January 1972 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Jan 1 International Book Year begins
  • Jan 1 Policewomen are enlisted as full members of South African Police Force for the first time.
  • Jan 2 Mariner 9 begins mapping Mars
  • Jan 2 An anti-internment rally is held in Belfast, North Ireland
  • Jan 3 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) explodes a bomb in Callender Street, Belfast, injuring over 60 people
  • Jan 4 Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London.
  • Jan 5 Largest crowd at Cleveland Arena (Cavs vs Lakers-11,178)
  • Jan 5 NYC transit fare rises from 30 cents to 35 cents
  • Jan 5 US President Nixon signs a bill for NASA to begin research on a manned space shuttle
  • Jan 5 West-Pakistani sheik Mujib ur-Rahman freed
  • Jan 6 US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
  • Jan 6 US male Figure Skating championship won by Kenneth Shelley
  • Jan 6 Vladimir Bukovski is exiled from USSR
  • Jan 7 Iberian Airlines 'plane crashes into 800ft peak on island of Ibiza, 104 die
  • Jan 7 Lewis F Powell Jr becomes a US Supreme Court Justice
  • Jan 7 William Hubbs Rehnquist sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice
  • Jan 9 Billionaire Howard Hughes says Clifford Irving's bio is a fake
  • Jan 9 Retired passenger liner Queen Elizabeth destroyed by fire in Hong Kong harbour
  • Jan 9 British coal miners begin a national strike, the first for half a century
  • Jan 10 Sheik Mujib ur-Rahman arrives in Dacca, East-Pakistan
  • Jan 10 Triple album set "Concert for Bangladesh" released in UK
  • Jan 11 East-Pakistan becomes independent state of Bangladesh
  • Jan 11 Abu Sayeed Chudhury becomes president & sheik Mujib ur-Rahman premier
  • Jan 12 Tigers sign a lease to build a $126M domed stadium (doesn't happen)
  • Jan 13 An army commander stages a bloodless coup in Ghan, while the prime minister is in London
  • Jan 14 Margrethe II of Denmark becomes the first Queen of Denmark since 1412
  • Jan 17 Section of Memphis' Highway 51 South renamed Elvis Presley Blvd
  • Jan 17 Seven men who were held as internees escape from the prison ship HMS Maidstone in Belfast Lough, North Ireland
  • Jan 18 Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Brian Faulkner bans all parades and marches in Northern Ireland until the end of the year
  • Jan 18 The former Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia and his daughter, supporters of black majority rule in the country, are arrested
  • Jan 20 Six oil exporting countries conclude meetings with Western oil companies; an agreement is reached to raise the price of crude
  • Jan 20 Number of people out of work and claiming unemployment benefit in UK rises to over 1 million
  • Jan 21 Assam's North East Frontier Agency becomes Arunachal Pradesh terr
  • Jan 21 Belgian government of Eyskens-Cools forms
  • Jan 21 Manipur, Meghalaya & Tripura become separate states of Indian union
  • Jan 21 Mizoram, formerly part of Assam, creates an Indian union territory
  • Jan 21 Tripura becomes a full-fledged state in India.
  • Jan 22 An anti-internment march is held at Magilligan strand, County Derry; as the march nears the internment camp it is stopped by members of the Green Jackets and the Parachute Regiment of the British Army, who used barbed wire to close off the beach
  • Jan 23 Bootlegger sells wood alcohol to wedding party-100 die-New Delhi
  • Jan 23 Entire population of Istanbul under 24 hour house arrest
  • Jan 24 Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi is found hiding in a Guam jungle, where he had been since the end of World War II.
  • Jan 25 7' Ohio State center Luke Witte is stomped in face during a brawl in a game with Minnesota
  • Jan 26 Air stewardess Vesna Vulovic survives 10,160m fall without parachute
  • Jan 27 Two Royal Ulster Constabulary officers shot dead by IRA in an attack on their patrol car in the Creggan Road, Derry
  • Jan 27 The British Army and the Irish Republican Army engage in gun battles near County Armagh; British troops fire over 1,000 rounds of amunition
  • Jan 28 Oral Roberts' Eddie Woods grabs 30 rebounds for 2nd consecutive game
  • Jan 28 The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association place "special emphasis on the necessity for a peaceful incident-free day" at the next march on 30 January in an effort to avoid violence
  • Jan 29 5th ABA All-Star Game: East 142 beats West 115 at Louisville
  • Jan 30 Pakistan withdraws from the Commonwealth of Nations
  • Jan 30 'Bloody Sunday': 27 unarmed civilians are shot (of whom 14 were killed) by the British Army during a civil rights march in Derry; this is the highest death toll from a single shooting incident during 'the Troubles'
  • Jan 31 Aretha Franklin sings at Mahalia Jackson's funeral
  • Jan 31 Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev becomes 11th King of Nepal
  • Jan 31 Military coup ousts civilian government of Ghana
  • Jan 31 US launches HEOS A-2 for interplanetary observations (396/244,998)
  • Jan 31 British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling makes statement to the House of Commons on the events of 'Bloody Sunday' "The Army returned the fire directed at them with aimed shots and inflicted a number of casualties on those who were attacking them with firearms and with bombs"

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 11 Yang Wenyi, Chinese swim star (WR/OR 50m freestyle)
  • Jan 12 Priyanka Gandhi, daughter of Rajiv Gandhi
  • Jan 13 Atoosa Rubenstein, Iranian-born American magazine editor
  • Jan 19 Princess Kalina of Bulgaria, titular Bulgarian royal family
  • Jan 21 Rick Falkvinge, Swedish politician
  • Jan 24 Ulla Werbrouck, Belgian judoka and politician

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 1 Politician Aung San Suu Kyi (26) weds author Michael Aris (25)

Burmese Politician Aung San Suu Kyi
Burmese Politician
Aung San Suu Kyi

Deaths in History

  • Jan 3 Frans Masereel, Flem WWII resistance fighter (Le Soleil), dies at 82
  • Jan 6 Chen Yi, Chinese military commander and politician (b. 1901)
  • Jan 7 John Berryman, US poet (Imaginary Jew), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 8 Kenneth Patchen, US writer (See You in the Morning), dies at 60

Poet/Novelist Kenneth Patchen
Kenneth Patchen
  • Jan 10 Georg Rendl, Austriam miner/beekeeper (Satan on Earth), dies at 68
  • Jan 10 Aksel Larsen, Danish politician (b. 1897)
  • Jan 12 Padraic Colum, Irish poet/writer/founder (Irish Review), dies at 90
  • Jan 14 Frederik IX, [Christiaan FFMKW], king of Denmark (1947-72), dies at 72
  • Jan 15 Daisy Ashford, English child writer (The Young Visiters) (b. 1881)
  • Jan 16 Teller Ammons, American politician (b. 1895)
  • Jan 25 Erhard Milch, German field marshal (b. 1892)
  • Jan 27 Richard Courant, German/US mathematician, dies at 84
  • Jan 28 Adriaan B "Jaap" Wagemaker, Dutch sculptor, dies at 66
  • Jan 28 Dino Buzzati, Italian writer (The Tartar Steppe), dies at 67
  • Jan 31 Bir Bikram Shah Deva Mahendra, king of Nepal (1955-72), dies at 51