On This Day

What Happened on August 15, 1971

Historical Events

  • Bahrain gains independence from Britain
  • Charles Lismont wins Helsinki marathon (2:13:09.0)
  • Despite crashing out on lap 36, Scotsman Jackie Stewart clinches his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship at the Austrian Grand Prix at Österreichring; French Tyrrell driver François Cevert wins the race
  • KVRL (now KRIV) TV ch 26 in Houston, Texas (Fox) begins
  • The Social Democratic and Labour Party announce a campaign of civil disobedience in response to the introduction of Internment in Northern Ireland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

US President Richard Nixon announces 90-day freeze on wages, prices & rents

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon

Famous Birthdays

  • Perry Carter, NFL cornerback (KC Chiefs, Oakland Raiders), born in McComb, Mississippi

Famous Deaths

Person of interestPaul Lukas

Paul Lukas, Hungarian actor (Kim, Berlin Express), dies of heart failure at 76

Actor Paul Lukas
Paul Lukas
  • Thomas Wayne, American rockabilly singer ("Tragedy"), dies in a car accident at 31
1971 Highlights

About August 15, 1971

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 50 years and 2 months
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Independence Day (India)

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