On This Day

What Happened on May 20, 1972

Historical Events

  • "Different Times" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 24 performances
  • "Hard Job Being God" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 6 performances
  • 5th ABA Championship: Indiana Pacers beat NY Nets, 4 games to 2
  • 97th Preakness: Eldon Nelson aboard Bee Bee Bee wins in 1:55.6
  • Republic of Cameroon declared as its constitution is ratified

Famous Birthdays

  • Busta Rhymes [Trevor George Smith Jr.], American rapper (The Coming), born in New York City
  • Christophe Dominici, French rugby union winger (65 caps; Stade Fran├žais), born in Toulon, France (d. 2020)
  • Michael Cox, American 1.5k runner, born in Hannibal, Missouri

Famous Deaths

  • Cornelis Jakob van der Klauw, Dutch biologist and zoologist, dies at 78
  • Walter Winchell, American newspaper columnist and narrator (Untouchables), dies at 75
1972 Highlights

About May 20, 1972

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 49 years, 6 months and 8 days
Leap Year: Yes

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