What Happened in December 1971

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 1 Cubs release Ernie Banks & sign him as a coach

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Dec 1 Galt MacDermot/John Guare's "2 gentlemen of Verona" opens at St James Theater NYC for 613 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 1 John Lennon and Yoko Ono release "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" in US

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Dec 1 Cambodian Civil War: Khmer Rouge rebels intensify assaults on Cambodian government positions, forcing their retreat from Kompong Thmar and nearby Ba Ray.
  • Dec 2 Soviet Mars 3 is first to soft land on Mars
  • Dec 2 United Arab Emirates (Trucial States) declares independence from UK
  • Dec 2 Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujeira, Sharjah & Umm ak Qiwain form United Arab Emirates
  • Dec 2 Zayid bin Sultan Al Nuhayyan of Abu Dhabi becomes President of UAE

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 3 US President Richard Nixon commutes Jimmy Hoffa's jail term

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Dec 3 Indo-Pakistani War of 1971: India invades West Pakistan and a full scale war begins claiming hundreds of lives.
  • Dec 4 The UN Security Council calls an emergency session to consider the deteriorating situation between India and Pakistan.
  • Dec 4 The Indian Navy attacks the Pakistan Navy and Karachi.
  • Dec 4 McGurk's Bar bombing: the UVF explode a bomb at a Catholic-owned pub in Belfast, killing fifteen Catholic civilians and wounding seventeen others; this was the highest death toll from a single incident in Belfast during 'the Troubles'
  • Dec 5 KCBJ (now KMIZ) TV channel 17 in Columbia, MO (ABC) 1st broadcast
  • Dec 5 Libya nationalizes British Petroleum concession
  • Dec 6 Lewis Franklin Powell confirmed as Supreme Court justice
  • Dec 6 A woman dies trying to salvage property from the Salvation Army Citadel in Belfast after bomb which started a large fire in an adjoining building
  • Dec 7 "Wild & Wonderful" opens/closes at Lyceum Theater NYC
  • Dec 7 Wings release their 1st album "Wild Life"
  • Dec 7 An off duty member of the Ulster Defence Regiment is shot dead by members of the Irish Republican Army in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
  • Dec 9 Lewis F Powell Jr appointed to US Supreme Court
  • Dec 10 West German union chancellor W Burns receives Nobel prize of peace
  • Dec 10 William H Rehnquist confirmed as Supreme Court justice
  • Dec 11 The Libertarian Party of the United States is formed.
  • Dec 11 A bomb explodes outside a furniture showroom on the mainly-Protestant and loyalist Shankill Road, Belfast; four civilians (including two babies) were killed and nineteen wounded
  • Dec 13 John Sinclair (sentence: 10 yrs, sold 2 marijuana joints) is freed
  • Dec 14 Golden Gate Bridge lights out all night due to power failure
  • Dec 14 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 14 U.S. premiere of "Nicholas and Alexandra", film adaptation of Robert K. Massie's best selling novel
  • Dec 14 The Pakistan Army executes over 200 of East Pakistan's intellectuals during the Bangladesh Liberation War
  • Dec 15 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 16 Bangladesh (East Pakistan) declares independence from Pakistan
  • Dec 16 Don McLean's 8+ minute version of "American Pie" released
  • Dec 16 India's army occupies Dacca, West Pakistani troops surrenders
  • Dec 17 "Diamonds are Forever", 7th James Bond film, last starring Sean Conner, also starring Jill St. John is 1st released in West Germany
  • Dec 17 Cease fire between India & Pakistan in Kashmir
  • Dec 17 Radio Bangladesh begins transmitting
  • Dec 18 1st Candlelight Processional at the EPCOT Center, Disney World
  • Dec 18 CBS radio cancels Saturday morning band concerts
  • Dec 18 People United To Save Humanity (PUSH) forms by Jesse Jackson in Chic
  • Dec 18 US dollar devalued 7.9% in Holland ($1=Ÿ3,245)
  • Dec 18 Three members of the Irish Republican Army die when the bomb they were transporting explodes prematurely in King Street, Magherafelt, County Derry.
  • Dec 19 "Inner City" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 97 performances
  • Dec 19 CBS airs "Homecoming A Christmas Story," (introducing the Waltons)
  • Dec 19 NASA launches Intelsat 4 F-3 for COMSAT Corp

