July 1972 in History

Events in History

  • Jul 1 Ms. magazine begins publishing
  • Jul 1 The first Gay Pride march in England takes place.
  • Jul 2 India & Pakistan sign Simla Agreement peace accord
  • Jul 2 Two Catholic civilians are shot and killed in Belfast by Loyalist paramilitaries, probably the Ulster Defence Association (UDA)
  • Jul 3 Themba Sono is forced to resign as president of South African Student Organisation (SASO)
  • Jul 3 The Ulster Defence Association and the British Army come into conflict about a 'no-go' area at Ainsworth Avenue, Belfast
  • Jul 4 The Royal Ulster Constabulary forward a file about the killings on 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972) to the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland
  • Jul 5 Pierre Messmer appointed French premier
  • Jul 5 Two Protestant brothers are found shot dead outside of Belfast (There was speculation that they were killed by Loyalists because they had Catholic girlfriends)
  • Jul 7 1st women FBI members sworn in (Susan Lynn Roley & Joanne E Pierce)
  • Jul 7 Dutch Minister of Agt decides to ignore soft drug usage
  • Jul 7 Secret Talks Between IRA and British Government: Gerry Adams is part of a delegation to London for talks with the British Government
  • Jul 7 7 people are killed in separate incidents across Northern Ireland
  • Jul 8 US sells grain to USSR for $750 million
  • Jul 9 USSR performs underground nuclear test

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 9 Kwame Nkrumah, re-buried in Nkroful, Ghana

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
  • Jul 9 Springhill Massacre: British snipers shoot dead five Catholic civilians and wounded two others in Springhill, Belfast.
  • Jul 9 The ceasefire between the Provisional IRA and the British Army comes to an end
  • Jul 10 Democratic convention opens in Miami Beach Florida (McGovern)
  • Jul 10 Herd of stampeding elephants kills 24, Chandka Forest India
  • Jul 12 Democrats nominated George McGovern for president in Miami Fla
  • Jul 12 Twelve years after the banning of the ANC and Pan Africanist Congress, a new political movement, the Black People Convention is formed after a three day long conference in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
  • Jul 13 A series of gun-battles and shootings erupt across Belfast between the Provisional Irish Republican Army and British Army soldiers
  • Jul 14 Jean Westwood is 1st woman chosen to head Democratic National Committee
  • Jul 14 USSR performs underground nuclear Test
  • Jul 16 Dimitrios Papadopoulos becomes 269th patriarch of Constantinople
  • Jul 16 Smokey Robinson & Miracles final live performance
  • Jul 17 1st 2 women begin training as FBI agents at Quantico
  • Jul 18 Egyptian president Anwar Sadat throws out 20,000 Russian military aids
  • Jul 18 Mike Procter 8-73 with hat-trick, plus 51 & 102, Gloucs v Essex
  • Jul 18 The 100th British soldier to die in the Northern Ireland "troubles" is shot by a sniper in Belfast
  • Jul 18 Leader of the British Labour Party Harold Wilson holds meeting with representatives of the Irish Republican Army
  • Jul 20 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 21 2 passenger trains collide head-on killing 76 (Seville, Spain)
  • Jul 21 27.5 cm rainfall at Fort Ripley, Minnesota (state record)
  • Jul 21 In New York 57 murders occur in 24 hours
  • Jul 21 Bloody Friday: within the space of seventy-five minutes, the Provisional Irish Republican Army explode twenty-two bombs in Belfast; six civilians, two British Army soldiers and one UDA volunteer were killed, 130 injured
  • Jul 22 10.84" (27.53 cm) of rainfall, Fort Ripley, Mn (state 24-hr record)
  • Jul 22 Venera 8 makes soft landing on Venus
  • Jul 22 2 Catholics are abducted, beaten, and shot dead in a Loyalist area of Belfast
  • Jul 23 1st Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS) is launched
  • Jul 24 Jigme Singye Wangchuk becomes king of Bhutan at 16
  • Jul 24 Bugojno group is caught by Yugoslav security forces.
  • Jul 25 US health officials concede African American were used as guinea pigs in 40 year syphilis experiment
  • Jul 26 Rockwell receives NASA contract to construct Space Shuttle
  • Jul 27 The F-15 Eagle flies for the first time.
  • Jul 29 France performs nuclear Test at Muruora Island
  • Jul 31 Dick Allen is 7th to hit 2 inside-the-park homers in a game
  • Jul 31 Thomas Eagleton withdraws as Democratic VP candidate
  • Jul 31 Operation Motorman: the British Army use 12,000 soldiers supported by tanks and bulldozers to re-take the "no-go areas" controlled by the Provisional Irish Republican Army
  • Jul 31 Claudy bombing: nine civilians were killed when three car bombs exploded in County Londonderry, North Ireland; no group has since claimed responsibility

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 2 Darren Shan, Irish children's author
  • Jul 6 D-Styles, American scratch DJ
  • Jul 19 Tamarie Ivie, Ananheim CA, female infielder (Colo Silver Bullets)
  • Jul 20 Erik Ullenhag, Swedish jurist and politician
  • Jul 21 Lilach Parisky, Israel, Women's foil fencer (Oly-1996)
  • Jul 22 Seth Fisher, American comic book artist and penciller (d.2006)
  • Jul 24 Rev. Jen Miller, American performance artist

Weddings in History

  • Jul 8 English prince Richard marries Birgitte of Deurs (Henriksen)

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 22 Business magnate Richard Branson (22) weds Kristen Tomassi

Business Magnate Richard Branson
Business Magnate
Richard Branson

Deaths in History

  • Jul 2 Joseph F Smith Jr, leader US mormon chuch, dies at 95
  • Jul 6 Sam de Grasse, dies at 97
  • Jul 7 Athenagoras, 268th patriarch of Constantinople, dies
  • Jul 7 King Talal of Jordan (b. 1909)
  • Jul 19 Hezekiah M. Washburn, missionary (b. 1884)
  • Jul 21 Jigme Dori Wangchuck, King of Bhutan, dies
  • Jul 28 Charu Majumdar, Indian revolutionary leader (b. 1918)
  • Jul 31 Paul-Henri Spaak, Belgian premier/sect-gen (NATO, 1957-61), dies at 73