On This Day

What Happened in October 1972

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 "Don't Play Us Cheap" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 164 performances
  • Oct 1 New York City Marathon: men's event won by Sheldon Karlin in 2:27:52; Nina Kuscsik wins women's race in 3:08:41
  • Oct 2 "From Israel with Love" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Oct 2 Aeroflot Il-18 crashes near Black Sea resort of Sochi, kills 105
  • Oct 2 Bill Stoneman of Montreal pitches his 2nd no-hitter, beating Mets, 7-0
  • Oct 2 Danish population votes for membership of the European Common Market
  • Oct 2 Montreal Expos' pitcher Bill Stoneman no-hits the New York Mets, 7 - 0 at Parc Jarry; first MLB no-hitter ever pitched in Canada
  • Oct 2 Ron Johnson becomes 1st NY Giant to score 4 TDs (vs Philadelphia)
  • Oct 3 Spaceflight 71-2 launched; 1st flexible substrate photovoltaic flown

Sports History

Oct 3 Future Baseball Hall of Fame left-handed pitcher Steve Carlton wins 27th game as Philadelphia beats Cubs, 11-1 at Wrigley Field; almost half Phillies 59 season wins

  • Oct 3 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Oct 3 Roric Harrison homers as Baltimore beats Cleveland, 4-3; last AL pitcher to homer until MLB inter-league play 25 years later

Sports History

Oct 4 Future Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams manages his final game as Texas Rangers lose to KC Royals, 4-0 in the last game played at Municipal Stadium; Williams replaced by Whitey Herzog

  • Oct 5 Herbert Mullin 1st kills, claiming it was to prevent earthquakes
  • Oct 6 22-car train carrying 2,000 pilgrims derails, kills 208 in Mexico

Historic Event

Oct 6 Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Jack Lynch closes the Sinn Féin office in Dublin

  • Oct 7 1st season game at Nassau Coliseum, Flames-3, Islanders-2
  • Oct 8 "From Israel with Love" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Oct 8 Harold Carmichael begins NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions

Sports History

Oct 8 In Game 2 of ALCS, Oakland A's Bert Campaneris fires his bat at Det pitcher

  • Oct 8 MLB Detroit Tiger pitcher Lerrin LaGrow and Oakland A's shortstop Bert Campaneris, each fined and suspended when Campaneris flung his bat at the mound after getting hit by a pitch

Sports History

Oct 8 Despite retiring with suspension trouble at the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, Emerson Fittipaldi becomes first Brazilian to win the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 16 points from Jackie Stewart

  • Oct 9 "Dude" opens at Broadway Theater, NYC; runs for 16 performances
  • Oct 10 3 members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) die in a premature explosion in a house in Balkan Street, Lower Falls, Belfast
  • Oct 11 World Hockey Association officially debuts as the Alberta Oilers defeat the Ottawa Nationals, 7-4 at the Ottawa Civic Centre
  • Oct 11 Panama adopts constitution
  • Oct 11 Prison uprising at Washington, D.C. jail
  • Oct 11 MLB National League Championship: Cincinnati Reds beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 12 "Hurry, Harry" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 2 performances
  • Oct 12 46 sailors injured in race riot on American aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk
  • Oct 12 Billy Harris failed in 1st Islander penalty shot
  • Oct 12 Mariner 9 takes pictures of Martian north pole
  • Oct 12 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Detroit Tigers, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 13 "Hurry, Harry" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 2 performances
  • Oct 13 Aeroflot Il-62 crashes in large pond outside Moscow, 176 die
  • Oct 13 Uruguay to Chile plane crashes in Andes Mountains, (passengers eat crash victims to survive, 16 of 45 rescued 2 months later)
  • Oct 14 Oakland catcher Gene Tenace is first to homer in first 2 World Series at-bats as A's beat Reds, 3-2 in Game 1 at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati
  • Oct 14 North Irish Loyalist paramilitaries raid Headquarters of the 10 Ulster Defence Regiment in Belfast and stole rifles and ammunition
  • Oct 15 61st Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Bucharest (3-2)
  • Oct 15 Omni in Atlanta opens - Hawks beat NY Knicks 109-101

