On This Day

What Happened in June 1972

Historical Events


Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jun 1 Dmitri Shostakovich's 15th Symphony, Dutch premieres in West Berlin

  • Jun 1 Tswanaland becomes Bophuthatswana in South Africa
  • Jun 1 West German police arrest Red Army Faction leader Andreas Baader
  • Jun 1 Iraq nationalizes Iraq Petroleum Company's (IPC) concession owned by British Petroleum, Royal Dutch-Shell, Compagnie Francaise des Petroles, Mobil and Standard Oil of New Jersey
  • Jun 2 Two British soldiers die in an IRA land mine attack near Rosslea, County Fermanagh
  • Jun 3 "Hot Rod Lincoln" by Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen hits #9
  • Jun 3 1st female US rabbi installed, Sally J Priesand at 25

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

Jun 3 French Open Women's Tennis: American icon Billie Jean King wins her only French singles title; beats Evonne Goolagong of Australia 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Jun 4 Angela Davis, African American activist, acquitted of killing a white guard
  • Jun 4 French Open Men's Tennis: Andrés Gimeno of Spain wins his only major singles title; beats Frenchman Patrick Proisy 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1
  • Jun 5 "If You Had Wings" opens
  • Jun 5 UN Conference on Human Environment opens in Stockholm

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 5 Yugoslav president Josip Tito visits USSR

President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary Josip Broz Tito
President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary
Josip Broz Tito

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 6 David Bowie releases his breakthrough album "The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars"

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • Jun 6 Explosion at world's largest coal mine kills 427 (Wankie, Rhodesia)
  • Jun 6 Gold hits record $60 an ounce in London

  • Jun 6 US bombs Haiphong, North-Vietnam; 1000s killed
  • Jun 7 Musical "Grease" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 3,388 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 7 West German Chancellor Willy Brandt visits Israel

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt
  • Jun 7 Hsan Hua, Zen teacher, conducted 1st ordination ceremony in America
  • Jun 7 Pirate's Gene Alley bases-loaded walk, beats Padres 1-0 in 18th
  • Jun 8 Padres draft Dave Roberts #1, Indians draft Rick Manning #2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 8 Test Cricket debut of Tony Greig, v Australia at Old Trafford (57/62)

Cricketer and Commentator Tony Greig
Cricketer and Commentator
Tony Greig
  • Jun 9 14" of rain in 6 hrs burst Rapid City SD dam, drowns 237

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 9 Bruce Springsteen signs a record deal with Columbia

Singer-Songwriter Bruce Springsteen
Singer-Songwriter
Bruce Springsteen
  • Jun 9 In a show of support for Iraq, OPEC moves to prevent companies whose interests were nationalized in Iraq from increasing production elsewhere
  • Jun 10 104th Belmont: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:28

Music releaseMusic Recording

Jun 10 Elvis Presley records a live album at NYC's Madison Square Garden

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 10 Hank Aaron's grandslammer (14) ties him for NL lead with Gil Hodges & moves him ahead of Willie Mays as #2 HR hitter (649)

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Jun 10 "Too Young" single released by Donny Osmond
  • Jun 11 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Pleasant Valley CC: Kathy Ahern wins her only major title, by 6 strokes ahead of runner-up Jane Blalock
  • Jun 11 31°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in June
  • Jun 11 KPAT-AM in Berkeley CA returns from KRE
  • Jun 11 Gun battle between Loyalist and Republican paramilitaries break out in the Oldpark area of Belfast

Music releaseAlbum Release

Jun 12 John Lennon's political album "Sometime in NYC" released including the songs "Woman is the Nigger of the World", "Attica State" and "Luck of the Irish"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Jun 13 The Irish Republican Army invites British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Willie Whitelaw to 'Free Derry'; Whitelaw rejects offer and reaffirms his policy to not "let part of the United Kingdom ... default from the rule of law"

  • Jun 14 Tropical storm (later hurricane) Agnes forms over Yucatán Peninsula
  • Jun 14 Members of the NI Social Democratic and Labour Party hold a meeting with representatives of the Irish Republican Army in Derry; the IRA representatives outline their conditions for talks with the British Government
  • Jun 15 Rock fall inside Vierzy Tunnel (France) causes 2 train crash; 107 die
  • Jun 15 West German police arrested RAF leader Ulrike Meinhof
  • Jun 15 The Social Democratic and Labour Party meet Secretary of State for Northern Ireland W Whitelaw, to present the IRA's conditions for a meeting
  • Jun 16 The largest single-site hydro-electric power project in Canada starts at Churchill Falls, Labrador
  • Jun 17 "Long Haired Lover From Liverpool" by Little Jimmy Osmond peaks at #38

