1972 in History



January 1 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
January 1 "Company" closes at Alvin Theater New York City after 690 performances
January 1 International Book Year begins
January 1 KDSD TV channel 16 in Aberdeen, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting
January 1 "On the Town" closes at Imperial Theater New York City after 65 performances
January 1 "Promises Promises" closes at Shubert Theater New York City after 1281 performances
January 2 Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco '49ers 14-3 in NFC championship game
January 2 Mariner 9 begins mapping Mars
January 2 Miami Dolphins beat Baltimore Colts 21-0 in AFC championship game
January 2 "Rothschilds" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City after 505 performances
January 5 Largest crowd at Cleveland Arena (Cavs vs Lakers-11,178)
January 5 NASA announces development of space shuttle
January 5 New York City transit fare rises from 30 cents to 35 cents
January 5 President Nixon signs a bill for NASA to begin research on manned shuttle
January 5 West-Pakistani sheik Mujib ur-Rahman freed
January 6 U.S. Female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
January 6 U.S. Male Figure Skating championship won by Kenneth Shelley
January 6 Vladimir Bukovski is exiled from U.S.S.R.
January 7 Iberian Airlines crashes into 800' peak on island of Ibiza, 104 die
January 7 Lewis F. Powell, Jr. becomes a Supreme Court Justice
January 7 Los Angeles Lakers chalk up 33rd consecutive win (NBA record)
January 7 William Hubbs Rehnquist, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
January 8 Dmitri Shostakovich' 15th Symphony, premieres in Moscow
January 8 NCAA announces freshman can play on teams starting in fall
January 9 Billionaire Howard Hughes says Clifford Irving's bio is a fake
January 9 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
January 9 Passenger ship Queen Elizabeth destroyed by fire
January 10 Los Angeles Lakers 33 straight win streak snapped, losing to Bucks 120-104
January 10 Sheik Mujib ur-Rahman arrives in Dacca, East-Pakistan
January 10 Triple album set "Concert for Bangladesh" released in UK
January 11 Abu Sayeed Chudhury becomes president and sheik Mujib ur-Rahman premier
January 11 East-Pakistan becomes independent state of Bangladesh
January 12 Tigers sign a lease to build a $126M domed stadium (doesn't happen)
January 13 Former umpire, now housewife Bernice Gera wins her suit against baseball, initiated on March 15, 1971 to be allowed to umpire
January 14 "Sanford and Son" starring Redd Foxx premieres on NBC TV
January 14 WMAH TV channel 19 in Biloxi, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
January 14 WMAU TV channel 17 in Bude, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
January 14 WMAW TV channel 14 in Meridian, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
January 15 Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Terry Daniels
January 16 Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes European all-round lady skating champ
January 16 Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys-24, Miami-3 in New Orleans Superbowl MVP: Roger Staubach, Dallas, QB
January 17 Section of Memphis' Highway 51 South renamed Elvis Presley Blvd
January 19 Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra, and Early Wynn elected to Hall of Fame
January 21 Assam's North East Frontier Agency becomes Arunachal Pradesh terr
January 21 Belgium government of Eyskens-Cools forms
January 21 Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura become separate states of Indian union
January 21 Mizoram, formerly part of Assam, creates an Indian union territory
January 22 22nd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 112-110 at LA
January 22 "Emergency" with Robert Fuller premieres on NBC TV
January 23 2nd AFC-NFC pro bowl, AFC wins 26-13
January 23 Ard Schenk becomes European all-round skating champ
January 23 Bootlegger sells wood alcohol to wedding party-100 die-New Delhi
January 23 Entire population of Istanbul under 24 hour house arrest
January 23 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 26-13
January 24 WRIP (now WDSI) TV channel 61 in Chattanooga, Tennessee (IND) 1st broadcast
January 25 25th NHL All-Star Game: East beats West 3-2 at Minnesota
January 25 7' Ohio State center Luke Witte is stomped in face during a brawl in a game with Minnesota
January 26 Stewardess Vesna Vulovic survives 10,160m fall without parachute
January 28 Oral Roberts' Eddie Woods grabs 30 rebounds for 2nd consecutive game
January 29 5th ABA All-Star Game: East 142 beats West 115 at Louisville
January 30 Bloody Sunday: British soldiers shoot on catholics in Londonderry, 13 die
January 30 Pakistan withdraws from the British Commonwealth
January 31 Aretha Franklin sings at Mahalia Jackson's funeral
January 31 Birenda, becomes leader of Nepal
January 31 Military coup ousts civilian government of Ghana
January 31 U.S. launches HEOS A-2 for interplanetary observations (396/244,998)
February 1 1st scientific hand-held calculator, the HP-35, introduced for $395
February 1 Wings release "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" in UK
February 2 Lefty Gomez, Ross Youngs and William Harridge selected for Hall of Fame
February 2 Tom Stoppard's "Jumpers," premieres in London
February 3 11th Winter Olympic games opens in Sapporo, Japan (1st in Asia)
February 3 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
February 4 6th round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks ends in Vienna Austria
February 4 Senator Strom Thurmond suggests John Lennon be deported
February 5 "Another Puff" by Jerry Reed peaks at #65
February 5 Bob Douglas is 1st black elected to Basketball Hall of Fame
February 5 U.S. airlines begin mandatory inspection of passengers and baggage
February 8 Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard selected to Hall of Fame
