What Happened in August 1971

Historical Events

  • Aug 1 CBS presents Masterpiece Theatre's 6 Wives of Henry VIII

Music concertMusic Concert

Aug 1 George Harrison's concert for Bangladesh takes place in NYC

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • Aug 1 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational

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Aug 3 Paul McCartney announces formation of his group Wings

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • Aug 4 US launches 1st satellite into lunar orbit from manned spacecraft
  • Aug 5 WNPE TV channel 16 in Watertown, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 5 The British Parliament debate the security situation in Northern Ireland
  • Aug 6 3rd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Muir College, University of California
  • Aug 7 Apollo 15 returns to Earth
  • Aug 7 A Catholic man is shot dead by a British soldier in Belfast
  • Aug 8 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Aug 8 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Lady Pepsi Golf Open
  • Aug 8 A British soldier is shot dead by the Irish Republican Army in Belfast
  • Aug 9 Le Roy (Satchel) Paige inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame
  • Aug 9 Operation Demetrius (or Internment) is introduced in Northern Ireland allowing suspected terrorists to be indefinitely detained without trial; the security forces arrested 342 people suspected of supporting paramilitaries
  • Aug 10 16 baseball researchers form Society for American Baseball Research
  • Aug 10 Twins' Harmon Killebrew is 10th to amass 500 HRs, & adds his 501st
  • Aug 10 During the internment round-up operation in west Belfast, the Parachute Regiment kill 11 unarmed civilians in what became known as the Ballymurphy massacre
  • Aug 11 Construction begins on Louisiana Superdome
  • Aug 11 Harmon Killebrew hits HRs #500 & 501
  • Aug 11 4 people are shot dead in separate incidents in Belfast; three of them by the British Army, as violence continues following the introduction of Internment and Operation Demetrius
  • Aug 12 Syrian Pres Assad drops diplomatic relations with Jordan
  • Aug 13 Paul & Linda McCartney release "Back Seat of My Car"
  • Aug 14 Bahrain proclaims independence after 110 years of British rule
  • Aug 14 British begin internment without trial in Northern Ireland
  • Aug 14 Cards Bob Gibson, 35, no-hits Pirates, 11-0
  • Aug 14 France performs nuclear test
  • Aug 15 Bahrain gains independence from Britain
  • Aug 15 Charles Lismont wins Helsinki marathon (2:13:09.0)
  • Aug 15 KVRL (now KRIV) TV ch 26 in Houston, Texas (Fox) begins

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Aug 15 US President Richard Nixon announces 90-day freeze on wages, prices & rents

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Aug 15 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Len Immke Buick Golf Open
  • Aug 15 The Social Democratic and Labour Party announce a campaign of civil disobedience in response to the introduction of Internment in Northern Ireland
  • Aug 16 Over 8,000 workers go on strike in Derry, Northern Ireland, in protest at the introduction of Internment (allowing suspected terrorists to be indefinitely detained without trial)
  • Aug 18 New Zealand Prime Minister Keith Holyoake announces in Parliament that New Zealand’s combat force would be withdrawn from Vietnam before the end of the year, coinciding with a similar announcement by the Australian government
  • Aug 20 FBI begins covert investigation of journalist Daniel Schorr
  • Aug 22 Bolivian military coup under col Hugo Banzer, pres Torres driven out
  • Aug 22 Pam Barnett wins LPGA Southgate Golf Open

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Aug 22 J. Edgar Hoover and John Mitchell announce the arrest of 20 of the "Camden 28".

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • Aug 22 Approximately 130 non-Unionist councillors announce their withdrawal from participation on district councils across Northern Ireland in protest against Internment (allowing suspected terrorists to be indefinitely detained without trial)
  • Aug 23 WGTU TV channel 29 in Traverse City, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 24 India beat England by 4 wickets, their win against the Poms
  • Aug 25 Leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party Gerry Fitt presents a number of allegations of brutality by the security forces in Northern Ireland to representatives of the United Nations
  • Aug 25 32nd Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 26 Dutch Queen Juliana & Prince Bernhard visit Indonesia
  • Aug 26 NY Giant football team announces they're leaving Bronx for NJ in 1975
  • Aug 26 Orioles' Don Buford struck out 5 times in a game

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Aug 26 Bobby Orr signs a five-year contract with the Boston Bruins worth one million dollars, the first million dollar contract in NHL history

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Aug 28 The US dollar is allowed to float against the Japanese yen for the first time.
  • Aug 30 WNPI TV channel 18 in Norwood, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 31 Adrienne Beames runs female world record marathon (2:46:30)
  • Aug 31 An inquiry into allegations of brutality by the security forces against those interned without trial in Northern Ireland is announced

