February 1972 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 1 1st scientific hand-held calculator (HP-35) introduced ($395)
  • Feb 1 Kuala Lumpur becomes a city by a royal charter granted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
  • Feb 1 British Prime Minister Edward Heath announces the appointment of Lord Chief Justice Lord Widgery to undertake an inquiry into the 13 deaths on 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972)
  • Feb 1 The Ministry of Defence also issues a detailed account of the British Army's version of events during 'Bloody Sunday'
  • Feb 2 Lefty Gomez, Ross Youngs & William Harridge selected for Hall of Fame

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Feb 2 Tom Stoppard's "Jumpers" premieres in London

Playwright Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard
  • Feb 2 Angry demonstrators burn the British Embassy in Dublin to the ground in protest at the shooting dead of 13 people on 'bloody sunday'
  • Feb 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 4 6th round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks ends in Vienna Austria
  • Feb 4 Senator Strom Thurmond suggests John Lennon be deported
  • Feb 5 "Another Puff" by Jerry Reed peaks at #65
  • Feb 5 US airlines begin mandatory inspection of passengers & baggage
  • Feb 5 Two IRA members are killed when a bomb they were planting exploded prematurely
  • Feb 6 A Civil Rights march is held in Newry, County Down; there is a very large turn-out for the march with many people attending to protest at the killings in Derry the previous Sunday
  • Feb 8 Josh Gibson & Buck Leonard selected to Hall of Fame
  • Feb 9 British government declares state of emergency after month-long coal miners' strike
  • Feb 9 William Craig, who had been Northern Ireland Minister for Home Affairs, launches 'Ulster Vanguard' as an umbrella movement for the right-ring of Unionism
  • Feb 10 Ras al Khaima joins United Arab Emirates
  • Feb 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 10 Two British soldiers are killed in a land mine attack near Cullyhanna, County Armagh; an IRA member is shot dead during an exchange of gunfire with RUC officers
  • Feb 14 Luna 20 (Russia) launched to orbit & soft landing on Moon
  • Feb 14 Lord Widgery arrives in Coleraine, where the 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972) Tribunal was to be based, and holds a preliminary hearing
  • Feb 15 Bill Torrey becomes 1st Islander General Manager
  • Feb 15 Dimitrios Papadopoulos becomes metropolitan of Imbros/Tenedos
  • Feb 15 Pres Velasco Ibarra of Ecuador deposed for 4th time
  • Feb 15 Sound recordings are granted U.S. federal copyright protection for the first time.
  • Feb 16 German mass murderers "Three of Breda" freed
  • Feb 17 British Parliament votes to join European Common Market

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Feb 17 US President Richard Nixon leaves Washington, D.C. for China

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Feb 17 Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle model exceed those of Ford Model T
  • Feb 18 California Supreme Court abolishes death penalty
  • Feb 18 Giulio Andreotti sworn in as premier of Italy for the 1st time
  • Feb 19 Glenn Turner carries his bat for 223* v WI at Kingston
  • Feb 19 The Asama-Sanso hostage standoff begins in Japan.
  • Feb 20 Sicco Mansholt becomes chairman of European Committee
  • Feb 20 14th Daytona 500: A.J. Foyt wins (161.55 MPH)
  • Feb 21 Michael Weller's "Moonchildren" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 21 Richard Nixon becomes 1st US president to visit China
  • Feb 21 The first session of the Widgery Tribunal, investigating the events of 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972), is held in Coleraine, County Derry
  • Feb 22 Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani becomes Amir & Prime Minister of Qatar
  • Feb 22 US President Richard Nixon, meets with Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai in Beijing
  • Feb 22 The Official IRA bombs Aldershot military barracks, the headquarters of the British Parachute Regiment, killing seven people; thought to be in retaliation for Bloody Sunday.
  • Feb 25 Attempted assassination of Irish Minister of State for Home Affairs John Taylor who is shot a number of times (the Official Irish Republican Army later claimed responsibility)
  • Feb 26 Slag heap dam collapses above Buffalo Creek West Virginia, kills 125

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Feb 27 US President Richard Nixon & Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai issued Shanghai Communique

Premier of the People's Republic of China Zhou Enlai
Premier of the People's Republic of China
Zhou Enlai
37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Feb 28 US President Richard Nixon ends historic week-long visit to China
  • Feb 28 The Asama-Sanso incident ends in Japan.
  • Feb 29 Jack Anderson discloses Dita Beard (ITT) memo indicating antitrust charges were dropped for $400,000 contribution to Republican Party

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 5 Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 11 Playwright Tom Stoppard (34) weds doctor/author Miriam Moore-Robinson (34)

Playwright Tom Stoppard
Tom Stoppard

Deaths in History

  • Feb 2 Natalie Clifford Barney, American writer (b. 1876)
  • Feb 5 Marianne Moore, US poetess (Pulitzer 1951), dies at 84
  • Feb 6 Julian H Steward, US anthropologist (South American), dies at 70
  • Feb 11 Jan Wils, architect (Olympian Stadium, Amsterdam), dies at 80
  • Feb 15 Edgar P Snow, US author/journalist (Battle for Asia), dies at 66
  • Feb 15 Jef [Josephus CF] Last, Dutch poet/Indonesian politician, dies at 73
  • Feb 19 Tedd Pierce, American animator (b. 1906)
  • Feb 21 Eugène Tisserant, French Catholic candinal (b. 1884)
  • Feb 26 Tom Manders, Dutch cabaret artist (Dorus), dies at 50