On This Day

What Happened on December 31, 1972

Historical Events

  • 39th Sugar Bowl: #2 Oklahoma beats #5 Penn State, 14-0
  • AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: Miami Dolphins beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 21-7
  • Australian Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley 6-4, 7-5 for her record 11th and final Australian singles crown
  • Leap second day; also in 1973-79, 1987

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Martin McGuinness is arrested and held under the new Republic of Ireland legislation

Sinn Féin Leader Martin McGuinness
Sinn Féin Leader
Martin McGuinness
  • NFC Championship, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Washington Redskins beat Dallas Cowboys 26-3

Famous Birthdays

  • Chris Parker, American football running back (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Cole Ford, American football placekicker (Oakland Raiders), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Joey McIntyre, American singer-songwriter (New Kids On The Block - "Lovin' You Forever"), born in Needham, Massachusetts
  • Kelvin Kinney, American football defensive end (Washington Redskins), born in Montgomery, West Virginia

Famous Deaths

Person of interestRoberto Clemente

Roberto Clemente, Puerto Rican Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (15 x MLB All Star; World Series 1960, 71 [MVP]; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies in a plane crash at 38

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
1972 Highlights

About December 31, 1972

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 48 years, 8 months and 17 days
Leap Year: Yes

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