What Happened on February 17, 1972

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • British Parliament votes to join the European Common Market

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti receives record 17 curtain calls after his performance in "La fille du régiment" at New York's Metropolitan Opera

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti

Historic CommunicationVolkswagen Beetle

Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle model exceed those of Ford Model T
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  • TV comedy M*A*S*H, adapted from the movie, starring Alan Alda, Loretta Swit and Wayne Rogers debuts on CBS in the US

Event of interestEvent of Interest

US President Richard Nixon leaves Washington, D.C. for China

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestBillie Joe Armstrong

Billie Joe Armstrong, singer/musician (Green Day), born in Oakland, California

  • Lloy Ball, American volleyball setter (Olympics 1996), born in Ft Wayne Indiana
  • Richard MacQuire, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Stephen Robinson, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Arlington, Virginia
  • Taylor Hawkins, American musician (Foo Fighters)
  • Tony Lawson, NSA Australia, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • Valeria Mazza, Argentinian model and businesswoman, born in Rosario, Argentina
  • Vladimir Vujtek, NHL forward (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998, Tampa Bay)
  • William Floyd, full back (San Francisco 49ers)
  • Yuki Isoya, Japanese singer (formerly Judy and Mary)

Famous Deaths

  • Gavril Nikolayevich Popov, Soviet Russian composer, dies at 67