On This Day

What Happened on February 14, 1971

Historical Events

Daytona 500

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

  • Movie "Ben Hur" 1st shown on television

Historic Event

Richard Nixon installs secret taping system in the White House

  • 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? 50 years, 11 months and 6 days
Leap Year: No

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