On This Day

What Happened on September 4, 1972

Historical Events

  • "The Price is Right" - US's longest running games show debuts on CBS
  • 16 year old Ulrike Meyfarth of West Germany with a world record equalling 1.92m, wins the women's high jump gold medal at the Munich Olympics; youngest winner of individual athletics event in Olympic history
  • American swimmer Melissa Belote with a world record 2:19.19 takes the 200m backstroke gold medal at the Munich Olympics; wraps up backstroke double having won the 100m in Olympic record time
  • American swimmer Mike Burton sets a world record 15:52.58 to win the 1,500m gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Italian diver Klaus Dibiasi wins his 2nd of 3 consecutive 10m platform gold medals the Munich Olympics

Telethon

John Lennon and Yoko Ono perform three songs ("Imagine"; "Now Or Never"; "Give Peace A Chance") on Jerry Lewis' 7th Muscular Dystrophy telethon at the Americana Hotel, NYC

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Kenyan legend Kipchoge Keino follows his 1,500m gold in Mexico City with an Olympic record 8:23.64 to win the 3,000m steeplechase at the Munich Olympics
  • Soviet sprinter Valeriy Borzov runs 20.00 to win the men's 200m gold medal at the Munich Olympics; wraps up the 100/200m double at the Games
  • Thieves steal 18 paintings from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in what was at the time the largest art theft in North America

World Record

US 4 x 100m medley relay team of Mike Stamm, Tom Bruce, Mark Spitz & Jerry Heidenreich sets world record 3:48.16 to win gold at the Munich Olympics; Mark Spitz becomes 1st athlete to win 7 Olympic gold medals at a single Games

Swimmer Mark Spitz
Swimmer
Mark Spitz
  • USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Willem Ruska of the Netherlands wins gold medals in both the heavyweight & open class Olympic judo competitions in Munich; first judoka to win 2 Olympic gold medals at one Games

Famous Birthdays

  • Daniel Nestor, Canadian tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • Danny Ponce, American actor (Willie-Valerie/Hogan Family), born in Waltham, Massachusetts
  • Fran├žoise Yip, Canadian actress, born in North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jason Fisk, American football defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings), born in Davis, California
  • Norman Hand, American football defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins), born in Queens, New York (d. 2010)

Famous Deaths

  • Alan Kippax, Australian cricketer (1st-class batting average 67), dies at 75
1972 Highlights

About September 4, 1972

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 49 years, 1 month and 19 days
Leap Year: Yes

Holidays: Labor Day (United States), Labour Day (Canada)

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