What Happened in July 1972

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 "Follies" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 524 performances
  • Jul 1 "Hair" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 1750 performances
  • Jul 1 Ms. magazine begins publishing

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Jul 1 Feminist magazine "Ms" founded by Gloria Steinem publishes its first issue with Wonder Woman on the cover

Journalist Gloria Steinem
Gloria Steinem
  • Jul 1 The first Gay Pride march in England takes place.
  • Jul 2 "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 3242 performances
  • Jul 2 27th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Susie Maxwell Berning
  • Jul 2 Bob Seagren pole vaults world record 5.63m
  • Jul 2 India & Pakistan sign Simla Agreement peace accord
  • Jul 2 Two Catholic civilians are shot and killed in Belfast by Loyalist paramilitaries, probably the Ulster Defence Association (UDA)
  • Jul 3 Themba Sono is forced to resign as president of South African Student Organisation (SASO)
  • Jul 3 The Ulster Defence Association and the British Army come into conflict about a 'no-go' area at Ainsworth Avenue, Belfast
  • Jul 4 The Royal Ulster Constabulary forward a file about the killings on 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972) to the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland
  • Jul 5 Pierre Messmer appointed French premier
  • Jul 5 Two Protestant brothers are found shot dead outside of Belfast (There was speculation that they were killed by Loyalists because they had Catholic girlfriends)
  • Jul 7 1st women FBI members sworn in (Susan Lynn Roley & Joanne E Pierce)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 7 79th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King beats Goolagong (63 63)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Jul 7 Dutch Minister of Agt decides to ignore soft drug usage
  • Jul 7 Secret Talks Between IRA and British Government: Gerry Adams is part of a delegation to London for talks with the British Government
  • Jul 7 7 people are killed in separate incidents across Northern Ireland
  • Jul 8 US sells grain to USSR for $750 million

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Jul 9 1st tour of Paul McCartney & Wings (France)

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Jul 9 86th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Stan Smith beats Ilie Năstase (4-6 6-3 6-3 4-6 7-5)
  • Jul 9 Kathy Ahern wins LPGA George Washington Golf Classic
  • Jul 9 USSR performs underground nuclear test

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Jul 9 Kwame Nkrumah, re-buried in Nkroful, Ghana

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
  • Jul 9 Springhill Massacre: British snipers shoot dead five Catholic civilians and wounded two others in Springhill, Belfast.
  • Jul 9 The ceasefire between the Provisional IRA and the British Army comes to an end
  • Jul 10 Democratic convention opens in Miami Beach Florida (McGovern)
  • Jul 10 Herd of stampeding elephants kills 24, Chandka Forest India
  • Jul 12 Democrats nominated George McGovern for president in Miami Fla
  • Jul 12 Twelve years after the banning of the ANC and Pan Africanist Congress, a new political movement, the Black People Convention is formed after a three day long conference in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
  • Jul 13 LA Rams (Irsay) & Baltimore Colts (Rosenbloom) swap owners
  • Jul 13 A series of gun-battles and shootings erupt across Belfast between the Provisional Irish Republican Army and British Army soldiers
  • Jul 14 Jean Westwood is 1st woman chosen to head Democratic National Committee
  • Jul 14 USSR performs underground nuclear Test
  • Jul 14 Plate ump & catcher in a game are brothers. Bill Haller is umpire & Tom Haller is Tigers catcher, KC Royals win 1-0
  • Jul 15 101st British Golf Open: Lee Trevino shoots 278 at Muirfield Gullane
  • Jul 15 Sandra Palmer/Jane Blalock wins Angelo's Four-Ball Golf Championship
  • Jul 16 Dimitrios Papadopoulos becomes 269th patriarch of Constantinople
  • Jul 16 Smokey Robinson & Miracles final live performance
  • Jul 17 1st 2 women begin training as FBI agents at Quantico
  • Jul 18 200,000 attend Mt Pocono rock festival in Penns

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Jul 18 Egyptian president Anwar Sadat throws out 20,000 Russian military aides

