What Happened on September 10, 1972

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • 20th Olympic games close at Munich, German FR
  • 3 British soldiers are killed in a land mine attack near Dungannon, County Tyrone

Sport awardTennis Open

92nd Men's U.S. Open: Ilie Năstase beats Arthur Ashe (3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • American freestyle wrestler Dan Gable wins the 68kg division gold medal at the Munich Olympics; only Olympic wrestler not to have a single point scored against him in the competition
  • American long distance runner Frank Shorter scores a famous win in the men's marathon in 2:12:19.8 at the Munich Olympics
  • American men's 4 x 100m relay team of Larry Black, Robert Taylor, Gerald Tinker & Eddie Hart combine for a world record 38.19 to beat the Soviet Union for the gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • An American double in the inaugural Olympic archery competition in Munich; John Williams wins the men's individual gold medal; Doreen Wilber takes the women's gold
  • Cuban boxer Teófilo Stevenson wins first of 3 consecutive Olympic heavyweight gold medals when Munich Games opponent Ion Alexe of Romania withdraws from the final because of a broken thumb
  • East v West in a women's 4 x 100m relay at the Munich Olympics; West Germany beats East Germany by 0.13 seconds for the gold medal
  • Emerson Fittipaldi is youngest to win an auto race World Championship
  • Frank Shorter wins 17th Olympic marathon (2:12:19.8)
  • Kazimierz Deyna scores twice as Poland beats Hungary 2-1 in the Olympic football gold medal match; 80,000 at the Munich Olympic Stadium
  • US Men's olympic basketball team's 1st loss, 51-50 to USSR (disputed)
  • West Germany beats Pakistan 1-0 to become first European nation since 1920 to win the field hockey Olympic title; marred by disgraceful behaviour of Pakistani players, fans & officials after losing the Munich final
  • WKAR TV channel 23 in East Lansing, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Yugoslavia beats Czechoslovakia, 21-16 in the inaugural Olympic handball final in Munich

Famous Birthdays

  • Anurag Kashyap, Indian film director, writer, producer and actor (Gangs of Wasseypur, Satya, Black Friday), born in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh
  • James Duval, American actor

Famous Deaths

  • Sidney Pegler, South African cricket leg spinner (16 Tests), dies at 84