What Happened on December 1, 1971

Historical Events

  • Cambodian Civil War: Khmer Rouge rebels intensify assaults on Cambodian government positions, forcing their retreat from Kompong Thmar and nearby Ba Ray.

Baseball Record

Chicago Cubs release longtime star and future Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, ending his 19-year MLB career; announce Banks will serve as a coach on manager Leo Durocher's staff; Banks finishes with 512 home runs and 1,636 RBI

  • Galt MacDermot and John Guare's musical adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Two Gentlemen of Verona", starring Clifton Davis and Raul Julia, opens at St James Theater, NYC; runs for 614 performances and wins 2 Tony Awards

Happy Xmas (War is Over)

John Lennon and Yoko Ono release single "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" in the US

1971 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Christian Pescatori, Italian auto racer (Sports Racing World Cup 2000; FIA GT C'ship N-GT class 2001), born in Brescia, Italy
  • Peter Van de Veire, Belgian radio-presenter
  • Rob Waldrop, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (Outland Trophy 1993 Arizona; CFL, Toronto Argonauts), born in Atlanta, Georgia
Born in 1971

Famous Deaths

  • Arthur B. Spingarn, American lawyer and civil rights activist (NAACP chairman, 1940-65), dies at 93

About December 1, 1971

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 51 years, 9 months and 22 days
Leap Year: No

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Family Affair - Sly & The Family Stone
  • UK #1 Song: Coz I Luv You - Slade