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • Jul 18 Mike Procter 8-73 with hat-trick, plus 51 & 102, Gloucs v Essex
  • Jul 18 The 100th British soldier to die in the Northern Ireland "troubles" is shot by a sniper in Belfast

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Jul 18 Leader of the British Labour Party Harold Wilson holds meeting with representatives of the Irish Republican Army

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • Jul 20 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 21 2 passenger trains collide head-on killing 76 (Seville, Spain)
  • Jul 21 27.5 cm rainfall at Fort Ripley, Minnesota (state record)
  • Jul 21 Los Angeles Dodgers release & end career of knuckleball pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm
  • Jul 21 In New York 57 murders occur in 24 hours
  • Jul 21 Bloody Friday: within the space of seventy-five minutes, the Provisional Irish Republican Army explode twenty-two bombs in Belfast; six civilians, two British Army soldiers and one UDA volunteer were killed, 130 injured
  • Jul 22 10.84" (27.53 cm) of rainfall, Fort Ripley, Mn (state 24-hr record)
  • Jul 22 Venera 8 makes soft landing on Venus
  • Jul 22 2 Catholics are abducted, beaten, and shot dead in a Loyalist area of Belfast
  • Jul 22 59th Tour de France won by Eddy Merckx of Belgium
  • Jul 23 1st Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS) is launched
  • Jul 23 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Raleigh Golf Classic
  • Jul 24 Jigme Singye Wangchuk becomes king of Bhutan at 16
  • Jul 24 Bugojno group is caught by Yugoslav security forces.
  • Jul 25 43rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-3 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stad
  • Jul 25 All star MVP: Joe Morgan (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Jul 25 US health officials concede African American were used as guinea pigs in 40 year syphilis experiment
  • Jul 26 Rockwell receives NASA contract to construct Space Shuttle
  • Jul 27 The F-15 Eagle flies for the first time.
  • Jul 28 39th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Dallas 20, All Stars 7 (54,162)
  • Jul 29 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 30 "Ain't Supposed to Die Death" closes at Barrymore NYC after 325 performances
  • Jul 30 Jan Ferraris wins LPGA Lady Pepsi Golf Open
  • Jul 31 Dick Allen is 7th to hit 2 inside-the-park homers in a game
  • Jul 31 Thomas Eagleton withdraws as Democratic VP candidate
  • Jul 31 Operation Motorman: the British Army use 12,000 soldiers supported by tanks and bulldozers to re-take the "no-go areas" controlled by the Provisional Irish Republican Army
  • Jul 31 Claudy bombing: nine civilians were killed when three car bombs exploded in County Londonderry, North Ireland; no group has since claimed responsibility