February 9 British Government declares state of emergency after month-long miners' strike
February 10 BBC bans "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" by Wings
February 10 Ras al Khaima joins United Arab Emirates
February 10 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
February 13 11th Winter Olympic games close at Sapporo, Japan
February 13 "1776" closes at 46th St. Theater New York City after 1,217 performances
February 13 "Grease" opens on Broadway
February 14 John and Yoko co-host "Mike Douglas Show" for entire week
February 14 Luna 20 (Russia) launched to orbit and soft landing on Moon
February 15 Bill Torrey becomes 1st Islander General Manager
February 15 Dimitrios Papadopoulos becomes metropolitan of Imbros/Tenedos
February 15 President Velasco Ibarra of Ecuador deposed for 4th time
February 16 1st NBA to score 30,000 points (Wilt Chamberlain in 940 games)
February 16 German mass murderers "Three of Breda" freed
February 16 Test Cricket debut of Lawrence Rowe WI vs. New Zealand Kingston, 214 and 100
February 16 Wilt Chamberlain hit 30,000 point mark during a game with Phoenix Suns
February 17 British Parliament votes to join European Common Market
February 17 President Nixon leaves Washington D.C. for China
February 18 California Supreme Court abolishes death penalty
February 18 Giulio Andreotti sworn in as premier of Italy
February 18 John and Yoko end a week of co-hosting Mike Douglas Show
February 19 Glenn Turner carries his bat for 223* vs. WI at Kingston
February 20 1st time Cleveland Cavaliers beat New York Knicks (111-109)
February 20 Ard Schenk becomes world champ skater
February 20 Sicco Mansholt becomes chairman of European Committee
February 21 Michael Weller's "Moonchildren," premieres in New York City
February 21 Richard Nixon becomes 1st U.S. president to visit China
February 22 Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani becomes Amir and Prime Minister of Qatar
February 22 President Nixon, meets with Chinese Premier Chou En-Lai in Beijing
February 25 Lopsided trade, Cards trade Steve Carlton to Phillies for Rick Wise
February 25 Paul McCartney releases "Give Ireland back to the Irish" single
February 26 Slag heap dam collapses above Buffalo Creek, West Virginia, kills 125
February 27 President Nixon and Chinese Premier Chou En-lai issued Shanghai Communique
February 28 George Harrison is involved in a minor car accident
February 28 President Richard Nixon ends historic week-long visit to China
February 29 Hank Aaron becomes 1st baseball player to sign for $200,000 a year
February 29 Jack Anderson discloses Dita Beard (ITT) memo indicating antitrust charges were dropped for $400,000 contribution to Republican Party
March 1 Club of Rome publishes report "Boundaries on the Growth"
March 1 David Rabe's "Sticks and Bones," premieres in New York City
March 1 KHMA TV channel 11 in Houma, LA (IND) begins broadcasting
March 1 Wilt Chamberlain is 1st NBA player to score 30,000 points
March 2 Jean-Bedel Bokassa appoints himself President for life of Cent African Rep
March 2 Pioneer 10 launched for Jupiter flyby
March 3 Sculpted figures of Jefferson Davis, Robert E Lee, and Stonewall Jackson are completed at Stone Mountain Georgia
March 4 Erhard Keller (Germany) skates world record 1000m (1:18.5)
March 4 Last train run between Penrith to Keswick United Kingdom
March 4 Libya and U.S.S.R. signs cooperation treaty
March 5 Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis leaves Communist Party
March 6 Jack Nicklaus, passes Arnold Palmer as golf's all-time money winner
March 6 Keswick to Penrith railway officially closes
March 8 1st airship flown over Britain in 20 years (Europa)
March 8 1st flight of the Goodyear blimp
March 9 Players on White Sox vote 31-0 in favor of a strike, if necessary
March 10 1st black U.S. political convention opens in Gary, Indiana
March 10 General Lon Nol becomes President and prince Sirik Matak premier of Cambodia
March 10 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
March 11 "Inner City" closes at Barrymore Theater New York City after 97 performances
March 12 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Lady Eve Golf Open
March 12 NHL great Gordie Howe retires after 26 seasons
March 14 NBA's Cincinnati Royals announce they are moving to KC
March 15 Danish airliner hit mountain in Sheikdom of Oman killing 112
March 15 NASA selects 3 part configuration for Space Shuttle
March 16 John and Yoko are served with deportation papers
March 17 Ringo releases "Back off Bugaloo" in UK
March 18 AIAW 1st basketball champs, Immaculata beats West Chester State 52-48
March 18 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor PRC
March 18 Cornell NCAA hockey team shut out for 1st time in 225 games (Boston U)
March 18 Memphis' Larry Miller sets ABA record of 67 pts in a game
March 19 Carol Mann wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
March 19 India and Bangladesh sign friendship treaty
March 19 Los Angeles Lakers beat Golden State Warriors, 162-99, by then record 63 pts
March 19 "To Live Another Summer" closes at Helen Hayes New York City after 173 performances
March 20 19 mountain climbers killed on Japan's Mount Fuji during an avalanche
March 20 S Mansholt succeeds Malfatti as chairman of European Committee
March 21 U.S. Supreme Court rules states can't require 1-yr residency to vote
March 22 Congress approves Equal Rights Amendment (never ratified)
March 22 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar named NBA MVP
March 22 Nick Mileti purchases Cleveland Indians for $9 million
March 22 "Selling of the President" opens at Shubert Theater New York City for 5 performances
March 22 Yankees trade Danny Cater to the Red Sox for Sparky Lyle
March 23 Evil Knievel breaks 93 bones after successfully clearing 35 cars
March 23 New York Yankees agree to continue playing ball in the Bronx
March 24 Great Britain imposes direct rule over Northern Ireland
March 25 34th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Florida 81-76
