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1972Chicago's Dick Allen is 4th (Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, & Alex Johnson) to homer into Comiskey Park's center field bleachers

1972George Harrison is involved in a minor car accident

1972Roberto Clemente is 11th to get 3,000 hits

1972Henry Kissinger declares "Peace is at hand" in Vietnam

1972Kareem Abdul-Jabbar named NBA MVP

1972Rod Stewart's 1st #1 hit (You Wear it Well)

1972Sculpted figures of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, & Stonewall Jackson are completed at Stone Mountain Georgia

1972Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Ron Stander

19721st tour of Paul McCartney & Wings (France)

1972John Lennon & Yoko Ono perform at Madison Square Garden

1972Kwame Nkrumah, re-buried in Nkroful Ghana

1972Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra, & Early Wynn elected to Hall of Fame

1972Wilt Chamberlain is 1st NBA player to score 30,000 points

1972Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Portland Ladies Golf Classic

1972Gordie Howe & Jean Beliveau inducted in Hockey Hall of Fame

1972Ted Williams manages his final game as Rangers lose to Royals, 4-0

1972Jerry Lewis' 7th Muscular Dystrophy telethon, John & Yoko appear

1972Joe Frazier TKOs Ron Stander in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

1972Leo Durocher replaces Harry Walker as manager of Astros

1972Bobby Hull becomes the 2nd NHLer to score 600 goals

1972Tennessee Williams' "Small Craft Warnings" premieres in NYC

1972Hank Aaron's grandslammer (14) ties him for NL lead with Gil Hodges & moves him ahead of Willie Mays as #2 HR hitter (649)

1972Evel Knievel breaks 93 bones after successfully clearing 35 cars

1972Wilt Chamberlain plays his last pro basketball game

1972Betsy Rawls wins LPGA GAC Golf Classic

1972Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Southgate Ladies Golf Open

1972Hank Aaron hits 660th & 661st HRs for Braves (record for 1 team)

1972Elvis Presley records a live album at NY's Madison Square Garden

197254th PGA Championship: Gary Player shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills Mich

197292nd US Mens Tennis: Ilie Nastase beats Arthur Ashe (36 63 67 64 63)

1972Bobby Fischer (US) defeats Boris Spassky (USSR) for world chess title

1972Wilt Chamberlain hit 30,000 point mark during a game with Phoenix Suns

1972Paul McCartney releases "Give Ireland back to the Irish" single

197279th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Billie Jean King beats Goolagong (63 63)

1972Jack Nicklaus, passes Arnold Palmer as golf's all-time money winner

197244th Academy Awards - "French Connection", Gene Hackman & Jane Fonda win

1972Tom Stoppard's "Jumpers," premieres in London

1972Giants trade Willie Mays to Mets for pitcher Charlie Williams & cash

1972NHL great Gordie Howe retires after 26 seasons

197236th Golf Masters Championship: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 286

1972Paul McCartney & Wings release "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

1972Barbra Striesand, James Taylor, Carole King & Quincy Jones perform at a benefit for George McGovern for President

1972In Willie Mays 1st game as a NY Met his homer beats SF Giants, 5-4

1972Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Raleigh Golf Classic

1972Hank Aaron becomes 1st baseball player to sign for $200,000 a year

1972Pres Richard Nixon ends historic week-long visit to China

1972Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Terry Daniels

1972John & Yoko appear on Jerry Lewis' Muscular Dystrophy Telethon

1972Richard Nixon becomes 1st US president to visit China

1972Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Knoxville Ladies Golf Classic

1972Michelangelo's Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome is damaged by a vandal.