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 116

  • Jul 1 Corey Hirsch, Medicine Hat, NHL goalie (Vancouver Canucks)
  • Jul 1 Darrick Bledose, WLAF cornerback (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Jul 1 Claire Forlani, English actress
  • Jul 1 Alex Machacek, Austrian musician
  • Jul 2 Towanna Stone, Miss USA-Tennessee (1997, 3rd)
  • Jul 2 Darren Shan, Irish children's author
  • Jul 3 Leigh Andrew-Pearso, North 470 sailor (Oly-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jul 3 Ontiwaun Carter, WLAF running back (Rhein Fire)
  • Jul 4 Steve Giles, St Stephens New Brunswick, canoeist (Olympics-6-92, 96)
  • Jul 5 Michael Bays, Enrico California, actor (Bronx Zoo, Days of Our Live)
  • Jul 5 Robert Esmie, Jamaica, Canadian 4X100m runner (Olympics-gold-96)
  • Jul 5 Tatsuhito Takaiwa, wrestler (NJPW)
  • Jul 6 Billy Davis, NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jul 6 Isabelle Boulay, French-Canadian singer
  • Jul 6 D-Styles, American scratch DJ
  • Jul 6 Greg Norton, American baseball player
  • Jul 6 Mark Gasser, British pianist
  • Jul 7 Aldi Henry, CFL defensive back (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Jul 7 Darnay Scott, NFL wide receiver (Cin Bengals)
  • Jul 7 Lisa Leslie, California, WNBA center (LA Sparks)/forward (Oly-gold-1996)
  • Jul 7 Michael Westbrook, NFL wide receiver (Washington Redskins)
  • Jul 7 Stoney Case, NFL quarterback (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Jul 7 Manfred Stohl, Austrian rally driver
  • Jul 8 Brandon Rock, 800m runner, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jul 8 Jay Bellamy, NFL safety (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Jul 8 Karl Dykhuis, Sept-iles, NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers)
  • Jul 8 Saurav Ganguly, Indian cricketer (centuries in 1st two Tests for India 1996), born in Behala, Kolkata
  • Jul 8 Tom Hutton, NFL punter/kicker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jul 8 Shōsuke Tanihara, Japanese actor
  • Jul 9 Derek Mills, 400m runner, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 9 Pete Kendall, NFL guard (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Jul 10 Damon Sharpe, actor/musician (Guys Next Door), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jul 10 Peter Serafinowicz, British comedian and actor
  • Jul 10 Sofia Vergara, Colombian-American actress (Modern Family), born in Barranquilla, Colombia
  • Jul 10 Tilo Wolff, German musician (Lacrimosa)
  • Jul 11 Jerrott Willard, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • Jul 11 Joe Johnson, NFL defensive end (New Orleans Saints)
  • Jul 11 Ken Irvin, NFL cornerback (Buffalo Bills)
  • Jul 11 Jussi 69, Finnish musician (The 69 Eyes)
  • Jul 11 Steven Richards, Australian racing driver
  • Jul 12 Colin Quiney, CFL tackle (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Jul 12 Travis Best, American basketball player (1995-2002 Indiana Pacers), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Jul 12 Brett Reed, American musician (Rancid)
  • Jul 12 Jake Wood, English actor
  • Jul 13 Clint Sodowsky, Ponca City OK, pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • Jul 13 Sean Waltman, American wrestler
  • Jul 14 Ben Talley, NFL linebacker (NY Giants)
  • Jul 14 Joe Aska, NFL running back (Oakland Raiders)
  • Jul 14 Lou Roe, NBA forward (Detroit Pistons)
  • Jul 14 Matthew Campbell, NFL tight end (Carolina Panthers)
  • Jul 14 Deborah Mailman, Australian actress
  • Jul 15 Khalid Reeves, NBA guard (Dallas Mavericks, NJ Nets)
  • Jul 15 Michael Barnett, UK musician / producer
  • Jul 15 Scott Foley, American actor (Scandal, Felicity), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Jul 15 Beth Ostrosky, American model
  • Jul 16 Aaron Glenn, NFL cornerback/kick returner (NY Jets)
  • Jul 16 Mindy Carson, American vocalist (Club Embassy, Ford Star Revue), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 17 Donny Marshall, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Jul 17 Eric Williams, NBA forward (Denver Nuggets, Boston Celtics)
  • Jul 17 Melissa "Missy" Schwen, Bloomington Ind, rower (Olympics-silver-96)
  • Jul 17 Michael Lampert, hockey defenseman (Team Austria 1998)
  • Jul 17 Jaap Stam, Dutch footballer
  • Jul 18 Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, NBA guard (Orlando, Oly-gold-96), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jul 18 Bernard Williams, NFL tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jul 18 Bruce Walker, NFL nose tackle (NE Patriots)
  • Jul 19 Adriaan J Zoetmulder, author/director (Eindhovens Newspaper)
  • Jul 19 Andrew Kavovit, actor (Paul-As the World Turns)
  • Jul 19 John Paci, WLAF quarterback (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Jul 19 Tamarie Ivie, Ananheim CA, female infielder (Colo Silver Bullets)
  • Jul 19 Naohito Fujiki, Japanese actor and singer
  • Jul 19 Ebbe Sand, Danish footballer
  • Jul 20 Jay Barker, NFL quarterback (NE Patriots)
  • Jul 20 Jozef Stumpel, NHL forward (Team Kazakhstan 1998, LA Kings)
  • Jul 20 Vitamin C [Colleen Ann Fitzpatrick], American singer, born in Old Bridge, New Jersey
  • Jul 20 Erik Ullenhag, Swedish jurist and politician
  • Jul 21 Dennis Military man, soccer player (Sparta/Vitesse)
  • Jul 21 Joe Rudolph, NFL guard (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jul 21 Kimera Bartee, outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Jul 21 Lilach Parisky, Israel, Women's foil fencer (Oly-1996)
  • Jul 21 Martin Miller, CFL safety (BC Lions)
  • Jul 21 Shinjiro Otani, wrestler (NJPW)
  • Jul 22 Colin Ferguson, Canadian actor
  • Jul 22 Seth Fisher, American comic book artist and penciller (d.2006)
  • Jul 22 Keyshawn Johnson, American football player
  • Jul 23 Marlon Wayans, comedian (Wayans Bros, In Living Color)
  • Jul 23 Oscar McBride, NFL tight end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Jul 23 Seth Dittman, NFL offensive tackle (Indianapolis Colt, London Monarchs)
  • Jul 23 Trisha Fallon, Australian basketball forward (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • Jul 24 Kaiō Hiroyuki, Japanese sumo wrestler
  • Jul 24 Rev. Jen Miller, American performance artist
  • Jul 25 Craig Howard, Canadian Tour golfer (1989 Rolex), born in Redding, California
  • Jul 25 Kevin Roberts, cricketer (NSW middle-order batsman since 1994-95)
  • Jul 26 Ryan Christopherson, NFL running back (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Jul 26 Sean Graham, CFL slot back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Jul 26 Tydus Winans, NFL/CFL wide receiver (Washington Redskins, Roughriders)
  • Jul 27 Alph Browning, NLF/WLAF receiver (Redskins, Barcelona Dragons)
  • Jul 27 Bryce Bevill, CFL defensive back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Jul 27 Clint Robinson, Brisbane QLD Australia, K-1 1k canoeist (Oly-bron-96)
  • Jul 27 Jill Arrington, American sports reporter
  • Jul 27 Takako Fuji, Japanese actress

