January 1971 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 1 Cigarette advertisements banned on TV
  • 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 6 Berkeley chemists announces 1st synthetic growth hormones
  • Jan 6 Cecil Partee elected president pro tem of Illinois state senate
  • 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 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 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 14 John Snow takes 7-40 for England to beat Australia by 299 runs
  • Jan 15 Aswan Dam official opens in Egypt
  • Jan 16 Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (1:58.7)
  • 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 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark meets British Home Secretary Reginald Maudling
  • Jan 20 Ard Schenk skates world record 1000m (1:18.8)
  • 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

MurderMurder of Interest

Jan 25 Charles Manson & 3 women followers convicted of Tate-LaBianca murders

Murderer Charles Manson
Charles Manson
  • 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 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 29 Test debut of Dennis Keith Lillee, v England at Adelaide
  • Jan 30 Dennis Lillee takes 5-84 in his 1st Test bowl, v England
  • 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

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 4 Junichi Kakizaki, Japanese artist, sculptor
  • Jan 7 Tina Anderson, American comic book writer
  • Jan 8 Brenda Lee Armstrong, Albert Lea Minn, Miss Minn-America (1991)
  • Jan 8 Jason Giambi, West Covina CA, infielder (Oakland A's)
  • Jan 9 Daniel Dumile, American hip hop artist
  • Jan 9 Hal Niedzviecki, Canadian author
  • Jan 9 Yusuke Naora, Japanese game art director
  • Jan 14 Lasse Kjus, Norwegian skier
  • Jan 18 Seamus O'Regan, Canadian broadcast journalist
  • Jan 18 Binyavanga Wainaina, Kenyan author and journalist, born in Nakuru, Rift Valley
  • Jan 20 Karin Smith, Miss Minnesota USA (1996)
  • Jan 21 Alan McManus, Scottish snooker player

Weddings in History

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 7 American horror, sci-fi and fantasy author Stephen King marries Tabitha Spruce, author and activist

Horror Author Stephen King
Horror Author
Stephen King

Divorces in History

  • Jan 11 1st "Quickie" Divorce granted in UK

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Saint Amphilochius of Pochayiv, Ukrainian Orthodox Christian Saint (b. 1894)
  • Jan 2 Richard Maxwell (Dick) Haldane, South African trade unionist, dies at 62
  • Jan 4 Arthur Ford, American clairaudient (b. 1896)
  • Jan 5 Columbus O'Donnell Iselin, American oceanographer, dies at 66
  • Jan 10 Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, French fashion designer, dies at 87
  • Jan 11 I. (Irene) Rice Pereira, American abstract artist dies aged 68
  • Jan 13 Bernard "Heinz" Lammerding, Germ SS-gen/contractor (Tulle), dies at 65
  • Jan 21 Richard B Russell, (Sen-D-Ga), dies at 73
  • Jan 23 Fritz Feigl, Austria-born chemist (b. 1871)
  • Jan 24 Bill W., American co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (b. 1895)
  • Jan 27 Jacobo Arbenz, President of Guatemala (b. 1913)
  • Jan 28 Donald Winnicott, British psychoanalyst (b. 1896)