March 25 America's LP "America" goes #1
March 25 Bobby Hull becomes the 2nd NHLer to score 600 goals
March 25 "Selling of the President" closes at Shubert Theater New York City after 5 performances
March 25 UCLA wins its 6th consecutive national basketball title
March 26 Betsy Cullen wins LPGA Sears Women's World Golf Classic
March 26 Los Angeles Lakers broke NBA record by winning 69 of 82 games (69-13)
March 26 "Only Fools Are Sad" closes at Edison Theater New York City after 144 performances
March 27 Adolph Rupp retires after 42 years of coaching University of Kentucky
March 27 Venera 8 launched to Venus
March 28 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
March 28 Wilt Chamberlain plays his last pro basketball game
March 30 "Funny Thing Happened..." opens at Lunt-Fontanne New York City for 156 performances
March 30 North Vietnamese troops enter South Vietnam
March 30 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
March 31 Official Beatles Fan Club, closes down
April 1 30,000 attend Mar Y Sol rock concert, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
April 1 Major league baseball players stages 1st collective strike
April 2 44th Academy Awards - "French Connection," G Hackman and Jane Fonda win
April 2 Tennessee Williams' "Small Craft Warnings," premieres in New York City
April 4 1st electric power plant fueled by garbage begins operating
April 5 Baseball season is delayed due to a strike
April 5 Mets trade Ken Singleton to Expos for Rusty Staub
April 6 Egypt drops diplomatic relations with Jordan
April 8 Alvin Kallicharran scores 100* in his 1st Test Cricket innings vs. New Zealand
April 9 36th Golf Masters Championship: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 286
April 9 Glenn Turner (259) and Terry Jarvis make 387 opening cricket stand vs. WI
April 9 "Sugar" opens at Majestic Theater New York City for 506 performances
April 9 U.S.S.R. and Iraq sign friendship treaty
April 10 7.0 earthquake kills 1/5 of population of Iranian province of Fars
April 10 U.S., U.S.S.R. and 70 other nations agree to ban biological weapons
April 11 Benjamin L Hooks, named to FCC
April 11 U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
April 13 1st baseball players' strike ends after 13 days
April 14 "That's Entertainment" opens at Edison Theater New York City for 4 performances
April 15 Barbra Striesand, James Taylor, Carole King and Quincy Jones perform at a benefit for George McGovern for President
April 16 1st Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Jane Blalock
April 16 2 giants pandas arrive in U.S., from China
April 16 Apollo 16 launched; 5th manned lunar landing (Decartes Highlands)
April 16 Chicago Cub Burt Hooton no-hits Phillies, 1-0
April 16 "That's Entertainment" closes at Edison Theater New York City after 4 performances
April 17 1st Boston Women's Marathon won by Nina Kuscsik of New York in 3:10:26
April 17 76th Boston Marathon won by Olavi Suomalainen of Finland in 2:15:39
April 17 Kiteman attempting to throw out 1st ball in Phillie Vet crashes into centerfield seats
April 17 Revised Dutch constitution proclaimed
April 18 "Lost in the Stars" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 39 performances
April 19 Bangladesh becomes a member of British Commonwealth
April 19 "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" opens at Playhouse New York City for 1,065 performances
April 19 Hungary revises constitution
April 19 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
April 20 Apollo 16's Young and Duke land on Moon with Boeing Lunar Rover #2
April 20 Kallicharran scores his 2nd Test century in his 2nd Test Cricket
April 21 John Young and Charles Duke explores Moon (Apollo 16)
April 21 Orbiting Astronomical Observatory 4 (Copernicus) launched
April 22 Apollo astronauts John Young and Charles Duke ride on Moon
April 23 26th Tony Awards: Sticks and Bones and 2 Gentlemen of Verona win
April 23 Apollo 16 astronauts explores Moon surface
April 23 Betty Burfeind wins LPGA Birmingham Centennital Golf Classic
April 25 Hans-Werner Grosse glides 907.7 miles (1,461 km) in an AS-W-12
April 27 Apollo 16 returns to Earth
April 27 New York City Mayor John Lindsey appeals that John Lennon not be deported
April 28 Courts awarded Kentucky Derby prize money to 2nd place winner because winner was given drugs before race
April 30 "Arthur Godfrey Time" ends a 27 year run on radio
April 30 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Alamo Ladies Golf Open
May 1 "Different Times" opens at ANTA Theater New York City for 24 performances
May 1 North Vietnamese troops occupy Quang Tri Activities Committee
May 1 Pulitzer prize awarded to Wallace Stegner (Angle of Repose)
May 1 Radio's Mutual Black Network premieres
May 2 Electrical fire in Sunshine Silver mine. 126 die (Kellogg Idaho)
May 2 Lt. General Vernon A Walters, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA
May 2 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
May 4 Vietcong forms revolutionary government in Quang Tri South Vietnam
May 5 Alitalia DC-8 crashes west of Palermo Sicily; killing 115
May 6 98th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:01.8
May 7 26th NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers beat New York Knicks, 4 games to 1
May 7 Betty Burfeindt wins Sealy LPGA Golf Classic
May 8 Sabena aircraft at Lod International, Tel Aviv, captured by Palestinians
May 10 Overloaded South Korean bus plunges into reservoir, killing 77
May 10 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
May 11 Giants trade Willie Mays to Mets for pitcher Charlie Williams and cash
May 11 John Lennon says his phone is tapped by FBI on Dick Cavett Show
May 11 Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 2
May 11 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
May 12 Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (completed 5/13)
May 12 Paul McCartney and Wings release "Mary Had a Little Lamb"
