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September 21st, 1972.

September 21st, 1972, was a Thursday. It was day 265 of 1972. The decade was the 1970s.

49 years, 1 months and 1 days have passed since September 21st, 1972.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Virgo.

Born on September 21st, 1972.

People who were born on this exact date.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on September 21st, 1972.

  • United States: Black And White - Three Dog Night
  • United Kingdom: Mama Weer All Crazee Now - Slade
Play the top hits from 1972.
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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 September 21st, 1972.

Take me back to September 21st, 1972!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is September 21st, 1972 and it's a Thursday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Virgo. Schools have started back and autumn has arrived, so temperatures have started to cool and trees are beginning to shed their leaves.

The earthy smells of fall have started to fill the air. In America, the song Black And White by Three Dog Night is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Mama Weer All Crazee Now by Slade 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. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Jackie Robinson, Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson and Pablo Picasso would all be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "McCloud", "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour" and "Upstairs, Downstairs".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Lassie", "My Three Sons", "JOT the Dot" and "The Brady Bunch". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Suzy Homemaker, Clackers, Nerf Balls and Kenner SSP Racers.

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 September 21st, 1972.

  • M*A*S*H debuts on television.

    M*A*S*H debuts on television.

    On September 17th, 1972, the war comedy series "M*A*S*H" made its television debut.

  • The Waltons.

    The Waltons.

    In September, 1972, a new historical drama series called "The Waltons" made its debut on CBS.

  • The Co-ed Killer is targeting students in California.

    The Co-ed Killer is targeting students in California.

    Between May of 1972 and April of 1973, serial killer Edmund Kemper (aka the "Co-ed Killer") was targeting female college students in California.

  • 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.

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • 49 years, 1 months and 1 days have passed since September 21st, 1972.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 38 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 September 21st, 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 85878000.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around September 21st, 1972.

  • August 22nd, 1972: The International Olympic Committee suspends Rhodesia due to its racist policies.
  • September 4th, 1972: The first episode of the American game show "The Price Is Right" is broadcast on television.
  • September 5th, 1972: The Munich massacre occurs when eleven members of the Israeli Olympic team are killed by a Palestinian group called Black September.
  • September 12th, 1972: The American sitcom "Maude", starring Beatrice Arthur, begins airing on CBS.
  • September 14th, 1972: Serial killer Edmund Kemper murders 15-year-old dance student Aiko Koo.
  • September 14th, 1972: The first episode of The Waltons is aired on CBS.
  • September 17th, 1972: The first episode of "M*A*S*H" is aired.
  • This date: September 21st, 1972
  • September 24th, 1972: 12 children and 11 adults are killed at an airshow in Sacramento when an F-86 fighter crashes into an ice cream parlour.
  • October 13th, 1972: Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 crashes into the Andes mountain range. Survivors are forced to resort to cannibalism.
  • October 13th, 1972: 174 people are killed when Aeroflot Flight 217 crashes close to Moscow.
  • October 16th, 1972: The first episode of British soap opera "Emmerdale" is aired.
  • October 16th, 1972: A plane carrying U.S. Congressman Hale Boggs disappears in Alaska.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on September 21st, 1972, will have the star sign Virgo.
  • Virgo is the star sign for this date in both the old and the new system.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • 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: September 21st, 1972 falls under the Bear.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of September will have the birthstone Sapphire.
  • Birth flower (September): The Aster and the Morning Glory.

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.

TV shows from September, 1972.

  • M*A*S*H - TV series about an American military medical unit during the Korean War.
  • The Waltons - TV series about a family living in rural Virginia during the Great Depression.
  • Maude - Sitcom starring Bea Arthur as Maude Findlay. Spin-off of All in the Family.
  • 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.

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.

Kid's TV shows on September 21st, 1972.

Children's cartoons and Teen TV shows that were being aired on this date in 1972.

  • The Adventures of Black Beauty
  • Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
  • 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.

  • Magnavox Odyssey
  • Kenner SSP Racers
  • 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)
  • 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 September 21st, 1978 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on September 21st.

Stephen King

Author.
Born on September 21st, 1947
He turned 25 on this day in 1972.

Bill Murray

Actor.
Born on September 21st, 1950
He turned 22 on this day in 1972.

Billy Porter

Actor.
Born on September 21st, 1969
He turned 3 on this day in 1972.

Nicole Richie

TV personality.
Born on September 21st, 1981
She was born exactly 9 years after this date.

Jason Derulo

Singer.
Born on September 21st, 1989
He was born exactly 17 years after this date.

US President.

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on September 21st, 1972.

UK Prime Minister.

Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on September 21st, 1972.

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on September 21st, 1972 was most likely conceived around the 13th of December, 1971.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on September 21st, 1972 is close to the 1st of July, 1973.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about September 21st, 1972.

  • A total of 17,928 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,561 weeks have passed.
  • 1,548,979,200 seconds have passed since the September 21st, 1972.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,807,142,400 times.
  • Since September 21st, 1972, the earth has travelled approximately 799,273,267,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 258,163,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 133,212,211 steps. That's about 59,205 miles!
  • Since this date, 18,587,750 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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