What Happened in August 1972

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 1st article exposing Watergate scandal by Bernstein and Woodward in "The Washington Post"
  • Aug 1 Nate Colbert hits MLB record tying 5 HRs and record 13 RBI as Padres beat Atlanta 9-0, 11-7 in a doubleheader
  • Aug 2 Gold hits record $70 an ounce in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 3 British premier Edward Heath proclaims emergency crisis due to dock strike

British Prime Minister Edward Heath
British Prime Minister
Edward Heath
  • Aug 3 Chozen-ji/Intl Zen Dojo founded by Omori Sogen Roshi, in Hawaii
  • Aug 3 U.S. Senate ratifies the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
  • Aug 4 Arthur Bremer jailed for 63 years for shooting Alabama Governor Wallace

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 4 Uganda dictator Idi Amin orders the expulsion of 50,000 Asians with British passport from Uganda

Ugandan Dictator Idi Amin
Ugandan Dictator
Idi Amin
  • Aug 5 Moody Blues release "Nights in White Satin"
  • Aug 5 Detroit Tigers shortstop Ed Brinkman commits an error ending record streak of 72 games & 331 total chances without a misplay

Sports record brokenBaseball Event

Aug 6 Hank Aaron hits 660th & 661st HRs for the Atlanta Braves, breaking Babe Ruth's MLB record of homers for one team

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 6 PGA Championship, Oakland Hills CC: Gary Player of South Africa wins by 2 shots from Americans Tommy Aaron & Jim Jamieson

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Aug 7 Yogi Berra, Sandy Koufax, Lefty Gomez, Early Wynn, Josh Gibson, Will Harridge, Buck Leonard & Ross Youngs are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • Aug 8 NY Yanks sign 30-year lease to play in remodeled Yankee Stadium
  • Aug 9 There is widespread and severe rioting in Nationalist areas of Northern Ireland on the anniversary of the introduction of Internment
  • Aug 10 1 million kg meteorite grazes atmosphere above Canada

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 10 Paul & Linda McCartney are arrested in Sweden on drug possession

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney
  • Aug 10 Finnish runner Lasse Virén wraps up the 5,000/10,000m double at the Munich Olympics; runs Olympic record 13:26.42 for the 5k gold medal
  • Aug 11 "Cheech & Chong Day" in San Antonio Texas
  • Aug 11 Two IRA members are killed when a bomb they were transporting exploded prematurely
  • Aug 12 "Funny Thing Happened..." closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 156 performances
  • Aug 12 "Oh! Calcutta!" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 1316 performances
  • Aug 12 Ian & Greg Chappell both scores centuries in same Test Cricket innings
  • Aug 12 Last American combat ground troops leave Vietnam
  • Aug 13 Dutch KRO-TV transmits 440th & last episode of "Bonanza"
  • Aug 13 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Pabst Ladies Golf Classic
  • Aug 14 2 British soldiers are killed by an IRA booby trap bomb in Belfast
  • Aug 14 A Catholic civilian is shot dead during an IRA attack on a British Army patrol in Belfast
  • Aug 16 Morocco King Hassan II's B727 shot during failed coup attempt by General Mohamed Oufkir. Reportedly, King Hassan grabbed the radio and told the rebel pilots "Stop firing! The tyrant is dead!", fooling pilots to break off attack
  • Aug 16 Philip Potter appointed sect-gen of World council of Churches
  • Aug 16 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 17 Phillies Steve Carlton wins his 15th straight game
  • Aug 18 Police fine Paul & Linda McCartney ś800 in Sweden cannabis possession
  • Aug 18 4th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • Aug 20 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Aug 21 1st hot air balloon flight over Alps
  • Aug 21 British dock strike ends after dockers accept an amended Jones-Adlington Agreement
  • Aug 21 Grace Slick maced by police when a band official called cops, pigs
  • Aug 21 Republican convention opens in Miami Beach
  • Aug 21 US orbiting astronomy observatory Copernicus launched
  • Aug 21 33rd Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 22 Rhodesia is expelled by the International Olympic Committee for its racist policies.
  • Aug 22 IRA bomb explodes prematurely at a customs post at Newry, County Down - 9 people, including three members of the IRA and five Catholic civilians, are killed in the explosion

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 23 Republican convention (Miami Beach, Fla) renominates Vice President Spiro Agnew but not unanimous: 1 vote went to NBC newsman David Brinkley

Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew
Vice President of the United States
Spiro Agnew

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 23 Chicago's Dick Allen is 4th (Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, & Alex Johnson) to homer into Comiskey Park's center field bleachers

