August 1972 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 1 1st article exposing Wategate scandal (Bernstein-Woodward)
  • 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 Uganda president Idi Amin throws out all 80,000 Asians
  • 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 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 Last American combat ground troops leave Vietnam
  • 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
  • Aug 16 Morocco King Hassan II's B727 shot during failed coup attempt by General Mohamed Oufkir. Reportedly, King Hassan grabbed the radio and told the rebel pilots "Stop firing! The tyrant is dead!", fooling pilots to break off 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 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 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 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
  • 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 US bombs Haiphong, North Vietnam
  • Aug 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 10 Julann Vadnais, Miss Maine USA (1996)
  • Aug 12 Takanohana, Sumo yokozuna
  • Aug 13 Kevin Plank, American entrepreneur (Under Armour)
  • Aug 14 Jay Manuel, Canadian make-up artist
  • Aug 18 Shaun Wilson, Australian artist

Deaths in History

  • Aug 2 Paul Goodman, US social critic/writer, dies at 60
  • Aug 2 Helen Hoyt, American poet (b. 1887)
  • Aug 5 Harry Hylton-Foster, Speaker of the British House of Commons (b. 1905)
  • Aug 9 Bill Berns, commentator (Television Screen Magazine), dies at 53
  • Aug 11 Max Theiler, South African and American virologist who developed vaccine for Yellow Fever (Nobel Prize 1951), dies at 73
  • Aug 11 Rose Schneiderman, American socialist, feminist, trade union leader and secretary of labor for New York State (1937-44), dies at 90
  • Aug 14 Jules Romains, French novelist (Death of Nobody), dies at 86
  • Aug 17 Raymond Brulez, Flemish author (Schoone slaapster), dies at 76
  • Aug 17 Wampilow, writer, dies
  • Aug 26 Jacques Gans, Dutch author/journalist, dies at 63
  • Aug 28 William HAF, Engl prince/grandson of George V, dies in accident at 29