On This Day

What Happened on April 17, 1972

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • 76th Boston Marathon: Olavi Suomalainen of Finland wins men's race in 2:15:39; American Nina Kuscsik takes inaugural women's title in 3:10:26; first year women's race officially sanctioned
  • Kiteman attempting to throw out 1st ball in Phillie Vet crashes into centerfield seats
  • Revised Dutch constitution proclaimed

Famous Birthdays

  • Benjamin Dodwell, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Claire Sweeney, English actress (Brookside), born in Walton, Liverpool
  • Gary Bennett, American baseball player, born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • Gordon Laro, American NFL tight end (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • Jarkko Wiss, Finnish footballer, born in Tampere, Finland

Person of interestJennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner [Affleck], American actress (Sydney Bristow-Alias), born in Houston, Texas

  • Keith Lyle, American football safety (St Louis Rams), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lankan cricketer (leading Sri Lankan Test off-spinner), born in Kandy, Ceylon
  • Tony Boselli, American NFL offensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Modesto, California