On This Day

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

Historic Event

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


Famous Birthdays

Billie Joe Armstrong

Billie Joe Armstrong, 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, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Arlington, Virginia
  • Taylor Hawkins, American drummer (Foo Fighters - "Everlong"; "My Hero"), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Tony Lawson, NSA Australia, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 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 (San Francisco 49ers), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Yuki Isoya, Japanese singer (formerly Judy and Mary)

Famous Deaths

  • Gavriil Popov, Soviet Russian composer, dies at 67
1972 Highlights

About February 17, 1972

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 49 years, 9 months and 16 days
Leap Year: Yes

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