On This Day

What Happened on August 28, 1972

Historical Events

World Record

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

  • 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
  • North Korean shooter Ri Ho-jun wins the 50m rifle prone event at the Munich Olympics; his nation's first ever Olympic gold medal

Olympic Gold

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

  • USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR

Famous Birthdays

  • Darby Hendrickson, American hockey forward (Olympics 1994), born in Richfield, Minnasota
  • Jay Witasick, American baseball player, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • John Buchanan, American actor (Sidekicks, Black Stallion, Family Man), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Mike Cawley, American CFL quarterback (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Famous Deaths

  • William, English Prince of Gloucester and grandson of George V, dies in accident at 30
1972 Highlights

About August 28, 1972

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 49 years, 9 months and 29 days
Leap Year: Yes

Holidays: Late Summer Bank Holiday (United Kingdom)

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O'Sullivan
  • UK #1 Song: You Wear It Well - Rod Stewart