On This Day

December 1972 in History

Events in History

  • 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 USC tailback Anthony Davis becomes first to score 6 touchdowns against Notre Dame; in a 45-23 victory over the Fighting Irish Davis at the LA Coliseum he scores on runs of 1, 4, 5 & 8 yards and 2 kickoff returns
  • Dec 3 Convair 990A charter crashes in Tenerife Canary Island, 155 die
  • Dec 5 Australia Labour party wins parliamentary election
  • Dec 5 Joseph A Walker's "River Niger" premieres in NYC

The Blue Marble

Dec 7 Apollo 17 launched, the final manned lunar landing mission where the crew takes the famous "blue marble" photo of the entire Earth

Historic Event

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

  • 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 American Astronauts Eugene Cernan & Harrison 'Jack" Schmitt, a become 11th & 12th people on the Moon
  • Dec 14 Eugene Cernan & Harrison Schmitt leave the Moon
  • Dec 16 Bangladesh Constitution goes into effect
  • Dec 17 New line of control agreed to in Kashmir between India & Pakistan
  • 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

Historic Event

Dec 20 Neil Simons "Sunshine Boys" premieres in NYC

  • 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 from Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 after 72 days on the Andean Mountains, after only surviving through cannibalism
  • Dec 23 6.25 Earthquake destroys central Managua Nicaragua, 10,000 die
  • Dec 23 B. S. Chandrasekhar takes 8-79 India v England at Delhi
  • Dec 27 Belgium recognizes German DR
  • Dec 27 New North Korean constitution comes into effect
  • Dec 28 Kim Il-song becomes president of North Korea

Historic Event

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

  • 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 President of Sinn Féin Ruairi O Bradaigh is arrested and held under new legislation in Republic of Ireland

Historic Event

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

  • Dec 31 Leap second day; also in 1973-79, 1987

Historic Event

Dec 31 Martin McGuinness is arrested and held under the new Republic of Ireland legislation


Birthdays in History

  • Dec 1 Norbert Wójtowicz, Polish historian and theologian
  • Dec 8 Frank Shamrock, American mixed martial artist, born in Santa Monica, California
  • Dec 11 Dana Macsim, Romanian television news reporter, born in Piatra Neamt, Romania
  • Dec 12 Brandon Teena, American trans man and hate crime victim, born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1993)
  • Dec 12 Abubacarr Tambadou, Gambian human rights lawyer (International Court of Justice case against Myanmar persecution of Rohingya)
  • Dec 18 Trevor Chowning, American Pop Artist
  • Dec 18 DJ Lethal, Latvian-born American DJ (House of Pain, Limp Bizkit)
  • Dec 26 Robert Muchamore, English children's author, born in Islington, London
  • Dec 28 Kevin Stitt, American politician, Governor of Oklahoma (2019-), born in Milton, Florida

Deaths in History

Antonio Segni

Dec 1 Antonio Segni, Italian politician, Prime Minister of Italy (1955-57, 59-60, 62-64), dies at 81

  • Dec 2 Friedrich Christian Christiansen, German Luftwaffe general, dies
  • Dec 2 Ip Man, Chinese martial artist, and a master teacher of Wing Chun, dies at 79
  • Dec 8 George Collins, (Rep-Ill), dies at 47, in airplane crash
  • Dec 9 Louella Parsons, American gossip columnist, dies at 91
  • Dec 10 Mark van Doren, American poet and author (Happy Critic, Transients), dies at 78
  • Dec 11 Semjon I. Kirsanov, Ukrainian poet (Zolushka), dies at 66
  • Dec 18 Neilia Biden, Joe Biden's first wife and their 13-month-old daughter Naomi, are killed in an automobile accident a few days before he takes office as the newly elected Senator for Delaware
  • Dec 21 Horace Mann Bond, president of Lincoln University (Pa), dies at 70
  • Dec 23 Andrej Tupolev, Russian aircraft builder, dies at 84
  • Dec 23 Abraham Joshua Heschel, Polish-born Jewish American rabbi and theologian dies in New York aged 65
  • Dec 24 Charles Atlas [Angelo Siciliano], Italian-American bodybuilder, dies at 79
  • Dec 24 Ernst Kreuder, German writer (The Attic Pretenders), dies at 69
  • Dec 25 C. Rajagopalachari, India's freedom fighter and the first Governor General of independent India, dies at 94

Harry Truman

Dec 26 Harry Truman, 33rd US President (Democrat: 1945-53), dies in Kansas City Mo at 88