January 1972 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
  • Jan 1 International Book Year begins
  • Jan 1 Policewomen are enlisted as full members of South African Police Force for the first time.
  • Jan 2 An anti-internment rally is held in Belfast, North Ireland
  • Jan 2 Mariner 9 begins mapping Mars
  • Jan 3 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) explodes a bomb in Callender Street, Belfast, injuring over 60 people
  • Jan 4 Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London.
  • Jan 5 Largest crowd at Cleveland Arena (Cavs vs Lakers-11,178)
  • Jan 5 NYC transit fare rises from 30 cents to 35 cents

Historic Event

Jan 5 President of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman freed by the newly elected President of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

  • Jan 5 US President Nixon signs a bill for NASA to begin research on a manned space shuttle
  • Jan 6 US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
  • Jan 6 US male Figure Skating championship won by Kenneth Shelley
  • Jan 6 Vladimir Bukovski is exiled from USSR
  • Jan 7 Discovery of the first black hole Cygnus X-1 in the constellation Cygnus reported in a paper in "Nature" by Louise Webster and Paul Murdin [1]
  • Jan 7 Iberian Airlines 'plane crashes into 800ft peak on island of Ibiza, 104 die
  • Jan 7 Lewis F. Powell Jr. becomes a US Supreme Court Justice
  • Jan 7 William Hubbs Rehnquist sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice

Historic Event

Jan 9 Billionaire Howard Hughes says Clifford Irving's autobiography is a fake

  • Jan 9 British coal miners begin a national strike, the first for half a century
  • Jan 9 Retired passenger liner Queen Elizabeth destroyed by fire in Hong Kong harbour
  • Jan 10 Sheikh Mujibur Rahman arrives in Dacca, East-Pakistan
  • Jan 12 Abu Sayeed Chudhury becomes President of Bangladesh and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Prime Minister
  • Jan 12 Tigers sign a lease to build a $126M domed stadium (doesn't happen)
  • Jan 13 An army commander stages a bloodless coup in Ghana, while the prime minister is in London

Historic Event

Jan 14 Margrethe II of Denmark becomes the first Queen of Denmark since 1412

  • Jan 17 Section of Memphis' Highway 51 South renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard
  • Jan 17 Seven men who were held as internees escape from the prison ship HMS Maidstone in Belfast Lough, North Ireland
  • Jan 18 Garfield Todd, former Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia and his daughter Judith, supporters of black majority rule in the country, are arrested
  • Jan 18 Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Brian Faulkner bans all parades and marches in Northern Ireland until the end of the year
  • Jan 20 Number of people out of work and claiming unemployment benefit in UK rises to over 1 million
  • Jan 20 Six oil exporting countries conclude meetings with Western oil companies; an agreement is reached to raise the price of crude
  • Jan 21 Assam's North East Frontier Agency becomes Arunachal Pradesh territory
  • Jan 21 Belgian government of Eyskens-Cools forms
  • Jan 21 Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura become separate states of the Indian union
  • Jan 21 Mizoram, formerly part of Assam, creates an Indian union territory
  • Jan 22 An anti-internment march is held at Magilligan strand, County Derry; as the march nears the internment camp it is stopped by members of the Green Jackets and the Parachute Regiment of the British Army, who used barbed wire to close off the beach
  • Jan 23 Bootlegger sells wood alcohol to a wedding party, killing 100 in New Delhi
  • Jan 23 Entire population of Istanbul under 24 hour house arrest
  • Jan 24 Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi is found hiding in a Guam jungle, where he had been since the end of World War II.
  • Jan 25 7' Ohio State center Luke Witte is stomped in face during a brawl in a game with Minnesota
  • Jan 26 Aboriginal Tent Embassy protest for land rights begins on the lawn of Parliament House, Canberra, Australia. Longest continuous protest for indigenous rights in the world.
  • Jan 26 Serbian air stewardess Vesna Vulovic survives 10,160m fall without parachute - world's highest fall without a parachute
  • Jan 27 The British Army and the Irish Republican Army engage in gun battles near County Armagh; British troops fire over 1,000 rounds of ammunition
  • Jan 27 Two Royal Ulster Constabulary officers shot dead by IRA in an attack on their patrol car in the Creggan Road, Derry
  • Jan 28 Oral Roberts' Eddie Woods grabs 30 rebounds for 2nd consecutive game
  • Jan 28 The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association place "special emphasis on the necessity for a peaceful incident-free day" at the next march on 30 January in an effort to avoid violence
  • Jan 29 5th ABA All-Star Game: East 142 beats West 115 at Louisville, Kentucky
  • Jan 30 Bloody Sunday: 27 unarmed civilians are shot (14 are killed) by the British Army during a civil rights march in Derry, Northern Ireland; this is the highest death toll from a single shooting incident during 'the Troubles'
  • Jan 30 Pakistan withdraws from the Commonwealth of Nations
  • Jan 31 Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev becomes 11th King of Nepal
  • Jan 31 British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling to House of Commons on 'Bloody Sunday', "The Army returned the fire directed at them with aimed shots and inflicted a number of casualties on those who were attacking them with firearms and with bombs"
  • Jan 31 Military coup ousts civilian government of Ghana
  • Jan 31 US launches HEOS A-2 for interplanetary observations (396/244,998)

