What Happened on August 16, 1972

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

Sport awardGolf Major

54th PGA Championship: Gary Player shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills Mich

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Gary Player
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • Eddie Goines, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Emily Robison, American country singer, instrumentalist and songwriter (Dixie Chicks)
  • Frankie Boyle, Scottish comedian
  • Michael Reed, NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers)
  • Michael Thornberry, Virginia Beach Va, team handball circle (Olympics 1996)
  • Stan Lazaridis, Australian footballer
  • Zach Wiegert, tackle (St Louis Rams)

Famous Deaths

  • John Barnes Chance, composer, dies at 39