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 17 Chilean President Salvador Allende forms a new socialist government

Marxist and President of Chile Salvador Allende
Marxist and President of Chile
Salvador Allende
  • Jun 17 Looking Glass releases "Brandy"
  • Jun 17 Five men arrested after trying to bug Democratic National Committee office in Watergate Complex, Washington
  • Jun 17 9 firefighters are killed in the Hotel Vendome fire in Boston

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 18 US Open Men's Golf, Pebble Beach GL: Jack Nicklaus captures his 3rd Open title, 3 strokes ahead of Bruce Crampton of Australia

  • Jun 18 BEA Trident crashes after takeoff from Heathrow killing 118
  • Jun 18 US Supreme Court, 5-3, confirms lower court rulings in Curt Flood case, upholding baseball's exemption from antitrust laws
  • Jun 18 3 members of the British Army are killed by an Irish Republican Army (IRA) bomb in a derelict house near Lurgan, County Down
  • Jun 18 UEFA European Championship Final, Heysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium: Gerd Müller scores a brace as West Germany beats Soviet Union, 3-0
  • Jun 19 -29] Tropical storm Agnes upgraded to a hurricane, makes landfall in Panama City (would kill 128)
  • Jun 19 Hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers face flight delays and cancellations after pilots threaten to strike over hijack fears
  • Jun 19 A Catholic civilian is shot dead by the Provisional Irish Republican Army in the Cracked Cup Social Club, Belfast
  • Jun 19 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland William Whitelaw concedes 'special category' status, or 'political status' for paramilitary prisoners in Northern Ireland
  • Jun 20 Secret Meeting Between IRA and British Officials held
  • Jun 22 "Man of La Mancha" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 140 performances
  • Jun 22 The Irish Republican Army announce that it would call a ceasefire from 26 June 1972 provided that there is a "reciprocal response" from the security forces
  • Jun 23 Hurricane Agnes becomes America's costliest natural disaster, effecting 15 states, with 119 deaths and $3 billion in damage
  • Jun 23 US President Nixon & his Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman agree to use CIA to cover up Watergate
  • Jun 23 US President Nixon signs act barring sex discrimination in college sports
  • Jun 23 Bernice Gera becomes first female umpire in US pro baseball, Geneva Senators and Auburn Twins in Geneva, New York
  • Jun 23 45 countries leave the Sterling Area, allowing their currencies to fluctuate independently of the British Pound
  • Jun 23 22nd Berlin International Film Festival: "The Canterbury Tales" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jun 24 "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" by Jimmy Castor Bunch peaks at #6
  • Jun 24 Wake Island becomes unincorporated territory of US (US Air Force)
  • Jun 24 Yvonne Brathwaite Burke becomes 1st black chair of a Democratic convention
  • Jun 24 Danie Malan, South African athlete, sets a new world record in the 1000m event in Munich
  • Jun 24 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) kill 3 British Army soldiers in a land mine attack near Dungiven, County Derry
  • Jun 26 Australian bowler Bob Massie takes 16 wickets (8-84 & 8-53) on Test cricket debut vs England
  • Jun 26 The Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) kill two British Army soldiers in separate attacks during the day and at midnight begins a "bi-lateral truce"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 27 Legendary video game and home computer Atari, Inc. founded by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney in Sunnyvale, California

Electrical Engineer, Businessman and Founder of Atari Nolan Bushnell
Electrical Engineer, Businessman and Founder of Atari
Nolan Bushnell
  • Jun 29 Supreme Court rules (5-4) that death penalty is cruel & unusual
  • Jun 29 USSR launches Prognoz 2 into earth orbit (549/200,000 km)
  • Jun 30 One leap second is added to the UTC time system; also 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985
  • Jun 30 Cincinnati Reds are 11 games back in NL, & go on to win pennant
  • Jun 30 Ulster Defence Association (UDA) begin to organise its own 'no-go' areas (this is a response to the continuation of Republican 'no-go' areas and fears about concessions to the IRA)

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Mike Dunham, American ice hockey goaltender (Olympic silver 2002; NHL: Nashville Predators; NY Rangers) and GT Development coach (Boston Bruins, NY Islanders), born in Johnson City, New York
  • Jun 1 Leta Lindley, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship runner-up 1997), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Jun 1 Daniel Casey, English actor (Midsomer Murders), born in Stockton-on-Tees, England
  • Jun 2 Brad Ottis, tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Jun 2 Dwayne Joseph, NFL cornerback (Chicago Bears)

Person of interestWayne Brady

Jun 2 Wayne Brady, American actor and comedian (The Wayne Brady Show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?), born in Columbus, Georgia

