Historical Events in August 1971

  • Aug 1 CBS presents Masterpiece Theatre's 6 Wives of Henry VIII

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Aug 1 George Harrison's concert for Bangladesh takes place in NYC

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Aug 1 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational

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Aug 3 Paul McCartney announces formation of his group Wings

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Aug 4 US launches 1st satellite into lunar orbit from manned spacecraft
  • Aug 5 WNPE TV channel 16 in Watertown, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 5 The British Parliament debate the security situation in Northern Ireland
  • Aug 6 3rd San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Muir College, University of California
  • Aug 7 Apollo 15 returns to Earth
  • Aug 7 A Catholic man is shot dead by a British soldier in Belfast
  • Aug 8 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Aug 8 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Lady Pepsi Golf Open
  • Aug 8 A British soldier is shot dead by the Irish Republican Army in Belfast
  • Aug 9 Le Roy (Satchel) Paige inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame
  • Aug 9 Operation Demetrius (or Internment) is introduced in Northern Ireland allowing suspected terrorists to be indefinitely detained without trial; the security forces arrested 342 people suspected of supporting paramilitaries
  • Aug 10 16 baseball researchers form Society for American Baseball Research
  • Aug 10 Twins' Harmon Killebrew is 10th to amass 500 HRs, & adds his 501st
  • Aug 10 During the internment round-up operation in west Belfast, the Parachute Regiment kill 11 unarmed civilians in what became known as the Ballymurphy massacre
  • Aug 11 Construction begins on Louisiana Superdome
  • Aug 11 Harmon Killebrew hits HRs #500 & 501
  • Aug 11 4 people are shot dead in separate incidents in Belfast; three of them by the British Army, as violence continues following the introduction of Internment and Operation Demetrius

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Aug 12 Syrian President Hafez al-Assad drops diplomatic relations with Jordan

General and President of Syria Hafez al-Assad
General and President of Syria
Hafez al-Assad
  • Aug 13 Paul & Linda McCartney release "Back Seat of My Car"
  • Aug 14 Bahrain proclaims independence after 110 years of British rule
  • Aug 14 British begin internment without trial in Northern Ireland
  • Aug 14 Cards Bob Gibson, 35, no-hits Pirates, 11-0
  • Aug 14 France performs nuclear test
  • Aug 15 Bahrain gains independence from Britain
  • Aug 15 Charles Lismont wins Helsinki marathon (2:13:09.0)
  • Aug 15 KVRL (now KRIV) TV ch 26 in Houston, Texas (Fox) begins

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Aug 15 US President Richard Nixon announces 90-day freeze on wages, prices & rents

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Aug 15 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Len Immke Buick Golf Open
  • Aug 15 The Social Democratic and Labour Party announce a campaign of civil disobedience in response to the introduction of Internment in Northern Ireland
  • Aug 16 Over 8,000 workers go on strike in Derry, Northern Ireland, in protest at the introduction of Internment (allowing suspected terrorists to be indefinitely detained without trial)
  • Aug 18 New Zealand Prime Minister Keith Holyoake announces in Parliament that New Zealand’s combat force would be withdrawn from Vietnam before the end of the year, coinciding with a similar announcement by the Australian government
  • Aug 20 FBI begins covert investigation of journalist Daniel Schorr
  • Aug 22 Bolivian military coup under col Hugo Banzer, pres Torres driven out
  • Aug 22 Pam Barnett wins LPGA Southgate Golf Open

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Aug 22 J. Edgar Hoover and John Mitchell announce the arrest of 20 of the "Camden 28".

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • Aug 22 Approximately 130 non-Unionist councillors announce their withdrawal from participation on district councils across Northern Ireland in protest against Internment (allowing suspected terrorists to be indefinitely detained without trial)
  • Aug 23 WGTU TV channel 29 in Traverse City, MI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 24 India beat England by 4 wickets, their win against the Poms
  • Aug 25 Leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party Gerry Fitt presents a number of allegations of brutality by the security forces in Northern Ireland to representatives of the United Nations
  • Aug 25 32nd Venice Film Festival opens
  • Aug 26 Dutch Queen Juliana & Prince Bernhard visit Indonesia
  • Aug 26 NY Giant football team announces they're leaving Bronx for NJ in 1975
  • Aug 26 Orioles' Don Buford struck out 5 times in a game

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Aug 26 Bobby Orr signs a five-year contract with the Boston Bruins worth one million dollars, the first million dollar contract in NHL history

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Aug 28 The US dollar is allowed to float against the Japanese yen for the first time.
  • Aug 30 WNPI TV channel 18 in Norwood, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 31 Adrienne Beames runs female world record marathon (2:46:30)
  • Aug 31 An inquiry into allegations of brutality by the security forces against those interned without trial in Northern Ireland is announced