On This Day

What Happened on September 1, 1972

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 teammates 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 swimmer (Olympic gold 4x100/200m freestyle relay/4x100m medley relay 1996), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Louise Dobson OAM, Australian field hockey fullback (Olympic gold 1996; Champions Trophy gold 1997, 99, 2003), born in Shepparton, Australia

Famous Deaths

  • Kees Posthumus, Dutch chemist, dies at 70
  • May Aufderheide, American ragtime composer ("Dusty Rag"), dies at 84
1972 Highlights

About September 1, 1972

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 49 years, 1 month and 12 days
Leap Year: Yes

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