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

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 Interest

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

  • NFC Championship, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Washington Redskins beat Dallas Cowboys 26-3
1972 History

Famous Birthdays

  • 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
Born in 1972

Famous Deaths

Roberto ClementeRoberto Clemente (1934-1972)

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

About December 31, 1972

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 50 years and 3 months
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: You're So Vain - Carly Simon
  • UK #1 Song: Long Haired Lover From Liverpool - Little Jimmy Osmond