1972 in History (Part 3)

Events in History

Events 201 - 300 of 525

  • 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.
  • Jun 1 Tswanaland becomes Bophuthatswana in South Africa
  • Jun 1 West German police arrest Red Army Faction leader Andreas Baader
  • Jun 1 Iraq nationalizes Iraq Petroleum Company's (IPC) concession owned by British Petroleum, Royal Dutch-Shell, Compagnie Francaise des Petroles, Mobil and Standard Oil of New Jersey
  • Jun 2 Two British soldiers die in an IRA land mine attack near Rosslea, County Fermanagh
  • Jun 3 "Hot Rod Lincoln" by Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen hits #9
  • Jun 3 1st female US rabbi installed, Sally J Priesand at 25
  • Jun 4 Angela Davis, black activist, acquitted of killing a white guard
  • Jun 5 "If You Had Wings" opens
  • Jun 5 UN Conference on Human Environment opens in Stockholm
  • Jun 5 Yugoslav president Josip Tito visits USSR
  • Jun 6 Explosion at world's largest coal mine kills 427 (Wankie, Rhodesia)
  • Jun 6 Gold hits record $60 an ounce in London
  • Jun 6 US bombs Haiphong, North-Vietnam; 1000s killed
  • Jun 7 German Chancellor Willy Brandt visits Israel
  • Jun 7 Hsan Hua, Zen teacher, conducted 1st ordination ceremony in America
  • Jun 9 14" of rain in 6 hrs burst Rapid City SD dam, drowns 237
  • Jun 9 Bruce Springsteen signs a record deal with Columbia
  • Jun 9 In a show of support for Iraq, OPEC moves to prevent companies whose interests were nationalized in Iraq from increasing production elsewhere
  • Jun 11 31°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in June
  • Jun 11 KPAT-AM in Berkeley CA returns from KRE
  • Jun 11 Gun battle between Loyalist and Republican paramilitaries break out in the Oldpark area of Belfast
  • Jun 12 John Lennon's political "Sometime in NYC" released including "Woman is the Nigger of the World" "Attica State" & "Luck of the Irish"
  • Jun 13 The Irish Republican Army invites Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Whitelaw to 'Free Derry'; Whitelaw rejects offer and reaffirms his policy to not "let part of the United Kingdom ... default from the rule of law"
  • Jun 14 Tropical storm (later hurricane) Agnes forms over Yucatán Peninsula
  • Jun 14 Members of the NI Social Democratic and Labour Party hold a meeting with representatives of the Irish Republican Army in Derry; the IRA representatives outline their conditions for talks with the British Government
  • Jun 15 Rock fall inside Vierzy Tunnel (France) causes 2 train crash; 107 die
  • Jun 15 West German police arrested RAF leader Ulrike Meinhof
  • Jun 15 The Social Democratic and Labour Party meet Secretary of State for Northern Ireland W Whitelaw, to present the IRA's conditions for a meeting
  • Jun 16 The largest single-site hydro-electric power project in Canada starts at Churchill Falls, Labrador.
  • Jun 17 "Long Haired Lover From Liverpool" by Little Jimmy Osmond peaks at #38
  • Jun 17 Chile president Allende forms new government
  • Jun 17 Looking Glass releases "Brandy"
  • Jun 17 Five men arrested after trying to bug Democratic National Committee office in Watergate Complex, Washington
  • Jun 17 9 firefighters are killed in the Hotel Vendome fire in Boston
  • Jun 18 BEA Trident crashes after takeoff from Heathrow killing 118
  • Jun 18 3 members of the British Army are killed by an Irish Republican Army (IRA) bomb in a derelict house near Lurgan, County Down
  • Jun 19 -29] Tropical storm Agnes upgraded to a hurricane, makes landfall in Panama City (would kill 128)
  • Jun 19 Hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers face flight delays and cancellations after pilots threaten to strike over hijack fears
  • Jun 19 A Catholic civilian is shot dead by the Provisional Irish Republican Army in the Cracked Cup Social Club, Belfast
  • Jun 19 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland William Whitelaw concedes 'special category' status, or 'political status' for paramilitary prisoners in Northern Ireland
  • Jun 20 Secret Meeting Between IRA and British Officials held
  • Jun 22 The Irish Republican Army announce that it would call a ceasefire from 26 June 1972 provided that there is a "reciprocal response" from the security forces
  • Jun 23 Hurricane Agnes becomes US's costliest natural disaster, effecting 15 states, with 119 deaths, $3 billion damage
  • Jun 23 US President Nixon & his Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman agree to use CIA to cover up Watergate
  • Jun 23 45 countries leave the Sterling Area, allowing their currencies to fluctuate independently of the British Pound.
  • Jun 23 22nd Berlin International Film Festival: "The Canterbury Tales" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jun 24 "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" by Jimmy Castor Bunch peaks at #6
  • Jun 24 Wake Island becomes unincorporated territory of US (US Air Force)
  • Jun 24 Yvonne Braitwaite Burke becomes 1st black chair of a Democratic convention
  • Jun 24 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) kill 3 British Army soldiers in a land mine attack near Dungiven, County Derry
  • Jun 26 IRA proclaims resistant in North-Ireland
  • Jun 26 The Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) begin a "bi-lateral truce" as at midnight
  • Jun 26 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) kill two British Army soldiers in separate attacks during the day
  • Jun 29 Supreme Court rules (5-4) that death penalty is cruel & unusual
  • Jun 29 USSR launches Prognoz 2 into earth orbit (549/200,000 km)
  • Jun 30 One leap second is added to the UTC time system; also 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985
  • Jun 30 Ulster Defence Association (UDA) begin to organise its own 'no-go' areas (this is a response to the continuation of Republican 'no-go' areas and fears about concessions to the IRA)
  • 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

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