On This Day

What Happened on October 20, 1972

Historical Events

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

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
  • Queen Juliana visits Yugoslavia

Famous Birthdays

  • Dexter Coakley, American NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys), born in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • Oleg Fediukov, Russian dance skater (with partner Debbie Koegel), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Will Greenwood, English rugby union centre (55 caps England, 2 British & Irish Lions; Leicester Tigers, Harlequins), born in Blackburn, England

Famous Deaths

  • Harlow Shapley, American astronomer (Sun's position in galaxy), dies at 86
1972 Highlights

About October 20, 1972

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 48 years, 11 months and 24 days
Leap Year: Yes

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