Feature Year: 1972.
January 5 – U.S. President Richard Nixon orders the development of a space shuttle program.
January 26 – Mahalia Jackson, African-American gospel singer (b. 1911) Died
January 27 – Mark Owen, British pop singer (Take That)
February 11 – Craig Jones, American musician
February 14 – ob Thomas, American singer-songwriter
February 17 – Volkswagen Beetle sales exceed those of the Ford Model-T when the 15,007,034th Beetle is produced.
February 17 – Billie Joe Armstrong, American rock musician and lead singer/guitarist (Green Day)
March 27 – Sharkey Bonano, American jazz musician (b. 1904) Died
April 3 – Ferde Grofé, American composer (b. 1882) Died
April 17 – The first Boston Marathon in which women are officially allowed to compete.
April 20 – Carmen Electra, American actress and singer
April 24 – Chad I Ginsburg, American musician and record producer (CKY)
May 2 – J. Edgar Hoover, American Federal Bureau of Investigation director (b. 1895) Died
May 4 – Mike Dirnt, American rock musician and bassist (Green Day)
May 8 – Darren Hayes, Australian musician
May 15 – Governor George C. Wallace of Alabama is shot by Arthur Herman Bremer at a Laurel, Maryland political rally.
May 19 – Jenny Berggren, Swedish rock singer (Ace of Base)
May 20 – Busta Rhymes, American musician and actor
May 20 – Andreas Lundstedt, Swedish singer and actor (Alcazar)
May 21 – The Notorious B.I.G., American musician (d. 1997)
June 2 – Wayne Brady, American comedian, singer
June 13 – Clyde McPhatter, American singer (b. 1932) Died
June 18 – Roger “Infernus” Tiegs, Norwegian black metal musician, original member of Gorgoroth
June 23 – Watergate Scandal: U.S. President Richard M. Nixon and White House chief of staff H. R. Haldeman are taped talking about using the C.I.A. to obstruct the F.B.I.’s investigation into the Watergate break-ins.
June 26 – Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney co-found Atari.
July 28 – Helen Traubel, American soprano (b. 1903) Died
August 1 – U.S. Senator Thomas Eagleton, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, withdraws from the race after revealing he was once treated for mental illness.
August 3 – Patrik Isaksson, Swedish singer and songwriter
August 4 – Arthur Bremer is jailed for 63 years for shooting George Wallace.
August 6 – Geri Halliwell, British pop singer (Spice Girls)
August 12 – The last U.S. ground troops are withdrawn from Vietnam.
August 14 – Oscar Levant, American pianist and actor (b. 1906) Died
August 16 – Emily Robison, American country music performer (Dixie Chicks)
August 21 – The Republican National Convention in Miami Beach, Florida renominates U.S. President Richard Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew for a second term.
September 21 – Liam Gallagher, British singer (Oasis)
September 26 – Shawn Stockman, American singer and musician (Boyz II Men)
September 26 – Robert E. Dolan, American composer (b. 1906) Died
October 8 – R. Sargent Shriver is chosen to replace Thomas Eagleton as the U.S. vice-presidential nominee of the Democratic Party.
October 28 – Brad Paisley, American singer-songwriter and musician
November 7 – U.S. presidential election, 1972: Republican incumbent Richard Nixon defeats Democratic Senator George McGovern in a landslide (the election had the lowest voter turnout since 1948, with only 55 percent of the electorate voting).
November 14 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 1,000 (1,003.16) for the first time.
November 18 – Danny Whitten, American musician (b. 1943) Died
November 29 – Atari kicks off the first generation of video games with the release of their seminal arcade version of Pong, the first game to achieve commercial success.
November 29 – Carl Stalling, American composer (b. 1891) Died
December 3 – Bill Johnson, American musician (b. 1872) Died
December 9 – Tré Cool, American rock musician and drummer (Green Day)
December 26 – Former United States President Harry S. Truman dies in Kansas City, Missouri.
December 31 – Roberto Clemente dies in a plane crash off the coast of Puerto Rico while en route to deliver aid to Nicaraguan earthquake victims.
December 31 – Joey McIntyre, American actor and singer (New Kids on the Block)