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The following events occurred in April 1972:

April 26, 1972: Lockheed L-1011 introduced
April 25, 1972: Polaroid introduces pictures that develop as you watch
April 21, 1972: Apollo 16 makes the penultimate manned flight to the Moon
April 3, 1972: Charlie Chaplin (right) returns to the U.S. after 20 years

April 1, 1972 (Saturday)Edit

  • For the first time in history, all scheduled National League and American League games were called off by a strike. The MLBPA's representatives voted 47–0 to call a walkout in a dispute over player pensions. The remaining four days of exhibitions were cancelled, and the April 5 season openers were postponed. The strike was resolved by April 15.[1]
  • New Zealand law created the Accident Compensation Corporation, which eliminated personal injury lawsuits in favor of an insurance system that compensates injured persons regardless of fault.[2]

April 2, 1972 (Sunday)Edit

April 3, 1972 (Monday)Edit

April 4, 1972 (Tuesday)Edit

April 5, 1972 (Wednesday)Edit

  • A tornado killed six people in Vancouver, Washington, an area generally immune from twisters. Striking at 12:51 p.m., the storm injured 70 children at Vancouver's Ogden Elementary School, but none of them fatally.[6]

April 6, 1972 (Thursday)Edit

April 7, 1972 (Friday)Edit

April 8, 1972 (Saturday)Edit

April 9, 1972 (Sunday)Edit

  • The Iraqi-Soviet Treaty of Friendship and Co-operation was signed in Baghdad, for a term of 15 years, after which the USSR supplied increased military aid to Iraq, as part of an agreement "to develop their cooperation in the matter of strengthening their defence capacity".[14]

April 10, 1972 (Monday)Edit

  • United States President Richard Nixon and Soviet head of state Nikolai Podgorny signed the Biological Weapons Convention, in their respective capitals of Washington and Moscow. Representatives from 74 other nations signed the treaty at the Washington ceremony.[15]
  • At 5:36 in the morning local time (0206 UTC), the 6.7 Mw Qir earthquake shook southern Iran with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), killing thousands of people in the province of Fars. [16] The final death toll was listed as 5,374. The majority of the deaths were in the town of Qir, where two thirds of its residents (3,399 of 5,068) were killed.[17]
  • The body of Oberdan Sallustro, the general manager of FIAT operations in Argentina, was found near Buenos Aires, 20 days after he had been kidnapped by the People's Revolutionary Army. On the same day, the terrorist organization assassinated General Juan Carlos Sanchez as he was being driven to his office in Rosario.[18]
  • Fifteen mountain climbers were killed by an avalanche while attempting to climb Manaslu, the world's eighth tallest mountain (26,752 feet). The South Korean financed expedition consisted of four Koreans, a Japanese cameraman, and their ten Nepalese Sherpa guides.[19]
  • The city of Fujimi was founded in Japan.
  • Born: Gordon Buchanan, Scottish wildlife filmmaker, in Dumbarton[20]

April 11, 1972 (Tuesday)Edit

  • For the first time, the deliberations of the United States bishops of the Roman Catholic Church were opened to the press. Seventy-five reporters were invited to the meeting, held in Atlanta. Cardinal John Krol then delivered his speech in Latin. Cardinal Krol told reporters, "We told you we'd let you in. We didn't tell you what language we'd talk."[21]
  • Born: Jason Varitek, MLB catcher, Gold Glove winner, in Rochester, Michigan
  • Died: George H. Plympton, 82, American screenwriter

April 12, 1972 (Wednesday)Edit

  • The table tennis team from the People's Republic of China arrived in Detroit to begin their tour of the United States.[22]

April 13, 1972 (Thursday)Edit

  • The United States Senate voted 68–16 to approve the War Powers Act, which would limit the power of the President to commit American forces to hostilities without Congressional approval. The legislation then moved on to the House.[23]
  • The first destruction of an enemy tank by Cobra attack helicopter was made by CW2 Barry McIntyre, in the course of the Battle of An Loc. The maneuverable and destructive Cobras were able to stop entire columns of North Vietnamese tanks, and turned the course of the Easter Offensive.[24]
  • Lt. Col. Iceal Hambleton, a USAF EB-66 navigator who had been shot down on April 2, was rescued. He had spent 11½ days behind enemy lines. During the rescue operation, five aircraft were shot down, eleven U.S. servicemen were killed, and two men were captured. The rescue operation was the "largest, longest, and most complex search-and-rescue" operation during the entire Vietnam War.[25]
  • The television show My Three Sons broadcast its 380th, and final, original episode. The last prime-time rerun was on August 24, 1972.[26]