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 19 Stanley Kubrick's X-rated film "A Clockwork Orange" starring Malcolm McDowell premieres

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
  • Dec 20 Pakistan president Yahya Khan resigns
  • Dec 21 UN Security Council chooses Kurt Waldheim as 4th Secretary-General
  • Dec 21 A publican is killed as he tried to remove a bomb from his pub, Northern Ireland
  • Dec 22 KUAC TV channel 9 in Fairbanks/College, AK (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 22 UN General Assembly ratifies former Austrian President Kurt Waldheim as Secretary-General
  • Dec 22 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Dec 23 British Prime Minister Edward Heath visits Northern Ireland and expresses his determination to end the violence
  • Dec 24 Peruvian Airlines Electra crashes at headwaters of Amazon, killing all except Juliane Margaret Koepcke found 10 days later
  • Dec 25 Longest NFL game (82m40s) as Dolphins beat Chiefs 27-24
  • Dec 25 Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity) form Jesse Jackson
  • Dec 25 Worst hotel fire in history kills 163 at Taeyokale Hotel in Seoul
  • Dec 27 1st Fiesta Bowl: #8 Arizona State beats Florida State, 45-38
  • Dec 28 Hasj falls from now on under(neath) the Opiumwet
  • Dec 30 Long Island NHL franchise purchased (NY Islanders)
  • Dec 30 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 30 A member of the Irish Republican Army is killed in a premature bomb explosion in Santry, Dublin.
  • Dec 31 KAID TV channel 4 in Boise, ID (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Dec 31 Lt Gen Robert E Cushman, Jr, USMC, ends term as deputy director of CIA
  • Dec 31 Edmund Compton, then Northern Ireland Ombudsman, is replaced by John Benn

