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1972 Historical Event(s)
- January 4, 1972 – Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London, England, United Kingdom.
- January 5, 1972 – U.S. President Richard Nixon orders the development of a Space Shuttle program.
- January 10, 1972 – Sheikh Mujibur Rahman returns to the newly independent Bangladesh as president after spending over nine months in prison in Pakistan.
- January 11, 1972 – East Pakistan renames itself Bangladesh.
- January 13, 1972 – Prime Minister Kofi Busia and President Edward Akufo-Addo of Ghana are ousted in a bloodless military coup by Colonel Ignatius Kutu Acheamphong.
- February 15, 1972 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Rat in Chinese astrology.
- April 16, 1972 – Apollo program: The launch of Apollo 16 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
- April 25, 1972 – Vietnam War: Nguyen Hue Offensive – The North Vietnamese 320th Division forces 5,000 South Vietnamese troops to retreat and traps about 2,500 others northwest of Kontum.
- May 22, 1972 – Ceylon adopts a new constitution, thus becoming a Republic, changes its name to Sri Lanka, and joins the Commonwealth of Nations.
- December 16, 1972 – Vietnam War: Henry Kissinger announces that North Vietnam has left private peace negotiations, in Paris.
Who Were Born On 1972?
- January 13, 1972 – Park Jin-Young, Korean singer
- March 29, 1972 – Junichi Suwabe, Japanese voice actor
- April 19, 1972 – Rivaldo, Brazilian footballer
- August 8, 1972 – Andrea de Rossi, Italian rugby player and coach
- August 12, 1972 – Mark Kinsella, Irish footballer
- August 16, 1972 – Emily Robison, American country singer (Dixie Chicks)
- October 16, 1972 – Darius Kasparaitis, Russian ice hockey player
- December 9, 1972 – Fabrice Santoro, Tahitian-born French tennis player
- December 14, 1972 – Eric Anderson, American musical theatre actor
- December 16, 1972 – Paul Leyden, Australian actor