Historical Events in 1972 (Part 2)

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  • Mar 19 LA Lakers beat Golden State Warriors, 162-99, by then record 63 pts
  • Mar 20 19 mountain climbers killed on Japan's Mount Fuji during an avalanche
  • Mar 20 S Mansholt succeeds Malfatti as chairman of European Committee
  • Mar 20 Donegall Street bombing: the Provisional Irish Republican Army detonate its first car bomb on Donegall Street in Belfast; four civilians, two RUC officers and a UDR soldier killed while 148 people were wounded
  • Mar 21 US Supreme Court rules states can't require 1-yr residency to vote
  • Mar 22 "Selling of the President" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Mar 22 Congress approves Equal Rights Amendment (never ratified)

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Mar 22 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar named NBA MVP

  • Mar 22 Nick Mileti purchases Cleve Indians for $9 million
  • Mar 22 Yankees trade Danny Cater to the Red Sox for Sparky Lyle
  • Mar 22 In Eisenstadt v. Baird the US Supreme Court rules unmarried people have same right to contraception as married people.

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Mar 23 Evel Knievel breaks 93 bones after successfully clearing 35 cars

Motorcycle Daredevil Evel Knievel
Motorcycle Daredevil
Evel Knievel
  • Mar 23 NY Yanks agree to continue playing ball in the Bronx
  • Mar 24 Great Britain imposes direct rule over Northern Ireland
  • Mar 25 "Selling of the President" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Mar 25 34th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Florida 81-76
  • Mar 25 America's LP "America" goes #1

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Mar 25 Bobby Hull becomes the 2nd NHLer to score 600 goals

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull
  • Mar 25 UCLA wins its 6th consecutive national basketball title
  • Mar 25 17th Eurovision Song Contest: Vicky Leandros for Luxembourg wins singing "Apres toi" in Edinburgh
  • Mar 26 "Only Fools Are Sad" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 144 performances
  • Mar 26 Betsy Cullen wins LPGA Sears Women's World Golf Classic
  • Mar 26 LA Lakers broke NBA record by winning 69 of 82 games (69-13)
  • Mar 26 William Whitelaw appointed as the first Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
  • Mar 27 Adolph Rupp retires after 42 years of coaching U of Kentucky
  • Mar 27 Venera 8 launched to Venus
  • Mar 27 Ulster Vanguard organise industrial strike against the imposition of direct rule on Northern Ireland by Westminster
  • Mar 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR

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Mar 28 Wilt Chamberlain plays his last pro basketball game

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Mar 30 "Funny Thing Happened..." opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 156 performances
  • Mar 30 North Vietnamese troops enter South Vietnam
  • Mar 30 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 30 Northern Ireland's Government and Parliament dissolved by the British Government and 'direct rule' from Westminster is introduced
  • Mar 31 Official Beatles Fan Club closes down

CommunicationBlack Tot Day

Mar 31 Final day of the rum ration in the Royal Canadian Navy

  • Apr 1 30,000 attend Mar Y Sol rock concert, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
  • Apr 1 Major league baseball players stages 1st collective strike

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 2 44th Academy Awards: "The French Connection", Gene Hackman & Jane Fonda win

Actress Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
Actor Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman

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Apr 2 Isreali Prime Minister Menachem Begin visits Cairo

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin

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Apr 2 Tennessee Williams' "Small Craft Warnings" premieres in NYC

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams
  • Apr 4 1st electric power plant fueled by garbage begins operating
  • Apr 5 Baseball season is delayed due to a strike
  • Apr 5 Mets trade Ken Singleton to Expos for Rusty Staub
  • Apr 6 Egypt drops diplomatic relations with Jordan
  • Apr 6 The Scarman Tribunal Report, an inquiry into the causes of violence during the summer of 1969 in N Ireland, is published, finding that the Royal Ulster Constabulary had been seriously at fault
  • Apr 7 Three members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) die in a premature bomb explosion in Belfast
  • Apr 8 Alvin Kallicharran scores 100* in his 1st Test Cricket innings v NZ
  • Apr 8 126th Grand National: Graham Thorner aboard Well To Do wins
  • Apr 9 "Sugar" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 506 performances

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 9 36th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 286

  • Apr 9 Glenn Turner (259) & Terry Jarvis make 387 opening cricket stand v WI
  • Apr 9 USSR & Iraq sign friendship treaty
  • Apr 10 7.0 earthquake kills 1/5 of population of Iranian province of Fars
  • Apr 10 US, USSR & 70 other nations agree to ban biological weapons
  • Apr 10 20 days after he was kidnapped in Buenos Aires, Oberdan Sallustro is executed by communist guerrillas.
  • Apr 10 Two British soldiers are killed in a bomb attack in Derry
  • Apr 11 Benjamin L Hooks, named to FCC
  • Apr 11 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Apr 13 1st baseball players' strike ends after 13 days
  • Apr 14 "That's Entertainment" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 4 performances
  • Apr 14 The Provisional Irish Republican Army explodes twenty-four bombs in towns and cities across Northern Ireland

