What Happened on July 8, 1971

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • During street disturbances, British soldiers shoot dead two Catholic civilians in Free Derry; as a result, riots erupted in the city and the Social Democratic and Labour Party withdraws from Stormont in protest
  • US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Famous Birthdays

  • Jeff Kopp, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • John Achterberg, soccer player (NAC)
  • Wendy Benson, actress (Meredith-As the World Turns), born in NYC, New York

Famous Deaths

  • Charlie Shavers, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1920)