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 130

  • Dec 1 Oscar Sturgis, WLAF DE (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Dec 1 Rob Zatechka, NFL guard (NY Giants)
  • Dec 1 Tom Robsock, NFL/WLAF guard (Raiders, Barcelona Dragons)
  • Dec 1 Stephanie Finochio, American professional wrestler
  • Dec 1 Dolgorsürengiin Serjbüdee, Mongolian professional wrestler
  • Dec 1 Peter Van de Veire, Belgian radio-presenter
  • Dec 1 John Schlimm, American author
  • Dec 2 Jessie Hicks, WNBA forward/center (Utah Starzz)
  • Dec 2 Rachel McQuillan, Merewether NSW Aust, tennis star (1989 Futures ITA)
  • Dec 2 Roy van de Hill, soccer player (Roda JC)
  • Dec 2 Wilson Jermaine Heredia, American actor
  • Dec 2 Francesco Toldo, Italian Football Player (Inter Milan)
  • Dec 3 Frank Sinclair, Jamaican footballer
  • Dec 3 Keegan Connor Tracy, Canadian actress
  • Dec 3 Vernon White, American mixed martial artist
  • Dec 4 Terrence Wisdom, NFL/WLAF guard/center (NY Jets, London Monarchs)
  • Dec 4 Shannon Briggs, American boxer
  • Dec 5 Bryan Schwartz, NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Dec 5 Joe Fleming, CFL defensive end (BC Lions)
  • Dec 5 Marrio Grier, fullback (New England Patriots)
  • Dec 5 Kali Rocha, American actress
  • Dec 6 Ainsley Robinson, Oshawa Ontario, 62 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Oly-96)
  • Dec 6 David Defiagbon, Sapele Nigeria, Canadian boxer (Olympics-silver-96)
  • Dec 6 Matt Maloney, NBA guard (Houston Rockets)
  • Dec 6 Richard Krajicek, Neth, tennis star (Wimbledon-1996)
  • Dec 6 Rika Hiraki, Beirut Lebanon, tennis star (1992 Japan doubles)
  • Dec 6 Thomas Bailey, NFL wide receiver (Cin Bengals)
  • Dec 6 Naozumi Takahashi, Japanese seiyuu
  • Dec 6 José Contreras, Cuban baseball player
  • Dec 7 Ben Atkins, fencer-epee (Olympics-96), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 7 Mauricio Hadad, Cali Colombia, tennis star (1995 Bermuda)
  • Dec 7 Vladimir Akopian, Armenian chess player
  • Dec 8 Garvin Alston, pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Mt Vernon, New York
  • Dec 8 James Stewart, NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Dec 9 Chris Boniol, NFL kicker (Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Dec 9 Clifton Abraham, NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Dec 9 Petr Nedved, Libercec CZE, NHL center (Team Czech, Pitts Penguins)
  • Dec 9 Todd Van Poppel, Hinsdale IL, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • Dec 10 Amanda Hardy, Altona Australia, badminton player (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 10 Carla Sacramento, Lisbon, 1.5k runner
  • Dec 10 Manjula Munasinghe, cricketer (Sri Lankan ODI pace bowler)
  • Dec 10 Brian Nichols, American spree killer
  • Dec 11 Cedric Ihalauw, soccer player (Roda JC)
  • Dec 11 Willie McGinest, NFL outside linebacker (NE Patriots)
  • Dec 12 Becky Sunshine, [Rebekah Jayne Hunter], Ark, Miss Nude California (1993)
  • Dec 12 John Sacca, WLAF quarterback (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Dec 12 Tito Wooten, NFL safety (NY Giants)
  • Dec 12 Toni Hodgkinson, 800m (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Dec 13 Johnny Dixon, WLAF safety (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Dec 13 Miguel Angel Martinez Soto, mariachi
  • Dec 13 Mike Pelton, NFL defensive tackle (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Dec 14 Chris Therien, NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Dec 14 Lisa-Marie Vizaniari, Australian discus/shot putter (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 14 Natascha McElhone, English actress
  • Dec 15 Boudewijk Pahlplatz, soccer player (FC Twente, PSV)
  • Dec 15 Chris Maumalanga, NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears, Az Cardinals)
  • Dec 15 Eric Bjornson, NFL tight end (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Dec 15 Ken Alexander, WLAF linebacker (Barcelona Dragons)
  • Dec 16 Catherine "Cathy" Symon, rower (Olympics-96), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 16 Kristen Kane, diver (Olympics-96), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Dec 16 Michael S McCary, [Boss], rapper (Boyz II Men), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 16 Paul van Dyk, German DJ
  • Dec 17 Alyson Habetz, Crowley LA, female pitcher (Colo Silver Bullets)
  • Dec 17 Carl Reeves, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears)
  • Dec 17 Mark Byers, WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Dec 17 Nikki McCray, Collierville Tenn, basketball guard (Olympics-gold-96)
  • Dec 17 Sari Kristiina Fisk, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Oly-98)
  • Dec 17 Tony Richardson, NFL fullback (KC Chiefs)
  • Dec 17 Antoine Rigaudeau, French basketball player
  • Dec 18 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Barcelona, tennis star (Oly-silv/bronze-92)
  • Dec 18 Frank Pimiskern, CFL safety (BC Lions)
  • Dec 18 Joe Dziedzic, NHL left wing (Pitts Penguins), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Dec 18 Markus Finke, WLAF running back (Rhein Fire)
  • Dec 18 Neil Little, Medicine Hat, NHL goalie (Philadelphia Flyers)
  • Dec 18 Barkha Dutt, Indian journalist
  • Dec 18 Noriko Matsueda, Japanese composer
  • Dec 19 Amy Locane, actress (Andrea-Spencer, Sandy-Melrose Place), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Dec 19 Jen[nifer] Dore, Kearny NJ, rower (Olympics-4TH-96)
  • Dec 19 Mike Groh, WLAF quarterback (Rhein Fire)
  • Dec 19 Liz Cho, American television reporter
  • Dec 20 Jerry Ellison, NFL running back (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Dec 21 Ernest Hunter, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns)
  • Dec 21 Irena Slavutskay, Israel, athlete (Oly-1996)
  • Dec 21 Jey Phillips, WLAF DB (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Dec 21 Tommie Boyd, NFL/WLAF receiver (Detroit Lions, Rhein Fire)
  • Dec 21 Mathieu Chedid, French musician
  • Dec 21 Fenton Keogh, Australian celebrity chef
  • Dec 21 Brett Scallions, American singer (Fuel, The X's)
  • Dec 22 Pat Mastroianni, Canadian actor
  • Dec 23 Corey Haim, actor (Silver Bullet, Lucas, License to Drive), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 23 Pete Bercich, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Dec 23 Steve Stenstrom, quarterback (Chicago Bears)
  • Dec 23 Michalis Klokidis, Greek footballer
  • Dec 23 Masayoshi Yamazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter
  • Dec 23 Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, British socialite
  • Dec 23 Wim Vansevenant, Belgian cyclist