April 14, 1972 (Friday)Edit

  • On what would become known as "Bloody Friday", the IRA set off a wave of bombs in Belfast, starting with 14 explosions in commemoration of the 14 dead during the "Bloody Sunday Massacre".[27] At least twenty bombs exploded in the space of eighty minutes, most within a half hour period. Nine people were killed.
  • The Grateful Dead played their first paying concert, in front of a foreign language crowd, in Copenhagen, Denmark at the Tivolis Koncertsa.[28]

April 15, 1972 (Saturday)Edit

April 16, 1972 (Sunday)Edit

North America on April 16, 1972, taken during Apollo 16.

April 17, 1972 (Monday)Edit

April 18, 1972 (Tuesday)Edit

  • East African Airways Flight 720 crashed and burned after an aborted takeoff in Addis Ababa, killing 43 of the 107 people on board. The VC-10 was bound for Rome, and many of its passengers were students returning to boarding schools after a holiday.[37]

April 19, 1972 (Wednesday)Edit

  • Four American warships were attacked by three MiG-17 jets from North Vietnam. The destroyers USS Higbee and Lloyd Thomas, the guided missile frigate USS Sterett, and the light cruiser USS Oklahoma City were attacked, with the Higbee having a gun mount destroyed by a 250 kg bomb, and four sailors wounded.[38]
  • The first organized storm chasing took place when a team, led by Rodger Brown of the National Severe Storms Laboratory, drove toward a mesocyclone near Davis, Oklahoma, to collect data. The Tornado Intercept Project was created by the NSSL and the University of Oklahoma.[39]
  • Born: Rivaldo (Rivaldo Vítor Borba Ferreira), Brazilian footballer who appeared in 74 matches for the Brazil national team; in Paulista

April 20, 1972 (Thursday)Edit

April 21, 1972 (Friday)Edit

  • American astronauts John W. Young and Charles Duke became the ninth and tenth people to walk on the Moon, after the lunar module Orion had landed as part of the Apollo 16 mission. The mission was the only one to the lunar highlands, near the Descartes crater.[41]
  • Sweden passed the world's first law officially recognizing change of gender, with the amendment, effective July 1, of civil registration rules to accommodate change of birth registrations for individuals who had undergone, or applied to have, sex change surgery.[42]

April 22, 1972 (Saturday)Edit

April 22, 1972. The second, widely televised demolition of a Pruitt-Igoe building that followed the March 16 demolition.[43]

April 23, 1972 (Sunday)Edit

  • In a referendum in France, voters approved the treaty adding Britain, Ireland and Denmark into the Common Market, with more than 68% in favor.[46]

April 24, 1972 (Monday)Edit

April 25, 1972 (Tuesday)Edit

  • Photographs that developed "right before your eyes" were introduced when Edwin H. Land of the Polaroid Corporation demonstrated the SX-70 film and camera.[49]
  • Ralph Baer was issued U.S. Patent No. 3,659,285 for "A Television Gaming Apparatus and Method", which he had perfected on May 7, 1967, making possible the home videogame industry.[50]
  • Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger secretly discussed strategy in attacking North Vietnam. After Kissinger estimated that taking out dikes would "drown about 200,000 people", Nixon responded, "I'd rather use a nuclear bomb. Have you got that?" When Kissinger responded "That, I think, would just be too much..", Nixon said, "I just want you to think big, Henry, for Chrissake." The tape of the conversation was released years later.[51]
  • On the occasion of North Korean general secretary Kim Il-sung's 60th birthday, the North Korean government unveiled a 20 m (66 ft) bronze statue of Kim, painted in gold, the first of several monuments on Mansudae, the hill overlooking Pyongyang and the River Taedong, and new Korean Revolution Museum.[52]
  • The New York Times first published the front-page story of Frank Serpico, the honest cop fighting corruption within the NYPD.[53]
  • Died: George Sanders, 65, British actor, committed suicide

