January 27, 1972

January 27, 1972, was a Thursday. It was 52 years, 4 months, and 19 days ago. The zodiac star sign for this date is Aquarius.

On This Day


Notable events that occurred on January 27, 1972:

  • New York police officers Gregory Foster and Rocco Laurie are murdered by the Black Liberation Army.

Born on January 27, 1972

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Popular songs

On January 27, 1972, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK:

  • United States: "American Pie" by Don McLean
  • United Kingdom: "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing" by New Seekers

The music charts on January 27, 1972

The following songs were dominating the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • American Pie (Parts I & II) - Don McLean
  • Brand New Key - Melanie
  • Let's Stay Together - Al Green
  • Sunshine - Jonathan Edwards
  • Day After Day - Badfinger
Play the top singles 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

The top movie on this day was "Diamonds Are Forever".


This date occurred 19,134 days ago. Approximately 638 months have passed. It was the 27th day of 1972, in week 04. The decade was the seventies. People who were born on January 27, 1972, are now 52 years old and belong to the Generation X generation. 1972 was a leap year, which means that it had an extra day in February. 213 seasons of weather have come and gone since then.

Take me back to January 27, 1972

Let's go back to the seventies.

The date is January 27, 1972, and it's a Thursday. Babies who are born today will have the star sign Aquarius. In America, the song "American Pie" by Don McLean is at the top of the singles charts, while "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing" by New Seekers is the number-one song in the UK.

Richard Nixon is the President of the United States, and the movie Diamonds Are Forever is at the top of the box office. Edward Heath is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. On television, people are watching popular shows such as "Gunsmoke", "Bonanza", "The Odd Couple", and "The Persuaders!".

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. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as J. Edgar Hoover, Jackie Robinson, Janet Munro, and Harry S. Truman would all still be alive.

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Underdog", "The Banana Splits", "The Clangers", and "All in the Family". Children are playing with toys such as Troll doll, Army men, Motorific (slot car toys), and Battleship (game).


News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on January 27, 1972.

  • Music cassette tapes are becoming popular.

    Music cassette tapes are becoming popular

    Audio cassettes started becoming widespread from about 1972 onward. 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

    Sales of color TV sets were beginning to surpass sales of the older black-and-white models. 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.
  • Best soccer players.

    Best soccer players

    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

    US President Richard Nixon and his National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger were both named Time Person of the Year in 1972. Nixon and Kissinger had made history by traveling 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!

    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.


    Bell-bottoms (flares) were in fashion.
  • Wallpaper.


    Wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes throughout the 1970s and 1980s. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.
  • Office workers are using typewriters.

    Office workers are using typewriters

    Although personal computers began to emerge during the 1970s, typewriters were still the norm for most office workers.
  • The Volkswagen Beetle.

    The Volkswagen Beetle

    The Volkswagen Beetle was one of the most common cars on the road. Sales of the vehicle increased following the release of the 1968 film The Love Bug (and its subsequent spin-offs).
  • The Hippie movement.

    The Hippie movement

    The hippie counterculture reached its peak during the late 1960s and early 1970s. 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

    Sales of lava lamps increased in the late 1960s. 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

    The afro hairstyle took off during the 1960s and early 1970s. 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

    Push-button telephones were beginning to replace the older rotary-style landlines.

Personality traits

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What happened around this time?

News stories, pop culture trends, and other events that happened around January 27, 1972.