May 13 115 die in nightclub atop 7-story Sennichi department store (Osaka Japan)
May 13 Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (started 5/12)
May 14 24th Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Carrol O'Conner and Jean Stapleton
May 14 In Willie Mays 1st game as a New York Met his homer beats San Francisco Giants, 5-4
May 15 Assassination attempt on governor George Wallace of Alabama
May 15 Bus plunges into Nile River killing 50 pilgrims. (Minia Egypt)
May 15 George Wallace shot and left paralyzed by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, Maryland
May 15 "Hard Job Being God" opens at Edison Theater New York City for 6 performances
May 15 Ryukyu Is and Daito Is returned to Japan after 27 years of U.S. control
May 16 "Don't Play Us Cheap" opens at Barrymore Theater New York City for 164 performances
May 16 Greg Luzinski's 500' home run hits Liberty Bell monument in Philadelphia Vet
May 16 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Suzuki Golf Internationale
May 17 Netherlands and China exchange ambassadors
May 17 Tottenham Hotspur wins 1st UEFA Cup in London
May 18 John Sebastian makes 63 consecutive free throws while blindfolded
May 18 "Me and The Chimp," last airs on CBS-TV
May 19 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
May 19 WMAV TV channel 18 in Oxford, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
May 20 5th ABA Championship: Indiana Pacers beat New York Nets, 4 games to 2
May 20 98th Preakness: Eldon Nelson aboard Bee Bee Bee wins in 1:55.6
May 20 "Different Times" closes at ANTA Theater New York City after 24 performances
May 20 "Hard Job Being God" closes at Edison Theater New York City after 6 performances
May 20 Republic of Cameroon declared as constitution is ratified
May 21 "Heathen!" opens and closes at Billy Rose Theater New York City for 1 performance
May 21 Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational
May 21 "Lost in the Stars" closes at Imperial Theater New York City after 39 performances
May 22 Ceylon becomes Republic of Sri Lanka as its constitution is ratified
May 22 Ton Sijbrands becomes world checker champion
May 22 U.S. president Nixon begins visit Moscow
May 24 Glasgow Rangers wins 12th Europe Cup II at Barcelona
May 24 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
May 25 Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Ron Stander
May 25 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
May 26 Joe Frazier TKOs Ron Stander in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
May 26 Nixon and Brezhnev signs SALT accord
May 26 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
May 27 "Applause" closes at Palace Theater New York City after 900 performances
May 29 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
May 30 3 Japanese PFL terrorists kills 24, wound 72 at Tel Aviv's Lod International airport
May 31 Ajax wins Europe Cup 1 in Rotterdam
June 1 Dmitri Shostakovich's 15th Symphony, Dutch premieres in West Berlin
June 1 Tswanaland becomes Bophuthatswana in South Africa
June 1 West German police arrest RAF-leader Andreas Baader
June 3 1st female U.S. rabbi installed, Sally J Priesand at 25
June 3 "Hot Rod Lincoln," by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen hits #9
June 3 Sally J Priesand becomes 1st female U.S. rabbi
June 3 Yankees score 8 times in 13th beating White Sox 18-10
June 4 Angela Davis, black activist, acquitted of killing a white guard
June 4 Carol Mann wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
June 4 Record 8 shutouts pitched in 16 major league games (AL=5, NL=3)
June 5 "If You Had Wings" opens
June 5 U.N. Conference on Human Environment opens in Stockholm
June 5 Yugoslav president Tito visits U.S.S.R.
June 6 David Bowie releases 'Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust'
June 6 Explosion at world's largest coal mine kills 427 (Wankie Rhodesia)
June 6 Gold hits record $60 an ounce in London
June 6 U.S. bombs Haiphong, North-Vietnam; 1000s killed
June 7 German Chancellor Willy Brandt visits Israel
June 7 "Grease" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 3,388 performances
June 7 Hsan Hua, Zen teacher, conducted 1st ordination ceremony in America
June 7 Pirate's Gene Alley bases-loaded walk, beats Padres 1-0 in 18th
June 8 Padres draft Dave Roberts #1, Indians draft Rick Manning #2
June 8 Test Cricket debut of Tony Greig, vs. Australia at Old Trafford (57/62)
June 9 14" of rain in 6 hours burst Rapid City, South Dakota dam, drowns 237
June 9 Bruce Springsteen signs a record deal with Columbia
June 10 104th Belmont: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:28
June 10 Elvis Presley records a live album at New York's Madison Square Garden
June 10 Hank Aaron's grandslammer (14) ties him for NL lead with Gil Hodges and moves him ahead of Willie Mays as #2 home run hitter (649)
June 11 18th LPGA Championship won by Kathy Ahern
June 11 31 degrees F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in June
June 11 KPAT-AM in Berkeley, California returns from KRE
June 14 Hurricane Agnes kills 117
June 15 Rock fall inside Vierzy Tunnel (France) causes 2 train crash; 107 die
June 15 West German police arrested RAF leader Ulrike Meinhof
June 17 5 arrested for burglarizing Democratic Party HQ at Watergate
June 17 Chile president Allende forms new government
June 17 "Long Haired Lover From Liverpool" by Little Jimmy Osmond peaks at #38
June 17 Looking Glass releases "Brandy"
June 17 White House "plumbers" break into Democratic National headquarters at the Watergate Hotel
June 18 72nd U.S. Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 290 at Pebble Beach California
June 18 BEA Trident crashes after takeoff from Heathrow killing 118
June 18 U.S. Supreme Court, 5-3, confirms lower court rulings in Curt Flood case, upholding baseball's exemption from antitrust laws
June 18 West Germany wins soccer world championship
June 19 40,000 pilots strike against naval officer
June 19 Hurricane Agnes, kills 118 in New York and Florida
