What Happened in September 1972

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 1 American chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer beats Russian champion Boris Spassky 12.5-8.5 in the most publicised world title match ever

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • Sep 1 Egypt & Libya form federation
  • Sep 2 Chicago White Sox Milt Pappas no-hits SD Padres, 1-0
  • Sep 2 Renate Stecher runs 100m European female record (11.07 sec)

Music release#1 in the Charts

Sep 2 Rod Stewart's 1st #1 hit (You Wear it Well)

Singer Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart
  • Sep 2 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 2 The headquarters of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) in Belfast is severely damaged by an IRA bomb
  • Sep 4 US swimmer Mark Spitz becomes 1st athlete to win 7 olympic gold medals
  • Sep 4 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 4 Thieves steal 18 paintings from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in what was at the time the largest art theft in North America.
  • Sep 4 "The Price is Right" - US's longest running games show debuts on CBS
  • Sep 5 11 Israeli athletes taken hostage and later killed by Palestinian Black September group at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 5 Chemical spill with fog sickens hundreds in Meuse Valley Belgium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 5 Jerry Lewis' 7th Muscular Dystrophy telethon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Sep 6 Summer Olympics resume in Munich Germany after massacre
  • Sep 8 Chic Cub Ferguson Jenkins wins his 20th game for 6th straight year
  • Sep 8 Jim Ryan (US) & Billy Fordjour (Ghana) collide & fall in qualifying competitions for 1,500m finals, ending Ryan's chances for gold
  • Sep 9 Terry Anne Meeuwsen (Wisc), 23, crowned 45th Miss America 1973

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 9 92nd Women's U.S. Open: Billie Jean King beats Kerry Melville Reid (6-3, 7-5)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Sep 10 20th Olympic games close at Munich, German FR
  • Sep 10 Emerson Fittipaldi is youngest to win an auto race World Championship
  • Sep 10 Frank Shorter wins 17th Olympic marathon (2:12:19.8)
  • Sep 10 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • Sep 10 US Men's olympic basketball team's 1st loss, 51-50 to USSR (disputed)
  • Sep 10 WKAR TV channel 23 in East Lansing, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 10 3 British soldiers are killed in a land mine attack near Dungannon, County Tyrone
  • Sep 10 92nd Men's U.S. Open: Ilie Năstase beats Arthur Ashe (3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3)
  • Sep 11 BART begins service with a 26-mi (42-km) line from Oakland to Fremont
  • Sep 12 Lord Michael Killanin succeeds Avery Brundage as head of Olympics
  • Sep 13 1st TV broadcast of "Waltons" on CBS
  • Sep 14 "Waltons" TV program premieres
  • Sep 14 Jason Miller's "That Championship Season," premieres in NYC
  • Sep 14 West Germany & Poland establish diplomatic relations
  • Sep 14 2 people are killed and 1 mortally wounded in a Ulster Volunteer Force bomb attack on the Imperial Hotel, Belfast
  • Sep 15 WMAO TV channel 23 in Greenwood, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 15 A magnitude 4.5 earthquake shakes Northern Illinois.
  • Sep 15 An SAS domestic flight from Gothenburg to Stockholm was hijacked and flown to Malmö-Bulltofta Airport.
  • Sep 16 1st TV series about mixed marriage-Bridgit Loves Bernie

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Sep 16 Penny Marshall appears on "The Bob Newhart Show" in "Fly Unfriendly Skies"

Comedian and Actor Bob Newhart
Comedian and Actor
Bob Newhart
  • Sep 17 "M*A*S*H," premieres on NBC TV
  • Sep 17 BART begins passenger service in San Francisco
  • Sep 17 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Quality First Golf Classic
  • Sep 17 Tanzania troops march in to Uganda
  • Sep 18 1st black NL umpire (Art Williams-Los Angeles vs San Diego)
  • Sep 19 A parcel bomb sent to Israeli Embassy in London kills one diplomat.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 20 Police find cannabis growing on Paul & Linda McCartney's farm

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney
  • Sep 20 Libya acquires a 50 percent interest in two ENI oil concessions
  • Sep 20 The Social Democratic and Labour Party issues a document entitled "Towards a New Ireland", proposing that the British and Irish governments should have joint sovereignty over Northern Ireland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 21 Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos declares martial law in Philippines (not publicly announced until 23rd Sep)

10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos
  • Sep 21 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 23 Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos announces state of emergency and declares martial law
  • Sep 24 Antique F86 Sabrejet fails to takeoff at air show, kills 22
  • Sep 24 Jack Tatum, Oakland, returns a fumble 104 yds vs Green Bay (rec)
  • Sep 24 NY Jet Joe Namath passes for 6 touchdowns vs Balt Colt (44-34)
  • Sep 25 Dutch air force drives away Russian Tupolev-bomber
  • Sep 25 KAVT (now KSMQ) TV channel 15 in Austin, MN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 25 Norway votes to join European common market
  • Sep 25 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Lincoln-Mercury Golf Open
  • Sep 26 American Museum of Immigration dedicated
  • Sep 26 Norway rejects membership in European Common Market
  • Sep 27 1st game at Nassau Coliseum, Rangers beat Islanders 6-4 (exhibition)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 28 David Bowie sells out his 1st show in NY Carnegie Hall

