What Happened on April 5, 1971

Historical Events

  • Fran Phipps is 1st woman to reach North Pole
  • Mount Etna erupts in Sicily

Historic Event

Sri Lanka's communist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) launches insurrection against the United Front government of Sirimavo Bandaranaike

  • US Lt William Calley sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering 22 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai Massacre
  • WNJT TV channel 52 in Trenton, New Jersey (PBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • Bob Kuberski, NFL defensive tackle, 1995-1999 (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Finidi George, soccer player (Ajax)
  • Stuart Peele, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)

Famous Deaths

  • Earl "Jock" Caruthers American jazz saxophonist (Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra, 1932-47), dies at 60
1971 Highlights

About April 5, 1971

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 51 years, 5 months and 22 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Aries

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) - The Temptations
  • UK #1 Song: Hot Love - T Rex