On This Day

What Happened in 1972

Important Events in 1972

  • Jan 30 Bloody Sunday: 27 unarmed civilians are shot (14 are killed) by the British Army during a civil rights march in Derry, Northern Ireland; this is the highest death toll from a single shooting incident during 'the Troubles'
  • Feb 9 British government declares state of emergency after month-long coal miners' strike
  • Feb 17 British Parliament votes to join the European Common Market
  • Feb 21 Richard Nixon becomes the first US President to visit China, normalizing relations between the countries in a meeting with Chinese leader Mao Zedong in Beijing
  • Mar 30 Northern Ireland's Government and Parliament dissolved by the British Government and 'direct rule' from Westminster is introduced
  • Apr 10 US, USSR & 70 other nations agree to ban biological weapons
  • May 28 White House "plumbers" first break in at the Democratic National Headquarters at Watergate Complex in Washington, D.C.
  • Jun 23 Hurricane Agnes becomes America's costliest natural disaster, affecting 15 states, with 119 deaths and $3 billion in damage
  • Aug 3 US Senate ratifies the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with the Soviet Union to limit the use of missile systems capable of defending against missile-delivered nuclear weapons

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1972 in Film & TV

1972 in Music

  • Jun 6 David Bowie releases his breakthrough album "The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars"
  • Jun 7 Musical "Grease" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 3,388 performances
  • Jul 15 "Honky Chateau" becomes Elton John's first No. 1 album in the US, includes hit "Rocket Man"

1972 in Sport

  • Jan 7 Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Atlanta Hawks, 134-90 for their 33rd straight win, the longest winning streak in major professional sports
  • Jan 13 Bernice Gera wins anti-discrimination case against the National Baseball Congressl, initiated March 15, 1971 to be allowed to umpire
  • Feb 5 Bob Douglas is 1st African American elected to Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Mar 26 LA Lakers break NBA wins record by winning 69 of 82 games (69-13), record will stand for 24 years

Do you know this fact about today?Did You Know?

Co-founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell releases Pong, the 1st commercially successful video game, in Andy Capp's Tavern in Sunnyvale, California

On November 29, 1972


Famous People in 1972

World Leaders in 1972

Would you believe this fact about today?Would You Believe?

Robert McNamara, former US Secretary of Defense, is almost thrown overboard on a ferry by an artist wanting to confront him on his role in escalating US involvement in the Vietnam war (no charges pressed)

On September 29, 1972

Famous Weddings in 1972

Famous Divorces in 1972

  • Jun 26 NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas (39) divorces first wife Dorothy Hoelle after nearly 2 decades of marriage
  • Sep 19 Actor Phil Hartman (23) divorces Gretchen Lewis after 2 years of marriage

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