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 127

  • Aug 1 Fred Lester (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Aug 1 Julia Chilicki, Somers CT, rower (Olympics-96)
  • Aug 1 Lisa Flood, Scarborough Ontario, 100m Breaststroker (Olympics-96)
  • Aug 1 Shae Sloan, Huntsville TX, female pitcher (Colo Silver Bullets)
  • Aug 2 Dick Schreuder, Dutch soccer player (PSV/FC Groningen/RKC)
  • Aug 2 Fernando Smith, NFL defensive end (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Aug 2 Michael Hughes, Irish footballer
  • Aug 3 Moira C Dunn, Utica NY, LPGA golfer (1995 SAFECO Classic-6th)
  • Aug 3 Forbes Johnston, Scottish footballer (d. 2007)
  • Aug 4 Greg Frers, CFL safety (BC Lions)
  • Aug 4 Jeff Gordon, American race car driver
  • Aug 5 Perry Carter, cornerback (Oakland Raiders)
  • Aug 5 Valeri Karpov, Chelyabinsk Russia, NHL left wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • Aug 5 Evil Jared Hasselhoff, American musician (The Bloodhound Gang)
  • Aug 6 Curtis Shearer, WLAF receiver (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Aug 6 Mike Bales, Saskatoon, NHL goalie (Ottawa Senators)
  • Aug 6 Piyal Wijetunge, cricketer (Sri Lanka slow left-armer 1993)
  • Aug 6 Merrin Dungey, American actress
  • Aug 6 Scott Minto, English footballer
  • Aug 7 Chris T Jones, NFL tackle/wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Aug 7 Dominic Cork, cricketer (England all-rounder Hat-trick v WI 1995)
  • Aug 7 Kevin Gaines, WLAF DB (London Monarchs)
  • Aug 7 Sydney Penny, actress (Danni-New Gidget, Thorn Birds, All My Children)
  • Aug 8 John Raposo, CFL defensive tackle (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Aug 8 Marcello Simmons, CFL defensive back (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Aug 8 Steve Hinton, Australian baseball infielder (Olympics-1996)
  • Aug 9 Alan Allen, NFL/WLAF wide receiver (NY Jets, London Monarchs)
  • Aug 9 David Merritt, WLAF linebacker (Rhein Fire)
  • Aug 9 Mary Joe Fernandez, Dom Rep, tennis player (US National 16s)
  • Aug 9 Nikki Schieler, Norwalk California, playmate (Sep, 1997)
  • Aug 9 Scott Karl, Fontana CA, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • Aug 9 Davide Rebellin, Italian cyclist
  • Aug 9 James Kim, technology reporter (d. 2006)
  • Aug 10 Craig Newsome, NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Aug 10 Martin Quinney, Quesnel BC, Canada Tour golfer (1994 Glen Meadows-2nd)
  • Aug 10 Mike Morreale, CFL slot back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Aug 10 Paul Newlove, rugby league player
  • Aug 10 Roy Keane, soccer player
  • Aug 10 Sal Fasano, catcher (KC Royals), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Aug 10 Mario César Kindelán Mesa, Cuban boxer
  • Aug 10 Justin Theroux, American actor
  • Aug 10 Kevin Randleman, American mixed martial artist
  • Aug 10 Stephan Groth, Norwegian musician
  • Aug 11 Aaron Miller, NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Aug 11 Julie Anne Clark, playmate (Mar, 1991), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Aug 11 Tommy Mooney, English football player
  • Aug 11 Alejandra Barros, Mexican actress
  • Aug 12 Jim Walker, Australian canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales

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Aug 12 Pete Sampras, tennis champ (14 grand slam titles), born in Washington, D.C.