1972Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Alamo Ladies Golf Open

1972 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
"Company" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 690 performances 
Jan 1
"On the Town" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 65 performances 
Jan 1
"Promises Promises" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 1281 perfs 
Jan 1
China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC 
Jan 1
International Book Year begins 
Jan 1
KDSD TV channel 16 in Aberdeen, SD (PBS) begins broadcasting 
Jan 1
Policewomen are enlisted as full members of South African Police Force for the first time. 
Jan 2
"Rothschilds" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 505 perfs 
Jan 2
Dallas Cowboys beat SF '49ers 14-3 in NFC championship game 
Jan 2
Mariner 9 begins mapping Mars 
Jan 2
Miami Dolphins beat Balt Colts 21-0 in AFC championship game 
Jan 2
Anti-internment rally in Belfast, North Ireland 
Jan 3
The Irish Republican Army (IRA) explodes a bomb in Callender Street, Belfast, which injures over 60 people 
Jan 4
Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London. 
Jan 5
Largest crowd at Cleveland Arena (Cavs vs Lakers-11,178) 
Jan 5
NYC transit fare rises from 30 cents to 35 cents 
Jan 5
US President Nixon signs a bill for NASA to begin research on a manned space shuttle 
Jan 5
West-Pakistani sheik Mujib ur-Rahman freed 
Jan 6
US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn 
Jan 6
US male Figure Skating championship won by Kenneth Shelley 
Jan 6
Vladimir Bukovski is exiled from USSR 
Jan 7
Iberian Airlines crashes into 800ft peak on island of Ibiza, 104 die 
Jan 7
LA Lakers chalk up 33rd consecutive win (NBA record) 
Jan 7
Lewis F Powell Jr becomes a Supreme Court Justice 
Jan 7
William Hubbs Rehnquist, sworn in as Supreme Court Justice 
Jan 7
LA Lakers 33 straight win streak snapped, losing to Bucks 120-104 
Jan 8
Dmitri Shostakovitch' 15th Symphony, premieres in Moscow 
Jan 8
NCAA announces freshman can play on teams starting in fall 
Jan 9
Billionaire Howard Hughes says Clifford Irving's bio is a fake 
Jan 9
Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational 
Jan 9
Retired passenger liner Queen Elizabeth destroyed by fire in Hong Kong harbour 
Jan 10
Sheik Mujib ur-Rahman arrives in Dacca, East-Pakistan 
Jan 10
Triple album set "Concert for Bangladesh" released in UK 
Jan 11
East-Pakistan becomes independent state of Bangladesh 
Jan 11
Abu Sayeed Chudhury becomes president & sheik Mujib ur-Rahman premier 
Jan 12
Tigers sign a lease to build a $126M domed stadium (doesn't happen) 
Jan 13
Former umpire, now housewife Bernice Gera wins her suit against baseball, initiated on March 15, 1971 to be allowed to umpire 
Jan 14
"Sanford & Son" starring Redd Foxx premieres on NBC TV 
Jan 14
WMAH TV channel 19 in Biloxi, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting 
Jan 14
WMAU TV channel 17 in Bude, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting 
Jan 14
WMAW TV channel 14 in Meridian, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting 
Jan 15
Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Terry Daniels 
Jan 16
Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes European all-round lady skating champ 
Jan 16
Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys-24, Miami-3 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Roger Staubach, Dallas, QB 
Jan 17
Section of Memphis' Highway 51 South renamed Elvis Presley Blvd 
Jan 17
Seven men who were held as internees escape from the prison ship HMS Maidstone in Belfast Lough, North Ireland 
Jan 18
Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Brian Faulkner bans all parades and marches in Northern Ireland until the end of the year 
Jan 19
Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra, & Early Wynn elected to Hall of Fame 
Jan 20
Six oil exporting countries conclude meetings with Western oil companies; an agreement is reached to raise the posted price of crude by 8.49 percent to offset the loss in value of oil concessions attributable to the decline in value of the US. dollar 
Jan 21
Assam's North East Frontier Agency becomes Arunachal Pradesh terr 
Jan 21
Belgian government of Eyskens-Cools forms 
Jan 21
Manipur, Meghalaya & Tripura become separate states of Indian union 
Jan 21
Mizoram, formerly part of Assam, creates an Indian union territory 
Jan 21
Tripura becomes a full-fledged state in India. 
Jan 22
"Emergency" with Robert Fuller premieres on NBC TV 
Jan 22
22nd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 112-110 at LA 
Jan 22
An anti-internment march is held at Magilligan strand, County Derry; as the march nears the internment camp it is stopped by members of the Green Jackets and the Parachute Regiment of the British Army, who used barbed wire to close off the beach 
Jan 23
2nd AFC-NFC pro bowl, AFC wins 26-13 
Jan 23
Ard Schenk becomes European all-round skating champ 
Jan 23
Bootlegger sells wood alcohol to wedding party-100 die-New Delhi 
Jan 23
Entire population of Istanbul under 24 hour house arrest 
Jan 23
NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 26-13 
Jan 24
WRIP (now WDSI) TV channel 61 in Chattanooga, TN (IND) 1st broadcast 
Jan 24
Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi is found hiding in a Guam jungle, where he had been since the end of World War II. 
Jan 25
25th NHL All-Star Game: East beats West 3-2 at Minnesota 
Jan 25
7' Ohio State center Luke Witte is stomped in face during a brawl in a game with Minnesota 
Jan 26
Air stewardess Vesna Vulovic survives 10,160m fall without parachute 
Jan 27
Two Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are shot dead in an attack on their patrol car in the Creggan Road, Derry 
Jan 27
The British Army and the Irish Republican Army engage in gun battles near County Armagh; British troops fire over 1,000 rounds of amunition 
Jan 28
Oral Roberts' Eddie Woods grabs 30 rebounds for 2nd consecutive game 
Jan 28
The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association place "special emphasis on the necessity for a peaceful incident-free day" at the next march on 30 January in an effort to avoid violence 
Jan 29
5th ABA All-Star Game: East 142 beats West 115 at Louisville 
Jan 30
'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 30
Pakistan withdraws from the Commonwealth 
Jan 31
Aretha Franklin sings at Mahalia Jackson's funeral 
Jan 31
Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev becomes 11th King of Nepal 
Jan 31
Military coup ousts civilian government of Ghana 
Jan 31
US launches HEOS A-2 for interplanetary observations (396/244,998) 
Jan 31
British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling makes statement to the House of Commons on the events of 'Bloody Sunday' "The Army returned the fire directed at them with aimed shots and inflicted a number of casualties on those who were attacking them with firearms and with bombs" 
Feb 1
1st scientific hand-held calculator (HP-35) introduced ($395) 
Feb 1
Wings release "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" in UK 
Feb 1
Kuala Lumpur becomes a city by a royal charter granted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia. 
Feb 1
British Prime Minister Edward Heath announces the appointment of Lord Chief Justice Lord Widgery to undertake an inquiry into the 13 deaths on 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972) 
Feb 1
The Ministry of Defence also issues a detailed account of the British Army's version of events during 'Bloody Sunday' 
Feb 2
Lefty Gomez, Ross Youngs & William Harridge selected for Hall of Fame 
Feb 2
Tom Stoppard's "Jumpers," premieres in London 
Feb 2
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 3
11th Winter Olympic games opens in Sapporo, Japan (1st in Asia) 
Feb 3
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Feb 4
6th round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks ends in Vienna Austria 
Feb 4
Senator Strom Thurmond suggests John Lennon be deported 
Feb 5
"Another Puff" by Jerry Reed peaks at #65 
Feb 5
Bob Douglas is 1st African American elected to Basketball Hall of Fame 
Feb 5
