On This Day

What Happened on August 5, 1971

Historical Events

  • The British Parliament debate the security situation in Northern Ireland
  • WNPE TV channel 16 in Watertown, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays

  • "Evil" Jared Hasselhoff [Hennegan], American rock bassist (Bloodhound Gang), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Valeri Karpov, Russian RSL and NHL hockey left wing, 1992-2005 (Anaheim Mighty Ducks, 1994-97), born in Chelyabinsk, Russia

Famous Weddings

Donna Summer

Five-time Grammy Award singer Donna Summer [nee Gaines] (22) weds actor Helmuth Sommer; divorce in 1976

Singer Donna Summer
Donna Summer

Famous Deaths

  • Josef Stanislav, Czech composer, and pedagogue, dies at 74
1971 Highlights

About August 5, 1971

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 50 years, 2 months and 18 days
Leap Year: No

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