03 - IRA bomb blast
injures 55 in Belfast department store.
05 - US space shuttle research is granted $5.5 billion.
09 - Fire destroys liner Queen Elizabeth in Hong Kong
.......UK miners strike begins -
government urges ration of coal supplies.
20 - Unemployment rises to over 1 million in the UK.
22 - UK joins the EEC.
27 - There is a gun battle between IRA and British troops
along Irish border.
30 - Civil rights march in Londonderry is fired on by
troops after riots began,
.......13 are killed in what becomes
known as 'Bloody Sunday'.
02 - British embassy in
Dublin is destroyed by fire as demonstrations over 'Bloody
09 - A state of emergency is declared in London as miners
continue to strike.
13 - US step up bombing campaign on North Vietnam.
16 - 'Black-outs' are imposed in Britain due to coal
18 - A £6 a week pay rise is recommended for striking
22 - IRA bomb Aldershot barracks - 7 dead.
25 - Miners vote 25-1 in favour of pay increase.
02 - Power cuts end in the
UK after 20 days of blackouts and industrial 3 day weeks.
07 - British soldier says he was told "shoot to kill"
during 'Bloody Sunday' inquest.
21 - Deep Purple release the single "Never Before"
as a prelude to "Machine Head" album.
25 - Heath imposes direct rule for Ulster.
13 - 23 explosions hit
15 - US launches massive bombing raid on Haiphong, North
17 - National 'Work To Rule'
week commences on railways.
19 - 'Bloody Sunday' inquiry says troops were provoked
though some fired recklessly.
20 - Apollo 16 lands on the Moon.
27 - Apollo 16 splashes down.
30 - Deep Purple release "Machine Head" album -
it forms basis of live act for years to come,
.......and includes the classic "Smoke On The
Water" - it tops the UK album chart.
05 - Italian DC-8 crashes
in Italy - 115 dead.
06 - FA Cup: Leeds 1, Arsenal 0.
12 - Industrial action leads to Emergency
timetable on railways.
14 - No train service due to industrial action.
24 - European Cup winners Cup: Rangers 3, Moscow Dynamo 0
- in Barcelona.
28 - Edward 'Duke of Windsor' ex-king of England dies.
30 - 25 are killed during raid on Tel Aviv airport by
three Japanese killers.
03 - Pink Floyd release
the album "Obscured By Clouds" - it's the
soundtrack for the film "La Vallee".
07 - Relko wins Derby ridden by Lester Piggott.
18 - BEA Trident crashes in Staines - 118 dead.
27 - Official IRA begin ceasefire.
30 - Protestant groups in Belfast begin to erect
01 - Deep Purple play live
at the Rainbow Theatre in London - they set a record as
the loudest band!!
08 - Stan Smith beats Ilie Nastase in men's final at
Wimbledon, Billie Jean King beats Evonne Goolagong.
14 - IRA ceasefire is over - 4 die in fighting.
18 - The 100th British soldier is killed in Northern
21 - 11 die and 130 injured in IRA bomb blasts in Belfast.
28 - UK dock workers strike.
06 - Idi Amin to expel 50,000
Asians to Britain.
16 - Dock workers call off strike action.
25 - Ian Gillan (Deep Purple vocalist) hands in his
resignation - he'll leave the band on 30th June 1973.
26 - British yachtsman Sir Francis Chichester dies.
28 - Prince William of Gloucester is killed in air race.
31 - US swimmer Mark Spitz wins 5 gold medals in Munich
01 - The premier of Pink
Floyd's film "Live at Pompeii" is shown at the
05 - Munich games is stormed by Arab terrorists as they
attempt to kill Israeli athletes.
08 - Israeli planes bomb guerrilla bases in Lebannon in
revenge of Munich attack.
12 - The 'Cod War' begins as Icelandic gunboat sinks two
15 - Watergate charges are brought against Nixon aides.
06 - 147 die and 700 are
injured in Mexican train crash.
13 - Plane crash in Andes strands survivors without food.
22 - England goal keeper Gordon Banks damages eye in car
23 - Access credit cards introduced in UK.
27 - The first episode of the hit series 'Colditz' is
screened on TV.
07 - Nixon is re-elected
15 - A kidney donor scheme is announced by UK government.
22 - The first US B-52 bomber is shot down in Vietnam.
23 - ASLEF strike - no trains running.
01 - Deep Purple release
live album 'Made In Japan' - it reaches No.16 in UK album
03 - Plane crash in Canary Islands - 155 dead.
11 - Apollo 17 lands on Moon.
22 - Tommy Docherty becomes manager of Manchester United.
25 - 10,000 killed in earthquake in Nicaragua's capital
26 - Former president Harry S. Truman dies.
29 - Survivors of October 13th's air crash tell of eating
the dead to survive.
30 - Nixon calls halt to Hanoi bombing.