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December 31st, 1972.

December 31st, 1972, was a Sunday. It was day 366 of 1972. The decade was the Seventies.

49 years, 7 months and 16 days have passed since December 31st, 1972.

The zodiac star sign for this date is Capricorn.

On This Day

Events that occurred.

Notable events that occurred on December 31st, 1972.

  • Puerto Rican baseball player Roberto Clemente dies in a plane crash.
Song charts

Popular songs.

On December 31st, 1972, the following songs were at the top of the music charts in the USA and the UK.

  • United States: Me And Mrs. Jones - Billy Paul
  • United Kingdom: Long Haired Lover From Liverpool - Little Jimmy Osmond

The record charts on December 31st, 1972.

The following singles were dominating the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  • Me And Mrs. Jones - Billy Paul
  • Clair - Gilbert O'Sullivan
  • You Ought To Be With Me - Al Green
  • You're So Vain - Carly Simon
  • It Never Rains In Southern California - Albert Hammond
Play the top singles from the year 1972.
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The Poseidon Adventure

Top movie.

The top "Box Office" movie on this date was the film "The Poseidon Adventure".

Take me back to December 31st, 1972!

Let's go back in time!

The date is December 31st, 1972, and it's a Sunday. Anyone born today will have the star sign Capricorn. Currently, people are enjoying their weekend.

It's News Years Eve and everyone is looking forward to what the year 1973 will bring them. 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 The Poseidon Adventure 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 Lyndon B. Johnson, Pablo Picasso, Bruce Lee and J. R. R. Tolkien would all be still alive.

On TV, people are watching popular shows such as "Columbo", "The Flip Wilson Show", "Maude" and "M*A*S*H". Meanwhile, gamers are playing titles such as "Pong". Children and teenagers are currently watching television shows such as "Underdog", "Sabrina the Teenage Witch", "The Adventures of Black Beauty" and "Lassie's Rescue Rangers".

Popular toys at the moment include the likes of the Easy-Bake Oven, Army men, Crissy (doll) and Shrinky Dinks.

News

News topics, fads & culture.

These are trending news stories and fads that were prevalent at this time. These are topics that would have been in the media on December 31st, 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.

  • People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    People are using wallpaper to decorate their homes.

    Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, wallpaper was extremely common in people's homes. It wasn't until the mid-late 1980s that "modernism" started to creep in.

  • 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.

Information

Basic facts.

Basic facts and information about this date.

  • This date fell on a weekend.
  • 49 years, 7 months and 16 days have passed since December 31st, 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: A person born on December 31st, 1972 will be 49 years old.
  • Generation: People born in 1972 belong to the Generation X generation.
  • Unix Timestamp: The Unix Timestamp for this date is 94608000.
Events

Around this time.

News stories and other events that happened around December 31st, 1972.

  • 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 12th, 1972: "The Poseidon Adventure" is released in movie theaters.
  • December 13th, 1972: The thriller film "The Getaway", starring Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw, is released in movie theaters.
  • December 21st, 1972: The Western film "Jeremiah Johnson" is released.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This date: December 31st, 1972
  • 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.
  • January 27th, 1973: U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War ends.
Zodiac info

Horoscope, birthstone and birth flower information.

Zodiac and birthstone information.

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  • Zodiac Sign (Astrology): Anyone born on December 31st, 1972, will have the star sign Capricorn.
  • 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 8.
  • Native American Zodiac: December 31st, 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.

Personality traits.

Check out our personality summary for people who were born on December 31st, 1972.

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Photos of 1970s fashion.

Photographs of 1970s fashion and hairstyles.

Photos of 1970s fashion.

Television shows

TV shows.

Television shows that people were watching in December, 1972.

TV shows from December, 1972.

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

The Bob Newhart Show
The Bob Newhart Show
Sitcom starring Bob Newhart as a psychologist called Dr. Robert Hartley.

Ghost Story
Ghost Story
Horror anthology series starring Sebastian Cabot.

The Waltons
The Waltons
TV series about a family living in rural Virginia during the Great Depression.

Maude
Maude
Sitcom starring Bea Arthur as Maude Findlay. Spin-off of All in the Family.

The Rookies
The Rookies
American police series.

Emergency!
Emergency!
TV series about a fire department in LA.

Sanford and Son
Sanford and Son
American sitcom starring Redd Foxx and Demond Wilson.

Upstairs, Downstairs
Upstairs, Downstairs
British drama series about the aristocratic Bellamy family and their household staff.

Soul Train
Soul Train
American music program that was dedicated to funk, soul and R&B music.

McMillan & Wife
McMillan & Wife
TV show about a San Francisco police commissioner and his wife Sally.

The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour
The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour
Variety show starring pop singers Sonny Bono and Cher.

The Two Ronnies
The Two Ronnies
British comedy sketch show starring Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett.

All in the Family
All in the Family
American sitcom about the life of a working-class father and his family.

The Odd Couple
The Odd Couple
Starring Tony Randall as Felix Unger and Jack Klugman as Oscar Madison.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Sitcom about a career-oriented woman who moves to Minneapolis after separating from her partner.

The Flip Wilson Show
The Flip Wilson Show
Variety show hosted by Flip Wilson.

McCloud
McCloud
A New Mexico deputy marshall gets assigned to Manhattan's 27th Precinct.

The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch
Sitcom about a large family with six children.

Medical Center
Medical Center
American medical drama series starring James Daly, Chad Everett and Audrey Totter.