US airlines begin mandatory inspection of passengers & baggage 
Feb 5
Two IRA members are killed when a bomb they were planting exploded prematurely 
Feb 6
A Civil Rights march is held in Newry, County Down; there is a very large turn-out for the march with many people attending to protest at the killings in Derry the previous Sunday 
Feb 8
Josh Gibson & Buck Leonard selected to Hall of Fame 
Feb 9
Brit government declares state of emergency after month-long miners' strike 
Feb 9
William Craig, who had been Northern Ireland Minister for Home Affairs, launches 'Ulster Vanguard' as an umbrella movement for the right-ring of Unionism 
Feb 10
BBC bans "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" by Wings 
Feb 10
Ras al Khaima joins United Arab Emirates 
Feb 10
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Feb 10
Two British soldiers are killed in a land mine attack near Cullyhanna, County Armagh; An IRA member is shot dead during an exchange of gunfire with RUC officers 
Feb 13
"1776" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 1,217 performances 
Feb 13
"Grease" opens on Broadway 
Feb 13
11th Winter Olympic games close at Sapporo, Japan 
Feb 14
John & Yoko co-host "Mike Douglas Show" for entire week 
Feb 14
Luna 20 (Russia) launched to orbit & soft landing on Moon 
Feb 14
CBS "Late Movie" premieres 
Feb 14
Lord Widgery arrives in Coleraine, where the 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972) Tribunal was to be based, and holds a preliminary hearing 
Feb 15
Bill Torrey becomes 1st Islander General Manager 
Feb 15
Dimitrios Papadopoulos becomes metropolitan of Imbros/Tenedos 
Feb 15
Pres Velasco Ibarra of Ecuador deposed for 4th time 
Feb 15
Sound recordings are granted U.S. federal copyright protection for the first time. 
Feb 16
German mass murderers "Three of Breda" freed 
Feb 16
Test Cricket debut of Lawrence Rowe WI v NZ Kingston, 214 & 100 
Feb 16
Wilt Chamberlain hit 30,000 point mark during a game with Phoenix Suns 
Feb 17
British Parliament votes to join European Common Market 
Feb 17
President Nixon leaves Washington DC for China 
Feb 17
Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle model exceed those of Ford Model-T. 
Feb 18
California Supreme Court abolishes death penalty 
Feb 18
Giulio Andreotti sworn in as premier of Italy 
Feb 18
John & Yoko end a week of co-hosting Mike Douglas Show 
Feb 19
Glenn Turner carries his bat for 223* v WI at Kingston 
Feb 19
The Asama-Sanso hostage standoff begins in Japan. 
Feb 20
1st time Cleveland Cavaliers beat NY Knicks (111-109) 
Feb 20
Ard Schenk becomes world champ skater 
Feb 20
Sicco Mansholt becomes chairman of European Committee 
Feb 21
Michael Weller's "Moonchildren," premieres in NYC 
Feb 21
Richard Nixon becomes 1st US president to visit China 
Feb 21
The first session of the Widgery Tribunal, investigating the events of 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972), is held in Coleraine, County Derry 
Feb 22
Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani becomes Amir & Prime Minister of Qatar 
Feb 22
President Nixon, meets with Chinese Premier Chou En-Lai in Beijing 
Feb 22
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 22
The Official Irish Republican Army explodes a bomb at Aldershot military barracks, the headquarters of the Parachute Regiment, killing seven people 
Feb 25
Lopsided trade, Cards trade Steve Carlton to Phillies for Rick Wise 
Feb 25
Paul McCartney releases "Give Ireland back to the Irish" single 
Feb 25
Attempted assassination of Minister of State for Home Affairs John Taylor who is shot a number of times (the Official Irish Republican Army later claimed responsibility) 
Feb 26
Slag heap dam collapses above Buffalo Creek West Virginia, kills 125 
Feb 27
Pres Nixon & Chinese Premier Chou En-lai issued Shanghai Communique 
Feb 28
George Harrison is involved in a minor car accident 
Feb 28
Pres Richard Nixon ends historic week-long visit to China 
Feb 28
The Asama-Sanso incident ends in Japan. 
Feb 29
Hank Aaron becomes 1st baseball player to sign for $200,000 a year 
Feb 29
Jack Anderson discloses Dita Beard (ITT) memo indicating antitrust charges were dropped for $400,000 contribution to Republican Party 
Mar 1
Club of Rome publishes report "Boundaries on the Growth" 
Mar 1
David Rabe's "Sticks & Bones," premieres in NYC 
Mar 1
KHMA TV channel 11 in Houma, LA (IND) begins broadcasting 
Mar 1
Wilt Chamberlain is 1st NBA player to score 30,000 points 
Mar 1
Two Catholic teenagers were shot dead by the Royal Ulster Constabulary while 'joy riding' in a stolen car in Belfast 
Mar 2
Jean-Bédell Bokassa appoints himself pres for life of Cent African Rep 
Mar 2
Pioneer 10 launched for Jupiter flyby 
Mar 3
Sculpted figures of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, & Stonewall Jackson are completed at Stone Mountain Georgia 
Mar 4
Erhard Keller (Germany) skates world record 1000m (1:18.5) 
Mar 4
Last train run between Penrith to Keswick UK 
Mar 4
Libya & USSR signs cooperation treaty 
Mar 4
Abercorn Restaurant bombing: a bomb explodes in a crowded restaurant in Belfast, killing two civilians and wounding 130 
Mar 5
Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis leaves communist party 
Mar 6
Jack Nicklaus, passes Arnold Palmer as golf's all-time money winner 
Mar 6
Keswick to Penrith railway officially closes 
Mar 8
1st airship flown over Britain in 20 years (Europa) 
Mar 8
1st flight of the Goodyear blimp 
Mar 9
Players on White Sox vote 31-0 in favor of a strike, if necessary 
Mar 9
Four members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) die in a premature explosion at a house in Clonard Street, Lower Falls, Belfast 
Mar 10
1st black US political convention opens (Gary Indiana) 
Mar 10
Gen Lon Nol becomes pres & prince Sirik Matak premier of Cambodia 
Mar 10
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Mar 11
"Inner City" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 97 performances 
Mar 11
OPEC threatens "appropriate sanctions" against companies that "fail to comply with . . . any action taken by a Member Country in accordance with [OPEC] decisions." 
Mar 12
Judy Rankin wins LPGA Lady Eve Golf Open 
Mar 12
NHL great Gordie Howe retires after 26 seasons 
Mar 14
NBA's Cincinnati Royals announce they are moving to KC 
Mar 14
Two IRA members shot dead by British soldiers in the Bogside area of Derry 
Mar 15
Danish airliner hit mountain in Sheikdom of Oman killing 112 
Mar 15
NASA selects 3 part configuration for Space Shuttle 
Mar 15
"The Godfather", starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, premieres in New York 
Mar 15
Two British soldiers killed when attempting to defuse a bomb in Belfast; an RUC officer iskilled in an IRA attack in Coalisland, County Tyrone 
Mar 16
John & Yoko are served with deportation papers 
Mar 17
Ringo releases "Back off Bugaloo" in UK 
Mar 18
AIAW 1st basketball champs, Immaculata beats West Chester State 52-48 
Mar 18
China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC 
Mar 18
Cornell NCAA hockey team shut out for 1st time in 225 games (Boston U) 
Mar 18
Memphis' Larry Miller sets ABA record of 67 pts in a game 
Mar 18
Ulster Vanguard hold a rally of 60,000 people in Belfast; William Craig tells the crowd: "if and when the politicians fail us, it may be our job to liquidate the enemy" 
Mar 19
"To Live Another Summer" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 173 perfs 
Mar 19
Carol Mann wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic 
Mar 19
India & Bangladesh sign friendship treaty 
Mar 19
LA Lakers beat Golden State Warriors, 162-99, by then record 63 pts 
Mar 20
19 mountain climbers killed on Japan's Mount Fuji during an avalanche 
Mar 20
S Mansholt succeeds Malfatti as chairman of European Committee 
Mar 20
Donegall Street bombing: the Provisional Irish Republican Army detonate its first car bomb on Donegall Street in Belfast; four civilians, two RUC officers and a UDR soldier killed while 148 people were wounded 
Mar 21
US Supreme Court rules states can't require 1-yr residency to vote 
Mar 22
"Selling of the President" opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 5 perfs 
Mar 22
Congress approves Equal Rights Amendment (never ratified) 
