August 1972 calendar

August 1972

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in August 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 August 1972: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of August 1972?


  • 01 Aug 1972 First article appears exposing Watergate scandal (Bernstein-Woodward).
  • 02 Aug 1972 Gold hits record US$70 an ounce in London, England.
  • 03 Aug 1972 British Premier Heath proclaims emergency crisis due to harbor strike
  • 04 Aug 1972 Arthur Bremer jailed for 63 years for shooting Alabama Gov Wallace
  • 05 Aug 1972 Detroit shortstop Ed Brinkman errors ends record streak of 72 games and 331 total chances without a miscue
  • 06 Aug 1972 Garry Player wins PGA golf tournament
  • 08 Aug 1972 New York Yanks sign 30-year lease to play in remodeled Yankee Stadium
  • 09 Aug 1972 Rockwell receives NASA contract to construct the Space Shuttle.
  • 10 Aug 1972 1 million kg heavy meteorite grazes atmosphere above Canada
  • 11 Aug 1972 Vietnam War: the last United States ground combat unit departs South Vietnam.
  • 12 Aug 1972 Funny Thing Happened... closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 156 performances
  • 13 Aug 1972 Dutch KRO-TV transmits 440th and last Bonanza
  • 14 Aug 1972 Bloody Sunday: British soldiers fire into crowd, kill 13
  • 16 Aug 1972 54th PGA Championship: Gary Player shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills, Michigan
  • 20 Aug 1972 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Southgate Ladies Golf Open
  • 21 Aug 1972 British harbor strike ends
  • 22 Aug 1972 International Olympic Committee exspells Rhodesia
  • 23 Aug 1972 Republican convention (Miami Beach, Florida) re-nominates Vice President Spiro Agnew but not unanimous - one vote given to NBC newsman David Brinkley.
  • 24 Aug 1972 Dennis Amiss scores 1st one-day int century, 103 vs. Australia
  • 26 Aug 1972 20th Olympic games open at Munich German FR
  • 27 Aug 1972 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open
  • 30 Aug 1972 John Lennon andYoko Ono perform at Madison Square Garden
  • 31 Aug 1972 Lasse Viren runs Olympic / world record 10,000m (27:38.4)
  • 04 Aug 1972 Ugandan President Idi Amin announces that Uganda is no longer responsible for the care of British subjects of Asian origin, beginning the expulsions of Ugandan Asians.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Alone Again (Naturally)
  2. - Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)
  3. - Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)
  4. - (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want To Be Right
  5. - I'm Still In Love With You

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - School's Out
  2. - Mama Weer All Crazee Now
  3. - Seaside Shuffle
  4. - You Wear It Well
  5. - Puppy Love


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in August 1972?

The Optimist'S Daughter by Eudora Welty

The Optimist'S Daughter


The story of a young woman confronting death and her past is a beautiful study in human relations.

O Jerusalem! by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre

O Jerusalem!


This remarkable film is now a major motion picture. It recounts moment-by-moment the amazing process that led to Israel's birth. Collins

O Congress by Donald Riegle with Trevor Armbrister

O Congress


This is a rare portrait of Congress, an institution Riegle considers important enough for him to tell the truth.

The Summer Game by Roger Angell

The Summer Game


Roger Angell's classic collection of early sportswriting is an outstanding collection

The Winds Of War by Herman Wouk

The Winds Of War


The author of Herman Wouk's epic historical fiction of World War II is a masterpiece in historical fiction. His story immerses us into the lives of one family, who finds themselves at the center of the war's chaos.