Historical Events in February 1972

  • Feb 1 1st scientific hand-held calculator (HP-35) introduced ($395)
  • Feb 1 Wings release "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" in UK
  • Feb 1 Kuala Lumpur becomes a city by a royal charter granted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.

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Feb 1 British Prime Minister Edward Heath announces the appointment of Lord Chief Justice Lord Widgery to undertake an inquiry into the 13 deaths on 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972)

British Prime Minister Edward Heath
British Prime Minister
Edward Heath
  • Feb 1 The Ministry of Defence also issues a detailed account of the British Army's version of events during 'Bloody Sunday'
  • Feb 1 1972 NFL Draft: Walt Patulski from University of Notre Dame first pick by Buffalo Bills

Music releaseAlbum Release

Feb 1 "Harvest" 4th studio album by Neil Young is released (best selling album US 1972)

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Singer-songwriter
Neil Young
  • Feb 2 Lefty Gomez, Ross Youngs & William Harridge selected for Hall of Fame

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Feb 2 Tom Stoppard's play "Jumpers" premieres in London

Playwright and Screenwriter Tom Stoppard
Playwright and Screenwriter
Tom Stoppard
  • Feb 2 Angry demonstrators burn the British Embassy in Dublin to the ground in protest at the shooting dead of 13 people on 'bloody sunday'
  • Feb 3 XI Winter Olympic Games opens in Sapporo, Japan (1st in Asia)
  • Feb 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Feb 4 6th round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks ends in Vienna Austria

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Feb 4 Senator Strom Thurmond suggests John Lennon be deported

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Feb 4 Dutch speed skater Ard Schenk wins the 5,000m at the Sapporo Winter Olympics; also wins the 1,500m and 10,000m gold medals
  • Feb 5 "Another Puff" by Jerry Reed peaks at #65

  • Feb 5 Bob Douglas is 1st African American elected to Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 5 US airlines begin mandatory inspection of passengers & baggage
  • Feb 5 Two IRA members are killed when a bomb they were planting exploded prematurely
  • Feb 5 German speed skater Erhard Keller wins his 2nd consecutive Olympic 500m gold medal at the Sapporo Winter Games after taking out the event in Grenoble (1968)
  • Feb 6 A Civil Rights march held in Newry, County Down; very large turn-out with many people attending to protest at the killings in Derry the previous Sunday

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Feb 6 29th Golden Globes: "The French Connection", Gene Hackman, & Jane Fonda win

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda
Actor Gene Hackman
Actor
Gene Hackman
  • Feb 6 Dutch speed skater Ard Schenk follows his win in the 5,000m with victory in the 1,500m, on his way to 3 gold medals at the Sapporo Winter Olympics; also wins 10,000m
  • Feb 7 Dutch Olympic 1,500m and 5,000m speed skating champion Ard Schenk wins his 3rd gold medal at the Sapporo Winter Games when he takes out the 10,000m
  • Feb 8 Josh Gibson & Buck Leonard selected to Hall of Fame
  • Feb 9 British government declares state of emergency after month-long coal miners' strike
  • Feb 9 William Craig, who had been Northern Ireland Minister for Home Affairs, launches 'Ulster Vanguard' as an umbrella movement for the right-ring of Unionism
  • Feb 10 BBC bans "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" by Wings
  • Feb 10 Ras al Khaima joins United Arab Emirates
  • Feb 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Feb 10 Two British soldiers are killed in a land mine attack near Cullyhanna, County Armagh; an IRA member is shot dead during an exchange of gunfire with RUC officers
  • Feb 13 "1776" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 1,217 performances
  • Feb 13 The Musical "Grease" 1st opens on Broadway
  • Feb 13 XI Winter Olympic Games close at Sapporo, Japan

Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 13 "Cabaret", directed by Bob Fosse, based on the musical of the same name and starring Liza Minnelli and Michael York, is released

Singer & Actress Liza Minnelli
Singer & Actress
Liza Minnelli
  • Feb 14 John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-host "Mike Douglas Show" for entire week
  • Feb 14 Luna 20 (Russia) launched to orbit & soft landing on Moon
  • Feb 14 CBS "Late Movie" premieres
  • Feb 14 Lord Widgery arrives in Coleraine, where the 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972) Tribunal was to be based, and holds a preliminary hearing
  • Feb 15 Newly-formed NHL franchise New York Islanders hire Bill Torrey as their first General Manager
  • Feb 15 Dimitrios Papadopoulos becomes metropolitan of Imbros and Tenedos