Mar 22
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar named NBA MVP 
Mar 22
Nick Mileti purchases Cleve Indians for $9 million 
Mar 22
Yankees trade Danny Cater to the Red Sox for Sparky Lyle 
Mar 23
Evel Knievel breaks 93 bones after successfully clearing 35 cars 
Mar 23
NY Yanks agree to continue playing ball in the Bronx 
Mar 24
Great Britain imposes direct rule over Northern Ireland 
Mar 25
"Selling of the President" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 5 perfs 
Mar 25
34th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Florida 81-76 
Mar 25
America's LP "America" goes #1 
Mar 25
Bobby Hull becomes the 2nd NHLer to score 600 goals 
Mar 25
UCLA wins its 6th consecutive national basketball title 
Mar 26
"Only Fools Are Sad" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 144 perfs 
Mar 26
Betsy Cullen wins LPGA Sears Women's World Golf Classic 
Mar 26
LA Lakers broke NBA record by winning 69 of 82 games (69-13) 
Mar 26
William Whitelaw appointed as the first Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 
Mar 27
Adolph Rupp retires after 42 years of coaching U of Kentucky 
Mar 27
Venera 8 launched to Venus 
Mar 27
Ulster Vanguard organise industrial strike against the imposition of direct rule on Northern Ireland by Westminster 
Mar 28
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Mar 28
Wilt Chamberlain plays his last pro basketball game 
Mar 30
"Funny Thing Happened..." opens at Lunt-Fontanne NYC for 156 perfs 
Mar 30
North Vietnamese troops enter South Vietnam 
Mar 30
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Mar 30
Northern Ireland's Government and Parliament dissolved by the British Government and 'direct rule' from Westminster is introduced 
Mar 31
Official Beatles Fan Club closes down 
Apr 1
30,000 attend Mar Y Sol rock concert, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico 
Apr 1
Major league baseball players stages 1st collective strike 
Apr 2
44th Academy Awards - "French Connection", Gene Hackman & Jane Fonda win 
Apr 2
Prime Minister Begin visits Cairo 
Apr 2
Tennessee Williams' "Small Craft Warnings" premieres in NYC 
Apr 4
1st electric power plant fueled by garbage begins operating 
Apr 5
Baseball season is delayed due to a strike 
Apr 5
Mets trade Ken Singleton to Expos for Rusty Staub 
Apr 6
Egypt drops diplomatic relations with Jordan 
Apr 6
The Scarman Tribunal Report, an inquiry into the causes of violence during the summer of 1969 in N Ireland, is published, finding that the Royal Ulster Constabulary had been seriously at fault 
Apr 7
Three members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) die in a premature bomb explosion in Belfast 
Apr 8
Alvin Kallicharran scores 100* in his 1st Test Cricket innings v NZ 
Apr 9
"Sugar" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 506 performances 
Apr 9
36th Golf Masters Championship: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 286 
Apr 9
Glenn Turner (259) & Terry Jarvis make 387 opening cricket stand v WI 
Apr 9
USSR & Iraq sign friendship treaty 
Apr 10
7.0 earthquake kills 1/5 of population of Iranian province of Fars 
Apr 10
US, USSR & 70 other nations agree to ban biological weapons 
Apr 10
20 days after he was kidnapped in Buenos Aires, Oberdan Sallustro is executed by communist guerrillas. 
Apr 10
Two British soldiers are killed in a bomb attack in Derry 
Apr 11
Benjamin L Hooks, named to FCC 
Apr 11
USSR performs underground nuclear test 
Apr 13
1st baseball players' strike ends after 13 days 
Apr 14
"That's Entertainment" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 4 performances 
Apr 14
The Provisional Irish Republican Army explode twenty-four bombs in towns and cities across Northern Ireland 
Apr 15
Barbra Striesand, James Taylor, Carole King & Quincy Jones perform at a benefit for George McGovern for President 
Apr 15
A member of the Official Irish Republican Army is shot dead by British soldiers at Joy Street in the Markets area of Belfast close to his home 
Apr 15
A member of the British Army is shot dead by the Official IRA in the Divis area of Belfast. 
Apr 16
"That's Entertainment" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 4 perfs 
Apr 16
1st Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Jane Blalock 
Apr 16
Two giant pandas arrive in US from China 
Apr 16
Apollo 16 launched; 5th manned lunar landing (Decartes Highlands) 
Apr 16
Chicago Cub Burt Hooton no-hits Phillies, 1-0 
Apr 16
Two British soldiers are shot dead by the Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA) in separate incidents in Derry 
Apr 17
1st Boston Women's Marathon won by Nina Kuscsik of NY in 3:10:26 
Apr 17
76th Boston Marathon won by Olavi Suomalainen of Finland in 2:15:39 
Apr 17
Revised Dutch constitution proclaimed 
Apr 17
Kiteman attempting to throw out 1st ball in Phillie Vet crashes into centerfield seats 
Apr 18
"Lost in the Stars" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 39 performances 
Apr 18
The Widgery Report on 'Bloody Sunday' in Northern Ireland is published, causing outrage among the people of Derry who call it the "Widgery Whitewash" 
Apr 19
"Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" opens at Playhouse NYC for 1,065 perfs 
Apr 19
Bangladesh becomes a member of British Commonwealth 
Apr 19
Hungary revises constitution 
Apr 19
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
Apr 19
British Prime Ministe rEdward Heath confirms that a plan to conduct an arrest operation, in the event of a riot during the march on 30 January 1972, was known to British government Ministers in advance 
Apr 20
Apollo 16's Young & Duke land on Moon with Boeing Lunar Rover #2 
Apr 20
Kallicharran scores his 2nd Test century in his 2nd Test Cricket 
Apr 21
John Young & Charles Duke explores Moon (Apollo 16) 
Apr 21
Orbiting Astronomical Observatory 4 (Copernicus) launched 
Apr 22
Apollo astronauts John Young & Charles Duke ride on Moon 
Apr 22
An 11-year-old boy killed by a rubber bullet fired by the British Army in Belfast; he was the first to die from a rubber bullet impact 
Apr 23
26th Tony Awards: Sticks & Bones & 2 Gentlemen of Verona win 
Apr 23
Apollo 16 astronauts explores Moon surface 
Apr 23
Betty Burfeind wins LPGA Birmingham Centennital Golf Classic 
Apr 23
The Sunday Times Insight Team publish their account of the events of 'Bloody Sunday' 
Apr 25
Hans-Werner Grosse glides 907.7 miles (1,461 km) in an AS-W-12 
Apr 27
Apollo 16 returns to Earth 
Apr 27
NYC Mayor John Lindsey appeals that John Lennon not be deported 
Apr 28
Courts award 1968 Kentucky Derby prize money to 2nd place winner due to the winner being given drugs before the race 
Apr 30
"Arthur Godfrey Time" ends a 27 year run on radio 
Apr 30
Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Alamo Ladies Golf Open 
May 1
"Different Times" opens at ANTA Theater NYC for 24 performances 
May 1
North Vietnamese troops occupy Quang Tri Activities Committee 
May 1
Pulitzer prize awarded to Wallace Stegner (Angle of Repose) 
May 1
Radio's Mutual Black Network premieres 
May 2
Electrical fire in Sunshine Silver mine. 126 die (Kellogg, Idaho) 
May 2
Lt General Vernon A Walters, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA 
May 2
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
May 4
Vietcong forms revolutionary government in Quang Tri South Vietnam 
May 4
The Don't Make A Wave Committee, a fledgling environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to "Greenpeace Foundation". 
May 5
Alitalia DC-8 crashes west of Palermo Sicily; killing 115 
May 6
98th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:01.8 
May 6
Deniz Gezmiş, Yusuf Aslan and Hüseyin İnan are executed in Ankara for attempting to overthrow the Constitutional order. 
May 7
26th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 1 
May 7
Betty Burfeindt wins Sealy LPGA Golf Classic 
May 8
Sabena aircraft at Lod Intl, Tel Aviv, captured by Palestinians 
May 10
Overloaded South Korean bus plunges into reservoir, killing 77 
May 10
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
May 10
An Irish Republican Army bomb starts a fire that destroys the Belfast Co-operative store 
May 11
