Events in History in 1972

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  • 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

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Jan 5 President of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman freed by the newly elected President of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

Founding Father of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Founding Father of Bangladesh
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
  • 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

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Jan 9 Billionaire Howard Hughes says Clifford Irving's bio is a fake

Aviator and Businessman Howard Hughes
Aviator and Businessman
Howard Hughes
  • 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 Sheikh Mujibur 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 of Bangladesh and Sheikh Mujibur 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 17 "My Hang-Up Is You" single released by Freddie Hart (Billboard Song of the Year 1972)
  • 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 Garfield Todd, former Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia and his daughter Judith, 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 to House of Commons on '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"
  • Feb 1 1st scientific hand-held calculator (HP-35) introduced ($395)
  • Feb 1 Kuala Lumpur becomes a city by a royal charter granted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
  • Feb 1 British Prime Minister Edward Heath announces the appointment of Lord Chief Justice Lord Widgery to undertake an inquiry into the 13 deaths on 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972)
  • Feb 1 The Ministry of Defence also issues a detailed account of the British Army's version of events during 'Bloody Sunday'
  • Feb 2 Lefty Gomez, Ross Youngs & William Harridge selected for Hall of Fame

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Feb 2 Tom Stoppard's "Jumpers" premieres in London

Playwright Tom Stoppard
Playwright
Tom Stoppard
  • Feb 2 Angry demonstrators burn the British Embassy in Dublin to the ground in protest at the shooting dead of 13 people on 'bloody sunday'
  • Feb 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 4 6th round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks ends in Vienna Austria
  • Feb 4 Senator Strom Thurmond suggests John Lennon be deported
  • Feb 5 "Another Puff" by Jerry Reed peaks at #65
  • Feb 5 US airlines begin mandatory inspection of passengers & baggage
  • Feb 5 Two IRA members are killed when a bomb they were planting exploded prematurely
  • Feb 6 A Civil Rights march is held in Newry, County Down; there is a very large turn-out for the march with many people attending to protest at the killings in Derry the previous Sunday
  • Feb 8 Josh Gibson & Buck Leonard selected to Hall of Fame
  • Feb 9 British government declares state of emergency after month-long coal miners' strike
  • Feb 9 William Craig, who had been Northern Ireland Minister for Home Affairs, launches 'Ulster Vanguard' as an umbrella movement for the right-ring of Unionism
  • Feb 10 Ras al Khaima joins United Arab Emirates
  • Feb 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 10 Two British soldiers are killed in a land mine attack near Cullyhanna, County Armagh; an IRA member is shot dead during an exchange of gunfire with RUC officers
  • Feb 14 Luna 20 (Russia) launched to orbit & soft landing on Moon
  • Feb 14 Lord Widgery arrives in Coleraine, where the 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972) Tribunal was to be based, and holds a preliminary hearing
  • Feb 15 Bill Torrey becomes 1st Islander General Manager
  • Feb 15 Dimitrios Papadopoulos becomes metropolitan of Imbros/Tenedos
  • Feb 15 Pres Velasco Ibarra of Ecuador deposed for 4th time
  • Feb 15 Sound recordings are granted U.S. federal copyright protection for the first time.
  • Feb 16 German mass murderers "Three of Breda" freed
  • Feb 17 British Parliament votes to join the European Common Market

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Feb 17 US President Richard Nixon leaves Washington, D.C. for China

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Feb 17 Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle model exceed those of Ford Model T
  • Feb 18 California Supreme Court abolishes death penalty
  • Feb 18 Giulio Andreotti sworn in as premier of Italy for the 1st time
  • Feb 19 Glenn Turner carries his bat for 223* v WI at Kingston
  • Feb 19 The Asama-Sanso hostage standoff begins in Japan.
  • Feb 20 Sicco Mansholt becomes chairman of European Committee
  • Feb 20 14th Daytona 500: A.J. Foyt wins (161.55 MPH)
  • Feb 21 Michael Weller's "Moonchildren" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 21 Richard Nixon becomes the first US President to visit China, normalizing relations between the countries
  • Feb 21 The first session of the Widgery Tribunal, investigating the events of 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972), is held in Coleraine, County Derry
  • Feb 22 Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani becomes Emir & Prime Minister of Qatar
  • Feb 22 US President Richard Nixon, meets with Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai in Beijing
  • Feb 22 The Official IRA bombs Aldershot military barracks, the headquarters of the British Parachute Regiment, killing seven people; thought to be in retaliation for Bloody Sunday.
  • Feb 25 Attempted assassination of Irish Minister of State for Home Affairs John Taylor who is shot a number of times (the Official Irish Republican Army later claimed responsibility)
  • Feb 26 Slag heap dam collapses above Buffalo Creek West Virginia, kills 125

