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Events in History in June 1972

  • Jun 1 Tswanaland becomes Bophuthatswana in South Africa
  • Jun 1 West German police arrest Red Army Faction leader Andreas Baader
  • Jun 1 Iraq nationalizes Iraq Petroleum Company's (IPC) concession owned by British Petroleum, Royal Dutch-Shell, Compagnie Francaise des Petroles, Mobil and Standard Oil of New Jersey
  • Jun 2 Two British soldiers die in an IRA land mine attack near Rosslea, County Fermanagh
  • Jun 3 1st female US rabbi installed, Sally J Priesand at 25
  • Jun 4 Angela Davis, African American activist, acquitted of killing a white guard
  • Jun 5 "If You Had Wings" opens
  • Jun 5 UN Conference on Human Environment opens in Stockholm

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Jun 5 Yugoslav president Josip Tito visits USSR

President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary Josip Broz Tito
President of Yugoslavia and Revolutionary
Josip Broz Tito
  • Jun 6 Explosion at world's largest coal mine kills 427 (Wankie, Rhodesia)
  • Jun 6 Gold hits record $60 an ounce in London
  • Jun 6 US bombs Haiphong, North-Vietnam; 1000s killed

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Jun 7 West German Chancellor Willy Brandt visits Israel

Chancellor of West Germany Willy Brandt
Chancellor of West Germany
Willy Brandt
  • Jun 7 Hsan Hua, Zen teacher, conducted 1st ordination ceremony in America
  • Jun 9 14" of rain in 6 hrs burst Rapid City SD dam, drowns 237
  • Jun 9 In a show of support for Iraq, OPEC moves to prevent companies whose interests were nationalized in Iraq from increasing production elsewhere

  • Jun 11 31°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in June
  • Jun 11 KPAT-AM in Berkeley CA returns from KRE
  • Jun 11 Gun battle between Loyalist and Republican paramilitaries break out in the Oldpark area of Belfast
  • Jun 13 The Irish Republican Army invites British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Willie Whitelaw to 'Free Derry'; Whitelaw rejects offer and reaffirms his policy to not "let part of the United Kingdom ... default from the rule of law"
  • Jun 14 Tropical storm (later hurricane) Agnes forms over Yucatán Peninsula
  • Jun 14 Members of the NI Social Democratic and Labour Party hold a meeting with representatives of the Irish Republican Army in Derry; the IRA representatives outline their conditions for talks with the British Government
  • Jun 15 Rock fall inside Vierzy Tunnel (France) causes 2 train crash; 107 die
  • Jun 15 West German police arrested RAF leader Ulrike Meinhof
  • Jun 15 The Social Democratic and Labour Party meet Secretary of State for Northern Ireland W Whitelaw, to present the IRA's conditions for a meeting
  • Jun 16 The largest single-site hydro-electric power project in Canada starts at Churchill Falls, Labrador

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Jun 17 Chilean President Salvador Allende forms a new socialist government

Marxist and President of Chile Salvador Allende
Marxist and President of Chile
Salvador Allende
  • Jun 17 Five men arrested after trying to bug Democratic National Committee office in Watergate Complex, Washington
  • Jun 17 9 firefighters are killed in the Hotel Vendome fire in Boston
  • Jun 18 BEA Trident crashes after takeoff from Heathrow killing 118
  • Jun 18 3 members of the British Army are killed by an Irish Republican Army (IRA) bomb in a derelict house near Lurgan, County Down
  • Jun 19 -29] Tropical storm Agnes upgraded to a hurricane, makes landfall in Panama City (would kill 128)
  • Jun 19 Hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers face flight delays and cancellations after pilots threaten to strike over hijack fears
  • Jun 19 A Catholic civilian is shot dead by the Provisional Irish Republican Army in the Cracked Cup Social Club, Belfast
  • Jun 19 Secretary of State for Northern Ireland William Whitelaw concedes 'special category' status, or 'political status' for paramilitary prisoners in Northern Ireland
  • Jun 20 Secret Meeting Between IRA and British Officials held
  • Jun 22 The Irish Republican Army announce that it would call a ceasefire from 26 June 1972 provided that there is a "reciprocal response" from the security forces
  • Jun 23 Hurricane Agnes becomes America's costliest natural disaster, affecting 15 states, with 119 deaths and $3 billion in damage
  • Jun 23 US President Nixon & his Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman agree to use CIA to cover up Watergate
  • Jun 23 45 countries leave the Sterling Area, allowing their currencies to fluctuate independently of the British Pound
  • Jun 24 Wake Island becomes unincorporated territory of US (US Air Force)
  • Jun 24 Yvonne Brathwaite Burke becomes 1st black chair of a Democratic convention
  • Jun 24 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) kill 3 British Army soldiers in a land mine attack near Dungiven, County Derry
  • Jun 26 The Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) kill two British Army soldiers in separate attacks during the day and at midnight begins a "bi-lateral truce"

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Jun 27 Legendary video game and home computer Atari, Inc. founded by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney in Sunnyvale, California

Electrical Engineer, Businessman and Founder of Atari Nolan Bushnell
Electrical Engineer, Businessman and Founder of Atari
Nolan Bushnell
  • Jun 29 Supreme Court rules (5-4) that death penalty is cruel & unusual
  • Jun 29 USSR launches Prognoz 2 into earth orbit (549/200,000 km)
  • Jun 30 One leap second is added to the UTC time system; also 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985
  • Jun 30 Ulster Defence Association (UDA) begin to organise its own 'no-go' areas (this is a response to the continuation of Republican 'no-go' areas and fears about concessions to the IRA)