What Happened on August 16, 1972

Historical Events

  • 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
  • Philip Potter appointed sect-gen of World council of Churches
  • USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1972 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Eddie Goines, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Emily Strayer (formerly Robison), American country singer, instrumentalist and songwriter (The Chicks, formerly known as Dixie Chicks), born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • Frankie Boyle, Scottish comedian, born in Pollokshaws, Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Michael Thornberry, American team handball circle (Olympics 1996), born in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Stan Lazaridis, Australian footballer, born in Perth, Australia
  • Zach Wiegert, American college and professional football player (St Louis Rams), born in Fremont, Nebraska
Born in 1972

Famous Deaths

  • John Barnes Chance, American composer, dies at 39

About August 16, 1972

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 50 years, 9 months and 24 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O'Sullivan
  • UK #1 Song: School's Out - Alice Cooper