June 22 "Man of La Mancha" opens at Beaumont Theater New York City for 140 performances
June 23 Hurricane Agnes is costliest natural disaster in American history
June 23 Nixon and Haldeman agree to use CIA to cover up Watergate
June 23 President Nixon signs act barring sex discrimination in college sports
June 24 'Troglodyte' by Jimmy Castor Bunch peaks at #6
June 24 Wake Island becomes unincorporated territory of U.S., U.S. Air Force
June 24 Yvonne Braitwaite Burke becomes 1st black chair in Dem convention
June 25 Bernice Gera becomes 1st female umpire in pro baseball
June 25 Juan Peron elected president of Argentina
June 26 Bob Massie takes 16 wickets (8-84 and 8-53) on Test cricket debut vs. Eng
June 26 IRA proclaims resistant in North-Ireland
June 29 Supreme Court rules (5-4) that Death Penalty is cruel and unusual
June 29 U.S.S.R. launches Prognoz 2 into earth orbit (549/200,000 km)
June 30 1st leap second day; also 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985
June 30 Cincinnati Reds are 11 games back in NL, and go on to win pennant
July 1 "Follies" closes at Winter Garden Theater New York City after 524 performances
July 1 "Hair" closes at Biltmore Theater New York City after 1750 performances
July 1 Ms. magazine begins publishing
July 2 27th U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship won by Susie Maxwell Berning
July 2 Bob Seagren pole vaults world record 5.63m
July 2 "Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Imperial Theater New York City after 3242 performances
July 2 India and Pakistan sign peace accord
July 5 Pierre Messmer appointed French premier
July 7 1st women FBI members sworn in (Susan Lynn Roley and Joanne E Pierce)
July 7 79th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Billie Jean King beats Goolagong (63 63)
July 7 Dutch Minister of Agt decides to ignore soft drug usage
July 8 English prince Richard marries Birgitte of Deurs (Henriksen)
July 8 U.S. sells grain to U.S.S.R. for $750 million
July 9 1st tour of Paul McCartney and Wings, France
July 9 86th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: S Smith beats I Nastase (46 63 63 46 75)
July 9 Kathy Ahern wins LPGA George Washington Golf Classic
July 9 U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
July 10 Democratic convention opens in Miami Beach Florida, McGovern
July 10 Herd of stampeding elephants kills 24, Chandka Forest India
July 13 Los Angeles Rams (Irsay) and Baltimore Colts (Rosenbloom) swap owners
July 14 Jean Westwood is 1st woman chosen to head Democratic National Committee
July 14 Plate ump and catcher in a game are brothers. Bill Haller is ump and Tom Haller is Tigers catcher, Kansas City Royals win 1-0
July 14 U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear Test
July 15 101st British Golf Open: Lee Trevino shoots 278 at Muirfield Gullane
July 15 Sandra Palmer/Jane Blalock wins Angelo's Four-Ball Golf Championship
July 16 Dimitrios Papadopoulos becomes 269th patriarch of Constantinople
July 16 Smokey Robinson and Miracles final live performance
July 18 200,000 attend Mount Pocono rock festival in Pennsylvania
July 18 Egypt president Sadat throws 20,000 Russian military aids out
July 18 Mike Procter 8-73 with hat-trick, plus 51 and 102, Gloucs vs. Essex
July 20 U.S. performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site
July 21 2 passenger trains collide head-on killing 76, Seville, Spain
July 21 27.5 cm rainfall at Fort Ripley, Minnesota, state record
July 21 Bloody Friday: 22 IRA-bombs explode in Belfast
July 21 Dodgers release and end career of pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm
July 21 In New York, 57 murders occur in 24 hours
July 22 10.84" (27.53 cm) of rainfall, Fort Ripley, Mn (state 24-hour record)
July 22 Venera 8 makes soft landing on Venus
July 23 1st Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS) is launched
July 23 Eddy Merckx (Belgium) wins his 4th consecutive Tour de France
July 23 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Raleigh Golf Classic
July 24 Jigme Singye Wangchuk becomes king of Bhutan at 16
July 25 43rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-3 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stad
July 25 All star MVP: Joe Morgan (Cincinnati Reds)
July 27 NHL star Maurice "Rocket" Richard signs with WHL Quebec Nordiques
July 28 39th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Dallas 20, All Stars 7 (54,162)
July 29 France performs nuclear Test at Muruora Island
July 30 "Ain't Supposed to Die Death" closes at Barrymore New York City after 325 performances
July 30 Jan Ferraris wins LPGA Lady Pepsi Golf Open
July 31 Dick Allen is 7th to hit 2 inside-the-park homers in a game
July 31 Thomas Eagleton withdraws as Democratic Vice Presidential candidate
August 1 1st article exposing Wategate scandal (Bernstein-Woodward)
August 1 Nate Colbert of San Diego Padres hits record tying 5 home runs in a double header
August 2 Gold hits record $70 an ounce in London
August 3 British premier Heath proclaims emergency crisis due to harbor strike
August 4 Arthur Bremer jailed for 63 years for shooting Alabama Governor Wallace
August 5 Detroit shortstop Ed Brinkman errors ends record streak of 72 games and 331 total chances without a miscue
August 5 Moody Blues release "Nights in White Satin"
August 5 Uganda president Idi Amin throws out all 80,000 Asians
August 6 Garry Player wins PGA golf tournament
August 6 Hank Aaron hits 660th and 661st home runs for Braves, record for 1 team
August 6 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Knoxville Ladies Golf Classic
August 7 Hall of Fame inducts Berra, Sandy Koufax, Lefty Gomez and Early Wynn
August 8 New York Yankees sign 30-year lease to play in remodeled Yankee Stadium
August 9 Rockwell receives NASA contract to construct Space Shuttle
August 10 1 million kg heavy meteorite grazes atmosphere above Canada
August 10 Paul and Linda McCartney are arrested in Sweden on drug possession
