What Happened in January 1971

Historical Events

  • 1st Cigarette advertisements banned on TV
  • 1st 57th Rose Bowl: #12 Stanford beats #2 Ohio State, 27-17
  • 1st 37th Sugar Bowl: #4 Tennessee beats #11 Air Force, 34-13
  • 1st 37th Orange Bowl: #3 Nebraska beats #5 LSU, 17-12
  • 2nd A barrier collapses at Ibrox Park football ground at end of a soccer match in Glasgow Scotland, killing 66
  • 3rd "President's Daughter" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • 3rd AFC Championship Game: Baltimore Colts beat Oakland Raiders 27-17
  • 3rd NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers 17-10
  • 4th Dr Melvin H Evans inaugurated as 1st elected governor of Virgin Is
  • 4th Ohio agrees to pay $675,000 to relatives of Kent State victims
  • 4th Philadelphia's Veteran's Stadium dedicated
  • 5th 1st one-day international, Australia v England at the MCG
  • 5th Globetrotters lose 100-99 to NJ Reds, ending 2,495-game win streak
  • 5th Body of US heavyweight Charles "Sonny" Liston (36) found; he had been dead for an estimated 6 days.
  • 6th Berkeley chemists announces 1st synthetic growth hormones
  • 6th Cecil Partee elected president pro tem of Illinois state senate

Music concertMusic Concert

6th Neil Young returns to his homeland of Canada for his first concert there since his pre-stardom days

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Neil Young
  • 7th -40°F (-40°C), Hawley Lake, Ariz (state record)
  • 8th 29 pilot whales beach themselves & die at San Clemente Island, Calif
  • 8th Voyageurs National Park, Minn, established
  • 9th "Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen" closes at Majestic NYC after 19 perf
  • 10th "Light, Lively & Yiddish" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 87 performances
  • 10th Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Richard Wilbur
  • 10th Irish Republican Army (IRA) carry out a 'punishment attack', tarring and feathering 4 men accused of criminal activities in Belfast
  • 11th Tigers ace reliever John Hiller, 27, sufferes a heart attack, but later makes a remarkable comeback to record 38 saves
  • 12th "All in the Family" premieres on CBS featuring 1st toilet flush on TV
  • 12th "Soon" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • 12th Congressional Black Caucus organizes

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12th US Federal grand jury indicts Rev Philip Berrigan & 5 others, including a nun & 2 priests, on charges of plotting to kidnap Henry Kissinger

Politician, statesman Henry Kissinger
Politician, statesman
Henry Kissinger
  • 12th Negotiations over price of petroleum begin in Tehran between 6 OPEC Persian Gulf states and 22 oil companies
  • 12th 2 bombs explode at UK Employment Secretary Robert Carr's home
  • 12th 21st NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 108-107 at San Diego
  • 13th "Soon" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • 14th John Snow takes 7-40 for England to beat Australia by 299 runs
  • 15th "Ari" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 19 performances
  • 15th Aswan Dam official opens in Egypt

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15th George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • 16th Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (1:58.7)
  • 17th Super Bowl V: Balt Colts-16, Dallas Cowboys-13 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Chuck Howley, Dallas, LB
  • 17th At a party conference in Dublin, Sinn Féin end their 65 year abstentionist policy and agree that any elected representative could take their seat at the Dáil
  • 18th Ivan Koloff beats Bruno Sammartino in NY, to become WWF champ
  • 18th Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling
  • 19th "No, No Nanette" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 861 performances
  • 19th 24th NHL All-Star Game: West beat East 2-1 at Boston

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19th The Beatles' "Helter Skelter" is played at Charles Manson trial

Murderer Charles Manson
Charles Manson
  • 19th NHL Writers' Association renamed Professional Hockey Writers' Association
  • 20th Ard Schenk skates world record 1000m (1:18.8)

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

20th John Lennon meets Yoko Ono's parents in Japan

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • 21st "Alias Smith & Jones" premieres on ABC TV

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22nd John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Power to the People"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • 23rd -80°F (-62°C) in Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska (US record)
  • 23rd 4th ABA All-Star Game: East 126 beats West 122 at Carolina
  • 23rd UCLA loses to Notre Dame, UCLA then wins next 88 games in a row
  • 23rd Riots break out in the Shankill Road area of Belfast, North Ireland
  • 23rd Britain allowed to sell arms to S. Africa, after Commonwealth Conference in Singapore ends in compromise
  • 24th NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 27-6
  • 25th Charles Manson & 3 women followers convicted of Tate-LaBianca murders
  • 25th Himachal Pradesh becomes 18th Indian state
  • 25th Military coup in Uganda under Gen Idi Amin Dada

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25th Philadelphia mint's 1st trial strike of Eisenhower dollar