Sports History

Oct 15 17 year old American tennis prodigy Chris Evert wins inaugural WTA Tour Championship at Boca Raton, Florida; beats Australian Kerry Melville Reid 7-5, 6-4; Evert not eligible for prize money

  • Oct 16 "Pacific Paradise" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Oct 16 Rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival break up
  • Oct 16 2 members of the Official Irish Republican Army are shot dead by the British Army in County Tyrone
  • Oct 16 A Protestant youth member (15) of the Ulster Defence Association, and a UDA member (26) are run over by British Army vehicles during riots in east Belfast
  • Oct 17 1st time Islanders shut-out-5-0 vs Penguins
  • Oct 17 Bob Randall's "6 Rooms Riv Vu," premieres in NYC

#1 in the Charts

Oct 17 Chuck Berry's "My Ding-a-Lng," is #1

  • Oct 17 The Ulster Defence Association open fire on the British Army in several areas of Belfast
  • Oct 19 "Mother Earth" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Oct 19 Ulster Vanguard leader William Craig speaks at a meeting of right-wing Members of Parliament at Westminster: "We are prepared to come out and shoot and kill"
  • Oct 20 Queen Juliana visits Yugoslavia

Appointment of Interest

Oct 20 John Betjeman is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Elizabeth II

  • Oct 21 "Dude" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Oct 21 "Man of La Mancha" closes at Beaumont Theater NYC after 140 performances
  • Oct 21 "Pacific Paradise" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Oct 22 Baseball World Series: Oakland A's beat Reds, 3-2 in Cincinnati for a 4-3 series win; A's first C'ship since 1930, first in Oakland: MVP: A's catcher Gene Tenace
  • Oct 23 Stephen Schwartz' musical "Pippin", starring Ben Vereen; Irene Ryan, and Jill Clayburgh, and directed by Bob Fosse, opens at Imperial Theater, NYC; runs for 1944 performances, winning 5 Tony Awards
  • Oct 23 Access credit cards introduced in Great Britain
  • Oct 23 WNJS TV channel 23 in Camden, NJ (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Oct 23 Loyalist paramilitaries carry out raid on an Ulster Defence Regiment
  • Oct 23 "I'm Still in Love with You" 5th studio album by Al Green is released (Billboard Album of the Year 1973)
  • Oct 24 2 Catholic men are found dead at a farm at Aughinahinch, near Newtownbbutler, County Fermanagh - British soldiers carry out the killings

Sports History

Oct 25 Eddy Merckx (Belgium) covers 30 miles, 1,258 yards in 1 hr

  • Oct 25 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to Kenneth J Arrow & John R Hicks

Historic Invention

Oct 26 Edwin Land introduces the first truly instant camera the Polaroid SX-70 camera at an event in Miami, Florida

Closure of Alcatraz

Oct 26 Guided tours of the former prison at Alcatraz by the National Park Service begin

Historic Event

Oct 26 Henry Kissinger declares "Peace is at hand" in Vietnam

Music History

Oct 26 Ringo Starr and singer Lulu appear in non-speaking cameos on "Monty Python's Flying Circus" program

  • Oct 27 Golden Gate National Recreation Area created
  • Oct 27 OPEC approves plan providing for 25 percent government ownership of all Western oil interests operating within Kuwait, Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia
  • Oct 28 "Mother Earth" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Oct 29 Don Cockroft of Cleveland Browns kicks 57-yard field goal
  • Oct 30 Worst US rail accident in 14 years; 45 die in Chicago, llinois
  • Oct 30 The Northern Ireland Office issues a discussion document 'The Future of Northern Ireland'; the paper states Britain's commitment to the union as long as the majority of people wish to remain part of the United Kingdom
  • Oct 30 Loyalist paramilitaries carry out a raid on Royal Ulster Constabulary station in County Derry, and steal 4 British Army Sterling sub-machine Guns
  • Oct 31 Gaylord Perry wins AL Cy Young award
  • Oct 31 2 Catholic children (6 and 4) playing on the street are killed in a Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF) car bomb attack on a bar in Ship Street, Belfast