August 11 "Cheech and Chong Day" in San Antonio Texas
August 12 "Funny Thing Happened..." closes at Lunt-Fontanne New York City after 156 performances
August 12 Ian and Greg Chappell both scores centuries in same Test Cricket innings
August 12 Last American combat ground troops leave Vietnam
August 12 "Oh! Calcutta!" closes at Belasco Theater New York City after 1316 performances
August 13 Dutch KRO-TV transmits 440th and last "Bonanza"
August 13 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Pabst Ladies Golf Classic
August 14 Bloody Sunday: British soldiers fire into crowd, kill 13
August 14 East German Aeroflot Illyushin 62 crashes near Moscow, killing 156
August 16 54th PGA Championship: Gary Player shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills, Michigan
August 16 Morocco King Hassan II's B727 shot at
August 16 Philip Potter appointed Secretary-General of World council of Churches
August 16 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
August 17 Phillies Steve Carlton wins his 15th straight game
August 18 Police fine Paul and Linda McCartney 800 pounds in Sweden cannabis possession
August 20 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Southgate Ladies Golf Open
August 20 U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
August 21 1st hot air balloon flight over Alps
August 21 British harbor strike ends
August 21 Grace Slick maced by police when a band official called cops, pigs
August 21 Republican convention opens in Miami Beach, Florida
August 21 U.S. orbiting astronomy observatory Copernicus launched
August 22 International Olympic Committee exspells Rhodesia
August 23 Chicago's Dick Allen is 4th (Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, and Alex Johnson) to homer into Comiskey Park's center field bleachers
August 23 Republican convention (Miami Beach, Florida) renominates Vice President Agnew but not unanimous - 1 vote went to NBC newsman David Brinkley
August 24 8th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yankees beat Mets 2-1
August 24 Dennis Amiss scores 1st one-day int century, 103 vs. Australia
August 24 Gordie Howe and Jean Beliveau inducted in Hockey Hall of Fame
August 26 20th Olympic games open at Munich, West Germany
August 26 Leo Durocher replaces Harry Walker as manager of Astros
August 26 N.Y. Cosmos beat St. Louis Stars, 2-1 to win NASL championship
August 26 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
August 27 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open
August 27 U.S. bombs Haiphong North Vietnam
August 28 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya U.S.S.R.
August 29 San Francisco Giant Jim Barr retires 1st 20 batters he faces added to last 21 he retired 6 days earlier for record 41 in a row
August 30 John Lennon and Yoko Ono perform at Madison Square Garden
August 31 Lasse Viren runs Olympic/world record 10,000m (27:38.4)
August 31 Olga Korbut, U.S.S.R., wins olympic gold medal in gymnastics
September 1 Bobby Fischer (U.S.) defeats Boris Spassky (U.S.S.R.) for world chess title
September 1 Egypt and Libya form federation
September 2 Chicago White Sox Milt Pappas no-hits San Diego Padres, 1-0
September 2 Renate Stecher runs 100m European female record (11.07 sec)
September 2 Rod Stewart's 1st #1 hit (You Wear it Well)
September 2 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
September 4 U.S. swimmer Mark Spitz becomes 1st athlete to win 7 olympic gold medals
September 4 U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
September 5 11 Israeli athletes are slain at Munich Olympics by terrorists
September 5 Chemical spill with fog sickens hundreds in Meuse Valley Belgium
September 5 Jerry Lewis' 7th Muscular Dystrophy telethon, John and Yoko appear
September 6 John and Yoko appear on Jerry Lewis' Muscular Dystrophy Telethon
September 6 Summer Olympics resume in Munich Germany after massacre
September 8 Chicago Cub Ferguson Jenkins wins his 20th game for 6th straight year
September 8 Jim Ryan (U.S.) and Billy Fordjour (Ghana) collide and fall in qualifying competitions for 1,500m finals, ending Ryan's chances for gold
September 9 86th U.S. Womens Tennis: Billie Jean M King beats K Melville (63 75)
September 9 Terry Anne Meeuwsen (Wisc), 23, crowned 45th Miss America 1973
September 10 20th Olympic games close at Munich, West Germany
September 10 92nd U.S. Mens Tennis: Ilie Nastase beats Arthur Ashe
September 10 Emerson Fittipaldi is youngest to win an auto race World Championship
September 10 Frank Shorter wins 17th Olympic marathon (2:12:19.8)
September 10 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
September 10 U.S. Men's olympic basketball teams 1st lose, 51-50 to U.S.S.R. (disputed)
September 10 WKAR TV channel 23 in East Lansing, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting
September 11 BART begins service with a 26-mi (42-km) line from Oakland to Fremont
September 12 Lord Michael Killanin succeeds Avery Brundage as head of Olympics
September 13 1st TV broadcast of "Waltons" on CBS
September 14 Jason Miller's "That Championship Season," premieres in New York City
September 14 "Waltons" TV program premieres
September 14 West Germany and Poland establish diplomatic relations
September 15 WMAO TV channel 23 in Greenwood, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
September 16 1st TV series about mixed marriage-Bridgit Loves Bernie
September 16 Penny Marshall appears on Bob Newhart Show in "Fly Unfriendly Skies"
September 17 "M*A*S*H," premieres on NBC TV
September 17 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Quality First Golf Classic
September 17 Tanzania troops march in to Uganda
September 18 1st black NL umpire (Art Williams-Los Angeles vs San Diego)
September 20 Police find cannabis growing on Paul and Linda McCartney's farm
September 21 Marcos declares martial law in Philippines
September 21 U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
September 22 Dictator Idi Amin throws 8,000 Asians out of Uganda
