On This Day

What Happened on January 27, 1972

Historical Events

  • The British Army and the Irish Republican Army engage in gun battles near County Armagh; British troops fire over 1,000 rounds of ammunition
  • Two Royal Ulster Constabulary officers shot dead by IRA in an attack on their patrol car in the Creggan Road, Derry

Music releaseMusic Premiere

World premiere of Scott Joplin's rediscovered opera "Treemonisha" at Morehouse College in Atlanta

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin

Famous Birthdays

  • Bryant Young, American football defensive tackle (San Francisco 49ers), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • Chad Askew, NFL wide receiver (NY Jets)
  • Guillermo, Mexican-born American TV personality
  • Janine Ilitch, Australian netballer
  • Mark Lawrence, Canadian NHL right wing (Dallas Stars, NY Islanders), born in Burlington, Ontario
  • Mark Owen, English pop singer

Famous Deaths

Person of interestMahalia Jackson

Mahalia Jackson, gospel singer (He Got the Whole World), dies at 60

Gospel Singer Mahalia Jackson
Gospel Singer
Mahalia Jackson
  • Richard Courant, German-American mathematician, dies at 84
1972 Highlights

About January 27, 1972

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 49 years, 6 months and 3 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Aquarius