December 23rd, 1972

December 23rd, 1972, fell on a Saturday. It was day 358 of 1972. The decade was the 1970s.

48 years, 3 months and 29 days have passed since December 23rd, 1972.


On This Date

Events that occurred on December 23rd, 1972:

  • NFL: The Immaculate Reception play occurs in a game between the Oakland Raiders and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • The survivors of the Andes flight disaster are rescued.
  • Over 10,000 are killed when an earthquake hits the Nicaraguan capital of Managua.


Music Singles

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 23rd, 1972:

  • United States: Me And Mrs. Jones - Billy Paul
  • United Kingdom: My Ding-a-ling - Chuck Berry

Take Me Back!

The date is December 23rd, 1972 and it's a Saturday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

Christmas Day of 1972 is fast approaching and the excitement is building. Department stores are thronged with Christmas shoppers. In America, the song Me And Mrs. Jones by Billy Paul is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, My Ding-a-ling by Chuck Berry 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.

A disaster film called "The Poseidon Adventure" is currently being shown in movie theaters. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Gunsmoke", "Here's Lucy", "Marcus Welby, M.D." and "McCloud". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pong".

Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Lassie", "My Three Sons", "The Brady Bunch" and "The Clangers". Popular toys include the likes of "Motorific (slot car toys)", "Battleship (game)", "G.I. Joe Adventure Team" and "Kenner SSP Racers".


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 December 23rd, 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:

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 48 years, 3 months and 29 days have passed since December 23rd, 1972.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 51 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 December 23rd, 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 93916800.


Around This Time...

Notable events that occurred around December 23rd, 1972:

  • November 29th, 1972: The game Pong is released.
  • December 5th, 1972: Labor leader Gough Whitlam becomes the new Prime Minister of Australia.
  • December 6th, 1972: Actress Janet Munro dies from a heart attack at the age of 38.
  • December 7th, 1972: Jean McConville is kidnapped by the Provisional IRA in Belfast.
  • This date: December 23rd, 1972
  • December 26th, 1972: Former US President Harry Truman passes away at the age of 88.
  • December 29th, 1972: 101 people are killed when Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 crashes in Florida.
  • December 30th, 1972: The film "The Way of the Dragon", starring Bruce Lee, is released in movie theaters.
  • December 31st, 1972: Puerto Rican baseball player Roberto Clemente dies in a plane crash.
  • January 5th, 1973: Aerosmith release their first album.
  • January 7th, 1973: Serial killer Edmund Kemper murders 18-year-old student Cynthia Ann Schall.
  • January 7th, 1973: 23-year-old Mark Essex shoots and kills 9 people at the Howard Johnson's hotel in New Orleans.
  • January 14th, 1973: Super Bowl VII: The Miami Dolphins defeat the Washington Redskins 14-7 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
  • January 14th, 1973: Elvis Presley performs his concert "Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite".
  • January 22nd, 1973: Boxing: George Foreman defeats Joe Frazier to become the new heavyweight champion.
  • January 22nd, 1973: Former US President Lyndon B. Johnson passes away.

Horoscopes & Birthstone Information

Zodiac & Birthstone information:

  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 23rd, 1972, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system (2020), then the sign for this date is actually Sagittarius.
  • Zodiac Element: Earth.
  • Chinese Zodiac Animal: In the Chinese Zodiac, 1972 was the year of the Rat (Yang Wood).
  • Native American Zodiac: December 23rd, 1972 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.

Television Shows

TV shows that people would 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

Video Games

Popular video games that you might have been playing around this time.

  • Pong - Table tennis game.

Celebrity Birthdays

Celebrities, historical figures and noteable people who were born on the 23rd of December:


US President

Who was the US President on December 23rd, 1972?

  • Richard Nixon was the President of the United States.

UK Prime Minister

Who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 23rd, 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 December 23rd, 1972 was probably conceived around the 15th of March, 1972. (Rough Estimate).
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 23rd, 1972 is the 2nd of October, 1973. (Rough Estimate).

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Videos

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Time Difference & Statistics

Here are some fun statistics about December 23rd, 1972.

  • 17,652 days have passed since this date.
  • 1,525,129,200 seconds have passed since the December 23rd, 1972.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,779,317,400 times.
  • Since December 23rd, 1972, earth has travelled approximately 786,966,667,200 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 254,188,200 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 131,161,111 steps. That's about 58,294 miles!
  • Since this date, 18,301,550 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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