September 23 Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos declares martial law
September 23 President Marcos ends emergency crisis in Philippines
September 24 Antique F86 Sabrejet fails to takeoff at air show, kills 22
September 24 Jack Tatum, Oakland, returns a fumble 104 yards vs Green Bay (rec)
September 24 N.Y. Jet Joe Namath passes for 6 touchdowns vs. Baltimore Colts (44-34)
September 25 Dutch air force drives away Russian Tupolev-bomber
September 25 KAVT (now KSMQ) TV channel 15 in Austin, MN (PBS) begins broadcasting
September 25 Norway votes to join common market
September 25 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Lincoln-Mercury Golf Open
September 26 American Museum of Immigration dedicated
September 26 Norway rejects membership in European Common Market
September 27 1st game at Nassau Coliseum, Rangers beat Islanders 6-4 (exhibition)
September 28 David Bowie sells out his 1st show in New York's Carnegie Hall
September 28 Japan and Communist China agree to re-establish diplomatic relations
September 29 Japan and People's Republic of China begin diplomatic relations
September 30 Passenger train derails killing 48 (Rust Stasie South Africa)
September 30 Roberto Clemente, is 11th to get 3,000 hits
October 1 1st games of World Hockey Association
October 1 2nd New York City Women's Marathon won by Nina Kuscsik in 3:08:41
October 1 3rd New York City Marathon won by Sheldon Karlin in 2:27:52
October 1 "Don't Play Us Cheap" closes at Barrymore Theater New York City after 164 performances
October 1 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Portland Ladies Golf Classic
October 2 Aeroflot Il-18 crashes near Black Sea resort of Sochi, kills 105
October 2 Bill Stoneman of Montreal pitches his 2nd no-hitter, beating Mets, 7-0
October 2 Danish population votes for European Common Market membership
October 2 "From Israel with Love" opens at Palace Theater New York City for 8 performances
October 2 Mont Expos Bill Stoneman 2nd no-hitter beats New York Mets, 7-0
October 2 Ron Johnson becomes 1st New York Giant to score 4 touchdowns vs. Philadelphia
October 3 Baltimore Roric Harrison is last AL pitcher to homer until interleague play 25 years later
October 3 Indians set a team record for lowest team batting avg .234
October 3 Spaceflight 71-2 launched; 1st flexible substrate photovoltaic flown
October 3 Steve Carlton wins 27th game for Phillies
October 3 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test
October 4 Ted Williams manages his final game as Rangers lose to Royals, 4-0
October 6 22-car train carrying 2,000 pilgrims derails, kills 208 in Mexico
October 7 1st season game at Nassau Coliseum, Flames-3, Islanders-2
October 8 "From Israel with Love" closes at Palace Theater New York City after 8 performances
October 8 Harold Carmichael begins NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions
October 8 In Game 2 of ALCS, A's Bert Campaneris fires his bat at Det pitcher
October 8 Lerrin LaGrow Campy, who had been hit by a pitch, is fined and suspended
October 9 "Dude" opens at Broadway Theater New York City for 16 performances
October 10 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Heritage Village Golf Open
October 11 Panama adopts constitution
October 11 Prison uprising at Washington D.C. jail
October 11 Reads beat Pirates in NLCS
October 12 46 sailors injured in race riot on aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk
October 12 Billy Harris failed in 1st Islander penalty shot
October 12 "Hurry, Harry" opens at Ritz Theater New York City for 2 performances
October 12 Mariner 9 takes pictures of Martian north pole
October 13 Aeroflot Il-62 crashes in large pond outside Moscow, 176 die
October 13 Commish Bowie Kuhn allows Bert Campaneris to play in World Series
October 13 "Hurry, Harry" closes at Ritz Theater New York City after 2 performances
October 13 Uruguay to Chile plane crashes in Andes Mountain, (12 of 23 rescue)
October 14 Oakland A Gene Tenace is 1st to homer in 1st 2 World Series at bats
October 15 61st Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Bucharest (3-2)
October 15 Omni in Atlanta opens - Hawks beat New York Knicks 109-101
October 16 Creedence Clearwater Revival breaks up
October 16 "Pacific Paradise" opens at Palace Theater New York City for 5 performances
October 17 1st time Islanders shut-out-5-0 vs Penguins
October 17 Bob Randall's "6 Rooms Riv Vu," premieres in New York City
October 17 Chuck Berry's "My Ding-a-ling," is #1
October 19 "Mother Earth" opens at Belasco Theater New York City for 12 performances
October 20 Queen Juliana visits Yugoslavia
October 21 "Dude" closes at Broadway Theater New York City after 16 performances
October 21 "Man of La Mancha" closes at Beaumont Theater New York City after 140 performances
October 21 "Pacific Paradise" closes at Palace Theater New York City after 5 performances
October 22 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA GAC Golf Classic
October 22 Oakland A's 1st championship; beat Reds, 4 games to 3 in World Series
October 23 Access credit cards introduced in Great Britain
October 23 "Pippin" opens at Imperial Theater New York City for 1944 performances
October 23 WNJS TV channel 23 in Camden, New Jersey (PBS) begins broadcasting
October 25 Eddy Merckx (Belgium) covers 30 miles, 1,258 yards in 1 hour
October 25 Nobel prize for economy awarded to Kenneth J Arrow and John R Hicks
October 26 Guided tours of Alcatraz (by Park Service) begin
October 26 Henry Kissinger declares "Peace is at hand" in Vietnam
October 27 Golden Gate National Recreation Area created
October 28 "Mother Earth" closes at Belasco Theater New York City after 12 performances
October 29 Don Cockroft of Cleveland Browns kicks 57-yard field goal
October 29 Jo Ann Prentice wins LPGA Corpus Christi Civitan Golf Open
October 30 45 die in a train crash in Chicago, Illinois
October 30 Worst U.S. rail accident in 14 years; 45 die in Chicago