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 1 Danielle Scott-Arruda, American volleyball middle blocker (Olympics silver 2008, 12), born in Baton Rouge Louisiana
  • Oct 2 Aaron McKie, American basketball guard and coach (NBA 6th Man of the Year 2001; Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 3 Michael Nylander, Swedish NHL center (World C'ship gold 1992, 2006; Chicago Blackhawks, Calgary Flames, Washington Capitals), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Oct 3 G. Love [Garrett Dutton], American musician (G. Love and Special Sauce), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 3 Lajon Witherspoon, American rock singer (Sevendust), born in Nashville, Tennesee
  • Oct 4 Cut Chemist [Lucas MacFadden], American hip-hop DJ and record producer (Jurassic 5; Ozomatli), born in New York City
  • Oct 5 Grant Hill, American basketball player (Det Pistons, Olympic gold 1996), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Oct 5 Thomas Roberts, American news anchor, born in Towson, Maryland
  • Oct 6 Ryu Shi-won, Korean actor and singer
  • Oct 6 Daniel Cavanagh, English rock musician (Anathema), born in Liverpool, England
  • Oct 6 Jessica Hausner, Austrian film director (Lovely Rita), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Oct 7 Ben Younger, American screenwriter and film director, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 8 Dede Demet, American cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Oct 8 Stanislav Varga, Slovakian footballer (Slovan Bratislava), born in Lipany, Czechoslovakia
  • Oct 9 Maurice Kelly, American CFL linebacker (BC Lions), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • Oct 9 Roman Oben, American football tackle (NY Giants), born in Cameroon
  • Oct 9 Sarah Vandenbergh, Australian actor (Neighbours), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Oct 10 Marianne Limpert, Canadian 200m relay swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Matagami, Quebec
  • Oct 10 Yinka Dare, Nigerian NBA center (NJ Nets), born in Kano, Nigeria (d. 2004)
  • Oct 10 Jun Lana, Filipino playwright and screenwriter (Shadow Behind The Moon), born in Makati City, Philippines
  • Oct 10 (Michael) Dean Roland, American guitarist and songwriter (Collective Soul), born in Stockbridge, Georgia
  • Oct 11 Cherokee Parks, American NBA center (Dallas Mavericks, Minn Timberwolves), born in Huntington Beach, California
  • Oct 11 Kyoko Ina, Japanese-American figure skater (1993 North Atlantic Sr champ), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Oct 11 Troy Corbett, Australian cricket pace bowler (Victorian lefty since 1994-95), born in Ouyen, Australia
  • Oct 11 Claudia Black, Australian actress (Stargate SG-1), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Oct 12 Singor Mobley, American football safety (Dallas Cowboys), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Oct 12 Tom van Mol, Belgian soccer player (PSV), born in Dendermonde, Belgium
  • Oct 12 Irina Pantaeva, Russian-American supermodel and actress, born in Ulan-Ude, Russia
  • Oct 12 Juan Manuel Silva, Argentine racing driver, born in Resistencia, Chaco, Argentina
  • Oct 13 Prince Jaime, Count of Bardi, third child of Princess Irene of the Netherlands and Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma, born in Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • Oct 13 Princess Margarita Maria Beatriz of Bourbon-Parma, Countess of Colorno, daughter of Princess Irene of the Netherlands and Carlos Hugo, Duke of Parma, born in Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • Oct 13 Summer Sanders, American butterfly swimmer (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Roseville, California
  • Oct 14 Erika de Lone, tennis star (1996 Futures-Wilmington DE), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Oct 14 J. J. Smith, American NFL running back (KC Chiefs), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Oct 14 Mike Archie, running back (Tennessee Oilers)
  • Oct 14 Nelson Van waes, CFL defensive linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Oct 15 Fred Hoiberg, American NBA guard (Indiana Pacers), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Oct 15 Matt Keeslar, American actor 9The Last Days of Disco), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Oct 16 Darius Kasparaitis, Elektrenai Lit, NHL defenseman (Islanders, Pitts)
  • Oct 16 Darren Balmforth, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 16 Kordell Stewart, NFL quarterback/wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Oct 16 Emily Doolittle, Canadian composer, and zoomusicologist (Social Sounds From Whales At Night; Dàn nan Ròn; A Short, Slow Life), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Oct 17 Eminem [Marshall Bruce Mathers III], American rapper and movie star (The Real Slim Shady, Stan and 8 Mile), born in St. Joseph, Missouri