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Apr 15 Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Carole King & Quincy Jones perform at a benefit for George McGovern for President

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr
  • Apr 15 A member of the Official Irish Republican Army is shot dead by British soldiers at Joy Street in the Markets area of Belfast close to his home
  • Apr 15 A member of the British Army is shot dead by the Official IRA in the Divis area of Belfast.
  • Apr 16 "That's Entertainment" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Apr 16 1st Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Jane Blalock
  • Apr 16 Two giant pandas arrive in US from China
  • Apr 16 Apollo 16 launched; 5th manned lunar landing (Decartes Highlands)
  • Apr 16 Chicago Cub Burt Hooton no-hits Phillies, 1-0
  • Apr 16 Two British soldiers are shot dead by the Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA) in separate incidents in Derry
  • Apr 17 76th Boston Marathon: Olavi Suomalainen of Finland 1st man in 2:15:39 and Nina Kuscsik of United States 1st woman in 3:10:26
  • Apr 17 Revised Dutch constitution proclaimed
  • Apr 17 Kiteman attempting to throw out 1st ball in Phillie Vet crashes into centerfield seats
  • Apr 18 "Lost in the Stars" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 39 performances
  • Apr 18 The Widgery Report on 'Bloody Sunday' in Northern Ireland is published, causing outrage among the people of Derry who call it the "Widgery Whitewash"
  • Apr 19 "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" opens at Playhouse NYC for 1,065 performances
  • Apr 19 Bangladesh becomes a member of British Commonwealth
  • Apr 19 Hungary revises its constitution to declare itself a socialist state
  • Apr 19 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 19 British Prime Ministe rEdward Heath confirms that a plan to conduct an arrest operation, in the event of a riot during the march on 30 January 1972, was known to British government Ministers in advance
  • Apr 20 Apollo 16's Young & Duke land on Moon with Boeing Lunar Rover #2
  • Apr 20 Kallicharran scores his 2nd Test century in his 2nd Test Cricket
  • Apr 21 John Young & Charles Duke explores Moon (Apollo 16)
  • Apr 21 Orbiting Astronomical Observatory 4 (Copernicus) launched
  • Apr 22 Apollo astronauts John Young & Charles Duke ride on Moon
  • Apr 22 An 11-year-old boy killed by a rubber bullet fired by the British Army in Belfast; he was the first to die from a rubber bullet impact
  • Apr 23 26th Tony Awards: Sticks & Bones & 2 Gentlemen of Verona win
  • Apr 23 Apollo 16 astronauts explores Moon surface
  • Apr 23 Betty Burfeind wins LPGA Birmingham Centennital Golf Classic
  • Apr 23 The Sunday Times Insight Team publish their account of the events of 'Bloody Sunday'
  • Apr 25 Hans-Werner Grosse glides 907.7 miles (1,461 km) in an AS-W-12
  • Apr 27 Apollo 16 returns to Earth
  • Apr 27 NYC Mayor John Lindsey appeals that John Lennon not be deported
  • Apr 28 Courts award 1968 Kentucky Derby prize money to 2nd place winner due to the winner being given drugs before the race
  • Apr 30 "Arthur Godfrey Time" ends a 27 year run on radio
  • Apr 30 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Alamo Ladies Golf Open
  • May 1 "Different Times" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • May 1 North Vietnamese troops occupy Quang Tri Activities Committee
  • May 1 Pulitzer prize awarded to Wallace Stegner (Angle of Repose)
  • May 1 Radio's Mutual Black Network premieres
  • May 2 Electrical fire in Sunshine Silver mine. 126 die (Kellogg, Idaho)
  • May 2 Lt General Vernon A Walters, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • May 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 4 Vietcong forms revolutionary government in Quang Tri, South Vietnam
  • May 4 The Don't Make A Wave Committee, a fledgling environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to "Greenpeace Foundation".
  • May 5 Alitalia DC-8 crashes west of Palermo Sicily; killing 115
  • May 6 98th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:01.8
  • May 6 Deniz Gezmiş, Yusuf Aslan and Hüseyin İnan are executed in Ankara for attempting to overthrow the Constitutional order.
  • May 7 26th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 1
  • May 7 Betty Burfeindt wins Sealy LPGA Golf Classic
  • May 8 Sabena aircraft at Lod International Airport, Tel Aviv, captured by Palestinians
  • May 10 Overloaded South Korean bus plunges into reservoir, killing 77
  • May 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 10 An Irish Republican Army bomb starts a fire that destroys the Belfast Co-operative store

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May 11 Giants trade Willie Mays to Mets for pitcher Charlie Williams & cash

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • May 11 John Lennon says his phone is tapped by FBI on Dick Cavett Show
  • May 11 Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins beat NY Rangers, 4 games to 2
  • May 11 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 12 Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (completed 5/13)

