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January 4th, 1972.

January 4th, 1972, was a Tuesday. It was day 4 of 1972. The decade was the 1970s.

49 years, 6 months and 19 days have passed since January 4th, 1972.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.

On this day.

What happened on January 4th, 1972?

  • The first scientific hand-held calculator is released.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on January 4th, 1972.

  • United States: Brand New Key - Melanie
  • United Kingdom: Ernie - Benny Hill
Play the top hits from 1972.
A Spotify playlist of songs from 1972. Take a trip back to the days of Elton John, Lou Reed, Al Green and Don McLean.
Diamonds Are Forever

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Diamonds Are Forever" was at the top of the box office on January 4th, 1972.

Take me back to January 4th, 1972!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is January 4th, 1972 and it's a Tuesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. People are starting to return back to work and school after the Christmas holidays.

In America, the song Brand New Key by Melanie is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Ernie by Benny Hill is the number one hit song. Richard Nixon is currently the President of the United States and the movie Diamonds Are Forever is at the top of the Box Office.

In the United Kingdom, Edward Heath is the current Prime Minister. In fashion, the hippie look from the 1960s is still popular. Clothing items such as tie dye shirts, bell-bottoms, midi skirts, gauchos and Mexican blouses are being worn by women. Meanwhile, men are wearing dark satin shirts, ethnic-looking tunics, bell bottom jeans, tweed sports jackets and turtlenecks. It's 1972, so radio stations are playing songs from artists such as Don McLean, Harry Nilsson, Hot Butter, Neil Young, The Moody Blues, Roberta Flack, Bill Withers and Johnny Nash.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Courtship of Eddie's Father", "The Brady Bunch", "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "McMillan & Wife". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "JOT the Dot", "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" and "All in the Family". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Lite-Brite, Clackers, Frisbee and Nerf Balls.

News topics, fads & culture.

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on January 4th, 1972.

  • Music cassette tapes are becoming popular.

    Music cassette tapes are becoming popular.

    From about 1972 onward, audio cassettes started to become more widespread. Although they lacked the sound quality of vinyl records, they were far more convenient and portable.

  • Color TV surpasses black-and-white.

    Color TV surpasses black-and-white.

    Around this period, sales of color TV sets began to surpass sales of the older black-and-white sets. By this stage, almost all of the popular daytime networks were broadcasting in color.

  • The US is winding down its involvement in the Vietnam War.

    The US is winding down its involvement in the Vietnam War.

    During 1972, the war in Vietnam was still ongoing. However, the US had greatly reduced their presence in the country. Between 1971 and 1972, the number of US troops in Vietnam fell from 156,800 to 24,200. Instead of keeping soldiers on the ground, the US shifted its focus to providing air support while negotiators in Paris tried to hammer out a peace agreement.

  • Who were the best NBA players in 1972?

    Who were the best NBA players in 1972?

    The best NBA players in 1972 were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, John Havlicek, Spencer Haywood, Jerry West and Walt Frazier.

  • Who were the best football players in 1972?

    Who were the best football players in 1972?

    In 1972, the best soccer players were Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Müller, Günter Netzer, Johan Cruyff, Piet Keizer, Kazimierz Deyna, Gordon Banks, Barry Hulshoff, Włodzimierz Lubański and Bobby Moore.

  • The Godfather.

    The Godfather.

    "The Godfather" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1972.

  • Roberta Flack - "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"

    Roberta Flack - "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"

    "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack would go on to win a Grammy for 1972's Song of the Year.

  • 1972 in movies.

    1972 in movies.

    Movies released in 1972 included The Godfather, The Poseidon Adventure, "What's Up, Doc?", Behind the Green Door, Deliverance, Super Fly, Cabaret, The Getaway, Fritz the Cat, The Legend of Boggy Creek, Jeremiah Johnson, Blacula and Silent Running.

  • Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger.

    Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger.

    U.S. President Richard Nixon and his National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger, were both named as the Time Person of the Year in 1972. Nixon and Kissinger had made history by travelling to China to "open up a dialogue."

  • 1972 in music.

    1972 in music.

    The Billboard Charts in 1972 were dominated by Don McLean, Roberta Flack, Gilbert O'Sullivan, America, Joe Tex, Looking Glass and Al Green.

  • Have a nice day!

    Have a nice day!

    Around this time, the smiley face and phrases such as "Have a nice day!" and "Have a happy day!" were being plastered onto t-shirts, mugs and badges.

  • Bell-bottoms are becoming popular.

    Bell-bottoms are becoming popular.

    In the early 1970s, bell-bottoms started to take off in popularity.

  • The Hippie movement.

    The Hippie movement.

    In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the hippie counterculture was at its height in popularity. The movement, which sprung up in opposition to the Vietnam War, was centered around peace, psychedelic music, sexual liberation, bright colors and drugs such as LSD and marijuana.

  • Lava lamps are all the rage.

    Lava lamps are all the rage.

    In the late 1960s, sales of lava lamps took off. It wasn't until the second half of the 1970s that they started to go out of fashion.

  • The afro hairstyle is at its peak in popularity.

    The afro hairstyle is at its peak in popularity.

    In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the afro hairstyle was at its peak in popularity. Public figures such as Angela Davis, Pam Grier, Jimi Hendrix and the Jackson 5 were among those who sported the style.

  • The push-button telephone.

    The push-button telephone.

    During this period, push-button telephones started to replace the older rotary style landlines.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 49 years, 6 months and 19 days have passed since January 4th, 1972.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 01 of 1972.
  • Leap Year: 1972 was a leap year, which means that it contained 366 days instead of 365 (with an extra day in February).
  • Age: Anyone born on January 4th, 1972, will be 49 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1972 belong to the Generation X generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 63331200.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around January 4th, 1972.

