On This Day

What Happened on May 15, 1972

Historical Events

  • "Hard Job Being God" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 6 performances

Assassination Attempt

Assassination attempt on US Governor George Wallace of Alabama by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, Maryland

  • Bus plunges into Nile River killing 50 pilgrims in Minia, Egypt
  • Ryukyu Is & Daito Is returned to Japan after 27 yrs of US control
  • The island of Okinawa, under U.S. military governance since its conquest in 1945, reverts to Japanese control.

Famous Birthdays

  • David Charvet, actor (Melrose Place)
  • Patrick Pothuizen, soccer player (Vitesse)
  • Troy Drake, NFL tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)

Famous Deaths

  • Nigel Green, South African-born British character actor (Zulu, Skull, Tobruk, Ipcress File), dies of an accidental barbiturate overdose at 47
1972 Highlights

About May 15, 1972

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 49 years, 6 months and 18 days
Leap Year: Yes

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