February 1971 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 2 US Congressional Black Caucus organizes with Charles C. Diggs Jr. its first Chair
  • Feb 2 Idi Amin ousts Milton Obote to become dictator of Uganda
  • Feb 3 A series of house searches by the British Army in Catholic areas of Belfast, resulting in serious rioting and gun battles
  • Feb 3 OPEC mandates "total embargo" against any company that rejects 55 percent tax rate
  • Feb 4 British car maker Rolls Royce declared itself bankrupt
  • Feb 4 Government exhibit under construction in Brazil collapses, kills 65
  • Feb 4 National Guard mobilized to quell rioting in Wilmington NC
  • Feb 4 Lieutenant-General Vernon Erskine-Crum becomes General Officer Commanding of the British Army in Northern Ireland
  • Feb 5 Apollo 14, 3rd US manned Moon expedition, lands near Fra Mauro Alan Shepard & Edward Mitchell (Apollo 14) walk on Moon for 4 hrs
  • Feb 6 The Irish Republican Army shoots and kills Gunner Robert Curtis, the first British soldier to die during the 'Troubles'
  • Feb 6 Bernard Watt (28), a Catholic civilian, is shot and killed by the British Army (BA) during street disturbances in Ardoyne, Belfast
  • Feb 6 James Saunders (22), a member of the IRA, is shot and killed by the British Army during a gun battle near the Oldpark Road, Belfast
  • Feb 7 Switzerland votes in women's suffrage
  • Feb 8 South Vietnamese troops invade Laos
  • Feb 8 The Nasdaq stock market index debuts.
  • Feb 9 Apollo 14 returns to Earth
  • Feb 9 Quake in San Fernando Valley kills 64 & causes over $½B damage
  • Feb 10 American Mensa Ltd incorporates in New York
  • Feb 10 John Guares "House of Blue Leaves" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 10 Royal Albert Hall bans scheduled concert featuring Frank Zappa
  • Feb 11 US, UK, USSR, others sign Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons
  • Feb 13 12,000 South Vietnamese troops cross into Laos

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 14 Richard Nixon installs secret taping system in White House

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Feb 14 Tehran agreement signed; oil companies accept 55 percent tax rate, immediate increase in posted prices, and further successive increases
  • Feb 14 13th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (144.462 MPH)
  • Feb 15 After 1,200 years Great Britain abandons pence & shilling system for decimal currency
  • Feb 15 A British soldier dies 7 days after being mortally wounded in an Irish Republican Army attack in North Ireland
  • Feb 19 Walt Wesley becomes 1st Cleve Cavalier to score 50 pts in a game
  • Feb 20 Major General Idi Amin Dada appoints himself president of Uganda
  • Feb 20 National Emergency Center erroneously orders US radio & TV stations to go off the air. Mistake wasn't resolved for 30 minutes
  • Feb 21 Series of tornadoes cuts through Miss & La killing 117
  • Feb 21 The Convention on Psychotropic Substances is signed at Vienna.
  • Feb 22 Lt Gen Hafiz al-Assad becomes President of Syria
  • Feb 23 Lt Calley confessed & implicates Captain Medina
  • Feb 24 Algeria nationalizes 51 percent of French oil concessions
  • Feb 25 P Zindel's "And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 25 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark holds a meeting with Catholic Cardinal of Ireland William Conway, the first such meeting between men holding these offices since 1921
  • Feb 26 Secretary-General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
  • Feb 26 Two Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are shot and killed by the Irish Republican Army while on a mobile patrol in the Ardoyne area of Belfast, North Ireland
  • Feb 27 Doctors in the first Dutch abortion clinic (the Mildredhuis in Arnhem) start to perform aborti provocati.
  • Feb 28 A British soldier dies in Derry after his vehicle had been attacked with petrol bombs (he died as a result of inhaling chemicals from fire extinguisers that were used to put out the fire)

Birthdays in History

  • Feb 3 Sarah Kane, English playwright (d. 1999)
  • Feb 12 Tracy Kennick, Miss Utah USA (1996)
  • Feb 20 Shalanda Burt, US murderess
  • Feb 20 Shawn McKenzie, American programmer
  • Feb 25 Dave Harris, American disc jockey
  • Feb 27 Derren Brown, British psychological illusionist
  • Feb 28 Tristan Louis, American writer

Deaths in History

  • Feb 5 Mátyás Rákosi, Hungarian premier (1952..56), dies at 78
  • Feb 11 Whitney Young Jr, National Urban League director, drowns in Nigeria

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 12 James Cash Penney, US founder (J C Penney), dies at 95

Department Store Founder James Cash Penney
Department Store Founder
James Cash Penney
  • Feb 23 King Lockwood, dies of stroke at 73
  • Feb 25 Theodor Svedberg, Swedish chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1884)