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

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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)

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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 & 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 Phila 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, Edmonton Alberta, softball pitcher (Olympics-96)
  • 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 reciever (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 9th Elizabeth Punsalan, Syracuse NY, American ice skater (Oly-15-94)
  • 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)