On This Day

What Happened on May 17, 1972

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • Netherlands & People's Republic of China exchange ambassadors
  • The Irish Republican Army (IRA) fires on workers leaving the Mackies engineering works in west Belfast (Although the factory was sited in a Catholic area it had an almost entirely Protestant workforce)

Famous Birthdays

  • Elena Wagner, Sofia Bulgaria, tennis star (1996 ITF/Redbridge-GBR)
  • John Burrough, NFL defensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons)

Famous Deaths

  • Sir Gordon Lowe, British tennis player, Member of Parliament (Australasian C'ship 1915), dies at 87