On This Day

What Happened on July 21, 1972

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • 2 passenger trains collide head-on killing 76 (Seville, Spain)
  • 27.5 cm rainfall at Fort Ripley, Minnesota (state record)
  • 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
  • In New York 57 murders occur in 24 hours
  • Los Angeles Dodgers release and end career of knuckleball pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm

Famous Birthdays

  • Dennis Military man, soccer player (Sparta/Vitesse)
  • Joe Rudolph, NFL guard (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Kimera Bartee, outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Lilach Parisky, Israel, Women's foil fencer (Olympics 1996)
  • Martin Miller, CFL safety (BC Lions)
  • Shinjiro Otani, wrestler (NJPW)

Famous Deaths

  • Jigme Dori Wangchuck, King of Bhutan, dies
  • Ralph Craig, American athlete (Olympic gold 100/200m 1912), dies at 83