On This Day

What Happened on February 20, 1972

Historical Events


CarDaytona 500

14th Daytona 500: A.J. Foyt dominates the race, winning by almost 2 laps over his closest competitor Charlie Glotzbach

Racing Car Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Car Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • 1st time Cleveland Cavaliers beat NY Knicks (111-109)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Ard Schenk wins world championship for speed skating

Speed Skater Ard Schenk
Speed Skater
Ard Schenk
  • Sicco Mansholt becomes chairman of European Committee

Famous Birthdays

  • K-OS, Canadian musician/rapper

Famous Deaths

  • Herbert Menges, English composer, dies at 69
  • Maria Goeppert-Mayer, American-German atomic physicist (Nobel 1963), dies at 65
  • Walter Winchell, writer/actor (Dondi, Love & Hisses), dies at 74
1972 Highlights

About February 20, 1972

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 48 years, 11 months and 4 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Pisces