What Happened on September 9, 1972

Historical Events

  • Connection found between Mammoth Cave Ridge and Flint cave systems in Kentucky, joining 144 miles of passages - making it the world's longest known cave system (later mapped at 420 miles) [1]
  • Soviet runner Lyudmila Bragina with a world record 4:01.38 wins the women's 1,500m gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Soviet Union beats the United States 51-50 in the most controversial game in international basketball history; with US leading 50-49 the final 3 seconds is replayed 3 times until the Soviets finally win
  • Terry Anne Meeuwsen (Wisc), 23, crowned 45th Miss America 1973

US Open Women's Tennis

US Open Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Billie Jean King retains her title; beats Kerry Melville Reid of Australia 6-3, 7-5

  • West German equestrian rider Liselott Linsenhoff follows her dressage teams gold in Mexico City with the individual dressage title at her home Olympics in Munich

Famous Birthdays

  • Ben Bronson, American football wide receiver (Detroit Lions), born in Jasper, Texas
  • Goran Višnjić, Croatian actor, born in Šibenik, Croatia
  • Mike Hampton, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1999, 2001; Gold Glove Award 2003; 5 × Silver Slugger Award; NL wins leader 1999; Houston Astros), born in Brooksville, Florida
  • Miriam Oremans, Dutch tennis player, born in Berlicum, Netherlands
  • Natasha Kaplinsky, British newsreader, born in Brighton, United Kingdom
1972 Highlights

About September 9, 1972

Day of the Week: Saturday
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: Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O'Sullivan
  • UK #1 Song: Mama Weer All Crazee Now - Slade