December 1972 calendar

December 1972

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1972?


  • 01 Dec 1972 Wings release Hi, Hi, Hi in the UK
  • 02 Dec 1972 Via Galactica closes at Uris Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • 03 Dec 1972 Convair 990A charter crashes in Tenerife, Canary Island, 155 die.
  • 05 Dec 1972 Joseph A Walkers River Niger, premieres in New York City
  • 07 Dec 1972 Apollo 17 (US), final manned lunar landing mission (last of Apollo Moon series), is launched.
  • 08 Dec 1972 United Airlines Flight 553, a Boeing 737, crashes after aborting its landing attempt at Chicago Midway International Airport, killing 45. This is the first-ever loss of a Boeing 737.
  • 11 Dec 1972 Astronauts Cernan and Harrison become 11th and 12th on Moon
  • 13 Dec 1972 Apollo program: Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt begin the third and final Extra-vehicular activity (EVA) or ''Moonwalk'' of Apollo 17. This is the last manned mission to the moon of the 20th century.
  • 14 Dec 1972 Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt leave the Moon
  • 16 Dec 1972 Bangladesh Constitution goes into effect
  • 17 Dec 1972 WGVC (now WUCX) TV channel 35 in Grand Rapids, MI (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • 18 Dec 1972 Vietnam War: President Richard Nixon announces that the United States will engage North Vietnam in Operation Linebacker II, a series of Christmas bombings, after peace talks collapsed with North Vietnam on the 13th.
  • 19 Dec 1972 Apollo 17 (last of Apollo Moon landing series) returns to Earth
  • 20 Dec 1972 Neil Simons Sunshine Boys, premieres in New York City
  • 21 Dec 1972 Soviet Union signs a separate peace with East Germany.
  • 22 Dec 1972 6.25 earthquake strikes Managua Nicaragua, 12,000+ killed
  • 23 Dec 1972 6.25 Earthquake destroys central Managua Nicaragua, 10,000 die
  • 24 Dec 1972 Swedish Prime minister Olof Palme compares the American bombings of North Vietnam to Nazi massacres. The U.S. breaks diplomatic contact with Sweden.
  • 25 Dec 1972 The Christmas bombing of North Vietnam causes widespread criticism of the U.S. and President Richard Nixon.
  • 26 Dec 1972 Vietnam War: As part of Operation Linebacker II, 120 American B-52 Stratofortress bombers attacked Hanoi, including 78 launched from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, the largest single combat launch in Strategic Air Command history.
  • 27 Dec 1972 Purlie opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 14 performances
  • 28 Dec 1972 Martin Bormann's skeleton found in Berlin (Adolf Hitler's deputy).
  • 29 Dec 1972 Life magazine ceases publication.
  • 30 Dec 1972 US President Richard Nixon halts bombing of North Vietnam and announces peace talks.
  • 31 Dec 1972 Leap second day; also in 1973-79, 1987
  • 11 Dec 1972 Apollo 17 becomes the sixth and final Apollo mission to land on the Moon.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Papa Was A Rollin' Stone
  2. - I Am Woman
  3. - Me And Mrs. Jones
  4. - Clair
  5. - I Can See Clearly Now

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - My Ding-A-Ling
  2. - I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony)
  3. - Crazy Horses
  4. - Mother Of Mine
  5. - Long Haired Lover From Liverpool


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 1972?

Open Marriage by Nena and George O'Neill

Open Marriage



The Eiger Sanction by Trevanian

The Eiger Sanction


Jonathan Hemlock resides in a Long Island Gothic church that has been renovated. He is an artist professor, a mountain climber and a mercenary who performs assassinations (i.e.

Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution by Dr. Robert Atkins

Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution


America's trusted doctor now shows how to live longer, feel better. Robert C. Atkins, a world-renowned medical expert, has taught millions how to lose weight while keeping it off

To Serve Them All My Days by R.F. Delderfield

To Serve Them All My Days


To Serve Them All my Days is the poignant story of David Powlett Jones, who returns from World War I wounded and shell-shocked. He is hired by Bamfylde School to teach history. There, he rejects the traditional curriculum and teaches …

Green Darkness by Anya Seton

Green Darkness


"Reincarnation is the theme of this book. It aims to show how cause and effect interact among specific souls over two periods of time.