Historical Events in August 1972

  • Aug 1 1st article exposing Watergate scandal by Bernstein and Woodward in "The Washington Post"
  • Aug 1 Nate Colbert hits MLB record tying 5 HRs and record 13 RBI as Padres beat Atlanta 9-0, 11-7 in a doubleheader
  • Aug 2 Gold hits record $70 an ounce in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 3 British premier Edward Heath proclaims emergency crisis due to dock strike

British Prime Minister Edward Heath
British Prime Minister
Edward Heath
  • Aug 3 Chozen-ji/Intl Zen Dojo founded by Omori Sogen Roshi, in Hawaii
  • Aug 3 U.S. Senate ratifies the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
  • Aug 4 Arthur Bremer jailed for 63 years for shooting Alabama Governor Wallace

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 4 Uganda dictator Idi Amin orders the expulsion of 50,000 Asians with British passport from Uganda

Ugandan Dictator Idi Amin
Ugandan Dictator
Idi Amin
  • Aug 5 Moody Blues release "Nights in White Satin"
  • Aug 5 Detroit Tigers shortstop Ed Brinkman commits an error ending record streak of 72 games & 331 total chances without a misplay

Sports record brokenBaseball Event

Aug 6 Hank Aaron hits 660th & 661st HRs for the Atlanta Braves, breaking Babe Ruth's MLB record of homers for one team

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 6 PGA Championship, Oakland Hills CC: Gary Player of South Africa wins by 2 shots from Americans Tommy Aaron & Jim Jamieson

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Aug 7 Yogi Berra, Sandy Koufax, Lefty Gomez, Early Wynn, Josh Gibson, Will Harridge, Buck Leonard & Ross Youngs are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • Aug 8 NY Yanks sign 30-year lease to play in remodeled Yankee Stadium
  • Aug 9 There is widespread and severe rioting in Nationalist areas of Northern Ireland on the anniversary of the introduction of Internment
  • Aug 10 1 million kg meteorite grazes atmosphere above Canada

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 10 Paul & Linda McCartney are arrested in Sweden on drug possession

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney
  • Aug 10 Finnish runner Lasse Virén wraps up the 5,000/10,000m double at the Munich Olympics; runs Olympic record 13:26.42 for the 5k gold medal
  • Aug 11 "Cheech & Chong Day" in San Antonio Texas
  • Aug 11 Two IRA members are killed when a bomb they were transporting exploded prematurely
  • Aug 12 "Funny Thing Happened..." closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 156 performances
  • Aug 12 "Oh! Calcutta!" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 1316 performances
  • Aug 12 Ian & Greg Chappell both scores centuries in same Test Cricket innings
  • Aug 12 Last American combat ground troops leave Vietnam
  • Aug 13 Dutch KRO-TV transmits 440th & last episode of "Bonanza"
  • Aug 13 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Pabst Ladies Golf Classic
  • Aug 14 2 British soldiers are killed by an IRA booby trap bomb in Belfast
  • Aug 14 A Catholic civilian is shot dead during an IRA attack on a British Army patrol in Belfast
  • Aug 16 Morocco King Hassan II's B727 shot during failed coup attempt by General Mohamed Oufkir. Reportedly, King Hassan grabbed the radio and told the rebel pilots "Stop firing! The tyrant is dead!", fooling pilots to break off attack
  • Aug 16 Philip Potter appointed sect-gen of World council of Churches
  • Aug 16 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 17 Phillies Steve Carlton wins his 15th straight game
  • Aug 18 Police fine Paul & Linda McCartney ś800 in Sweden cannabis possession
  • Aug 18 4th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • Aug 20 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Aug 21 1st hot air balloon flight over Alps
  • Aug 21 British dock strike ends after dockers accept an amended Jones-Adlington Agreement
  • Aug 21 Grace Slick maced by police when a band official called cops, pigs
  • Aug 21 Republican convention opens in Miami Beach
  • Aug 21 US orbiting astronomy observatory Copernicus launched
  • Aug 21 33rd Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 22 Rhodesia is expelled by the International Olympic Committee for its racist policies.
  • Aug 22 IRA bomb explodes prematurely at a customs post at Newry, County Down - 9 people, including three members of the IRA and five Catholic civilians, are killed in the explosion

