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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.
- January 20, 1972 – Pakistan launched its Nuclear detterent program few weeks after its defeat in Bangladesh Liberation War and Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.
- February 5, 1972 – Bob Douglas becomes the first African American elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
- February 15, 1972 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Rat in Chinese astrology.
- February 18, 1972 – The California Supreme Court in the case of People v. Anderson, 6 Cal.3d 628 invalidates the state’s death penalty and commutes the sentences of all death row inmates to life imprisonment.
- April 13, 1972 – Vietnam War: The Battle of An Lộc begins.
- July 9, 1972 – The Troubles: In Belfast, British Army snipers shoot five civilians dead in the Springhill Massacre.
- August 3, 1972 – The United States Senate ratifies the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
- 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 19, 1972 – Apollo program: The last manned lunar flight, Apollo 17, crewed by Eugene Cernan, Ron Evans and Harrison Schmitt, returns to Earth.
Who Were Born On 1972?
- January 3, 1972 – Yoon Chan, South Korean actor
- February 28, 1972 – Rory Cochrane, American actor
- March 9, 1972 – Jean Louisa Kelly, American actress
- March 10, 1972 – Matt Kenseth, American race car driver
- April 1, 1972 – Jesse Tobias, American musician
- May 4, 1972 – Chris Tomlin, American musician
- June 8, 1972 – Troy Duffy, American director (The Boondock Saints)
- August 27, 1972 – Denise Lewis, English heptathlete
- November 18, 1972 – Jeroen Straathof, Dutch skater
- December 9, 1972 – Reiko Aylesworth, American actress