On This Day

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 "Two Gentlemen of Verona" opens at St James Theater NYC for 613 performances

Music History

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


Famous Birthdays

  • Christian Pescatori, Italian auto racer (Sports Racing World Cup 2000; FIA GT C'ship N-GT class 2001), born in Brescia, Italy
  • John Schlimm, American author
  • 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

Famous Deaths

  • Arthur B Springarn, US NAACP chairman (1940-65), dies at 93
1971 Highlights

About December 1, 1971

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 49 years, 11 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No

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