On This Day

What Happened on October 17, 1972

Historical Events

  • 1st time Islanders shut-out-5-0 vs Penguins
  • Bob Randall's "6 Rooms Riv Vu," premieres in NYC

Music release#1 in the Charts

Chuck Berry's "My Ding-a-ling," is #1

Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Chuck Berry
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Chuck Berry
  • The Ulster Defence Association open fire on the British Army in several areas of Belfast

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestEminem

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

Rapper and Songwriter Eminem
Rapper and Songwriter
  • Joe McEwing, American baseball player
  • Tarkan [Tevetoğlu], Turkish pop singer (Şımarık), born in Alzey, West Germany

Famous Deaths

  • Billy Williams, American singer (b. 1910)
  • George, Crown Prince of Serbia, eldest son of King Peter I, dies at 85
  • 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
1972 Highlights

About October 17, 1972

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 48 years, 9 months and 4 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Libra