1972: On This Year


1972 (MCMLXXII in Roman Numerals) was the year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1972th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations.

Is 1972 a year special to you? If so you may like to discover what 1972 was famous for, who won the Oscars and the Nobel Prizes in 1972, who was Time's Person of the Year in 1972, which books, music and movies were top of the charts in 1972, what Chinese zodiac sign is associated to 1972, what babynames were most popular that year, what was the World population on that year and what happend in 1972.

On this page we will address all your questions and curiosities about 1972 to help you enjoy your trip down memory lane.


What was 1972 known for ?

  • In history, 1972 is known as a black year. It is the year that saw a great extermination of 11 Israeli athletes when at least 8 Arab terrorists invaded the Olympic Village in Munich, Germany.
  • It is also the year that saw the beginning of the Watergate Scandal when police apprehend five men who attempted to bug the U.S. Democratic National Committee headquarters located in the Watergate complex of Washington D.C. It also witnessed the start of the greatest modern-day political scandal.
  • On the other hand, Britain finally managed to take over Northern Ireland’s direct rule in an attempt for peace. Alabamans also got a bad hit the same year when Gov. George C. Wallace was shot at a political rally at Laurel, Md. Furthermore, anyone who had received a death penalty had a reason to smile because this is the year that the US Supreme Court ruled against the death penalty and deemed it unconstitutional.
  • In the pop culture, women got an opportunity to shine when they dominated the Grammy Awards by taking all the four top categories.
  • 1972 is also the year that saw the first pay cable network, HBO, being transmitted by Time Inc. MAS*H also premiered on CBS and to top it all up; it was this year that saw the debut of Gloria Steinem’s Ms magazine.
  • Video game lovers have this year to thank the gaming fraternity, as it was when the first video game, Pong’s arcade version, was introduced by Atari.
  • For the Scientists, 1972 was the development year of the Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT) scanning in England. Correspondingly, US’ RCA developed the compact disk almost during the same time. Then again, the Health and Nutrition sector saw the development of Prozac (fluoxetine) antidepressant by the Scottish Bryan B. Malloy and the American Klaus K. Schmiegel.
  • It was also the time when the last US ground troops were withdrawn from Vietnam while President Nixon signed in the Black Lung Benefits bill into law.

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1972: Oscar Winners of the Year

In 1972, during the 45th Academy Awards Cerimony, held on 27/03/1973 the following movies, actors, actresses and directors were awarded with the Oscar in 6 categories honoring the films released in 1972:

What movie won the Best Picture Oscar in 1972?

The Oscar for Best Movie went to The Godfather, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Director Oscar in 1972?

The Oscar for Best Director went to Bob Fosse, for the movie Cabaret , starring produced in the .

Who won the Best Actor Oscar in 1972?

The Oscar for Best Actor went to Marlon Brando, for the movie The Godfather, starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Actress Oscar in 1972?

The Oscar for Best Actress went to Liza Minnelli, for the movie Cabaret, starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1972?

The Oscar for Best Supporting Actor went to Joel Grey, for the movie Cabaret, starring Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey produced in the United States of America.

Who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1972?

The Oscar for Best Supporting Actress went to Eileen Heckart, for the movie Butterflies Are Free, starring Goldie Hawn, Edward Albert, Eileen Heckart, Paul Michael Glaser produced in the .
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1972: Who was Time's Person of the Year?

Richard Nixon
In 1972, Richard Nixon was named by TIME magazine as Person of the Year. As President of the United States, Nixon visited China in 1972, the first U.S. President to do so. Nixon later secured the SALT I pact with the Soviet Union before being re-elected in one of the largest landslide election victories in American history.

1972: What were the most popular books published that year?

The most popular and best selling books in 1972 were:

Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

Lord Jim


Jim, a young British seaman, abandons a ship full of pilgrims, but the passengers are later saved, leading to his public censure. Joseph Conrad, a Polish author who wrote in English, is regarded as one of the greatest novelists of …

The Day Of The Jackal by Frederick Forsyth

The Day Of The Jackal


THE CLASSIC THRILLER FROM #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR FREDERICK FOSTER"The Day of the Jackal makes comparable books like The Manchurian Candidate or The Spy Who Came in From the Cold look like Hardy Boy mysteries The

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being by Milan Kundera

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being


Milan Kundera's The Unbearable lightness of Being tells the story about a young woman who falls in love with a man who is unable to choose between his love for her or his incorrigible womanizing.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The Secret History


Donna Tartt won the Pulitzer Prize 2014 for her novel The Goldfinch. She established herself as an important talent with The Secret History which is now a modern classic.