Giants trade Willie Mays to Mets for pitcher Charlie Williams & cash 
May 11
John Lennon says his phone is tapped by FBI on Dick Cavett Show 
May 11
Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins beat NY Rangers, 4 games to 2 
May 11
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
May 12
Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (completed 5/13) 
May 12
Paul McCartney & Wings release "Mary Had a Little Lamb" 
May 13
115 die in nightclub atop 7-story Sennichi dept store (Osaka Japan) 
May 13
Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (started 5/12) 
May 13
Battle at Springmartin: following a loyalist car bombing of a Catholic-owned pub in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast, clashes erupte between the PIRA, UVF and British Army 
May 14
24th Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Carrol O'Conner & Jean Stapleton win 
May 14
In Willie Mays 1st game as a NY Met his homer beats SF Giants, 5-4 
May 14
14th Grammy Awards: It's Too Late, Carly Simon wins 
May 14
A 13 year old Catholic girl is shot dead by Loyalist paramilitaries in Ballymurphy, Belfast 
May 15
Assassination attempt on US Governor George Wallace of Alabama by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, Md 
May 15
"Hard Job Being God" opens at Edison Theater NYC for 6 performances 
May 15
Bus plunges into Nile River killing 50 pilgrims. (Minia Egypt) 
May 15
Ryukyu Is & Daito Is returned to Japan after 27 yrs of US control 
May 15
The island of Okinawa, under U.S. military governance since its conquest in 1945, reverts to Japanese control. 
May 16
"Don't Play Us Cheap" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 164 perfs 
May 16
Greg Luzinski's 500' HR hits Liberty Bell monument in Phila Vet 
May 16
Jane Blalock wins LPGA Suzuki Golf Internationale 
May 17
Neth & China PR exchange ambassadors 
May 17
Tottenham Hotspur wins 1st UEFA Cup in London 
May 17
The Irish Republican Army (IRA) fires on workers leaving the Mackies engineering works in west Belfast (Although the factory was sited in a Catholic area it had an almost entirely Protestant workforce) 
May 18
"Me & The Chimp" last airs on CBS-TV 
May 18
John Sebastian makes 63 consecutive free throws while blindfolded 
May 19
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
May 19
WMAV TV channel 18 in Oxford, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting 
May 20
"Different Times" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 24 performances 
May 20
"Hard Job Being God" closes at Edison Theater NYC after 6 performances 
May 20
5th ABA Championship: Indiana Pacers beat NY Nets, 4 games to 2 
May 20
98th Preakness: Eldon Nelson aboard Bee Bee Bee wins in 1:55.6 
May 20
Cameroon adopts its constitution 
May 20
Republic of Cameroon declared as constitution is ratified 
May 21
"Heathen!" opens & closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC for 1 performance 
May 21
"Lost in the Stars" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 39 perfs 
May 21
Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational 
May 21
Michelangelo's Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome is damaged by a vandal. 
May 21
The Official Irish Republican Army (OIRA) kidnap and shoot dead William Best (19), a member of the Royal Irish Rangers 
May 22
Ceylon becomes Republic of Sri Lanka as its constitution is ratified 
May 22
Ton Sijbrands becomes world checkers champion 
May 22
US president Nixon begins visit to Moscow 
May 22
Over 400 women in Derry attack the offices of Official Sinn Féin in Derry, North Ireland, following the shooting of William Best by the Official Irish Republican Army 
May 24
Glasgow Rangers wins 12th Europe Cup II at Barcelona 
May 24
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
May 25
Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Ron Stander 
May 25
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
May 26
Joe Frazier TKOs Ron Stander in 5 for heavyweight boxing title 
May 26
Nixon & Brezhnev signs SALT accord 
May 26
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
May 26
The British state-owned travel firm Thomas Cook & Son is sold to a consortium of private businesses headed by the Midland Bank. 
May 26
The Irish Republican Army (IRA) plant a bomb in Oxford Street, Belfast, killing a 64 year old woman 
May 26
In the Republic of Ireland, the Special Criminal Court is re-instituted to deal with crimes arising out of the Northern Ireland conflict; as part of the measures trial by jury is suspended. 
May 27
"Applause" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 900 performances 
May 27
"Jimmy Castor Bunch's Troglodyte" (Cave Man) hits #6 
May 27
Indianapolis 500: Mark Donohue wins in 3:04:23.851 (262.262 km/h) 
May 28
White House "plumbers" break into Democratic Natlional HQ at Watergate 
May 28
Four Provisional Irish Republican Army volunteers and four civilians killed when a bomb they were preparing exploded prematurely at a house in Belfast 
May 29
Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship 
May 29
The Official IRA announce a ceasefire 
May 30
3 Jap PFL terrorists kills 24, wound 72 at Tel Aviv's Lod Intl airport 
May 30
The Angry Brigade goes on trial over a series of 25 bombings throughout Britain. 
May 31
Ajax wins Europe Cup 1 in Rotterdam 
Jun 1
Dmitri Shostakovitch's 15th Symphony, Dutch premieres in West Berlin 
Jun 1
Tswanaland becomes Bophuthatswana in South Africa 
Jun 1
West German police arrest Red Army Faction leader Andreas Baader 
Jun 1
Iraq nationalizes Iraq Petroleum Company's (IPC) concession owned by British Petroleum, Royal Dutch-Shell, Compagnie Francaise des Petroles, Mobil and Standard Oil of New Jersey 
Jun 2
Two British Army soldiers die in a land mine attack by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) near Rosslea, County Fermanagh 
Jun 3
"Hot Rod Lincoln," by Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen hits #9 
Jun 3
1st female US rabbi installed, Sally J Priesand at 25 
Jun 3
Yanks score 8 times in 13th beating White Sox 18-10 
Jun 4
Angela Davis, black activist, acquitted of killing a white guard 
Jun 4
Carol Mann wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open 
Jun 4
Record 8 shutouts pitched in 16 major league games (AL=5, NL=3) 
Jun 5
"If You Had Wings" opens 
Jun 5
UN Conference on Human Environment opens in Stockholm 
Jun 5
Yugoslav president Josip Tito visits USSR 
Jun 6
David Bowie releases "Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust" 
Jun 6
Explosion at world's largest coal mine kills 427 (Wankie, Rhodesia) 
Jun 6
Gold hits record $60 an ounce in London 
Jun 6
US bombs Haiphong, North-Vietnam; 1000s killed 
Jun 7
"Grease" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 3,388 performances 
Jun 7
German Chancellor Willy Brandt visits Israel 
Jun 7
Hsan Hua, Zen teacher, conducted 1st ordination ceremony in America 
Jun 7
Pirate's Gene Alley bases-loaded walk, beats Padres 1-0 in 18th 
Jun 8
Padres draft Dave Roberts #1, Indians draft Rick Manning #2 
Jun 8
Test Cricket debut of Tony Greig, v Australia at Old Trafford (57/62) 
Jun 9
14" of rain in 6 hrs burst Rapid City SD dam, drowns 237 
Jun 9
1st all-nite grad parties 
Jun 9
Bruce Springsteen signs a record deal with Columbia 
Jun 9
In a show of support for Iraq, OPEC moves to prevent companies whose interests were nationalized in Iraq from increasing production elsewhere 
Jun 10
104th Belmont: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:28 
Jun 10
Elvis Presley records a live album at NY's Madison Square Garden 
Jun 10
Hank Aaron's grandslammer (14) ties him for NL lead with Gil Hodges & moves him ahead of Willie Mays as #2 HR hitter (649) 
Jun 11
18th LPGA Championship won by Kathy Ahern 
Jun 11
31°F lowest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland in June 
Jun 11
KPAT-AM in Berkeley CA returns from KRE 
Jun 11
Gun battle between Loyalist and Republican paramilitaries break out in the Oldpark area of Belfast 
Jun 12
John Lennon's political "Sometime in NYC" released including "Woman is the Nigger of the World" "Attica State" & "Luck of the Irish" 
Jun 13
