On This Day

What Happened on February 14, 1971

Historical Events


CarDaytona 500

13th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins his 3rd Great American Race; goes on to win the inaugural Winston Cup title

Auto Racer Richard Petty
Auto Racer
Richard Petty
  • Movie "Ben Hur" 1st shown on television

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Richard Nixon installs secret taping system in the White House

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
  • Tehran agreement signed; oil companies accept 55 percent tax rate, immediate increase in posted prices, and further successive increases

Famous Birthdays

  • Derrick Witherspoon, American NFL running back (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Sumter, South Carolina
  • Gheorghe Muresan, American NBA center (Washington Bullets/Wizards), born in Tritenii de Jos, Romania
  • Kenny Shedd, American football receiver (New York Jets, Oakland Raiders), born in Davenport, Iowa
  • Kris Aquino, Filipino actress & TV host, born in Quezon City, Philippines
  • Lonnie Johnson, American NFL tight end (Buffalo Bills), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Noriko Sakai, Japanese singer, born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • Tommy Dreamer, American professional wrestler, born in Yonkers, New York
1971 Highlights

About February 14, 1971

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 49 years, 11 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Generation X
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Aquarius