What Happened on September 7, 1972

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • American athletes Vincent Matthews & Wayne Collett finish 1-2 in 400m at the Munich Olympics; acted casually on the medal stand, did not face the flag during anthem; banned from the Olympics for life
  • American Rod Milburn with a world record 13.24 wins the 110m hurdles gold medal at the Munich Olympics; just 0.10 seconds ahead of Frenchman Guy Drut
  • East German sprinter Renate Stecher runs a world record equalling 22.40 in the 200m final to repeat her 100m win over Australia's Raelene Boyle at the Munich Olympics
  • Future world professional cycling road race champion Hennie Kuiper of the Netherlands wins the road race gold medal at the Munich Olympics in 4:14:37
  • Nadezhda Chizhova of the Soviet Union throws a world record 21.03m to win the women's shot put at the Munich Olympics

Famous Birthdays

  • Andreas Pusnik, hockey forward (Team Austria 1998)
  • Cedric Davis, NFL cornerback (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Jason Isringhausen, Alton IL, pitcher (NY Mets)
  • Willy Tate, NFL tight end (KC Chiefs)

Famous Deaths

  • Jacques Pirenne, Belgian historian and honorary secretary of King Leopold III of Belgium, dies at 81