On This Day

What Happened in November 1972

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 1st gay theme TV movie - "That Certain Summer"
  • Nov 1 Germaoin Gagnon scores 1st Islander hat trick
  • Nov 2 Construction begins on Kingdome, Seattle
  • Nov 2 Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton is unanimously selected National League Cy Young Award winner; wins 27 games for Phillies, who as a team win only 57 games
  • Nov 2 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Nov 2 Government of the Republic of Ireland introduce a bill to remove the special position of the Catholic Church from the Irish Constitution
  • Nov 4 Bangladesh adopts constitution
  • Nov 4 Kings score 3 goals within 45 seconds against Islanders
  • Nov 5 Vice-President of Sinn Féin Maire Drumm is arrested in the Republic of Ireland

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 7 Incumbent President Richard Nixon is re-elected, defeating Democrat candidate George McGovern in a landslide by winning 49 states

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Nov 9 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 11 Dow Jones Index moves above 1,000 for 1st time
  • Nov 11 US Army turns over Long Bihn base to South Vietnamese army
  • Nov 11 6th Rugby League World Cup: Australia and Great Britain tie 10-10; Great Britain awarded the cup
  • Nov 12 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins
  • Nov 14 Dow Jones closes above 1,000 for 1st time (1003.16)

  • Nov 15 Circle-in the-Square Theater opens at 1633 Broadway NYC
  • Nov 15 Small Astronomy Satellite Explorer 48 launched to study gamma rays
  • Nov 15 White Sox Dick Allen wins AL MVP
  • Nov 16 "Dear Oscar" opens at Playhouse Theater NYC for 5 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 16 British Prime Minister Edward Heath warns against a Unilateral Declaration of Independence

British Prime Minister Edward Heath
British Prime Minister
Edward Heath
  • Nov 19 "Ambassador" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Nov 19 "Dear Oscar" closes at Playhouse Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Nov 19 Gershwin Theater (Uris) opens at 1633 Broadway NYC
  • Nov 19 KFIZ TV channel 34 in Fond du Lac, WI suspends broadcasting

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 19 Willy Brandt's SPD wins West German election

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt
  • Nov 19 Leader of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) Seán MacStiofáin is arrested in Dublin
  • Nov 20 2 British soldiers are killed in a booby trap bomb in Cullyhanna, County Armagh
  • Nov 21 Red Sox Carlton Fisk wins AL Rookie of Year, Mets Jon Matlack wins NL
  • Nov 22 Belgium government of Eyskens resigns
  • Nov 22 Flyers beat New York Islanders and start them on 15 game winless streak
  • Nov 22 Pitts Penguins set NHL record for scoring fastest 5 goals (2:07)
  • Nov 22 US ends 22 year travel ban to China
  • Nov 24 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Nov 24 Taoiseach Jack Lynch met with British Prime Minister Edward Heath in London to give Irish approval to Attlee's paper that said new arrangements should be 'acceptable to and accepted by the Republic of Ireland'
  • Nov 25 "Ambassador" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • Nov 26 Pete Gogolak scores NY Giant record 8 pts after a touchdown
  • Nov 26 Bomb explosion at the Film Centre Cinema, in O’Connell Bridge House in Dublin
  • Nov 27 Pierre Trudeau forms Canadian government
  • Nov 27 Yanks trade Ellis, Torres & Spikes to Indians for Nettles & Moses
  • Nov 28 "Via Galactica" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Nov 28 LA Dodgers trade Frank Robinson to California Angels
  • Nov 28 2 members of the IRA are killed in a premature bomb explosion in the Bogside area of Derry

Historic InventionPong

Nov 29 Co-founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell releases Pong, the 1st commercially successful video game, in Andy Capp's Tavern in Sunnyvale, California
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The original Atari Pong video game upright cabinet
The original Atari Pong video game upright cabinet
  • Nov 30 BBC bans Wings' "Hi, Hi, Hi"
  • Nov 30 Illegal fireworks factory explodes killing 15 in Rome, Italy

