On This Day

What Happened on April 2, 1972

Historical Events

Historic Event

Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin visits Cairo

Sports History

New York Mets manager Gil Hodges collapses just minutes after completing a round of golf in West Palm Beach, Florida, and dies of a heart attack

Historic Event

Tennessee Williams' "Small Craft Warnings" premieres in NYC


Famous Birthdays

  • Chico Slimani, Moroccan-British singer (It's Chico Time), born in Bridgend, Wales

Famous Deaths

  • Franz Halder, German general (b. 1884)

Gil Hodges

Gil Hodges, American baseball 1st baseman (8 x MLB All Star; Brooklyn / LA Dodgers; NY Mets; World Series 1955, 59, 69; Gold Glove Award 1957–59) and manager (Washington Senators, NY Mets), dies of heart attack at 57

  • Toshitsugu Takamatsu, Japanese Martial Arts Grandmaster (b. 1887)
1972 Highlights

About April 2, 1972

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 49 years, 8 months and 6 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Aries