  • December 31, 1971: American actor Pete Duel dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
  • January 4, 1972: The first scientific hand-held calculator is released.
  • January 7, 1972: 104 people are killed when Iberia Airlines Flight 602 crashes into the island of Ibiza.
  • January 14, 1972: The sitcom "Sanford and Son" makes its debut on NBC.
  • January 16, 1972: Super Bowl VI: The Dallas Cowboys defeat the Miami Dolphins at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans.
  • January 17, 1972: Seven Provisional IRA members escape from the prison ship HMS Maidstone in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • January 24, 1972:
    • Japanese soldier Shoichi Yokoi is discovered after having spent 28 years living in a jungle in Guam.
    • Michael Jackson releases his debut solo album "Got to Be There".
  • January 26, 1972: Yugoslavian flight attendant Vesna Vulovic survives a 10,160 meter fall after a bomb explodes on JAT Flight 367.
  • This date: January 27, 1972
  • January 30, 1972: The Bloody Sunday incident occurs in Northern Ireland when 13 unarmed civilians are shot dead by British soldiers.
  • February 2, 1972:
    • The British Embassy in Dublin is burned to the ground.
    • Stanley Kubrick's dystopian crime film "A Clockwork Orange" is released in movie theaters.
  • February 7, 1972: Elton John releases the single "Tiny Dancer".
  • February 21, 1972: US President Richard Nixon visits China.
  • February 22, 1972: Seven civilians are killed when the Official IRA carries out a car bomb attack in Aldershot, England.
  • February 23, 1972: Elvis and Priscilla Presley are separated following revelations that Priscilla was having an affair.
  • February 26, 1972: Buffalo Creek flood: 125 people die in West Virginia after a coal slurry dam bursts.
Zodiac info


Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on January 27, 1972, will have the star sign Aquarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Air.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1972 was the year of the Rat (Yang Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 11.
  • Native American Zodiac: January 27, 1972 falls under the Otter.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of January will have the birthstone Garnet.
  • Birth flower (January): The Carnation and the Snowdrop.

1970s fashion

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

1970s fashion

Television shows

Television shows in January 1972

In January 1972, TV audiences were watching the following series:

TV shows from January 1972.

Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
Upstairs, Downstairs
Upstairs, Downstairs
Soul Train
Soul Train
McMillan & Wife
McMillan & Wife
The Persuaders!
The Persuaders!
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour
The Two Ronnies
The Two Ronnies
All in the Family
All in the Family
Alias Smith and Jones
Alias Smith and Jones
The Partridge Family
The Partridge Family
The Odd Couple
The Odd Couple

Cars in 1972

1972 saw the introduction of cars such as the Honda Civic, the Chevrolet LUV, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the BMW 5 Series, the Ford Thunderbird (sixth generation), and the Renault 5.

Cars in 1972.

Children TV shows

Cartoons and children's TV shows in January 1972

If you were a kid on January 27, 1972, then you were probably watching the following cartoons and TV shows:

The Electric Company
The Electric Company
Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch!
Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch!
Archie's TV Funnies
Archie's TV Funnies

The Funky Phantom
The Funky Phantom
The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show
The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show
All in the Family
All in the Family
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Groovie Goolies
Groovie Goolies
Josie and the Pussycats
Josie and the Pussycats
The Clangers
The Clangers
Sesame Street
Sesame Street

Toys in 1972

If you were a child on this date, then you may have had some of the following toys:

Big Jim (action figure)
Big Jim (action figure)
Uno (card game)
Uno (card game)
The Rock Flowers dolls
The Rock Flowers dolls
VertiBird (toy helicopter)
VertiBird (toy helicopter)
G.I. Joe Adventure Team
G.I. Joe Adventure Team
Nerf Balls
Nerf Balls
Crissy (doll)
Crissy (doll)
Battleship (game)
Battleship (game)

Were you born on January 27, 1972?

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 of their early childhood.

If you are looking for some childhood nostalgia, then you should check out January 27, 1978, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on January 27.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Composer Deceased
Born on January 27, 1756
He was not alive on this date.

Derek Acorah

Derek Acorah

British spiritual medium Deceased
Born on January 27, 1950
He turned 22 on this day in 1972.


US President

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on January 27, 1972.


UK Prime Minister

Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Irish Taoiseach

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.


Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on January 27, 1972 was most likely conceived around May 6, 1971.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on January 27, 1972 is close to October 19, 1972.

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Stats for January 27, 1972


Here are some interesting statistics about January 27, 1972:

  • 19,134 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,733 weeks have passed.
  • 1,653,174,000 seconds have passed since January 27, 1972.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,928,703,000 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 853,037,784,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 275,529,000 times.
  • You have taken approximately 142,172,964 steps. That's roughly 63,188 miles.
  • 19,838,088 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere.
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