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Glen Murray, Canadian ice hockey right wing (1,009 NHL games; All Star 2003-04; Boston Bruins), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Nov 1 Jenny McCarthy, American model (Playboy playmate Oct, 1993), TV personality (The View), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 1 Toni Collette, Australian actress (The Sixth Sense), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Nov 1 Paul Dickov, Scottish soccer striker and manager (10 caps; Manchester City, Leicester City), born in Livingston, West Lothian
  • Nov 2 Alfred Schreuder, Dutch soccer midfielder and manager (NAC Breda; manager: 1899 Hoffenheim), born in Barneveld, Netherlands
  • Nov 2 Marie-Josée Gilbeau-Ouimet, Canadian kayaker (World C'ships 3 gold K-2 200m 1995, 98; K-4 200m 1995), born in Lachine, Quebec
  • Nov 2 Samantha Janus, British singer and actress (EastEnders), born in Brighton, Sussex, England
  • Nov 2 Darío Silva, Uruguayan soccer striker (49 caps, 14 goals; Málaga, Cagliari), born in Treinta y Tres, Uruguay
  • Nov 3 Armando Benitez, Dominican baseball pitcher (NL saves leader 2004; MLB All Star 2003-04), born in Ramón Santana, San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • Nov 3 Ugo Ehiogu, English soccer defender (4 caps; Aston Villa, Middlesborough), born in London, England (d. 2017)
  • Nov 4 Luís Figo, Portuguese footballer
  • Nov 4 Tabu [Tabassum Hashmi], Indian actress (Maachis). born in Hyderabad, India
  • Nov 5 Tracy Greene, American NFL tight end (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Monroe, Louisiana
  • Nov 5 Neil Cowley, English jazz pianist (Displaced, Fragile State), born in London
  • Nov 6 Anthony Brown, American NFL tackle (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Okinawa, Japan
  • Nov 6 Vicki Movessian, American ice hockey defenseman (USA, Olympic-98), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • Nov 6 Garry Flitcroft, English soccer midfielder, manager (Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers), born in Bolton, Lancashire
  • Nov 6 Thandie Newton, English actress (Mission: Impossible 2, Crash), born in Westminster, London
  • Nov 6 Deivi Cruz, American baseball player, born in Nizao, Dominican Republic
  • Nov 7 Christopher Daniel Barnes, American actor (As World Turns), born in Portland, Maine
  • Nov 7 Emily Lesueur, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold teams 1996), born in Glendale, California
  • Nov 7 Jeremy London, American actor (I'll Fly Away, Party of Five), born in San Diego, California
  • Nov 7 Jimmy Gary Jr., American NFL running back (Seattle Seahawks), born in Stuart, Florida
  • Nov 7 Mike Goldman, Australian media personality (Big Brother Australia), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Nov 7 Marcus Stewart, English football player, born in Bristol, England
  • Nov 8 Chris Fydler, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Nov 8 Ken Blackman, American NFL guard (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Brunswick, Georgia
  • Nov 8 Gretchen Mol, American actress, born in Deep River, Connecticut
  • Nov 9 Laxmi Poruri, American tennis star (1994 Futures-College Park), born in Guntur, India
  • Nov 9 Mark Fields, American NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 9 Eric Dane, American actor, born in San Francisco, California
  • Nov 9 Doug Russell, American radio personality, born in Pewaukee, Wisconsin
  • Nov 10 Dick Kooijman, Dutch soccer player (Heracles, FC Groningen, Az), born in Wijk bij Duurstede, Netherlands
  • Nov 10 Isaac Bruce, American NFL wide receiver (St Louis Rams), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Nov 10 Shawn Green, American baseball outfielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Des Plaines, Illinois
  • Nov 10 Virág Csurgó, Hungarian tennis star (1993 Futures-Freeport), born in Siófok, Hungary
  • Nov 11 Jack Jackson, NFL/CFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears, Toronto Argonauts)
  • Nov 11 Steve Konowalchuk, American NHL center (Washington Capitals), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Nov 11 Adam Beach, Canadian actor
  • Nov 11 Leslie Mann, American actress
  • Nov 12 Vassilis Tsiartas, Greek footballer, born in Alexandria, Greece
  • Nov 13 Shom-Rock, rocker (Young Nation)
  • Nov 13 Takuya Kimura, Japanese singer and actor (SMAP), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Nov 14 Aaron Taylor, NFL guard (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Nov 14 Ed Patterson, Delta, NHL right wing (Pitts Penguins)
  • Nov 14 Lori Dupuis, ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • Nov 14 Matthew Bloom, American professional wrestler
  • Nov 14 Edyta Górniak, Polish singer
  • Nov 14 Martin Pike, Australian rules footballer
  • Nov 15 Christian van der Weerden, Dutch soccer player (NEC, Vitesse)
  • Nov 15 Greg Bloedorn, NFL center (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Nov 15 Jonny Lee Miller, English actor (Trainspotting, Elementary), born in London
  • Nov 16 Missi Pyle, American actress
  • Nov 17 Leonard Roberts, American actor
  • Nov 17 Kimya Dawson, American singer
  • Nov 18 Jason Arnberger, cricketer (NSW opening batsman 1994-95 -)
  • Nov 18 Jessi Alexander, American country music singer/songwriter
  • Nov 18 Robert Shapiro, American politician/humorist
  • Nov 19 David Palmer, American NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings 1994-2002), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Nov 20 Riddick Parker, American football defensive tackle (New England Patriots), born in Emporia, Virginia
  • Nov 20 Trent Pollard, NFL guard (Cin Bengals), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Nov 20 Yanick Dupre, NHL left wing (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Nov 20 Sheema Kalbasi, Iranian born poet, born in Tehran, Iran
  • Nov 21 Rain Phoenix, American singer/actress
  • Nov 21 David Tua, Samoan boxer
  • Nov 22 Mavan Atapattu, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test batsman)
  • Nov 23 Kurupt [Ricardo Emmanuel Brown], American rapper and actor (Tha Dogg Pound), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 24 Barry Potomski, Windsor, NHL left wing (LA Kings)
  • Nov 24 Fred Brathwaite, NHL goalie (Edmonton Oilers), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Nov 25 Kevin Han, US badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in Shanghai, China
  • Nov 25 Petteri Nummelin, Turku FIN, hockey defenseman (Team Finland)
  • Nov 25 Alessandro Michele, Italian fashion designer (Gucci), born in Rome, Italy
  • Nov 26 Nicole Beach, American model (Wonderbra), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Nov 26 Arjun Rampal, Indian actor (Rock On!!), born in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India
  • Nov 27 Chris Hetherington, running back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Nov 27 Jason Burns, NFL running back (Cin Bengals), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Nov 27 Yureck Person, soccer player (NAC)
  • Nov 28 Paulo Figueiredo, Angolan footballer
  • Nov 29 Jamal Mashburn, NBA forward (Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks), born in The Bronx, New York City
  • Nov 29 Brian Baumgartner, American actor, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Nov 29 Larry Joe Campbell, American actor, born in Cadillac, Michigan
  • Nov 29 Minoru Tanaka, Japanese pro-wrestler, born in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Nov 30 Abel Xavier, Portuguese footballer
  • Nov 30 Christopher Fitzgerald, American stage actor

