What Happened on October 24, 1971

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • A member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) is shot dead by undercover Royal Ulster Constabulary officers during a bomb attack in Belfast
  • Harry Drake sets longest arrow flight by a footbow (1 mile 268 yds)
  • President of Sinn Féin Ruairi O'Brady, then (SF), address a SF Ard Fheis in Dublin, claiming that the North of Ireland must be made ungovernable as first step in achieving a united Ireland
  • Texas Stadium opens-Cowboys beat Patriots 44-21

Famous Birthdays

  • Aaron Bailey, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Dervla Kirwan, Irish actress
  • Mike Verstegen, NFL guard (NO Saints)

Famous Deaths

  • Carl Ruggles, US composer (Evocations), dies at 95
  • Chuck Hughes, Detroit Lion collapses during game & later, dies
  • Fernand Quinet, Belgian composer/conductor (Guerre), dies at 73