What Happened on April 2, 1972

Historical Events

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

Event of Interest

Tennessee Williams' "Small Craft Warnings" premieres in NYC

Famous Birthdays

  • Chico Slimani, Moroccan-British singer (It's Chico Time), born in Bridgend, Wales
Born in 1972

Famous Deaths

  • Franz Halder, German general (b. 1884)

Gil Hodges (1924-1972)

American Baseball HOF 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 a heart attack at 47

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

About April 2, 1972

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 51 years, 5 months and 20 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: A Horse With No Name - America
  • UK #1 Song: Without You - Nilsson