On This Day

What Happened on December 9, 1971

Historical Events

  • Lewis F. Powell Jr. appointed to US Supreme Court

Famous Birthdays

  • Chris Boniol, NFL kicker (Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Alexandria, Louisiana
  • Clifton Abraham, American NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Petr Nedved, Czech NHL center (Team Czech, Pitts Penguins), born in Liberec, Czechia
  • Todd Van Poppel, American baseball pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Hinsdale, Illinois

Famous Deaths


Person of interestRalph Bunche

Ralph Bunche, American UN delegate, first person of color to win Nobel Peace Prize winner (1950), dies at 67

Diplomat and Nobel Laureate Ralph Bunche
Diplomat and Nobel Laureate
Ralph Bunche
  • Sergey Konenkov, Russian sculptor, dies at 97
1971 Highlights

About December 9, 1971

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 48 years, 11 months and 14 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Sagittarius