On This Day

What Happened on May 17, 1972

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
1972 Highlights

About May 17, 1972

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 49 years, 6 months and 23 days
Leap Year: Yes

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