August 16, 1972 in History

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Events in History

  • 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.
  • Philip Potter appointed sect-gen of World council of Churches
  • USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR