July 1972 in History

Events in History

Ms. Vol 1, No. 1

Jul 1 Feminist magazine "Ms" founded by Gloria Steinem publishes its first regular issue with Wonder Woman on the cover

  • Jul 1 The first Gay Pride march in England takes place.
  • Jul 2 India and Pakistan sign Simla Agreement peace accord
  • Jul 2 Two Catholic civilians are shot and killed in Belfast by Loyalist paramilitaries, probably the Ulster Defence Association (UDA)
  • Jul 3 The Ulster Defence Association and the British Army come into conflict about a 'no-go' area at Ainsworth Avenue, Belfast
  • Jul 3 Themba Sono is forced to resign as president of South African Student Organisation (SASO)
  • Jul 4 The Royal Ulster Constabulary forward a file about the killings on 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972) to the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland
  • Jul 5 Pierre Messmer appointed French premier
  • Jul 5 Two Protestant brothers are found shot dead outside of Belfast (speculation that they were killed by Loyalists because they had Catholic girlfriends)
  • Jul 7 1st women FBI members sworn in (Susan Lynn Roley & Joanne E Pierce)
  • Jul 7 7 people are killed in separate incidents across Northern Ireland
  • Jul 7 Dutch Minister of Agt decides to ignore soft drug usage

Event of Interest

Jul 7 Secret Talks Between IRA and British Government: Gerry Adams is part of a delegation to London for talks with the British Government

  • Jul 8 US sells grain to USSR for $750 million

Event of Interest

Jul 9 Kwame Nkrumah is re-buried in Nkroful in his native Ghana

  • Jul 9 Springhill Massacre: British snipers shoot dead five Catholic civilians and wounded two others in Springhill, Belfast
  • Jul 9 The ceasefire between the Provisional IRA and the British Army comes to an end
  • Jul 9 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Jul 10 Democratic convention opens in Miami Beach Florida (McGovern)
  • Jul 10 Herd of stampeding elephants kills 24, Chandka Forest India
  • Jul 12 Democrats nominated George McGovern for US president in Miami, Florida
  • Jul 12 Twelve years after the banning of the ANC and Pan Africanist Congress, a new political movement, the Black People Convention is formed after a three day long conference in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
  • Jul 13 A series of gun-battles and shootings erupt across Belfast between the Provisional Irish Republican Army and British Army soldiers
  • Jul 14 Jean Westwood is 1st woman chosen to head Democratic National Committee
  • Jul 14 USSR performs underground nuclear Test
  • Jul 16 Dimitrios Papadopoulos becomes 269th patriarch of Constantinople
  • Jul 17 1st 2 women begin training as FBI agents at Quantico
  • Jul 18 200,000 attend Mt Pocono rock festival in Penns

Event of Interest

Jul 18 Egyptian president Anwar Sadat throws out 20,000 Russian military aides

Event of Interest

Jul 18 Leader of the British Labour Party Harold Wilson holds meeting with representatives of the Irish Republican Army

  • Jul 18 Mike Procter 8-73 with hat-trick, plus 51 and 102, Gloucs v Essex
  • Jul 18 The 100th British soldier to die in the Northern Ireland "troubles" is shot by a sniper in Belfast
  • Jul 20 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 21 10.83 inches (27.5 cm) rainfall at Fort Ripley, Minnesota (state record, until 2007)
  • Jul 21 2 passenger trains collide head-on killing 76 (Seville, Spain)
  • Jul 21 Bloody Friday: within the space of seventy-five minutes, the Provisional Irish Republican Army explode twenty-two bombs in Belfast; six civilians, two British Army soldiers and one UDA volunteer were killed, 130 injured
  • Jul 21 In New York 57 murders occur in 24 hours
  • Jul 22 10.84" (27.53 cm) of rainfall, Fort Ripley, Mn (state 24-hr record)
  • Jul 22 2 Catholics are abducted, beaten, and shot dead in a Loyalist area of Belfast
  • Jul 22 Venera 8 makes soft landing on Venus
  • Jul 23 1st Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS) is launched to document global land use change as a joint NASA / USGS program (later renamed Landsat 1) [1]
  • Jul 24 Bugojno group is caught by Yugoslav security forces.
  • Jul 24 Jigme Singye Wangchuk becomes king of Bhutan at 16
  • Jul 25 US health officials concede African American were used as guinea pigs in 40 year syphilis experiment
  • Jul 26 Rockwell receives NASA contract to construct Space Shuttle
  • Jul 27 The F-15 Eagle flies for the first time.
  • Jul 29 France performs nuclear Test at Mururoa atoll
  • Jul 31 Claudy bombing: nine civilians were killed when three car bombs exploded in County Londonderry, North Ireland; no group has since claimed responsibility
  • Jul 31 Operation Motorman: the British Army use 12,000 soldiers supported by tanks and bulldozers to re-take the "no-go areas" controlled by the Provisional Irish Republican Army
  • Jul 31 Thomas Eagleton withdraws as Democratic VP candidate

Birthdays in History

  • Jul 2 Darren Shan, Irish children's author
  • Jul 6 D-Styles, American scratch DJ, born in the Philippines
  • Jul 6 Daniel Andrews, Australian politician (Premier of Victoria 2014-), born in Williamstown, Australia
  • Jul 20 Erik Ullenhag, Swedish jurist and politician
  • Jul 20 St├ęphane Bancel, French pharmaceutical executive (CEO of Moderna), born in Marseille, France
  • Jul 22 Andrew Holness, Jamaican politician (Prime Minister of Jamaica 2016-), born in Spanish Town, Jamaica
  • Jul 22 Seth Fisher, American comic book artist and penciller (d. 2006)
  • Jul 24 Jen Miller [Reverent Jen], American performance artist, born in Silver Spring, Maryland

Weddings in History

  • Jul 8 English Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester (28) weds Danish college sweetheart Birgitte of Deurs Henriksen (26) at St Andrew's Church, Barnwell, Northamptonshire, England

Richard Branson

Jul 22 British magazine publisher, record shop owner and future business magnate Richard Branson (22) weds Kristen Tomassi; divorce in 1979

Deaths in History

  • Jul 2 Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., 10th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), dies at 95
  • Jul 7 Athenagoras, 268th patriarch of Constantinople, dies
  • Jul 7 King Talal of Jordan (b. 1909)
  • Jul 19 Hezekiah M. Washburn, American Presbyterian Congo missionary, dies at 88
  • Jul 19 Sally Benson, American writer (Meet Me In St. Louis), dies at 74
  • Jul 21 Jigme Dori Wangchuck, King of Bhutan (1952-72), dies of a heart condition at 45
  • Jul 27 Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, Austrian-Japanese politician, dies at 77
  • Jul 28 Charu Majumdar, Indian revolutionary leader, dies in custody at 53
  • Jul 31 Paul-Henri Spaak, Belgian politician (Prime Minister of Belgium, Secretary-General of NATO, 1957-61), dies at 73