- 1972 NFL Draft: Walt Patulski from University of Notre Dame first pick by Buffalo Bills
- 1st scientific hand-held calculator (HP-35) introduced ($395)
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)
- 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
- 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
Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 48 years, 9 months and 27 days
Leap Year: Yes