September 1972 in History

Events in History

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Sep 1 Bobby Fischer (US) defeats Boris Spassky (USSR) for world chess title

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • Sep 1 Egypt & Libya form federation
  • Sep 2 Renate Stecher runs 100m European female record (11.07 sec)
  • Sep 2 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 2 The headquarters of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) in Belfast is severely damaged by an IRA bomb
  • Sep 4 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 4 Thieves steal 18 paintings from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in what was at the time the largest art theft in North America.
  • Sep 5 Chemical spill with fog sickens hundreds in Meuse Valley Belgium
  • Sep 8 Chic Cub Ferguson Jenkins wins his 20th game for 6th straight year
  • Sep 8 Jim Ryan (US) & Billy Fordjour (Ghana) collide & fall in qualifying competitions for 1,500m finals, ending Ryan's chances for gold
  • Sep 10 3 British soldiers are killed in a land mine attack near Dungannon, County Tyrone
  • Sep 11 BART begins service with a 26-mi (42-km) line from Oakland to Fremont
  • Sep 14 Jason Miller's "That Championship Season," premieres in NYC
  • Sep 14 West Germany & Poland establish diplomatic relations
  • Sep 14 2 people are killed and 1 mortally wounded in a Ulster Volunteer Force bomb attack on the Imperial Hotel, Belfast
  • Sep 15 A magnitude 4.5 earthquake shakes Northern Illinois.
  • Sep 15 An SAS domestic flight from Gothenburg to Stockholm was hijacked and flown to Malmö-Bulltofta Airport.
  • Sep 16 Penny Marshall appears on Bob Newhart Show in "Fly Unfriendly Skies"
  • Sep 17 BART begins passenger service in SF
  • Sep 17 Tanzania troops march in to Uganda
  • Sep 18 1st black NL umpire (Art Williams-Los Angeles vs San Diego)
  • Sep 19 A parcel bomb sent to Israeli Embassy in London kills one diplomat.
  • Sep 20 Libya acquires a 50 percent interest in two ENI oil concessions
  • Sep 20 The Social Democratic and Labour Party issues a document entitled "Towards a New Ireland", proposing that the British and Irish governments should have joint sovereignty over Northern Ireland

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Sep 21 Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos declares martial law in Philippines (not publicly announced until 23rd Sep)

10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos
  • Sep 21 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 22 Dictator Idi Amin expels 8,000 Asians from Uganda
  • Sep 23 Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos annouces state of emergency and declares martial law
  • Sep 24 Antique F86 Sabrejet fails to takeoff at air show, kills 22
  • Sep 24 Jack Tatum, Oakland, returns a fumble 104 yds vs Green Bay (rec)
  • Sep 24 NY Jet Joe Namath passes for 6 touchdowns vs Balt Colt (44-34)
  • Sep 25 Dutch air force drives away Russian Tupolev-bomber
  • Sep 25 Norway votes to join European common market
  • Sep 26 American Museum of Immigration dedicated
  • Sep 26 Norway rejects membership in European Common Market
  • Sep 28 Japan & Communist China agree to re-establish diplomatic relations
  • Sep 29 Japan & People's Republic of China begin diplomatic relations
  • Sep 30 Passenger train derails killing 48 (Rust Stasie South Africa)

Birthdays in History

  • Sep 6 China Miéville, English writer
  • Sep 8 Phil Laak, Ireland-born professional poker player
  • Sep 9 James Farmer, American educator and artist
  • Sep 9 Natasha Kaplinsky, British newsreader
  • Sep 12 Avijit Roy, Bangladeshi American activist and blogger (d. 2015)
  • Sep 15 Princess Letizia of Spain
  • Sep 23 Karl Pilkington, British radio personality
  • Sep 27 Craig L. Rice, American Politician
  • Sep 28 Dita Von Teese, American burlesque artist
  • Sep 30 Ari Behn, Norwegian author

Deaths in History

  • Sep 5 Josef Romano, Israeli olympian, murdered
  • Sep 7 Jacques Pirenne, Belgian historian, dies at 81
  • Sep 11 Max Fleischer, American animator (b. 1883)
  • Sep 12 William Boyd, cowboy (Hopalong Cassidy), dies at 77
  • Sep 14 Kornelis Posthumus, chemist, dies at 70
  • Sep 15 Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1887)
  • Sep 21 Henry M de Montherlant, French author (Port Royal), dies at 76
  • Sep 22 Robert KJE Antonissen, South African literary, dies at 53
  • Sep 27 S. R. Ranganathan, Indian mathematician (b. 1892)