On This Day

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
  • "Promises Promises" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 1281 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
  • 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, American DJ and songwriter
  • 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Burmese Politician Aung San Suu Kyi
Burmese Politician
Aung San Suu Kyi

Famous Deaths

  • Jane Morgan, American singer & actress (Our Miss Brooks - "Mrs Margaret Davis"), dies at 91
  • Maurice A Chevalier, French actor & singer (Can Can, Gigi), dies at 83
1972 Highlights

About January 1, 1972

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 49 years and 7 months
Leap Year: Yes

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

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Capricorn