What Happened on February 17, 1972

Britain Joins the European Community

Historical Events

  • British Parliament votes to join the European Common Market

Music Concert

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

Volkswagen Beetle

Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle model exceed those of Ford Model T

Event of Interest

US President Richard Nixon leaves Washington, D.C. for a groundbreaking trip to China

1972 History

Famous Birthdays

Billie Joe Armstrong (51 years old)

American singer and musician (Green Day - "Basket Case"; "American Idiot"), 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, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Arlington, Virginia
  • Taylor Hawkins, American drummer (Foo Fighters - "Everlong"; "My Hero"), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2022)
  • Tony Lawson, Australian diver (Olympics 1996), born in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
  • Valeria Mazza, Argentinian model and businesswoman, born in Rosario, Argentina
  • Vladimir Vujtek, Czech NHL forward (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998, Tampa Bay), born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia)
  • William Floyd, American NFL full back, 1994-2000, Super Bowl champ (San Francisco 49ers; Carolina Panthers), and broadcaster, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Yuki Isoya, Japanese pop-rock singer and lyricist (Judy and Mary -"Sobakasu"; NiNa), born in Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan
Born in 1972

Famous Deaths

  • Gavriil Popov, Soviet Russian composer, dies at 67

About February 17, 1972

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 51 years, 7 months and 7 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Without You - Nilsson
  • UK #1 Song: Son of My Father - Chicory Tip