beat NY Knicks 109-101
  • Oct 16 "Pacific Paradise" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Oct 16 Creedence Clearwater Revival breaks up
  • Oct 16 2 members of the Offical Irish Republican Army are shot dead by the British Army in County Tyrone
  • Oct 16 A Protestant youth member (15) of the Ulster Defence Association, and a UDA member (26) are run over by British Army vehicles during riots in east Belfast
  • Oct 17 1st time Islanders shut-out-5-0 vs Penguins
  • Oct 17 Bob Randall's "6 Rooms Riv Vu," premieres in NYC
  • Oct 17 Chuck Berry's "My Ding-a-ling," is #1
  • Oct 17 The Ulster Defence Association open fire on the British Army in several areas of Belfast
  • Oct 19 "Mother Earth" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Oct 19 Ulster Vanguard leader William Craig speaks at a meeting of right-wing Members of Parliament at Westminster: "We are prepared to come out and shoot and kill"
  • Oct 20 Queen Juliana visits Yugoslavia

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Oct 20 John Betjeman is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Oct 21 "Dude" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Oct 21 "Man of La Mancha" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 140 performances
  • Oct 21 "Pacific Paradise" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Oct 22 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA GAC Golf Classic
  • Oct 22 Oakland A's 1st championship; beat Reds, 4 games to 3 in World Series
  • Oct 23 "Pippin" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 1944 performances
  • Oct 23 Access credit cards introduced in Great Britain
  • Oct 23 WNJS TV channel 23 in Camden, NJ (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 23 Loyalist paramilitaries carry out raid on an Ulster Defence Regiment
  • Oct 24 2 Catholic men are found dead at a farm at Aughinahinch, near Newtownbbutler, County Fermanagh - British soldiers carry out the killings
  • Oct 25 Eddy Merckx (Belgium) covers 30 miles, 1,258 yards in 1 hr
  • Oct 25 Nobel prize for economy awarded to Kenneth J Arrow & John R Hicks
  • Oct 26 Guided tours of Alcatraz (by Park Service) begin

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Oct 26 Henry Kissinger declares "Peace is at hand" in Vietnam

Politician, statesman Henry Kissinger
Politician, statesman
Henry Kissinger
  • Oct 27 Golden Gate National Recreation Area created
  • Oct 27 OPEC approves plan providing for 25 percent government ownership of all Western oil interests operating within Kuwait, Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia
  • Oct 28 "Mother Earth" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Oct 29 Don Cockroft of Cleveland Browns kicks 57-yard field goal
  • Oct 29 Jo Ann Prentice wins LPGA Corpus Christi Civitan Golf Open
  • Oct 30 Worst US rail accident in 14 years; 45 die in Chicago,Illinois
  • Oct 30 The Northern Ireland Office issues a discussion document 'The Future of Northern Ireland'; the paper states Britain's commitment to the union as long as the majority of people wish to remain part of the United Kingdom
  • Oct 30 Loyalist paramilitaries carry out a raid on Royal Ulster Constabulary station in County Derry, and steal 4 British Army Sterling sub-machine Guns
  • Oct 31 Gaylord Perry wins AL Cy Young award
  • Oct 31 2 Catholic children (6 and 4) playing on the street are killed in a Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF) car bomb attack on a bar in Ship Street, Belfast