The Dead Zone by Stephen King

The Dead Zone



Rat chinese zodiac sign

1972: What was the Chinese Zodiac sign associated with the year 1972?

According to the Chinese Zodiac and Astrology 1972 was the Year of the Rat.

Discover Zodiac Sign Characteristics and Personality Traits of people born under the Rat sign.

Nobel Prize

1972: Nobel Prize Winners of the Year

1972: Who won the Nobel Prize in Physics ?

In 1972 the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to:
  • John Bardeen
  • Leon Cooper
world population

1972: What were the most popular baby names in the USA that year ?

The 3 most popular baby names in 1972 were Michael, Christopher and James for boys and Jennifer, Michelle and Lisa for girls according to the US Census Bureau historical records.

1972: What were the Top #10 male names given to baby boys that year?

The Top # 10 male names given to baby boys in 1972 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Michael
  • Christopher
  • James
  • David
  • John
  • Robert
  • Jason
  • Brian
  • William
  • Matthew

1972: What were the Top #10 female names given to baby girls that year?

The Top # 10 female names given to baby girls in 1972 in the USA according to the US Census Bureau historical records were:

  • Jennifer
  • Michelle
  • Lisa
  • Kimberly
  • Amy
  • Angela
  • Melissa
  • Stephanie
  • Heather
  • Nicole

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1972: What was the number 1 song in the USA that year?

The number 1 song in the USA in 1972, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was Alone Again (Naturally) by Gilbert O'Sullivan

1972: What was the music chart in the USA that year?

The Music Chart in the USA in 1972 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. Alone Again (Naturally) by Gilbert O'Sullivan
  2. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack
  3. I Gotcha by Joe Tex
  4. Brandy (You're A Fine Girl) by Looking Glass
  5. A Horse With No Name by America
  6. Let's Stay Together by Al Green
  7. Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me by Mac Davis
  8. Without You by Nilsson
  9. I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash
  10. Rockin' Robin by Michael Jackson

1972: What was the number 1 song in the UK that year?

The number 1 song in the UK in 1972, i.e. the best selling and most popular song of tha year, was Mouldy Old Dough by Lieutenant Pigeon

1972: What was the music chart in the UK that year?

The Music Chart in the UK in 1972 with the top 10 most popular songs, was:

  1. Mouldy Old Dough by Lieutenant Pigeon
  2. Son Of My Father by Chicory Tip
  3. Puppy Love by Donny Osmond
  4. How Can I Be Sure by David Cassidy
  5. Amazing Grace by Pipes & Drums & The Military Band Of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guard
  6. Mother Of Mine by Neil Reid
  7. Take Me Bak 'Ome by Slade
  8. Beg, Steal Or Borrow by The New Seekers
  9. Metal Guru by T Rex
  10. You Wear It Well by Rod Stewart

1972: What were the most popular movies that year ?

The most popular movies and box office hits in 1972 were:

The Godfather

Release year: 1972

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Starring: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

Country: United States of America


Release year: 1972

Directed by: Bob Fosse

Starring: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey

Country: United States of America

What's Up, Doc?

Release year: 1972

Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich

Starring: Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars

Country: United States of America


Release year: 1972

Directed by: John Boorman

Starring: Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox

Country: United States of America

Jeremiah Johnson

Release year: 1972

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

Starring: Robert Redford, Will Geer, Delle Bolton, Josh Albee

Country: United States of America

world population

1972: What was the world population that year?

The world population in 1972 was 3,851,650,245 people according to data by United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. This figure includes both urban and rural populations. The urban population at that time accounted for 37.0% of the total population, which is roughly 1.4 billion individuals.The annual population change in 1972 was an increase of +75.9 million people, representing a percentage increase of +2.01% over the previous year.The average population density in 1972 was 16 persons per square mile (or 26 persons per square kilometer).


What happened in 1972?

Here's what happened in 1972:

  • Jan 1, 1972: Company closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 690 performances
  • Jan 2, 1972: Rothschilds closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 505 performances
  • Jan 4, 1972: Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London, UK.
  • Jan 5, 1972: NASA announces development of space shuttle
  • Jan 6, 1972: US male Figure Skating championship won by Kenneth Shelley.
  • Jan 7, 1972: William Hubbs Rehnquist sworn in as US Supreme Court Justice.
  • Jan 8, 1972: Kenneth Patchen, American writer (See You in the Morning), dies at age 60.
  • Jan 9, 1972: Passenger ship Queen Elizabeth destroyed by fire
  • Jan 10, 1972: Triple album set Concert for Bangladesh released in the UK
  • Jan 11, 1972: East-Pakistan becomes independent state of Bangladesh.
  • Jan 13, 1972: Former umpire, now housewife Bernice Gera wins her suit against baseball, initiated on March 15, 1971 to be allowed to umpire.
  • Jan 14, 1972: Sanford & Son starring Redd Foxx premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 15, 1972: Heavyweight Joe Frazier knocks out Terry Daniels.
  • Jan 16, 1972: Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys-24, Miami-3 in New Orleans; Most Valuable Player: Roger Staubach, Quarterback.
  • Jan 17, 1972: Section of Memphis, Tennessee, Highway 51 South renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard.
  • Jan 19, 1972: Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra, and Early Wynn elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • Jan 20, 1972: Pakistan launches its nuclear weapons program, a few weeks after its defeat in the Bangladesh Liberation War, as well as the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.
  • Jan 21, 1972: Mizoram, formerly part of Assam, creates an Indian union territory
  • Jan 22, 1972: Emergency with Robert Fuller premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 23, 1972: 2nd AFC-NFC pro bowl, AFC wins 26-13
  • Jan 24, 1972: WRIP (now WDSI) TV channel 61 in Chattanooga, TN (IND) 1st broadcast
  • Jan 25, 1972: 25th NHL All-Star Game: East beats West 3-2 at Minnesota.
  • Jan 26, 1972: Stewardess Vesna Vulovic survives 10,160m fall without parachute.
  • Jan 27, 1972: Magnavox begins production of the Odyssey video game. The Odyssey is a primitive video game system, with no processors or integrated circuits. It plugs into a home TV set, displaying a moving white block that can be bounced by rotating remote paddles.
  • Jan 28, 1972: Richard Chanfray claims he is the Count of St Germain on French television.
  • Jan 29, 1972: 5th ABA All-Star Game: East 142 beats West 115 at Louisville.
  • Jan 30, 1972: Pakistan withdraws from the Commonwealth of Nations.
  • Jan 31, 1972: US launches HEOS A-2 for interplanetary observations (396/244,998).
  • Feb 1, 1972: Wings release Give Ireland Back to the Irish in the UK
  • Feb 2, 1972: Lefty Gomez, Ross Youngs and William Harridge selected for Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • Feb 3, 1972: 11th Winter Olympic games opens in Sapporo, Japan (1st in Asia)
  • Feb 4, 1972: Sen Strom Thurmond suggests John Lennon be deported
  • Feb 5, 1972: Another Puff by Jerry Reed peaks at #65
  • Feb 8, 1972: Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard selected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • Feb 9, 1972: President of Ecuador José María Velasco Ibarra is deposed for the fourth time.
  • Feb 10, 1972: BBC bans Give Ireland Back to the Irish by Wings
  • Feb 13, 1972: 1776 closes at 46th Steet Theater in New York City after 1,217 performances.
  • Feb 14, 1972: John andYoko co-host Mike Douglas Show for entire week
  • Feb 15, 1972: Dimitrios Papadopoulos becomes metropolitan of Imbros / Tenedos
  • Feb 16, 1972: Wilt Chamberlain hit 30,000 point mark during a game with Phoenix Suns
  • Feb 17, 1972: President Nixon leaves Washington DC for China
  • Feb 18, 1972: John andYoko end a week of co-hosting Mike Douglas Show
  • Feb 19, 1972: The Asama-Sanso hostage standoff begins in Japan.
  • Feb 20, 1972: 1st time Cleveland Cavaliers beat the New York Knicks (111-109)
  • Feb 21, 1972: Richard Nixon becomes 1st US President to visit China
  • Feb 22, 1972: Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani becomes Amir and Prime Minister of Qatar.
  • Feb 23, 1972: Angela Davis is released from jail. A Caruthers, California farmer, Rodger McAfee, helps her make bail.
  • Feb 24, 1972: North Vietnamese negotiators walk out of the Paris Peace Talks to protest U.S. air raids.
  • Feb 25, 1972: Paul McCartney releases Give Ireland back to the Irish single
  • Feb 26, 1972: Dam break in WV kills 107
  • Feb 27, 1972: US President Richard Nixon and Chinese Premier Chou En-lai issue Shanghai Communique.
  • Feb 28, 1972: George Harrison is involved in a minor car accident
  • Feb 29, 1972: Jack Anderson discloses Dita Beard (ITT) memo indicating antitrust charges were dropped for $400,000 contribution to the Republican Party
  • Mar 1, 1972: Club of Rome publishes report Boundaries on the Growth
  • Mar 2, 1972: Pioneer 10 launched for Jupiter flyby.
  • Mar 3, 1972: Sculpted figures of Jefferson Davis, Robert E Lee, and Stonewall Jackson are completed at Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA.
  • Mar 4, 1972: Last train run between Penrith and Keswick, United Kingdom.
  • Mar 5, 1972: Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis leaves communist party.
  • Mar 6, 1972: Keswick to Penrith railway officially closes.
  • Mar 8, 1972: 1st flight of the Goodyear blimp
  • Mar 9, 1972: Players on Chicago White Sox vote 31-0 in favor of a strike, if necessary.
  • Mar 10, 1972: 1st black US political convention opens (Gary Indiana)
  • Mar 11, 1972: Inner City closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 97 performances
  • Mar 12, 1972: NHL great Gordie Howe retires after 26 seasons.
  • Mar 14, 1972: Italian publisher and former partisan Giangiacomo Feltrinelli is killed by an explosion near Segrate.
  • Mar 15, 1972: NASA selects three-part configuration for Space Shuttle.
  • Mar 16, 1972: John andYoko are served with deportation papers
  • Mar 17, 1972: Ringo releases Back off Bugaloo in the UK
  • Mar 18, 1972: Cornell NCAA hockey team shut out for first time in 225 games (Boston University).
  • Mar 19, 1972: To Live Another Summer closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 173 performances
  • Mar 21, 1972: US Supreme Court rules states can't require one-year residency to vote.
  • Mar 22, 1972: Selling of the President opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Mar 23, 1972: Evil Knievel breaks 93 bones after successfully clearing 35 cars.
  • Mar 24, 1972: Great Britain imposes direct rule over Northern Ireland.
  • Mar 25, 1972: Selling of the President closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 5 performances
  • Mar 26, 1972: Only Fools Are Sad closes at Edison Theater NYC after 144 performances
  • Mar 27, 1972: Venera 8 launched to Venus.
  • Mar 28, 1972: Wilt Chamberlain plays his last pro basketball game.
  • Mar 30, 1972: Funny Thing Happened... opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 156 performances
  • Mar 31, 1972: Official Beatles Fan Club closes down.
  • Apr 1, 1972: Major league baseball players stage first collective strike.
  • Apr 2, 1972: 44th Academy Awards - French Connection, Gene Hackman and Jane Fonda win.
  • Apr 3, 1972: Official US gold price raised from $35 per ounce to $38.
  • Apr 4, 1972: Adam Clayton Powell Jr, American politician (Representative-Democrat-New York), dies at age 63.
  • Apr 5, 1972: Baseball season is delayed due to a strike.
  • Apr 6, 1972: Egypt drops diplomatic relations with Jordan.
  • Apr 7, 1972: Vietnam War veteran Richard McCoy, Jr. hijacks a United Airlines jet and extorts $500,000 he is later captured.
  • Apr 9, 1972: Sugar opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 506 performances
  • Apr 10, 1972: 7.0 earthquake kills 1 / 5 of population of Iranian province of Fars
  • Apr 11, 1972: Benjamin L Hooks is named to the US Federal Communications Commission.
  • Apr 13, 1972: The Universal Postal Union decides to recognize the People's Republic of China as the only legitimate Chinese representative, effectively expelling the Republic of China administering Taiwan.
  • Apr 15, 1972: Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Carole King, and Quincy Jones perform at a benefit for George McGovern for President.
  • Apr 16, 1972: 2 giants pandas arrive in US, from China
  • Apr 17, 1972: 76th Boston Marathon won by Olavi Suomalainen of Finland in 2:15:39.
  • Apr 18, 1972: Lost in the Stars opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 39 performances
  • Apr 19, 1972: US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site.
  • Apr 20, 1972: Apollo 16 with John Young and Charles Duke lands on Moon with Boeing Lunar Rover #2.
  • Apr 21, 1972: John Young and Charles Duke explores Moon
  • Apr 22, 1972: Vietnam War: Increased American bombing in Vietnam prompts anti-war protests in Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco.
  • Apr 23, 1972: 26th Tony Awards: Sticks and Bones and Two Gentlemen of Verona win.
  • Apr 25, 1972: Hans-Werner Grosse glides 907.7 miles (1,461 km) in an AS-W-12.
  • Apr 26, 1972: The Lockheed L-1011 Tristar enters service with Eastern Airlines.
  • Apr 27, 1972: New York City Mayor John Lindsey appeals that John Lennon not be deported
  • Apr 29, 1972: The fourth anniversary of the Broadway musical ''Hair'' is celebrated with a free concert at a Central Park bandshell, followed by dinner at the Four Seasons. There, 13 Black Panther protesters and the show's co-author, Jim Rado, are arrested for disturbing the peace and for using marijuana.
  • Apr 30, 1972: Arthur Godfrey Time ends a 27-year run on radio.
  • May 1, 1972: Different Times opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 24 performances
  • May 2, 1972: Electrical fire in Sunshine Silver mine - 126 die (Kellogg, Idaho, USA).
  • May 4, 1972: Vietcong forms revolutionary government in Quang Tri, South Vietnam.
  • May 5, 1972: Alitalia Flight 112 crashes into Mount Longa near Palermo, Sicily, killing all 115 aboard, making it the deadliest single-aircraft disaster in Italy.
  • May 6, 1972: 98th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:01.8.
  • May 7, 1972: Betty Burfeindt wins Sealy LPGA Golf Classic.
  • May 8, 1972: Sabena aircraft at Lod International airport, Tel Aviv, Israel, captured by Palestinians.
  • May 10, 1972: Overloaded South Korean bus plunges into reservoir, killing 77.
  • May 11, 1972: John Lennon says his phone is tapped by FBI on Dick Cavett Show
  • May 12, 1972: Milwaukee Brewers beat Minn Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (completed 5 / 13)
  • May 13, 1972: Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (started May 12).
  • May 14, 1972: In Willie Mays' first game as a New York Mets player, his homer beats the San Francisco Giants, 5-4.
  • May 15, 1972: Hard Job Being God opens at Edison Theater NYC for 6 performances
  • May 16, 1972: Jane Blalock wins LPGA Suzuki Golf Internationale.
  • May 17, 1972: Tottenham Hotspur wins first UEFA Cup in London, England.
  • May 18, 1972: Me & The Chimp, last airs on CBS-TV
  • May 19, 1972: WMAV TV channel 18 in Oxford, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • May 20, 1972: Different Times closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 24 performances
  • May 21, 1972: Heathen! opens and closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 1 performance
  • May 22, 1972: Ton Sijbrands becomes world checker champion.
  • May 23, 1972: The Tamil United Front (now known as Tamil United Liberation Front), a pro-Tamil organization, is founded.
  • May 24, 1972: Glasgow Rangers wins 12th Europe Cup II at Barcelona, Spain.
  • May 25, 1972: Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Ron Stander
  • May 26, 1972: Nixon and Brezhnev signs SALT accord
  • May 27, 1972: Applause closes at Palace Theater NYC after 900 performances
  • May 28, 1972: White House "plumbers" break into Democratic National headquarters at Watergate.
  • May 29, 1972: Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship.
  • May 30, 1972: The Angry Brigade goes on trial over a series of 25 bombings throughout the United Kingdom.
  • May 31, 1972: Ajax wins Europe Cup 1 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
  • Jun 1, 1972: Tswanaland becomes Bophuthatswana in South Africa
  • Jun 2, 1972: Andreas Baader, Jan-Carl Raspe, Holger Meins and some other members of Red Army Faction are arrested in Frankfurt am Main after a shootout.
  • Jun 3, 1972: Hot Rod Lincoln, by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen hits #9
  • Jun 4, 1972: Angela Davis, black activist, acquitted of killing a white guard
  • Jun 5, 1972: If You Had Wings opens
  • Jun 6, 1972: David Bowie releases Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust
  • Jun 7, 1972: Grease opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 3,388 performances
  • Jun 8, 1972: Padres draft Dave Roberts #1, Indians draft Rick Manning #2
  • Jun 9, 1972: 1st all-nite grad parties
  • Jun 10, 1972: 104th Belmont: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:28
  • Jun 11, 1972: 18th LPGA Championship won by Kathy Ahern
  • Jun 12, 1972: George P. Shultz begins term as 60th Treasury Secretary of the US.
  • Jun 14, 1972: Hurricane Agnes kills 117
  • Jun 15, 1972: West German police arrested RAF leader Ulrike Meinhof
  • Jun 16, 1972: Red Army Faction member Ulrike Meinhof is captured by police in Langenhagen.
  • Jun 17, 1972: Long Haired Lover From Liverpool by Little Jimmy Osmond peaks at #38
  • Jun 18, 1972: 72nd US Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 290 at Pebble Beach, California
  • Jun 19, 1972: 40,000 pilots strike against naval officer
  • Jun 22, 1972: Man of La Mancha opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 140 performances
  • Jun 23, 1972: Nixon and Haldeman agree to use CIA to cover up Watergate
  • Jun 24, 1972: Troglodyte (Cave Man) by Jimmy Castor Bunch peaks at #6
  • Jun 25, 1972: Bernice Gera becomes 1st female umpire in pro baseball
  • Jun 26, 1972: IRA proclaims resistant in North-Ireland
  • Jun 28, 1972: U.S. President Richard Nixon announces that no new draftees will be sent to Vietnam.
  • Jun 29, 1972: Supreme Court rules (5-4) that Death Penalty is cruel and unusual
  • Jun 30, 1972: 1st leap second day; also 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985
  • Jul 1, 1972: Follies closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 524 performances
  • Jul 2, 1972: Fiddler on the Roof closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 3242 performances
  • Jul 4, 1972: The first Rainbow Gathering is held in Colorado.
  • Jul 5, 1972: Pierre Messmer appointed French Premier
  • Jul 7, 1972: 1st women FBI members sworn in (Susan Lynn Roley and Joanne E Pierce)
  • Jul 8, 1972: English Prince Richard marries Birgitte of Deurs (Henriksen)
  • Jul 9, 1972: 1st tour of Paul McCartney andWings (France)
  • Jul 10, 1972: Democratic convention opens in Miami Beach, Florida (George McGovern wins).
  • Jul 11, 1972: The first game of the World Chess Championship 1972 between challenger Bobby Fischer and defending champion Boris Spassky starts.
  • Jul 12, 1972: Democrats nominated George McGovern for President in Miami Florida
  • Jul 14, 1972: Jean Westwood is 1st woman chosen to head Democratic National Committee
  • Jul 15, 1972: 101st British Golf Open: Lee Trevino shoots 278 at Muirfield Gullane
  • Jul 16, 1972: Dimitrios Papadopoulos becomes 269th patriarch of Constantinople
  • Jul 17, 1972: 1st 2 women begin training as FBI agents at Quantico
  • Jul 18, 1972: Egypt President Sadat throws 20,000 Russian military aids out
  • Jul 21, 1972: 27.5 cm rainfall at Fort Ripley, Minnesota (state record)
  • Jul 22, 1972: 10.84 (27.53 cm) of rainfall, Fort Ripley, Mn (state 24-hr record)
  • Jul 23, 1972: Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Raleigh Golf Classic
  • Jul 24, 1972: Jigme Singye Wangchuk becomes king of Bhutan at age 16.
  • Jul 25, 1972: 43rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-3 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
  • Jul 27, 1972: NHL star Maurice "Rocket" Richard signs with WHL Quebec Nordiques.
  • Jul 28, 1972: 39th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Dallas 20, All Stars 7 (54,162)
  • Jul 29, 1972: A national dock strike begins in Britain.
  • Jul 30, 1972: Jan Ferraris wins LPGA Lady Pepsi Golf Open
  • Jul 31, 1972: Dick Allen is 7th to hit 2 inside-the-park homers in a game
  • Aug 1, 1972: First article appears exposing Watergate scandal (Bernstein-Woodward).
  • Aug 2, 1972: Gold hits record US$70 an ounce in London, England.
  • Aug 3, 1972: British Premier Heath proclaims emergency crisis due to harbor strike
  • Aug 4, 1972: Arthur Bremer jailed for 63 years for shooting Alabama Gov Wallace
  • Aug 5, 1972: Detroit shortstop Ed Brinkman errors ends record streak of 72 games and 331 total chances without a miscue
  • Aug 6, 1972: Garry Player wins PGA golf tournament
  • Aug 8, 1972: New York Yanks sign 30-year lease to play in remodeled Yankee Stadium
  • Aug 9, 1972: Rockwell receives NASA contract to construct the Space Shuttle.
  • Aug 10, 1972: 1 million kg heavy meteorite grazes atmosphere above Canada
  • Aug 11, 1972: Vietnam War: the last United States ground combat unit departs South Vietnam.
  • Aug 12, 1972: Funny Thing Happened... closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 156 performances
  • Aug 13, 1972: Dutch KRO-TV transmits 440th and last Bonanza
  • Aug 14, 1972: Bloody Sunday: British soldiers fire into crowd, kill 13
  • Aug 16, 1972: 54th PGA Championship: Gary Player shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills, Michigan
  • Aug 20, 1972: Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Southgate Ladies Golf Open
  • Aug 21, 1972: British harbor strike ends
  • Aug 22, 1972: International Olympic Committee exspells Rhodesia
  • Aug 23, 1972: Republican convention (Miami Beach, Florida) re-nominates Vice President Spiro Agnew but not unanimous - one vote given to NBC newsman David Brinkley.
  • Aug 24, 1972: Dennis Amiss scores 1st one-day int century, 103 vs. Australia
  • Aug 26, 1972: 20th Olympic games open at Munich German FR
  • Aug 27, 1972: Sandra Haynie wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open
  • Aug 30, 1972: John Lennon andYoko Ono perform at Madison Square Garden
  • Aug 31, 1972: Lasse Viren runs Olympic / world record 10,000m (27:38.4)
  • Sep 1, 1972: Egypt and Libya form federation
  • Sep 2, 1972: Renate Stecher runs 100m European female record (11.07 seconds)
  • Sep 4, 1972: US swimmer Mark Spitz becomes first athlete to win seven Olympic gold medals.
  • Sep 5, 1972: 11 Israeli athletes are slain at Munich Olympics by Black Sept
  • Sep 6, 1972: Summer Olympics resume in Munich Germany after massacre
  • Sep 8, 1972: Chicago Cubs' Ferguson Jenkins wins his 20th game for 6th straight year.
  • Sep 9, 1972: 86th US Womens Tennis: Billie Jean M King beats K Melville (63 75)
  • Sep 10, 1972: 20th Olympic games close at Munich, German FR
  • Sep 11, 1972: BART begins service with a 26-mi (42-km) line from Oakland to Fremont
  • Sep 12, 1972: Ciod War: Icelandic gunboats sink 2 British trawlers in North Sea
  • Sep 13, 1972: 1st TV broadcast of Waltons on CBS
  • Sep 14, 1972: Waltons TV program premieres
  • Sep 15, 1972: WMAO TV channel 23 in Greenwood, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 16, 1972: 1st TV series about mixed marriage-Bridgit Loves Bernie
  • Sep 17, 1972: M*A*S*H, premieres on NBC TV
  • Sep 18, 1972: 1st black NL umpire (Art Williams-Los Angeles vs. San Diego)
  • Sep 19, 1972: A parcel bomb sent to Israeli Embassy in London kills one diplomat.
  • Sep 21, 1972: Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos issues Proclamation No. 1081 placing the entire country under martial law.
  • Sep 22, 1972: Dictator Idi Amin throws 8,000 Asians out of Uganda
  • Sep 23, 1972: Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos announces over television and radio the implementation of martial law.
  • Sep 24, 1972: New York Jets' Joe Namath passes for six touchdowns versus Baltimore Colts (44-34).
  • Sep 25, 1972: Dutch air force drives away Russian Tupolev-bomber
  • Sep 26, 1972: Norway rejects membership in European Common Market
  • Sep 27, 1972: The Joint Communique of the Government of Japan and the Government of the People's Republic of China is signed in Beijing.
  • Sep 28, 1972: David Bowie sells out his 1st show in New York Carnegie Hall
  • Sep 29, 1972: Sino-Japanese relations: Japan establishes diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China after breaking official ties with the Republic of China.
  • Sep 30, 1972: Roberto Clemente records the 3,000th and final hit of his career.
  • Oct 1, 1972: 3rd NYC Marathon won by Sheldon Karlin in 2:27:52
  • Oct 2, 1972: From Israel with Love opens at Palace Theater NYC for 8 performances
  • Oct 3, 1972: Baltimore Roric Harrison is last AL pitcher to homer until interleague play 25 years later
  • Oct 4, 1972: Ted Williams manages his final game as Rangers lose to Royals, 4-0
  • Oct 5, 1972: Herbert Mullin, serial killer, first kills, claiming to prevent earthquakes.
  • Oct 6, 1972: 22-car train carrying 2,000 pilgrims derails, kills 208 in Mexico.
  • Oct 8, 1972: From Israel with Love closes at Palace Theater NYC after 8 performances
  • Oct 9, 1972: Dude opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Oct 10, 1972: Judy Rankin wins LPGA Heritage Village Golf Open
  • Oct 11, 1972: Panama adopts constitution
  • Oct 12, 1972: Hurry, Harry opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 2 performances
  • Oct 13, 1972: Hurry, Harry closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 2 performances
  • Oct 14, 1972: Oakland A Gene Tenace is 1st to homer in 1st 2 World Series at bats
  • Oct 15, 1972: 61st Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Bucharest (3-2)
  • Oct 16, 1972: Pacific Paradise opens at Palace Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Oct 17, 1972: 1st time Islanders shut-out-5-0 vs. Penguins
  • Oct 19, 1972: Mother Earth opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Oct 20, 1972: Queen Juliana visits Yugoslavia
  • Oct 21, 1972: Dude closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Oct 22, 1972: Betsy Rawls wins LPGA GAC Golf Classic
  • Oct 23, 1972: Pippin opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 1944 performances
  • Oct 25, 1972: Nobel prize for economy awarded to Kenneth J Arrow and John R Hicks
  • Oct 26, 1972: Guided tours of Alcatraz (by US Park Service) begin.
  • Oct 27, 1972: Golden Gate National Recreation Area created.
