On This Day

What Happened on June 6, 1972

Historical Events

Album Release

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

  • Explosion at world's largest coal mine kills 427 (Wankie, Rhodesia)
  • Gold hits record $60 an ounce in London
  • US bombs Haiphong, North-Vietnam; 1000s killed

Famous Birthdays

  • Cristina Scabbia, Italian gothic metal singer-songwriter (Lacuna Coil), born in Milan, Italy
  • Dulip Liyanage, Sri Lankan cricketer (right armed fast-medium Test bowler)
  • Erin Woodley, Canadian synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Mississauga, Ontario
  • Frankie King, NBA guard (LA Lakers)
  • Gary Downs, running back (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jeff Williams, Australian baseball pitcher (Olympics 1996)
  • Marko Kiprusoff, Turku FIN, NHL defenseman (Team Finland, Montreal)
1972 Highlights

About June 6, 1972

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 49 years, 7 months and 17 days
Leap Year: Yes

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