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
David Bowie
  • Sep 28 Japan & Communist China agree to re-establish diplomatic relations
  • Sep 28 Canada defeats the USSR in the eighth and final game of the ice hockey Summit Series
  • Sep 29 Japan & People's Republic of China begin diplomatic relations
  • Sep 29 Robert McNamara, former US Secretary of Defense, is almost thrown overboard on a ferry by an artist wanting to confront him on his role in escalating US involvement in the Vietnam war (no charges pressed)
  • Sep 30 Passenger train derails killing 48 (Rust Stasie South Africa)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 30 Roberto Clemente is 11th to get 3,000 hits

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 106

  • Sep 1 Josh Davis, American 800m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Sep 1 Louise Dobson, Shepparton Aust, field hockey fullback (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 1 Matt O'Dwyer, American NFL guard (NY Jets), born in Lincolnshire, Illinois
  • Sep 1 Doug Williams, British professional wrestler
  • Sep 2 James Willis, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Sep 2 Katarina Studenikova, Bratislava Slovak Rep, tennis star
  • Sep 3 Antonius Bonner, CFL defensive back (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Sep 3 Martin Straka, Pizen CZE, NHL forward (Team Czech Rep, Florida)
  • Sep 3 Roland Ramoser, hockey forward (Team Italy 1998)
  • Sep 3 Shim Eun-ha, South Korean actress
  • Sep 4 Daniel Nestor, Canadian tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • Sep 4 Danny Ponce, Waltham Mass, actor (Willie-Valerie/Hogan Family)
  • Sep 4 Jason Fisk, NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Sep 4 Myra Katherine Hale, Miss America-Nebraska (1996), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Sep 4 Norman Hand, NFL defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • Sep 4 Françoise Yip, Canadian actress
  • Sep 5 Dirk Copeland, pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 5 Jimmy Haynes, Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in LaGrange, Georgia
  • Sep 5 Tom Carter, American NFL cornerback (Washington Redskins), born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Sep 6 Eric Zeier, NFL quarterback (Cleveland Browns)
  • Sep 6 Frank Rocca, CFL corner (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Sep 6 China Miéville, English writer
  • Sep 6 Justina Machado, Puerto Rican actress
  • Sep 6 Anika Noni Rose, American actress and singer
  • Sep 6 Idris Elba, English actor, (The Wire, Luther), born in London, England
  • Sep 6 Dylan Bruno, American actor (Numb3rs)
  • Sep 7 Andreas Pusnik, hockey forward (Team Austria 1998)
  • Sep 7 Cedric Davis, NFL cornerback (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Sep 7 Jason Isringhausen, Alton IL, pitcher (NY Mets)
  • Sep 7 Willy Tate, NFL tight end (KC Chiefs)
  • Sep 8 Cari Shayne, American actress (Karen Cates-General Hospital), born in Sellersville, Tennessee
  • Sep 8 Markus Babbel, German footballer
  • Sep 8 Giovanni Frezza, Italian actor
  • Sep 8 Lisa Kennedy, American television personality
  • Sep 8 Tomokazu Seki, Japanese voice actor
  • Sep 8 Phil Laak, Ireland-born professional poker player
  • Sep 9 Ben Bronson, NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions)
  • Sep 9 Mike Hampton, pitcher (Houston Astros), born in Brooksville, Florida
  • Sep 9 Miriam Oremans, Berlicum Neth, tennis star
  • Sep 9 James Farmer, American educator and artist
  • Sep 9 Natasha Kaplinsky, British newsreader
  • Sep 9 Goran Višnjić, Croatian actor
  • Sep 10 James Duval, American actor
  • Sep 10 Anurag Kashyap, Indian film director, writer, producer and actor (Gangs of Wasseypur, Satya, Black Friday), born in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh
  • Sep 11 Kip Simons, Media Pa, gymnast (Olympic 5th 1996)
  • Sep 11 Mark Pope, NBA forward (Indiana Pacers)
  • Sep 11 Matthew Gilmore, Belgian cyclist
  • Sep 12 Amy Locane, NJ, actress (Sandy Harling-Melrose Place)
  • Sep 12 Cady Cantrell, Lanett AL, playmate (Apr, 1992)
  • Sep 12 Avijit Roy, Bangladeshi American activist and blogger (d. 2015)
  • Sep 14 David Bell, infielder (St Louis Cardinals), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Sep 14 Donnell Bennett, NFL fullback (KC Chiefs)
  • Sep 15 Amanda Lynn Granrud, Miss America-Montana (1996), born in Great Falls, Montana
  • Sep 15 Jimmy Carr, English comedian
  • Sep 15 Kit Chan, Singaporean singer
  • Sep 15 Princess Letizia of Spain
  • Sep 16 Don Sasa, NFL defensive tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • Sep 16 Mark Bruener, NFL tight end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Sep 16 Ramon van Haaren, soccer player (RKC)
  • Sep 16 Shalane McCall, actor (Charlie Wade-Dallas)
  • Sep 16 Steve Russ, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Sep 17 Allen Williams, NFL running back (Detroit Lions)
  • Sep 17 Darrius Johnson, NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Sep 17 Bobby Lee, American comedian
  • Sep 18 Francois Gesthuizen, soccer player (PSV, NAC)
  • Sep 18 Michael Landes, actor (American Summer)
  • Sep 18 Richard Huntley, NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Sep 18 Brigitte Becue, Belgian swimmer (Olympics 1988, silver), born in Ostend, Belgium
  • Sep 18 David Jefferies, British motorcycle racer (d. 2003)
  • Sep 19 Amy Frazier, tennis star, born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Sep 19 David Tamburrino, speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Saratoga Springs, New York
  • Sep 19 Eric van de Merwe, soccer player (Dordrecht '90)
  • Sep 19 Fred McCrary, NFL fullback (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Sep 20 Jenny Morris, Maryborough Australia, field hockey fullback (Olympics 1996)
  • Sep 20 Vance Joseph, NFL cornerback/safety (NY Jets)
  • Sep 21 Alicia Rickter, playmate (Oct, 1995), born in Long Beach, California
  • Sep 21 Brooke Bushnell, rhythmic gymnast (US team-96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Sep 21 Jon Kitna, NFL quarterback (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Sep 21 Liam Gallagher, English singer (Oasis)
  • Sep 21 David Silveria, American drummer (KoЯn)
  • Sep 22 Nate Dingle, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Sep 23 Karl Pilkington, British radio personality
  • Sep 23 Jermaine Dupri, record producer & rapper (Grammy - We Belong Together), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Sep 24 Jeff Hill, NFL wide receiver (Cin Bengals)
  • Sep 25 Kevin Mason, CFL quarterback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Sep 25 Nikole Viola, Miss USA-Louisiana (1997)
  • Sep 26 Mark Haslam, cricketer (New Zealand slow left-armer 1992)
  • Sep 26 Shawn Stockman, [Slim], rapper (Boyz II Men), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 27 Clara Hughes, cyclist (Olympics 2 bronze-96), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Person of interestGwyneth Paltrow

