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 makes statement to the House of Commons on the events of '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