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 25th WHMB TV channel 40 in Indianapolis, IN (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 25th The 170 delegates of the Ulster Unionist Council (UUC) call for the resignation of Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark
  • 26th Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts law against limitation of war crimes
  • 27th Montgomery St Station, last link in Bay Area Rapid Transit in San Francisco, 'holed thru'
  • 27th The body of a man who had been shot dead is found in Belfast
  • 28th 1971 NFL Draft: Jim Plunkett from University of Stanford first pick by New England Patriots
  • 29th Test debut of Dennis Keith Lillee, v England at Adelaide
  • 30th "Ari" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 19 performances
  • 30th Dennis Lillee takes 5-84 in his 1st Test bowl, v England
  • 30th UCLA starts 88 basketball game win streak
  • 31st "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison hits #1 on UK pop chart
  • 31st Apollo 14 launched, 1st landing in lunar highlands
  • 31st Jake Beckley, Joe Kelley, Harry Hooper, Rube Marquard, Chick Hafey
  • 31st US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
  • 31st US male Figure Skating championship won by John Misha Petkevich
  • 31st & Dave Bancroft & George Weiss elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 158

  • 1st Beno Bryant, WLAF running back (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1st Bobby Holik, Jihlava Cze, NHL left wing (NJ Devils, Team Czech Rep)
  • 1st Bridget Pettis, WNBA guard (Phoenix Mercury)
  • 1st Kevin Lee, NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots)
  • 1st Kevin Mitchell, NFL linebacker (SF 49ers)
  • 1st Sammie Henson, American wrestler
  • 2nd Aamer Nazir, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler 1993- )
  • 2nd Aaron Williams, NBA center (Seattle Supersonics)
  • 2nd Brad Parpan, WLAF quarterback (Rhein Fire)
  • 2nd Horace Copeland, NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 2nd Robert O' Neal, WLAF DB (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 2nd Taye Diggs, American actor
  • 2nd Lisa Harrison, American basketball player
  • 3rd Cory Cross, Lloydminster, NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 3rd Ku'ualoha Taylor, Hawaii, Miss USA (Hawaii-Miss Congeniality-1996)
  • 3rd Rene van Rijswijk, Dutch soccer player (RKC)
  • 4th Carlos Perez, Dominican/US baseball pitcher (Montreal Expos)
  • 4th Deb Sonnenberg, softball pitcher (Olympics-96), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 4th Errol Brown, CFL defensive back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 4th Garrison Hearst, NFL running back (Arizona Cardinals, SF 49ers)
  • 4th Jeremy Licht, actor (Mark-Valerie/Hogan Family), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 4th Orlanda Truitt, wide receiver (Oakland Raiders)
  • 4th Richard Chee Quee, cricketer (NSW opening batsman Fiji/Chin ancestry)
  • 4th Junichi Kakizaki, Japanese artist, sculptor
  • 5th Eric Smith, NFL/WLAF wide receiver (Chicago Bears, Scotland Claymores)
  • 5th Hillary Butler, WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 5th Jason Bates, Downey CA, infielder (Colorado Rockies)
  • 5th Mayuko Takata, Japanese actress
  • 6th Jed DeVries, NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns)
  • 6th Mike Wells, NFL defensive end (Detroit Lions)
  • 6th Myron Baker, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 6th Gary Wiseman, American punk-rock drummer
  • 7th Bobby Hamilton, NFL/WLAF defensive end (Amsterdam Admirals, NY Jets)
  • 7th Masato Itai, WLAF wide receiver (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 7th Todd Yeaman, NFL defensive tackle (NY Giants)
  • 7th C.W. Anderson, American professional wrestler
  • 7th Tina Anderson, American comic book writer
  • 8th Billy Joe Hobert, NFL quarterback (Oakland Raiders)
  • 8th Branislav Janos, hockey forward (Team Slovakia 1998)
  • 8th Brenda Lee Armstrong, Albert Lea Minn, Miss Minn-America (1991)
  • 8th Brook Mahealani Lee, Miss Universe/Miss USA (1997-Hawaii)
  • 8th Darren Langdon, Deere Lake, NHL left wing (NY Rangers)
  • 8th Jason Giambi, West Covina CA, infielder (Oakland A's)
  • 8th Roosevelt Potts, NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 8th Stephane Barin, hockey forward (Team France 1998)
  • 8th Pascal Zuberbühler, Swiss footballer
  • 9th Bill Schroeder, NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 9th Elizabeth Punsalan, American ice skater (Oly-15-94), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 9th Scott Thornton, London, NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers)
  • 9th Daniel Dumile, American hip hop artist
  • 9th Hal Niedzviecki, Canadian author
  • 9th Yusuke Naora, Japanese game art director
  • 10th Guylaine Cloutier, Levis QUE, 100m breaststroke swimmer (Oly-4-92, 96)
  • 10th Sergi Bruguera, Italy, tennis star
  • 11th Alexander Delgado, Palmerejo Venezuela, catcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • 11th Karmeeleyah McGill, WLAF linebacker (Scottish Claymores)

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11th Mary Jane Blige, New York, American R&B singer-songwriter

