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1972


Jan
5
Richard Nixon orders the development of a space shuttle program U.S. President Richard Nixon orders the development of a space shuttle program (1972)The Truth and Legends of Space Exploration

14
Premiere of the sitcom 'Sanford and Son'Premiere of the sitcom 'Sanford and Son' (1972)Top 10 Television Sitcoms of the 1970s

Feb
3
The deadliest snowstorm in history strikes IranThe first day of the seven-day 1972 Iran blizzard, which would kill at least 4,000 people, making it the deadliest snowstorm in history (1972)Top 10 Infamous Natural Disasters of the Last 100 Years

14
Birthday of Rob ThomasBirthday of Rob Thomas (1972)Top 10 Epic TV Cameos

17
Birthday of Billie Joe ArmstrongBirthday of Billie Joe Armstrong (1972).Top 10 Greatest Green Day Songs
History of Green Day: Profile of the 'American Idiot' Punk Band
Top 10 Trio Bands in Rock
Top 10 Alternative Bands of the 1990s

17
Birthday of Foo Fighters' Taylor HawkinsBirthday of Taylor Hawkins [Foo Fighters] (1972)The History of the Foo Fighters

21
President Nixon visits ChinaPresident Nixon visits China (1972)Top 10 Defining Moments of 1970s America

29
Birthday of Antonio Sabato, Jr.Birthday of Antonio Sabato, Jr. (1972)Top 10 Male Models-Turned-Actors

Mar
2
NASA launches the Pioneer 10 space probeNASA launched the Pioneer 10 space probe, famously carrying a gold plaque that describes what humans look like and where we are, became the 1st space probe to fly through the Asteroid Belt and the 1st to fly past Jupiter (1972)Space Race: 20th Century Timeline and Firsts
The Truth and Legends of Space Exploration

6
Birthday of Shaquille O'Neal Birthday of Shaquille O'Neal (1972)Shaquille O'Neal Bio: Life and Career

10
Release: Silent RunningThe film Silent Running is released (1972)Top 10 Environmental Warning Movies

13
Birthday of CommonBirthday of Common, American rapper and actor (1972)Common Biography: Life and Career of the Rapper and Actor
Top 10 Rappers and Hip Hop Artists

15
Birthday of Mark HoppusBlink-182 vocalist and bassist Mark Hoppus is bornThe History of Blink-182
Top 10 Alternative Bands of the 2000s

15
Release: The Godfather is released The film The Godfather is released (1972)Top 10 Movies of the 1970s
Top 10 Mafia Movies
Top 10 Movie Anti-Heroes
Top 10 Movie Dads
Top 10 Comeback Performances

16
Flying Tiger Line Flight 739 goes missingFlying Tiger Line Flight 739 goes missing on its way to Saigon, Vietnam (1972)Top 10 Aviation Mysteries

18
Birthday of Dane CookBirthday of Dane Cook (1972)Top 10 Most Hated Comedians

23
Release: The Concert for BangladeshThe film The Concert for Bangladesh is released (1972)Top 10 Greatest Concert Films

24
Release: The Godfather is released The film The Godfather is released (1972)Top 10 Movies of All Time

25
The TV series Bewitched airs its last episodeThe TV series Bewitched airs its last episode (1972)Top 10 Worst Movies Based on a TV Series
Top 10 Fantasy Shows

Apr
16
NASA launched Apollo 16 to the MoonNASA launched Apollo 16 to the Moon. This was the first manned landing in the lunar highlands, though the landing was nearly aborted after an engine crisis (1972)Space Race: 20th Century Timeline and Firsts

20
Birthday of Carmen Electra Birthday of Carmen Electra (1972)Carmen Electra Interview at Burlesque Dance Show

28
Birthday of Insane Clown Posse's Violent J Insane Clown Posse's Violent J, real name Joseph Bruce, is born (1972).Top 10 Hated Musical Artists

May
2
Birthday of Dwayne The Rock JohnsonBirthday of Dwayne The Rock Johnson (1972)Top 10 Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Moments
Top 10 Wrestlers
Top 10 Wrestling Catchphrases
Top 10 Epic TV Cameos

4
Birthday of Mike DirntBirthday of Mike Dirnt (1972).Top 10 Greatest Green Day Songs
History of Green Day: Profile of the 'American Idiot' Punk Band

12
Release: The Rolling Stones' album, Exile on Main St., is releasedThe Rolling Stones' album, Exile on Main St., is released (1972).Top 10 Rolling Stones Moments

21
Birthday of The Notorious B.I.G.Birthday of The Notorious B.I.G. (1972).Top 10 The Notorious B.I.G. Songs
Top 10 Rap Acts of All Time
Top 10 Hip-Hop Feuds and Rivalries
The Notorious B.I.G.: Biography - Life and Murder
Top 10 Rappers and Hip Hop Artists
2Pac vs. The Notorious B.I.G.: Music Showdown
Top 10 Musicians Who Died Too Soon

Jun
6
Birthday of Lacuna Coil's Cristina ScabbiaBirthday of Cristina Scabbia [Lacuna Coil] (1972)Interview with Lacuna Coil

6
David Bowie releases "Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust" David Bowie releases "Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust" (1972)The Life and Career of David Bowie

6
Release: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars album by David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars album by David Bowie (1972)Top 10 David Bowie Songs

17
Watergate ScandalBreak-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters resulting in Watergate Scandal (1972)The Watergate Scandal: Timeline and Background
Biography of Richard Nixon: Presidency and Watergate
Top 10 Political Lies of All Time
Top 10 U.S. Political Scandals
Top 10 Defining Moments of 1970s America

