On This Day

What Happened on December 2, 1972

Historical Events

  • "December Giant" largest sinkhole in US collapses (Alabama)
  • "Via Galactica" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • 37th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 17-16 in Birmingham
  • In 1 of their worst trades Yanks get Rich McKinney for Stan Bahnsen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Romanian tennis star Ilie Năstase successfully defends his ATP Masters Grand Prix title with a 6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 2–6, 6–3 win over American Stan Smith in Barcelona, Spain

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • USC tailback Anthony Davis becomes first to score 6 touchdowns against Notre Dame; in a 45-23 victory over the Fighting Irish Davis at the LA Coliseum he scores on runs of 1, 4, 5 & 8 yards and 2 kickoff returns

Famous Birthdays

  • Alan Henderson, American basketball forward (NBA Most Improved Player 1998; Atlanta Hawks), born in Morgantown, West Virginia

Famous Deaths

  • Friedrich Christian Christiansen, German Luftwaffe general, dies
  • Ip Man, Chinese martial artist, and a master teacher of Wing Chun, dies at 79
  • Jose Limon, Mexican/US dancer (moor's pavane), dies at 64
1972 Highlights

About December 2, 1972

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 48 years, 10 months and 20 days
Leap Year: Yes

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