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • Aug 23 4 civilians and 1 British soldier are injured in separate overnight shooting incidents in North Ireland
  • Aug 24 8th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks beat Mets 2-1
  • Aug 24 Dennis Amiss scores 1st one-day int century, 103 v Australia

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Aug 24 Gordie Howe & Jean Beliveau inducted in Hockey Hall of Fame

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
NHL Legend Jean Beliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Beliveau
  • Aug 26 20th Olympic games open at Munich German FR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 26 Leo Durocher replaces Harry Walker as manager of Astros

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Aug 26 NY Cosmos beat St Louis Stars, 2-1 to win NASL championship
  • Aug 26 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 27 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open
  • Aug 27 US bombs Haiphong, North Vietnam
  • Aug 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Aug 28 American 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of David Edgar, John Murphy, John Heidenreich & Mark Spitz swim a world record 3:26.42 to beat Soviet Union for the gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Aug 28 Australian teenage swimmer Shane Gould sets a world record 2:23.07 to beat German Kornelia Ender in the 200m individual medley at the Munich Olympics; her first of 3 gold medals at the Games
  • Aug 28 Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut becomes media darling at the Munich Olympics; wins gold in the teams all-round ; follows with 2 gold and a silver
  • Aug 28 North Korean shooter Ri Ho-jun wins the 50m rifle prone event at the Munich Olympics; his nation's first ever Olympic gold medal
  • Aug 29 SF Giant Jim Barr retires 1st 20 batters he faces added to last 21 he retired 6 days earlier for record 41 in a row
  • Aug 29 Sandy Neilson wins the blue ribband women's 100m freestyle gold medal in 58.59 at the Munich Olympics beating fellow American Shirley Babashoff and Shane Gould of Australia

Music concertMusic Concert

Aug 30 John Lennon and Yoko Ono perform at Madison Square Garden

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Aug 30 Japanese breaststroker Nobutaka Taguchi beats American pair Tom Bruce & John Hencken to win the 100m gold medal in world record 1:04.94 at the Munich Olympic Games
  • Aug 30 Australian teenage swimmer Shane Gould with a world record 4:19.04 for the 400m, wins her second of 3 gold medals at the Munich Olympics
  • Aug 30 American women's 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Shirley Babashoff, Jane Barkman, Jenny Kemp & Sandy Neilson beats East Germany by just 0.36 to win gold at the Munich Olympics; world record 3:55.19
  • Aug 30 Amidst Olga Korbut mania at the Munich Olympics, Soviet team mate Ludmilla Tourischeva wins the gymnastics individual all-round competition, her 2nd gold medal of the Games
  • Aug 30 Slalom canoeing is introduced at the Munich Olympics with East Germany winning all 4 events
  • Aug 31 Lasse Viren runs Olympic/world record 10,000m (27:38.4)
  • Aug 31 Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut wins balance beam & floor exercise gold medals at the Munich Olympics; follows gold in the teams all-round
  • Aug 31 American super swimmer Mark Spitz wraps up the Olympic butterfly double with a world record 54.27 in the 100m in Munich, having already won the 200m in world record time 2:00.70
  • Aug 31 American 4 x 200m freestyle relay team of John Kinsella, Fred Tyler, Steve Genter & Mark Spitz swim a world record 7:35.78 to beat West Germany for the gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Aug 31 Australian swimmer Gail Neall with a world record 5:02.97 wins the 400m individual medley gold medal at the Munich Olympics

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 120

  • Aug 1 Karen Dalton, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Mt View, California
  • Aug 1 Martin Damm, Czech tennis star, born in Liberec, Czech Republic
  • Aug 1 Matt Dyson, American NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders), born in La Plata, Maryland
  • Aug 1 D-Von Dudley, American professional wrestler, born in New Rochelle, New York
  • Aug 1 Nicke Royale, Swedish musician (The Hellacopters), born in Sweden
  • Aug 1 Tanya Reid, Canadian actress (Exit to Eden), born in Dryden, Ontario, Canada
  • Aug 2 Lee McClinton, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins)
  • Aug 2 Nathan Thomas, Australian water polo player (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 2 Mohamed Al-Deayea, Saudi Arabian footballer
  • Aug 2 Jimmy Pop, American musician (The Bloodhound Gang)
  • Aug 2 Justyna Steczkowska, Polish singer
  • Aug 3 Alain Bolduc, Canadian sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Aug 3 Jeff Nygaard, American volleyball middle blocker (Olympics 1996), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Aug 3 John Lilley, American hockey forward (Olympics 1994), born in Wakefield, Massachusetts
  • Aug 3 Sandis Ozolinsh, NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche), born in Riga, Latvia
  • Aug 3 Travis Hall, NFL defensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons), born in Sodoltna, Alaska
  • Aug 4 Stefan Brogren, Canadian actor
  • Aug 5 Aaqib Javed, Pakistani cricketer and pace bowler (1989-98), born in Sheikhupura, Pakistan
  • Aug 5 Arthur Reid, pairs skater (& Jennifer Darst), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Aug 5 Darryl Yung, badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • Aug 5 John Wasdin, Ft Belvoir WA, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • Aug 5 Christian Olde Wolbers, Belgian musician (Fear Factory)
  • Aug 5 Ikuto Hidaka, Japanese professional wrestler

