On This Day

What Happened on December 18, 1971

Historical Events

  • 1st Candlelight Processional at the EPCOT Center, Disney World
  • CBS radio cancels Saturday morning band concerts
  • People United To Save Humanity (PUSH) formed by Jesse Jackson in Chicago
  • Three members of the Irish Republican Army die when the bomb they were transporting explodes prematurely in King Street, Magherafelt, County Derry.
  • US dollar devalued 7.9% in Holland ($1=Ÿ3,245)

Famous Birthdays

Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Spanish tennis player (US Open 1994, French Open 1989, 94, 98), born in Barcelona, Spain

  • Barkha Dutt, Indian journalist
  • Frank Pimiskern, CFL safety (BC Lions)
  • Joe Dziedzic, NHL left wing (Pitts Penguins), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Neil Little, Medicine Hat, NHL goalie (Philadelphia Flyers)
  • Noriko Matsueda, Japanese composer

Famous Deaths

  • Aleksandr Tvardovsky, Russian poet and editor in chief (Novyj Mir), dies at 61

Bobby Jones

Bobby Jones Jr., American golfer, course designer (13 major titles, Grand Slam 1930), dies of syringomyelia at 69

  • Diana Lynn [Dolores Eartha Loehr], American actress (Annapolis Story, Easy Come Easy Go), dies of a stroke at 45
1971 Highlights

About December 18, 1971

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 49 years, 11 months and 12 days
Leap Year: No

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