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1972 Historical Event(s)
- January 30, 1972 – Bloody Sunday: British Paratroopers kill fourteen unarmed civil rights/anti internment marchers in Northern Ireland.
- February 3, 1972 – The first day of the seven-day 1972 Iran blizzard, which would kill at least 4,000 people, making it the deadliest snowstorm in history.
- February 15, 1972 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Rat in Chinese astrology.
- February 29, 1972 – Vietnam War: Vietnamization – South Korea withdraws 11,000 of its 48,000 troops from Vietnam.
- April 13, 1972 – Vietnam War: The Battle of An Lộc begins.
- April 16, 1972 – Apollo program: The launch of Apollo 16 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
- 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 11, 1972 – A race riot occurs on the United States Navy aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk off the coast of Vietnam during Operation Linebacker.
- November 10, 1972 – Southern Airways Flight 49 from Birmingham, Alabama is hijacked and, at one point, is threatened with crashing into the nuclear installation at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After two days, the plane lands in Havana, Cuba, where the hijackers are jailed by Fidel Castro.
- December 11, 1972 – Apollo 17 becomes the sixth and last Apollo mission to land on the Moon.
Who Were Born On 1972?
- January 16, 1972 – Ang Christou, Australian rules footballer
- January 21, 1972 – Cat Power (Chan Marshall), American musician
- February 17, 1972 – Yuki Isoya, Japanese singer (Judy and Mary)
- March 4, 1972 – Giorgos Mazonakis, Greek pop singer
- March 18, 1972 – Anja Möllenbeck, German discus thrower
- April 24, 1972 – Chipper Jones, American baseball player
- August 12, 1972 – Gyanendra Pandey, Indian cricketer
- August 29, 1972 – Bae Yong Joon, South Korean actor
- November 16, 1972 – Missi Pyle, American actress