October 31 Gaylord Perry wins AL Cy Young award
November 1 1st gay theme TV movie - "That Certain Summer"
November 1 Germaoin Gagnon scores 1st Islander hat trick
November 2 Construction begins on Kingdome, Seattle
November 2 Phillies' Steve Carlton wins unanimous NL Cy Young Award
November 2 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
November 4 Bangladesh adopts constitution
November 4 Kings score 3 goals within 45 seconds against Islanders
November 5 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Lady Errol Golf Classic
November 7 President Nixon (R) re-elected defeating George McGovern (D)
November 9 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
November 11 Dow Jones Index moves above 1,000 for 1st time
November 11 U.S. Army turns over Long Bihn base to South Vietnamese army
November 14 Dow Jones closes above 1,000 for 1st time (1003.16)
November 15 Circle-in the-Square Theater opens at 1633 Broadway New York City
November 15 Small Astronomy Satellite Explorer 48 launched to study gamma rays
November 15 White Sox Dick Allen wins AL MVP
November 16 "Dear Oscar" opens at Playhouse Theater New York City for 5 performances
November 17 Juan Peron returns to Argentina
November 19 "Ambassador" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City for 9 performances
November 19 "Dear Oscar" closes at Playhouse Theater New York City after 5 performances
November 19 Gershwin Theater (Uris) opens at 1633 Broadway New York City
November 19 KFIZ TV channel 34 in Fond du Lac, WI suspends broadcasting
November 19 Willy Brandts SPD wins West German election
November 21 Red Sox Carlton Fisk wins AL Rookie of Year, Mets Jon Matlack wins NL
November 22 Belgium government of Eyskens resigns
November 22 Flyers start Islanders on 15 game winless streak
November 22 Pitts Penguins set NHL record for scoring fastest 5 goals (2:07)
November 22 U.S. ends 22 year travel ban to China
November 24 U.S.S.R. performs underground nuclear test
November 25 "Ambassador" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City after 9 performances
November 26 Pete Gogolak scores New York Giant record 8 pts after a touchdown
November 27 Pierre Trudeau forms Canadian government
November 27 Yankees trade Ellis, Torres and Spikes to Indians for Nettles and Moses
November 28 Los Angeles Dodgers trade Frank Robinson to California Angels
November 28 "Via Galactica" opens at Uris Theater New York City for 7 performances
November 30 BBC bans Wings "Hi, Hi, Hi"
November 30 Illegal fireworks factory explodes killing 15 (Rome Italy)
December 1 Wings release "Hi, Hi, Hi" in UK
December 2 60th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeats Saskatchewan, 13-10
December 2 "December Giant" largest sinkhole in U.S. collapses (Alabama)
December 2 In 1 of their worst trades Yankees get Rich McKinney for Stan Bahnsen
December 2 "Via Galactica" closes at Uris Theater New York City after 7 performances
December 3 Convair 990A charter crashes in Tenerife Canary Island, 155 die
December 5 38th Heisman Trophy Award: Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska (FL)
December 5 Australia Labour party wins parliamentary election
December 5 Joseph A Walkers "River Niger," premieres in New York City
December 7 Apollo 17 (U.S.), final manned lunar landing mission, launched
December 7 Philippine's 1st lady Imelda Marcos stabbed and wounded by an assailant
December 8 United Airlines crashes at Chicago's Midway Airport killing 45
December 10 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
December 11 Astronauts Cernan and Harrison become 11th and 12th on Moon
December 11 Jet's Don Maynard becomes all time pro reception leader (632)
December 14 Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt leave the Moon
December 14 Willy Brandt re-elected West German chancellor
December 16 Bangladesh Constitution goes into effect
December 16 Miami Dolphins become 1st undefeated NFL team (14-0-0)
December 17 New line of control agreed to in Kashmir between India and Pakistan
December 17 WGVC (now WUCX) TV channel 35 in Grand Rapids, MI (PBS) 1st broadcast
December 18 U.S. begins its heaviest bombing of North Vietnam
December 19 Apollo 17, last of Apollo Moon landing series, returns to Earth
December 20 Neil Simons "Sunshine Boys," premieres in New York City
December 21 Soviet Union signs a separate peace with East Germany
December 22 6.25 earthquake strikes Managua Nicaragua, 12,000+ killed
December 23 16 plane crash survivors rescued after 70d, survived by cannabalism
December 23 6.25 Earthquake destroys central Managua Nicaragua, 10,000 die
December 23 Chandrasekhar takes 8-79 India vs. England at Delhi
December 23 "Immaculate Reception" Steelers turns around a 7-6 defeat with a last second touchdown reception against Raiders to win 13-7
December 23 Islanders end 15 games winless streak
December 25 England beat India by six wickets in the 1st Test Cricket at Delhi
December 27 Belgium recognizes East Germany
December 27 Los Angeles Kings start Islanders on 12 game losing streak
December 27 New North Korean constitution comes into effect
December 27 "Purlie" opens at Billy Rose Theater New York City for 14 performances
December 28 Kim Il-song, becomes president of North Korea
December 28 Martin Bormanns skeleton found in Berlin (Hitlers deputy)
December 28 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
December 29 Eastern Tristar Jumbo Jet crashes near Everglades killing 101
December 29 Life magazine ceases publication
December 29 Test Cricket debut of Jeff Thomson and Max Walker vs. Pakistan at MCG
December 30 Nixon halts bombing of North Vietnam and announces peace talks
December 31 39th Sugar Bowl: Oklahoma 14 beats Penn State 0
December 31 Leap second day; also in 1973-79, 1987
December 31 Miami Dolphins beat Pittsburgh Steelers 21-7 in AFC championship game
December 31 Washington Redskins beat Dallas Cowboys 26-3 in NFC championship game












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