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May 12 Paul McCartney & Wings release "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • May 13 115 die in nightclub atop 7-story Sennichi dept store (Osaka Japan)
  • May 13 Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (started 5/12)
  • May 13 Battle at Springmartin: following a loyalist car bombing of a Catholic-owned pub in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast, clashes erupte between the PIRA, UVF and British Army
  • May 14 24th Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Carrol O'Conner & Jean Stapleton win
  • May 14 In Willie Mays 1st game as a NY Met his homer beats SF Giants, 5-4
  • May 14 14th Grammy Awards: It's Too Late, Carly Simon wins
  • May 14 A 13 year old Catholic girl is shot dead by Loyalist paramilitaries in Ballymurphy, Belfast

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May 15 Assassination attempt on US Governor George Wallace of Alabama by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, Md

Politician and Segregationist George Wallace
Politician and Segregationist
George Wallace
  • May 15 "Hard Job Being God" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 6 performances
  • May 15 Bus plunges into Nile River killing 50 pilgrims. (Minia Egypt)
  • May 15 Ryukyu Is & Daito Is returned to Japan after 27 yrs of US control
  • May 15 The island of Okinawa, under U.S. military governance since its conquest in 1945, reverts to Japanese control.
  • May 16 "Don't Play Us Cheap" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 164 performances
  • May 16 Greg Luzinski's 500' HR hits Liberty Bell monument in Philadelphia Vet
  • May 16 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Suzuki Golf Internationale
  • May 17 Netherlands & China PR exchange ambassadors
  • May 17 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) fires on workers leaving the Mackies engineering works in west Belfast (Although the factory was sited in a Catholic area it had an almost entirely Protestant workforce)
  • May 18 "Me & The Chimp" last airs on CBS-TV
  • May 18 John Sebastian makes 63 consecutive free throws while blindfolded
  • May 19 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 19 WMAV TV channel 18 in Oxford, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 19 25th Cannes Film Festival: "The Working Class Goes to Heaven" directed by Elio Petri and "The Mattei Affair" directed by Francesco Rosi jointly awarded the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film
  • May 20 "Different Times" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 24 performances
  • May 20 "Hard Job Being God" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • May 20 5th ABA Championship: Indiana Pacers beat NY Nets, 4 games to 2
  • May 20 97th Preakness: Eldon Nelson aboard Bee Bee Bee wins in 1:55.6
  • May 20 Cameroon adopts its constitution
  • May 20 Republic of Cameroon declared as constitution is ratified
  • May 21 "Heathen!" opens & closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 1 performance
  • May 21 "Lost in the Stars" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 39 performances
  • May 21 Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational

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May 21 Michelangelo's Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome is damaged by a vandal.

Painter Michelangelo
  • May 21 The Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA) kidnaps and shoots dead William Best (19), a soldier in the Royal Irish Rangers stationed in Germany whilst on leave at home
  • May 22 Ceylon becomes Republic of Sri Lanka as its constitution is ratified
  • May 22 Ton Sijbrands becomes world checkers champion
  • May 22 US president Nixon begins visit to Moscow
  • May 22 Over 400 women in Derry attack the offices of Official Sinn Féin in Derry, North Ireland, following the shooting of William Best by the Official Irish Republican Army
  • May 24 Glasgow Rangers of Scotland win 12th European Cup Winner's Cup against Dynamo Moscow 3-2 of the Soviet Union 3-2 in Barcelona
  • May 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 25 Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Ron Stander

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • May 25 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 26 Joe Frazier TKOs Ron Stander in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

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May 26 US President Richard Nixon & Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev sign SALT accord

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • May 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 26 The British state-owned travel firm Thomas Cook & Son is sold to a consortium of private businesses headed by the Midland Bank.
  • May 26 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) plant a bomb in Oxford Street, Belfast, killing a 64 year old woman
  • May 26 In the Republic of Ireland, the Special Criminal Court is re-instituted to deal with crimes arising out of the Northern Ireland conflict; as part of the measures trial by jury is suspended.
  • May 27 "Applause" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 900 performances
  • May 27 Jimmy Castor Bunch's "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" hits #6
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Mark Donohue wins in 3:04:23.851 (262.262 km/h)
  • May 28 White House "plumbers" break into the Democratic National Headquarters at Watergate in Washington D.C.
  • May 28 Four Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers and four civilians killed when a bomb they were preparing exploded prematurely at a house in Belfast
  • May 29 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • May 29 The Official IRA announce a ceasefire
  • May 30 3 Jap PFL terrorists kills 24, wound 72 at Tel Aviv's Lod Intl airport
  • May 30 The Angry Brigade goes on trial over a series of 25 bombings throughout Britain.
  • May 31 16th European Cup: Ajax beats Internazionale 2-0 at Rotterdam
  • 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

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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