Historical Events for Year 1972

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Jan 1st - "Company" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 690 performances
Jan 1st - "On the Town" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 65 performances
Jan 1st - "Promises Promises" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 1281 perfs
Jan 1st - China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
Jan 1st - International Book Year begins
Jan 1st - KDSD TV channel 16 in Aberdeen, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting
Jan 1st - Policewomen are enlisted as full members of South African Police Force for the first time.
Jan 2nd - "Rothschilds" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 505 perfs
Jan 2nd - Dallas Cowboys beat SF '49ers 14-3 in NFC championship game
Jan 2nd - Mariner 9 begins mapping Mars
Jan 2nd - Miami Dolphins beat Balt Colts 21-0 in AFC championship game
Jan 4th - Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London.
Jan 5th - Largest crowd at Cleveland Arena (Cavs vs Lakers-11,178)
Jan 5th - NYC transit fare rises from 30 cents to 35 cents
Jan 5th - US President Nixon signs a bill for NASA to begin research on a manned space shuttle
Jan 5th - West-Pakistani sheik Mujib ur-Rahman freed
Jan 6th - US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
Jan 6th - US male Figure Skating championship won by Kenneth Shelley
Jan 6th - Vladimir Bukovski is exiled from USSR
Jan 7th - Iberian Airlines crashes into 800ft peak on island of Ibiza, 104 die
Jan 7th - LA Lakers chalk up 33rd consecutive win (NBA record)
Jan 7th - Lewis F Powell Jr becomes a Supreme Court Justice
Jan 7th - William Hubbs Rehnquist, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice
Jan 7th - LA Lakers 33 straight win streak snapped, losing to Bucks 120-104
Jan 8th - Dmitri Shostakovitch' 15th Symphony, premieres in Moscow
Jan 8th - NCAA announces freshman can play on teams starting in fall
Jan 9th - Billionaire Howard Hughes says Clifford Irving's bio is a fake
Jan 9th - Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
Jan 9th - Retired passenger liner Queen Elizabeth destroyed by fire in Hong Kong harbour
Jan 10th - Sheik Mujib ur-Rahman arrives in Dacca, East-Pakistan
Jan 10th - Triple album set "Concert for Bangladesh" released in UK
Jan 11th - East-Pakistan becomes independent state of Bangladesh
Jan 11th - Abu Sayeed Chudhury becomes president & sheik Mujib ur-Rahman premier
Jan 12th - Tigers sign a lease to build a $126M domed stadium (doesn't happen)
Jan 13th - Former umpire, now housewife Bernice Gera wins her suit against baseball, initiated on March 15, 1971 to be allowed to umpire
Jan 14th - "Sanford & Son" starring Redd Foxx premieres on NBC TV
Jan 14th - WMAH TV channel 19 in Biloxi, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
Jan 14th - WMAU TV channel 17 in Bude, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
Jan 14th - WMAW TV channel 14 in Meridian, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
Jan 15th - Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Terry Daniels
Jan 16th - Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes European all-round lady skating champ
Jan 16th - Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys-24, Miami-3 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Roger Staubach, Dallas, QB
Jan 17th - Section of Memphis' Highway 51 South renamed Elvis Presley Blvd
MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi BerraMLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra Jan 19th - Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra, & Early Wynn elected to Hall of Fame
Jan 21st - Assam's North East Frontier Agency becomes Arunachal Pradesh terr
Jan 21st - Belgian government of Eyskens-Cools forms
Jan 21st - Manipur, Meghalaya & Tripura become separate states of Indian union
Jan 21st - Mizoram, formerly part of Assam, creates an Indian union territory
Jan 21st - Tripura becomes a full-fledged state in India.
Jan 22nd - "Emergency" with Robert Fuller premieres on NBC TV
Jan 22nd - 22nd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 112-110 at LA
Jan 23rd - 2nd AFC-NFC pro bowl, AFC wins 26-13
Jan 23rd - Ard Schenk becomes European all-round skating champ
Jan 23rd - Bootlegger sells wood alcohol to wedding party-100 die-New Delhi
Jan 23rd - Entire population of Istanbul under 24 hour house arrest
Jan 23rd - NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 26-13
Jan 24th - WRIP (now WDSI) TV channel 61 in Chattanooga, TN (IND) 1st broadcast
Jan 24th - Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi is found hiding in a Guam jungle, where he had been since the end of World War II.