April 26, 1972 (Wednesday)Edit

April 27, 1972 (Thursday)Edit

April 28, 1972 (Friday)Edit

April 29, 1972 (Saturday)Edit

  • An uprising in Burundi by the Hutu people against the Tutsi dominated government, began with machete attacks that killed more than 3,000 Tutsi civilians and soldiers.[59] In the words of one observer, "the ferocity of the ensuing repression by the army was beyond imagination", with more than 100,000 Hutus being massacred over the next five months.[60] In the genocide that followed, educated Hutu people—schoolchildren, college students, civil servants—were murdered, "especially anyone wearing glasses".[61]

April 30, 1972 (Sunday)Edit

  • Arthur Godfrey ended his broadcasting career with the final show of his CBS Radio Network program, Arthur Godfrey Time, which had run since 1945.[62]
  • Died: Ntare V, former King of Burundi, was executed after being persuaded to return to the African nation.


  1. ^ "Major League Strike Cancels Openers", Oakland Tribune, April 1, 1972, p1
  2. ^ "Accident Compensation in New Zealand", by Michael Whincup, in Product Liability, Insurance, and the Pharmaceutical Industry: An Anglo-American Comparison (Manchester University Press, 1990), p205
  3. ^ "After 20 Years, Chaplin Comes Back to America", Oakland Tribune, April 4, 1972, p1
  4. ^ "Arabia Felix Archeology Exhibit Opening".
  5. ^ Salahuddin Ahmed, Bangladesh: Past and Present (A.P.H. Publishing, 2003), pp 208–209
  6. ^ Thomas P. Grazulis, The Tornado: Nature's Ultimate Windstorm (University of Oklahoma Press, 2001), pp 264–265
  7. ^ "400 Bombers Hit North Viet", Oakland Tribune, April 6, 1972, p1
  8. ^ "Hijacker Parachutes With $500,000", Oakland Tribune, April 8, 1972, p1
  9. ^ "The Real McCoy", Time, April 24, 1972
  10. ^ Anthony Corrado, Campaign Finance Reform: A Sourcebook (Brookings Institution Press, 1997), p52
  11. ^ "Foster Knocks Out Rondon in Second", Salt Lake Tribune, April 8, 1972, p31
  12. ^ Willbanks, James H. (2005). The Battle of An Loc. Indiana University Press. p. 51. ISBN 9780253344816.
  13. ^ "Isaksson Pole Vaults 18-1!", Des Moines Sunday Register, April 9, 1972, p1-D
  14. ^ Mahboob Alam, Iraqi Foreign Policy Since Revolution (Mittal Publications, 1995), pp 118–119
  15. ^ "U.S., Russ Sign Ban on Germ War", Oakland Tribune, April 10, 1972, p1
  16. ^ "2,000 To 4,000 Die As Quake Levels Farm Villages In Iran", Pittsburgh Press, April 10, 1972, p1
  17. ^ Reza Razani, "The Engineering Aspects of the Qir Earthquake of 10 April 1972 in Southern Iran: A Report to the National Science Foundation" (National Academies, 1973), pp 127-128
  18. ^ "Top Argentine General and Fiat Kidnap Hostage Slain", Oakland Tribune, April 10, 1972, p1
  19. ^ "15 Die in Himalayan Avalanche", Oakland Tribune, April 14, 1972, p1
  20. ^ "Mike Birkhead Associates - Gordon Buchanan".
  21. ^ Russell B. Shaw, Nothing to Hide: Secrecy, Communication and Communion in the Catholic Church (Ignatius Press, 2008), pp 75–76
  22. ^ Guoqi Xu, Olympic Dreams: China and Sports, 1895–2008 (Harvard University Press, 2008), pp 159–160
  23. ^ "War Powers Limits Voted in Senate", Oakland Tribune, April 13, 1972, p1
  24. ^ James W. Williams, A History of Army Aviation: From Its Beginnings to the War on Terror (iUniverse, ©2005), p168
  25. ^ Zimmerman, Dwight Jon; Gresham, John (2008). Beyond Hell and Back: How America's Special Operations Forces Became the World's Greatest Fighting Unit. St. Martin's Griffin. p. 320. ISBN 978-0-312-38467-8.
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  27. ^ "38 Irish Bombings Tallied in 36 Hours", Milwaukee Sentinel, April 15, 1972, p3