The Irish Republican Army invites Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Whitelaw to 'Free Derry'; Whitelaw rejects offer and reaffirms his policy to not "let part of the United Kingdom ... default from the rule of law" 
Jun 13
The Irish Republican Army invites Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Whitelaw to 'Free Derry'; Whitelaw rejects offer and reaffirms his policy to not "let part of the United Kingdom ... default from the rule of law" 
Jun 14
Hurricane Agnes kills 117 
Jun 14
Members of the NI Social Democratic and Labour Party hold a meeting with representatives of the Irish Republican Army in Derry; the IRA representatives outline their conditions for talks with the British Government 
Jun 15
Rock fall inside Vierzy Tunnel (France) causes 2 train crash; 107 die 
Jun 15
West German police arrested RAF leader Ulrike Meinhof 
Jun 15
The Social Democratic and Labour Party meet Secretary of State for Northern Ireland W Whitelaw, to present the IRA's conditions for a meeting 
Jun 16
The largest single-site hydro-electric power project in Canada starts at Churchill Falls, Labrador. 
Jun 17
"Long Haired Lover From Liverpool" by Little Jimmy Osmond peaks at #38 
Jun 17
5 arrested for burglarizing Democratic Party HQ at Watergate 
Jun 17
Chile president Allende forms new government 
Jun 17
Looking Glass releases "Brandy" 
Jun 17
9 firefighters are killed in the Hotel Vendome fire in Boston 
Jun 17
Five White House plumbers apprehended after second burglary of Democratic Natl HQ, Watergate 
Jun 18
72nd US Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 290 at Pebble Beach Calif 
Jun 18
BEA Trident crashes after takeoff from Heathrow killing 118 
Jun 18
West Germany wins soccer world championship 
Jun 18
US Supreme Court, 5-3, confirms lower court rulings in Curt Flood case, upholding baseball's exemption from antitrust laws 
Jun 18
3 members of the British Army are killed by an Irish Republican Army (IRA) bomb in a derelict house near Lurgan, County Down 
Jun 19
-29] Hurricane Agnes, kills 118 in NY & Florida 
Jun 19
Hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers face flight delays and cancellations after pilots threaten to strike over hijack fears 
Jun 19
A Catholic civilian is shot dead by the Provisional Irish Republican Army in the Cracked Cup Social Club, Belfast 
Jun 19
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland William Whitelaw concedes 'special category' status, or 'political status' for paramilitary prisoners in Northern Ireland 
Jun 20
Secret Meeting Between IRA and British Officials held 
Jun 22
"Man of La Mancha" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 140 performances 
Jun 22
The Irish Republican Army announce that it would call a ceasefire from 26 June 1972 provided that there is a "reciprocal response" from the security forces 
Jun 23
Hurricane Agnes is costliest natural disaster in American history 
Jun 23
Nixon & Haldeman agree to use CIA to cover up Watergate 
Jun 23
Pres Nixon signs act barring sex discrimination in college sports 
Jun 23
45 countries leave the Sterling Area, allowing their currencies to fluctuate independently of the British Pound. 
Jun 24
"Troglodyte (Cave Man)" by Jimmy Castor Bunch peaks at #6 
Jun 24
Wake Island becomes unincorporated territory of US (US Air Force) 
Jun 24
Yvonne Braitwaite Burke becomes 1st black chair in Dem convention 
Jun 24
Danie Malan, South African athlete, sets a new world record in the 1000m event in Munich 
Jun 24
The Irish Republican Army (IRA) kill 3 British Army soldiers in a land mine attack near Dungiven, County Derry 
Jun 25
Bernice Gera becomes 1st female umpire in pro baseball 
Jun 25
Juan Peron elected president of Argentina 
Jun 26
Bob Massie takes 16 wickets (8-84 & 8-53) on Test cricket debut v Eng 
Jun 26
IRA proclaims resistant in North-Ireland 
Jun 26
The Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) begin a "bi-lateral truce" as at midnight 
Jun 26
The Irish Republican Army (IRA) kill two British Army soldiers in separate attacks during the day 
Jun 29
Supreme Court rules (5-4) that Death Penalty is cruel & unusual 
Jun 29
USSR launches Prognoz 2 into earth orbit (549/200,000 km) 
Jun 30
One leap second is added to the UTC time system; also 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985 
Jun 30
Cincinnati Reds are 11 games back in NL, & go on to win pennant 
Jun 30
Ulster Defence Association (UDA) begin to organise its own 'no-go' areas (this is a response to the continuation of Republican 'no-go' areas and fears about concessions to the IRA) 
Jul 1
"Follies" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 524 performances 
Jul 1
"Hair" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 1750 performances 
Jul 1
Ms. magazine begins publishing 
Jul 1
The first Gay Pride march in England takes place. 
Jul 2
"Fiddler on the Roof" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 3242 perfs 
Jul 2
27th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Susie Maxwell Berning 
Jul 2
Bob Seagren pole vaults world record 5.63m 
Jul 2
India & Pakistan sign peace accord 
Jul 2
Two Catholic civilians are shot and killed in Belfast by Loyalist paramilitaries, probably the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) 
Jul 3
Themba Sono is forced to resign as president of South African Student Organisation (SASO) 
Jul 3
The Ulster Defence Association and the British Army come into conflict about a 'no-go' area at Ainsworth Avenue, Belfast 
Jul 4
The Royal Ulster Constabulary forward a file about the killings on 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972) to the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland 
Jul 5
Pierre Messmer appointed French premier 
Jul 5
Two Protestant brothers are found shot dead outside of Belfast (There was speculation that they were killed by Loyalists because they had Catholic girlfriends) 
Jul 7
1st women FBI members sworn in (Susan Lynn Roley & Joanne E Pierce) 
Jul 7
79th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Billie Jean King beats Goolagong (63 63) 
Jul 7
Dutch Minister of Agt decides to ignore soft drug usage 
Jul 7
Secret Talks Between IRA and British Government: Gerry Adams is part of a delegation to London for talks with the British Government 
Jul 7
7 people are killed in separate incidents across Northern Ireland 
Jul 8
US sells grain to USSR for $750 million 
Jul 9
1st tour of Paul McCartney & Wings (France) 
Jul 9
86th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: S Smith beats I Nastase (46 63 63 46 75) 
Jul 9
Kathy Ahern wins LPGA George Washington Golf Classic 
Jul 9
USSR performs underground nuclear test 
Jul 9
Kwame Nkrumah, re-buried in Nkroful Ghana 
Jul 9
Springhill Massacre: British snipers shoot dead five Catholic civilians and wounded two others in Springhill, Belfast. 
Jul 9
The ceasefire between the Provisional IRA and the British Army comes to an end 
Jul 10
Democratic convention opens in Miami Beach Florida (McGovern) 
Jul 10
Herd of stampeding elephants kills 24, Chandka Forest India 
Jul 12
Democrats nominated George McGovern for president in Miami Fla 
Jul 12
Twelve years after the banning of the ANC and Pan Africanist Congress, a new political movement, the Black People Convention is formed after a three day long conference in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa 
Jul 13
LA Rams (Irsay) & Baltimore Colts (Rosenbloom) swap owners 
Jul 13
A series of gun-battles and shootings erupt across Belfast between the Provisional Irish Republican Army and British Army soldiers 
Jul 14
Jean Westwood is 1st woman chosen to head Democratic Natl Committee 
Jul 14
USSR performs underground nuclear Test 
Jul 14
Plate ump & catcher in a game are brothers. Bill Haller is ump & Tom Haller is Tigers catcher, KC Royals win 1-0 
Jul 15
101st British Golf Open: Lee Trevino shoots 278 at Muirfield Gullane 
Jul 15
Sandra Palmer/Jane Blalock wins Angelo's Four-Ball Golf Championship 
Jul 16
Dimitrios Papadopoulos becomes 269th patriarch of Constantinople 
Jul 16
Smokey Robinson & Miracles final live performance 
Jul 17
1st 2 women begin training as FBI agents at Quantico 
Jul 18
200,000 attend Mt Pocono rock festival in Penns 
Jul 18
Egyptian president Anwar Sadat throws out 20,000 Russian military aids 
