What Happened on December 18, 1971

Day of the Week: Saturday

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, 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
  • Markus Finke, WLAF running back (Rhein Fire)
  • 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

Person of interestBobby Jones

Bobby Jones Jr, amateur golfer (Grand Slam 1930), dies at 69

Golfer Bobby Jones
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Bobby Jones
  • Diana Lynn, American actress (Annapolis Story, Easy Come Easy Go), dies of a stroke at 45