October 1971 in History

Events in History

  • Oct 1 Joseph Luns becomes secretary-general of NATO
  • Oct 1 Walt Disney World opens in Bay Lake, Florida
  • Oct 2 Homing pigeon averages 133 KPH (record) in 1100-km Australian race
  • Oct 4 Borden's opens a turn-of-century ice cream parlor at Disney World
  • Oct 4 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Oct 5 A new sitting of the Northern Ireland parliament at Stormont begins, though the Social Democratic and Labour Party remain absent due to its continuing protest against Internment
  • Oct 7 T McNally's "Where has Tommy Flowers gone?" premieres in NYC
  • Oct 7 Northern Ireland Prime Minister Brian Faulkner meets with British Prime Minister Edward Heath; they agree to send an additional 1,500 British Army troops to Northern Ireland
  • Oct 8 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Oct 9 Japanese emperor Hirohito visits Netherlands
  • Oct 9 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 11 Brooks Robinson ties Series record, reaches base 5 straight times
  • Oct 11 Frank McGee becomes news anchor of Today Show
  • Oct 11 Switzerland recognizes North Vietnam
  • Oct 14 2 killed in Memphis racial disturbances
  • Oct 15 The start of the 2,500-year celebration of Iran, celebrating the birth of Persia.
  • Oct 16 Amphitheater in McLaren Park is dedicated in SF
  • Oct 17 Cleveland Metroparks' Rocky River Nature Center opens
  • Oct 17 It is estimated today that approximately 16,000 households were withholding rent and rates for council houses as part of the campaign of civil disobedience against internment organised by the Social Democratic and Labour Party, Northern Ireland
  • Oct 19 Last issue of "Look" magazine is published
  • Oct 19 A group of f Northern Ireland Members of Parliament begin a 48 hour hunger strike against the policy of Internment
  • Oct 20 West German Chancellor Willy Brandt is awarded Nobel Peace Prize
  • Oct 20 The Nepal stock exchange collapses.
  • Oct 20 Senator in the US Congress Edward Kennedy calls for a withdrawal of British troops from Northern Ireland and all-party negotiations to establish a United Ireland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 21 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Pablo Neruda

  • Oct 21 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Oct 21 William H Rehnquist & Lewis F Powell nominated to US Supreme Court by Nixon, following resignations of Justices Hugo Black & John Harlan
  • Oct 22 USSR performs nuclear test
  • Oct 23 Two female members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) are shot dead by the British Army in the Lower Falls area of Belfast
  • Oct 23 Three Catholic civilians are shot dead by the British Army during an attempted robbery in Newry, County Down
  • Oct 24 Harry Drake sets longest arrow flight by a footbow (1 mile 268 yds)
  • Oct 24 Texas Stadium opens-Cowboys beat Patriots 44-21
  • Oct 24 President of Sinn Féin Ruairi O'Brady, then (SF), address a SF Ard Fheis in Dublin, claiming that the North of Ireland must be made ungovernable as first step in achieving a united Ireland
  • Oct 24 A member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) is shot dead by undercover Royal Ulster Constabulary officers during a bomb attack in Belfast
  • Oct 25 Belgium & China PR establish diplomatic relations
  • Oct 25 General Meeting of UN agrees to admit China PR
  • Oct 25 UN votes to expel Chinese Nationalist-ruled Taiwan & admit Red China
  • Oct 25 A man dies two days after being shot during an Irish Republican Army attack on the British Army in Belfast
  • Oct 26 UN votes to replace Taiwan with China
  • Oct 26 An Assembly, attended only by Nationalist politicians, and acting as an alternative to Stormont, meet in Dungiven Castle
  • Oct 27 Republic of Congo-Kinshasa becomes Republic of Zaire
  • Oct 27 Gerard Newe becomes the first Catholic to serve in any Northern Ireland government since 1920; Newe was appointed to try to improve community relations
  • Oct 28 Great Britain becomes 6th nation to have a satellite (Prospero) in orbit
  • Oct 31 The Irish Republican Army (IRA) explode a bomb at the Post Office Tower in London

Birthdays in History

  • Oct 9 Simon Atlee, British photographer (d. 2004)
  • Oct 18 Karen J McNenny, Missoula Montana, Miss Montana-America (1991)
  • Oct 21 Jade Jagger, daughter of Mick & Bianca Jagger, born in Paris, France
  • Oct 27 Jade Arcade, American comics artist and writer
  • Oct 29 Daniel J. Bernstein, American professor
  • Oct 29 Ma Huateng [Pony Ma], Chinese entrepreneur (Tencent), born in Chaoyang District, Shantou
  • Oct 31 Toby Anstis, British radio presenter

Weddings in History

  • Oct 27 Steve Garvey weds Cynthia Truhan

Deaths in History

  • Oct 3 Leah Baird, writer (Jungle Bride), dies of anemia at 88
  • Oct 10 John Cawte Beaglehole, New Zealand historian (b. 1901)
  • Oct 11 Chesty Puller, the most decorated Marine in history (b. 1898)
  • Oct 12 Dean G Acheson, US foreign minister (1949-53), dies at 78
  • Oct 15 Sylvester Magee, last living American slave and oldest person who ever lived, dies at 130
  • Oct 19 Alberto Pirelli, Italian industrial, dies at 89
  • Oct 31 Gerhard von Rad, German old testament expert, dies at 70