On This Day

What Happened on December 4, 1971

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • McGurk's Bar bombing: the UVF explode a bomb at a Catholic-owned pub in Belfast, killing fifteen Catholic civilians and wounding seventeen others; this was the highest death toll from a single incident in Belfast during 'the Troubles'
  • The Indian Navy attacks the Pakistan Navy and Karachi
  • The UN Security Council calls an emergency session to consider the deteriorating situation between India and Pakistan

Famous Birthdays

  • Shannon Briggs, American boxer (lineal 1997-98 & WBO heavyweight champion 2006-07), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Terrence Wisdom, American NFL guard and center (NY Jets, London Monarchs), born in Brooklyn, New York

Famous Deaths

  • Shunryu Suzuki, Zen teacher, founder of San Francisco Zen Center, dies