May 1972 in History

Events in History

  • May 1 North Vietnamese troops occupy Quang Tri Activities Committee
  • May 1 Pulitzer prize awarded to Wallace Stegner (Angle of Repose)
  • May 1 Radio's Mutual Black Network premieres
  • May 2 Electrical fire in Sunshine Silver mine. 126 die (Kellogg, Idaho)
  • May 2 Lt General Vernon A Walters, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • May 2 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 4 Vietcong forms revolutionary government in Quang Tri, South Vietnam
  • May 4 The Don't Make A Wave Committee, a fledgling environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to "Greenpeace Foundation".
  • May 5 Alitalia DC-8 crashes west of Palermo Sicily; killing 115
  • May 6 Deniz Gezmiş, Yusuf Aslan and Hüseyin İnan are executed in Ankara for attempting to overthrow the Constitutional order.
  • May 8 Sabena aircraft at Lod International Airport, Tel Aviv, captured by Palestinians
  • May 10 Overloaded South Korean bus plunges into reservoir, killing 77
  • May 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 10 An Irish Republican Army bomb starts a fire that destroys the Belfast Co-operative store
  • May 11 John Lennon says his phone is tapped by FBI on Dick Cavett Show
  • May 11 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 13 115 die in nightclub atop 7-story Sennichi dept store (Osaka Japan)
  • May 13 Battle at Springmartin: following a loyalist car bombing of a Catholic-owned pub in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast, clashes erupte between the PIRA, UVF and British Army
  • May 14 A 13 year old Catholic girl is shot dead by Loyalist paramilitaries in Ballymurphy, Belfast

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May 15 Assassination attempt on US Governor George Wallace of Alabama by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, Md

Politician and Segregationist George Wallace
Politician and Segregationist
George Wallace
  • May 15 Bus plunges into Nile River killing 50 pilgrims. (Minia Egypt)
  • May 15 Ryukyu Is & Daito Is returned to Japan after 27 yrs of US control
  • May 15 The island of Okinawa, under U.S. military governance since its conquest in 1945, reverts to Japanese control.
  • May 16 Greg Luzinski's 500' HR hits Liberty Bell monument in Philadelphia Vet
  • May 17 Netherlands & China PR exchange ambassadors
  • May 17 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) fires on workers leaving the Mackies engineering works in west Belfast (Although the factory was sited in a Catholic area it had an almost entirely Protestant workforce)
  • May 18 John Sebastian makes 63 consecutive free throws while blindfolded
  • May 19 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 20 Cameroon adopts its constitution
  • May 20 Republic of Cameroon declared as constitution is ratified
  • May 21 "Heathen!" opens & closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 1 performance

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May 21 Michelangelo's Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome is damaged by a vandal.

Painter Michelangelo
  • May 21 The Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA) kidnaps and shoots dead William Best (19), a soldier in the Royal Irish Rangers stationed in Germany whilst on leave at home
  • May 22 Ceylon becomes Republic of Sri Lanka as its constitution is ratified
  • May 22 Ton Sijbrands becomes world checkers champion
  • May 22 US president Nixon begins visit to Moscow
  • May 22 Over 400 women in Derry attack the offices of Official Sinn Féin in Derry, North Ireland, following the shooting of William Best by the Official Irish Republican Army
  • May 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 25 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

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May 26 US President Richard Nixon & Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev sign SALT accord

Soviet General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev
Soviet General Secretary
Leonid Brezhnev
37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • May 26 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • May 26 The British state-owned travel firm Thomas Cook & Son is sold to a consortium of private businesses headed by the Midland Bank.
  • May 26 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) plant a bomb in Oxford Street, Belfast, killing a 64 year old woman
  • May 26 In the Republic of Ireland, the Special Criminal Court is re-instituted to deal with crimes arising out of the Northern Ireland conflict; as part of the measures trial by jury is suspended.
  • May 28 White House "plumbers" break into the Democratic National Headquarters at Watergate in Washington D.C.
  • May 28 Four Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers and four civilians killed when a bomb they were preparing exploded prematurely at a house in Belfast
  • May 29 The Official IRA announce a ceasefire
  • May 30 3 Jap PFL terrorists kills 24, wound 72 at Tel Aviv's Lod Intl airport
  • May 30 The Angry Brigade goes on trial over a series of 25 bombings throughout Britain.

Birthdays in History

  • May 3 Shonie Carter, American MMA fighter
  • May 5 Janelle Lynn Canady, Miss Alaska USA (1996)
  • May 7 Frank Trigg, American Mixed Martial Arts Fighter
  • May 8 Keelin Curnuck, Miss New York USA (1996)/Ms Venus Swimwear (1994)
  • May 14 Mark Ruskell, England-born Scottish politician
  • May 24 Viktor Ujcik, Jihlava CZE, hockey (Team Czech Rep)
  • May 29 Közi, Japanese visual kei artist
  • May 30 Soichiro Hoshi, Japanese seiyuu

Deaths in History

  • May 1 Fernand Ansseau, Belgian operator (Orfeo), dies at 82
  • May 2 Hugo Hartung, writer, dies at 69

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May 2 J. Edgar Hoover, first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1924-72) dies at 77

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • May 4 Edward Calvin Kendall, American chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1886)
  • May 6 Deniz Gezmiş, Turkish Left-wing Political Activist (b. 1947)
  • May 20 Cornelis J van der Klauw, Dutch biologist/zoologist, dies at 78
  • May 20 Walter Winchell, columnist/narrator (Untouchables), dies at 75
  • May 22 Cecil Day-Lewis, Irish poet (British Poet Laureate 1968-72) and detective writer (Nicholas Blake), dies of cancer at 68

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May 28 Edward VIII, King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire and Emperor of India (Jan 20th, 1936 until his abdication on Dec 11th, 1936), dies at 77

King of Great Britain Edward VIII
King of Great Britain
Edward VIII
  • May 29 Stephen Timoshenko, Ukrainian-born mechanical engineer (b. 1878)
  • May 31 Walter Freeman, American physician (developer and practitioner of psychiatric surgery transorbital lobotomy), dies