Jan 25th - 25th NHL All-Star Game: East beats West 3-2 at Minnesota
Jan 25th - 7' Ohio State center Luke Witte is stomped in face during a brawl in a game with Minnesota
Jan 26th - Air stewardess Vesna Vulovic survives 10,160m fall without parachute
Jan 28th - Oral Roberts' Eddie Woods grabs 30 rebounds for 2nd consecutive game
Jan 29th - 5th ABA All-Star Game: East 142 beats West 115 at Louisville
Jan 30th - 'Bloody Sunday': 27 unarmed civilians are shot (of whom 14 were killed) by the British Army during a civil rights march in Derry; this is the highest death toll from a single shooting incident during 'the Troubles'
Jan 30th - Pakistan withdraws from the Commonwealth
Jan 31st - Aretha Franklin sings at Mahalia Jackson's funeral
Jan 31st - Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev becomes 11th King of Nepal
Jan 31st - Military coup ousts civilian government of Ghana
Jan 31st - US launches HEOS A-2 for interplanetary observations (396/244,998)
Feb 1st - 1st scientific hand-held calculator (HP-35) introduced ($395)
Feb 1st - Wings release "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" in UK
Feb 1st - Kuala Lumpur becomes a city by a royal charter granted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.
Feb 2nd - Lefty Gomez, Ross Youngs & William Harridge selected for Hall of Fame
Playwright Tom StoppardPlaywright Tom Stoppard Feb 2nd - Tom Stoppard's "Jumpers," premieres in London
Feb 2nd - Funerals of eleven of those killed on Bloody Sunday: in Dublin, over 30,000 march to the British Embassy, carrying thirteen replica coffins and black flags; they attack the Embassy with stones and bottles, then petrol bombs eventually burning it to the ground
Feb 3rd - 11th Winter Olympic games opens in Sapporo, Japan (1st in Asia)
Feb 3rd - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
Feb 4th - 6th round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks ends in Vienna Austria
Feb 4th - Senator Strom Thurmond suggests John Lennon be deported
Feb 5th - "Another Puff" by Jerry Reed peaks at #65
Feb 5th - Bob Douglas is 1st black elected to Basketball Hall of Fame
Feb 5th - US airlines begin mandatory inspection of passengers & baggage
Feb 8th - Josh Gibson & Buck Leonard selected to Hall of Fame
Feb 9th - Brit government declares state of emergency after month-long miners' strike
Feb 10th - BBC bans "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" by Wings
Feb 10th - Ras al Khaima joins United Arab Emirates
Feb 10th - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
Feb 13th - "1776" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 1,217 performances
Feb 13th - "Grease" opens on Broadway
Feb 13th - 11th Winter Olympic games close at Sapporo, Japan
Feb 14th - John & Yoko co-host "Mike Douglas Show" for entire week
Feb 14th - Luna 20 (Russia) launched to orbit & soft landing on Moon
Feb 14th - CBS "Late Movie" premieres
Feb 15th - Bill Torrey becomes 1st Islander General Manager
Feb 15th - Dimitrios Papadopoulos becomes metropolitan of Imbros/Tenedos
Feb 15th - Pres Velasco Ibarra of Ecuador deposed for 4th time
Feb 15th - Sound recordings are granted U.S. federal copyright protection for the first time.
Feb 16th - German mass murderers "Three of Breda" freed
Feb 16th - Test Cricket debut of Lawrence Rowe WI v NZ Kingston, 214 & 100
NBA Legend Wilt ChamberlainNBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain Feb 16th - Wilt Chamberlain hit 30,000 point mark during a game with Phoenix Suns
Feb 17th - British Parliament votes to join European Common Market
Feb 17th - President Nixon leaves Washington DC for China
Feb 17th - Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle model exceed those of Ford Model-T.
