What Happened in February 1971

Historical Events

  • Feb 2 US Congressional Black Caucus organizes with Charles C. Diggs Jr. its first Chair
  • Feb 2 Idi Amin ousts Milton Obote to become dictator of Uganda
  • Feb 3 KTSC TV channel 8 in Pueblo-Colorado Spgs, CO (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 3 A series of house searches by the British Army in Catholic areas of Belfast, resulting in serious rioting and gun battles
  • Feb 3 OPEC mandates "total embargo" against any company that rejects 55 percent tax rate
  • Feb 4 Baseball announces a special hall of fame wing for blacks
  • Feb 4 British car maker Rolls Royce declared itself bankrupt
  • Feb 4 Government exhibit under construction in Brazil collapses, kills 65
  • Feb 4 National Guard mobilized to quell rioting in Wilmington NC
  • Feb 4 Lieutenant-General Vernon Erskine-Crum becomes General Officer Commanding of the British Army in Northern Ireland
  • Feb 5 Apollo 14, 3rd US manned Moon expedition, lands near Fra Mauro Alan Shepard & Edward Mitchell (Apollo 14) walk on Moon for 4 hrs
  • Feb 5 28th Golden Globes: Love Story, George C. Scott, & Ali MacGraw win
  • Feb 6 1st time a golf ball is hit on Moon (by Alan Shepard)
  • Feb 6 The Irish Republican Army shoots and kills Gunner Robert Curtis, the first British soldier to die during the 'Troubles'
  • Feb 6 Bernard Watt (28), a Catholic civilian, is shot and killed by the British Army (BA) during street disturbances in Ardoyne, Belfast
  • Feb 6 James Saunders (22), a member of the IRA, is shot and killed by the British Army during a gun battle near the Oldpark Road, Belfast
  • Feb 7 Switzerland votes in women's suffrage
  • Feb 8 Pedro Morales beats Ivan Koloff in NY, to become WWF wrestling champ
  • Feb 8 South Vietnamese troops invade Laos
  • Feb 8 The Nasdaq stock market index debuts.
  • Feb 9 Apollo 14 returns to Earth
  • Feb 9 Probably 1st gay theme TV episode - All in the Family
  • Feb 9 Quake in San Fernando Valley kills 64 & causes over $½B damage
  • Feb 9 Satchel Paige becomes 1st negro-league player elected to baseball HOF
  • Feb 9 5 men are killed near a BBC transmitter on Brougher Mountain, County Tyrone, in a landmine attack carried out by the Irish Republican Army
  • Feb 10 American Mensa Ltd incorporates in New York
  • Feb 10 Bill White becomes 1st African American baseball announcer (NY Yankees)
  • Feb 10 John Guares "House of Blue Leaves" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 10 Royal Albert Hall bans scheduled concert featuring Frank Zappa
  • Feb 11 Montreal Canadien John Believau scores his 500th NHL goal
  • Feb 11 US, UK, USSR, others sign Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons
  • Feb 12 Only Test Cricket for Ken Eastwood, who scored 5 & 0 Aust v England
  • Feb 13 12,000 South Vietnamese troops cross into Laos
  • Feb 13 Golfing VP Spiro Agnew hits 2 tee shots into crowd, injuring 2
  • Feb 14 Movie "Ben Hur" 1st shown on television

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Feb 14 Richard Nixon installs secret taping system in White House

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Feb 14 Tehran agreement signed; oil companies accept 55 percent tax rate, immediate increase in posted prices, and further successive increases
  • Feb 14 13th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (144.462 MPH)
  • Feb 15 After 1,200 years Great Britain abandons pence & shilling system for decimal currency
  • Feb 15 A British soldier dies 7 days after being mortally wounded in an Irish Republican Army attack in North Ireland
  • Feb 17 England regains cricket Ashes with a 2-0 series win

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Feb 19 Paul McCartney releases "Another Day" in UK

Musician & member of the Beatles Paul McCartney
Musician & member of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
  • Feb 19 Walt Wesley becomes 1st Cleve Cavalier to score 50 pts in a game

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Feb 20 Bruin Phil Esposito is NHL's quickest to score 50 goals in a season

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • Feb 20 Major General Idi Amin Dada appoints himself president of Uganda
  • Feb 20 National Emergency Center erroneously orders US radio & TV stations to go off the air. Mistake wasn't resolved for 30 minutes
  • Feb 21 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Sears Women's World Golf Classic
  • Feb 21 Series of tornadoes cuts through Miss & La killing 117
  • Feb 21 The Convention on Psychotropic Substances is signed at Vienna.
  • Feb 22 Lt Gen Hafiz al-Assad becomes President of Syria
  • Feb 23 Boston Bruins begin 13 NHL game win streak

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Feb 23 George Harrison is fined & his driving license is suspended for 1 year

