On This Day

What Happened on December 31, 1971

Historical Events

  • Edmund Compton, then Northern Ireland Ombudsman, is replaced by John Benn
  • KAID TV channel 4 in Boise, ID (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Lt Gen Robert E Cushman, Jr, USMC, ends term as deputy director of CIA

Famous Birthdays

  • Brent Barry, American NBA guard (LA Clippers), born in Hempstead, New York
  • Erin Warren, American luger (Olympics 1994), born in Winchester Massachusetts
  • Heath Shuler, NFL quarterback (Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints), born in Bryson City, North Carolina
  • Ricardo L√≥pez Felipe, Spanish footballer, born in Madrid, Spain

Famous Deaths

  • Marin Sais, American actress (b. 1890)
  • Pete Duel American actor (b. 1940)
  • Peter Deuel, actor (Gidget, Love on a Rooftop), commits suicide at 31
  • Vikram Sarabhai, Indian physicist (b. 1919)
1971 Highlights

About December 31, 1971

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 49 years, 11 months and 4 days
Leap Year: No

Holidays: New Year's Day (Canada, United States)

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