What Happened on September 1, 1972

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

American chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer beats Russian champion Boris Spassky 12.5-8.5 in Reykjavik, Iceland; most publicised world title match ever played; Fischer 1st American to win title

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • An American sweep of the medals in the women's 200m butterfly at the Munich Olympics; Karen Moe takes gold in world record 2:15.57 ahead of team mates Lynn Colella and Ellie Daniel
  • Australian swimmer Shane Gould wins the 200m freestyle in world record 2:03.56 at the Munich Olympics; her 3rd gold medal & 3rd world record of the Games
  • Egypt & Libya form federation
  • Japanese gymnast Sawao Kato wins the parallel bars gold medal at the Munich Olympics, his 3rd gold of the Games including team & individual all-round victories
  • Polish shooter Józef Zapędzki successfully defends his Olympic 25m rapid fire pistol title at the Munich Games with an Olympic record 595 points
  • Valeriy Borzov of the Soviet Union runs 10.14 to beat American Robert Miller and Lennox Miller of Jamaica in the coveted men's 100m final at the Munich Olympics
  • Welshman Richard Meade representing Great Britain and riding Laurieston grabs the equestrian individual and team 3-day event gold medals at the Munich Olympics

Famous Birthdays

  • Doug Williams, British professional wrestler
  • Josh Davis, American 800m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Louise Dobson, Shepparton Aust, field hockey fullback (Olympics 1996)
  • Matt O'Dwyer, American NFL guard (NY Jets), born in Lincolnshire, Illinois

Famous Deaths

  • May Aufderheide, composer, dies at 84