  • Oct 17 Tarkan [Tevetoğlu], Turkish pop singer (Şımarık), born in Alzey, West Germany
  • Oct 17 Joe McEwing, American baseball player
  • Oct 18 Angie Marzetta, Norfolk Virginia, female outfielder (Silver Bullets)
  • Oct 18 James Stream Thurmond Jr, son of US senator Strom Thurmond
  • Oct 18 Alex Tagliani, Quebec racing driver
  • Oct 18 Jake Farrow, American actor (Drake & Josh)
  • Oct 19 Glen Anthony Mitchell, New Zealand road race cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Oct 19 Marc Newfield, outfielder (San Diego Padres), born in Sacramento, California
  • Oct 19 Megan Still, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 19 Otto Steffers, field hockey defender (Olympics 1996), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Oct 19 Reggie Rusk, cornerback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Oct 19 Pras [Prakazrel Michel], Haitian-American rapper, songwriter and producer (The Fugees - "Killing Me Softly"), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 20 Dexter Coakley, American NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys), born in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • Oct 20 Oleg Fediukov, Russian dance skater (with partner Debbie Koegel), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Oct 20 Will Greenwood, English rugby union centre (55 caps England, 2 British & Irish Lions; Leicester Tigers, Harlequins), born in Blackburn, England
  • Oct 20 Brian Schatz, American politician (Senator-D-Hawaii 2012-), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Oct 21 Orlando Thomas, NFL safety (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Oct 21 Felicity Andersen, Australian actress
  • Oct 21 Masakazu Morita, seiyu and actor
  • Oct 21 Matthew Friedberger, American musician (The Fiery Furnaces)
  • Oct 21 Evhen Tsybulenko, Ukrainian professor of international law
  • Oct 22 Scott Lachance, American ice hockey defenseman (NHL All Star 1997; 819 games; NY Islanders), born in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Oct 22 Tyrone Williams, Canadian football defensive tackle (first to win Vanier Cup [Western Ontario Uni], Super Bowl [Dallas Cowboys], Grey Cup [Toronto Argonauts]), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Oct 22 Saffron Burrows, English-American actress (Boston Legal), born in London
  • Oct 22 D'Lo Brown, American professional wrestler
  • Oct 23 Tiffeny Milbrett, American soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Oct 23 Richard McNamara, British guitarist, songwriter and producer (Embrace), born in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, England
  • Oct 24 Eric Sutton, CFL cornerback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Oct 24 Louis Michael Anthony Sassin, rocker (4 Fun-Unbelievable Fun), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Oct 24 Pat Williams, American football defensive tackle (Buffalo Bills), born in Monroe, Louisiana
  • Oct 24 Ruxandra Dragomir, Romanian tennis star (1996 Bournemouth doubles), born in Piteşti, Romania
  • Oct 24 Susan Barnett, Miss Pennsylvania 1996 and news anchor, born in Levittown, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 24 T. J. Cunningham, American NFL safety (Seattle Seahawks), born in Aurora, Colorado (d. 2019)
  • Oct 24 Tom Fletcher, NFL defensive safety (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Oct 24 Kim Ji-soo, South Korean actress (This Charming Girl), born in South Korea
  • Oct 24 Scott Peterson, American murderer, born in San Diego, California
  • Oct 25 Leland Taylor, American football defensive tackle (Baltimore Ravens), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Oct 25 Jonathan Torrens, Canadian actor and TV personality (Street Cents), born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
  • Oct 25 Esther Duflo, French American economist (2019 Nobel Prize for Economics), born in Paris
  • Oct 26 Hamdi Ulukaya, Kurdish founder and CEO of Chobani, born in Erzincan, Turkey
  • Oct 27 Brad Radke, American baseball pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Oct 27 John Steel, 100m/200m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Oct 27 Maria Mutola, Mozambican 800m runner (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Lourenço Marques, Mozambique
  • Oct 27 Lee Clark, English footballer (Newcastle United), born in Wallsend, England
  • Oct 27 Elissa [Elissar Zakaria Khoury] Lebanese singer, born in Deir el Ahmar, Lebanon
  • Oct 27 Marika Krook, Finnish singer (Edea), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Oct 27 James Deakin, Filipino-British television host, and automotive journalist, born in Manila, Philippines
  • Oct 28 Calvin Jackson, NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins)
  • Oct 28 Chad Folk, CFL cornerback (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Oct 28 Terrell Davis, American Pro Football HOF running back (Super Bowl 1997 [MVP], 98; NFL MVP 1998; 3 × First-team All-Pro; 3 × Pro Bowl; Denver Broncos), born in San Diego, California

