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

Olympic 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

  • 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 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

  • Slalom canoeing is introduced at the Munich Olympics with East Germany winning all 4 events
1972 History

Famous Birthdays

Cameron DiazCameron Diaz (50 years old)

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

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

About August 30, 1972

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 50 years, 9 months and 2 days
Leap Year: Yes

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