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

Famous Birthday

Famous Deaths

  • Miriam Hopkins

    American actress and brittle leading lady of the '30s who did numerous films.

  • Archaeologist / anthropologist, dies at 68.

  • Italian painter, dies at 72.

  • Actor (Topper, Man From Uncle), dies at 80.

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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?
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Sbatti il mostro in prima pagina

Sbatti il mostro in prima pagina

Release year: 1972

Directed by: Marco Bellocchio

Starring: Gian Maria Volontè, Fabio Garriba, Carla Tatò, Jacques Herlin

Country: Italy

Last Tango in Paris

Last Tango in Paris

Release year: 1972

Directed by: Bernardo Bertolucci

Starring: Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider, Maria Michi, Giovanna Galletti

Country: United States of America

Bad Company

Bad Company

Release year: 1972

Directed by: Robert Benton

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Barry Brown, Jim Davis, David Huddleston

Lady Sings the Blues

Lady Sings the Blues

Release year: 1972

Directed by: Sidney J. Furie

Starring: Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor, James T. Callahan

Wedding in White

Wedding in White

Release year: 1972

Directed by: William Fruet

Starring: Donald Pleasence, Carol Kane, Doris Petrie, Leo Phillips


Which were the most popular books released in October 1972?
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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.

Report To The Commissioner by James Mills

Report To The Commissioner


James Mills - Book

On The Night Of The Seventh Moon by Victoria Holt

On The Night Of The Seventh Moon


Victoria Holt's novels of romantic suspense have been captivating millions of readers for generations. One of her most memorable novels is On the Night of The Seventh Moon.

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.

George S. Kaufman by Howard Teichmann

George S. Kaufman


George S. Kaufman;: An intimate portrait