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May 31st, 1972.

May 31st, 1972, was a Wednesday. It was day 152 of 1972. The decade was the 1970s.

48 years, 11 months and 9 days have passed since May 31st, 1972.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Gemini.

On this day.

What happened on May 31st, 1972?

  • Football: Ajax win the European Cup after two goals from Cruyff helps them to defeat Internazionale 2-0.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on May 31st, 1972.

  • United States: Oh Girl - Chi-Lites
  • United Kingdom: Metal Guru - T. Rex

Take me back to May 31st, 1972!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is May 31st, 1972 and it's a Wednesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Gemini. The summer of 1972 has finally arrived. The weather has warmed up and the evenings are brighter than usual.

In America, the song Oh Girl by Chi-Lites is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Metal Guru by T. Rex is the number one hit song. Richard Nixon is currently the President of the United States and 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. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "The Brady Bunch", "McCloud", "McMillan & Wife" and "Emergency!".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Captain Kangaroo", "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", "The Brady Bunch" and "All in the Family". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Lite-Brite, G.I. Joe Adventure Team, VertiBird (toy helicopter) and Weebles.

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 May 31st, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 48 years, 11 months and 9 days have passed since May 31st, 1972.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 22 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 31st, 1972, will be 48 years of age.
  • Generation: People born in 1972 belong to the Generation X generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 76114800.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around May 31st, 1972.

  • 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.
  • This date: May 31st, 1972
  • June 9th, 1972: The Black Hills flood: 238 people are killed by floods in South Dakota.
  • June 16th, 1972: 108 people are killed in France when two passenger trains collide with the debris of a collapsed tunnel.
  • June 17th, 1972: Watergate scandal: Five White House operatives are arrested for burglarizing the offices of the Democratic National Committee.
  • June 18th, 1972: West Germany win the UEFA Euro 1972 Final with a 3-0 victory over the Soviet Union.
  • June 18th, 1972: 118 people are killed when British European Airways Flight 548 crashes soon after take-off.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on May 31st, 1972, will have the star sign Gemini.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Taurus.
  • 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 1.
  • Native American Zodiac: May 31st, 1972 falls under the Deer.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of May will have the birthstone Emerald.
  • Birth flower (May): The Lily of the Valley and the Hawthorn.

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.
  • 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.

Kid's TV shows on May 31st, 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

1972 playlist.

A Spotify playlist of songs from 1972. Take a trip back to the days of Elton John, Lou Reed, Al Green and Don McLean.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 31st of May.

  • May 31st, 1930: Clint Eastwood (Actor) turned 42 on this day in 1972.
  • May 31st, 1976: Colin Farrell (Irish actor) was born exactly 4 years after this date.
  • May 31st, 1989: Marco Reus (German soccer player) was born exactly 17 years after this date.

US President.

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on May 31st, 1972.

UK Prime Minister.

Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on May 31st, 1972.

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on May 31st, 1972 was most likely conceived around the 22nd of August, 1971.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on May 31st, 1972 is close to the 10th of March, 1973.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about May 31st, 1972.

  • A total of 17,875 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,553 weeks have passed.
  • 1,544,400,000 seconds have passed since the May 31st, 1972.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,801,800,000 times.
  • Since May 31st, 1972, the earth has travelled approximately 796,910,400,000 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 257,400,000 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 132,818,400 steps. That's about 59,030 miles!
  • Since this date, 18,532,800 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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