On This Day

What Happened on December 16, 1971

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • Don McLean's 8+ minute version of "American Pie" released
  • Vijay Diwas (Victory Day): East Pakistan's independence (as Bangladesh) from Pakistan is recognized internationally after India's army occupies Dacca, and 93,000 West Pakistani troops surrender

Famous Birthdays

  • Catherine "Cathy" Symon, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Kristen Kane, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Michael McCary, American R&B singer (Boyz II Men), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Paul van Dyk, German DJ