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 Britain.
  • 31 May 1972 Ajax wins Europe Cup 1 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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Music charts

Which were the top hits in May 1972?
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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?
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City of God

City of God

Directed by: Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund

Starring: Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino, Matheus Nachtergaele, Phellipe Haagensen

Country: United States of America

The Pianist

The Pianist

Directed by: Roman Polanski

Starring: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Emilia Fox

Country: United States of America

L.A. Confidential

L.A. Confidential

Directed by: Curtis Hanson

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger

Country: United States of America

A Face in the Crowd

A Face in the Crowd

Directed by: Elia Kazan

Starring: Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau

Country: United States of America

Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar

Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar

Directed by: Mansoor Khan

Starring: Aamir Khan, Ayesha Jhulka, Deepak Tijori, Pooja Bedi


Which were the most popular books released in May 1972?
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Open Marriage by Nena and George O'Neill

Open Marriage



The Game Of The Foxes by Ladislas Farago

The Game Of The Foxes


Ladislas Farago, a lifelong student of espionage and an important figure in U.S. Naval Intelligence in World War II, writes the whole story of German espionage in the United States and Great Britain before and during World War II.

My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

My Name Is Asher Lev


Asher Lev is a Ladover Hasid who keeps kosher, prays three times a day and believes in the Ribbono Shel Olom, the Master of the Universe.

The Winds Of War by Herman Wouk

The Winds Of War


Like no other masterpiece of historical fiction, Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II is the great novel of America's Greatest Generation.Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events, as well as all the drama, romance, heroism, and …

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

Jonathan Livingston Seagull


The new complete edition of a timeless classic that includes the never-before-published Part Four and Last Words by Richard Bach.This is the story for people who follow their hearts and make their own rules…people who get special pleasure out of …