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • Feb 23 Lt Calley confessed & implicates Captain Medina
  • Feb 24 Algeria nationalizes 51 percent of French oil concessions
  • Feb 25 "Oh! Calcutta!" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 1,316 performances
  • Feb 25 P Zindel's "And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 25 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark holds a meeting with Catholic Cardinal of Ireland William Conway, the first such meeting between men holding these offices since 1921
  • Feb 26 Secretary-General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
  • Feb 26 Two Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are shot and killed by the Irish Republican Army while on a mobile patrol in the Ardoyne area of Belfast, North Ireland
  • Feb 27 Doctors in the first Dutch abortion clinic (the Mildredhuis in Arnhem) start to perform aborti provocati.
  • Feb 28 WDRB TV channel 41 in Louisville, KY (IND) begins broadcasting

Sport awardGolf Major

Feb 28 53rd PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 281 at PGA National FL Jack Nicklaus wins his 2nd golf grand slam

  • Feb 28 A British soldier dies in Derry after his vehicle had been attacked with petrol bombs (he died as a result of inhaling chemicals from fire extinguisers that were used to put out the fire)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 140

  • Feb 1 Ajay Jadeja, cricketer (Indian opening batsman)
  • Feb 1 Derek Byrd, NFL cornerback (NO Saints)
  • Feb 1 Robert O'Neal, WLAF safety (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Feb 1 Tommy Salo, Surahammar SWE, NHL goalie (Team Sweden, NY Islanders)
  • Feb 1 Zlatko Zahovič, Slovenian footballer
  • Feb 1 Ron Welty, American musician
  • Feb 2 Ken Dilger, NFL tight end (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Feb 2 Tony Miller, Mount Pleasant Texas, 400m runner
  • Feb 3 Eric Owens, Danville VA, outfielder (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Feb 3 Marcus Buckley, NFL linebacker (NY Giants)
  • Feb 3 Roman Cechmanek, NHL goaltender (Team Czech Oly-Gold-1998)
  • Feb 3 Sean Dawkins, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Feb 3 Elisa Donovan, American actress
  • Feb 3 Sarah Kane, English playwright (d. 1999)
  • Feb 3 Hong Seok-cheon, South Korean actor
  • Feb 4 Kevin Farkas, NFL tackle (Carolina Panthers)
  • Feb 4 Maarten Atmodikoro, soccer player (Dordrecht '90, NAC)
  • Feb 4 Pete Pierson, NFL tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Feb 4 Sterling Palmer, NFL defensive end (Washington Redskins)
  • Feb 4 Michael Goorjian, American actor (Party Of Five, SLC Punk!), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 4 Rob Corddry, American actor and comedian
  • Feb 5 Dianne Norman, Sault Ste Marie Ontario, basketball forward (Oly-96)
  • Feb 5 Marcus Redman, actor (Raymond-Doogie Howser)
  • Feb 5 Peter "Chip" Cipollone, Ardmore Pa, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • Feb 5 Sara Evans, American singer
  • Feb 6 Brad Hogg, cricketer (WA chinaman all-rounder, Australia v India 1996)
  • Feb 6 Carlos Rogers, NBA forward/center (Toronto Raptors)
  • Feb 6 Lance Bade, US double trap (Olympics-bronze-1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Feb 6 Mana Endo, tennis star (1996 3rd round Aust Open), born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • Feb 6 Peter Tchernyshev, St Petersburg Russia, dance skater (& Naomi Lang)
  • Feb 6 Dana Eskelson, American actress
  • Feb 6 Brian Stepanek, American actor
  • Feb 7 Andrew Currey, Australian javelin thrower (Olympics-96)
  • Feb 7 Marvin Graves, CFL quarterback (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Feb 8 Heidi Mark, playmate (Jul, 1995), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Feb 9 Gonzalo Floyd, CFL defensive end (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Feb 9 Jason Mathews, NFL tackle (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Feb 9 Jim Miller, NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers, Atl Falcons, Jaguars)
  • Feb 9 Ken Felder, US baseball outfielder (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • Feb 9 Pat O'Neill, NFL punter/place kicker (NE Patriots)
  • Feb 9 Sharon Case, Det Mich, actress (Sharon Collins-Young & Restless)
  • Feb 9 Johan Mjällby, Swedish footballer
  • Feb 10 Kevin Sefcik, Oaklawn IL, infielder (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Feb 10 Marty Nothstein, Allentown Pa, sprint cyclist Olympics-silver-96)
  • Feb 10 Wayne Gandy, tackle (St Louis Rams)
  • Feb 10 Louie Spicolli, American wrestler (d. 1998)
  • Feb 11 Jennifer Lynne Faucette, Burlington Vermont, Miss America-Vt (1996)
  • Feb 11 John Bock, NFL center (NY Jets, Miami Dolphins)
  • Feb 11 Linda Wild, Arlington Heights Ill, tennis star (1993 Melbourne Open)
  • Feb 11 Damian Lewis, British actor
  • Feb 12 Lincoln Kennedy, tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • Feb 12 Romeo Bandison, NFL defensive tackle (Cleveland Browns)
  • Feb 12 Shane Tonkin, Australian baseball pitcher (Olympics-1996)
  • Feb 12 Shante Carver, NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Feb 12 Tracy Kennick, Miss Utah USA (1996)
  • Feb 13 Jim Reid, NFL tackle (Houston Oilers)
  • Feb 13 Mats Sundin, Bromma SWE, NHL center (Team Sweden, Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • Feb 13 Shelly Hammonds, NFL safety (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Feb 13 Todd Williams, US baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers)
  • Feb 13 Sonia [Evans], British singer, born in Liverpool
  • Feb 14 Derrick Witherspoon, NFL running back (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Feb 14 Gheorghe Muresan, NBA center (Washington Bullets/Wizards)
  • Feb 14 Kenny Shedd, WLAF receiver (Barcelona Dragons, Oakland Raiders)
  • Feb 14 Lonnie Johnson, NFL tight end (Buffalo Bills)
  • Feb 14 Kris Aquino, Filipino Actress and TV Host
  • Feb 14 Noriko Sakai, Japanese singer
  • Feb 14 Tommy Dreamer, American professional wrestler
  • Feb 15 Barbara Failey-Herbert, South Africa, golfer (1989 winner SA Champ)
  • Feb 15 Jim Butler, table tennis player (Olympics-92, 96), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Feb 15 Renee O'Connor, actress, (Xena Warrior Princess)
  • Feb 15 Tyrone Legette, cornerback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Feb 15 Ray Sefo, New Zealand kick boxer
  • Feb 16 Anthony Abrams, NFL defensive tackle (KC Chiefs)
  • Feb 16 Chi Kredell, water polo driver (Olympics-96), born in Long Beach, California
  • Feb 16 Larry Jones, NFL running back (Washington Redskins)
  • Feb 16 Marco Sas, Dutch soccer player (NAC)
  • Feb 16 Mike Hubbard, catcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Feb 16 Shivanthini Dharmasiri, Miss Universe-Sri Lanka (1996)
  • Feb 16 Van Tuinei, defensive end (San Diego Chargers)
  • Feb 17 Martyn Bennett, Canadian composer (d. 2005)
  • Feb 17 Jeremy Edwards, British actor
  • Feb 17 Denise Richards, American actress
  • Feb 18 George Teague, NFL safety (Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers)
  • Feb 18 Reggie Holt, WLAF safety (London Monarchs)
  • Feb 18 Constantin Popa, Romanian-Israeli basketball player
  • Feb 19 Becca Lee, Tennessee, Miss USA (Tenn-3rd-1996)
  • Feb 19 Becky Dyroen-Lancer, synchronized swimmer (Oly-gold-96), born in San Jose, California
  • Feb 19 Glyn Milburn, NFL running back/kick returner (Den Broncos, Det Lions)
  • Feb 19 Richard Green, Australian golfer
  • Feb 19 Wally Williams, NFL center/guard (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • Feb 19 William Henderson, NFL running back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Feb 19 Gil Shaham, Israeli/American violinist
  • Feb 20 Jari Litmanen, soccer player (Ajax)
  • Feb 20 Shalanda Burt, US murderess
  • Feb 20 Shawn McKenzie, American programmer
  • Feb 21 Arco Jochemsen, Dutch soccer player (SVDB, Vitesse)
  • Feb 21 Jeff Schmidt, US baseball pitcher (California Angels)
  • Feb 21 Jey Phillips, WLAF safety (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Feb 21 Jose Solano, actor (Baywatch)
  • Feb 21 Terry Mickens, NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 5 Actress Judi Dench (36) weds actor Michael Williams (35) at St Mary's Catholic Church in Hampstead, London

