What Happened on January 31, 1972

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • Aretha Franklin sings at Mahalia Jackson's funeral
  • Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev becomes 11th King of Nepal
  • British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling to House of Commons on 'Bloody Sunday', "The Army returned the fire directed at them with aimed shots and inflicted a number of casualties on those who were attacking them with firearms and with bombs"
  • Military coup ousts civilian government of Ghana
  • US launches HEOS A-2 for interplanetary observations (396/244,998)

Famous Birthdays

  • Ben Cavil, guard (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Fritz Fequiere, WLAF guard (Barcelona Dragons, London Monarchs)
  • Marvin Coleman, CFL defensive back (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Pulu Poumele, guard (San Diego Chargers)
  • Reinier Robbemond, Dutch soccer player (Dordrecht '90)

Famous Deaths

  • Bir Bikram Shah Deva Mahendra, king of Nepal (1955-72), dies at 51
  • Howard Barlow, conductor (Voice of Firestone), dies at 79
  • Istvan Szelenyi, composer, dies at 67