Historical Events in September 1972

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 1 American chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer beats Russian champion Boris Spassky 12.5-8.5 in Reykjavik, Iceland; most publicised world title match ever played; Fischer 1st American to win title

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • Sep 1 Egypt & Libya form federation
  • Sep 1 Australian swimmer Shane Gould wins the 200m freestyle in world record 2:03.56 at the Munich Olympics; her 3rd gold medal & 3rd world record of the Games
  • Sep 1 An American sweep of the medals in the women's 200m butterfly at the Munich Olympics; Karen Moe takes gold in world record 2:15.57 ahead of team mates Lynn Colella and Ellie Daniel
  • Sep 1 Valeriy Borzov of the Soviet Union runs 10.14 to beat American Robert Miller and Lennox Miller of Jamaica in the coveted men's 100m final at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 1 Japanese gymnast Sawao Kato wins the parallel bars gold medal at the Munich Olympics, his 3rd gold of the Games including team & individual all-round victories
  • Sep 1 Welshman Richard Meade representing Great Britain and riding Laurieston grabs the equestrian individual and team 3-day event gold medals at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 1 Polish shooter Józef Zapędzki successfully defends his Olympic 25m rapid fire pistol title at the Munich Games with an Olympic record 595 points
  • Sep 2 Chicago Cubs pitcher Milt Pappas no-hits San Diego Padres, 8-0

Music release#1 in the Charts

Sep 2 Rod Stewart's 1st #1 hit (You Wear it Well)

Singer Rod Stewart
Singer
Rod Stewart
  • Sep 2 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 2 The headquarters of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) in Belfast is severely damaged by an IRA bomb
  • Sep 2 East German swimmer Roland Matthes wraps up the Olympic backstroke double with a world record 2:02.82 in the 200m in Munich, having already won the 100m in Olympic record time
  • Sep 2 American breaststroker John Hencken beats David Wilkie of Great Britain to win the 200m gold medal in world record 2:21.55 at the Munich Olympic Games
  • Sep 2 American breaststroker Cathy Carr swims a world record 1:13.58 to win the 100m gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 2 John Akii-Bua of Uganda with a world record 47.82 wins the 400m hurdles gold medal at the Munich Olympics

  • Sep 2 East German sprinter Renate Stecher sets world record 11.07 to beat Raelene Boyle of Australia for the women's 100m gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 2 French track cyclist Daniel Morelon successfully defends his Olympic sprint title beating Australian John Nicholson for the gold medal in Munich
  • Sep 2 For the first time since the advent of the Modern Olympics in 1896, a non-American wins the pole vault gold medal; East German Wolfgang Nordwig clears 5.5m at the Munich Games
  • Sep 3 Jerry Grant runs the first official 200mph qualifying lap in Champ Car history, posting a lap of 201.414mph around Ontario Motor Speedway

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 3 Atlanta Braves slugger Hank Aaron earns his 6,135th total base to break Stan Musial’s MLB record in an 8-0 home defeat to the Philadelphia Phillies