Electoral defeatPresidential Convention

Aug 23 Republican convention (Miami Beach, Fla) renominates Vice President Spiro Agnew but not unanimous: 1 vote went to NBC newsman David Brinkley

Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew
Vice President of the United States
Spiro Agnew

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 23 Chicago's Dick Allen is 4th (Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, & Alex Johnson) to homer into Comiskey Park's center field bleachers

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • Aug 23 4 civilians and 1 British soldier are injured in separate overnight shooting incidents in North Ireland
  • Aug 24 8th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks beat Mets 2-1
  • Aug 24 Dennis Amiss scores 1st one-day int century, 103 v Australia

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Aug 24 Gordie Howe & Jean Beliveau inducted in Hockey Hall of Fame

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
NHL Legend Jean Beliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Beliveau
  • Aug 26 20th Olympic games open at Munich German FR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 26 Leo Durocher replaces Harry Walker as manager of Astros

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Aug 26 NY Cosmos beat St Louis Stars, 2-1 to win NASL championship
  • Aug 26 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 27 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open
  • Aug 27 US bombs Haiphong, North Vietnam
  • Aug 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Aug 28 American 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of David Edgar, John Murphy, John Heidenreich & Mark Spitz swim a world record 3:26.42 to beat Soviet Union for the gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Aug 28 Australian teenage swimmer Shane Gould sets a world record 2:23.07 to beat German Kornelia Ender in the 200m individual medley at the Munich Olympics; her first of 3 gold medals at the Games
  • Aug 28 Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut becomes media darling at the Munich Olympics; wins gold in the teams all-round ; follows with 2 gold and a silver
  • Aug 28 North Korean shooter Ri Ho-jun wins the 50m rifle prone event at the Munich Olympics; his nation's first ever Olympic gold medal
  • Aug 29 SF Giant Jim Barr retires 1st 20 batters he faces added to last 21 he retired 6 days earlier for record 41 in a row
  • Aug 29 Sandy Neilson wins the blue ribband women's 100m freestyle gold medal in 58.59 at the Munich Olympics beating fellow American Shirley Babashoff and Shane Gould of Australia

Music concertMusic Concert

Aug 30 John Lennon and Yoko Ono perform at Madison Square Garden

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Aug 30 Japanese breaststroker Nobutaka Taguchi beats American pair Tom Bruce & John Hencken to win the 100m gold medal in world record 1:04.94 at the Munich Olympic Games
  • Aug 30 Australian teenage swimmer Shane Gould with a world record 4:19.04 for the 400m, wins her second of 3 gold medals at the Munich Olympics
  • Aug 30 American women's 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Shirley Babashoff, Jane Barkman, Jenny Kemp & Sandy Neilson beats East Germany by just 0.36 to win gold at the Munich Olympics; world record 3:55.19
  • Aug 30 Amidst Olga Korbut mania at the Munich Olympics, Soviet team mate Ludmilla Tourischeva wins the gymnastics individual all-round competition, her 2nd gold medal of the Games
  • Aug 30 Slalom canoeing is introduced at the Munich Olympics with East Germany winning all 4 events
  • Aug 31 Lasse Viren runs Olympic/world record 10,000m (27:38.4)
  • Aug 31 Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut wins balance beam & floor exercise gold medals at the Munich Olympics; follows gold in the teams all-round
  • Aug 31 American super swimmer Mark Spitz wraps up the Olympic butterfly double with a world record 54.27 in the 100m in Munich, having already won the 200m in world record time 2:00.70
  • Aug 31 American 4 x 200m freestyle relay team of John Kinsella, Fred Tyler, Steve Genter & Mark Spitz swim a world record 7:35.78 to beat West Germany for the gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Aug 31 Australian swimmer Gail Neall with a world record 5:02.97 wins the 400m individual medley gold medal at the Munich Olympics