23
Birthday of Zinedine ZidaneBirthday of Zinedine Zidane (1972).Top 10 Football Players

25
Birthday of Nickelback's Mike Kroeger Birthday of Mike Kroeger [Nickelback] (1972)Nickelback: History of the Rock Band

29
The death penalty is suspended in U.S.The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all current state death penalty laws were unconstitutional. The death penalty was suspended for 5 years, and all prisoners on Death Row were given life sentences instead (1972)The History of Capital Punishment in the United States

Jul
21
Bloody FridayBloody Friday: the IRA exploded 22 bombs in Belfast, Northern Ireland, killing 9 people and injuring 130 (1972)Top 10 Infamous Bombings

23
Birthday of Marlon WayansBirthday of Marlon Wayans (1972)Top 10 Greatest Cross-Dressing Movie Roles

29
Birthday of Wil Wheaton Birthday of Wil Wheaton (1972)Top 10 Star Trek: The Next Generation Episodes
Star Trek Franchise Retrospective

Aug
5
Munich Massacre takes placeMunich Massacre takes place (1972).Top 10 Moments That Made The World Stand Still

11
The last U.S. ground combat unit leaves South VietnamVietnam War: the last United States ground combat unit leaves South Vietnam (1972)Vietnam War: History and Key Dates

15
Birthday of Ben AffleckBirthday of Ben Affleck, an American actor, film director, writer, and producer.Top 10 Ben Affleck Performances
Top 10 Comeback Performances
Top 10 Celebrity Commercials from Before They Were Stars

Sep
4
The TV series The Price is Right airs its first episode with Bob Barker as hostThe TV series The Price is Right airs its first episode with Bob Barker as host (1972)Top 10 Game Show Hosts of All Time

5
Munich Massacre takes placeMunich Massacre takes place (1972).Top 10 Craziest Events Caught on Live TV

6
Birthday of Idris ElbaBirthday of Idris Elba (1972)Top 10 Decade Defining Actors: 2010s

8
The TV series Are You Being Served? airs its first episodeThe TV series Are You Being Served? airs its first episode (1972)Top 10 British TV Comedies

9
USA vs. USSR Olympic basketball gameUSA vs. USSR Olympic basketball game (1972)Top 10 Controversial Calls in Sports History
Top 10 Sports Upsets

16
Premiere of the sitcom 'The Bob Newhart Show'Premiere of the sitcom 'The Bob Newhart Show' (1972)Top 10 Television Sitcoms of the 1970s

17
The TV series M*A*S*H airs its first episodeThe TV series M*A*S*H airs its first episode (1972)Top 10 Sitcoms of All Time
Top 10 TV Doctors
Top 10 Television Sitcoms of the 1970s
Top 10 TV Dramas of All Time

21
Birthday of Liam GallagherBirthday of Liam Gallagher (1972).Top 10 In-Band Feuds
Top 10 Alternative Bands of the 1990s
The History of Oasis

26
Birthday of Shawn Stockman of Boyz II MenThe History of the Successful R&B Male Vocal Group Boyz II MenThe History of Boyz II Men

27
Birthday of Gwyneth PaltrowBirthday of Gwyneth Paltrow (1972).Top 10 Actors Who Crashed As Musicians

Oct
13
Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crashes into the Andes.Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crashes into the Andes. The plight of the survivors inspired the making of the 1993 film 'Alive'.Top 10 Aviation Mysteries
Top 10 Real Life Survival Movies

17
Birthday of EminemBirthday of Eminem (1972).Top 10 Eminem Songs
The Life and Career of Eminem
Top 10 Rappers and Hip Hop Artists
Top 10 Unlikely Musical Collaborations
Top 10 Rappers and Hip Hop Artists Turned Actors
Top 10 Decade Defining Songs of the 2000s
Top 10 Rap Acts of All Time
Top 10 Musicians with Alter Egos

19
Pras of the Fugees is bornPras, founder and rapper of the Fugees, is bornTop 10 Rap Groups and Crews

Nov
6
Birth of actress Rebecca Romijn.Birth of actress Rebecca Romijn. She is an American actress and former fashion model. She is best known for her role as Mystique in the X-Men films and for her recurring role as Alexis Meade on the television series Ugly Betty. Top 10 Greatest Female Supervillains

14
Birthday of Josh DuhamelBirthday of Josh Duhamel (1972)Top 10 Male Models-Turned-Actors

Dec
7
Apollo 17, the last Apollo moon mission, is launchedImportant Firsts in the History of Space ExplorationSpace Race: 20th Century Timeline and Firsts

9
Birthday of Tre CoolBirthday of Tre Cool (1972).Top 10 Greatest Green Day Songs
History of Green Day: Profile of the 'American Idiot' Punk Band

15
Release: Last Tango in ParisThe film Last Tango in Paris is released (1972)Top 10 Controversial Movies (EXPLICIT)

19
Birthday of Alyssa MilanoWatchMojo.com as we count down the Top 10 Sitcoms of the 1980sTop 10 Television Sitcoms of the 1980s

29
Birthday of Jude Law Birthday of Jude Law (1972)Jude Law: From Gattaca to Sherlock Holmes

31
Birthday of NKOTB's Joey McIntyre Birthday of Joey McIntyre (1972) [New Kids on the Block]Music Showdown: New Kids on the Block Vs. Backstreet Boys