What Happened in June 1972

Historical Events

Music Premiere

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

  • 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 1 Tswanaland becomes Bophuthatswana in South Africa

Historic Event

Jun 1 West German police arrest Red Army Faction leader Andreas Baader

  • 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

French 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

  • 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" ride opens at Walt Disney World
  • Jun 5 UN Conference on Human Environment opens in Stockholm

Historic Event

Jun 5 Yugoslav president Josip Tito visits USSR

  • 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 Hsan Hua, Zen teacher, conducted 1st ordination ceremony in America
  • Jun 7 Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey's musical "Grease" starring Barry Bostwick, Carole Demas, and Adrienne Barbeau, opens at Broadhurst Theater, NYC; runs for 3,388 performances
  • Jun 7 Pirate's Gene Alley bases-loaded walk, beats Padres 1-0 in 18th

Historic Event

Jun 7 West German Chancellor Willy Brandt visits Israel

Sports History

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

  • Jun 9 14" of rain in 6 hrs burst Rapid City SD dam, drowns 237

Music History

Jun 9 Bruce Springsteen signs a record deal with Columbia Records

  • 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 "Too Young" single released by Donny Osmond
  • Jun 10 104th Belmont: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:28

Music Recording

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

Sports History

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)

#1 in the Charts

Jun 10 Sammy Davis Jr.'s cover of "The Candy Man" by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse (from the film "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory") goes to #1 on the charts - his biggest single

  • Jun 11 31°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland, Ohio in June
  • Jun 11 Gun battle between Loyalist and Republican paramilitaries break out in the Oldpark area of Belfast
  • Jun 11 KPAT-AM in Berkeley, California returns to original call letters KRE, marking 50 years since first on-air broadcxast
  • 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

Album Release

Jun 12 John Lennon releases political album "Sometime in NYC"; includes songs "Woman is the Nigger of the World", "Attica State" and "Luck of the Irish"

  • 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 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 14 Tropical storm (later hurricane) Agnes forms over Yucatán Peninsula
  • Jun 15 Rock fall inside Vierzy Tunnel (France) causes 2 train crash; 107 die
  • 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 15 West German police arrested RAF leader Ulrike Meinhof

Album Release

Jun 16 RCA releases David Bowie's fifth studio album "The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars"; it is considered his artistic breakthrough

  • Jun 16 The largest single-site hydro-electric power project in Canada starts at Churchill Falls, Labrador
  • Jun 17 "Long Haired Lover From Liverpool" single by Little Jimmy Osmond peaks at #38
  • Jun 17 9 firefighters are killed in the Hotel Vendome fire in Boston

Historic Event

Jun 17 Chilean President Salvador Allende forms a new socialist government

  • Jun 17 Five men arrested after trying to bug Democratic National Committee office in Watergate Complex, Washington
  • 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 BEA Trident crashes after takeoff from Heathrow killing 118

Sports History

Jun 18 UEFA European Championship Final, Heysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium: Gerd Müller scores a brace as West Germany beats Soviet Union, 3-0

US 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 US Supreme Court, 5-3, confirms lower court rulings in Curt Flood case, upholding baseball's exemption from antitrust laws [1]
  • Jun 19 -29] Tropical storm Agnes upgraded to a hurricane, makes landfall in Panama City (would kill 128)
  • Jun 19 A Catholic civilian is shot dead by the Provisional Irish Republican Army in the Cracked Cup Social Club, Belfast
  • Jun 19 Hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers face flight delays and cancellations after pilots threaten to strike over hijack fears
  • 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 22nd Berlin International Film Festival: "The Canterbury Tales" wins the Golden Bear
  • Jun 23 45 countries leave the Sterling Area, allowing their currencies to fluctuate independently of the British Pound
  • Jun 23 Bernice Gera becomes first female umpire in US pro baseball, Geneva Senators and Auburn Twins in Geneva, New York
  • Jun 23 Hurricane Agnes becomes America's costliest natural disaster, affecting 15 states, with 119 deaths and $3 billion in damage

Agreement of Interest

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 24 "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" by Jimmy Castor Bunch peaks at #6
  • Jun 24 South African runner Danie Malan sets a new 1,000m world record 2:16.0 in Munich, Germany
  • Jun 24 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) kill 3 British Army soldiers in a land mine attack near Dungiven, County Derry
  • 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 26 Australian swing bowler Bob Massie takes 16 wickets (8-84 & 8-53) on Test cricket debut in 2nd Test vs England at Lord's
  • 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"

Historic Event

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

  • 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 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 Daniel Casey, English actor (Midsomer Murders), born in Stockton-on-Tees, England
  • Jun 1 Leta Lindley, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship runner-up 1997), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 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 Mokhtar Belmokhtar, Algerian militant (leader of Al-Murabitoun), born in Ghardaïa, Algeria
  • Jun 2 Brad Ottis, tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Jun 2 Dwayne Joseph, NFL cornerback (Chicago Bears)
  • Jun 2 Simon Staho, Danish film director

