On This Day

What Happened on December 2, 1972

Day of the Week: Saturday

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, NBA forward (Atlanta Hawks)
  • Chris Burns, Canadian CFL tackle (Calgary Stampeders, Hamilton Tiger-Cats & Ottawa Renegades), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • James Willis, linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Sunjith Somasunder, cricketer (Karnataka & India ODI opening bat 1996)
  • Zack Crockett, NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts)

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