On This Day

November 1972 in History

Events in History

  • Nov 1 Germaoin Gagnon scores 1st Islander hat trick
  • Nov 2 Construction begins on Kingdome, Seattle
  • Nov 2 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Nov 2 Government of the Republic of Ireland introduce a bill to remove the special position of the Catholic Church from the Irish Constitution
  • Nov 4 Bangladesh adopts constitution
  • Nov 5 Vice-President of Sinn Féin Maire Drumm is arrested in the Republic of Ireland

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 7 Incumbent President Richard Nixon is re-elected, defeating Democrat candidate George McGovern in a landslide by winning 49 states

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Nov 9 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Nov 11 Dow Jones Index moves above 1,000 for 1st time
  • Nov 11 US Army turns over Long Bihn base to South Vietnamese army
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 Gershwin Theater (Uris) opens at 1633 Broadway NYC

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 22 Belgium government of Eyskens resigns
  • 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 26 Pete Gogolak scores NY Giant record 8 pts after a touchdown
  • Nov 27 Pierre Trudeau forms Canadian government
  • Nov 28 2 members of the IRA are killed in a premature bomb explosion in the Bogside area of Derry

Historic InventionPong

Nov 29 Co-founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell releases Pong, the 1st commercially successful video game, in Andy Capp's Tavern in Sunnyvale, California
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The original Atari Pong video game upright cabinet
The original Atari Pong video game upright cabinet
  • Nov 30 Illegal fireworks factory explodes killing 15 in Rome, Italy

Birthdays in History

  • Nov 7 Mike Goldman, Australian media personality (Big Brother Australia), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Nov 9 Doug Russell, American radio personality, born in Pewaukee, Wisconsin
  • Nov 14 Martin Pike, Australian rules footballer
  • Nov 20 Sheema Kalbasi, Iranian born poet, born in Tehran, Iran
  • Nov 25 Alessandro Michele, Italian fashion designer (Gucci), born in Rome, Italy

Deaths in History


Person of interestEzra Pound

Nov 1 Ezra Loomis Pound, American poet (Throne), dies at 87

  • Nov 14 Martin Dies, Jr., American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas), dies at 71
  • Nov 25 Hans Scharoun, German architect (Berlin Philharmonic), dies at 79
  • Nov 25 Henri Coandă, Romanian aerodynamics pioneer, dies at 86
  • Nov 26 R. P. Keigwin, English academic, dies at 89
  • Nov 30 Neil H McElroy, soap manufacturer/minister of Defense (1957-59), dies