What Happened in February 1971

Historical Events

  • Feb 2 US Congressional Black Caucus organizes with Charles C. Diggs Jr. its first Chair

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Feb 2 Idi Amin ousts Milton Obote and appoints himself President (dictator) of Uganda

Ugandan Dictator Idi Amin
Ugandan Dictator
Idi Amin
  • Feb 3 KTSC TV channel 8 in Pueblo-Colorado Spgs, CO (PBS) 1st broadcast
  • Feb 3 A series of house searches by the British Army in Catholic areas of Belfast, resulting in serious rioting and gun battles
  • Feb 3 OPEC mandates "total embargo" against any company that rejects 55 percent tax rate
  • Feb 3 NYPD officer Frank Serpico is shot during a drug bust while his fellow officers stood outside and failed to call for assistance
  • Feb 4 Baseball announces a special hall of fame wing for blacks
  • Feb 4 British car maker Rolls Royce declared itself bankrupt
  • Feb 4 Government exhibit under construction in Brazil collapses, kills 65
  • Feb 4 National Guard mobilized to quell rioting in Wilmington NC
  • Feb 4 Lieutenant-General Vernon Erskine-Crum becomes General Officer Commanding of the British Army in Northern Ireland
  • Feb 4 The NASDAQ stock exchange, the second-largest in the world - behind the New York Stock Exchange - is founded in New York City
  • Feb 5 Apollo 14, 3rd US manned Moon expedition, lands near Fra Mauro Alan Shepard & Edward Mitchell (Apollo 14) walk on Moon for 4 hrs

Film tv awardsGolden Globes

Feb 5 28th Golden Globes: "Love Story", George C. Scott, & Ali MacGraw win

  • Feb 6 1st time a golf ball is hit on Moon (by Alan Shepard)
  • Feb 6 The Irish Republican Army shoots and kills Gunner Robert Curtis, the first British soldier to die during the 'Troubles'

  • Feb 6 Bernard Watt (28), a Catholic civilian, is shot and killed by the British Army (BA) during street disturbances in Ardoyne, Belfast
  • Feb 6 James Saunders (22), a member of the IRA, is shot and killed by the British Army during a gun battle near the Oldpark Road, Belfast
  • Feb 7 Switzerland votes for national women's suffrage in a referendum
  • Feb 8 Pedro Morales beats Ivan Koloff in NY, to become WWF wrestling champ
  • Feb 8 Operation Lam Son 719 begins, a limited South Vietnamese incursion into Laos
  • Feb 8 Nasdaq Composite stock market index debuts with 50 companies and a starting value of 100
  • Feb 9 Apollo 14 returns to Earth
  • Feb 9 Probably 1st gay theme TV episode - All in the Family
  • Feb 9 Quake in San Fernando Valley kills 64 & causes over $½B damage
  • Feb 9 Satchel Paige becomes 1st negro-league player elected to baseball hall of fame
  • Feb 9 5 men are killed near a BBC transmitter on Brougher Mountain, County Tyrone, in a landmine attack carried out by the Irish Republican Army
  • Feb 10 American Mensa Ltd incorporates in New York
  • Feb 10 Bill White becomes 1st African American baseball announcer (NY Yankees)
  • Feb 10 John Guares "House of Blue Leaves" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 10 Royal Albert Hall bans scheduled concert featuring Frank Zappa
  • Feb 10 "Tapestry", second album by Carole King, is released (Grammy Award Album of the Year 1972)
  • Feb 11 Montreal Canadien John Believau scores his 500th NHL goal
  • Feb 11 US, UK, USSR, others sign Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons
  • Feb 12 Only Test Cricket for Ken Eastwood, who scored 5 & 0 Aust v England
  • Feb 13 12,000 South Vietnamese troops cross into Laos

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Feb 13 US Vice President Spiro Agnew hits 2 tee shots into crowd while golfing, injuring 2

Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew
Vice President of the United States
Spiro Agnew
  • Feb 14 Movie "Ben Hur" 1st shown on television

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Feb 14 Richard Nixon installs secret taping system in the White House

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Feb 14 Tehran agreement signed; oil companies accept 55 percent tax rate, immediate increase in posted prices, and further successive increases
  • Feb 14 13th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins his 3rd Great American Race; goes on to win the inaugural Winston Cup title

