May 1972 calendar

May 1972

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of May 1972?


  • 01 May 1972 Different Times opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • 02 May 1972 Electrical fire in Sunshine Silver mine - 126 die (Kellogg, Idaho, USA).
  • 04 May 1972 Vietcong forms revolutionary government in Quang Tri, South Vietnam.
  • 05 May 1972 Alitalia Flight 112 crashes into Mount Longa near Palermo, Sicily, killing all 115 aboard, making it the deadliest single-aircraft disaster in Italy.
  • 06 May 1972 98th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:01.8.
  • 07 May 1972 Betty Burfeindt wins Sealy LPGA Golf Classic.
  • 08 May 1972 Sabena aircraft at Lod International airport, Tel Aviv, Israel, captured by Palestinians.
  • 10 May 1972 Overloaded South Korean bus plunges into reservoir, killing 77.
  • 11 May 1972 John Lennon says his phone is tapped by FBI on Dick Cavett Show
  • 12 May 1972 Milwaukee Brewers beat Minn Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (completed 5 / 13)
  • 13 May 1972 Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (started May 12).
  • 14 May 1972 In Willie Mays' first game as a New York Mets player, his homer beats the San Francisco Giants, 5-4.
  • 15 May 1972 Hard Job Being God opens at Edison Theater NYC for 6 performances
  • 16 May 1972 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Suzuki Golf Internationale.
  • 17 May 1972 Tottenham Hotspur wins first UEFA Cup in London, England.
  • 18 May 1972 Me & The Chimp, last airs on CBS-TV
  • 19 May 1972 WMAV TV channel 18 in Oxford, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 20 May 1972 Different Times closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 24 performances
  • 21 May 1972 Heathen! opens and closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 1 performance
  • 22 May 1972 Ton Sijbrands becomes world checker champion.
  • 23 May 1972 The Tamil United Front (now known as Tamil United Liberation Front), a pro-Tamil organization, is founded.
  • 24 May 1972 Glasgow Rangers wins 12th Europe Cup II at Barcelona, Spain.
  • 25 May 1972 Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Ron Stander
  • 26 May 1972 Nixon and Brezhnev signs SALT accord
  • 27 May 1972 Applause closes at Palace Theater NYC after 900 performances
  • 28 May 1972 White House "plumbers" break into Democratic National headquarters at Watergate.
  • 29 May 1972 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship.
  • 30 May 1972 The Angry Brigade goes on trial over a series of 25 bombings throughout the United Kingdom.
  • 31 May 1972 Ajax wins Europe Cup 1 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
  • 06 May 1972 Deniz Gezmiş, Yusuf Aslan and Hüseyin İnan are executed in Ankara after being convicted of attempting to overthrow the Constitutional order.
vinyl songs

Music charts

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

  1. - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  2. - Oh Girl
  3. - I Gotcha
  4. - I'll Take You There
  5. - Betcha By Golly, Wow

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Amazing Grace
  2. - Metal Guru
  3. - Could It Be Forever / Cherish
  4. - Come What May
  5. - Rocket Man


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in May 1972?

The Boys Of Summer by Roger Kahn

The Boys Of Summer


This book is about young men who learnt to play baseball in the 1930s and 1940s. They then go on to play major-league baseball.

A World Beyond by Ruth Montgomery

A World Beyond


A shocking message comes from beyond the grave, it is from one of the most respected psychics in the world. It contains the answers to these and many other questions.

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 Defense Never Rests by F. Lee Bailey

The Defense Never Rests


This controversial defense lawyer reviews his career. He focuses on the Boston Strangler, Sam Sheppard vindication and the Great Plymouth Mail Robbery.

The Moon'S A Balloon by David Niven

The Moon'S A Balloon


Color Niven photo front & back First Complete Hardcover Octopus Limited Edition Unabridged Both Books 1985 Dark Green Cloth binding