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December 26th, 1972.

December 26th, 1972, was a Tuesday. It was day 361 of 1972. The decade was the 1970s.

48 years, 8 months and 24 days have passed since December 26th, 1972.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.

On this day.

What happened on December 26th, 1972?

  • Former US President Harry Truman passes away at the age of 88.

Music charts.

Songs that were on top of the music singles charts in the USA and the United Kingdom on December 26th, 1972.

  • United States: Me And Mrs. Jones - Billy Paul
  • United Kingdom: Long Haired Lover From Liverpool - Little Jimmy Osmond
Play the top hits from 1972.
A Spotify playlist of songs from 1972. Take a trip back to the days of Elton John, Lou Reed, Al Green and Don McLean.
Man of La Mancha

Top movie at the Box Office.

The movie "Man of La Mancha" was at the top of the box office on December 26th, 1972.

Take me back to December 26th, 1972!

Let's take a stroll down memory lane!

The date is December 26th, 1972 and it's a Tuesday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. Christmas Day of 1972 has just passed and many people are relaxing at home and enjoying the holiday season.

In America, the song Me And Mrs. Jones by Billy Paul is on top of the singles charts. Over in the UK, Long Haired Lover From Liverpool by Little Jimmy Osmond is the number one hit song. Richard Nixon is currently the President of the United States and the movie Man of La Mancha 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.

A disaster film called "The Poseidon Adventure" is currently being shown in movie theaters. If you were to travel back to this day, notable figures such as Harry S. Truman, Lyndon B. Johnson, Pablo Picasso and Bruce Lee would all be still alive. On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In", "The Odd Couple", "All in the Family" and "McMillan & Wife".

Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pong". Kids and teenagers are watching TV shows such as "Lassie", "The Brady Bunch", "The Clangers" and "The Adventures of Black Beauty". If you're a kid or a teenager, then you're probably playing with toys such as Etch A Sketch, Army men, Nerf Balls and Uno (card game).

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 December 26th, 1972.

  • 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, 8 months and 24 days have passed since December 26th, 1972.
  • Week Number: This date occurred during Week 52 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 26th, 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 94176000.

Around this time.

Notable events that occurred around December 26th, 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.
  • December 23rd, 1972: NFL: The Immaculate Reception play occurs in a game between the Oakland Raiders and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • December 23rd, 1972: Over 10,000 are killed when an earthquake hits the Nicaraguan capital of Managua.
  • December 23rd, 1972: The survivors of the Andes flight disaster are rescued.
  • This date: December 26th, 1972
  • 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.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on this date.

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Horoscope, birthstone & birth flower information.

Zodiac & Birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 26th, 1972, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • However, if you are going by the new star sign system that was discovered in 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).
  • The Life Path Number for this date is 3.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 26th, 1972 falls under the Goose.
  • Birthstone: Anyone born during the month of December will have the birthstones Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.
  • Birth flower (December): The Narcissus and the Holly.

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 December 26th, 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

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing on this date.

  • Pong - Table tennis game.

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 December 26th, 1978 instead.

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on December 26th.

Mao Zedong

Chinese leader. Deceased
Born on December 26th, 1893
He turned 79 on this day in 1972.

Phil Spector

American record producer. Deceased
Born on December 26th, 1939
He turned 33 on this day in 1972.

Lars Ulrich

Drummer.
Born on December 26th, 1963
He turned 9 on this day in 1972.

Aaron Ramsey

Soccer player.
Born on December 26th, 1990
He was born exactly 18 years after this date.

Swavy

TikTok personality. Deceased
Born on December 26th, 2002
He was born exactly 30 years after this date.

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 26th of December.

  • Boxing Day
  • St. Stephen's Day
  • Day of Goodwill (South Africa)
  • Second Christmas Day

US President.

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on December 26th, 1972.

UK Prime Minister.

Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 26th, 1972.

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on December 26th, 1972 was most likely conceived around the 18th of March, 1972.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 26th, 1972 is close to the 5th of October, 1973.

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Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about December 26th, 1972.

  • A total of 17,800 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,542 weeks have passed.
  • 1,537,916,400 seconds have passed since the December 26th, 1972.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,794,235,800 times.
  • Since December 26th, 1972, the earth has travelled approximately 793,564,862,400 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 256,319,400 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 132,260,810 steps. That's about 58,783 miles!
  • Since this date, 18,454,997 meteors have entered the earth's atmosphere!

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