  • Feb 15 After 1,200 years Great Britain abandons pence & shilling system for decimal currency
  • Feb 15 A British soldier dies 7 days after being mortally wounded in an Irish Republican Army attack in North Ireland
  • Feb 17 England regains cricket Ashes with a 2-0 series win

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Feb 19 Paul McCartney releases "Another Day" in UK

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • Feb 19 Walt Wesley becomes 1st Cleve Cavalier to score 50 pts in a game

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Feb 19 British TV chat show "Parkinson" debuts on BBC1 presented by Michael Parkinson

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Feb 20 Bruin Phil Esposito is NHL's quickest to score 50 goals in a season

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • Feb 20 National Emergency Center erroneously orders US radio & TV stations to go off the air. Mistake wasn't resolved for 30 minutes

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Feb 20 "Mr. Hockey," Gordie Howe scores a goal and adds 3 assists, including his 1,800th career NHL point, in 6-5 Red Wings' win over Buffalo in Detroit; Howe's 1,670th game

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • Feb 21 Series of tornadoes cuts through Miss & La killing 117
  • Feb 21 The Convention on Psychotropic Substances is signed at Vienna.
  • Feb 23 Boston Bruins begin 13 NHL game win streak

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Feb 23 George Harrison is fined & his driving license is suspended for 1 year

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
  • Feb 23 US army officer William Calley confesses & implicates Captain Medina during his trial for the My Lai Massacre
  • Feb 24 Algeria nationalizes 51 percent of French oil concessions
  • Feb 25 "Oh! Calcutta!" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 1,316 performances
  • Feb 25 P Zindel's "And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little" premieres in NYC
  • Feb 25 Northern Ireland Prime Minister James Chichester-Clark holds a meeting with Catholic Cardinal of Ireland William Conway, the first such meeting between men holding these offices since 1921
  • Feb 26 Secretary-General U Thant signs United Nations proclamation of the vernal equinox as Earth Day.
  • Feb 26 Two Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are shot and killed by the Irish Republican Army while on a mobile patrol in the Ardoyne area of Belfast, North Ireland
  • Feb 27 Doctors in the first Dutch abortion clinic (the Mildredhuis in Arnhem) start to perform aborti provocati
  • Feb 28 WDRB TV channel 41 in Louisville, Kentucky (IND) begins broadcasting

Sport awardPGA Championship

Feb 28 PGA Championship, PGA National East: Jack Nicklaus leads wire-to-wire for his 2nd career grand slam; wins by 2 from Billy Casper

  • Feb 28 A British soldier dies in Derry after his vehicle had been attacked with petrol bombs (he died as a result of inhaling chemicals from fire extinguishers that were used to put out the fire)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 125

