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1972 Historical Event(s)
- February 15, 1972 – José María Velasco Ibarra, serving as President of Ecuador for the fifth time, is overthrown by the military for the fourth time.
- May 6, 1972 – Deniz Gezmiş, Yusuf Aslan and Hüseyin İnan are executed in Ankara for attempting to overthrow the Constitutional order.
- May 8, 1972 – Vietnam War – U.S. President Richard M. Nixon announces his order to place mines in major North Vietnamese ports in order to stem the flow of weapons and other goods to that nation.
- May 26, 1972 – Willandra National Park is established in Australia.
- June 11, 1972 – The Eltham Well Hall rail crash, caused by an intoxicated train driver, kills six people and injures 126.
- July 24, 1972 – Bugojno group is caught by Yugoslav security forces.
- August 14, 1972 – An East German Ilyushin Il-62 crashes during takeoff from East Berlin, killing 156.
- December 18, 1972 – Vietnam War: President Richard Nixon announces that the United States will engage North Vietnam in Operation Linebacker II, a series of Christmas bombings, after peace talks collapsed with North Vietnam on the 13th.
- 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?
- February 23, 1972 – Alessandro Sturba, Italian footballer
- March 4, 1972 – Ivy Queen, American composer and singer
- May 24, 1972 – Joanna Wiśniewska, Polish discus thrower
- August 5, 1972 – Theodore Whitmore, Jamaican footballer
- October 9, 1972 – Sarah Vandenbergh, Australian actor
- November 14, 1972 – Aaron Taylor, American football player
- December 6, 1972 – Monica Santa Maria, Peruvian model and TV host (Nubeluz) (d. 1994)
- December 21, 1972 – Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Indian politician
- December 24, 1972 – Klaus Schnellenkamp, German-Chilean author