What Happened on January 1, 1972

Historical Events

  • "Company" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 690 performances
  • "On the Town" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 65 performances
  • 38th Orange Bowl: #1 Nebraska beats #2 Alabama, 38-6
  • 38th Sugar Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #5 Auburn, 40-22
  • 58th Rose Bowl: #16 Stanford beats #4 Michigan, 13-12

Musical Finale

Burt Bacharach and Hal David's musical "Promises, Promises", based on the 1960 Billy Wider film "The Apartment", closes at Shubert Theater, NYC, after 1281 performances, winning a Grammy and 2 Tony Awards

  • China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • International Book Year begins
  • KDSD TV channel 16 in Aberdeen, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Policewomen are enlisted as full members of South African Police Force for the first time.

Famous Birthdays

  • Barron Miles, American Canadian Football Hall of Fame defensive back and coach (Montreal Alouettes, BC Lions), born in Roselle, New Jersey
  • DJ Shadow [Joshua Davis], American hip-hop DJ and songwriter (Endtroducing.....), born in San Jose, Clifornia
  • Garrett K. Gomez, American jockey (US Champion Jockey by earnings 2006-09; Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey 2007-08), born in Tucson, Arizona (d. 2016)
  • Lilian Thuram, French soccer defender (record 142 caps; Monaco; Parma; Juventus; Barcelona), born in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe

Famous Weddings

Aung San Suu Kyi

Politician Aung San Suu Kyi (26) weds author Michael Aris (25)

Famous Deaths

  • (Jennie Jane Morgan, British-American vaudeville, radio, and screen actress (Our Miss Brooks - "Mrs Margaret Davis"), dies at 91
  • Maurice Chevalier, French actor (Can Can; Gigi) and singer ("Thank Heaven For Little Girls"), dies at 83
1972 Highlights

About January 1, 1972

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 51 years and 27 days
Leap Year: Yes

Holidays: New Year's Day (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United States)

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Capricorn

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Brand New Key - Melanie
  • UK #1 Song: Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West) - Benny Hill