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Events in History in October 1972

  • 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

  • Oct 12 Mariner 9 takes pictures of Martian north pole
  • Oct 13 Aeroflot Il-62 crashes in large pond outside Moscow, 176 die
  • Oct 13 Uruguay to Chile plane crashes in Andes Mountains, (passengers eat crash victims to survive, 16 of 45 rescued 2 months later)
  • Oct 14 North Irish Loyalist paramilitaries raid Headquarters of the 10 Ulster Defence Regiment in Belfast and stole rifles and ammunition
  • Oct 16 2 members of the Official Irish Republican Army are shot dead by the British Army in County Tyrone
  • Oct 16 A Protestant youth member (15) of the Ulster Defence Association, and a UDA member (26) are run over by British Army vehicles during riots in east Belfast
  • Oct 17 Bob Randall's "6 Rooms Riv Vu," premieres in NYC

Music release#1 in the Charts

Oct 17 Chuck Berry's "My Ding-a-ling," is #1

Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Chuck Berry
Rock Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
Chuck Berry
  • Oct 17 The Ulster Defence Association open fire on the British Army in several areas of Belfast
  • Oct 19 Ulster Vanguard leader William Craig speaks at a meeting of right-wing Members of Parliament at Westminster: "We are prepared to come out and shoot and kill"
  • Oct 20 Queen Juliana visits Yugoslavia

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Oct 20 John Betjeman is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
  • Oct 23 Access credit cards introduced in Great Britain
  • Oct 23 Loyalist paramilitaries carry out raid on an Ulster Defence Regiment
  • Oct 24 2 Catholic men are found dead at a farm at Aughinahinch, near Newtownbbutler, County Fermanagh - British soldiers carry out the killings
  • Oct 25 Eddy Merckx (Belgium) covers 30 miles, 1,258 yards in 1 hr
  • Oct 25 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to Kenneth J Arrow & John R Hicks

InventionHistoric Invention

Oct 26 Edwin Land introduces the first truly instant camera the Polaroid SX-70 camera at an event in Miami, Florida

Scientist and Inventor Edwin Land
Scientist and Inventor
Edwin Land

Murder of InterestClosure of Alcatraz

Oct 26 Guided tours of the former prison at Alcatraz by the National Park Service begin

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The last prisoners walk down Broadway as Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary closes
The last prisoners walk down Broadway as Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary closes
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 26 Henry Kissinger declares "Peace is at hand" in Vietnam

US Secretary of State and Political Scientist Henry Kissinger
US Secretary of State and Political Scientist
Henry Kissinger
  • Oct 27 Golden Gate National Recreation Area created
  • Oct 27 OPEC approves plan providing for 25 percent government ownership of all Western oil interests operating within Kuwait, Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia
  • Oct 30 Worst US rail accident in 14 years; 45 die in Chicago, llinois
  • Oct 30 The Northern Ireland Office issues a discussion document 'The Future of Northern Ireland'; the paper states Britain's commitment to the union as long as the majority of people wish to remain part of the United Kingdom
  • Oct 30 Loyalist paramilitaries carry out a raid on Royal Ulster Constabulary station in County Derry, and steal 4 British Army Sterling sub-machine Guns
  • Oct 31 Gaylord Perry wins AL Cy Young award
  • Oct 31 2 Catholic children (6 and 4) playing on the street are killed in a Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF) car bomb attack on a bar in Ship Street, Belfast