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Feb 27 US President Richard Nixon & Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai issued Shanghai Communique

Premier of the People's Republic of China Zhou Enlai
Premier of the People's Republic of China
Zhou Enlai
37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Feb 28 US President Richard Nixon ends historic week-long visit to China
  • Feb 28 The Asama-Sanso incident ends in Japan.
  • Feb 29 Jack Anderson discloses Dita Beard (ITT) memo indicating antitrust charges were dropped for $400,000 contribution to Republican Party
  • Mar 1 Club of Rome publishes report "Boundaries on the Growth"
  • Mar 1 David Rabe's "Sticks & Bones" premieres in NYC
  • Mar 1 Two Catholic teenagers shot dead by the Royal Ulster Constabulary while 'joy riding' in a stolen car in Belfast
  • Mar 2 Jean-Bédell Bokassa appoints himself pres for life of Cent African Rep
  • Mar 2 NASA launches its Pioneer 10 space probe to Jupiter

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Mar 3 Sculpted figures of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, & Stonewall Jackson are completed at Stone Mountain Georgia

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson
  • Mar 4 Erhard Keller (Germany) skates world record 1000m (1:18.5)
  • Mar 4 Last train run between Penrith to Keswick UK
  • Mar 4 Libya & USSR signs cooperation treaty
  • Mar 4 Abercorn Restaurant bombing: a bomb explodes in a crowded restaurant in Belfast, killing two civilians and wounding 130
  • Mar 6 Keswick to Penrith railway officially closes
  • Mar 7 "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" single released by Ewan MacColl (Billboard no.1 song 1972)
  • Mar 7 “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” single released by Roberta Flack (Billboard Song of the Year 1972)
  • Mar 8 1st airship flown over Britain in 20 years (Europa)
  • Mar 8 1st flight of the Goodyear blimp
  • Mar 9 Four members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) die in a premature explosion at a house in Clonard Street, Lower Falls, Belfast
  • Mar 10 1st black US political convention opens (Gary Indiana)
  • Mar 10 Gen Lon Nol becomes pres & prince Sirik Matak premier of Cambodia
  • Mar 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 11 OPEC threatens "appropriate sanctions" against companies that "fail to comply with . . . any action taken by a Member Country in accordance with [OPEC] decisions."
  • Mar 14 Two IRA members shot dead by British soldiers in the Bogside area of Derry
  • Mar 15 Danish airliner hit mountain in Sheikdom of Oman killing 112
  • Mar 15 NASA selects 3 part configuration for Space Shuttle
  • Mar 15 Two British soldiers killed when attempting to defuse a bomb in Belfast; an RUC officer iskilled in an IRA attack in Coalisland, County Tyrone
  • Mar 17 Ringo releases "Back off Bugaloo" in UK
  • Mar 18 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Mar 18 Memphis' Larry Miller sets ABA record of 67 pts in a game
  • Mar 18 Ulster Vanguard hold a rally of 60,000 people in Belfast; William Craig tells the crowd: "if and when the politicians fail us, it may be our job to liquidate the enemy"
  • Mar 19 India & Bangladesh sign friendship treaty
  • Mar 20 19 mountain climbers killed on Japan's Mount Fuji during an avalanche
  • Mar 20 S Mansholt succeeds Malfatti as chairman of European Committee
  • Mar 20 Donegall Street bombing: the Provisional Irish Republican Army detonate its first car bomb on Donegall Street in Belfast; four civilians, two RUC officers and a UDR soldier killed while 148 people were wounded
  • Mar 21 US Supreme Court rules states can't require 1-yr residency to vote
  • Mar 22 Congress approves Equal Rights Amendment (never ratified)
  • Mar 22 In Eisenstadt v. Baird the US Supreme Court rules unmarried people have same right to contraception as married people.