Person of interestGeri Horner

Aug 6 Geri Horner [Halliwell], British pop singer "Ginger Spice" (Spice Girls), born in Watford, England

Singer Geri Horner
Singer
Geri Horner
  • Aug 6 Mike Frederick, NFL defensive end (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • Aug 7 Oscar Gray, NFL fullback (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Aug 7 Tony Bouie, NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Aug 7 Greg Serano, American actor
  • Aug 8 Axel Merckx, Belgian cyclist
  • Aug 8 Lüpüs Thünder, American musician (The Bloodhound Gang)
  • Aug 9 Elizabeth Vassey, actress (Emily Martin-All My Children), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Aug 9 Eric Zomalt, NFL strong safety (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Aug 9 Robert Peal, American dance skater (with Margot Contois), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 9 Silvia Ramon-Cortes, tennis star (1994 Futures-Vigo), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Aug 9 Juanes, Colombian singer
  • Aug 9 A-Mei, Taiwanese singer
  • Aug 10 Lawrence Dallaglio, English rugby union footballer
  • Aug 10 Christofer Johnsson, Swedish musician
  • Aug 11 Curtis Ceaser, NFL wide receiver (NY Jets)
  • Aug 11 Jonathon Prandi, American model
  • Aug 12 Allison Cook, Australian basketballl player (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Aug 12 Del "The Funkee Homosapian", rapper
  • Aug 12 John Jones, WLAF guard (Rhein Fire)
  • Aug 12 Rebecca Gayheart, actress (Hannah Mayberry-Loving)
  • Aug 12 Takanohana, Sumo yokozuna
  • Aug 12 Mark Kinsella, Irish footballer
  • Aug 12 Gyanendra Pandey, Indian cricketer
  • Aug 13 Lisa Kiggens, LPGA golfer (1994 Rochester International), born in Salinas, California
  • Aug 13 Kevin Plank, American entrepreneur (Under Armour)
  • Aug 14 Brian Gragert, WLAF punter (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Aug 14 Ed O'Bannon, NBA forward (NJ Nets)
  • Aug 14 Evan Pilgrim, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • Aug 14 Katja Maaria Lehtd, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • Aug 14 Ross Schulte, NFL/WLAF kicker/punter (Buffalo Bills, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Aug 14 Jay Manuel, Canadian make-up artist

Person of interestBen Affleck

Aug 15 Ben Affleck, American actor (Armageddon, Pearl Harbor), born in Berkeley, California

