What Happened on October 20, 1972

Historical Events

Appointment of Interest

John Betjeman is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Elizabeth II

  • Queen Juliana visits Yugoslavia

Famous Birthdays

  • Brian Schatz, American politician (Senator-D-Hawaii 2012-), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Dexter Coakley, American College Football HOF linebacker (Appalachian State Uni; 3 x Pro Bowl; 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
Born in 1972

Famous Deaths

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

About October 20, 1972

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 50 years, 7 months and 17 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: My Ding-A-Ling - Chuck Berry
  • UK #1 Song: Mouldy Old Dough - Lieutenant Pigeon