Jul 18
Mike Procter 8-73 with hat-trick, plus 51 & 102, Gloucs v Essex 
Jul 18
The 100th British soldier to die in the conflict is shot by a sniper in Belfast 
Jul 18
Leader of the British Labour Party Harold Wilson holds meeting with representatives of the Irish Republican Army 
Jul 20
US performs nuclear Test at Nevada Test Site 
Jul 21
2 passenger trains collide head-on killing 76 (Seville, Spain) 
Jul 21
27.5 cm rainfall at Fort Ripley, Minnesota (state record) 
Jul 21
Bloody Friday: within the space of seventy-five minutes, the Provisional Irish Republican Army explode twenty-two bombs in Belfast; six civilians, two British Army soldiers and one UDA volunteer were killed, 130 injured 
Jul 21
Dodgers release & end career of pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm 
Jul 21
In New York 57 murders occur in 24 hours 
Jul 22
10.84" (27.53 cm) of rainfall, Fort Ripley, Mn (state 24-hr record) 
Jul 22
Venera 8 makes soft landing on Venus 
Jul 22
2 Catholics are abducted, beaten, and shot dead in a Loyalist area of Belfast 
Jul 23
1st Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS) is launched 
Jul 23
Eddy Merckx (Belgium) wins his 4th consecutive Tour de France 
Jul 23
Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Raleigh Golf Classic 
Jul 24
Jigme Singye Wangchuk becomes king of Bhutan at 16 
Jul 24
Bugojno group is caught by Yugoslav security forces. 
Jul 25
43rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-3 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stad 
Jul 25
All star MVP: Joe Morgan (Cin Reds) 
Jul 25
US health officials concede African American were used as guinea pigs in 40 year syphilis experiment 
Jul 27
The F-15 Eagle flies for the first time. 
Jul 28
39th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Dallas 20, All Stars 7 (54,162) 
Jul 29
France performs nuclear Test at Muruora Island 
Jul 30
"Ain't Supposed to Die Death" closes at Barrymore NYC after 325 perfs 
Jul 30
Jan Ferraris wins LPGA Lady Pepsi Golf Open 
Jul 31
Dick Allen is 7th to hit 2 inside-the-park homers in a game 
Jul 31
Thomas Eagleton withdraws as Democratic VP candidate 
Jul 31
Operation Motorman: the British Army use 12,000 soldiers supported by tanks and bulldozers to re-take the "no-go areas" controlled by the Provisional Irish Republican Army 
Jul 31
Claudy bombing: nine civilians were killed when three car bombs exploded in County Londonderry, North Ireland; no group has since claimed responsibility 
Aug 1
1st article exposing Wategate scandal (Bernstein-Woodward) 
Aug 1
Nate Colbert of SD Padres hits record tying 5 HRs in a double header 
Aug 2
Gold hits record $70 an ounce in London 
Aug 3
British premier Edward Heath proclaims emergency crisis due to dock strike 
Aug 3
Chozen-ji/Intl Zen Dojo founded by Omori Sogen Roshi, in Hawaii 
Aug 3
U.S. Senate ratifies the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. 
Aug 4
Arthur Bremer jailed for 63 years for shooting Alabama Gov Wallace 
Aug 5
Moody Blues release "Nights in White Satin" 
Aug 5
Uganda president Idi Amin throws out all 80,000 Asians 
Aug 5
Detroit shortstop Ed Brinkman errors ends record streak of 72 games & 331 total chances without a miscue 
Aug 6
Garry Player wins PGA golf tournament 
Aug 6
Hank Aaron hits 660th & 661st HRs for Braves (record for 1 team) 
Aug 6
Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Knoxville Ladies Golf Classic 
Aug 7
Hall of Fame inducts Berra, Sandy Koufax, Lefty Gomez & Early Wynn 
Aug 8
NY Yanks sign 30-year lease to play in remodeled Yankee Stadium 
Aug 9
Rockwell receives NASA contract to construct Space Shuttle 
Aug 9
There is widespread and severe rioting in Nationalist areas of Northern Ireland on the anniversary of the introduction of Internment 
Aug 10
1 million kg meteorite grazes atmosphere above Canada 
Aug 10
Paul & Linda McCartney are arrested in Sweden on drug possession 
Aug 11
"Cheech & Chong Day" in San Antonio Texas 
Aug 11
Two IRA members are killed when a bomb they were transporting exploded prematurely 
Aug 12
"Funny Thing Happened..." closes at Lunt-Fontanne NYC after 156 perfs 
Aug 12
"Oh! Calcutta!" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 1316 performances 
Aug 12
Ian & Greg Chappell both scores centuries in same Test Cricket innings 
Aug 12
Last American combat ground troops leave Vietnam 
Aug 13
Dutch KRO-TV transmits 440th & last episode of "Bonanza" 
Aug 13
Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Pabst Ladies Golf Classic 
Aug 14
East German Aeroflot Illyushin 62 crashes near Moscow, killing 156 
Aug 14
2 British soldiers are killed by an IRA booby trap bomb in Belfast 
Aug 14
A Catholic civilian is shot dead during an IRA attack on a British Army patrol in Belfast 
Aug 16
54th PGA Championship: Gary Player shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills Mich 
Aug 16
Morocco King Hassan II's B727 shot at 
Aug 16
Philip Potter appointed sect-gen of World council of Churches 
Aug 16
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Aug 17
Phillies Steve Carlton wins his 15th straight game 
Aug 18
Police fine Paul & Linda McCartney ś800 in Sweden cannabis possession 
Aug 20
Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Southgate Ladies Golf Open 
Aug 20
USSR performs underground nuclear test 
Aug 21
1st hot air balloon flight over Alps 
Aug 21
British dock strike ends 
Aug 21
Grace Slick maced by police when a band official called cops, pigs 
Aug 21
Republican convention opens in Miami Beach 
Aug 21
US orbiting astronomy observatory Copernicus launched 
Aug 22
Rhodesia is expelled by the International Olympic Committee for its racist policies. 
Aug 22
IRA bomb explodes prematurely at a customs post at Newry, County Down - 9 people, including three members of the IRA and five Catholic civilians, are killed in the explosion 
Aug 23
Republican convention (Miami Beach, Fla) renominates VP Agnew but not unanimous-1 vote went to NBC newsman David Brinkley) 
Aug 23
Chicago's Dick Allen is 4th (Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, & Alex Johnson) to homer into Comiskey Park's center field bleachers 
Aug 23
4 civilians and 1 British soldier are injured in separate overnight shooting incidents in North Ireland 
Aug 24
8th Mayor's Trophy Game, Yanks beat Mets 2-1 
Aug 24
Dennis Amiss scores 1st one-day int century, 103 v Australia 
Aug 24
Gordie Howe & Jean Beliveau inducted in Hockey Hall of Fame 
Aug 26
20th Olympic games open at Munich German FR 
Aug 26
Leo Durocher replaces Harry Walker as manager of Astros 
Aug 26
NY Cosmos beat St Louis Stars, 2-1 to win NASL championship 
Aug 26
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Aug 27
Sandra Haynie wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open 
Aug 27
US bombs Haiphong, North Vietnam 
Aug 28
USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR 
Aug 29
SF Giant Jim Barr retires 1st 20 batters he faces added to last 21 he retired 6 days earlier for record 41 in a row 
Aug 30
John Lennon & Yoko Ono perform at Madison Square Garden 
Aug 31
Lasse Viren runs Olympic/world record 10,000m (27:38.4) 
Aug 31
Olga Korbut, USSR, wins olympic gold medal in gymnastics 
Sep 1
Bobby Fischer (US) defeats Boris Spassky (USSR) for world chess title 
Sep 1
Egypt & Libya form federation 
Sep 2
Chicago White Sox Milt Pappas no-hits SD Padres, 1-0 
Sep 2
Renate Stecher runs 100m European female record (11.07 sec) 
Sep 2
Rod Stewart's 1st #1 hit (You Wear it Well) 
Sep 2
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
Sep 2
The headquarters of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) in Belfast is severely damaged by an IRA bomb 
Sep 4
US swimmer Mark Spitz becomes 1st athlete to win 7 olympic gold medals 
Sep 4
USSR performs underground nuclear test 
Sep 4
Thieves steal 18 paintings from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in what was at the time the largest art theft in North America. 
Sep 5
11 Israeli athletes taken hostage and later killed by Palestinian Black September group at the Munich Olympics 
Sep 5
Chemical spill with fog sickens hundreds in Meuse Valley Belgium 
Sep 5
Jerry Lewis' 7th Muscular Dystrophy telethon, John & Yoko appear 
Sep 6