  • Feb 1 Michael C. Hall, American actor (Dexter, Six Feet Under), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Feb 1 Ajay Jadeja, Indian cricketer (Indian opening batsman), born in Jamnagar, India
  • Feb 1 Tommy Salo, Swedish-Finnish NHL goalie (Team Sweden, NY Islanders), born in Surahammar, Sweden
  • Feb 1 Zlatko Zahovič, Slovenian footballer, born in Maribor, Slovenia
  • Feb 1 Ron Welty, American musician, born in Long Beach, California
  • Feb 2 Ken Dilger, NFL tight end (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Feb 2 Tony Miller, Mount Pleasant Texas, 400m runner
  • Feb 3 Eric Owens, Danville VA, outfielder (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Feb 3 Marcus Buckley, NFL linebacker (NY Giants)
  • Feb 3 Roman Cechmanek, NHL goaltender (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998)
  • Feb 3 Sean Dawkins, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Feb 3 Elisa Donovan, American actress
  • Feb 3 Sarah Kane, English playwright (d. 1999)
  • Feb 3 Hong Seok-cheon, South Korean actor
  • Feb 4 Maarten Atmodikoro, soccer player (Dordrecht '90, NAC)
  • Feb 4 Pete Pierson, NFL tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Feb 4 Sterling Palmer, NFL defensive end (Washington Redskins)
  • Feb 4 Michael Goorjian, American actor (Party Of Five, SLC Punk!), born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 4 Rob Corddry, American actor and comedian
  • Feb 5 Dianne Norman, Canadian basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
  • Feb 5 Marcus Redman, American actor (Raymond-Doogie Howser)
  • Feb 5 Sara Evans, American singer, born in Boonville, Missouri
  • Feb 6 Brad Hogg, Australian cricketer (WA chinaman all-rounder, Australia v India 1996), born in Narrogin, Australia
  • Feb 6 Carlos Rogers, American NBA forward/center (Toronto Raptors), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 6 Lance Bade, American target shooter (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Vancouver, Washington
  • Feb 6 Mana Endo, Japanese tennis player (1996 3rd round Aust Open), born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • Feb 6 Peter Tchernyshev, Russian dance skater (with Naomi Lang), born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • Feb 6 Dana Eskelson, American actress, born in Dallas, Texas
  • Feb 6 Brian Stepanek, American actor, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 7 Andrew Currey, Australian javelin thrower (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 7 Marvin Graves, CFL quarterback (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Feb 8 William "Will" Turpin, American musician (Collective Soul) and producer (Gooey Music), born in Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Feb 9 Gonzalo Floyd, CFL defensive end (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Feb 9 Jason Mathews, NFL tackle (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Feb 9 Jim Miller, NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers, Atl Falcons, Jaguars)
  • Feb 9 Ken Felder, American baseball outfielder (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • Feb 9 Pat O'Neill, NFL punter/place kicker (NE Patriots)
  • Feb 9 Sharon Case, Det Mich, actress (Sharon Collins-Young & Restless)
  • Feb 9 Johan Mjällby, Swedish footballer
  • Feb 10 Kevin Sefcik, American infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Oaklawn, Illinois
  • Feb 10 Marty Nothstein, US sprint cyclist (Olympic silver 1996), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 10 Wayne Gandy, American football offensive tackle (St Louis Rams), born in Haines City, Florida
  • Feb 10 Louie Spicolli [Louis Mucciolo Jr.], American wrestler, born in San Pedro, California (d. 1998)
  • Feb 11 John Bock, NFL center (NY Jets, Miami Dolphins), born in Crystal Lake, Illinois
  • Feb 11 Linda Wild, American tennis star (1993 Melbourne Open), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • Feb 11 Damian Lewis, British actor, born in St John's Wood, London
  • Feb 12 Lincoln Kennedy, NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders), born in York, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 12 Romeo Bandison, NFL defensive tackle (Cleveland Browns), born in the Hague, Netherlands
  • Feb 12 Shane Tonkin, Australian baseball pitcher (Olympics 1996), born in Perth, Australia
  • Feb 12 Shante Carver, NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Stockton, California
  • Feb 13 Jim Reid, NFL tackle (Houston Oilers), born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Feb 13 Mats Sundin, NHL center (Team Sweden, Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Bromma, Sweden
  • Feb 13 Shelly Hammonds, NFL safety (Minnesota Vikings), born in Barnwell, South Carolina
  • Feb 13 Todd Williams, American baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Syracuse, New York
  • Feb 13 Sonia [Evans], British singer, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Feb 14 Derrick Witherspoon, US NFL running back (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Sumter, South Carolina
  • Feb 14 Gheorghe Muresan, US NBA center (Washington Bullets/Wizards), born in Tritenii de Jos, Romania
  • Feb 14 Kenny Shedd, American football receiver (New York Jets, Oakland Raiders), born in Davenport, Iowa
  • Feb 14 Lonnie Johnson, US NFL tight end (Buffalo Bills), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Feb 14 Kris Aquino, Filipino actress & TV host, born in Quezon City, Phillipines
  • Feb 14 Noriko Sakai, Japanese singer, born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • Feb 14 Tommy Dreamer, US professional wrestler, born in Yonkers, New York
  • Feb 15 Jim Butler, US table tennis player (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Feb 15 Renee O'Connor, American actress (Xena Warrior Princess), born in Katy, Texas
  • Feb 15 Ray Sefo, New Zealand kick boxer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Feb 16 Anthony Abrams, NFL defensive tackle (KC Chiefs)
  • Feb 16 Chi Kredell, water polo driver (Olympics 1996), born in Long Beach, California
  • Feb 16 Larry Jones, NFL running back (Washington Redskins)
  • Feb 16 Marco Sas, Dutch soccer player (NAC)
  • Feb 16 Mike Hubbard, MBA catcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Feb 17 Martyn Bennett, Canadian composer (d. 2005)
  • Feb 17 Jeremy Edwards, British actor
  • Feb 17 Denise Richards, American actress
  • Feb 18 George Teague, NFL safety (Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers)
  • Feb 18 Constantin Popa, Romanian-Israeli basketball player
  • Feb 19 Becky Dyroen-Lancer, synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in San Jose, California
  • Feb 19 Glyn Milburn, NFL running back/kick returner (Den Broncos, Det Lions)
  • Feb 19 Wally Williams, NFL center/guard (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • Feb 19 William Henderson, NFL running back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Feb 19 Gil Shaham, Israeli-American violinist
  • Feb 20 Jari Litmanen, soccer player (Ajax)
  • Feb 20 Shalanda Burt, US murderess
  • Feb 20 Shawn McKenzie, American programmer
  • Feb 20 Joost can der Westhuizen, South African rugby player, born in Pretoria (d. 2017)
  • Feb 21 Arco Jochemsen, Dutch soccer player (SVDB, Vitesse), born in Barneveld, the Netherlands
  • Feb 21 Jeff Schmidt, American baseball pitcher (California Angels), born in Northfield, Minnesota
  • Feb 21 Jose Solano, American actor (Baywatch), born in Inglewood, California
  • Feb 21 Terry Mickens, American NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Feb 21 Randy Blythe, American musician, born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Feb 22 Gilbert Brown, American NFL defensive tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Farmington, Michigan
  • Feb 22 Jason Marshall, Canadian NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Cranbrook, Canada
  • Feb 22 Lea Salonga, Filipina singer & actress (Miss Siagon), born in Manila, Phillipines
  • Feb 22 Lisa Fernandez, American softball pitcher (Olympic gold 1996), born in Lakewood, California
  • Feb 22 Max Lane, American NFL tackle (NE Patriots), born in Norborne, Missouri
  • Feb 22 Mohammed Sylla, Guinean football player (Willem II, FC Martigues), born in Conakry, Guinea (d. 2010)
  • Feb 22 Rico Mack, American WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Statham, Georgia
  • Feb 23 Carin Koch, Swedish golfer (2 LPGA Tour titles), born in Kungälv, Sweden
  • Feb 23 Jason Keller, American actor (Jason-Out of the Blue), born in Scarsdale, New York
  • Feb 23 Shane Keller, American actor (Shane-Out of the Blue), born in Scarsdale, New York
  • Feb 23 Torsten Kienass, German hockey defenseman (Team Germany), born in Berlin, East Germany

