On This Day

What Happened on February 1, 1972

Historical Events


Music releaseAlbum Release

"Harvest" 4th studio album by Neil Young is released (best selling album US 1972)

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Singer-songwriter
Neil Young
  • 1972 NFL Draft: Walt Patulski from University of Notre Dame first pick by Buffalo Bills
  • 1st scientific hand-held calculator (HP-35) introduced ($395)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

British Prime Minister Edward Heath announces the appointment of Lord Chief Justice Lord Widgery to undertake an inquiry into the 13 deaths on 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972)

British Prime Minister Edward Heath
British Prime Minister
Edward Heath
  • Kuala Lumpur becomes a city by a royal charter granted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
  • The Ministry of Defence also issues a detailed account of the British Army's version of events during 'Bloody Sunday'
  • Wings release "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" in UK

Famous Birthdays

  • Christian Ziege, German soccer left wing-back (72 caps; Bayern Munich) and manager (Germany U18, U19, FC Pinzgau), born in Berlin, Germany
  • Franklyn Rose, West Indian cricket all-rounder (19 Tests, 53 wickets; 27 ODIs), born in Chalky Hill, Saint Ann, Jamaica
  • Geoff Sanderson, Canadian ice hockey left wing (NHL All Star 1994, 97; World C'ships gold 1994, 97; Hartford Whalers, Columbus Blue jackets), born in Hay River, Canada
  • Kami, Japanese musician (Malice Mizer), born in Ibaraki, Japan (d. 1999)
  • Yoshi DeHerrera, American TV personality, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
1972 Highlights

About February 1, 1972

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 48 years, 9 months and 27 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Aquarius