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
  • Aug 13 Camille Thompson, Salmon Arm BC, basketball center (Olympics-96)
  • Aug 13 Chad Cota, NFL safety (Carolina Panthers)
  • Aug 13 Marcus Ragnarsson, Ostervala SWE, NHL defenseman (SJ Sharks, Sweden)
  • Aug 13 Ron Dickerson, WLAF running back (Scottish Claymores, London Monarchs)
  • Aug 13 Moritz Bleibtreu, German actor
  • Aug 13 Patrick Carpentier, Quebec race car driver
  • Aug 13 Rolando Molina, Salvadoran-born actor
  • Aug 14 Adam Timmerman, NFL guard (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Aug 14 Christopher R Nelloms, sprinter, born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Aug 14 James Folston, NFL defensive end (Oakland Raiders)
  • Aug 14 Mark Loretta, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Aug 14 Pramodaya Wickremasinhghe, cricketer (Sri Lankan fast-medium bowler)
  • Aug 14 Sean Hill, NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins)
  • Aug 14 Stan White, NFL/WLAF quarterback (NY Giants, London Monarchs)
  • Aug 14 Raoul Bova, Italian actor
  • Aug 15 Perry Carter, NFL cornerback (KC Chiefs)
  • Aug 15 Priscilla Taylor, playmate (Mar, 1996), born in Miami, Florida
  • Aug 16 Nigel Williams, CFL receiver (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Aug 16 Troy Alexander, CFL defensive tackle (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Aug 16 Willie Jackson, NFL wide receiver (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Aug 16 Stefan Klos, German footballer
  • Aug 17 Uhm Jung-hwa, South Korean singer and actress
  • Aug 17 Jorge Posada, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • Aug 17 Shaun Rehn, Australian Rules footballer
  • Aug 18 Jonathan David Winter, 100m backstroker (Olympics-96), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Aug 18 Kevin Bouie, NFL running back (Philadelphia Eagles, Ariz Cardinals)
  • Aug 18 Mindy Czuleger, Inglewood Ca, WPVA volleyballer (Myrtle Bch-17th-1994)
  • Aug 18 Trey Ames, Canton Oh, actor (David-A Year in the Life)
  • Aug 18 Richard D James, Irish-born musician (Aphex Twin)
  • Aug 18 Jacob Vargas, American actor
  • Aug 19 Mary Joe Fernandez, Dom Rep, US tennis star (Olympics-gold-96)
  • Aug 19 Tricia Ann Luedtke, Oostburg Wisc, Miss Wisc-America-1991
  • Aug 19 João Vieira Pinto, Portuguese football player
  • Aug 20 Bernard Whittington, defensive end (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Aug 20 Brett Bech, wide receiver (New Orleans Saints)
  • Aug 20 Ke Huy Quan, Saigon Vietnam, actor (Sam-Together We Stand)
  • Aug 20 Kevin Hickman, NFL tight end (Detroit Lions)
  • Aug 20 Oronde Gadsden, NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Aug 20 Brad Avery, American musician (former guitarist for Third Day)
  • Aug 20 Steve Stone, English footballer
  • Aug 20 David Walliams, British comedian
  • Aug 21 Shayne Edge, NFL/WLAF punter (Steelers, Barcelona Dragons)
  • Aug 21 Liam Howlett, British musician (The Prodigy)
  • Aug 21 Matthew Noonan, American Concert Organist
  • Aug 21 Robert Harvey, Australian Rules Footballer (St Kilda Football Club)
  • Aug 22 Bernard Carter, NFL/WLAF linebacker (Jaguars, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Aug 22 Richard Armitage, English actor (The Hobbit, Robin Hood), born in Leicester, Leicestershire
  • Aug 22 Rick Yune, American actor
  • Aug 23 Hugh Douglas, NFL defensive end (NY Jets)
  • Aug 23 Demetrio Albertini, Italian footballer
  • Aug 24 Pierfrancesco Favino, Italian actor

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 5 Five-time Grammy Award singer Donna Summer (22) weds actor Helmuth Sommer

Singer Donna Summer
Donna Summer

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 Ludwig Marcuse, German philosopher, dies at 77
  • Aug 5 Josef Stanislav, composer, dies at 74
  • Aug 13 King Curtis, [Curtis Ousley], US musician, murdered at 37
  • Aug 14 Georg von Opel, German auto manufacturer, dies at 59
  • Aug 15 Paul Lukas, actor (Kim, Berlin Express), dies of heart failure at 76
  • Aug 16 Elsie Baker, actress (Ghosts of Hanley House), dies at 78
  • Aug 17 Horace McMahon, actor (Martin Kane Private Eye), dies at 64
  • Aug 17 Wilhelm List, German field marshal (b. 1880)
  • Aug 19 Walther Victor, writer, dies
  • Aug 20 Rashid Minhas, Pakistani Air Force pilot (b. 1951)
  • Aug 21 George Jackson, US prisoner, shot to death at 29
  • Aug 23 Gisela Hernandez Gonzalo, composer, dies at 58
  • Aug 23 Oliver F McGowan, actor (Banning, Stagecoach), dies at 64
  • Aug 23 The original Shamu, Sea World orca
  • Aug 25 Ted Lewis [Theodore Leopold Friedman], American entertainer, bandleader and musician (Is Everybody Happy?), dies of lung failure at 81
  • Aug 26 Francesco Santoliquido, composer, dies at 88
  • Aug 27 Bennett Cerf, (Random House)/panelist (What's My Line), dies at 73
  • Aug 27 Margaret Bourke-White, US photographer, dies at 67
  • Aug 28 Nathan Leopold, US kidnapper/murderer of Bobby Franks (1924), dies