On This Day

What Happened on January 31, 1972

Historical Events

Music History

Aretha Franklin sings at Mahalia Jackson's funeral

  • Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev becomes 11th King of Nepal
  • British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling to House of Commons on 'Bloody Sunday', "The Army returned the fire directed at them with aimed shots and inflicted a number of casualties on those who were attacking them with firearms and with bombs"
  • Military coup ousts civilian government of Ghana
  • US launches HEOS A-2 for interplanetary observations (396/244,998)

Famous Birthdays

  • Marvin Coleman, American basketball player (Calgary Stampeders), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Pulu Poumele, American football guard (San Diego Chargers), born in Oceanside, California (d. 2016)
  • Reinier Robbemond, Dutch soccer player (Dordrecht '90), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands

Famous Deaths

  • Bir Bikram Shah Deva Mahendra, king of Nepal (1955-72), dies at 51
  • Fritiof Nilsson Piraten, Swedish writer (Bombi Bitt Och Jag), dies at 76
  • Howard Barlow, American conductor (Voice of Firestone), dies at 79
  • Istvan Szelenyi, composer, dies at 67
1972 Highlights

About January 31, 1972

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 49 years, 10 months and 3 days
Leap Year: Yes

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