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April 17th, 1972.

April 17th, 1972, was a Monday. It was day 108 of 1972. The decade was the 1970s.

49 years, 3 months and 13 days have passed since April 17th, 1972.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Aries.

On this day.

What happened on April 17th, 1972?

  • The first Boston Marathon that allows women to compete takes place.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on April 17th, 1972.

  • United States: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
  • United Kingdom: Amazing Grace - Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
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The Godfather

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "The Godfather" was at the top of the box office on April 17th, 1972.

Take me back to April 17th, 1972!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is April 17th, 1972 and it's a Monday. 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 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Amazing Grace by Royal Scots Dragoon Guards 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.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Columbo.", "Here's Lucy", "Marcus Welby, M.D." and "Emergency!". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Lassie", "The Bugs Bunny Show", "The Pink Panther Show" and "The Brady Bunch". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of the Easy-Bake Oven, Battleship (game), Crissy (doll) and Frisbee.

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 17th, 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, 3 months and 13 days have passed since April 17th, 1972.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 16 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 17th, 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 72313200.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around April 17th, 1972.

  • 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.
  • April 7th, 1972: A Vietnam war veteran called Richard McCoy Jr. hijacks a United Airlines passenger jet for ransom.
  • This date: April 17th, 1972
  • 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.
  • May 6th, 1972: FA Cup Final 1972: A goal from Allan Clarke helps Leeds United secure a 1-0 victory over Arsenal.
  • May 7th, 1972: Serial killer Ed Kemper murders hitchhikers Mary Ann Pesce and Anita Mary Luchessa near Alameda, California.
  • May 7th, 1972: The Los Angeles Lakers win the 1972 NBA Finals after they defeat the New York Knicks 4-1.
  • May 13th, 1972: 115 people are killed in Osaka, Japan, when a fire breaks out at a nightclub.
  • May 15th, 1972: Democratic presidential candidate George Wallace is shot five times in an assassination attempt in Laurel, Maryland.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on April 17th, 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 4.
  • Native American Zodiac: April 17th, 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.

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching on this date.

  • Emergency! - TV series about a fire department in LA.
  • 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.
  • 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 April 17th, 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 April 17th, 1978 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on April 17th.

William Holden

Actor. Deceased
Born on April 17th, 1918
He turned 54 on this day in 1972.

Sean Bean

English actor.
Born on April 17th, 1959
He turned 13 on this day in 1972.

Redman

Rapper.
Born on April 17th, 1970
He turned 2 on this day in 1972.

Victoria Beckham

Spice Girls.
Born on April 17th, 1974
She was born exactly 2 years after this date.

Tyron Woodley

MMA fighter.
Born on April 17th, 1982
He was born exactly 10 years after this date.

US President.

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on April 17th, 1972.

UK Prime Minister.

Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on April 17th, 1972.

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on April 17th, 1972 was most likely conceived around the 9th of July, 1971.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on April 17th, 1972 is close to the 25th of January, 1973.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about April 17th, 1972.

  • A total of 18,001 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,571 weeks have passed.
  • 1,555,286,400 seconds have passed since the April 17th, 1972.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,814,500,800 times.
  • Since April 17th, 1972, the earth has travelled approximately 802,527,782,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 259,214,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 133,754,630 steps. That's about 59,447 miles!
  • Since this date, 18,663,437 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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