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  29. ^ The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement: An Evolving Instrument for Ecosystem Management (National Academy Press, 1985), p22
  30. ^ "Opening Day About Same As Always", Oakland Tribune, April 16, 1972, p56
  31. ^ Michael Freeman, Freedom or Security: The Consequences for Democracies Using Emergency Powers to Fight Terror (Praeger, 2003), p93
  32. ^ Stephen J O'Brien, Tears of the Cheetah, and Other Tales from the Genetic Frontier (St. Martin's Press, 2003), pp 134–135
  33. ^ "Haiphong Hit By U.S. Bombs", Oakland Tribune, April 16, 1972, p1
  34. ^ Miss Blalock wins, Receives $20,000
  35. ^ Richard W. Orloff and David M. Harland, Apollo: The Definitive Sourcebook (Praxis Publishing, 2006), p473
  36. ^ "400,000 Ford Cars Recalled", Oakland Tribune, April 17, 1972, p1; "Second Massive Car Recall by Ford", Oakland Tribune, April 25, 1972, p1
  37. ^ AirDisaster.com[Usurped!]; Bill Cordiner, Diplomatic Wanderings: From Saigon to the South Seas (Radcliffe Press, 2003), pp 74–77.
  38. ^ Thomas Petri, Lightning from the Sky, Thunder from the Sea (AuthorHouse, 2009), pp 137–138
  39. ^ Grazulis, at pp 241–242
  40. ^ "Kissinger's Secret Moscow Trip Bared", Oakland Tribune, April 25, 1972, p1
  41. ^ "Mountain Grandeur Awes Moon Walkers", Oakland Tribune, April 21, 1972, p1
  42. ^ Colette Chiland, Transsexualism: Illusion and Reality (Wesleyan University Press, 2003), pp 128–129
  43. ^ Photo attribution: Ramroth, p. 166
  44. ^ Paul Jackson, Start-up at the New Met: The Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts, 1966–1976 (Amadeus Press 2006), p275
  45. ^ Ramroth, William G. (2007). Planning for Disaster: How Natural and Man-made Disasters Shape the Built Environment. Kaplan Publishing. p. 165. ISBN 978-1-4195-9373-4.
  46. ^ Simon Hug, Voices of Europe: Citizens, Referendums, and European Integration (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002), pp 27–28
  47. ^ Alvaro Cencini, Monetary Theory: National and International (Routledge, 1995), p227
  48. ^ John Henry Merryman and Albert Elsen, Law, Ethics, and the Visual Arts (Kluwer Law International, 2002), p102
  49. ^ "George Eastman House Technology Timeline". Archived from the original on 2001-01-22. Retrieved 2009-09-04.
  50. ^ John Clayton, You know you're in New Hampshire when ... (Insiders' Guide, 2005), p98
  51. ^ Rose McDermott, Presidential Leadership, Illness, and Decision Making (Cambridge University Press, 2008), p190
  52. ^ Dae-Sook Suh, Kim Il Sung: The North Korean Leader (Columbia University Press, 1988) p316
  53. ^ William N. Thompson, Gambling in America: An Encyclopedia of History, Issues, and Society (ABC-CLIO, 2001), p214
  54. ^ "Lockheed L-1011 TriStar", The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft (Barnes & Noble Books, 1997)
  55. ^ "Brandt Beats Back Ouster Attempt With Opposition Failing By 2 Votes", Bridgeport Post, April 27, 1972, p1
  56. ^ "Muskie Quits Primary Races But He Still Wants the Nomination", Oakland Tribune, April 27, 1972, p1
  57. ^ "Head Navy Nurse 1st Lady Admiral", Oakland Tribune, April 27, 1972, p1
  58. ^ "Computer Sees A 10th Planet", Oakland Tribune, April 28, 1972, p1
  59. ^ Nigel Watt, Burundi: Biography of a Small African Country, (Columbia University Press, 2008), pp 33–34
  60. ^ Israel W. Chamy, Encyclopedia of Genocide (ABC-Clio, 2000), pp 509–510
  61. ^ Watt, p34
  62. ^ Jim Cox, American Radio Networks: A History (McFarland & Co., 2009), p57; "Arthur Godfrey quits radio", Long Beach (CA) Independent, May 1, 1972, p2