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1972 Historical Event(s)
- February 15, 1972 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Rat in Chinese astrology.
- February 28, 1972 – Sino-American relations: The United States and People’s Republic of China sign the Shanghai Communiqué.
- March 2, 1972 – The Pioneer 10 space probe is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida with a mission to explore the outer planets.
- March 3, 1972 – Mohawk Airlines Flight 405 crashes as a result of a control malfunction and insufficient training in emergency procedures.
- May 2, 1972 – In the early morning hours a fire broke out at the Sunshine mine located between Kellogg and Wallace, ID, killing 91 workers.
- May 21, 1972 – Michelangelo’s Pietà in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is damaged by a vandal, the mentally disturbed Hungarian geologist Laszlo Toth.
- May 30, 1972 – The Angry Brigade goes on trial over a series of 25 bombings throughout the United Kingdom.
- July 31, 1972 – Operation Motorman: British troops move into the no-go areas of Belfast and Derry, Northern Ireland. End of Free Derry.
- September 10, 1972 – The United States suffers its first loss of an international basketball game in a disputed match against the Soviet Union at Munich, Germany.
- October 23, 1972 – Operation Linebacker, a US bombing campaign against North Vietnam in response to its Easter Offensive, ends after five months.
Who Were Born On 1972?
- January 28, 1972 – Nicky Southall, English footballer
- February 20, 1972 – K-OS, Canadian musician/rapper
- March 26, 1972 – Jason Maxwell, American baseball player
- April 27, 1972 – David Lascher, American actor
- June 23, 1972 – Selma Blair, American actress
- September 15, 1972 – Letizia, Princess of Asturias, Spanish royalty
- October 4, 1972 – Kurt Thomas, American basketball player
- October 23, 1972 – Bryan Pratt, Missouri Politician
- October 27, 1972 – Lee Clark, English footballer
- November 6, 1972 – Rebecca Romijn, American actress