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

Dwayne JohnsonDwayne Johnson (50 years old)

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

  • 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

J. Edgar HooverJ. Edgar Hoover (1895-1972)

American 1st Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1924-72), dies at 77


1972 Highlights

About May 2, 1972

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 50 years, 9 months and 4 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
  • UK #1 Song: Amazing Grace - The Pipes & Drums & Military Band Of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards