1972 in History – What happened in year 1972

In history, year 1972 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1972.

Know what happened in 1972:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
05 DecemberGough Whitlam took office as the 21st Prime Minister ofAustralia and formed a duumvirate with his deputy Lance Barnard, ending23 years of Liberal-Country Party government.
08 MayFour members of Black September hijacked Sabena Flight 571 todemand the release of 315 convicted Palestinian terrorists.
09 January RMS Queen Elizabeth, an ocean liner which sailed the Atlantic Ocean for the Cunard White Star Line, was destroyed by fire in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong.
11 DecemberApollo 17 (insignia pictured), the last Apollo moon mission,landed on the Moon.
13 MayThe Troubles-A car bomb planted by loyalists exploded outsidea crowded pub in Belfast, Northern Ireland, beginning two days of gunbattles between the British Army, the Irish Republican Army, and theUlster Volunteer Force.
22 MayCeylon changed its name to Sri Lanka (emblem pictured), adopteda new constitution, and officially became a republic.
23 DecemberIn one of the most famous plays in the history of Americanfootball, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Franco Harris made theImmaculate Reception of a pass by quarterback Terry Bradshaw near theend of a playoff game.
23 JuneTitle IX of the United States Civil Rights Act of 1964 wasamended (primary author Patsy Mink pictured) to prohibit sexualdiscrimination in any educational program receiving federal funds, whichallowed for huge growth in women's sports for student athletes.
23 OctoberVietnam War-Operation Linebacker, a US bombing campaignagainst North Vietnam in response to its Easter Offensive, ended afterfive months.
24 January Japanese soldier Shoichi Yokoi was found hiding in a Guam jungle, where he had been since the end of World War II.
28 FebruaryU.S. President Richard Nixon's visit to the People's Republic of China concluded with the two countries issuing the Shanghai Communiqué, pledging to work toward the full normalization of diplomatic relations.
28 September Paul Henderson scored the game-winning goal against VladislavTretiak, securing a Canadian victory in the Summit Series over theSoviet ice hockey team.
29 DecemberWhile the crew of Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 were busy tryingto solve an instrumentation problem, the aircraft crashed into theFlorida Everglades, killing 101 people.
29 November Atari released Pong (screenshot pictured), one of the firstvideo games to achieve widespread popularity in both the arcade and homeconsole markets.
30 JuneThe International Time Bureau added the first leap second tothe Coordinated Universal Time time scale.
30 MayMembers of the Japanese Red Army carried out the Lod Airportmassacre in Tel Aviv, Israel, on behalf of the Popular Front for theLiberation of Palestine, killing over 20 people and injuring almost 80others.
31 DecemberPuerto Rican baseball player Roberto Clemente died in a planecrash en route to deliver aid to victims of the Nicaragua earthquake.
31 July The Troubles-Free Derry, an autonomous self-declared area ofDerry, Northern Ireland, was brought to an end by the British Army'sOperation Motorman.
05 DecemberGough Whitlam took office as the 21st Prime Minister ofAustralia and formed a duumvirate with his deputy Lance Barnard, ending23 years of Liberal-Country Party government.
16 JuneFive men were arrested for attempted burglary on the offices ofthe Democratic National Committee in the Watergate complex inWashington, D.C., igniting the Watergate scandal that ultimately led tothe resignation of U.S. President Richard Nixon more than two yearslater.
17 JuneFive men were arrested for attempted burglary on the offices ofthe Democratic National Committee in the Watergate complex inWashington, D.C., igniting the Watergate scandal that ultimately led tothe resignation of U.S. President Richard Nixon more than two yearslater.
28 FebruaryJapanese police stormed a mountain lodge near Karuizawa, Naganoprefecture, to end a ten-day siege by members of the paramilitary groupUnited Red Army.
21 JanuaryTripura, part of the former independent Twipra Kingdom, becamea full-fledged state in India.
01 SeptemberAmerican chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer became the 11th WorldChess Champion when he defeated Russian Boris Spassky in a match that was widely publicized as a Cold War confrontation.
08 DecemberThe crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft took the photograph 'TheBlue Marble' (pictured), the first clear image of an illuminated face ofEarth, on their way to the Moon.
08 JuneVietnam War-Associated Press photographer Nick Ut took his Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of a naked nine-year-old Phan Thi Kim Phucrunning down a road after being burned by napalm.
08 MayFour members of Black September hijacked Sabena Flight 571 todemand the release of 315 convicted Palestinian terrorists.
09 January The Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Associationlost to the Milwaukee Bucks, ending a 33-game winning streak, thelongest of any team in American professional sports.
15 MarchThe Godfather, a gangster film based on the novel of the samename by Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, was released.
26 MayU.S. President Richard Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnevsigned the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in Moscow, concluding the firstround of the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1972:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
02 JuneRaúl Ibañez / Baseball Player / United States of America
03 February Jesper Kyd / Pianist / Denmark
05 AugustDarren Shahlavi / Actor / United States of America
10 OctoberJun Lana / Writer / Philippines
10 March Timbaland / Producer / United States of America
12 JulyTravis Best / Basketball Player / United States of America
13 March Common / Actor / United States of America
16 MayChristian Califano / Rugby Player / France
17 February Valeria Mazza / Model / Argentina
17 March Torquil Campbell / Actor / United Kingdom
18 OctoberAlex Tagliani / Racing Car Driver / Canada
19 JulyEbbe Sand / Footballer / Denmark
19 JuneRobin Tunney / Actress / United States of America
22 DecemberKirk Maltby / Ice Hockey Player / Canada
23 February Rondell White / Baseball Player / United States of America
23 JuneSelma Blair / Actress / United States of America
24 SeptemberKate Fleetwood / Actress / United Kingdom
27 MayAntonio Freeman / Footballer / United States of America
28 January Mark Regan / Rugby Player / United Kingdom
29 JulyWil Wheaton / Actor / United States of America

List of famous Indian birthdays in the year 1972:

YearName / Profession / Country
12 January Priyanka Gandhi / Politician / India
05 JuneYogi Adityanath / Politician / India
21 DecemberY. S. Jaganmohan Reddy / Politician / India
08 JulySourav Ganguly / Cricketer / India
12 SeptemberRasika Joshi / Actress / India
18 JulySoundarya / Actress / India
25 DecemberHarita Deol / Pilot / India
20 JuneParas Mhambrey / Cricketer / India
26 JulyJugal Hansraj / Actor / India
12 AugustGyanendra Pandey / Cricketer / India
23 AugustTanguturi Prakasam / Politician / India
15 AprilMandira Bedi / Actress / India
02 AprilRemo D'Souza / Choreographer / India
04 AprilLisa Ray / Actress / India
01 MarchNamrata Shirodkar / Actress / India
05 JuneYogi Adityanath / Politician / India
22 JanuaryNamrata Shirodkar / Actress / India
08 AprilTanaaz Irani / Actress / India
25 NovemberDeepa Marathe / Cricketer / India
25 DecemberHarita Deol / Pilot / India

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