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 11 Yang Wenyi, Chinese swim star (WR/OR 50m freestyle), born in Shanghai, China
  • Jan 12 Priyanka Gandhi, daughter of Rajiv Gandhi, born in Delhi, India
  • Jan 13 Atoosa Rubenstein, Iranian-born American magazine editor
  • Jan 19 Princess Kalina of Bulgaria, titular Bulgarian royal family, born in Madrid, Spain

Nikki HaleyNikki Haley (51 years old)

Jan 20 American politician and diplomat (Governor South Carolina, 2011-17; US UN Ambassador, 2017-18), born in Bamberg, South Carolina

  • Jan 21 Rick Falkvinge, Swedish politician
  • Jan 28 Amy Coney Barrett, American jurist and lawyer (US Supreme Court 2020-), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

Weddings in History

Aung San Suu Kyi

Jan 1 Politician Aung San Suu Kyi (26) weds author Michael Aris (25)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 3 Frans Masereel, Flem WWII resistance fighter (Le Soleil), dies at 82
  • Jan 5 Gerald Kelly, British painter, dies at 92
  • Jan 6 Chen Yi, Chinese military commander and politician (b. 1901)
  • Jan 7 John Berryman, American poet (The Dream Songs), dies at 57

Kenneth PatchenKenneth Patchen (1911-1972)

Jan 8 American writer (See You in the Morning), dies at 60

  • Jan 9 Ted Shawn, US dancer, dies at 80
  • Jan 10 Aksel Larsen, Danish politician (b. 1897)
  • Jan 10 Georg Rendl, Austrian miner, beekeeper and writer (Satan on Earth), dies at 68
  • Jan 12 Padraic Colum, Irish novelist and poet (Collected Poems), dies at 90
  • Jan 14 Frederik IX [Christiaan FFMKW], king of Denmark (1947-72), dies at 72
  • Jan 15 Margaret "Daisy" Ashford, British child author who wrote "The Young Visiters" (Mister Salteena's Plan) aged 9, dies at 90
  • Jan 16 Teller Ammons, American attorney and politician (Governor of Colorado, 1937-39), dies at 76
  • Jan 17 Betty Smith, American novelist (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn), dies at 75
  • Jan 25 Erhard Milch, German field marshal (b. 1892)
  • Jan 27 Richard Courant, German-American mathematician, dies at 84
  • Jan 28 Adriaan B "Jaap" Wagemaker, Dutch sculptor, dies at 66
  • Jan 28 Dino Buzzati, Italian writer (The Tartar Steppe), dies at 67
  • Jan 31 Bir Bikram Shah Deva Mahendra, king of Nepal (1955-72), dies at 51
  • Jan 31 Fritiof Nilsson Piraten, Swedish writer (Bombi Bitt Och Jag), dies at 76