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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.
- February 21, 1972 – President Richard Nixon visits the People’s Republic of China to normalize Sino-American relations.
- June 11, 1972 – The Eltham Well Hall rail crash, caused by an intoxicated train driver, kills six people and injures 126.
- July 21, 1972 – Bloody Friday bombings by the Provisional IRA around Belfast, Northern Ireland – 22 bombs are detonated, killing 9 and seriously injuring 130.
- July 31, 1972 – Operation Motorman: British troops move into the no-go areas of Belfast and Derry, Northern Ireland. End of Free Derry.
- October 23, 1972 – Operation Linebacker, a US bombing campaign against North Vietnam in response to its Easter Offensive, ends after five months.
- December 14, 1972 – Apollo program: Eugene Cernan is the last person to walk on the moon, after he and Harrison Schmitt complete the third and final Extra-vehicular activity (EVA) of the Apollo 17 mission. To date this is the last manned mission to the moon.
- December 19, 1972 – Apollo program: The last manned lunar flight, Apollo 17, crewed by Eugene Cernan, Ron Evans and Harrison Schmitt, returns to Earth.
- December 23, 1972 – The 16 survivors of the Andes flight disaster are rescued after 73 days, having survived by cannibalism.
Who Were Born On 1972?
- January 19, 1972 – Angham, Egyptian singer, record producer and actress
- January 27, 1972 – Wynne Evans, Welsh operatic tenor
- February 11, 1972 – Brian Daubach, American baseball player
- April 5, 1972 – Yasuhiro Takemoto, Japanese animator and director
- April 11, 1972 – Balls Mahoney, American professional wrestler
- June 25, 1972 – Carlos Delgado, Puerto Rican baseball player
- July 6, 1972 – Mark Gasser, British pianist
- August 6, 1972 – Ray Lucas, American Football player
- September 16, 1972 – Mark Bruener, American football player
- November 7, 1972 – Christopher Daniel Barnes, American actor