What Happened in October 1972

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 "Don't Play Us Cheap" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 164 performances
  • Oct 1 1st games of World Hockey Association
  • Oct 1 2nd NYC Women's Marathon won by Nina Kuscsik in 3:08:41
  • Oct 1 3rd NYC Marathon won by Sheldon Karlin in 2:27:52
  • 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 Mont Expos Bill Stoneman 2nd no-hitter beats NY Mets, 7-0
  • Oct 2 Ron Johnson becomes 1st NY Giant to score 4 TDs (vs Philadelphia)
  • Oct 3 Indians set a team record for lowest team batting avg .234
  • Oct 3 Spaceflight 71-2 launched; 1st flexible substrate photovoltaic flown
  • Oct 3 Steve Carlton wins 27th game for Phillies (almost ½ of their 59 wins)
  • Oct 3 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Oct 3 Balt Roric Harrison is last AL pitcher to homer until interleague play 25 years later

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 4 Ted Williams manages his final game as Rangers lose to Royals, 4-0

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 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
  • 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
  • Oct 8 In Game 2 of ALCS, Oakland A's Bert Campaneris fires his bat at Det pitcher
  • Oct 8 Lerrin LaGrow Campy, who had been hit by a pitch, is fined & suspended
  • Oct 8 23rd Formula One WDC: Emerson Fittipaldi wins by 16 points
  • Oct 9 "Dude" opens at Broadway Theater NYC 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 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 Commish Bowie Kuhn allows Bert Campaneris to play in World Series
  • 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 A Gene Tenace is 1st to homer in 1st 2 World Series at bats
  • 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
  • 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 Offical 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
  • Oct 17 Chuck Berry's "My Ding-a-ling," 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
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 Oakland A's 1st championship; beat Reds, 4 games to 3 in World Series
  • Oct 23 "Pippin" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 1944 performances
  • 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
  • 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
  • Oct 26 Guided tours of Alcatraz (by Park Service) begin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Politician, statesman Henry Kissinger
Politician, statesman
Henry Kissinger
  • 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 29 Jo Ann Prentice wins LPGA Corpus Christi Civitan Golf Open
  • 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

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 127

  • Oct 1 Danielle Scott, Baton Rouge LA, volleyball middle blocker (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 2 Aaron McKie, NBA guard (Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Oct 2 Adrian Van Troost, fast cricket bowler (Somerset & Holland)
  • Oct 2 Patricia Gauani, Miss USA-Delaware (1997)
  • Oct 2 Rafael Carmona, Rio Piedras Puerto Rico, pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • Oct 2 Tara Dawn Holland, American pageant contestant (Miss America 1997), born in Overland Park, Kansas
  • Oct 2 Torey Hunter, CFL defensive back (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Oct 3 Christian Peter, defensive tackle (NY Giants)
  • Oct 3 Denny Vaughn, orchestra leader (Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour)
  • Oct 3 Michael Nylander, NHL center (Calgary Flames), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Oct 3 Sandy Martinez, Villa Mella Dom Rep, catcher (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • Oct 3 Garrett Dutton, American musician (G. Love and Special Sauce), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 3 Lajon Witherspoon, American singer (Sevendust)
  • Oct 4 Joanna Stone, Australian javelin thrower (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 4 Kurt Thomas, NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat)
  • Oct 4 Norberto Garrido, tackle (Carolina Panthers)
  • Oct 4 Rusty Fitzgerald, NHL center (Pitts Penguins), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Oct 5 Derek Sholdice, CFL offensive linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Oct 5 Grant Hill, NBA forward/guard (Det Pistons, Olympic gold 1996), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Oct 5 Thomas Roberts, American news anchor
  • Oct 6 J. J. [Jeral Jamal] Stokes, NFL wide receiver (SF 49ers), born in San Diego, California
  • Oct 6 Ryu Shi-won, Korean actor and singer
  • Oct 6 Daniel Cavanagh, English rock musician (Anathema), born in Liverpool, England
  • Oct 7 John Hyden, Tustin California, volleyball outside hitter (alt-Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 7 Rahsaan Giddings, CFL linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Oct 7 Ben Younger, American screenwriter and film director
  • Oct 8 Dede Demet, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Oct 8 Jared Kaaiohelo, WLAF running back (Scottish Claymores)
  • Oct 8 Stanislav Varga, Slovakian footballer
  • Oct 9 Maurice Kelly, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • Oct 9 Roman Oben, tackle (NY Giants)
  • Oct 9 Sarah Vandenbergh, Australian actor
  • Oct 10 Alexei Zhitnik, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • Oct 10 Hunter Goodwin, tight end (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Oct 10 Marianne Limpert, Matagami Quebec, 200m relay swimmer (Olympic silver 1996)
  • Oct 10 Trent McCleary, Swift Current, NHL right wing (Ottawa Senators)
  • Oct 10 Yinka Dare, NBA center (NJ Nets)
  • Oct 10 Jun Lana, Filipino playwright and screenwriter
  • Oct 11 Brigitte Soucy, American volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Moncton New Brunswick
  • Oct 11 Cherokee Parks, NBA center (Dallas Mavericks, Minn Timberwolves)
  • Oct 11 Kyoko Ina, figure skater (1993 North Atlantic Sr champ), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Oct 11 Troy Corbett, cricket pace bowler (Victorian lefty since 1994-95)
  • Oct 11 Claudia Black, Australian actress
  • Oct 12 Jeroen Egge, WLAF offensive linesman (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Oct 12 Neriah Davis, playmate (Mar, 1994), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 12 Singor Mobley, safety (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Oct 12 Tom van Mol, soccer player (PSV)
  • Oct 12 Irina Pantaeva, Russian supermodel and actress
  • Oct 12 Juan Manuel Silva, Argentine racing driver
  • Oct 12 Tom Van Mol, Belgian football player
  • Oct 13 Jaime Bernardo, prince of Netherlands
  • Oct 13 Jean Foster, 3x20 rifle (Olympics 1996), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • Oct 13 Margarita Maria Beatriz, princess of Netherlands
  • Oct 13 Summer Sanders, California, butterfly swimmer (Olympic gold 1992, 96)
  • 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 14 Shawn Banks, WLAF LB (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Oct 15 Fred Hoiberg, NBA guard (Indiana Pacers)
  • Oct 15 Matt Keeslar, American actor
  • 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 Stephen O'Connor, Irish amateur snooker champ (1990)
  • Oct 17 Vicki Goetze, Michicot WI, LPGA golfer (1995 British Open-12th)

