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October 17th, 1972.

October 17th, 1972, was a Tuesday. It was day 291 of 1972. The decade was the 1970s.

48 years, 7 months and 27 days have passed since October 17th, 1972.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Libra.

Born on October 17th, 1972.

People who were born on this exact date.

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Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on October 17th, 1972.

  • United States: Ben - Michael Jackson
  • United Kingdom: Mouldy Old Dough - Lt. Pigeon
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Take me back to October 17th, 1972!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is October 17th, 1972 and it's a Tuesday. 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 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.

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 "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In", "McCloud", "The Flip Wilson Show" and "M*A*S*H". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Lassie", "Captain Kangaroo", "My Three Sons" and "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood".

Popular toys at the moment include the likes of Lite-Brite, Nerf Balls, Weebles and Magnavox Odyssey.

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 17th, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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, 7 months and 27 days have passed since October 17th, 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 17th, 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 88124400.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around October 17th, 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.
  • 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.
  • This date: October 17th, 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 17th, 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 1.
  • Native American Zodiac: October 17th, 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.

Kid's TV shows on October 17th, 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 17th, 1978 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and notable people who were born on the 17th of October.

US President.

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on October 17th, 1972.

UK Prime Minister.

Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on October 17th, 1972.

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on October 17th, 1972 was most likely conceived around the 8th of January, 1972.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 17th, 1972 is close to the 27th of July, 1973.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about October 17th, 1972.

  • A total of 17,771 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,538 weeks have passed.
  • 1,535,414,400 seconds have passed since the October 17th, 1972.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,791,316,800 times.
  • Since October 17th, 1972, the earth has travelled approximately 792,273,830,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 255,902,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 132,045,638 steps. That's about 58,687 miles!
  • Since this date, 18,424,973 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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