On This Day

What Happened on October 16, 1972

Historical Events

  • "Pacific Paradise" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 2 members of the Official Irish Republican Army are shot dead by the British Army in County Tyrone
  • 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
  • Rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival break up

Famous Birthdays

  • Darius Kasparaitis, Elektrenai Lit, NHL defenseman (Islanders, Pitts)
  • Darren Balmforth, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Emily Doolittle, Canadian composer, and zoomusicologist (Social Sounds From Whales At Night; Dàn nan Ròn; A Short, Slow Life), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Kordell Stewart, NFL quarterback/wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Stephen O'Connor, Irish amateur snooker champ (1990)

Famous Deaths

  • Hale Boggs, U.S. Congressman from Louisiana (b. 1914)
  • Leo G. Carroll, British actor (Topper; Strangers On A Train; Man From U.N.C.L.E.), dies at 85
1972 Highlights

About October 16, 1972

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 48 years, 11 months and 28 days
Leap Year: Yes

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