On This Day

What Happened on January 8, 1972

Historical Events


Music releaseMusic Premiere

Dmitri Shostakovich' 15th Symphony premieres in Moscow

  • NCAA announces freshman can play on teams starting in fall

Famous Birthdays

  • Brandie Burton, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1993, 98), born in San Bernardino, California
  • Ted Yoder, American Yoderizing musician (hammered dulcimer), born in Goshen, Indiana

Famous Deaths


Person of interestKenneth Patchen

Kenneth Patchen, American writer (See You in the Morning), dies at 60

Poet and Novelist Kenneth Patchen
Poet and Novelist
Kenneth Patchen
  • Wesley Ruggles, American actor, producer and director (I'm No Angel, Arizona, Too Many Husbands), dies at 82
1972 Highlights

About January 8, 1972

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 48 years, 9 months and 21 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Capricorn