On This Day

1972 in History (Part 4)

Events in History

Events 301 - 400 of 488


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

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • 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

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

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • Jul 20 US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 21 2 passenger trains collide head-on killing 76 (Seville, Spain)
  • Jul 21 27.5 cm rainfall at Fort Ripley, Minnesota (state record)
  • Jul 21 In New York 57 murders occur in 24 hours
  • 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 22 10.84" (27.53 cm) of rainfall, Fort Ripley, Mn (state 24-hr record)
  • Jul 22 Venera 8 makes soft landing on Venus
  • Jul 22 2 Catholics are abducted, beaten, and shot dead in a Loyalist area of Belfast
  • Jul 23 1st Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS) is launched
  • Jul 24 Jigme Singye Wangchuk becomes king of Bhutan at 16
  • Jul 24 Bugojno group is caught by Yugoslav security forces.
  • 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 Thomas Eagleton withdraws as Democratic VP candidate
  • 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 Claudy bombing: nine civilians were killed when three car bombs exploded in County Londonderry, North Ireland; no group has since claimed responsibility
  • Aug 1 1st article exposing Watergate scandal by Bernstein and Woodward in "The Washington Post"
  • Aug 2 Gold hits record $70 an ounce in London

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Aug 3 British premier Edward Heath proclaims emergency crisis due to dock strike

British Prime Minister Edward Heath
British Prime Minister
Edward Heath
  • Aug 3 Chozen-ji/Intl Zen Dojo founded by Omori Sogen Roshi, in Hawaii
  • Aug 3 US Senate ratifies the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with the Soviet Union to limit the use of missile systems capable of defending against missile-delivered nuclear weapons
  • Aug 4 Arthur Bremer jailed for 63 years for shooting Alabama Governor Wallace

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Aug 4 Uganda dictator Idi Amin orders the expulsion of 50,000 Asians with British passport from Uganda

Ugandan Dictator Idi Amin
Ugandan Dictator
Idi Amin
  • Aug 9 There is widespread and severe rioting in Nationalist areas of Northern Ireland on the anniversary of the introduction of Internment
  • Aug 10 1 million kg meteorite grazes atmosphere above Canada
  • Aug 11 "Cheech & Chong Day" in San Antonio Texas
  • Aug 11 Two IRA members are killed when a bomb they were transporting exploded prematurely
  • Aug 12 Last American combat ground troops leave Vietnam
  • Aug 14 2 British soldiers are killed by an IRA booby trap bomb in Belfast
  • Aug 14 A Catholic civilian is shot dead during an IRA attack on a British Army patrol in Belfast