  • December 11th, 1971: McDonald's co-founder Maurice McDonald dies from a heart attack at the age of 69.
  • December 11th, 1971: The Libertarian Party is founded in the United States.
  • December 13th, 1971: The Disney film "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" is released in the United States.
  • December 17th, 1971: The James Bond film "Diamonds Are Forever" is released.
  • December 18th, 1971: The US dollar is devalued for the second time in history.
  • December 23rd, 1971: Jimmy Hoffa is released from prison.
  • December 23rd, 1971: The action-thriller film "Dirty Harry" is released in movie theaters.
  • December 25th, 1971: 158 people are killed when a fire breaks out at a hotel in South Korea.
  • December 31st, 1971: American actor Pete Duel dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
  • This date: January 4th, 1972
  • January 7th, 1972: 104 people are killed when Iberia Airlines Flight 602 crashes into the island of Ibiza.
  • January 16th, 1972: Super Bowl VI: The Dallas Cowboys defeat the Miami Dolphins at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans.
  • January 24th, 1972: Japanese soldier Shoichi Yokoi is discovered after having spent 28 years living in a jungle in Guam.
  • January 24th, 1972: Michael Jackson releases his debut solo album "Got to Be There".
  • January 26th, 1972: Yugoslavian flight attendant Vesna Vulovic survives a 10,160 meter fall after a bomb explodes on JAT Flight 367.
  • January 27th, 1972: New York police officers Gregory Foster and Rocco Laurie are murdered by the Black Liberation Army.
  • January 30th, 1972: The Bloody Sunday incident occurs in Northern Ireland when 13 unarmed civilians are shot dead by British soldiers.
  • February 2nd, 1972: The British Embassy in Dublin is burned to the ground.
  • February 2nd, 1972: Stanley Kubrick's dystopian crime film "A Clockwork Orange" is released in movie theaters.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 4th, 1972, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1972 was the year of the Rat (Yang Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 6.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 4th, 1972 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.

Photos of 1970s fashion.

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1970s fashion.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • Upstairs, Downstairs - British drama series about the aristocratic Bellamy family and their household staff.
  • McMillan & Wife - TV show about a San Francisco police commissioner and his wife Sally.
  • The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour - Variety show starring pop singers Sonny Bono and Cher.
  • All in the Family - American sitcom about the life of a working-class father and his family.
  • The Odd Couple - Starring Tony Randall as Felix Unger and Jack Klugman as Oscar Madison.
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Sitcom about a career-oriented woman who moves to Minneapolis after separating from her partner.
  • The Flip Wilson Show - Variety show hosted by Flip Wilson.
  • McCloud - A New Mexico deputy marshall gets assigned to Manhattan's 27th Precinct.
  • The Brady Bunch - Sitcom about a large family with six children.
  • Marcus Welby, M.D. - Medical drama television program.
  • The Courtship of Eddie's Father - American sitcom starring Bill Bixby as Tom Corbett and Brandon Cruz as Eddie Corbett.
  • Here's Lucy - Sitcom starring Lucille Ball.
  • Columbo. - Crime drama television series starring Peter Falk as Columbo.
  • Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In - Sketch comedy program starring Dan Rowan and Dick Martin.
  • Bonanza - American Western series.
  • Gunsmoke - Western drama series.
  • What's My Line? - Panel game show.

Kid's TV shows on January 4th, 1972.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1972.

  • All in the Family
  • The Clangers
  • Sesame Street
  • The Brady Bunch
  • The Pink Panther Show
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  • JOT the Dot
  • Underdog
  • The Bugs Bunny Show
  • My Three Sons
  • Captain Kangaroo
  • Lassie

Popular toys and games in 1972.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1972.

  • Big Jim (action figure)
  • Uno (card game)
  • Weebles
  • VertiBird (toy helicopter)
  • G.I. Joe Adventure Team
  • Nerf Balls
  • Frisbee
  • Crissy (doll)
  • Clackers
  • Battleship (game)
  • Lite-Brite
  • Suzy Homemaker
  • Motorific (slot car toys)
  • Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
  • Army men
  • The Easy-Bake Oven
  • Etch A Sketch

Were you born on this date?

If you were born on this date, then it is unlikely that you will remember anything from the year 1972.

This is because humans find it difficult to retrieve memories from their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then check out January 4th, 1978 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on January 4th.

Sir Isaac Newton

Scientist. Deceased
Born on January 4th, 1643
He was not alive on this date.

Alice Cooper

Singer.
Born on January 4th, 1948
He turned 24 on this day in 1972.

Chris Kanyon

Professional wrestler. Deceased
Born on January 4th, 1970
He turned 2 on this day in 1972.

Toni Kroos

Soccer player.
Born on January 4th, 1990
She was born exactly 18 years after this date.

Derrick Henry

NFL player.
Born on January 4th, 1994
He was born exactly 22 years after this date.

US President.

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on January 4th, 1972.

UK Prime Minister.

Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on January 4th, 1972.

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 4th, 1972 was most likely conceived around the 27th of March, 1971.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 4th, 1972 is close to the 13th of October, 1972.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about January 4th, 1972.

  • A total of 18,099 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,585 weeks have passed.
  • 1,563,750,000 seconds have passed since the January 4th, 1972.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,824,375,000 times.
  • Since January 4th, 1972, the earth has travelled approximately 806,895,000,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 260,625,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 134,482,500 steps. That's about 59,770 miles!
  • Since this date, 18,765,000 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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