May 5th, 1972

May 5th, 1972, fell on a Friday. It was day 126 of 1972. The decade was the 1970s.

48 years, 4 months and 23 days have passed since May 5th, 1972.


On This Date

Events that occurred on May 5th, 1972:

  • 115 people die when Alitalia Flight 112 crashes near Palermo in Italy.


Music Singles

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

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

Take Me Back!

The date is May 5th, 1972 and it's a Friday. People are looking forward to the weekend. The summer of 1972 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up and the evenings are brighter than usual.

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.

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. People are watching popular TV shows such as "Marcus Welby, M.D.", "The Odd Couple", "McMillan & Wife" and "Upstairs, Downstairs". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Lassie", "My Three Sons", "The Brady Bunch" and "The Clangers".

Popular toys include the likes of "Easy-Bake Oven", "Lite-Brite", "Frisbee" and "Big Jim (action figure)".


News Topics, Fads & Culture

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent throughout this time period. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on May 5th, 1972.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • The Godfather

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


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 48 years, 4 months and 23 days have passed since May 5th, 1972.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 18 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 May 5th, 1972, will be 48 years of age.
  • People born in 1972 belong to the "Generation X" generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 73868400.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around May 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.
  • May 2nd, 1972: 91 people are killed by a fire at the Sunshine Mine in Idaho.
  • 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.
  • May 31st, 1972: Football: Ajax win the European Cup after two goals from Cruyff helps them to defeat Internazionale 2-0.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 5th, 1972, will have the star sign Taurus.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system (2020), then the sign for this date is actually Aries.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1972 was the year of the Rat (Yang Wood).
  • Native American Zodiac: May 5th, 1972 falls under the Beaver.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.

Television Shows

TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.

  • 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.
  • 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.

1972 - Kid's TV

Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing 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"


1972 - Toys & Games

Toys and games that would have been popular on this date in 1972:

  • Big Jim (action figure)
  • 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
  • Easy-Bake Oven
  • Etch A Sketch

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 5th of May:


Holidays

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 5th of May:

  • Liberation Day (Denmark)
  • Children's Day (Japan)

US President

Who was the US President on this particular date?

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

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on May 5th, 1972 was probably conceived around the 27th of July, 1971. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 5th, 1972 is the 12th of February, 1973. (Rough Estimate).

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

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

  • 17,678 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,527,379,200 seconds have passed since the May 5th, 1972.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,781,942,400 times.
  • Since May 5th, 1972, earth has travelled approximately 788,127,667,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 254,563,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 131,354,611 steps. That's about 58,380 miles!
  • Since this date, 18,328,550 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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