On This Day

What Happened on July 22, 1972

Historical Events

  • 10.84" (27.53 cm) of rainfall, Fort Ripley, Mn (state 24-hr record)
  • 2 Catholics are abducted, beaten, and shot dead in a Loyalist area of Belfast

Sports History

59th Tour de France: Eddy Merckx of Belgium takes 4th consecutive general classification title as well as points and combination events

  • Venera 8 makes soft landing on Venus

Famous Birthdays

  • Colin Ferguson, Canadian actor
  • Keyshawn Johnson, American NFL wide receiver (Super Bowl 2002; Pro Bowl 1998-99, 2001; ESPN), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Seth Fisher, American comic book artist and penciller (d.2006)

Famous Weddings

Richard Branson

Business magnate Richard Branson (22) weds Kristen Tomassi

Famous Deaths

  • Hugo Kauder, Austrian composer, dies at 84
  • Pavel BoŇôkovec, Czech composer (Suite for Piano), dies at 78
1972 Highlights

About July 22, 1972

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 49 years, 6 months and 6 days
Leap Year: Yes

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