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, linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Oleg Fediukov, dance skater (with partner Debbie Koegel), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Will Greenwood, English rugby union player (Leicester Tigers, 2003 World Cup squad), born in Blackburn, Lancashire

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 and 6 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Libra