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Sep 3 Swedish swimmer Gunnar Larsson wraps up the Olympic medley double when he sets world record 2:07.17 in the 200m I/M in Munich, having already won the 400m I/M
  • Sep 3 American swimmer Mark Spitz wins coveted 100m gold medal in world record 51.22 at the Munich Olympics; completes the freestyle sprint double having already won 200m in world record 1:52.78
  • Sep 3 American swimmer Keena Rothhammer has to swim world record 8:53.68 to beat Australian wonder-kid Shane Gould in the 800m at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 3 American women's 4 x 100m medley relay team of Melissa Belote, Cathy Carr, Deena Deardurff & Sandy Neilson swim world record 4:20.75 to beat East Germany for gold at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 3 Finnish runner Lasse Virén scores a famous victory in the 10,000m at the Munich Olympics in world record 27:38.35
  • Sep 3 Great Britain's Mary Peters sets a new world record of 4801 points to win the Munich Olympics pentathlon gold by just 10 points from Heide Rosendahl of West Germany
  • Sep 4 US 4 x 100m medley relay team of Mike Stamm, Tom Bruce, Mark Spitz & Jerry Heidenreich sets world record 3:48.16 to win gold at the Munich Olympics; Mark Spitz becomes 1st athlete to win 7 Olympic gold medals at a single Games
  • Sep 4 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 4 Thieves steal 18 paintings from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in what was at the time the largest art theft in North America.
  • Sep 4 "The Price is Right" - US's longest running games show debuts on CBS
  • Sep 4 American swimmer Mike Burton sets a world record 15:52.58 to win the 1,500m gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 4 American swimmer Melissa Belote with a world record 2:19.19 takes the 200m backstroke gold medal at the Munich Olympics; wraps up backstroke double having won the 100m in Olympic record time
  • Sep 4 Soviet sprinter Valeriy Borzov runs 20.00 to win the men's 200m gold medal at the Munich Olympics; wraps up the 100/200m double at the Games
  • Sep 4 Kenyan legend Kipchoge Keino follows his 1,500m gold in Mexico City with an Olympic record 8:23.64 to win the 3,000m steeplechase at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 4 16 year old Ulrike Meyfarth of West Germany with a world record equalling 1.92m, wins the women's high jump gold medal at the Munich Olympics; youngest winner of individual athletics event in Olympic history
  • Sep 4 Willem Ruska of the Netherlands wins gold medals in both the heavyweight & open class Olympic judo competitions in Munich; first judoka to win 2 Olympic gold medals at one Games
  • Sep 4 Italian diver Klaus Dibiasi wins his 2nd of 3 consecutive 10m platform gold medals the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 5 11 Israeli athletes taken hostage and later killed by Palestinian Black September group at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 5 Chemical spill with fog sickens hundreds in Meuse Valley Belgium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 5 Jerry Lewis' 7th Muscular Dystrophy telethon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

  • Sep 6 Summer Olympics resume in Munich, Germany after massacre of 11 Israeli athletes by Black September Palestinian terrorist organisation
  • Sep 7 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
  • Sep 7 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
  • Sep 7 Nadezhda Chizhova of the Soviet Union throws a world record 21.03m to win the women's shot put at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 7 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
  • Sep 7 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
  • Sep 8 Chic Cub Ferguson Jenkins wins his 20th game for 6th straight year
  • Sep 8 Jim Ryan (US) & Billy Fordjour (Ghana) collide & fall in qualifying competitions for 1,500m finals, ending Ryan's chances for gold
  • Sep 8 Mykola Avilov representing the Soviet Union scores a world record 8454 points to win the decathlon gold medal at the Munich Olympics; beats team mate Leonid Lytvynenko by 419 points
  • Sep 8 East German Annelie Ehrhardt with a world record 12.59 takes the 100m hurdles gold medal at the Munich Olympics; beats Romanian Valeria Bufanu by just 0.25
  • Sep 9 Terry Anne Meeuwsen (Wisc), 23, crowned 45th Miss America 1973