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 24 Ricky Martin, San Juan, Puerto Rico, singer (Menudo)/actor (General Hospital)

Singer/Actor Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin
  • Dec 24 Tamir Bloom, fencer-epee (Olympics-96), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 24 Christopher Daniels, American professional wrestler
  • Dec 24 Giorgos Alkaios, Greek singer

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 24 Professional boxer George Foreman (22) weds Adrienne Calhoun

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 1 Arthur B Springarn, US NAACP chairman (1940-65), dies at 93
  • Dec 4 Shunryu Suzuki, Zen teacher, founder of SF Zen Center, dies
  • Dec 5 Hugh Wakefield, actress (Blithe Spirit), dies
  • Dec 6 Hugo Godron, Dutch composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 6 Jan Altink, Dutch painter/co-founder (Plough), dies at 86
  • Dec 7 Milton Rosmer, director (Murder in the Red Barn), dies at 90

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 9 Ralph Bunche, UN delegate/Nobel Prize winner, dies at 67

Diplomat and Nobel Laureate Ralph Bunche
Diplomat and Nobel Laureate
Ralph Bunche
  • Dec 9 Sergey Konenkov, Russian sculptor (b. 1874)
  • Dec 10 Jozef MLT Cals, Dutch min of Education/premier (1965-66), dies at 57
  • Dec 11 Maurice "Mac" McDonald, American fast-food pioneer (b. 1902)
  • Dec 12 David Sarnoff, US TV pioneer (RCA), dies at 80
  • Dec 12 Frank Wolff, actor (Erotic Illusion, Last Gun), commits suicide at 43
  • Dec 12 Jack Barnhill, Northern Ireland senator, assassinated
  • Dec 12 John A Emmens, art historian/poet (Dog of Pavlov), dies at 47
  • Dec 13 Max Mell, Austria artillery officer/literary, dies at 88
  • Dec 14 Dick Tiger, Nigerian-born boxer (b. 1929)
  • Dec 15 Paul Pierre Lévy, French mathematician (b. 1886)
  • Dec 18 Aleksandr T Tvardovski, Russ editor in chief (Novyj Mir), dies at 61

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 18 Bobby Jones Jr, amateur golfer (Grand Slam 1930), dies at 69

Golfer Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones
  • Dec 18 Diana Lynn, actress (Annapolis Story, Easy Come Easy Go), dies at 45
  • Dec 20 Roy O Disney, brother of Walt, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 78
  • Dec 22 Godfried Jan Arnold Bomans, Dutch writer (Eric), dies at 58
  • Dec 22 Renee Evans, entertainer, dies of heart attack at 63
  • Dec 23 Carlo Jachino, composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 24 Maria Koepcke, ornithologist (b. 1924)
  • Dec 25 Byron Arnold, composer, dies at 70
  • Dec 26 Robert Lowery, actor (Circus Boy, Pistols 'n' Petticoats), dies at 57
  • Dec 28 Maximilian Raoul Walter Steiner, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 29 Stuart Holmes, dies of stomach ailment at 87
  • Dec 30 Dorothy Comingore, actress (Citizen Kane), dies after illness at 58
  • Dec 30 Jan Mul, Dutch composer, dies at 60
  • Dec 30 Melba Rae, American actress (Search for Tomorrow) (b. 1922)
  • Dec 31 Peter Deuel, actor (Gidget, Love on a Rooftop), commits suicide at 31
  • Dec 31 Pete Duel American actor (b. 1940)
  • Dec 31 Marin Sais, American actress (b. 1890)
  • Dec 31 Vikram Sarabhai, Indian physicist (b. 1919)