Wayne 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 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 Rob Huebel, American comedian
  • Jun 4 [Domenica] Nikka Costa, American pop and soul singer-songwriter, and musician, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jun 5 Chuck Klosterman, American journalist, born in Breckenridge, Minnesota
  • Jun 5 Mike Bucci, American professional wrestler
  • Jun 5 Pavel Kotla, Polish conductor, born in Szczecin, Poland
  • Jun 6 Cristina Scabbia, Italian gothic metal singer-songwriter (Lacuna Coil), born in Milan, Italy
  • Jun 6 Dulip Liyanage, Sri Lankan cricketer (right armed 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 7 Ben Ray Luján, American politician (Senator-D-New Mexico 2021-, Rep-D-NM 2009-2021), born in Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Jun 7 Jeff Burris, NFL cornerback/punt returner (Buffalo Bills)
  • Jun 7 Karl Urban, New Zealand actor
  • Jun 8 Christian Mayrleb, Austrian footballer
  • 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 9 Bryan Strang, Zimbabwean cricket pace bowler (brother of Paul Zimbabwe), born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • Jun 9 Tomoe Hanba, Japanese voice actress (Velma Dinkley in Scooby-Doo), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Jun 9 Wesley Reid Scantlin, American guitarist and singer (Puddle of Mudd), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Jun 10 Radmila Šekerinska, Macedonian politician, born in Skopje, Yugoslavia
  • 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 Bounty Killer [Rodney Basil Price], Jamaican deejay, born in Trench Town, Kingston, Jamaica
  • 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 13 Natalie MacMaster, Canadian Cape Breton-style fiddler, born in Troy, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Jun 13 Sale Isaia, American football guard (Baltimore Ravens), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Jun 14 Jeff Kysar, NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • Jun 14 Matthias Ettrich, German computer scientist (KDE)
  • Jun 14 Phillip Rhys [Philippe Rhys Chaudhary], British actor and filmmaker, born in London, England
  • Jun 14 Rick Brunson, NBA guard (Portland Trailblazers)
  • Jun 14 Shaun Keaveny, British radio DJ
  • Jun 15 Andrew Pettitte, American MLB pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Jun 15 DeWayne Patterson, CFL defensive tackle (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Jun 15 Hank Von Helvete [Hans-Erik Husby], Norwegian punk rock singer (Turbonegro), born in Gravdal, Norway (d. 2021)
  • Jun 15 Jean Francois Labbe, Canadian NHL goalie (Colorado Avalanche), born in Sherbrooke, Ontario
  • Jun 15 Justin Leonard, American golfer (British Open 1997; 12 PGA Tour titles), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jun 15 Lianne Bennion, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jun 15 Ramiro Mendoza, Panamanian MLB pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Los Santos, Panama
  • Jun 15 Tony Clark, American MLB infielder, 1995-2009 (Detroit Tigers, Arizona Diamondbacks, and 4 other teams), and union leader (MLBPA director, 2013-present), born in Newton, Kansas
  • Jun 16 John Cho, Korean-American actor (Star Trek), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 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 Anna Van der Kamp, Abbotsford BC, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Jun 19 Dennis Lyxzén, Swedish musician

Jean Dujardin

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

  • 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 Robin Tunney, American actress (The Mentalist), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 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 Alon Hilu, Israeli writer, born in Jaffa, Israel
  • Jun 21 Tony Berti, American NFL tackle (San Diego Chargers), born in Rock Springs, Wyoming
  • 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)
  • Jun 23 Ron Corning, American television anchor

Selma Blair

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

Zinedine Zidane

Jun 23 Zinédine Zidane, French soccer midfielder/Real Madrid manager (Champions League 2016-17-18, World Cup 1998), born in Marseille, France

  • Jun 24 Denis Zvegelj, Slovenian rower
  • Jun 24 Mitch Berger, punter (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Jun 24 Robbie McEwen, Australian cyclist
  • Jun 24 Shawn King, NFL defensive end (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers)
  • 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 Garou [Pierre Garand], Canadian singer (La Rivière de notre enfance), born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, 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 28 Alessandro Nivola, American actor, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 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 29 Nawal Al Zoghbi, Lebanese singer, born in Jal el Dib, Lebanon
  • Jun 29 Samantha Smith, American peace activist and actress (invited to the Soviet Union during Cold War), born in Houlton, Maine (d. 1985)
  • Jun 30 Dan Comiskey, Canadian CFL guard (Grey Cup 2003, 05 Edmonton Eskimos; CFL All Star 2003, 06), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • Jun 30 Garret Anderson, American baseball outfielder (California Angels), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 30 James Martin, English celebrity chef (Saturday Kitchen), born in Malton, North Riding of Yorkshire, England
  • Jun 30 Molly Parker, Canadian actress (House of Cards), born in Maple Ride, British Columbia
  • Jun 30 Tyrone Davis, American NFL tight end (NY Jets, Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Halifax, Virginia

Famous Weddings

John Wayne Gacy

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

Johnny Unitas

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


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Famous Divorces

Johnny Unitas

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

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 2 Franz Philipp, German composer, dies at 81
  • Jun 4 Godfried Devreese, Belgian violinist, composer (Gothic Symphony), and conductor, dies at 79
  • Jun 8 Jimmy Rushing, American blues pianist and singer, known as"Mr. Five By Five", dies at 70
  • 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 and doo-wop tenor vocalist, arranger and songwriter (The Dominos, 1950-53 - "Sixty Minute Man"; TheDrifters, 1953-55 - "Honey Love"; solo - "Treasure My Love"), dies at 39
  • Jun 13 Dündar Taşer, Turkish nationalist (b. 1925)
  • Jun 13 Georg von Bekesy, Hungarian-American physician and physiologist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1961 - work on the inner ear), dies at 73
  • 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, American country singer-songwriter, and guitarist (Saturday Night Jamboree), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Jun 25 Nat Fleischer, American boxing writer (established Ring Magazine), dies at 84
  • Jun 26 David Lichine [Lichtenstein], Russian/US choreographer, dies at 61

Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis

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


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