On This Day

What Happened on December 20, 1972

Historical Events

  • Five civilians (four Catholics, one Protestant) killed in gun attack on the Top of the Hill Bar in Derry, North Ireland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Neil Simons "Sunshine Boys" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon

Famous Birthdays

  • Anders Odden, Norwegian musician, born in Stavanger, Norway
  • Jan Caloun, Czech hockey forward (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998), born in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
  • Jonathan Wyatt, New Zealand 5000m runner (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Scott Slutzker, American football tight end (Indianapolis Colts), born in Oakland, California

Famous Deaths

  • Gabby Hartnett, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (MLB All Star 1933–38; NL MVP 1935; Chicago Cubs) and manager (Chicago Cubs), dies of cirrhosis at 72
1972 Highlights

About December 20, 1972

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 47 years, 7 months and 15 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Sagittarius