Person of interestEminem

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

Rapper Eminem
  • Oct 17 Tarkan, Turkish singer
  • 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, American musician
  • Oct 20 Dexter Coakley, linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Oct 20 Oleg Fediukov, dance skater (& Debbie Koegel), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Oct 21 Orlando Thomas, NFL safety (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Oct 21 Felicity Andersen, Australian actress
  • Oct 21 Saffron Burrows, English 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, Charlottesville, NHL defenseman (NY Islanders)
  • Oct 22 Tyrone Williams, WLAF/NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears, Rhein Fire)
  • Oct 22 D'Lo Brown, American professional wrestler
  • Oct 23 Daryl Price, defensive end (San Francisco 49ers)
  • Oct 23 Patrise Alexander, linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • Oct 23 Tiffeny Milbrett, soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 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 Natasha Ann Courter, Davenport Iowa, Miss America-Iowa (1997)
  • Oct 24 Pat Williams, defensive tackle (Buffalo Bills)
  • Oct 24 Ruxandra Dragomir, Pitesti Rom, tennis star (1996 Bournemouth doubles)
  • Oct 24 Susan Barnett, Miss Pennsylvania 1996 and news anchor, born in Levittown, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 24 T J Cunningham, NFL safety (Seattle Seahawks)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Kurt Hiller, German writer, dies at 87

Person of interestLouis Leakey

Oct 1 Louis Leakey, British paleoanthropologist and archaeologist (Olduvai Gorge), dies at 68

Archaeologist and paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey
Archaeologist and paleoanthropologist
Louis Leakey
  • Oct 4 Colin Gordon, British actor (The Pink Panther, Casino Royale), dies at 61
  • 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 14 Joseph Kaminski, composer, dies at 68
  • Oct 16 Leo G Carroll, actor (Topper, Man From Uncle), dies at 80
  • Oct 16 Hale Boggs, U.S. Congressman from Louisiana (b. 1914)
  • Oct 17 Turk Broda, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1914)
  • Oct 17 George, Crown Prince of Serbia, eldest son of King Peter I, dies at 85
  • Oct 17 Billy Williams, American singer (b. 1910)
  • Oct 18 Ken Wishart, cricketer (WI opening batsman in one Test 1935), dies
  • 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

Person of interestJackie Robinson

Oct 24 Jackie Robinson, 1st African American baseball player (Bkln Dodgers), dies at 53

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Oct 25 Norman Norell [Levinson], US fashion designer, dies at 72

Person of interestIgor Sikorsky

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

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