Events in History in 1972 (Part 3)

Events 401 - 479 of 479

  • 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"

Appointment of Interest

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

  • Oct 20 Queen Juliana visits Yugoslavia
  • 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 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to Kenneth J Arrow & John R Hicks

Historic Invention

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

Closure of Alcatraz

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 Loyalist paramilitaries carry out a raid on Royal Ulster Constabulary station in County Derry, and steal 4 British Army Sterling sub-machine Guns
  • 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 Worst US rail accident in 14 years; 45 die in Chicago, llinois
  • 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
  • Nov 1 Germaoin Gagnon scores 1st Islander hat trick
  • Nov 2 Construction begins on Kingdome, Seattle
  • 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 2 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Nov 4 "I Can See Clearly Now" single by Johnny Nash begins a 3-week run on the top of the charts
  • Nov 4 Bangladesh adopts constitution
  • Nov 5 Vice-President of Sinn Féin Maire Drumm is arrested in the Republic of Ireland

Election of Interest

Nov 7 Attorney Joe Biden is elected to the US Senate, representing the state of Delaware after defeating longtime incumbent J. Caleb Boggs by just over 3,000 votes; Biden would win re-election 6 times

Election of Interest

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

  • 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 12 Charity concert for United Crusade (now United Way) in San Diego, California attracts nearly 52,000; performers include: J. Geils Band, Jesse Colin Young, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Foghat, and Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show
  • 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

Historic Event

Nov 16 British Prime Minister Edward Heath warns against a Unilateral Declaration of Independence

  • Nov 19 Gershwin Theater (Uris) opens at 1633 Broadway NYC
  • Nov 19 Leader of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) Seán MacStiofáin is arrested in Dublin

Election of Interest

Nov 19 Willy Brandt's SPD wins West German election

  • 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 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 24 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • 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
  • Nov 30 Illegal fireworks factory explodes killing 15 in Rome, Italy
  • Dec 1 2 people killed and 127 injured when 2 car bombs explode in the centre of Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • Dec 2 "December Giant" largest sinkhole in US collapses (Alabama)
  • Dec 2 USC tailback Anthony Davis becomes first to score 6 touchdowns against Notre Dame; in a 45-23 victory over the Fighting Irish Davis at the LA Coliseum he scores on runs of 1, 4, 5 & 8 yards and 2 kickoff returns
  • Dec 3 Convair 990A charter crashes in Tenerife Canary Island, 155 die
  • Dec 5 Australia Labour party wins parliamentary election
  • Dec 5 Joseph A Walker's "River Niger" premieres in NYC

The Blue Marble

Dec 7 Apollo 17 launched, the final manned lunar landing mission where the crew takes the famous "blue marble" photo of the entire Earth

Historic Event

Dec 7 Philippine's first lady Imelda Marcos stabbed & wounded by an assailant

  • Dec 8 United Airlines crashes at Chicago's Midway Airport killing 45
  • Dec 10 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 11 American Astronauts Eugene Cernan & Harrison 'Jack" Schmitt, a become 11th & 12th people on the Moon
  • Dec 14 Eugene Cernan & Harrison Schmitt leave the Moon
  • Dec 16 Bangladesh Constitution goes into effect
  • Dec 17 New line of control agreed to in Kashmir between India & Pakistan

America’s Agony Is Over: Vietnam War Ends

Dec 18 US launches Operation Linebacker II, its heaviest bombing of North Vietnam, as negotiations to end the Vietnam War collapse

  • Dec 19 Apollo 17 (last of Apollo Moon landing series) returns to Earth, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean, southeast of Samoa
  • Dec 20 Five civilians (four Catholics, one Protestant) killed in gun attack on the Top of the Hill Bar in Derry, North Ireland
  • Dec 21 Soviet Union signs a separate peace with East Germany
  • Dec 22 6.25 earthquake strikes Managua Nicaragua, 12,000+ killed
  • Dec 23 16 plane crash survivors rescued from Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 after 72 days on the Andean Mountains, after only surviving through cannibalism
  • Dec 23 6.25 Earthquake destroys central Managua Nicaragua, 10,000 die
  • Dec 23 B. S. Chandrasekhar takes 8-79 India v England at Delhi
  • Dec 27 Belgium recognizes German DR
  • Dec 27 New North Korean constitution comes into effect
  • Dec 28 2 people are killed in a Loyalist bomb attack on the village of Belturbet, County Cavan, Republic of Ireland
  • Dec 28 Kim Il-song becomes president of North Korea

Historic Event

Dec 28 Nazi leader Martin Bormann's skeleton and remains are found in Berlin

  • Dec 28 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 29 Eastern Tristar Jumbo Jet crashes near Everglades killing 101
  • Dec 29 Life magazine ceases publication
  • Dec 29 President of Sinn Féin Ruairi O Bradaigh is arrested and held under new legislation in Republic of Ireland
  • Dec 30 US President Richard Nixon halts bombing of North Vietnam & announces peace talks
  • Dec 31 Leap second day; also in 1973-79, 1987

Historic Event

Dec 31 Martin McGuinness is arrested and held under the new Republic of Ireland legislation