  • Feb 15 President Velasco Ibarra of Ecuador deposed for 4th time
  • Feb 15 Sound recordings are granted U.S. federal copyright protection for the first time.
  • Feb 16 German mass murderers "Three of Breda" freed
  • Feb 16 Test Cricket debut of Lawrence Rowe WI v NZ Kingston, 214 & 100

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Feb 16 Wilt Chamberlain of the Los Angeles Lakers becomes first player in NBA history to reach the career 30,000 point mark during a 110-109 loss to the Phoenix Suns

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Feb 17 British Parliament votes to join the European Common Market

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Feb 17 US President Richard Nixon leaves Washington, D.C. for a groundbreaking trip to China

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

Historic CommunicationVolkswagen Beetle

Feb 17 Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle model exceed those of Ford Model T
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The last edition of an 'old style' VW Beetle
The last edition of an 'old style' VW Beetle

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Feb 17 Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti receives record 17 curtain calls after his performance in "La fille du régiment" at New York's Metropolitan Opera

Operatic Tenor Luciano Pavarotti
Operatic Tenor
Luciano Pavarotti
  • Feb 18 California Supreme Court abolishes death penalty
  • Feb 18 Giulio Andreotti sworn in as premier of Italy for the 1st time
  • Feb 18 John Lennon and Yoko Ono end a week of co-hosting Mike Douglas Show
  • Feb 19 Glenn Turner carries his bat for 223* v WI at Kingston
  • Feb 19 The Asama-Sanso hostage standoff begins in Japan.
  • Feb 20 1st time Cleveland Cavaliers beat NY Knicks (111-109)
  • Feb 20 Ard Schenk wins world championship for speed skating
  • Feb 20 Sicco Mansholt becomes chairman of European Committee

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Feb 20 14th Daytona 500: A.J. Foyt dominates the race, winning by almost 2 laps over his closest competitor Charlie Glotzbach

Racing Car Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Car Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • Feb 21 Michael Weller's "Moonchildren" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 21 Richard Nixon becomes the first US President to visit China, normalizing relations between the countries
  • Feb 21 The first session of the Widgery Tribunal, investigating the events of 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972), is held in Coleraine, County Derry

Agreement of InterestNixon Meets Mao

Feb 21 US President Richard Nixon meets Chinese leader Mao Zedong in Beijing
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Richard Nixon meets Chairman Mao in Beijing
Richard Nixon meets Chairman Mao in Beijing
  • Feb 22 Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani becomes Emir & Prime Minister of Qatar
  • Feb 22 US President Richard Nixon, meets with Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai in Beijing
  • Feb 22 The Official IRA bombs Aldershot military barracks, the headquarters of the British Parachute Regiment, killing seven people; thought to be in retaliation for Bloody Sunday.
  • Feb 25 Lopsided trade, Cards trade Steve Carlton to Phillies for Rick Wise

Music releaseMusic Single

Feb 25 Paul McCartney releases "Give Ireland back to the Irish" single

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Feb 25 Attempted assassination of Irish Minister of State for Home Affairs John Taylor who is shot a number of times (the Official Irish Republican Army later claimed responsibility)
  • Feb 26 Slag heap dam collapses above Buffalo Creek, West Virginia, kills 125
  • Feb 26 Ireland-Wales Five Nations Rugby match scheduled for Lansdowne Road, Dublin is cancelled because of escalating political situation; Championship not completed for first time since World War II

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Feb 27 US President Richard Nixon and Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai issue Shanghai Communique

Premier of the People's Republic of China Zhou Enlai
Premier of the People's Republic of China
Zhou Enlai
37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

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Feb 28 George Harrison is involved in a minor car accident

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison

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Feb 29 Hank Aaron becomes 1st baseball player to sign for $200,000 a year

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Feb 29 Jack Anderson discloses Dita Beard (ITT) memo indicating antitrust charges were dropped for $400,000 contribution to Republican Party