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April 5th, 1972.

April 5th, 1972, was a Wednesday. It was day 96 of 1972. The decade was the 1970s.

50 years, 1 months and 16 days have passed since April 5th, 1972.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Aries.

Song charts

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on April 5th, 1972.

  • United States: A Horse With No Name - America
  • United Kingdom: Without You - Nilsson

The Billboard Hot 100 on April 5th, 1972.

The top five songs from the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • A Horse With No Name - America
  • Heart Of Gold - Neil Young
  • Puppy Love - Donny Osmond
  • Mother And Child Reunion - Paul Simon
  • The Lion Sleeps Tonight - Robert John
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.
The Godfather

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "The Godfather" was at the top of the box office on April 5th, 1972.

Take me back to April 5th, 1972!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is April 5th, 1972 and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Aries. The summer of 1972 is drawing closer and temperatures have started to rise.

In America, the song A Horse With No Name by America is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Without You by Nilsson is the number one hit song. Richard Nixon is currently the President of the United States and the movie The Godfather 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.

A crime film called "The Godfather" is currently being shown in movie theaters. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as J. Edgar Hoover, Jackie Robinson, Harry S. Truman and Lyndon B. Johnson would all be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Gunsmoke", "Columbo", "Adam-12" and "The Brady Bunch".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "The Bugs Bunny Show", "Skippy the Bush Kangaroo", "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!" and "Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch!". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, Clackers, Crissy (doll) and Big Jim (action figure).

News

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 April 5th, 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.

  • People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.

  • 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.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 50 years, 1 months and 16 days have passed since April 5th, 1972.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 14 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 April 5th, 1972, will be 50 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1972 belong to the Generation X generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 71276400.
Events

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around April 5th, 1972.

  • March 7th, 1972: The first episode of the police series "The Rookies" is aired on television.
  • March 24th, 1972: The British government introduces "Direct Rule" in Northern Ireland.
  • March 26th, 1972: 19 climbers are killed in an avalanche on Mount Fuji in Japan.
  • March 30th, 1972: North Vietnamese forces cross into the Demilitarized Zone of South Vietnam.
  • This date: April 5th, 1972
  • April 7th, 1972: A Vietnam war veteran called Richard McCoy Jr. hijacks a United Airlines passenger jet for ransom.
  • April 17th, 1972: The first Boston Marathon that allows women to compete takes place.
  • April 21st, 1972: Bill Withers releases the song "Lean on Me".
  • May 2nd, 1972: 91 people are killed by a fire at the Sunshine Mine in Idaho.
  • May 2nd, 1972: FBI director J. Edgar Hoover dies from a heart attack at the age of 77.
  • May 5th, 1972: 115 people die when Alitalia Flight 112 crashes near Palermo in Italy.

Personality traits.

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Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on April 5th, 1972, will have the star sign Aries.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Pisces.
  • Zodiac Element: Fire.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1972 was the year of the Rat (Yang Wood).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 1.
  • Native American Zodiac: April 5th, 1972 falls under the Falcon.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of April will have the birthstone Diamond.
  • Birth flower (April): The Daisy and the Sweet Pea.

Photos of 1970s fashion.

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1970s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

TV shows from April, 1972.

The Rookies
The Rookies
American police series.

Emergency!
Emergency!
TV series about a fire department in LA.

Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
American sitcom starring Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson.

Upstairs, Downstairs
Upstairs, Downstairs
British drama series about the aristocratic Bellamy family and their household staff.

Soul Train
Soul Train
American music program that was dedicated to funk, soul and R&B music.

McMillan & Wife
McMillan & Wife
TV show about a San Francisco police commissioner and his wife Sally.

The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour
Variety show starring pop singers Sonny Bono and Cher.

The Two Ronnies
The Two Ronnies
British comedy sketch show starring Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett.

All in the Family
All in the Family
American sitcom about the life of a working-class father and his family.

The Odd Couple
The Odd Couple
Starring Tony Randall as Felix Unger and Jack Klugman as Oscar Madison.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Sitcom about a career-oriented woman who moves to Minneapolis after separating from her partner.

The Flip Wilson Show
The Flip Wilson Show
Variety show hosted by Flip Wilson.

McCloud
McCloud
A New Mexico deputy marshall gets assigned to Manhattan's 27th Precinct.

The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch
Sitcom about a large family with six children.

Medical Center
Medical Center
American medical drama series starring James Daly, Chad Everett and Audrey Totter.

Marcus Welby, M.D.
Marcus Welby, M.D.
Medical drama television program.

Room 222
Room 222
American comedy-drama series about a history class in an LA school.

The Main Chance
The Main Chance
British TV series about a solicitor who moves from London to Leeds.

Hee Haw
Hee Haw
American variety show that featured country music and humor.

Here's Lucy
Here's Lucy
Sitcom starring Lucille Ball.

Adam-12
Adam-12
Police drama series that was set in LA.

Hawaii Five-O
Hawaii Five-O
Police drama series.

Columbo
Columbo
Crime drama television series starring Peter Falk as Columbo.

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Sketch comedy program starring Dan Rowan and Dick Martin.

Steptoe and Son
Steptoe and Son
British sitcom starring Harry H. Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell.

Bonanza
Bonanza
American Western series.

Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Western drama series.

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 April 5th, 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 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

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 on this date 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 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 April 5th, 1978 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on April 5th.

Bette Davis

Actress. Deceased
Born on April 5th, 1908
She turned 64 on this day in 1972.

Lana Clarkson

American actress. Deceased
Born on April 5th, 1962
She turned 10 on this day in 1972.

Pharrell Williams

Singer.
Born on April 5th, 1973
He was born exactly one year after this date.

USA

US President.

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on April 5th, 1972.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on April 5th, 1972.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on April 5th, 1972 was most likely conceived around July 14th, 1971.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on April 5th, 1972 is close to December 27th, 1972.

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Stats for April 5th, 1972

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about April 5th, 1972.

  • A total of 18,308 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,615 weeks have passed.
  • 1,581,811,200 seconds have passed since the April 5th, 1972.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,845,446,400 times.
  • Since April 5th, 1972, the earth has travelled approximately 816,214,579,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 263,635,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 136,035,763 steps. That's about 60,460 miles!
  • Since this date, 18,981,734 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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