On This Day

What Happened on September 9, 1972

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • 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

Sport awardTennis Open

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

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 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 (Houston Astros), born in Brooksville, Florida
  • Miriam Oremans, Dutch tennis player, born in Berlicum, Netherlands
  • Natasha Kaplinsky, British newsreader, born in Brighton, United Kingdom