What Happened on September 15, 1972

Historical Events

  • A magnitude 4.5 earthquake shakes Northern Illinois.
  • An SAS domestic flight from Gothenburg to Stockholm was hijacked and flown to Malmö-Bulltofta Airport.

Album Release

Apple Records releases John Lennon and Yoko Ono's political album "Sometime in NYC" in UK, delayed by publishing rights dispute; includes some live tracks from 1971 concert with Frank Zappa

  • WMAO TV channel 23 in Greenwood, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Jimmy Carr, British deadpan comedian (8 Out of 10 Cats), born in London, England
  • Kit Chan, Singaporean singer, born in Singapore
  • Queen Letizia of Spain, Spanish consort to King Felipe VI, born in Oviedo, Spain

Famous Deaths

  • Geoffrey Fisher, Baron Fisher of Lambeth, Archbishop of Canterbury (1945-61), dies at 85
  • Ulvi Cemal Erkin, Turkish pianist, composer - one of "The Turkish Five" (Köçekçe - Dance Rhapsody for Orchestra), and pedagogue, dies from a stroke at 66
1972 Highlights

About September 15, 1972

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 50 years, 4 months and 20 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Black & White - Three Dog Night
  • UK #1 Song: Mama Weer All Crazee Now - Slade