On This Day

What Happened on July 21, 1972

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 Krijgsman, Dutch soccer player and manager (Sparta/Vitesse), born in Alphen aan de Rijn, Netherlands
  • Joe Rudolph, NFL guard (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Kimera Bartee, outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Lilach Parisky, Israeli Women's foil fencer (Olympics 1996)
  • Martin Miller, CFL safety (BC Lions)
  • Shinjiro Otani, Japanese wrestler (NJPW), born in Yamaguchi, Japan

Famous Deaths

  • Jigme Dori Wangchuck, King of Bhutan (1952-72), dies of a heart condition at 45
  • Ralph Craig, American athlete (Olympic gold 100/200m 1912), dies at 83
1972 Highlights

About July 21, 1972

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 49 years, 4 months and 13 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Cancer