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Mar 23 Evel Knievel breaks 93 bones after successfully clearing 35 cars

Motorcycle Daredevil Evel Knievel
Motorcycle Daredevil
Evel Knievel
  • Mar 23 NY Yanks agree to continue playing ball in the Bronx
  • Mar 24 Great Britain imposes direct rule over Northern Ireland
  • Mar 26 William Whitelaw appointed as the first Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
  • Mar 27 Adolph Rupp retires after 42 years of coaching U of Kentucky
  • Mar 27 Venera 8 launched to Venus
  • Mar 27 Ulster Vanguard organise industrial strike against the imposition of direct rule on Northern Ireland by Westminster
  • Mar 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Mar 30 North Vietnam launches a major conventional offensive against South Vietnam
  • Mar 30 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Mar 30 Northern Ireland's Government and Parliament dissolved by the British Government and 'direct rule' from Westminster is introduced

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Mar 31 Final day of the rum ration in the Royal Canadian Navy

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Apr 2 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin visits Cairo

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin

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Apr 2 Tennessee Williams' "Small Craft Warnings" premieres in NYC

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Playwright
Tennessee Williams
  • Apr 4 1st electric power plant fueled by garbage begins operating
  • Apr 5 Mets trade Ken Singleton to Expos for Rusty Staub
  • Apr 6 Egypt drops diplomatic relations with Jordan
  • Apr 6 The Scarman Tribunal Report, an inquiry into the causes of violence during the summer of 1969 in N Ireland, is published, finding that the Royal Ulster Constabulary had been seriously at fault
  • Apr 7 Three members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) die in a premature bomb explosion in Belfast
  • Apr 9 USSR & Iraq sign friendship treaty
  • Apr 10 7.0 earthquake kills 1/5 of population of Iranian province of Fars
  • Apr 10 US, USSR & 70 other nations agree to ban biological weapons
  • Apr 10 20 days after he was kidnapped in Buenos Aires, Oberdan Sallustro is executed by communist guerrillas.
  • Apr 10 Two British soldiers are killed in a bomb attack in Derry
  • Apr 11 Benjamin L Hooks named to FCC
  • Apr 11 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Apr 14 The Provisional Irish Republican Army explodes twenty-four bombs in towns and cities across Northern Ireland
  • Apr 15 A member of the Official Irish Republican Army is shot dead by British soldiers at Joy Street in the Markets area of Belfast close to his home
  • Apr 15 A member of the British Army is shot dead by the Official IRA in the Divis area of Belfast.
  • Apr 16 Two giant pandas arrive in US from China
  • Apr 16 Apollo 16 launched; 5th manned lunar landing (Decartes Highlands)
  • Apr 16 Two British soldiers are shot dead by the Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA) in separate incidents in Derry
  • Apr 17 Revised Dutch constitution proclaimed
  • Apr 18 The Widgery Report on 'Bloody Sunday' in Northern Ireland is published, causing outrage among the people of Derry who call it the "Widgery Whitewash"
  • Apr 19 Bangladesh becomes a member of British Commonwealth
  • Apr 19 Hungary revises its constitution to declare itself a socialist state
  • Apr 19 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Apr 19 British Prime Ministe rEdward Heath confirms that a plan to conduct an arrest operation, in the event of a riot during the march on 30 January 1972, was known to British government Ministers in advance
  • Apr 20 Apollo 16's Young & Duke land on Moon with Boeing Lunar Rover #2
  • Apr 21 John Young & Charles Duke explores Moon (Apollo 16)
  • Apr 21 Orbiting Astronomical Observatory 4 (Copernicus) launched
  • Apr 22 Apollo astronauts John Young & Charles Duke ride on Moon
  • Apr 22 An 11-year-old boy killed by a rubber bullet fired by the British Army in Belfast; he was the first to die from a rubber bullet impact
  • Apr 23 26th Tony Awards: Sticks & Bones & 2 Gentlemen of Verona win
  • Apr 23 Apollo 16 astronauts explores Moon surface
  • Apr 23 The Sunday Times Insight Team publish their account of the events of 'Bloody Sunday'
  • Apr 25 Hans-Werner Grosse glides 907.7 miles (1,461 km) in an AS-W-12
  • Apr 27 Apollo 16 returns to Earth
  • Apr 27 NYC Mayor John Lindsey appeals that John Lennon not be deported
  • Apr 30 "Arthur Godfrey Time" ends a 27 year run on radio
  • 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 2 126 killed in an electrical fire in Sunshine Silver mine, 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 the "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.