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February 8, 1972

February 8, 1972, was a Tuesday. It was the 39th day of 1972. The decade was the seventies.

52 years and 26 days have passed since February 8, 1972.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Aquarius.

Birthdays

Born on February 8, 1972

People who were born on this exact date:

Song charts

Music charts

These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on February 8, 1972:

  • United States: "American Pie" by Don McLean
  • United Kingdom: "Telegram Sam" by T. Rex

The Billboard Hot 100 on February 8, 1972

These were the top five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart:

  • American Pie (Parts I & II) - Don McLean
  • Let's Stay Together - Al Green
  • Brand New Key - Melanie
  • Day After Day - Badfinger
  • Without You - Nilsson
Play the top songs from 1972
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Diamonds Are Forever

Top movie at the box office

The movie "Diamonds Are Forever" was at the top of the box office on February 8, 1972.

Facts

This date was 19,019 days ago. Approximately 634 months have passed. It was the 39th day of 1972, in week 06. The decade was the seventies. People born on this day are currently 52 years old and belong to the Generation X generation. 1972 had 366 days because it was a leap year. The Earth has experienced 211 seasons of weather since then.

Take me back to February 8, 1972

Let's take a stroll down memory lane.

It is Tuesday, February 8, 1972. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aquarius. Valentine's Day is just around the corner.

In America, the song "American Pie" by Don McLean is at the top of the singles charts, while "Telegram Sam" by T. Rex 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.

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.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Steptoe and Son", "Adam-12", "Here's Lucy", and "McCloud". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Underdog", "Sesame Street", "Sabrina the Teenage Witch", and "Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch!". Popular toys at the moment include Motorific (slot car toys), Clackers, G.I. Joe Adventure Team, and Uno (card game).

News

News, nostalgia, and fads

These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on February 8, 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

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

    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

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on February 8, 1972.

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Events

What happened around this time?

Notable events that happened close to February 8, 1972.

  • 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.
  • January 27, 1972: New York police officers Gregory Foster and Rocco Laurie are murdered by the Black Liberation Army.
  • 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".
  • This date: February 8, 1972
  • February 21, 1972: U.S. 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.
  • March 2, 1972: NASA's space probe "Pioneer 10" is launched.
  • March 7, 1972: The first episode of the police series "The Rookies" is aired on television.
Zodiac info

Zodiac

Zodiac, birthstone, and birth flower information.

Personality summary image

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on February 8, 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: February 8, 1972 falls under the Otter.
  • Birthstone: A person during the month of February will have the birthstone Amethyst.
  • Birth flower (February): The Violet and the Primrose.

1970s fashion

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

1970s fashion

Television shows

TV shows in 1972

The following TV shows were popular in February 1972:

TV shows from February 1972.

Emergency!
Emergency!
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
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Flip Wilson Show
The Flip Wilson Show
McCloud
McCloud
The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch
Medical Center
Medical Center
Marcus Welby, M.D.
Marcus Welby, M.D.
The Courtship of Eddie's Father
The Courtship of Eddie's Father
Room 222
Room 222
The Main Chance
The Main Chance
Hee Haw
Hee Haw
Here's Lucy
Here's Lucy
Adam-12
Adam-12
Hawaii Five-O
Hawaii Five-O
Columbo
Columbo
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In

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

Kids TV shows on February 8, 1972

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1972:

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 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
The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines
Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines
The Pink Panther Show
The Pink Panther Show
The Banana Splits
The Banana Splits
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Skippy the Bush Kangaroo
Skippy the Bush Kangaroo
JOT the Dot
JOT the Dot
Underdog
Underdog
The Bugs Bunny Show
The Bugs Bunny Show
My Three Sons
My Three Sons
Captain Kangaroo
Captain Kangaroo
Lassie
Lassie
Toys

Popular toys and games in 1972

Toys and games that were popular in 1972:

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

Were you born on February 8, 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 February 8, 1978, instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on February 8.

James Dean

James Dean

Actor Deceased
Born on February 8, 1931
He was not alive on this date.

Mary Steenburgen

Mary Steenburgen

Actress
Born on February 8, 1953
She turned 19 on this day in 1972.

Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman

Actor Deceased
Born on February 8, 1968
He turned 4 on this day in 1972.

Kimbo Slice

Kimbo Slice

MMA fighter Deceased
Born on February 8, 1974
He was born exactly 2 years after this date.

Seth Green

Seth Green

Actor
Born on February 8, 1974
He was born exactly 2 years after this date.

Danny Tamberelli

Danny Tamberelli

Actor
Born on February 8, 1982
He was born exactly 10 years after this date.

Bella Poarch

Bella Poarch

Internet personality
Born on February 8, 1997
She was born exactly 25 years after this date.

USA

US President

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on February 8, 1972.

UK

UK Prime Minister

Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on February 8, 1972 was most likely conceived around May 18, 1971.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on February 8, 1972 is close to October 31, 1972.

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Statistics

Here are some interesting statistics about February 8, 1972:

  • 19,019 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,717 weeks have passed.
  • 1,643,241,600 seconds have passed since February 8, 1972.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beat approximately 1,917,115,200 times.
  • Since then, the Earth has traveled approximately 847,912,665,600 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 273,873,600 times.
  • You have taken approximately 141,318,778 steps. That's roughly 62,808 miles!
  • Since this date, 19,718,899 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!
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