On This Day

What Happened on March 20, 1972

Historical Events

  • 19 mountain climbers killed on Japan's Mount Fuji during an avalanche
  • Donegall Street bombing: the Provisional Irish Republican Army detonate its first car bomb on Donegall Street in Belfast; four civilians, two RUC officers and a UDR soldier killed while 148 people were wounded
  • S Mansholt succeeds Malfatti as chairman of European Committee

Famous Birthdays

  • Ajah Wilson-Ogechukwu, soccer player (Roda JC)
  • Alexander Kapranos, Greek-British musician (Franz Ferdinand)

Famous Deaths

  • Aad de Haas, Dutch religious painter, graphic artist and cartoonist, dies at 51
  • Jan Engelman, Dutch poet and art critic (At the Front), dies at 71
  • Marilyn Maxwell, American actress and entertainer (Champion, The Lemon Drop Kid, East of Sumatra), dies of a heart attack at 50
1972 Highlights

About March 20, 1972

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 49 years, 10 months and 4 days
Leap Year: Yes

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