On This Day

What Happened on April 16, 1972

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • "That's Entertainment" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 4 performances
  • Apollo 16 launched; 5th manned lunar landing (Decartes Highlands)
  • Chicago Cub Burt Hooton no-hits Phillies, 1-0
  • Two British soldiers are shot dead by the Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA) in separate incidents in Derry
  • Two giant pandas arrive in US from China

Famous Birthdays

  • Conchita Martínez, Spanish tennis player (Wimbledon 1994), born in Monzón, Huesca, Spain
  • Jim Ballard, American NFL & WLAF quarterback (Scottish Claymores, Buffalo Bills), born in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
  • Tracey K. Smith, American poet (Pulitzer prize 2011, Poet Laureate), born in Falmouth, Massachusetts

Famous Deaths

  • Yasunari Kawabata, Japanese novelist (Thousand Cranes) and Nobel laureate (1968), dies at 72