See also People that died at the age of 72
- 28-September-2000 : Israeli opposition leader Ariel Sharon visits the Temple Mount, protected by a severalseveralhundredhundredstrong Israeli police force. Palestinian riots erupt, leading to a fullfullfledged armed uprising (called the Al-Aqsa Intifada by sympathizers and the Oslo War by opponents).
- 20-July-1999 : Persecution of Falun Gong: Falun Gong is banned in the People's Republic of China under Jiang Zemin.
- 18-June-1979 : Jimmy Carter and Leonid Brezhnev sign the SALT II agreement in Vienna.
- 22-July-1977 : The purged Chinese Communist leader Deng Xiaoping is restored to power 9 months after the "Gang of Four" was expelled from power in a coup d'etat.
- 13-August-1966 : In the People's Republic of China, Mao Zedong begins the Cultural Revolution to purge and reorganize China's Communist Party.
- 04-March-1963 : In Paris, 6 people are sentenced to death for conspiring to assassinate President Charles de Gaulle. De Gaulle pardons 5 of them but the other conspirator is executed by firing squad a few days later.
- 29-January-1963 : French President Charles de Gaulle vetoes the United Kingdom's entry into the EEC.
- 03-April-1962 : Jawaharlal Nehru is elected de facto Prime Minister of India.
- 13-April-1961 : In Portugal, a coup attempt against Antonio de Oliveira Salazar fails.
- 13-March-1892 : Ernest Louis, a grandson of Queen Victoria, becomes Grand Duke of Hesse and the Rhine on the death of his father, Grand Duke Louis IV.