  • Jun 2 Wentworth Miller, American actor
  • Jun 2 Simon Staho, Danish film director
  • Jun 3 Robert Kennedy, New Zealand cricket medium pace bowler (NZ 4 Tests), born in Dunedin, NZ
  • Jun 4 Derian Hatcher, American hockey defenseman (NHL All Star 1997, Dallas Stars), born in Sterling Heights, Michigan
  • Jun 4 Nikka Costa, American singer
  • Jun 4 Rob Huebel, American comedian
  • Jun 5 Mike Bucci, American professional wrestler
  • Jun 5 Chuck Klosterman, American journalist
  • Jun 5 Pavel Kotla, Polish conductor
  • Jun 6 Dulip Liyanage, cricketer (Sri Lanka righty fast-medium Test bowler)
  • Jun 6 Erin Woodley, Canadian synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Mississauga, Ontario
  • Jun 6 Frankie King, NBA guard (LA Lakers)
  • Jun 6 Gary Downs, running back (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jun 6 Jeff Williams, Australian baseball pitcher (Olympics 1996)
  • Jun 6 Marko Kiprusoff, Turku FIN, NHL defenseman (Team Finland, Montreal)
  • Jun 6 Cristina Scabbia, Italian singer (Lacuna Coil)
  • Jun 7 Jeff Burris, NFL cornerback/punt returner (Buffalo Bills)
  • Jun 7 Karl Urban, New Zealand actor
  • Jun 8 David Sloan, NFL tight end (Detroit Lions)
  • Jun 8 P[eter] J[ason] Farley, Hackensack, bass (Trixter-Give It To Me Good)
  • Jun 8 Christian Mayrleb, Austrian footballer
  • Jun 9 Bryan Strang, cricket pace bowler (brother of Paul Zimbabwe 1995- )
  • Jun 9 Steven Salter, CFL offensive linebacker (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Jun 9 Wardell Rouse, NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Jun 9 Tomoe Hanba, Japanese voice actress
  • Jun 9 Wesley Reid Scantlin, American guitarist and singer (Puddle of Mudd), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Jun 10 C J Richardson, NFL safety (Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks)
  • Jun 10 David Dunn, NFL wide receiver (Cin Bengals)
  • Jun 10 Radmila Šekerinska, Macedonian politician
  • Jun 10 Steven Fischer, American film producer and director, born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jun 11 Andrew Peterson, American NFL tackle (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers), born in Greenock, Scotland
  • Jun 12 Inger Miller, American 100m runner, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 12 Nathalie Baudone, Rocurt Belgium, tennis star (3rd round 1995 US Open)
  • Jun 12 Patrick van Diemen, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht, NEC), born in Woerden, Netherlands
  • Jun 12 Bounty Killer [Rodney Basil Price], Jamaican deejay, born in Trench Town, Kingston, Jamaica
  • Jun 13 Sale Isaia, American football guard (Baltimore Ravens), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Jun 13 Natalie MacMaster, Canadian musician, born in Troy, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Jun 14 Jeff Kysar, NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • Jun 14 Rick Brunson, NBA guard (Portland Trailblazers)
  • Jun 14 Matthias Ettrich, German computer scientist (KDE)
  • Jun 14 Shaun Keaveny, British radio DJ
  • Jun 15 Andrew Pettitte, Baton Rouge LA, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • Jun 15 DeWayne Patterson, CFL defensive tackle (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Jun 15 Jean Francois Labbe, Sherbrooke, NHL goalie (Colorado Avalanche)
  • Jun 15 Justin Leonard, American golfer (British Open 1997; 12 PGA Tour titles), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jun 15 Lianne Bennion, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jun 15 Ramiro Mendoza, Los Santos Panama, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • Jun 15 Tony Clark, Newton KS, infielder (Detroit Tigers)
  • Jun 15 Hank Von Helvete, Turbonegro Frontman
  • Jun 16 Shawnelle Scott, NBA center (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Jun 16 John Cho, Korean-American actor
  • Jun 16 Ann Shoket, American magazine editor
  • Jun 17 Dirk-Jan Derksen, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC), born in Tiel, Netherlands
  • Jun 17 James McKnight, American NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks), born in Orlando, Florida
  • Jun 18 Otakar Vejvoda, Kladno CZE, hockey forward (Team Czech Rep)
  • Jun 19 Andre Strode, CFL defensive back (BC Lions)
  • Jun 19 Anna Van der Kamp, Abbotsford BC, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Jun 19 Millard Coleman, CFL receiver (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Jun 19 Poppy Montgomery, Australian actress (Without a Trace), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Jun 19 Dennis Lyxzén, Swedish musician
  • Jun 19 Robin Tunney, American actress (The Mentalist), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestJean Dujardin

