On This Day

What Happened on May 2, 1972

Historical Events

  • 126 killed in an electrical fire in Sunshine Silver mine, Kellogg, Idaho
  • Lt General Vernon A Walters, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA
  • US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestThe Rock

Dwayne Johnson [The Rock], American pro wrestler (WCW C'ship x 2; WWE C'ship x 8; Royal Rumble 2000), actor and producer (Baywatch, Jumanji) born in Hayward, California

Actor & Professional Wrestler The Rock
Actor & Professional Wrestler
The Rock
  • Erik Maes, Dutch soccer player (MVV)
  • Jill Savery, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Pandora Boxx [Michael Steck], American drag queen, comedian and TV personality (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in Jamestown, New York
  • Peter Ogilvie, Canadian 100m sprinter (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

Famous Deaths

  • Hugo Hartung, writer, dies at 69

Person of interestJ. Edgar Hoover

J. Edgar Hoover, first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1924-72) dies at 77

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover

1972 Highlights

About May 2, 1972

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 48 years, 3 months and 1 day
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Taurus