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Notable Historical Events - March 1972

1972Evel Knievel breaks 93 bones after successfully clearing 35 cars

1972Kareem Abdul-Jabbar named NBA MVP

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

1972NHL great Gordie Howe retires after 26 seasons

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

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

1972Wilt Chamberlain plays his last pro basketball game

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

March 1972 Historical Events
Date Event
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 
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