On This Day

What Happened on August 30, 1972

Historical Events

  • 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

OlympicsOlympic Gold

Amidst Olga Korbut mania at the Munich Olympics, Soviet teammate Ludmilla Tourischeva wins the gymnastics individual all-round competition, her 2nd gold medal of the Games

Gymnast Olga Korbut
Gymnast
Olga Korbut
  • 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
  • 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

Music concertMusic Concert

John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "One on One" benefit shows (matinee and evening) for children at Madison Square Garden, New York, his final full concert performance

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Slalom canoeing is introduced at the Munich Olympics with East Germany winning all 4 events

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestCameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz, American actress (Shrek, The Mask, My Best Friend's Wedding), born in Long Beach, California

Actress Cameron Diaz
Actress
Cameron Diaz
  • Jose Herrera, outfielder (Oakland A's), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Pavel NedvÄ›d, Czech football player (Lazio, Juventus), born in Cheb, Czechoslovakia
1972 Highlights

About August 30, 1972

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 48 years, 1 month and 23 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Virgo