Sep 27 Gwyneth Paltrow, American actress (Pallbearer, Emma, Hard Eight), born in Los Angeles, California

  • Sep 27 Laurie Shepard, Cordele, GA, female pitcher (Colo Silver Bullets)
  • Sep 27 Malachy Loye, cricketer (Northamptonshire & England "A" batsman)
  • Sep 27 Sylvia Crawley, American basketball player
  • Sep 27 Craig L. Rice, American Politician
  • Sep 28 Cathy Caverzasio, Swiss tennis star
  • Sep 28 Dena Querubin, Waterford NJ, Miss America-NJ (1996)
  • Sep 28 Greg Ivy, NFL punter (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Sep 28 Dita Von Teese, American burlesque artist
  • Sep 29 Butler By'not'e, American NFL running back (Carolina Panthers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Sep 29 Jörgen Jönsson, Swedish retired ice hockey forward (Team Sweden 1998), born in Ängelholm, Sweden

Famous Divorces

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Sep 19 Actor Phil Hartman (23) divorces Gretchen Lewis after 2 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 1 May Aufderheide, composer, dies at 84
  • Sep 4 Alan Kippax, cricketer (1st-class batting average 67), dies
  • Sep 5 Josef Romano, Israeli olympian, murdered
  • Sep 5 Mosje Weinberg, Israeli olympic wrestling coach, murdered
  • Sep 7 Jacques Pirenne, Belgian historian, dies at 81
  • Sep 10 Sidney Pegler, South African cricket leg spinner (16 Tests), dies at 84
  • Sep 11 Max Fleischer, Polish-American animator and film producer (Betty Boop, Popeye the Sailor Man), dies at 89
  • Sep 12 William Boyd, American film actor, cowboy hero (Hopalong Cassidy), dies at 77
  • Sep 14 Kornelis Posthumus, chemist, dies at 70
  • Sep 15 Ulvi Cemal Erkin, composer, dies at 66
  • Sep 15 Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1887)
  • Sep 17 Akim Tamiroff, Armenian-Russian actor (Touch of Evil, For Whom the Bell Tolls), dies at 72
  • Sep 18 Bill Tallon, Australian cricketer (brother of Don, Queensland leggie), dies at 58
  • Sep 19 Robert Casadesus, French pianist (b. 1899)
  • Sep 21 Henry M de Montherlant, French author (Port Royal), dies at 76
  • Sep 22 Robert KJE Antonissen, South African literary, dies at 53
  • Sep 23 Carl Frank, actor (Uncle Gunnar-Mama), dies at 63
  • Sep 26 Charles J Correll, actor/voice (Calvin & the Colonel), dies at 82
  • Sep 27 Rory Storm, lead singer (Rory Storm & Hurricane), commits suicide
  • Sep 27 S. R. Ranganathan, Indian mathematician (b. 1892)
  • Sep 28 Maurice Thiriet, French composer, dies at 66