Singer-Songwriter Mary Jane Blige
Mary Jane Blige
  • 11th Noah Cantor, CFL defensive tackle (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 11th Stephen Smith, high jumper, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 12th Andy Fox, infielder (NY Yankees), born in Sacramento, California
  • 12th Oscar Sturgis, NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 12th Scott Burrell, NBA guard/forward (Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Hornets)
  • 12th Shane Dronett, NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos)
  • 13th Elmer Dessens, Hermosillo Mexico, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 13th John Mallory Asher, American film actor/director
  • 14th Antonios Nikopolidis, Greek footballer
  • 14th Lasse Kjus, Norwegian skier
  • 15th LeShon Johnson, running back (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 15th Regina King, actress (Brenda Jenkins-227), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 16th Josh Evans, actor (Ricochett, The Doors)
  • 16th Jukka-Pekka Nummi, WLAF cornerback (Scottish Claymores)
  • 16th Junior Bryant, NFL defensive end (SF 49ers)
  • 16th Michel Kreek, Dutch soccer player (Ajax)
  • 16th Scott Williams, Orange California, field hockey defender (Olympics-96)
  • 16th Sergei Bruguera, Spain, tennis star
  • 16th Ulrich van Gobbel, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • 17th Derek Plante, Cloquet, NHL center (Buffalo Sabres)
  • 17th Peter Winter, Australian decathlete (Olympics-96)
  • 17th Tyler Houston, US baseball catcher (Atlanta Braves)
  • 17th Kid Rock, American singer
  • 17th Richard Burns, English rally driver (d. 2005)
  • 17th Leonardo Ciampa, Italian-American musician
  • 17th Youki Kudoh, Japanese actress
  • 17th Ann Wolfe, female boxer
  • 18th Andre Coleman, NFL wide receiver/kick returner (San Diego Chargers)
  • 18th Greg Engel, NFL center (San Diego Chargers)
  • 18th Jonathan Davis, American singer (KoЯn)
  • 18th Christian Fittipaldi, Brazilian race car driver
  • 18th Josep Guardiola, Spanish footballer
  • 18th Seamus O'Regan, Canadian broadcast journalist
  • 18th Binyavanga Wainaina, Kenyan author and journalist, born in Nakuru, Rift Valley
  • 19th Jeff Juden, Salem MA, baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies, SF Giants)
  • 19th Maurice Hofman, Dutch soccer player (MVV)
  • 19th Reggie Brooks, NFL running back (Washington Redskins)
  • 19th Shawn Wayans, actor (In Living Color)
  • 19th John Wozniak, American singer and songwriter (Marcy Playground)
  • 20th Alan Young, NFL defensive end (NY Jets)
  • 20th Andrei Skabelka, NHL forward (Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 20th Johnny Mitchell, NFL tight end (NY Jets)
  • 20th Karin Smith, Miss Minnesota USA (1996)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

7th American horror, sci-fi and fantasy author Stephen King marries Tabitha Spruce, author and activist

Horror Author Stephen King
Horror Author
Stephen King

Famous Divorces

  • 11th 1st "Quickie" Divorce granted in UK

Famous Deaths

  • 1st Saint Amphilochius of Pochayiv, Ukrainian Orthodox Christian Saint (b. 1894)
  • 2nd Willard Maas, American educator and experimental filmmaker (b. 1906)
  • 2nd Richard Maxwell (Dick) Haldane, South African trade unionist, dies at 62
  • 4th Arthur Ford, American clairaudient (b. 1896)
  • 5th Douglas Shearer, Canadian film engineer (b. 1899)
  • 5th Columbus O'Donnell Iselin, American oceanographer, dies at 66
  • 7th Dick Kollmar, actor (Broadway Spotlight, Guess What), dies at 60
  • 7th Madame Spivy [LeVoe], actress (All Fall Down), dies at 64
  • 8th Adriano Lualdi, composer, dies at 85
  • 9th Giannis Christou, Greek composer (b. 1926)
  • 9th Elmer Flick, baseball player (b. 1876)
  • 10th Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, French fashion designer, dies at 87
  • 11th I. (Irene) Rice Pereira, American abstract artist dies aged 68
  • 13th Bernard "Heinz" Lammerding, Germ SS-gen/contractor (Tulle), dies at 65
  • 13th Robert Still, English composer, dies at 60
  • 14th Ethel Glenn Hier, composer, dies at 82
  • 15th John Dall, actor (Corn is Green, Rope), dies of heart attack at 50
  • 16th Kermit Maynard, cowboy actor (Saturday Roundup), dies at 68
  • 16th Philippe Thys, Belgian cyclist (b. 1890)
  • 18th Catherine Calvert, actress (Fires of Faith), dies of stroke at 80
  • 19th Harry Shields, American musician (b. 1899)
  • 20th Gilbert M Anderson, actor (1st Movie Cowboy), dies at 88
  • 21st Richard B Russell, (Sen-D-Ga), dies at 73
  • 23rd Fritz Feigl, Austria-born chemist (b. 1871)
  • 24th Bill W., American co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (b. 1895)
  • 27th Jacobo Arbenz, President of Guatemala (b. 1913)
  • 28th Donald Winnicott, British psychoanalyst (b. 1896)