John & Yoko appear on Jerry Lewis' Muscular Dystrophy Telethon 
Sep 6
Summer Olympics resume in Munich Germany after massacre 
Sep 8
Chic Cub Ferguson Jenkins wins his 20th game for 6th straight year 
Sep 8
Jim Ryan (US) & Billy Fordjour (Ghana) collide & fall in qualifying competitions for 1,500m finals, ending Ryan's chances for gold 
Sep 9
86th US Womens Tennis: Billie Jean M King beats K Melville (63 75) 
Sep 9
Terry Anne Meeuwsen (Wisc), 23, crowned 45th Miss America 1973 
Sep 10
20th Olympic games close at Munich, German FR 
Sep 10
92nd US Mens Tennis: Ilie Nastase beats Arthur Ashe (36 63 67 64 63) 
Sep 10
Emerson Fittipaldi is youngest to win an auto race World Championship 
Sep 10
Frank Shorter wins 17th Olympic marathon (2:12:19.8) 
Sep 10
Jane Blalock wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open 
Sep 10
US Men's olympic basketball teams 1st lose, 51-50 to USSR (disputed) 
Sep 10
WKAR TV channel 23 in East Lansing, MI (PBS) begins broadcasting 
Sep 10
3 British soldiers are killed in a land mine attack near Dungannon, County Tyrone 
Sep 11
BART begins service with a 26-mi (42-km) line from Oakland to Fremont 
Sep 12
Lord Michael Killanin succeeds Avery Brundage as head of Olympics 
Sep 13
1st TV broadcast of "Waltons" on CBS 
Sep 14
"Waltons" TV program premieres 
Sep 14
Jason Miller's "That Championship Season," premieres in NYC 
Sep 14
West Germany & Poland establish diplomatic relations 
Sep 14
2 people are killed and 1 mortally wounded in a Ulster Volunteer Force bomb attack on the Imperial Hotel, Belfast 
Sep 15
WMAO TV channel 23 in Greenwood, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting 
Sep 15
A magnitude 4.5 earthquake shakes Northern Illinois. 
Sep 15
An SAS domestic flight from Gothenburg to Stockholm was hijacked and flown to Malmö-Bulltofta Airport. 
Sep 16
1st TV series about mixed marriage-Bridgit Loves Bernie 
Sep 16
Penny Marshall appears on Bob Newhart Show in "Fly Unfriendly Skies" 
Sep 17
"M*A*S*H," premieres on NBC TV 
Sep 17
BART begins passenger service in SF 
Sep 17
Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Quality First Golf Classic 
Sep 17
Tanzania troops march in to Uganda 
Sep 18
1st black NL umpire (Art Williams-Los Angeles vs San Diego) 
Sep 19
A parcel bomb sent to Israeli Embassy in London kills one diplomat. 
Sep 20
Police find cannabis growing on Paul & Linda McCartney's farm 
Sep 20
Libya acquires a 50 percent interest in two ENI oil concessions 
Sep 20
The Social Democratic and Labour Party issues a document entitled Towards a New Ireland, proposing that the British and Irish governments should have joint sovereignty over Northern Ireland 
Sep 20
The Social Democratic and Labour Party issues a document entitled Towards a New Ireland, proposing that the British and Irish governments should have joint sovereignty over Northern Ireland 
Sep 21
Marcos declares martial law in Philippines 
Sep 21
USSR performs underground nuclear test 
Sep 22
Dictator Idi Amin expels 8,000 Asians from Uganda 
Sep 23
Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos declares martial law 
Sep 23
President Marcos ends emergency crisis in Philippines 
Sep 24
Antique F86 Sabrejet fails to takeoff at air show, kills 22 
Sep 24
Jack Tatum, Oakland, returns a fumble 104 yds vs Green Bay (rec) 
Sep 24
NY Jet Joe Namath passes for 6 touchdowns vs Balt Colt (44-34) 
Sep 25
Dutch air force drives away Russian Tupolev-bomber 
Sep 25
KAVT (now KSMQ) TV channel 15 in Austin, MN (PBS) begins broadcasting 
Sep 25
Norway votes to join European common market 
Sep 25
Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Lincoln-Mercury Golf Open 
Sep 26
American Museum of Immigration dedicated 
Sep 26
Norway rejects membership in European Common Market 
Sep 27
1st game at Nassau Coliseum, Rangers beat Islanders 6-4 (exhibition) 
Sep 28
David Bowie sells out his 1st show in NY Carnegie Hall 
Sep 28
Japan & Communist China agree to re-establish diplomatic relations 
Sep 28
Canada defeats the USSR in the eigth and final game of the ice hockey Summit Series. 
Sep 29
Japan & People's Republic of China begin diplomatic relations 
Sep 30
Passenger train derails killing 48 (Rust Stasie South Africa) 
Sep 30
Roberto Clemente is 11th to get 3,000 hits 
Oct 1
"Don't Play Us Cheap" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 164 perfs 
Oct 1
1st games of World Hockey Association 
Oct 1
2nd NYC Women's Marathon won by Nina Kuscsik in 3:08:41 
Oct 1
3rd NYC Marathon won by Sheldon Karlin in 2:27:52 
Oct 1
Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Portland Ladies Golf Classic 
Oct 2
"From Israel with Love" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 8 performances 
Oct 2
Aeroflot Il-18 crashes near Black Sea resort of Sochi, kills 105 
Oct 2
Bill Stoneman of Montreal pitches his 2nd no-hitter, beating Mets, 7-0 
Oct 2
Danish population votes for membership of the European Common Market 
Oct 2
Mont Expos Bill Stoneman 2nd no-hitter beats NY Mets, 7-0 
Oct 2
Ron Johnson becomes 1st NY Giant to score 4 TDs (vs Phila) 
Oct 3
Indians set a team record for lowest team batting avg .234 
Oct 3
Spaceflight 71-2 launched; 1st flexible substrate photovoltaic flown 
Oct 3
Steve Carlton wins 27th game for Phillies (almost ½ of their 59 wins) 
Oct 3
USSR performs nuclear test 
Oct 3
Balt Roric Harrison is last AL pitcher to homer until interleague play 25 years later 
Oct 4
Ted Williams manages his final game as Rangers lose to Royals, 4-0 
Oct 5
Herbert Mullin 1st kills, to prevent earthquakes 
Oct 6
22-car train carrying 2,000 pilgrims derails, kills 208 in Mexico 
Oct 6
Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Jack Lynch closes the Sinn Féin (SF) office in Dublin 
Oct 6
Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Jack Lynch closes the Sinn Féin (SF) office in Dublin 
Oct 7
1st season game at Nassau Coliseum, Flames-3, Islanders-2 
Oct 8
"From Israel with Love" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 8 perfs 
Oct 8
Harold Carmichael begins NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions 
Oct 8
In Game 2 of ALCS, A's Bert Campaneris fires his bat at Det pitcher 
Oct 8
Lerrin LaGrow Campy, who had been hit by a pitch, is fined & suspended 
Oct 9
"Dude" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 16 performances 
Oct 10
Judy Rankin wins LPGA Heritage Village Golf Open 
Oct 10
3 members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) die in a premature explosion in a house in Balkan Street, Lower Falls, Belfast 
Oct 11
Panama adopts constitution 
Oct 11
Prison uprising at Washington DC jail 
Oct 11
Reads beat Pirates in NLCS 
Oct 12
"Hurry, Harry" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 2 performances 
Oct 12
46 sailors injured in race riot on aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk 
Oct 12
Billy Harris failed in 1st Islander penalty shot 
Oct 12
Mariner 9 takes pictures of Martian north pole 
Oct 13
"Hurry, Harry" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 2 performances 
Oct 13
Aeroflot Il-62 crashes in large pond outside Moscow, 176 die 
Oct 13
Commish Bowie Kuhn allows Bert Campaneris to play in World Series 
Oct 13
Uruguay to Chile plane crashes in Andes Mountains, (passengers eat crash victims to survive, 16 of 45 rescued 2 months later) 
Oct 14
Oakland A Gene Tenace is 1st to homer in 1st 2 World Series at bats 
Oct 14
North Irish Loyalist paramilitaries raid Headquarters of the 10 Ulster Defence Regiment in Belfast and stole rifles and ammunition 
Oct 15
61st Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Bucharest (3-2) 
Oct 15
Omni in Atlanta opens - Hawks beat NY Knicks 109-101 
Oct 16
"Pacific Paradise" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 5 performances 
Oct 16
Creedence Clearwater Revival breaks up 
Oct 16
2 members of the Offical Irish Republican Army are shot dead by the British Army in County Tyrone 
Oct 16
A Protestant youth member (15) of the Ulster Defence Association, and a UDA member (26) are run over by British Army vehicles during riots in east Belfast 
Oct 17
1st time Islanders shut-out-5-0 vs Penguins 
Oct 17
Bob Randall's "6 Rooms Riv Vu," premieres in NYC 
Oct 17
Chuck Berry's "My Ding-a-ling," is #1