October 24th, 1972

October 24th, 1972, fell on a Tuesday. It was day 298 of 1972. The decade was the 1970s.

48 years, 2 months and 30 days have passed since October 24th, 1972.


On This Date

Events that occurred on October 24th, 1972:

  • Baseball player Jackie Robinson dies from a heart attack at the age of 53.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on October 24th, 1972:

  • United States: My Ding-a-ling - Chuck Berry
  • United Kingdom: Mouldy Old Dough - Lt. Pigeon

Take Me Back!

The date is October 24th, 1972 and it's a Tuesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Scorpio. 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. Halloween of 1972 is quickly approaching. In America, the song My Ding-a-ling by Chuck Berry 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. 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. People are watching popular TV shows such as "Gunsmoke", "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", "The Odd Couple" and "M*A*S*H". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Lassie", "My Three Sons", "Underdog" and "The Clangers".

If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as "Army men", "Clackers", "Frisbee" and "Uno (card game)".


News Topics, Fads & Culture

Trending news stories and fads that were prevalent throughout this time period. These are news stories and events that would have been in the media on October 24th, 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.

  • 1972 Presidential Election

    Richard Nixon and George McGovern are battling it out with one another in the lead-up to the 1972 US Presidential Election. Nixon eventually went on to win the election in a landslide victory.


Basic Facts

Basic facts and information about this date:

  • 48 years, 2 months and 30 days have passed since October 24th, 1972.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 43 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 24th, 1972, will be 48 years of age.
  • People born in 1972 belong to the "Generation X" generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 88729200.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around October 24th, 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 .
  • 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.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on October 24th, 1972, will have the star sign Scorpio.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system (2020), then the sign for this date is actually Virgo.
  • Zodiac Element: Water.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1972 was the year of the Rat (Yang Wood).
  • Native American Zodiac: October 24th, 1972 falls under the Snake.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of October will have the birthstones Tourmaline and Opal.

Television Shows

TV shows that you might have been watching around this time.

  • M*A*S*H - TV series about an American military medical unit during the Korean War.
  • 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.
  • 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.

1972 - Kid's TV

Children's and Teen TV shows that would have been airing 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

1972 - Toys & Games

Toys and games that would have been 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
  • Easy-Bake Oven
  • Etch A Sketch

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities and historical figures that were born on the 24th of October:


US President

Who was the US President on October 24th, 1972?

  • Richard Nixon was the President of the United States.

UK Prime Minister

Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on October 24th, 1972?

  • Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Irish Taoiseach

Who was the Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland on this date?

  • Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception Dates

Interesting facts about conception dates.

  • A baby that was born on October 24th, 1972 was probably conceived around the 15th of January, 1972. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on October 24th, 1972 is the 3rd of August, 1973. (Rough Estimate).

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about October 24th, 1972.

  • 17,623 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,522,630,800 seconds have passed since the October 24th, 1972.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,776,402,600 times.
  • Since October 24th, 1972, earth has travelled approximately 785,677,492,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 253,771,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 130,946,249 steps. That's about 58,198 miles!
  • Since this date, 18,271,570 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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