Feb 18th - California Supreme Court abolishes death penalty
Feb 18th - Giulio Andreotti sworn in as premier of Italy
Feb 18th - John & Yoko end a week of co-hosting Mike Douglas Show
Feb 19th - Glenn Turner carries his bat for 223* v WI at Kingston
Feb 19th - The Asama-Sanso hostage standoff begins in Japan.
Feb 20th - 1st time Cleveland Cavaliers beat NY Knicks (111-109)
Feb 20th - Ard Schenk becomes world champ skater
Feb 20th - Sicco Mansholt becomes chairman of European Committee
Feb 21st - Michael Weller's "Moonchildren," premieres in NYC
37th US President Richard Nixon37th US President Richard Nixon Feb 21st - Richard Nixon becomes 1st US president to visit China
Feb 22nd - Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani becomes Amir & Prime Minister of Qatar
Feb 22nd - President Nixon, meets with Chinese Premier Chou En-Lai in Beijing
Feb 22nd - Aldershot bombing: seven people killed by an Official IRA car bomb at Aldershot Barracks in England; thought to be in retaliation for Bloody Sunday
Feb 25th - Lopsided trade, Cards trade Steve Carlton to Phillies for Rick Wise
Feb 25th - Paul McCartney releases "Give Ireland back to the Irish" single
Feb 26th - Slag heap dam collapses above Buffalo Creek West Virginia, kills 125
Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartneyMusician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney Feb 27th - Pres Nixon & Chinese Premier Chou En-lai issued Shanghai Communique
Feb 28th - George Harrison is involved in a minor car accident
Feb 28th - Pres Richard Nixon ends historic week-long visit to China
Feb 28th - The Asama-Sanso incident ends in Japan.
Feb 29th - Hank Aaron becomes 1st baseball player to sign for $200,000 a year
Feb 29th - Jack Anderson discloses Dita Beard (ITT) memo indicating antitrust charges were dropped for $400,000 contribution to Republican Party
Mar 1st - Club of Rome publishes report "Boundaries on the Growth"
Mar 1st - David Rabe's "Sticks & Bones," premieres in NYC
Baseball Player Hank AaronBaseball Player Hank Aaron Mar 1st - KHMA TV channel 11 in Houma, LA (IND) begins broadcasting
Mar 1st - Wilt Chamberlain is 1st NBA player to score 30,000 points
Mar 2nd - Jean-B├ędell Bokassa appoints himself pres for life of Cent African Rep
Mar 2nd - Pioneer 10 launched for Jupiter flyby
Mar 3rd - Sculpted figures of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, & Stonewall Jackson are completed at Stone Mountain Georgia
Mar 4th - Erhard Keller (Germany) skates world record 1000m (1:18.5)
Mar 4th - Last train run between Penrith to Keswick UK
Mar 4th - Libya & USSR signs cooperation treaty
Confederate General Stonewall JacksonConfederate General Stonewall Jackson Mar 4th - Abercorn Restaurant bombing: a bomb explodes in a crowded restaurant in Belfast, killing two civilians and wounding 130
Mar 5th - Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis leaves communist party
Mar 6th - Jack Nicklaus, passes Arnold Palmer as golf's all-time money winner
Mar 6th - Keswick to Penrith railway officially closes
Mar 8th - 1st airship flown over Britain in 20 years (Europa)
Mar 8th - 1st flight of the Goodyear blimp
Mar 9th - Players on White Sox vote 31-0 in favor of a strike, if necessary
Mar 10th - 1st black US political convention opens (Gary Indiana)
Golfer Jack NicklausGolfer Jack Nicklaus Mar 10th - Gen Lon Nol becomes pres & prince Sirik Matak premier of Cambodia
Mar 10th - USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
Mar 11th - "Inner City" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 97 performances
Mar 12th - Judy Rankin wins LPGA Lady Eve Golf Open
Mar 12th - NHL great Gordie Howe retires after 26 seasons
Mar 14th - NBA's Cincinnati Royals announce they are moving to KC
Mar 15th - Danish airliner hit mountain in Sheikdom of Oman killing 112

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