April 1972 calendar

April 1972

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in April 1972.
The US president was Richard Nixon (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Edward Heath (Conservative), Pope St Paul VI was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on April 1972: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of April 1972?


  • 01 Apr 1972 Major league baseball players stage first collective strike.
  • 02 Apr 1972 44th Academy Awards - French Connection, Gene Hackman and Jane Fonda win.
  • 03 Apr 1972 Official US gold price raised from $35 per ounce to $38.
  • 04 Apr 1972 Adam Clayton Powell Jr, American politician (Representative-Democrat-New York), dies at age 63.
  • 05 Apr 1972 Baseball season is delayed due to a strike.
  • 06 Apr 1972 Egypt drops diplomatic relations with Jordan.
  • 07 Apr 1972 Vietnam War veteran Richard McCoy, Jr. hijacks a United Airlines jet and extorts $500,000 he is later captured.
  • 09 Apr 1972 Sugar opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 506 performances
  • 10 Apr 1972 7.0 earthquake kills 1 / 5 of population of Iranian province of Fars
  • 11 Apr 1972 Benjamin L Hooks is named to the US Federal Communications Commission.
  • 13 Apr 1972 The Universal Postal Union decides to recognize the People's Republic of China as the only legitimate Chinese representative, effectively expelling the Republic of China administering Taiwan.
  • 15 Apr 1972 Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Carole King, and Quincy Jones perform at a benefit for George McGovern for President.
  • 16 Apr 1972 2 giants pandas arrive in US, from China
  • 17 Apr 1972 76th Boston Marathon won by Olavi Suomalainen of Finland in 2:15:39.
  • 18 Apr 1972 Lost in the Stars opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 39 performances
  • 19 Apr 1972 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • 20 Apr 1972 Apollo 16 with John Young and Charles Duke lands on Moon with Boeing Lunar Rover #2.
  • 21 Apr 1972 John Young and Charles Duke explores Moon
  • 22 Apr 1972 Vietnam War: Increased American bombing in Vietnam prompts anti-war protests in Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco.
  • 23 Apr 1972 26th Tony Awards: Sticks and Bones and Two Gentlemen of Verona win.
  • 25 Apr 1972 Hans-Werner Grosse glides 907.7 miles (1,461 km) in an AS-W-12.
  • 26 Apr 1972 The Lockheed L-1011 Tristar enters service with Eastern Airlines.
  • 27 Apr 1972 New York City Mayor John Lindsey appeals that John Lennon not be deported
  • 29 Apr 1972 The fourth anniversary of the Broadway musical ''Hair'' is celebrated with a free concert at a Central Park bandshell, followed by dinner at the Four Seasons. There, 13 Black Panther protesters and the show's co-author, Jim Rado, are arrested for disturbing the peace and for using marijuana.
  • 30 Apr 1972 Arthur Godfrey Time ends a 27-year run on radio.

Famous Birthday

Famous Deaths

  • George Sanders

    Russian-born American actor who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in "All About Eve," 1950.

  • Isabel Jewell

    American film, stage and TV actress.

  • American baseball player and manager who was the slugging star of the outstanding teams assembled by the Brooklyn Dodgers between 1947-1957.

  • composer (Grand Canyon Suite), dies at age 80.

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Music charts

Which were the top hits in April 1972?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - A Horse With No Name
  2. - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  3. - Heart Of Gold
  4. - Rockin' Robin
  5. - Puppy Love

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Amazing Grace
  2. - Without You
  3. - Come What May
  4. - Back Off Boogaloo
  5. - Could It Be Forever / Cherish


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?
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Play It Again, Sam

Play It Again, Sam

Release year: 1972

Directed by: Herbert Ross

Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Jerry Lacy

Country: United States of America



Release year: 1972

Directed by: Joseph Anthony

Starring: Robert Duvall, Olga Bellin, Sudie Bond, Richard McConnell

We Won't Grow Old Together

We Won't Grow Old Together

Release year: 1972

Directed by: Maurice Pialat

Starring: Marlène Jobert, Jean Yanne, Christine Fabréga, Patricia Pierangeli

Gendai yakuza: hito-kiri yota

Gendai yakuza: hito-kiri yota

Release year: 1972

Directed by: Kinji Fukasaku

Starring: Bunta Sugawara, Noboru Andô, Mayumi Nagisa, Asao Koike

The Culpepper Cattle Co.

The Culpepper Cattle Co.

Release year: 1972

Directed by: Dick Richards

Starring: Gary Grimes, Billy Green Bush, Luke Askew, Bo Hopkins


Which were the most popular books released in April 1972?
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Buying Country Property by Herbert R. Moral

Buying Country Property



The Betsy by Harold Robbins

The Betsy


The Carpetbaggers is the #1 New York Times bestseller. This story will expose the brutal, cruel world of America's automobile industry. Angelo

Report From Engine Co. 82 by Dennis Smith

Report From Engine Co. 82


Dennis Smith tells the tale of Dennis Smith's brutal yet inspiring journey, from his brave firefighters to the hopeless, beautiful, and beleaguered residents in the poverty-stricken area where he works.

The Friends Of Eddie Coyle by George V. Higgins

The Friends Of Eddie Coyle


This classic novel by "America's greatest crime novelist" Time has a new introduction by Dennis Lehane. George V. Higgins' seminal crime novel tells the story of thieves, mobsters and cops.

Open Marriage by Nena and George O'Neill

Open Marriage