On This Day

What Happened on December 28, 1971

Historical Events

Football Awards

Ballon d'Or: Ajax forward Johan Cruyff wins award for best European football player ahead of Inter forward Sandro Mazzola and Manchester United winger George Best; first Dutch national and Ajax player to win award

  • Hashish now falls under the Dutch Opium Law (Opiumwet)

Famous Birthdays

  • Benny Agbayani, American baseball player, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Frank Sepe, US bodybuilder, born in Rosedale, New York
  • Melvin Nieves, Puerto Rican professional baseball outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Steve Morrison, US NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts), born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • William Gates, American basketball player, born in Chicago, Illinois

Famous Deaths

  • Max Steiner, Austrian composer (Gone With The Wind), dies at 83
1971 Highlights

About December 28, 1971

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 50 years, 7 months and 16 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: Boxing Day (Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom)

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

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Brand New Key - Melanie
  • UK #1 Song: Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West) - Benny Hill