On This Day

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

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 Reed, NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers), born in Maplewood, Minnesota
  • 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

Famous Deaths

  • John Barnes Chance, American composer, dies at 39
1972 Highlights

About August 16, 1972

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 48 years, 3 months and 20 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Leo