Marcus Welby, M.D.
Marcus Welby, M.D.
Medical drama television program.

Room 222
Room 222
American comedy-drama series about a history class in an LA school.

The Main Chance
The Main Chance
British TV series about a solicitor who moves from London to Leeds.

Hee Haw
Hee Haw
American variety show that featured country music and humor.

Here's Lucy
Here's Lucy
Sitcom starring Lucille Ball.

Adam-12
Adam-12
Police drama series that was set in LA.

Hawaii Five-O
Hawaii Five-O
Police drama series.

Cars in 1972.

1972 saw the introduction of cars such as the Honda Civic, the Chevrolet LUV, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the BMW 5 Series, the Ford Thunderbird (sixth generation) and the Renault 5.

Cars in 1972.

Children TV shows

Kids' TV shows on December 31st, 1972.

Cartoons and TV shows that children and teenagers were watching on this day in 1972.

Lassie's Rescue Rangers
Lassie's Rescue Rangers

The Adventures of Black Beauty
The Adventures of Black Beauty

Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan
The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan

The Electric Company
The Electric Company

Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch!
Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch!

Archie's TV Funnies
Archie's TV Funnies

The Funky Phantom
The Funky Phantom

The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show
The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show

All in the Family
All in the Family

Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Groovie Goolies
Groovie Goolies

Josie and the Pussycats
Josie and the Pussycats

The Clangers
The Clangers

Sesame Street
Sesame Street

The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines
Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines

The Pink Panther Show
The Pink Panther Show

The Banana Splits
The Banana Splits

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Skippy the Bush Kangaroo
Skippy the Bush Kangaroo

JOT the Dot
JOT the Dot

Underdog
Underdog

The Bugs Bunny Show
The Bugs Bunny Show

My Three Sons
My Three Sons

Captain Kangaroo
Captain Kangaroo

Lassie
Lassie

Toys

Popular toys and games in 1972.

Toys and games that were popular on this date in 1972.

Shrinky Dinks
Shrinky Dinks

Magnavox Odyssey
Magnavox Odyssey

Kenner SSP Racers
Kenner SSP Racers

Big Jim (action figure)
Big Jim (action figure)

Uno (card game)
Uno (card game)

The Rock Flowers dolls
The Rock Flowers dolls

Weebles
Weebles

VertiBird (toy helicopter)
VertiBird (toy helicopter)

G.I. Joe Adventure Team
G.I. Joe Adventure Team

Nerf Balls
Nerf Balls

Frisbee
Frisbee

Crissy (doll)
Crissy (doll)

Clackers
Clackers

Battleship (game)
Battleship (game)

Lite-Brite
Lite-Brite

Twister mat
Twister mat

Suzy Homemaker
Suzy Homemaker

Operation
Operation

Motorific (slot car toys)
Motorific (slot car toys)

Army men
Army men

The Easy-Bake Oven
The Easy-Bake Oven

Etch A Sketch
Etch A Sketch

Troll doll
Troll doll

Video games

Video games.

Popular video games that people were playing in December of 1972.

Pong 1972
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 you should check out December 31st, 1978 instead.

Celebrity birthdays

Celebrity birthdays.

Celebrities, historical figures and other notable people who were born on December 31st.

Anthony Hopkins

Actor.
Born on December 31st, 1937
He turned 35 on this day in 1972.

Alex Ferguson

Soccer manager.
Born on December 31st, 1941
He turned 31 on this day in 1972.

John Denver

American singer. Deceased
Born on December 31st, 1943
He turned 29 on this day in 1972.

Val Kilmer

Actor.
Born on December 31st, 1959
He turned 13 on this day in 1972.

John Allen Muhammad

Convicted murderer. Deceased
Born on December 31st, 1960
He turned 12 on this day in 1972.

Lance Reddick

Actor.
Born on December 31st, 1962
He turned 10 on this day in 1972.

Psy

South Korean singer.
Born on December 31st, 1977
He was born exactly 5 years after this date.

Donald Trump Jr.

American businessman.
Born on December 31st, 1977
He was born exactly 5 years after this date.

Holidays

Holidays.

National holidays and famous events that fall on the 31st of December.

  • New Year's Eve
USA

US President.

Richard Nixon was the President of the United States on December 31st, 1972.

UK

UK Prime Minister.

Edward Heath was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on December 31st, 1972.

Ireland

Irish Taoiseach.

Jack Lynch was the Taoiseach of Ireland.

Conception

Conception dates.

Conception estimates for this date.

  • A baby that was born on December 31st, 1972 was most likely conceived around April 9th, 1972.
  • The due date for a baby that was conceived on December 31st, 1972 is close to September 23rd, 1973.

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Stats for December 31st, 1972

Time difference & statistics.

Here are some fun statistics about December 31st, 1972.

  • A total of 18,126 days have passed since this date.
  • 2,589 weeks have passed.
  • 1,566,082,800 seconds have passed since the December 31st, 1972.
  • If you were born on this day, your heart has beated approximately 1,827,096,600 times.
  • Since December 31st, 1972, the Earth has travelled approximately 808,098,724,800 miles through space.
  • If you were born on this day, your eyes have blinked approximately 261,013,800 times.
  • If you were born on this day, you have taken approximately 134,683,121 steps. That's about 59,859 miles!
  • Since this date, 18,792,994 meteors have entered the Earth's atmosphere!

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