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 9 US Open Women's Tennis: 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
  • Sep 9 Soviet runner Lyudmila Bragina with a world record 4:01.38 wins the women's 1,500m gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 9 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
  • Sep 9 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
  • Sep 10 20th Olympic games close at Munich, German FR
  • Sep 10 Emerson Fittipaldi is youngest to win an auto race World Championship
  • Sep 10 US Men's olympic basketball team's 1st loss, 51-50 to USSR (disputed)
  • Sep 10 WKAR TV channel 23 in East Lansing, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 10 3 British soldiers are killed in a land mine attack near Dungannon, County Tyrone
  • Sep 10 US Open Men's Tennis: Ilie Năstase of Romania beats Arthur Ashe 3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 for his first Grand Slam title
  • Sep 10 American men's 4 x 100m relay team of Larry Black, Robert Taylor, Gerald Tinker & Eddie Hart combine for a world record 38.19 to beat the Soviet Union for the gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 10 American long distance runner Frank Shorter scores a famous win in the men's marathon in 2:12:19.8 at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 10 East v West in a women's 4 x 100m relay at the Munich Olympics; West Germany beats East Germany by 0.13 seconds for the gold medal
  • Sep 10 American freestyle wrestler Dan Gable wins the 68kg division gold medal at the Munich Olympics; only Olympic wrestler not to have a single point scored against him in the competition
  • Sep 10 Yugoslavia beats Czechoslovakia, 21-16 in the inaugural Olympic handball final in Munich
  • Sep 10 An American double in the inaugural Olympic archery competition in Munich; John Williams wins the men's individual gold medal; Doreen Wilber takes the women's gold
  • Sep 10 Cuban boxer Teófilo Stevenson wins first of 3 consecutive Olympic heavyweight gold medals when Munich Games opponent Ion Alexe of Romania withdraws from the final because of a broken thumb
  • Sep 10 Kazimierz Deyna scores twice as Poland beats Hungary 2-1 in the Olympic football gold medal match; 80,000 at the Munich Olympic Stadium
  • Sep 10 West Germany beats Pakistan 1-0 to become first European nation since 1920 to win the field hockey Olympic title; marred by disgraceful behaviour of Pakistani players, fans & officials after losing the Munich final
  • Sep 11 BART begins service with a 26-mi (42-km) line from Oakland to Fremont
  • Sep 12 Lord Michael Killanin succeeds Avery Brundage as head of Olympics
  • Sep 14 "The Waltons" TV program premieres on CBS starring Richard Thomas and Ralph Waite
  • Sep 14 Jason Miller's "That Championship Season," premieres in NYC
  • Sep 14 West Germany & Poland establish diplomatic relations
  • Sep 14 2 people are killed and 1 mortally wounded in a Ulster Volunteer Force bomb attack on the Imperial Hotel, Belfast
  • Sep 15 WMAO TV channel 23 in Greenwood, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 15 A magnitude 4.5 earthquake shakes Northern Illinois.
  • Sep 15 An SAS domestic flight from Gothenburg to Stockholm was hijacked and flown to Malmö-Bulltofta Airport.
  • Sep 16 1st TV series about mixed marriage-Bridgit Loves Bernie

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Sep 16 Penny Marshall appears on "The Bob Newhart Show" in "Fly Unfriendly Skies"

Comedian and Actor Bob Newhart
Comedian and Actor
Bob Newhart
  • Sep 17 "M*A*S*H," premieres on CBS TV
  • Sep 17 BART begins passenger service in San Francisco
  • Sep 17 Tanzania troops march in to Uganda
  • Sep 18 1st black NL umpire (Art Williams-Los Angeles vs San Diego)
  • Sep 19 A parcel bomb sent to Israeli Embassy in London kills one diplomat.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 20 Police find cannabis growing on Paul & Linda McCartney's farm

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney
  • Sep 20 Libya acquires a 50 percent interest in two ENI oil concessions
  • Sep 20 The Social Democratic and Labour Party issues a document entitled "Towards a New Ireland", proposing that the British and Irish governments should have joint sovereignty over Northern Ireland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 21 Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos declares martial law in Philippines (not publicly announced until 23rd Sep)

10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos
  • Sep 21 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 23 Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos announces state of emergency and declares martial law
  • Sep 24 Antique F86 Sabrejet fails to takeoff at air show, kills 22
  • Sep 24 Jack Tatum, Oakland, returns a fumble 104 yds vs Green Bay (rec)
  • Sep 24 NY Jet Joe Namath passes for 6 touchdowns vs Balt Colt (44-34)
  • Sep 25 Dutch air force drives away Russian Tupolev-bomber
  • Sep 25 KAVT (now KSMQ) TV channel 15 in Austin, MN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 25 Norway votes to join European common market
  • Sep 26 American Museum of Immigration dedicated
  • Sep 26 Norway rejects membership in European Common Market
  • Sep 27 1st game at Nassau Coliseum, Rangers beat Islanders 6-4 (exhibition)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 28 David Bowie sells out his 1st show in NY Carnegie Hall

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie
  • Sep 28 Japan & Communist China agree to re-establish diplomatic relations
  • Sep 28 Canada defeats the USSR in the eighth and final game of the ice hockey Summit Series
  • Sep 29 Japan & People's Republic of China begin diplomatic relations
  • Sep 29 Robert McNamara, former US Secretary of Defense, is almost thrown overboard on a ferry by an artist wanting to confront him on his role in escalating US involvement in the Vietnam war (no charges pressed)
  • Sep 30 Passenger train derails killing 48 (Rust Stasie South Africa)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 30 Roberto Clemente is 11th to get 3,000 hits

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente