Historical Events in 1972 (Part 5)

Events 801 - 886 of 886

  • Nov 11 6th Rugby League World Cup: Australia and Great Britain tie 10-10; Great Britain awarded the cup
  • Nov 12 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins
  • Nov 14 Dow Jones closes above 1,000 for 1st time (1003.16)
  • Nov 15 Circle-in the-Square Theater opens at 1633 Broadway NYC
  • Nov 15 Small Astronomy Satellite Explorer 48 launched to study gamma rays
  • Nov 15 White Sox Dick Allen wins AL MVP
  • Nov 16 "Dear Oscar" opens at Playhouse Theater NYC for 5 performances

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Nov 16 British Prime Minister Edward Heath warns against a Unilateral Declaration of Independence

British Prime Minister Edward Heath
British Prime Minister
Edward Heath
  • Nov 19 "Ambassador" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Nov 19 "Dear Oscar" closes at Playhouse Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Nov 19 Gershwin Theater (Uris) opens at 1633 Broadway NYC
  • Nov 19 KFIZ TV channel 34 in Fond du Lac, WI suspends broadcasting

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 19 Willy Brandt's SPD wins West German election

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt
  • Nov 19 Leader of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) Seán MacStiofáin is arrested in Dublin
  • Nov 20 2 British soldiers are killed in a booby trap bomb in Cullyhanna, County Armagh
  • Nov 21 Red Sox Carlton Fisk wins AL Rookie of Year, Mets Jon Matlack wins NL

  • Nov 22 Belgium government of Eyskens resigns
  • Nov 22 Flyers beat New York Islanders and start them on 15 game winless streak
  • Nov 22 Pitts Penguins set NHL record for scoring fastest 5 goals (2:07)
  • Nov 22 US ends 22 year travel ban to China
  • Nov 24 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Nov 24 Taoiseach Jack Lynch met with British Prime Minister Edward Heath in London to give Irish approval to Attlee's paper that said new arrangements should be 'acceptable to and accepted by the Republic of Ireland'
  • Nov 25 "Ambassador" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • Nov 26 Pete Gogolak scores NY Giant record 8 pts after a touchdown
  • Nov 26 Bomb explosion at the Film Centre Cinema, in O’Connell Bridge House in Dublin
  • Nov 27 Pierre Trudeau forms Canadian government
  • Nov 27 Yanks trade Ellis, Torres & Spikes to Indians for Nettles & Moses
  • Nov 28 "Via Galactica" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Nov 28 LA Dodgers trade Frank Robinson to California Angels
  • Nov 28 2 members of the IRA are killed in a premature bomb explosion in the Bogside area of Derry

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Nov 29 Co-founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell releases Pong, first commercially successful video game in Andy Capp's Tavern in Sunnyvale, California

Electrical Engineer and Businessman Nolan Bushnell
Electrical Engineer and Businessman
Nolan Bushnell
  • Nov 30 BBC bans Wings' "Hi, Hi, Hi"
  • Nov 30 Illegal fireworks factory explodes killing 15 in Rome, Italy
  • Dec 1 Wings release "Hi, Hi, Hi" in UK
  • Dec 1 2 people killed and 127 injured when 2 car bombs explode in the centre of Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • Dec 2 "December Giant" largest sinkhole in US collapses (Alabama)
  • Dec 2 "Via Galactica" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Dec 2 60th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeats Saskatchewan, 13-10
  • Dec 2 In 1 of their worst trades Yanks get Rich McKinney for Stan Bahnsen
  • Dec 2 37th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 17-16 in Birmingham
  • Dec 3 Convair 990A charter crashes in Tenerife Canary Island, 155 die

  • Dec 5 38th Heisman Trophy Award: Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska (FL)
  • Dec 5 Australia Labour party wins parliamentary election
  • Dec 5 Joseph A Walker's "River Niger" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 7 Apollo 17 (US), final manned lunar landing mission, launched, crew takes famous "blue marble" photo of the entire Earth

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Dec 7 Philippine's first lady Imelda Marcos stabbed & wounded by an assailant

First Lady and Politician Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politician
Imelda Marcos
  • Dec 8 United Airlines crashes at Chicago's Midway Airport killing 45
  • Dec 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 11 Astronauts Cernan & Harrison become 11th & 12th people on the Moon
  • Dec 11 Jets' Don Maynard becomes all time pro reception leader (632)
  • Dec 14 Eugene Cernan & Harrison Schmitt leave the Moon
  • Dec 16 Bangladesh Constitution goes into effect
  • Dec 16 Miami Dolphins become 1st undefeated NFL team (14-0-0)
  • Dec 17 New line of control agreed to in Kashmir between India & Pakistan
  • Dec 17 WGVC (now WUCX) TV channel 35 in Grand Rapids, MI (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 18 US launches Operation Linebacker II, its heaviest bombing of North Vietnam, as negotiations to end the Vietnam War collapse
  • Dec 19 Apollo 17 (last of Apollo Moon landing series) returns to Earth

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Dec 20 Neil Simons "Sunshine Boys" premieres in NYC

Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon
Playwright and screenwriter
Neil Simon
  • Dec 20 Five civilians (four Catholics, one Protestant) killed in gun attack on the Top of the Hill Bar in Derry, North Ireland
  • Dec 21 Soviet Union signs a separate peace with East Germany
  • Dec 22 6.25 earthquake strikes Managua Nicaragua, 12,000+ killed
  • Dec 23 16 plane crash survivors rescued after 70d, survived by cannabalism
  • Dec 23 6.25 Earthquake destroys central Managua Nicaragua, 10,000 die
  • Dec 23 Chandrasekhar takes 8-79 India v England at Delhi
  • Dec 23 New York Islanders end 15 games winless streak
  • Dec 23 "Immaculate Reception" Steelers turns around a 7-6 defeat with a last second touchdown reception against Raiders to win 13-7
  • Dec 23 2nd Fiesta Bowl: #15 Arizona State beats Missouri, 49-35
  • Dec 25 England beat India by six wickets in the 1st Cricket Test in Delhi
  • Dec 27 "Purlie" opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 14 performances
  • Dec 27 Belgium recognizes German DR
  • Dec 27 LA Kings start Islanders on 12 game losing streak
  • Dec 27 New North Korean constitution comes into effect
  • Dec 28 Kim Il-song becomes president of North Korea

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Dec 28 Martin Bormann's skeleton is found in Berlin (Hitlers deputy)

Nazi leader Martin Bormann
Nazi leader
Martin Bormann
  • Dec 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 28 2 people are killed in a Loyalist bomb attack on the village of Belturbet, County Cavan, Republic of Ireland
  • Dec 29 Eastern Tristar Jumbo Jet crashes near Everglades killing 101
  • Dec 29 Life magazine ceases publication
  • Dec 29 Test Cricket debut of Jeff Thomson and Max Walker v Pakistan at MCG
  • Dec 29 President of Sinn Féin Ruairi O Bradaigh is arrested and held under new legislation in Republic of Ireland

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Dec 30 US President Richard Nixon halts bombing of North Vietnam & announces peace talks

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Dec 31 Leap second day; also in 1973-79, 1987
  • Dec 31 AFC Championship Game: Miami Dolphins beat Pittsburgh Steelers 21-7
  • Dec 31 Martin McGuinness is arrested and held under the new Republic of Ireland legislation
  • Dec 31 NFC Championship Game: Washington Redskins beat Dallas Cowboys 26-3
  • Dec 31 39th Sugar Bowl: #2 Oklahoma beats #5 Penn State, 14-0