May 20th, 1972, was a Saturday. It was Day 141 of 1972. The decade was the Seventies.
51 years and 16 days have passed since May 20th, 1972.
The zodiac star sign for this date is Taurus.
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These songs were on top of the music charts in the United States and the United Kingdom on May 20th, 1972.
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The top movie on this date was "The Godfather".
Let's take a walk down memory lane.
The date is May 20th, 1972, and it's a Saturday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Taurus. People are currently enjoying their 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 at the 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 the President of the United States, and the movie The Godfather 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 Jackie Robinson, Janet Munro, Harry S. Truman, and Lyndon B. Johnson would all still be alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Columbo", "The Main Chance", "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", and "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour".
Children and teenagers are watching television shows such as "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!", "The Brady Bunch", "Sabrina the Teenage Witch", and "The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show". Popular toys at the moment include Etch A Sketch, Clackers, Crissy (doll), and VertiBird (toy helicopter).
These are news stories, trending topics, and fads that were popular on May 20th, 1972.
Between May of 1972 and April of 1973, serial killer Edmund Kemper (aka the "Co-ed Killer") was targeting female college students in California.
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.
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.
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.
The best NBA players in 1972 were Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, John Havlicek, Spencer Haywood, Jerry West and Walt Frazier.
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" won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1972.
"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.
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.
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."
The Billboard Charts in 1972 were dominated by Don McLean, Roberta Flack, Gilbert O'Sullivan, America, Joe Tex, Looking Glass and Al Green.
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 (flares) were in fashion.
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.
Although personal computers began to emerge during the 1970s, typewriters were still the norm for most office workers.
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 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.
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 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.
Push-button telephones were beginning to replace the older rotary-style landlines.
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Television shows that people were watching in May 1972.
American police series.
TV series about a fire department in LA.
Sanford and Son
American sitcom starring Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson.
British drama series about the aristocratic Bellamy family and their household staff.
American music program that was dedicated to funk, soul and R&B music.
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.
The Two Ronnies
British comedy sketch show starring Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett.
All in the Family
American sitcom about the life of a working-class father and his family.
Alias Smith and Jones
American Western series about two outlaws called Hannibal Heyes and Jedediah "Kid" Curry.
The Partridge Family
Musical sitcom starring Shirley Jones.
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.
A New Mexico deputy marshall gets assigned to Manhattan's 27th Precinct.
The Brady Bunch
Sitcom about a large family with six children.
American medical drama series starring James Daly, Chad Everett and Audrey Totter.
Marcus Welby, M.D.
Medical drama television program.
American comedy-drama series about a history class in an LA school.
The Main Chance
British TV series about a solicitor who moves from London to Leeds.
American variety show that featured country music and humor.
Sitcom starring Lucille Ball.
Police drama series that was set in LA.
Police drama series.
Crime drama television series starring Peter Falk as Columbo.
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
Sketch comedy program starring Dan Rowan and Dick Martin.
Steptoe and Son
British sitcom starring Harry H. Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell.
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.
Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1972.
The Electric Company
Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch!
Archie's TV Funnies
The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show
All in the Family
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Josie and the Pussycats
The Brady Bunch
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines
The Pink Panther Show
The Banana Splits
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Skippy the Bush Kangaroo
JOT the Dot
The Bugs Bunny Show
My Three Sons
Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1972.
Big Jim (action figure)
Uno (card game)
The Rock Flowers dolls
VertiBird (toy helicopter)
G.I. Joe Adventure Team
Motorific (slot car toys)
Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
The Easy-Bake Oven
Etch A Sketch
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 May 20th, 1978, instead.
Celebrities, historical figures, and other notable people who were born on May 20th.
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Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on May 20th, 1972.
Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.
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