Famous Deaths


Person of interestEzra Pound

Nov 1 Ezra Loomis Pound, American poet (Throne), dies at 87

  • Nov 5 Reginald Owen, British actor (Mary Poppins, Sherlock Holmes), dies at 85
  • Nov 6 Billy Murcia, rocker (New York Dolls), chokes to death at 21
  • Nov 7 Tod Andrews, American actor (From Hell it Came, Outrage), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • Nov 10 Charlie Hallows, English cricketer who scored 1000 runs in a single month in May 1928, dies at 77
  • Nov 11 Berry Oakley, American rocker and bass player (The Allman Brothers Band), dies in motorcycle crash at 24
  • Nov 12 Rudolf Friml, Czech-American composer (Bohemian suite), dies at 92
  • Nov 14 Martin Dies, Jr., American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas), dies at 71
  • Nov 16 Andrey Filippovich Pashchenko, composer, dies at 87
  • Nov 18 Danny Whitten, rocker, dies of a drug overdose
  • Nov 18 Segundo Luis Moreno Andrade, composer, dies at 90
  • Nov 21 Karel Haba, Czech composer and violinist, dies at 74
  • Nov 23 Marie Wilson, American actress (The Story of Mankind, My Friend Irma), dies of cancer at 56
  • Nov 24 Hall Overton, American composer (Enchanted Pear Tree), dies at 52
  • Nov 25 Hans Scharoun, German architect (Berlin Philharmonic), dies at 79
  • Nov 25 Henri Coandă, Romanian aerodynamics pioneer, dies at 86
  • Nov 26 R. P. Keigwin, English academic, dies at 89
  • Nov 28 Gustave Frederic Soderlund, composer, dies at 91
  • Nov 28 [William] Havergal Brian, British composer ("Gothic" symphony), dies at 96
  • Nov 29 Carl W. Stalling, American film composer (Disney's Silly Symphonies; Warner Brothers Cartoons), dies at 81
  • Nov 30 Hans-Erich Apostel, Austrian composer (Kubiniana, Requiem), dies at 71
  • Nov 30 Neil H McElroy, soap manufacturer/minister of Defense (1957-59), dies
  • Nov 30 Valentin Ruiz Azner, composer, dies at 70