  • Aug 16 Morocco King Hassan II's B727 shot during failed coup attempt by General Mohamed Oufkir. Reportedly, King Hassan grabbed the radio and told the rebel pilots "Stop firing! The tyrant is dead!", fooling pilots to break off attack
  • Aug 16 Philip Potter appointed sect-gen of World council of Churches
  • Aug 16 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 20 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Aug 21 1st hot air balloon flight over Alps
  • Aug 21 British dock strike ends after dockers accept an amended Jones-Adlington Agreement
  • Aug 21 Grace Slick maced by police when a band official called cops, pigs
  • Aug 21 Republican convention opens in Miami Beach
  • Aug 21 US orbiting astronomy observatory Copernicus launched
  • Aug 22 IRA bomb explodes prematurely at a customs post at Newry, County Down - 9 people, including three members of the IRA and five Catholic civilians, are killed in the explosion
  • Aug 23 4 civilians and 1 British soldier are injured in separate overnight shooting incidents in North Ireland
  • Aug 24 Dennis Amiss scores 1st one-day int century, 103 v Australia
  • Aug 26 NY Cosmos beat St Louis Stars, 2-1 to win NASL championship
  • Aug 26 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Aug 27 US bombs Haiphong, North Vietnam
  • Aug 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Sep 1 Egypt & Libya form federation
  • Sep 2 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 2 The headquarters of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) in Belfast is severely damaged by an IRA bomb
  • Sep 4 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 4 Thieves steal 18 paintings from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in what was at the time the largest art theft in North America.
  • Sep 5 Chemical spill with fog sickens hundreds in Meuse Valley Belgium
  • Sep 8 Jim Ryan (US) & Billy Fordjour (Ghana) collide & fall in qualifying competitions for 1,500m finals, ending Ryan's chances for gold
  • Sep 10 3 British soldiers are killed in a land mine attack near Dungannon, County Tyrone
  • Sep 11 BART begins service with a 26-mi (42-km) line from Oakland to Fremont
  • Sep 14 Jason Miller's "That Championship Season," premieres in NYC
  • Sep 14 West Germany & Poland establish diplomatic relations
  • Sep 14 2 people are killed and 1 mortally wounded in a Ulster Volunteer Force bomb attack on the Imperial Hotel, Belfast
  • Sep 15 A magnitude 4.5 earthquake shakes Northern Illinois.
  • Sep 15 An SAS domestic flight from Gothenburg to Stockholm was hijacked and flown to Malmö-Bulltofta Airport.
  • Sep 17 BART begins passenger service in San Francisco
  • Sep 17 Tanzania troops march in to Uganda
  • Sep 19 A parcel bomb sent to Israeli Embassy in London kills one diplomat.
  • Sep 20 Libya acquires a 50 percent interest in two ENI oil concessions
  • Sep 20 The Social Democratic and Labour Party issues a document entitled "Towards a New Ireland", proposing that the British and Irish governments should have joint sovereignty over Northern Ireland

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Sep 21 Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos declares martial law in the Philippines (not publicly announced until 23rd Sep)

10th President of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos
10th President of the Philippines
Ferdinand Marcos
  • Sep 21 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 23 Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos announces state of emergency and declares martial law
  • Sep 24 Antique F86 Sabrejet fails to takeoff at air show, kills 22
  • Sep 24 Jack Tatum, Oakland, returns a fumble 104 yds vs Green Bay (rec)
  • Sep 25 Dutch air force drives away Russian Tupolev-bomber
  • Sep 25 Norway votes to join European common market
  • Sep 26 American Museum of Immigration dedicated
  • Sep 26 Norway rejects membership in European Common Market
  • Sep 28 Japan & Communist China agree to re-establish diplomatic relations
  • Sep 29 Japan & People's Republic of China begin diplomatic relations
  • Sep 29 Robert McNamara, former US Secretary of Defense, is almost thrown overboard on a ferry by an artist wanting to confront him on his role in escalating US involvement in the Vietnam war (no charges pressed)
  • Sep 30 Passenger train derails killing 48 (Rust Stasie South Africa)
  • Oct 2 Aeroflot Il-18 crashes near Black Sea resort of Sochi, kills 105
  • Oct 2 Bill Stoneman of Montreal pitches his 2nd no-hitter, beating Mets, 7-0
  • Oct 2 Danish population votes for membership of the European Common Market
  • Oct 2 Ron Johnson becomes 1st NY Giant to score 4 TDs (vs Philadelphia)
  • Oct 3 Spaceflight 71-2 launched; 1st flexible substrate photovoltaic flown
  • Oct 3 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Oct 5 Herbert Mullin 1st kills, claiming it was to prevent earthquakes
  • Oct 6 22-car train carrying 2,000 pilgrims derails, kills 208 in Mexico
  • Oct 6 Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Jack Lynch closes the Sinn Féin office in Dublin
  • Oct 8 Lerrin LaGrow Campy, who had been hit by a pitch, is fined & suspended
  • Oct 10 3 members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) die in a premature explosion in a house in Balkan Street, Lower Falls, Belfast
  • Oct 11 World Hockey Association officially makes it's debut as the Alberta Oilers defeat the Ottawa Nationals, 7-4 at the Ottawa Civic Centre
  • Oct 11 Panama adopts constitution
  • Oct 11 Prison uprising at Washington, D.C. jail
  • Oct 12 46 sailors injured in race riot on American aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk
  • Oct 12 Billy Harris failed in 1st Islander penalty shot

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