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1972 Historical Event(s)
- January 10, 1972 – Sheikh Mujibur Rahman returns to the newly independent Bangladesh as president after spending over nine months in prison in Pakistan.
- February 15, 1972 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Rat in Chinese astrology.
- May 5, 1972 – Alitalia Flight 112 crashes into Mount Longa near Palermo, Sicily, killing all 115 aboard, making it the deadliest single-aircraft disaster in Italy.
- May 22, 1972 – Ceylon adopts a new constitution, thus becoming a Republic, changes its name to Sri Lanka, and joins the Commonwealth of Nations.
- June 23, 1972 – Watergate Scandal: U.S. President Richard M. Nixon and White House Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman are taped talking about using the Central Intelligence Agency to obstruct the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into the Watergate break-ins.
- June 30, 1972 – The first leap second is added to the UTC time system.
- September 1, 1972 – In Reykjavík, Iceland, American Bobby Fischer beats Russian Boris Spassky to become the world chess champion.
- September 23, 1972 – Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos announces over television and radio the implementation of martial law.
- November 28, 1972 – Last executions in Paris, of the Clairvaux Mutineers, Roger Bontems and Claude Buffet, guillotined at La Sante Prison. (Bontems had been found innocent of murder by the court, but as Buffet’s accomplice is condemned to death anyway.) The chief executioner is Andre Obrecht.
- December 26, 1972 – Vietnam War: As part of Operation Linebacker II, 120 American B-52 Stratofortress bombers attacked Hanoi, including 78 launched from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, the largest single combat launch in Strategic Air Command history.
Who Were Born On 1972?
- January 15, 1972 – Ernie Reyes, Jr. American actor and martial artist
- April 3, 1972 – Sandrine Testud, French Top-10 tennis player
- June 19, 1972 – Robin Tunney, American actress
- June 29, 1972 – Nawal Al Zoghbi, Lebanese singer
- July 10, 1972 – Tilo Wolff, German musician (Lacrimosa)
- July 19, 1972 – Ebbe Sand, Danish footballer
- August 11, 1972 – Jonathon Prandi, American model
- September 15, 1972 – Letizia, Princess of Asturias, Spanish royalty
- November 3, 1972 – Marko Koers, Dutch athlete
- December 29, 1972 – Asheru, American rapper