On This Day

What Happened on December 23, 1971

Historical Events

Historic Event

British Prime Minister Edward Heath visits Northern Ireland and expresses his determination to end the violence

Historic Event

US President Richard Nixon commutes remaining 8 years of Teamsters labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa's 13-year jail term for bribery and fraud


Famous Birthdays

  • Corey Haim, Canadian actor (Silver Bullet, Lucas, License to Drive), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Masayoshi Yamazaki, Japanese singer-songwriter, born in Kusatsu, Shiga Prefecture, Japan
  • Michalis Klokidis, Greek footballer, born in Greece
  • Pete Bercich, American football linebacker (Minnesota Vikings), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • Steve Stenstrom, American football quarterback (Chicago Bears), born in Lake Forest, California
  • Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, British socialite, born in Hampshire (d. 2017)
  • Wim Vansevenant, Belgian cyclist, born in Diksmuide, Belgium

Famous Deaths

  • Carlo Jachino, Italian composer, dies at 84
1971 Highlights

About December 23, 1971

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 49 years, 11 months and 13 days
Leap Year: No

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