On This Day

What Happened on February 5, 1972

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • "Another Puff" by Jerry Reed peaks at #65
  • Bob Douglas is 1st African American elected to Basketball Hall of Fame
  • German speed skater Erhard Keller wins his 2nd consecutive Olympic 500m gold medal at the Sapporo Winter Games after taking out the event in Grenoble (1968)
  • Two IRA members are killed when a bomb they were planting exploded prematurely
  • US airlines begin mandatory inspection of passengers & baggage

Famous Birthdays

  • Chris Bailey, American ice hockey defenseman (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Marietta, New York
  • Koriki Chōshū, Japanese comedian, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, born in Hobart, Australia
  • Tony Johnson, American football tight end (New Orleans Saints), born in Como, Mississippi

Famous Deaths

  • Marianne Moore, American poetess (Pulitzer 1951), dies at 84