Actress Judi Dench
Judi Dench

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Jim A J Christy, cricket (10 Tests for S Af, 638 runs at 34 33), dies
  • Feb 3 Jay C Flippen, actor (Ensign O'Toole), dies at 72
  • Feb 5 Mátyás Rákosi, Hungarian premier (1952..56), dies at 78
  • Feb 11 Whitney Young Jr, National Urban League director, drowns in Nigeria
  • Feb 12 George Shelton, actor (It Pays to be Ignorant), dies at 86

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Feb 12 James Cash Penney, US founder (J C Penney), dies at 95

Department Store Founder James Cash Penney
Department Store Founder
James Cash Penney
  • Feb 15 Marian Viktorovich Koval, composer, dies at 63
  • Feb 15 Dimitrios Loundras, Greek gymnast (b. 1885)
  • Feb 17 Teddy Hart, actor (3 Men on a Horse), dies at 73
  • Feb 21 Adolph Weiss, composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 22 Barry Macollum, actor (On the Waterfront), dies at 81
  • Feb 22 Matt McHugh, actor (Taxi, Freaks, Barbary Coast), dies at 77
  • Feb 22 Rudolf Mauersberger, composer, dies at 82
  • Feb 23 King Lockwood, dies of stroke at 73
  • Feb 25 Theodor Svedberg, Swedish chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1884)
  • Feb 26 Edward van der Merwe, South African cricket wicket keeper (2 Tests in 30's), dies at 67
  • Feb 26 Fernandel, [Contandin], French actor (Death of Champion), dies at 67
  • Feb 26 Josef Berg, Czech composer, dies at 43
  • Feb 26 Joseph Desire Fernandel, comedian, dies of cancer at 67
  • Feb 26 Tullio Carminati, actor (Roman Holiday, Moulin Rouge), dies at 76