What Happened on September 5, 1972

Historical Events

  • 11 Israeli athletes taken hostage and later killed by Palestinian Black September group at the Munich Olympics
  • Chemical spill with fog sickens hundreds in Meuse Valley Belgium

Famous Birthdays

  • Dirk Copeland, American pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Los Angeles, California
Born in 1972

Famous Deaths

  • Alan Kippax, Australian cricket batsman (22 Tests, 2 x 100, 8 x 50, HS 145; NSW CA), dies at 75
  • Moshe Weinberg, Israeli Olympic wrestling coach, murdered in the Munich Olympic massacre by terrorists at 32

About September 5, 1972

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 51 years and 18 days
Leap Year: Yes

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O'Sullivan
  • UK #1 Song: Mama Weer All Crazee Now - Slade