On This Day

What Happened on August 31, 1972

Historical Events


Sports record brokenWorld Record

American 4 x 200m freestyle relay team of John Kinsella, Fred Tyler, Steve Genter & Mark Spitz swim a world record 7:35.78 to beat West Germany for the gold medal at the Munich Olympics

Swimmer Mark Spitz
Swimmer
Mark Spitz
  • American super swimmer Mark Spitz wraps up the Olympic butterfly double with a world record 54.27 in the 100m in Munich, having already won the 200m in world record time 2:00.70
  • Australian swimmer Gail Neall with a world record 5:02.97 wins the 400m individual medley gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Lasse Viren runs Olympic/world record 10,000m (27:38.4)

OlympicsOlympic Gold

Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut wins balance beam & floor exercise gold medals at the Munich Olympics; follows gold in the teams all-round

Gymnast Olga Korbut
Gymnast
Olga Korbut

1972 Highlights

About August 31, 1972

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 48 years, 3 months and 1 day
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Virgo