On This Day

What Happened on March 2, 1972

Historical Events

  • American jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his record 555th stakes race aboard Royal Owl in the San Jacinto Stakes at Santa Anita; Eddie Arcaro 554
  • NASA launches its Pioneer 10 space probe to Jupiter

Famous Birthdays

  • Richard Ruccolo, American actor

Famous Deaths

  • Bill Lawrence, news anchor (ABC), dies at 56
1972 Highlights

About March 2, 1972

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 49 years, 9 months and 3 days
Leap Year: Yes

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