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October 16th, 1972.

October 16th, 1972, was a Monday. It was day 290 of 1972. The decade was the 1970s.

48 years, 9 months and 8 days have passed since October 16th, 1972.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.

On this day.

What happened on October 16th, 1972?

  • The first episode of British soap opera "Emmerdale" is aired.
  • A plane carrying U.S. Congressman Hale Boggs disappears in Alaska.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on October 16th, 1972.

  • United States: Ben - Michael Jackson
  • United Kingdom: Mouldy Old Dough - Lt. Pigeon
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The New Centurions

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "The New Centurions" was at the top of the box office on October 16th, 1972.

Take me back to October 16th, 1972!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is October 16th, 1972 and it's a Monday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Libra. The summer is long gone. Temperatures have started to become much cooler and the evenings are beginning to get darker.

Fallen leaves have carpeted driveways, lawns, pathways and sidewalks and there's a fresh earthy scent in the ear. In America, the song Ben by Michael Jackson is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Mouldy Old Dough by Lt. Pigeon is the number one hit song.

Richard Nixon is currently the President of the United States and the movie The New Centurions 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. Incumbent Republican president Richard Nixon and Democratic Party candidate George McGovern are facing off against each other in the run up to the 1972 US Presidential Election. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Bonanza", "Columbo.", "Maude" and "M*A*S*H".

Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Lassie", "My Three Sons", "Underdog" and "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood". Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Etch A Sketch, Army men, G.I. Joe Adventure Team 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 October 16th, 1972.

  • The campaign for the 1972 US Presidential Election is underway.

    The campaign for the 1972 US Presidential Election is underway.

    During this time, Republican candidate Richard Nixon and Democratic Party candidate George McGovern were going head-to-head in the lead-up to the 1972 US Presidential Election. Nixon eventually went on to win the election in a landslide victory.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 48 years, 9 months and 8 days have passed since October 16th, 1972.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 42 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 October 16th, 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 88038000.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around October 16th, 1972.

  • September 17th, 1972: The first episode of "M*A*S*H" is aired.
  • 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.
  • This date: October 16th, 1972
  • October 24th, 1972: Baseball player Jackie Robinson dies from a heart attack at the age of 53.
  • October 30th, 1972: 45 people are killed in Chicago after a commuter train collision.
  • November 7th, 1972: Richard Nixon is re-elected as the President of the United States.

Personality traits.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 16th, 1972, will have the star sign Libra.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 2020, then the sign for this date is actually Virgo.
  • 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 9.
  • Native American Zodiac: October 16th, 1972 falls under the Raven.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.
  • Birth flower (October): The Marigold and the Cosmos.

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.

  • 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.

Kid's TV shows on October 16th, 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 October 16th, 1978 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on October 16th.

Oscar Wilde

Writer. Deceased
Born on October 16th, 1854
He was not alive on this date.

Michael Collins

Irish revolutionary leader. Deceased
Born on October 16th, 1890
He was not alive on this date.

Angela Lansbury

Actress.
Born on October 16th, 1925
She turned 47 on this day in 1972.

Flea

Bassist.
Born on October 16th, 1962
He turned 10 on this day in 1972.

US President.

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on October 16th, 1972.

UK Prime Minister.

Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on October 16th, 1972.

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on October 16th, 1972 was most likely conceived around the 7th of January, 1972.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 16th, 1972 is close to the 26th of July, 1973.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about October 16th, 1972.

  • A total of 17,813 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,544 weeks have passed.
  • 1,539,043,200 seconds have passed since the October 16th, 1972.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,795,550,400 times.
  • Since October 16th, 1972, the earth has travelled approximately 794,146,291,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 256,507,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 132,357,715 steps. That's about 58,826 miles!
  • Since this date, 18,468,518 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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