  • Aug 15 Freddie Solomon, NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Aug 15 Jason Maniecki, defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Aug 15 Ken Walter, punter (Carolina Panthers)
  • Aug 15 Mikey Graham, Irish singer (Boyzone), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Aug 15 Chris Morrissey, American film director/actor
  • Aug 15 Matthew Wood, American actor and sound editor
  • Aug 16 Eddie Goines, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Aug 16 Michael Reed, NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers), born in Maplewood, Minnesota
  • Aug 16 Michael Thornberry, American team handball circle (Olympics 1996), born in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Aug 16 Zach Wiegert, American college and professional football player (St Louis Rams), born in Fremont, Nebraska
  • Aug 16 Stan Lazaridis, Australian footballer, born in Perth, Australia
  • Aug 16 Emily Robison, American country singer, instrumentalist and songwriter (Dixie Chicks), born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • Aug 16 Frankie Boyle, Scottish comedian, born in Pollokshaws, Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Aug 17 Ernie Conwell, tight end (St Louis Rams)
  • Aug 17 Habibul Bashar, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • Aug 18 Derrick Harris, running back (St Louis Rams)
  • Aug 18 Loraine Lambert, Ipswich Queensland, golfer (NZ champ 1991, 92)
  • Aug 18 Nate Jones, heavyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 18 Ray Jacobs, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos)
  • Aug 18 Keiko Yamada, Japanese singer (Globe), born in Oita, Japan
  • Aug 18 Leo Ku, Hong Kong singer
  • Aug 18 Shaun Wilson, Australian artist and filmmaker, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Aug 19 Colleen Thornburn, softball catcher (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Aug 19 Elizabeth Wolfgramm, American singer (The Jets), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Aug 19 Pierre Allard, hockey forward (Team France 1998)
  • Aug 19 Roberto Abbondanzieri, Argentine footballer, born in Bouquet, Argentina
  • Aug 19 Sammi Cheng [Sau Man], Hong Kong singer and actress (Internal Affairs), born in Hong Kong
  • Aug 19 Chihiro Yonekura, Japanese singer, born in Yokohama, Japan
  • Aug 20 Derrick Alston, NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Aug 21 Johnnie Harris, CFL linebacker (Toronto Argonauts), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 22 Marliece Andrada, playmate (March 1998), born in Manteca, California
  • Aug 22 Stephen Boyd, American NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions), born in Valley Stream, New York
  • Aug 22 Max Wilson, Brazilian racing driver, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Aug 23 Anthony Calvillo, CFL quarterback (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Aug 23 Sheldon Benoit, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • Aug 23 Tony Carter, NFL running back (Chicago Bears)
  • Aug 23 Martin Grainger, English footballer, born in London Borough of Enfield, United Kingdom
  • Aug 23 Raul Casanova, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Humacao, Puerto Rico
  • Aug 24 Chris Right, CFL receiver (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Aug 24 Christian Ruud, tennis star (1989 Norwegian), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Aug 24 Ian Moran, US hockey defenseman (Olympics 1994, Pitts), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Aug 24 Kurt Miller, pitcher (Florida Marlins), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Aug 24 Ava DuVernay, American director, writer and producer (13th, Selma, Queen Sugar), born in Long Beach, California
  • Aug 25 Bryan Stoltenberg, corner (NY Giants)

Famous Weddings

  • Aug 5 "The Addams Family" actor John Astin (42) weds actress Patty Duke (25)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Brian Cole, vocalist/bassist (Association), dies of overdose at 29
  • Aug 2 Paul Goodman, US social critic/writer, dies at 60
  • Aug 2 Rudolph Ganz, Swiss-born American composer, dies at 95
  • Aug 2 Helen Hoyt, American poet (b. 1887)
  • Aug 5 Frederic Tozere, actor (Mr Phillips-Stanley), dies at 71
  • Aug 5 Harry Hylton-Foster, Speaker of the British House of Commons (b. 1905)
  • Aug 7 Joi Lansing [Joyce Brown], American model, film and television actress, and nightclub singer (Touch of Evil, Bob Cummings Show), dies of cancer at 43
  • Aug 8 Andrea Feldman, American actor (b. 1948)
  • Aug 9 Bill Berns, commentator (Television Screen Magazine), dies at 53
  • Aug 9 Richard Elsasser, American composer and organist , dies at 45
  • Aug 11 Max Theiler, South African-American virologist who developed vaccine for Yellow Fever (Nobel Prize 1951), dies at 73
  • Aug 11 Rose Schneiderman, American socialist, feminist, trade union leader and secretary of labor for New York State (1937-44), dies at 90
  • Aug 13 George Wiess, General Manager (NY Yankees), dies at 78
  • Aug 13 Tina Brooks, American blues and funk saxophonist (True Blue), dies of liver failure at 42
  • Aug 14 Jules Romains, French novelist (Death of Nobody), dies at 86
  • Aug 14 Oscar Levant, American actor (An American in Paris, Dance of Life), dies at 65
  • Aug 14 Pierre Brasseur [Espinasse], French actor (Eyes Without a Face, Children of Paradise), dies from a heart attack at 66
  • Aug 15 Alf Hurum, Norwegian composer, dies at 89
  • Aug 16 John Barnes Chance, composer, dies at 39
  • Aug 17 Raymond Brulez, Flemish author (Schoone slaapster), dies at 76
  • Aug 17 Wampilow, writer, dies
  • Aug 23 Balis Dvarionas, composer, dies at 68
  • Aug 24 Carlos Wesley "Don" Byas, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 59
  • Aug 25 Juan Carlos Paz, composer, dies at 71
  • Aug 25 Robert Denzler, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 26 Jacques Gans, Dutch author/journalist, dies at 63
  • Aug 28 William HAF, Engl prince/grandson of George V, dies in accident at 29
  • Aug 29 Lale Andersen [Elisabeth Bunnenberg], German singer and actress (Der Pott), dies at 67
  • Aug 29 Rene Leibowitz, composer, dies at 59