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 8 English prince Richard marries Birgitte of Deurs (Henriksen)

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 22 Business magnate Richard Branson (22) weds Kristen Tomassi

Business Magnate Richard Branson
Business Magnate
Richard Branson

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 24 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (24) weds Sarah Hugill

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 2 Joseph F Smith Jr, leader US mormon chuch, dies at 95
  • Jul 3 Mississippi Fred McDowell, jazz artist, dies at 68
  • Jul 6 Brandon De Wilde, actor (Jamie), dies at 30 in a car crash
  • Jul 6 Vincent Valentine, WI cricket pace bowler (England 1933), dies
  • Jul 7 Athenagoras, 268th patriarch of Constantinople, dies
  • Jul 7 King Talal of Jordan (b. 1909)
  • Jul 8 Lovie [Cora] Austin, American jazz pianist (Down Hearted Blues), dies at 84
  • Jul 9 Robert Weede, American baritone (b. 1903)
  • Jul 16 Giorgio Nataletti, composer, dies at 65
  • Jul 16 Max Zehnder, Swiss composer, dies at 70
  • Jul 19 Hezekiah M. Washburn, missionary (b. 1884)
  • Jul 21 Jigme Dori Wangchuck, King of Bhutan, dies
  • Jul 21 Ralph Craig, American athlete (b. 1889)
  • Jul 22 Hugo Kauder, Austrian composer, dies at 84
  • Jul 22 Pavel Borkovek, composer, dies at 78
  • Jul 24 Bobby Ramirez, drummer (White Trash), killed at 23 in bar brawl
  • Jul 28 Helen Traubel, American soprano, dies at 73
  • Jul 28 Charu Majumdar, Indian revolutionary leader (b. 1918)
  • Jul 31 Paul-Henri Spaak, Belgian premier/sect-gen (NATO, 1957-61), dies at 73