1972 in History – What happened in year 1972

✅ Published on April 9th, 2009 in 20th Century in History

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.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1972 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
09 januaryRMS 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.
09 januaryThe Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association Lost to the Milwaukee Bucks, ending a 33-game winning streak, the longest of any team in American professional sports.
09 januarySeawise University, formerly 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.
21 januaryTripura, part of the former independent Twipra Kingdom, became full-fledged state in India.
24 januaryJapanese soldier Shoichi Yokoi was found hiding in a Guam jungle, where he had been since the end of World War II.
29 januaryDita Beard (IIT) memo was disclosed by Jack Anderson indicating that the antitrust charges were dropped for $400000 contribution to Republican Party.
30 januaryOn Bloody Sunday, members of the British Parachute Regiment Shot at twenty-six civil rights protesters in Derry, Northern Ireland,killing at least thirteen people.
28 februaryJapanese police stormed a mountain lodge near Karuizawa, Naganoprefecture, to end a ten-day siege by members of the paramilitary groupUnited Red Army.
28 februaryU.S. President Richard Nixon's visit to the People's Republicof China concluded with the two countries issuing the ShanghaiCommuniqué, pledging to work toward the full normalization ofdiplomatic relations.
29 februaryDita beards (IIT) memo was disclosed by Jack Anderson indicating that the antitrust charges were dropped for $400000 contribution to Republican party.
14 marchItalian publisher Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, known for hisdecision to translate and publish Boris Pasternak's novel Doctor Zhivagoafter it had been smuggled out of the Soviet Union, was killed in anexplosion.
15 marchThe Godfather, a gangster film based on the novel of the samename by Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, was released.
30 marchVietnam War North Vietnamese forces began the Easter Offensive in an attempt to gain as much territory and destroy as many units of the South Vietnamese Army as possible.
19 aprilThe Constitution was revised by Hungary.
08 mayFour members of Black September hijacked Sabena Flight 571 to demand the release of 315 convicted Palestinian terrorists.
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, adopteda new constitution, and officially became a republic.
26 mayThe United States and the Soviet Union signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. The Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty was a treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union on the limitation of the anti-ballistic missile (ABM) systems used in defending areas against ballistic missile-delivered nuclear weapons. Under the terms of the treaty, each party was limited to two ABM complexes, each of which was to be limited to 100 anti-ballistic missiles.
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.
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.
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.
18 juneBritish European Airways Flight 548 crashed near the town ofStaines less than three minutes after departing from London HeathrowAirport, killing all 118 people aboard, at the time the worst airdisaster in the UK.
23 juneTitle IX of the United States Civil Rights Act of 1964 wasamended to prohibit gender discrimination in any educational programreceiving federal funds, which allowed for huge growth in women's sportsfor student athletes.
30 juneThe first leap second is added to the UTC time system. A leap second is a one-second adjustment that is occasionally applied to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) in order to keep its time of day close to the mean solar time, or UT1. Without such a correction, time reckoned by Earth's rotation drifts away from atomic time because of irregularities in the Earth's rate of rotation.
30 juneThe International Time Bureau added the first leap second tothe Coordinated Universal Time time scale.
02 julyShimla Treaty was signed between Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Pakistani PM Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. It took place after the war between the two nations in 1971 which resulted in the independence of Bangladesh. It was earlier known as East Pakistan and was part of the Pakistani territory. The agreement was approved by the Parliaments of both the nations in same year.
14 julyPlate ump and catcher have become brothers in a game. Bill Haller is ump and Tom Haller is Tigers catcher. Kansas City Royals win 1-0.
15 july101st British Golf Open has been declared closed. Lee Trevino shoots 278 at Muirfield Gullane. This was a huge success for him.
30 julyAin't Supposed to Die Death' closed at Barrymore New York City. This has made 325 performances. It was a huge success.
31 julyThe Troubles-Free Derry, an autonomous self-declared area ofDerry, Northern Ireland, was brought to an end by the British Army'sOperation Motorman.

Famous birthdays in the year 1972:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
03 AprilSandrine Testud / Tennis Player / France
03 January Janek Kiisman / Footballer / Estonia
04 AprilMagnus Sveningsson / Bass Player / Sweden
08 February Big Show / Actor / United States of America
08 NovemberChris Fydler / Swimmer / Australia
10 AprilIan Harvey / Cricketer / Australia
10 SeptemberBente Skari / Skier / Norway
11 February Steve McManaman / Footballer / United Kingdom
14 February Jaan Tallinn / Programmer / Estonia
17 March Mia Hamm / Footballer / United States of America
18 February Fabian Picardo / Politician / Gibraltar
18 January Kjersti Plätzer / Race Walker / Norway
19 MayJenny Berggren / Singer / Sweden
20 JulyErik Ullenhag / Politician / Sweden
23 SeptemberSarah Bettens / Guitarist / Belgium
23 SeptemberKarl Pilkington / Actor / United Kingdom
25 DecemberMac Powell / Writer / United States of America
25 March Giniel de Villiers / Racing Car Driver / South Africa
26 JulyIndrek Sei / Swimmer / Estonia
30 JuneSandra Cam / Swimmer / Belgium

Famous Indian Personalities Birthdays in the year 1972:

YearName / Profession / Country
20 JuneParas Mhambrey / Cricketer / India
12 January Priyanka Gandhi / Politician / India
24 FebruaryPooja Bhatt / Actress / India
28 JulyAyesha Jhulka / Actress / India
14 March Irom Chanu Sharmila / Poet / India
26 NovemberArjun Rampal / Actor / India
25 NovemberDeepa Marathe / Cricketer / India
05 JuneYogi Adityanath / Politician / India
21 DecemberY. S. Jaganmohan Reddy / Politician / India
02 DecemberApoorva Agnihotri / Actor / India
25 DecemberHarita Deol / Pilot / India
08 JulySourav Ganguly / Cricketer / India
25 MayKaran Johar / Actor / India
23 AugustTanguturi Prakasam / Politician / India
04 AprilLisa Ray / Actress / India
18 JulySoundarya / Actress / India
15 AprilMandira Bedi / Actress / India
26 JulyJugal Hansraj / Actor / India
12 AugustGyanendra Pandey / Cricketer / India
18 January Vinod Kambli / Cricketer / India
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