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 5 Actress Judi Dench (36) weds actor Michael Williams (35) at St Mary's Catholic Church in Hampstead, London

Actress Judi Dench
Actress
Judi Dench

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Jim Christy, South African cricketer (Transvaal, Queensland & South Africa), dies at 66
  • Feb 3 Jay C Flippen, American actor (Jet Pilot, The Killing, Thunder Bay), dies at 71
  • Feb 5 Mátyás Rákosi, Hungarian party leader and Prime Minister (1952-53), dies at 78
  • Feb 11 Whitney Young Jr, National Urban League director, drowns in Nigeria
  • Feb 12 George Shelton, actor (It Pays to be Ignorant), dies at 86

Person of interestJames Cash Penney

Feb 12 James Cash Penney, American department store founder (J C Penney), dies at 95

Department Store Founder James Cash Penney
Department Store Founder
James Cash Penney
  • Feb 15 Marian Viktorovich Koval, composer, dies at 63
  • Feb 15 Dimitrios Loundras, Greek gymnast, dies at 85
  • Feb 17 Teddy Hart, American actor (After the Thin Man, 3 Men on a Horse), dies at 73
  • Feb 21 Robert Manry, American copy editor of the Cleveland newspaper editor who sailed the Atlantic (Tinkerbelle), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • Feb 21 Adolph Weiss, American composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 22 Barry Macollum, actor (On the Waterfront), dies at 81
  • Feb 22 Matt McHugh, American actor (Taxi, Freaks, Barbary Coast, Innocent Affair), dies at 77
  • Feb 22 Rudolf Mauersberger, composer, dies at 82
  • Feb 23 King Lockwood, dies of stroke at 73
  • Feb 25 Theodor Svedberg, Swedish chemist, worked with colloids (Nobel 1926), dies at 86
  • Feb 26 Edward van der Merwe, South African cricket wicket keeper (2 Tests in 30's), dies at 67
  • Feb 26 Fernandel [Fernand Contandin], French actor (The Little World of Don Camillo), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • Feb 26 Josef Berg, Czech composer, dies at 43
  • Feb 26 Tullio Carminati, Austrian actor (War and Peace, Roman Holiday), dies at 76