Historical Events in January 1971

  • Jan 1 Cigarette advertisements banned on TV
  • Jan 1 57th Rose Bowl: #12 Stanford beats #2 Ohio State, 27-17
  • Jan 1 37th Sugar Bowl: #4 Tennessee beats #11 Air Force, 34-13
  • Jan 1 37th Orange Bowl: #3 Nebraska beats #5 LSU, 17-12
  • Jan 2 A barrier collapses at Ibrox Park football ground at end of a soccer match in Glasgow Scotland, killing 66
  • Jan 3 "President's Daughter" closes at Billy Rose Theater NYC after 72 performances
  • Jan 3 AFC Championship Game: Baltimore Colts beat Oakland Raiders 27-17
  • Jan 3 NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers 17-10
  • Jan 4 Dr Melvin H Evans inaugurated as 1st elected governor of Virgin Is
  • Jan 4 Ohio agrees to pay $675,000 to relatives of Kent State victims
  • Jan 4 Philadelphia's Veteran's Stadium dedicated
  • Jan 5 1st one-day international, Australia v England at the MCG
  • Jan 5 Globetrotters lose 100-99 to NJ Reds, ending 2,495-game win streak
  • Jan 5 Body of US heavyweight Charles "Sonny" Liston (36) found; he had been dead for an estimated 6 days.
  • Jan 6 Berkeley chemists announces 1st synthetic growth hormones
  • Jan 6 Cecil Partee elected president pro tem of Illinois state senate

Music concertMusic Concert

Jan 6 Neil Young returns to his homeland of Canada for his first concert there since his pre-stardom days

Singer-songwriter Neil Young
Neil Young
  • Jan 7 -40°F (-40°C), Hawley Lake, Ariz (state record)
  • Jan 8 29 pilot whales beach themselves & die at San Clemente Island, Calif
  • Jan 8 Voyageurs National Park, Minn, established
  • Jan 9 "Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen" closes at Majestic NYC after 19 perf
  • Jan 10 "Light, Lively & Yiddish" closes at Belasco Theater NYC after 87 performances
  • Jan 10 Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to Richard Wilbur
  • Jan 10 Irish Republican Army (IRA) carry out a 'punishment attack', tarring and feathering 4 men accused of criminal activities in Belfast
  • Jan 11 Tigers ace reliever John Hiller, 27, sufferes a heart attack, but later makes a remarkable comeback to record 38 saves
  • Jan 12 "All in the Family" premieres on CBS featuring 1st toilet flush on TV
  • Jan 12 "Soon" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 3 performances
  • Jan 12 Congressional Black Caucus organizes

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Jan 12 US Federal grand jury indicts Rev Philip Berrigan & 5 others, including a nun & 2 priests, on charges of plotting to kidnap Henry Kissinger

Politician, statesman Henry Kissinger
Politician, statesman
Henry Kissinger
  • Jan 12 Negotiations over price of petroleum begin in Tehran between 6 OPEC Persian Gulf states and 22 oil companies
  • Jan 12 2 bombs explode at UK Employment Secretary Robert Carr's home
  • Jan 12 21st NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 108-107 at San Diego
  • Jan 13 "Soon" closes at Ritz Theater NYC after 3 performances
  • Jan 14 John Snow takes 7-40 for England to beat Australia by 299 runs
  • Jan 15 "Ari" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 19 performances
  • Jan 15 Aswan Dam official opens in Egypt

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Jan 15 George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord"

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
George Harrison
  • Jan 16 Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (1:58.7)
  • Jan 17 Super Bowl V: Balt Colts-16, Dallas Cowboys-13 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Chuck Howley, Dallas, LB
  • Jan 17 At a party conference in Dublin, Sinn Féin end their 65 year abstentionist policy and agree that any elected representative could take their seat at the Dáil
  • Jan 18 Ivan Koloff beats Bruno Sammartino in NY, to become WWF champ
  • Jan 18 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling
  • Jan 19 "No, No Nanette" opens at 46th St Theater NYC for 861 performances
  • Jan 19 24th NHL All-Star Game: West beat East 2-1 at Boston

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Jan 19 The Beatles' "Helter Skelter" is played at Charles Manson trial

Murderer Charles Manson
Charles Manson
  • Jan 19 NHL Writers' Association renamed Professional Hockey Writers' Association
  • Jan 20 Ard Schenk skates world record 1000m (1:18.8)

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Jan 20 John Lennon meets Yoko Ono's parents in Japan

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Jan 21 "Alias Smith & Jones" premieres on ABC TV

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Jan 22 John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Power to the People"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Jan 23 -80°F (-62°C) in Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska (US record)
  • Jan 23 4th ABA All-Star Game: East 126 beats West 122 at Carolina
  • Jan 23 UCLA loses to Notre Dame, UCLA then wins next 88 games in a row
  • Jan 23 Riots break out in the Shankill Road area of Belfast, North Ireland
  • Jan 23 Britain allowed to sell arms to S. Africa, after Commonwealth Conference in Singapore ends in compromise
  • Jan 24 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 27-6
  • Jan 25 Charles Manson & 3 women followers convicted of Tate-LaBianca murders
  • Jan 25 Himachal Pradesh becomes 18th Indian state
  • Jan 25 Military coup in Uganda under Gen Idi Amin Dada

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Jan 25 Philadelphia mint's 1st trial strike of Eisenhower dollar

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Jan 25 WHMB TV channel 40 in Indianapolis, IN (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 25 The 170 delegates of the Ulster Unionist Council (UUC) call for the resignation of Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark
  • Jan 26 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts law against limitation of war crimes
  • Jan 27 Montgomery St Station, last link in Bay Area Rapid Transit in San Francisco, 'holed thru'
  • Jan 27 The body of a man who had been shot dead is found in Belfast
  • Jan 28 1971 NFL Draft: Jim Plunkett from University of Stanford first pick by New England Patriots
  • Jan 29 Test debut of Dennis Keith Lillee, v England at Adelaide
  • Jan 30 "Ari" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 19 performances
  • Jan 30 Dennis Lillee takes 5-84 in his 1st Test bowl, v England
  • Jan 30 UCLA starts 88 basketball game win streak
  • Jan 31 "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison hits #1 on UK pop chart
  • Jan 31 Apollo 14 launched, 1st landing in lunar highlands
  • Jan 31 Jake Beckley, Joe Kelley, Harry Hooper, Rube Marquard, Chick Hafey
  • Jan 31 US female Figure Skating championship won by Janet Lynn
  • Jan 31 US male Figure Skating championship won by John Misha Petkevich
  • Jan 31 & Dave Bancroft & George Weiss elected to baseball Hall of Fame