On This Day

What Happened on March 15, 1972

Historical Events

Film 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)

  • 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 rock singer and bass player (+44 and blink-182), born in Ridgecrest, California
  • 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? 49 years, 8 months and 12 days
Leap Year: Yes

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