October 1972 calendar

October 1972

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


Historical Events

Which were the important events of October 1972?


  • 01 Oct 1972 3rd NYC Marathon won by Sheldon Karlin in 2:27:52
  • 02 Oct 1972 From Israel with Love opens at Palace Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • 03 Oct 1972 Baltimore Roric Harrison is last AL pitcher to homer until interleague play 25 years later
  • 04 Oct 1972 Ted Williams manages his final game as Rangers lose to Royals, 4-0
  • 05 Oct 1972 Herbert Mullin, serial killer, first kills, claiming to prevent earthquakes.
  • 06 Oct 1972 22-car train carrying 2,000 pilgrims derails, kills 208 in Mexico.
  • 08 Oct 1972 From Israel with Love closes at Palace Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • 09 Oct 1972 Dude opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • 10 Oct 1972 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Heritage Village Golf Open
  • 11 Oct 1972 Panama adopts constitution
  • 12 Oct 1972 Hurry, Harry opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 2 performances
  • 13 Oct 1972 Hurry, Harry closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 2 performances
  • 14 Oct 1972 Oakland A Gene Tenace is 1st to homer in 1st 2 World Series at bats
  • 15 Oct 1972 61st Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Bucharest (3-2)
  • 16 Oct 1972 Pacific Paradise opens at Palace Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 17 Oct 1972 1st time Islanders shut-out-5-0 vs. Penguins
  • 19 Oct 1972 Mother Earth opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • 20 Oct 1972 Queen Juliana visits Yugoslavia
  • 21 Oct 1972 Dude closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • 22 Oct 1972 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA GAC Golf Classic
  • 23 Oct 1972 Pippin opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 1944 performances
  • 25 Oct 1972 Nobel prize for economy awarded to Kenneth J Arrow and John R Hicks
  • 26 Oct 1972 Guided tours of Alcatraz (by US Park Service) begin.
  • 27 Oct 1972 Golden Gate National Recreation Area created.
  • 28 Oct 1972 Mother Earth closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • 29 Oct 1972 Jo Ann Prentice wins LPGA Corpus Christi Civitan Golf Open
  • 30 Oct 1972 45 die in a train crash in Chicago, Illinois
  • 31 Oct 1972 Gaylord Perry wins AL Cy Young award
  • 13 Oct 1972 Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crashes in the Andes mountains. Twenty-eight survive the crash. All but 16 succumb before rescue on December 23.
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Music charts

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

  1. - Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me
  2. - Ben
  3. - My Ding-A-Ling
  4. - Black & White
  5. - Use Me

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Mouldy Old Dough
  2. - Donna
  3. - How Can I Be Sure
  4. - You're A Lady
  5. - I Didn't Know I Loved You (Till I Saw You Rock And Roll)


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in October 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.

Paris Was Yesterday by Janet Flanner

Paris Was Yesterday


1925 Flanner started her New Yorker "Letter From Paris" in which the majority of the pieces in this collection were drawn.

Captains And The Kings by Taylor Caldwell

Captains And The Kings


Joseph Armagh was twelve years old when he first visited America in the early 1850s. He was an Irish immigrant from Ireland.

Fire In The Lake by Frances Fitzgerald

Fire In The Lake


Frances FitzGerald's research and travels led to this landmark book. It takes us into Vietnam, through the traditional, anti-Communist villages and corrupted cities.

My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

My Name Is Asher Lev


Asher Lev, a Ladover Hashid, is kosher and prays three times daily. He also believes in the Ribbono Shel Olom (Master of the Universe).