On This Day

What Happened on February 1, 1972

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

Music releaseAlbum Release

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

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
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

  • Carlton Bruner, American 1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Geoff Sanderson, American NHL left wing (Hartford Whalers), born in Hay River, Canada
  • Kami, Japanese musician (Malice Mizer), born in Ibaraki, Japan (d. 1999)
  • Richard Becker, American baseball outfielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Aurora, Illinois
  • Yoshi DeHerrera, American TV personality, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado