What Happened on June 13, 1972

Historical Events

  • 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"

Famous Birthdays

  • Kristjan Järvi, Estonian-American conductor (Absolute Ensemble; Baltic Sea Philharmonic), and composer (Nordic Escapes), born in Tallinn, Estonian SSR, USSR
  • Natalie MacMaster, Canadian Cape Breton-style fiddler, born in Troy, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Sale Isaia, American football guard (Baltimore Ravens), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
Born in 1972

Famous Deaths

  • 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
  • Dündar Taşer, Turkish nationalist (b. 1925)
  • Georg von Bekesy, Hungarian-American physician and physiologist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1961 - work on the inner ear), dies at 73
  • Stephanie von Hohenlohe, Austrian-German princess by her marriage to the diplomat Prince Friedrich Franz von Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst and spy, dies at 80
1972 Highlights

About June 13, 1972

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 50 years, 11 months and 20 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: The Candy Man - Sammy Davis, Jr. with The Mike Curb Congregation
  • UK #1 Song: Vincent - Don Mclean