December 1972 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 2 people killed and 127 injured when 2 car bombs explode in the centre of Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • Dec 2 "December Giant" largest sinkhole in US collapses (Alabama)
  • Dec 2 In 1 of their worst trades Yanks get Rich McKinney for Stan Bahnsen
  • Dec 3 Convair 990A charter crashes in Tenerife Canary Island, 155 die
  • Dec 5 Australia Labour party wins parliamentary election
  • Dec 5 Joseph A Walker's "River Niger" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 7 Apollo 17 (US), final manned lunar landing mission, launched

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Dec 7 Philippine's first lady Imelda Marcos stabbed & wounded by an assailant

First Lady and Politican Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politican
Imelda Marcos
  • Dec 8 United Airlines crashes at Chicago's Midway Airport killing 45
  • Dec 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 11 Astronauts Cernan & Harrison become 11th & 12th people on the Moon
  • Dec 11 Jets' Don Maynard becomes all time pro reception leader (632)
  • Dec 14 Eugene Cernan & Harrison Schmitt leave the Moon

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 14 Willy Brandt re-elected West German chancellor

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt
  • Dec 16 Bangladesh Constitution goes into effect
  • Dec 17 New line of control agreed to in Kashmir between India & Pakistan
  • Dec 19 Apollo 17 (last of Apollo Moon landing series) returns to Earth

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Dec 20 Neil Simons "Sunshine Boys" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Dec 20 Five civilians (four Catholics, one Protestant) killed in gun attack on the Top of the Hill Bar in Derry, North Ireland
  • Dec 21 Soviet Union signs a separate peace with East Germany
  • Dec 22 6.25 earthquake strikes Managua Nicaragua, 12,000+ killed
  • Dec 23 16 plane crash survivors rescued after 70d, survived by cannabalism
  • Dec 23 6.25 Earthquake destroys central Managua Nicaragua, 10,000 die
  • Dec 23 Chandrasekhar takes 8-79 India v England at Delhi
  • Dec 27 Belgium recognizes German DR
  • Dec 27 New North Korean constitution comes into effect
  • Dec 28 Kim Il-song, becomes president of North Korea

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Dec 28 Martin Bormanns skeleton found in Berlin (Hitlers deputy)

Nazi leader Martin Bormann
Nazi leader
Martin Bormann
  • Dec 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 28 2 people are killed in a Loyalist bomb attack on the village of Belturbet, County Cavan, Republic of Ireland
  • Dec 29 Eastern Tristar Jumbo Jet crashes near Everglades killing 101
  • Dec 29 Life magazine ceases publication
  • Dec 29 President of Sinn Féin Ruairi O Bradaigh is arrested and held under new legislation in Republic of Ireland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 30 US President Richard Nixon halts bombing of North Vietnam & announces peace talks

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Dec 31 Leap second day; also in 1973-79, 1987
  • Dec 31 Martin McGuinness is arrested and held under the new Republic of Ireland legislation

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 1 Norbert Wójtowicz, Polish historian and theologian
  • Dec 7 Hermann Maier, Austrian skier
  • Dec 8 Frank Shamrock, American mixed martial artist
  • Dec 11 Dana Macsim, Romanian television news reporter
  • Dec 12 Kara Williams, Miss Texas USA (1996)
  • Dec 12 Brandon Teena, American hate crime victim (d. 1993)
  • Dec 18 Trevor Chowning, American Pop Artist
  • Dec 18 DJ Lethal, Latvian-born American DJ (House of Pain, Limp Bizkit)
  • Dec 26 Robert Muchamore, English children's author
  • Dec 29 Jessica Lee McMinn, Miss North Carolina USA (1996)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 1 Antonio Segni, Italian PM/pres (1955-57, 59-60, 62-64), dies at 81
  • Dec 2 Friedrich Christian Christiansen, German Luftwaffe general, dies
  • Dec 7 Adrian J Zoetmulder, author (God's Hour), dies at 91
  • Dec 8 George Collins, (Rep-Ill), dies at 47, in airplane crash
  • Dec 9 Louella Parsons, American gossip columnist (b. 1881)
  • Dec 10 Mark A Van Doren, US literary (Our Lady Peace), dies at 78
  • Dec 11 Semjon I Kirsanov, Ukrainian poet (Zolushka), dies at 66
  • Dec 21 Horace Mann Bond, president of Lincoln University (Pa), dies at 70
  • Dec 23 Andrej N Tupolev, Russian aircraft builder, dies at 84
  • Dec 23 Charles Atlas, [Angelo Siciliano], body builder, dies at 79
  • Dec 23 Abraham Joshua Heschel, Polish-born Jewish American rabbi and theologian dies in New York aged 65
  • Dec 24 Charles Atlas, bodybuilder, dies at 79
  • Dec 24 Ernst Kreuder, German writer (The Attic Pretenders), dies at 69

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Dec 26 Harry Truman, 33rd US President (1945-53), dies in KC Mo at 88

33rd US President Harry Truman
33rd US President
Harry Truman

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Dec 27 Lester B. Pearson, 14th Canadian Prime Minister (Nobel 1957), dies at 75

Prime Minister of Canada Lester B. Pearson
Prime Minister of Canada
Lester B. Pearson