  • Oct 28, 1972: Mother Earth closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Oct 29, 1972: Jo Ann Prentice wins LPGA Corpus Christi Civitan Golf Open
  • Oct 30, 1972: 45 die in a train crash in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 31, 1972: Gaylord Perry wins AL Cy Young award
  • Nov 1, 1972: 1st gay theme TV movie - That Certain Summer
  • Nov 2, 1972: Construction begins on the Kingdome, Seattle, Washington, USA.
  • Nov 4, 1972: Bangladesh adopts constitution
  • Nov 5, 1972: Jane Blalock wins LPGA Lady Errol Golf Classic
  • Nov 7, 1972: US President Richard Nixon (Republican) re-elected defeating George McGovern (Democrat).
  • Nov 10, 1972: Southern Airways Flight 49 from Birmingham, Alabama is hijacked and, at one point, is threatened with crashing into the nuclear installation at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After two days, the plane lands in Havana, Cuba, where the hijackers are jailed by Fidel Castro.
  • Nov 11, 1972: Dow Jones Index moves above 1,000 for 1st time
  • Nov 14, 1972: Dow Jones closes above 1,000 for 1st time (1003.16)
  • Nov 15, 1972: Circle-in the-Square Theater opens at 1633 Broadway, New York City
  • Nov 16, 1972: Dear Oscar opens at Playhouse Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • Nov 19, 1972: Ambassador opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • Nov 21, 1972: Red Sox Carlton Fisk wins AL Rookie of Year, Mets Jon Matlack wins NL
  • Nov 22, 1972: Flyers start Islanders on 15 game winless streak
  • Nov 25, 1972: Ambassador closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 9 performances
  • Nov 26, 1972: Pete Gogolak scores New York Giants record 8 points after a touchdown.
  • Nov 27, 1972: Pierre Trudeau forms Canadian government
  • Nov 28, 1972: Via Galactica opens at Uris Theater NYC for 7 performances
  • Nov 29, 1972: Atari releases the Pong coin-operated arcade video game system. Nolan Bushnell and Al Alcorn developed the game at Atari, partly based on the Magnavox Odyssey system.
  • Nov 30, 1972: BBC bans Wings Hi, Hi, Hi
  • Dec 1, 1972: Wings release Hi, Hi, Hi in the UK
  • Dec 2, 1972: Via Galactica closes at Uris Theater NYC after 7 performances
  • Dec 3, 1972: Convair 990A charter crashes in Tenerife, Canary Island, 155 die.
  • Dec 5, 1972: Joseph A Walkers River Niger, premieres in New York City
  • Dec 7, 1972: Apollo 17 (US), final manned lunar landing mission (last of Apollo Moon series), is launched.
  • Dec 8, 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.
  • Dec 11, 1972: Astronauts Cernan and Harrison become 11th and 12th on Moon
  • Dec 13, 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.
  • Dec 14, 1972: Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt leave the Moon
  • Dec 16, 1972: Bangladesh Constitution goes into effect
  • Dec 17, 1972: WGVC (now WUCX) TV channel 35 in Grand Rapids, MI (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 18, 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.
  • Dec 19, 1972: Apollo 17 (last of Apollo Moon landing series) returns to Earth
  • Dec 20, 1972: Neil Simons Sunshine Boys, premieres in New York City
  • Dec 21, 1972: Soviet Union signs a separate peace with East Germany.
  • Dec 22, 1972: 6.25 earthquake strikes Managua Nicaragua, 12,000+ killed
  • Dec 23, 1972: 6.25 Earthquake destroys central Managua Nicaragua, 10,000 die
  • Dec 24, 1972: Swedish Prime minister Olof Palme compares the American bombings of North Vietnam to Nazi massacres. The U.S. breaks diplomatic contact with Sweden.
  • Dec 25, 1972: The Christmas bombing of North Vietnam causes widespread criticism of the U.S. and President Richard Nixon.
  • Dec 26, 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.
  • Dec 27, 1972: Purlie opens at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 14 performances
  • Dec 28, 1972: Martin Bormann's skeleton found in Berlin (Adolf Hitler's deputy).
  • Dec 29, 1972: Life magazine ceases publication.
  • Dec 30, 1972: US President Richard Nixon halts bombing of North Vietnam and announces peace talks.
  • Dec 31, 1972: Leap second day; also in 1973-79, 1987
  • Jan 5, 1972: US President Richard Nixon announces the Space Shuttle program.


What does the year 1972 refer to in the Gregorian calendar?

The year 1972 refers to a specific year in the Gregorian calendar, which is commonly used internationally. It is the 73rd year of the 20th century and the 2nd year of the 1970s decade. In the Gregorian calendar, it follows 1971 and precedes 1973.

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