Brad Paisley

Oct 28 Brad Paisley, American country singer ("Collision of Worlds"; "Nobody's Fool"), born in Glen Dale, West Virginia

  • Oct 29 Takafumi Horie, Japanese entrepreneur (Livedoor), born in Yame, Japan
  • Oct 29 Gabrielle Union, American actress, author and activist (Bring it on, Being Mary Jane), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Oct 29 Tracee Ellis Ross, American actress (Black-ish), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 30 Georgina Douglas, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 30 Patrice Denis, CFL linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Oct 30 Trevor Wilmot, American NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts, Amsterdam Admirals), born in Evanston, Illinois

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Kurt Hiller, German writer, dies at 87
  • Oct 4 Colin Gordon, British actor (The Pink Panther, Casino Royale), dies at 61
  • Oct 5 Ivan Yefremov, Russian paleontologist (originator of the concept of taphonomy) and author (Andromeda Nebula), dies at 64
  • Oct 6 Cliff Hall [Robert Clifford Hall], American actor (At This Moment, Dutch Treat, Crime Photographer), dies at 78
  • Oct 9 Giuseppe Capogrossi, Italian painter, dies at 72
  • Oct 9 Miriam Hopkins, actress (Carrie, Barbary Coast), dies at 69
  • Oct 9 Dave Bancroft, American Baseball HOF shortstop (World Series 1921, 22 NY Giants) and manager (Boston Braves), dies at 81
  • Oct 12 (Wilfred) "Billy" Williams, American pop singer ("I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter"), dies at 61
  • Oct 14 Joseph Kaminski, composer, dies at 68
  • Oct 16 Leo G. Carroll, British actor (Topper; Strangers On A Train; Man From U.N.C.L.E.), dies at 85
  • Oct 16 (Thomas) Hale Boggs, American politician (US Representative from Louisiana, 1947-73), presumed killed in a plane crash at 58
  • Oct 17 Walter "Turk" Broda, Canadian ice hockey goaltender, 5x Stanley Cup, 2x Vezina Trophy (Toronto Maple Leafs, 1935-51), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Oct 17 George, Crown Prince of Serbia, eldest son of King Peter I, dies at 85
  • Oct 18 Ken Wishart, cricketer (WI opening batsman in one Test 1935), dies
  • Oct 18 Esma Cannon, Australian-born actress (Sailor Beware!), dies at 66
  • Oct 20 Harlow Shapley, American astronomer (Sun's position in galaxy), dies at 86
  • Oct 22 Kurt Edzard, German sculptor (nudist/portraits), dies at 82

Jackie Robinson

Oct 24 Jackie Robinson, American Baseball HOF second baseman (1st African-American MLB player Brooklyn Dodgers; 6 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1955; NL MVP 1949), dies from a heart attack at 53

  • Oct 25 Norman Norell [Levinson], US fashion designer, dies at 72
  • Oct 25 Johnny Mantz, American race car driver (Southern 500, 1950), dies in a car accident at 54

Igor Sikorsky

Oct 26 Igor Sikorsky, Russian-American aviation pioneer and helicopter builder, dies at 83

  • Oct 27 Lew Parker [Austin Lewis Jacobs], American actor (Are You with It?, That Girl), dies from cancer at 64
  • Oct 30 Alan Roth, American orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 68
  • Oct 30 Philip H. Frohman, American architect (Washington National Cathedral), dies at 84
  • Oct 31 Bill Durnan, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1916)