Jun 19 Jean Dujardin, 1st French actor to win an Oscar for Best Actor (The Artist), born in Rueil-Malmaison, Île-de-France

Actor and Comedian Jean Dujardin
Actor and Comedian
Jean Dujardin
  • Jun 20 Jozef Stumpel, Nitra CZE, NHL forward (Team Slovakia, Boston)
  • Jun 20 Juan Castro, Sinaloa Mexico, infielder (LA Dodgers)
  • Jun 20 Martin Keino, Nyeri Kenya, 1.5k runner
  • Jun 20 Paras Mhambrey, Indian cricket pace bowler (Test v England 1996)
  • Jun 20 Paul Bako, American baseball player
  • Jun 21 Andrew Jordan, NFL tight end (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Jun 21 Billy Milner, NFL tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • Jun 21 Heath Rylance, CFL quarterback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Jun 21 Tony Berti, NFL tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • Jun 21 Alon Hilu, Israeli writer
  • Jun 23 Cory Schlesinger, American football fullback (Detroit Lions), born in Columbus, Nebraska
  • Jun 23 Larry Whigham, NFL safety (NE Patriots)
  • Jun 23 Roell Preston, NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)

Person of interestSelma Blair

Jun 23 Selma Blair, American actress (Cruel Intentions, Legally Blonde), born in Southfield, Michigan

Actress Selma Blair
Actress
Selma Blair
  • Jun 23 Ron Corning, American television anchor
  • Jun 23 Zinédine Zidane, French soccer midfielder/Real Madrid manager (Champions League 2016-17-18, World Cup 1998), born in Marseille, France
  • Jun 24 Mitch Berger, punter (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Jun 24 Shawn King, NFL defensive end (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers)
  • Jun 24 Robbie McEwen, Australian cyclist
  • Jun 24 Denis Zvegelj, Slovenian rower
  • Jun 25 Amy Wickus, American 800m/1500m runner
  • Jun 25 Carlos Delgado, Puerto Rican infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
  • Jun 25 Mike Kroeger, Canadian musician (Nickelback), born in Hanna, Canada
  • Jun 26 Jai Taurima, Australian long jumper (Olympics 1996), born in Southport, Queensland
  • Jun 26 Jerris McPhail, American football running back (Miami Dolphins), born in Clinton, North Carolina
  • Jun 26 Garou [Pierre Garand], Canadian singer (La Rivière de notre enfance), born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
  • Jun 28 Arie van der Padt, Dutch soccer player (Tonegido, Sparta), born in Ridderkerk, Netherlands
  • Jun 28 Kelly Wiltshire, CFL defensive back (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Jun 28 Marvin Jones, American NFL linebacker (NY Jets), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jun 28 Alessandro Nivola, American actor, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jun 29 Samantha Smith, American peace activist and actress (invited to the Soviet Union during Cold War), born in Houlton, Maine (d. 1985)
  • Jun 29 Nawal Al Zoghbi, Lebanese singer, born in Jal el Dib, Lebanon

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 1 Serial killer John Wayne Gacy (30) weds second wife Carole Hoff

Serial Killer John Wayne Gacy
Serial Killer
John Wayne Gacy

LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 26 NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas (39) weds second wife Sandra Lemon

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jun 26 NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas (39) divorces first wife Dorothy Hoelle after nearly 2 decades of marriage

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 2 Franz Philipp, German composer, dies at 81
  • Jun 4 Godfried Devreese, composer, dies at 79
  • Jun 8 Jimmy Rushing, US blues singer, dies at 68
  • Jun 12 Edmund Wilson, American writer (To the Finland station), dies at 79
  • Jun 12 Saul David Alinsky, radical writer (John L Lewis), dies at 63
  • Jun 13 Clyde McPhatter, American R&B singer (Drifters-Treasure My Love), dies at 39
  • Jun 13 Dündar Taşer, Turkish nationalist (b. 1925)
  • Jun 13 Stephanie von Hohenlohe, Austrian-German princess by her marriage to the diplomat Prince Friedrich Franz von Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst and spy, dies at 80
  • Jun 20 Horst Salomon, writer, dies
  • Jun 20 Howard Johnson, US restaurant/hotel founder, dies at 75
  • Jun 21 Seth Bingham, American organist and composer (Six Pieces for Organ), dies at 90
  • Jun 23 Elton Britt, country singer (Sat Night Jamboree), dies at 54
  • Jun 25 Nat Fleischer, American boxing writer (established Ring Magazine), dies at 84
  • Jun 26 David Lichine, [Lichtenstein], Russian/US choreographer, dies at 61
  • Jun 28 Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, Indian scientist and applied statistician (Mahalanobis distance), whose birthdate is celebrated annually in India as "National Statistics Day", dies at 78