On This Day

What Happened on May 21, 1972

Historical Events

  • "Heathen!" opens & closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 1 performance

Music releaseTheatrical Finale

"Lost in the Stars" based on the novel "Cry the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 39 performances

Author and Apartheid Activist Alan Paton
Author and Apartheid Activist
Alan Paton

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Michelangelo's Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome is damaged by a vandal

Sculptor and Painter Michelangelo
Sculptor and Painter
  • The Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA) kidnaps and shoots dead William Best (19), a soldier in the Royal Irish Rangers stationed in Germany whilst on leave at home

Famous Birthdays

  • Adriano Cintra, Brazilian musician (CSS)
  • Liliko Ogasawara, American middleweight judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • The Notorious B.I.G. [Christopher Wallace], American rapper (Life After Death), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1997)
1972 Highlights

About May 21, 1972

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 49 years, 4 months and 23 days
Leap Year: Yes

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