On This Day

What Happened on March 15, 1972

Historical Events

Film release premierFilm Premier

"The Godfather", based on the book by Mario Puzo, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, premieres in NYC (Academy Awards Best Picture 1973)

Actor Al Pacino
Al Pacino
Actor Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
Novelist Mario Puzo
Mario Puzo
  • Danish airliner hit mountain in Sheikdom of Oman killing 112
  • NASA selects 3 part configuration for Space Shuttle
  • Two British soldiers killed when attempting to defuse a bomb in Belfast; an RUC officer is also killed in an IRA attack in Coalisland, County Tyrone

Famous Birthdays

  • Filip Dewulf, Belgian tennis star
  • Mark Hoppus, American musician (+44 and blink-182)
  • Mike Tomlin, American NFL coach (Super Bowl 2008 [youngest coach to win SB], Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Hampton, Virginia
  • Oliver Gibson, NFL defensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Steve Danielson, field hockey defender (Olympics 1996), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Famous Deaths

  • Aleksandr Ivanovich Laktionov, Russian painter (b. 1910)
1972 Highlights

About March 15, 1972

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 48 years, 8 months and 21 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Pisces